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25+ Ways to De-Stress If You’re Planning Your Milwaukee Wedding During COVID-19

Planning your Milwaukee wedding is an overwhelming task. Planning a wedding during COVID-19 is overwhelmingly stressful. There’s continually updating your wedding website, possibility of postponing, an evolving list of local health guidelines…and that’s just the start of the list of worries that come with a pandemic. Fortunately, there are things you and your fiancé can do to lessen the stress in Milwaukee, even during a pandemic.

De-stressing is an important part of planning a wedding in Milwaukee, though it’s different for every couple. Some couples ban smartphones during their special time, or any mention of their big day. Other couples combine wedding planning and de-stressing, making their outing a chance to choose a wine or favor for their big day. We think we’ve covered both options in our list of de-stressing ideas for couples planning a wedding in Milwaukee during COVID-19.

The right de-stressing idea is different for every couple, and depends on your comfort level during the pandemic. Don’t think you have to stop at just one! Instead, plan regular de-stressing days in between setting a wedding date, choosing the right Milwaukee wedding venue, organizing your wedding planning, and checking off items on your wedding planning checklist. As you plan, use these wedding planning during COVID-19 tips, tips for postponing your wedding (just in case!), and ideas for celebrating your original wedding date (if needed). If you do need to postpone your wedding, connect with your wedding venue staff and wedding planners for advice. In the meantime, dream of your wedding day when we can all be together again.

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Small Wedding Ideas for Your “Micro” Milwaukee Wedding

Unfortunately, the pandemic has made the “minimony” and “micro-wedding” the newest wedding trends. Fortunately, there are small wedding ideas that make your special day feel larger-than-life.

Of course, if you want to hold your “minimony” or “microwedding,” the first step is to check local health regulations for specific guidelines. The other option is to reschedule your big day with these wedding postponement tips. When deciding, talk to your fiancé and venue to make a decision right for you. If you decide to host a small special day, take these small wedding ideas to heart.

Choose a venue that makes a big impression (and has a ton of space).

A wedding during the pandemic is a bit of an oxymoron. It revolves around choosing a big space for a smaller guest list. In addition to substantial square footage (and these spaces to look for during your wedding venue tour), the venue should make a big impression on guests. You can choose the right wedding venue by asking these wedding planning questions and touring potential venues. (Never choose a venue without scheduling a wedding venue tour, even if it’s virtual!)

Communicate, communicate, communicate.

Communication is key when wedding planning during the pandemic because there is so much information to pass along. In addition to “normal” information (i.e. parking, schedule, etc.), you should pass on information about safety measures, if masks are required, and any other directions.

There are several ways to communicate, but the most important goal is to reach everyone. You can do this with a wedding website or social media site, as well as with mailed reminders. This wedding website guide can help you build the perfect site where guests can go for the latest updates.

Make guests feel special.

One of the biggest benefits of a micro-wedding is that you can focus on your guests (because there are less of them!) There are several ways to show guests you appreciate them. Personalized favors and cocktails (or ale or wine) add a meaningful touch. You can also add table games to bring guests together—even when they are trying to stay apart. Make sure you make these table games a group activity by having an emcee discuss the answers. You can also make this personalized entertainment more fun by setting up an online quiz about the couple, asking everyone to answer quiz questions on their mobile device, and having people’s answers show up on the screen!

Consider creative seating arrangements.

A micro-wedding is a family affair, and guests can feel like it with creative seating arrangements. This is your chance to set up unique setting arrangements that make a one-of-a-kind impression. Family seating or unique table layouts can make the day as extraordinary as the couple.

Lean on an experienced wedding planner for assistance.

Wedding planning during an uncertain time is full of uncertainties, so it makes sense to hire a wedding planner to make the experience as smooth as possible. You can hire an independent wedding planner or a wedding planning pro at your wedding venue. Both options are helpful, especially when choosing and hiring wedding vendors.

A wedding planner at the wedding venue comes with another advantage. Wedding planners that work at a venue are intimately familiar with the location and local wedding vendors. They can make recommendations about photographers, local hotels and accommodations, and décor because they know the building and the community.

Look into live streaming.

Inevitably, there are going to be some guests that are uncomfortable attending your wedding. For these guests, ask your wedding venue about local wedding vendors that can live stream and record the important moments of your big day. Guests can feel like they are part of the festivities, even when separated by a pandemic.

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Wedding Planning During COVID-19? 5 Wedding Planning Items You Can Tackle (Safely)

Wedding planning during COVID-19 is challenging, but it is still possible to plan the Milwaukee wedding of your dreams. We’ve put together this list of items you can check off your wedding planning checklist and get you one step closer—either virtually or by taking steps to keep you and your fiance safe.     

Finding a Venue

The wedding venue is an important wedding planning step because it creates a powerful first impression and provides a foundation for every other detail. Fortunately, Milwaukee has many beautiful elegant, modern, rustic, and historic wedding venues to choose from. If you have a favorite wedding vendor (i.e. caterer, photographer, etc.), look for a Milwaukee wedding venue with an open vendor policy.  

First step: Once you’ve set a list of criteria for your wedding venue (i.e. style, budget, location), make a list of wedding venues. Contact each wedding venue and ask these important wedding venue questions. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, schedule a wedding tour (with this wedding venue tour checklist). If you aren’t comfortable with an in-person tour, ask the venue for a virtual tour.

Choosing a Date

This wedding planning step can occur before or after choosing a wedding venue. Either way, it’s important to sit down with your fiancé and choose a date or season for your big day. If you’re having trouble settling on a date, consider your professional schedule, important family dates, or the availability of your favorite wedding vendor.

First step: If you have a wedding date in mind, you can contact wedding venues and ask if they are available on that date. If you don’t, you can contact a wedding venue and ask them what dates are available or use one of these other tips for choosing the right wedding date.

Setting a Wedding Budget

A wedding budget is a necessity of wedding planning, giving couples guidance and a chance to get on the same page before they say, “I do.” Fortunately, there are many tools and apps that can help couples set an amount for the important wedding details: dress, venue, food, etc.

First step: Setting a wedding budget starts with a conversation with your fiancé, and any friends or family that have expressed interest in helping cover expenses. If you have any of the latter, discuss the specifics of their gift, including what and how much they are willing to cover, to avoid any misunderstandings later.

Setting a Guest List

You don’t have to know exactly who you’re going to invite to your big day right away, but you should have a general estimate when you book your wedding venue. After you’ve chosen the right setting for your day, it’s time to compile an exact list that you can use for invites and the caterer. Unfortunately, being flexible is an integral part of wedding planning during COVID-19 so it’s important to realize now that you may need to trim the list if the venue capacity is limited by local health department guidelines.

First step: Decide whether you want to host a wedding with kids or an adults-only wedding. (For the latter, use these tips for an adults-only wedding.) Then break down what percentage of guests are added by the bride and groom, what percentage is added by parents, etc. From there, use these guest list tips to finalize the process.

Creating a Wedding Website

Communication is an essential part of wedding planning during COVID-19. With local guidelines for venues continually changing and evolving, it’s more important now than ever to communicate with guests about whether they need to wear masks and other specific guidelines for the big day.

First step: A wedding website can be on social media or with a website builder, and can be created as soon as you want. The website should contain pictures, wedding day details, a link to the wedding registry, parking information, and other key wedding website details.

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4 BIG ‘Wedding Planning During COVID-19’ Questions (And Answers) for Milwaukee Couples

Wedding planning normally comes with a thousand questions. Wedding planning during COVID-19 comes with a million! We understand that this is an extremely uncertain time for Milwaukee couples, and that the situation is always evolving. That’s why we’ve put together some answers to questions we hear, but with the disclaimer that it’s always best to check with your Milwaukee wedding venue and the local health departments for the latest information and guidelines.

What wedding planning can we do during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Fortunately, couples can do quite a bit of wedding planning during this time, because many Milwaukee venues, caterers, and vendor staff are available for meetings and venue tours. Plus, you may have extra down time!

The first step of wedding planning is to start by asking these important wedding planning questions with your fiancé. Your answers give direction to your wedding planning, and ensure that you are the same page about style, guest count, and budget.  

Fortunately, it’s also fairly easy and safe to contact wedding vendors during the pandemic. Many vendors are available for meetings, either in-person or virtually. You can also use any extra down time to research vendors online, or ask friends and family for recommendations for the best Milwaukee venues, caterers, and photographers.

You can also organize your wedding planning, and decide whether you’re going to use one of these wedding apps or wedding planning printables. It may seem like a small step in the wedding planning process, but it’s an important part of planning the wedding day of your dreams.

Are Milwaukee wedding venues scheduling tours?

Some of them are! 1451 Renaissance Place is currently scheduling tours, with certain precautions. This answer may change, depending on local regulations and guidelines. When touring a wedding venue, always ask to see these areas and ask these wedding venue questions.

Can we still hold our wedding?

The answer to this question can only come after a discussion with your fiancé and family. Many Milwaukee wedding venues are open for weddings; however, the venues may have limited capacities and may ask the couple and guests to sanitize, wear a mask, and follow social distancing guidelines. (Think of this as an opportunity to add stylish signage, beautiful masks, and sanitizing stations to your wedding plans.) If you need live streaming, many Milwaukee companies offer the service and can ensure that all your guests can witness your special day. (Ask your wedding venue for a list of local vendors.)

If you would rather wait, ask your wedding venue and vendors about postponing your wedding. Most Milwaukee wedding venues are working with couples to re-schedule their wedding. Unfortunately, this doesn’t guarantee that all your vendors are available on your new date. (Ask your wedding venue for recommendations for new vendors if needed. Use these tips to find and choose new vendors.) If you took out insurance on your wedding, you may want to check your policy to see if the insurance covers the situation.

How do we postpone our wedding?

If you decide to postpone your wedding, make sure you make the decision early enough to notify your venue, vendors, and all your guests. (Contact vendors for their specific rescheduling and cancellation policies.) Your venue and vendors are the easiest to contact, and should easily be reached by phone. If you reserved a block of room for guests, contact the hotel and ask them about policies and the process to follow for changing your reservation.

For your guests, make sure you notify them in multiple ways. Your wedding website is the ideal place to notify guests, and even include a list of frequently asked questions about the postponement. (Use this guide to build the ultimate wedding website that guests love.) In addition to your website, also notify guests via e-mail and snail mail.

While postponing might be the best decision, expect to feel a mix of emotions on your original date. There may be some sadness, but there are also ways to celebrate your original wedding date—and look forward to the wedding day that is coming.

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Hiring the Best Milwaukee Wedding Vendors: Wedding Vendor List, Questions & Tips

They say it takes a village to raise a child. When it comes to weddings, it takes a full line-up of our city’s best wedding vendors to make a special day happen—and be a beautiful one-of-a-kind occasion. Of course, the right line-up of wedding vendors is different for every couple, which is why we put together a guide to help you choose the best vendors for your special day.

Milwaukee Wedding Vendor List

Just like every couple is different, the exact line-up of wedding vendors is different for every wedding. To complicate matters, some wedding venues require couples to use a vendor or provide a list of wedding vendors to choose from. Other Milwaukee wedding venues have an open vendor policy that allows couples to bring in vendors of their choice.

Because of the difference in wedding venue policies, couples should first determine if there are any vendors they really want for their big day. (Also ask your fiancé these wedding planning questions.) If you have a favorite wedding vendor, look for a Milwaukee venue that allows that couples to bring vendors in (this wedding venue checklist can help with choosing the right wedding venue). Once the wedding venue is chosen, couples should contact this list of wedding vendors:

  • Equipment Rental (for chairs, tables, tableware, etc. if venue or caterer does not provide)
  • Wedding Planner (if desired, or choose a wedding venue with on-staff wedding planner)
  • Officiant
  • Caterer
  • Bakery (if caterer does not make cake)
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Musicians (for ceremony)
  • Band or DJ
  • Florist
  • Décor
  • Wedding Invite Company
  • Transportation (not needed if ceremony and reception are at the same venue)

How to Choose the Best Wedding Vendors

  • Discuss your preferences for your special day with your fiancé, including any vendors you really want for your special day. (Use this list of wedding planning questions to help with your conversation.)
  • Organize your wedding planning. Use a wedding planning checklist (and these wedding planning printables) or wedding planning app to help you meet deadlines. Always contact wedding planners earlier rather than later; procrastinators miss out on the best Milwaukee wedding vendors.
  • Always research wedding vendors before hiring them. Ask friends and family (or a wedding venue planner) for recommendations for quality wedding vendors or research wedding vendors online to ensure you are contacting reputable wedding vendors. Be cautious about hiring wedding vendors without a business address or phone number, or that have a poor online rating.
  • Meet in-person or virtually with wedding vendors. Always review the vendors’ contract carefully before signing on the dotted line.

Questions to Ask a Wedding Vendor

The exact questions may differ, depending on the wedding vendor. In general, ask each wedding vendor these questions:

  • Are you available on our wedding day?
  • What is included in your services? (Some vendors offer package deals, and services and staffing often vary among vendors.)
  • How long have you been in business? Can you provide references or proof of experience?
  • Does the cost include set-up and take-down? (This question applies to equipment vendors.)
  • Do you carry insurance?
  • What event attire do staff wear to weddings? (This question applies if vendors are attending the wedding day.)
  • Do you provide a back-up plan in case of an emergency?
  • What is your rate? Are there any additional fees (i.e. overtime fees, travel costs, etc.) I need to pay? What is the final cost?
  • How much is the deposit? What is your payment policy? When is the deposit due? (Be cautious about hiring vendors that ask for full payment up front.)
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • When can we meet? Can we meet virtually?
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8 Tips for Couples Wedding Planning During COVID-19

Wedding planning is normally stressful. Wedding planning during COVID-19 is STRESSFUL. There are so many unknowns, and it’s easy to feel anxious and worried.

We realize that this time is incredibly stressful, so we’ve put together wedding planning tips for Milwaukee couples (and a list of COVID-19 frequently asked questions). We’re here to help you plan your wedding during these uncertain times—until the day when we can all gather together again.

Do what you can.

Many Milwaukee wedding venues and vendors have more time on their hands, making it an ideal time to contact them and confirm as many wedding details as possible. If you are cautious about meeting in-person, ask the venue or vendors about meeting virtually. If the meeting is virtual, make sure you come prepared and ready to talk about your preferences and budget.

Be organized.

There are quite a few deadlines and details to track during wedding planning, making an organized wedding strategy a “must.” In particular, a wedding planning checklist and wedding venue list is incredibly useful. For all other details, there are great wedding printables available for couples using a paper system and wedding apps that can make the process easier. If you don’t have time for organization or wedding planning, hire a wedding planner or choose a wedding venue with a wedding planner for less-stress wedding planning.

Stay flexible.

Unfortunately, the only thing certain during the COVID-19 pandemic is uncertainty. As you plan, realize that local rules and regulations are prone to change. Be flexible as you plan, and take breaks from it all when you feel anxious.

Keep guidelines for postponing a wedding close at hand.

If you dream of a big wedding day with a big guest count, realize that you may need to postpone your big day. Fortunately, your Milwaukee wedding venue should be able to accommodate your postponement and give you a new date. (Plus, you can always use these ideas for celebrating on your original wedding date.)

Keep everyone important updated.

As your wedding date draws near, remember that it’s not just you who is making plans. As your plans change, make it a point to keep your important wedding guests up-to-date.

Don’t forget to update your wedding website.

While it’s natural to call your parents and relatives as plans change, don’t forget about other guests that have penned in your wedding date. A wedding website is a great way to spread the word (especially if you use these wedding website tips) and let your guests know about postponements and updates (like wearing a mask to your big day or a change in entrance).

Take breaks from wedding planning.

When you feel stressed out, don’t hesitate to take a break. Have a quiet dinner at home. Watch a movie. Take a walk or go for a run. Open a bottle of wine or enjoy an ale from one of our famous Milwaukee breweries. Turn off your phone and relax. Sometimes, a short break is all you need to recharge your batteries and inspire your next wedding planning step.

Try to make the best of it.

The pandemic has changed the way everyone lives and celebrates. While you can’t change reality, try to make the best of the pandemic by incorporating small details into your wedding. Small touches like beautiful masks and signage mark the time of your wedding and blend seamlessly in with “normal” wedding details. When you do get incredibly stressed, think of your beautiful wedding day and all the fun you’ll have.

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Your Guide to Choosing the Best Milwaukee Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue

Considering holding your wedding ceremony and reception at one venue? This guide can help you choose the right Milwaukee wedding ceremony and reception venue, and plan the day of your dreams in our wonderful city.

What are the perks of hosting a wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue?

The are some definite benefits to hosting a wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue:

Easier Planning. If you decide that a single venue is the answer for you, you’ll find that it’s easier to plan because you only have one venue to contact to coordinate many of the details.

Convenience. You won’t have to go very far from your ceremony to cocktail hour, eliminating the need to coordinate transportation for the wedding party.

Budget-friendly. With only one venue fee, a single venue is easier on the budget. Many items (décor and equipment) can also be used for the ceremony and reception, lowering many of the costs on the wedding budget worksheet.

What should I look for in a wedding ceremony and reception venue?

Fortunately, the list of criteria for couples looking to plan a ceremony and reception in the same venue isn’t that much different than those who choose two venues—though there are a couple of notable differences.

Space. This criterion is incredibly important for couples who want to host their wedding ceremony and reception at the same wedding venue. When touring and contacting wedding venues, you should always ask if there is enough space to seamlessly transition from the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the meal. The lack of space can result in some long—and awkward—wait times for guests and couples.

Style. The style of the wedding venue creates a powerful first impression for guests, and sets the foundation for every other wedding detail. When planning your wedding, discuss your preferred style for a Milwaukee wedding venue (plus these other wedding details). This simple question can help you narrow down your options and find the perfect backdrop for the wedding of your dreams.

Ideal ceremony setting. A beautiful ceremony setting is just as important as the amount of space in the wedding venue. The right wedding ceremony and reception venue has a setting perfect for saying, “I do”—even if you need to enhance it with décor (which can be used for the cocktail hour and the reception).

Availability. The right wedding ceremony and reception venue is available for your big day. (Ask your Milwaukee wedding venue about availability when you contact them, along with these wedding venue questions.) If you prefer privacy on your wedding day, look for a venue that hosts only one event at a time.

Parking and accessibility. Guest convenience should always be a top priority for couples as they choose a wedding venue. While it may not be at the top of the list, choosing a wedding venue with parking nearby and handicap accessibility ensures that everyone can attend easily and comfortably.

How much time should I plan for between the ceremony and reception?

Typically, couples should allocate 60-90 minutes between the ceremony and reception so they can have enough time for pictures and prepare for the reception. If you are planning a wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue, it may work to shorten the time span (especially if there is enough room in the venue for ceremony and reception seating, which minimizes set-up time). You should also ask your wedding photographer and videographer how much time it typically takes for photos.

From there, couples typically set this wedding day schedule (though you can customize your schedule to fit your needs and wishes):

  • Cocktail Hour
  • Dinner
  • Toasts
  • Cake Cutting
  • Wedding Dances (Wedding Party Announcement, First Dance, Mother-Son Dance, Father-Daughter Dance, Etc.)
  • Last Dance
  • Cake Cutting

What vendors do I need for my wedding ceremony and reception?

While the list of vendors is similar for couples that hold their wedding day at one and two venues, holding a wedding ceremony and reception at one venue does make it easier to seamlessly utilize their services. For example, couples can use much of the same lighting and décor for the ceremony and reception.

Some wedding ceremony and reception venues in Milwaukee require couples to use particular vendors, while other venues have an open vendor policy. An open vendor policy allows couples to choose vendors they want, like their favorite caterer or florist. (These tips can help you choose the right wedding vendors for your special day.) For couples overwhelmed by the amount of great wedding vendors in Milwaukee, the best wedding venues come with experienced event planners that recommend wedding vendors for their big day:

  • Officiant
  • Décor (i.e. florist, lighting, etc.)
  • Equipment Rental (Unless available from wedding venue)
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Caterer
  • Baker
  • Entertainment (i.e. band, DJ, live entertainers)
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10 Ways to Choose a Date for Your Milwaukee Wedding

While it’s not always the easiest task, choosing a wedding date is an important—the most important!—parts of planning your Milwaukee wedding. Your Milwaukee wedding venue, caterer, and photographer are all going to ask when you want to get married. This guide can help you sift through all the factors that may play a part in choosing the right wedding date.

Milwaukee Venue Availability

If you have your heart set on a particular wedding venue, try asking the wedding venue for available wedding dates during a particular period. You can ask for open wedding dates during a season, month, or year.

Season

A seasonal wedding is a full-sensory experience, highlighting a couple’s favorite tastes, smells, and colors of the season. If you have a favorite season, choose a date in that season and get ready to coordinate all your favorites seasonal items into a wonderful wedding atmosphere.

Off-Peak Days & Times

Choosing an off-peak time or day is a perfect reason for couples who want an unexpected wedding date or have a tight wedding budget. (Read more tips about managing your wedding budget.) With this approach, you can choose dates in non-typical months (i.e. not June, September, October) or on weekdays that couples don’t normally choose.

Family Dates

Do you want to acknowledge a relationship that inspired your special union? One way is to ask if you can set your special day on their anniversary.  

Special Relationship Dates

Every relationship has special milestone dates: the day you met, your first date, the day you got engaged. Any of those dates—or another special day—is the perfect candidate for a wedding date. If you want to share the significance of the date, include it on your wedding website and on a story board at your wedding.

Career

If your career comes with an incredibly busy season, plan to say “I do” when you have a moment to breath (and meet with vendors, and confirm details, and…). Once you’ve narrowed down a season, ask your favorite wedding venue for an available wedding date during that time.

Wedding Vendor Availability

It’s not unusual to want a favorite wedding caterer, photographer, or another vendor included in a wedding—even before you know where to hold your Milwaukee wedding. In these cases, wedding planning starts by asking wedding vendors what dates are available. Some wedding venues require couples to use specific vendors, making it important to ask about their vendor policy when interviewing potential venues. (Don’t forget to ask these other Milwaukee wedding venue questions as well.)

Holidays

Do you love holiday trees? Or the wonder of the holidays? A holiday wedding is a great way to create the wonder of the season with your favorite holiday details. This approach also works for couples who love Halloween, Juneteenth, or any other wonderful holidays.

Family & Friend Availability

A wedding is a celebration, and it’s natural to want everyone to be involved, which is why you should ask friends and family you are particularly close to if they can attend. While it’s important to make sure that everyone is at your wedding, remember that this is your special day. Unfortunately, sometimes it can be incredibly difficult to find a date that works for everyone.

Length of Engagement

Planning a wedding does take quite a bit of effort and time. If you want a larger wedding, it might be helpful to give yourself more time (though it is possible in less time, especially if you use this guide for planning a wedding in 6 months or less). Once you have chosen a wedding date, it’s time to organize your wedding planning, choose a beautiful Milwaukee wedding venue, and enjoy the journey (with a few fun, de-stressing dates) to your special day!

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Milwaukee Wedding Planning: How to Create the Perfect Wedding Guest List

Compiling the perfect wedding guest list is a key part of wedding planning. This step-by-step guide can guide you through the process (and help you choose the perfect Milwaukee wedding venue!).

Step 1: Decide whether you would like to host a family event or adults-only wedding.

For some Milwaukee couples, this can be the first step or final step when the budget is tight or guest count is higher than the venue capacity (which should be a top question on your list of Milwaukee wedding venue interview questions).

The good news is that there is no disadvantage to hosting a wedding with kids or adult-only event. If planning a wedding for kids and parents, plan on adding children-friendly foods and entertainment options to your reception (such as coloring tables, bubbles, movie room, etc.) For an adult-only wedding, clearly categorize where you are drawing the line, such as “16 and over” or “18 and over.” (You can also use these tips for planning an adults-only wedding.)

Step 2: Make your own version of the 70-15-15 rule.

The 70-15-15 rule is different for every couple, but the premise is the same. Basically, this rule divides up the guest list into three separate lists. The largest portion (70% in this case) are guests of the couple, while the remaining 30% is divided between the bride’s and groom’s parents. For a complete breakdown, a 200-person guest list would be divided into 140 guests chosen by the couple, and 30 guests chosen by each of the parents.

This step should be accompanied by a conversation about the wedding guest list with any family members or friends contributing to the wedding (either with effort or financially). Be very clear about your numbers and rationale for your final guest number when you discuss the guest list with family members. It can eliminate a lot of drama and hurt feelings later!

Step 3: Compare your guest count to the venue capacity.

When crafting a guest list for your Milwaukee wedding, always make sure your final guest invite list is within the venue capacity. (You should ask about the venue capacity when first contacting a Milwaukee wedding venue.) The venue capacity is not an arbitrary number; instead, it is chosen to ensure the safety of guests.

When considering your Milwaukee wedding venue capacity, don’t feel like you have to cut the guest list down to the exact number. Typically, couples should plan on 80-90% of guests attending the wedding. This means that couples can plan on setting a list that is above the venue capacity, but should be careful not to sky rocket over that magic number (and remember that more guests equate to a higher budget as well).

Step 4: Divide up the guest list.

If you are worried about your guest list being too long, start divvying up the guest list. There are two ways to do this.

The first way is to separate guests into categories, such as “friends,” “family,” “co-workers,” etc. As you divide up the list, put guests at the top of the list that you’d really love to attend. The “maybes” can go on the bottom. This simple wedding planning step makes it a lot easier to trim down the guest list.

The second way is to divide the master guest list into circles of separation. The first list would be those closest to you, the second would be a step further from you…and the degrees of separation would continue. When trimming, cut the guests on the last lists (those not the closest to you). Once you’ve got the list trimmed to your final number, it’s time to move on to the next step and enjoy planning your Milwaukee wedding!

Your COVID-19 and 1451 Renaissance Place Event FAQ’s Answered

This blog was originally posted on March 31, and is now updated with the latest information as of May 22, 2020.

At 1451 Renaissance Place, we understand that these are stressful, uncertain times. However, we are certain that if we take care of each other, the day will come when everyone can safely celebrate together!

While we wait for that day, we wanted to answer some of your most pressing questions about how the threat of COVID-19 has affected events at 1451 Renaissance Place. Hopefully, these answers can alleviate some stress and reassure you for the future. (Please feel free to contact us with any other questions.)

Is 1451 Renaissance Place temporarily closed?

May 22 Update: Though we are still not able to host large events, we are available to answer your questions, schedule socially responsible in-person tours and hold and reserve future dates.

Yes. For the safety of our staff and guests, 1451 Renaissance Place is temporarily closed. At this time, we are contacting couples with upcoming events to assist them with setting a new date and coordinating details for their big day.

How can we reach 1451 Renaissance Place?

May 22 Update: The best way to reach us is by emailing us.  We will do our best to get back to you during the next business day, but please note our response time might be a bit delayed as we guide our couples and clients through the rescheduling process. Your celebration is just as important to us and we will respond within 48 hours!

If you require immediate assistance, please mark “urgent” in the subject line. If you prefer that we respond with a phone call, please provide your phone number and an Event Specialist will call you back. 

Can I reschedule my event date if it has been cancelled due to the Safer at Home restrictions?

May 22 Update: Absolutely!  We are currently rescheduling affected celebrations to alternate available dates within 12 months of the original date. 

Is there a fee for rescheduling?

May 22 Update: We are transferring 100% of deposits from affected dates to any available dates within 12 months of the original date.

When do you anticipate holding events again at 1451 Renaissance Place?

As soon as it is safe to do so! We know this is vague, but, like everyone else, we are also waiting until it is safe to do so. In the meantime, inquire about your dates and follow these CDC guidelines. Stay tuned for further updates on our Facebook page and website.

Will vendors let us transfer my deposit and date?

We cannot speak to arrangements with outside vendors. However, most local Milwaukee vendors have been working to accommodate clients, and get back to doing what they do best – giving every couple the service they deserve! 

Is 1451 Renaissance Place still taking new event reservations?

May 22 Update: Yes! Now is a great time to gather information, make plans, and nail down your dates! As an added bonus, if you reserve your date before we re-open, we will take $500 off your required deposit and reflect that same discount in your overall guaranteed minimum! Contact us for available dates and more information.

We understand that couples and businesses are taking this time to plan their events and confirm their venue. It is a great time to gather information (especially on our blog and website), make plans and nail down dates! We encourage any couples or organizations interested in 1451 Renaissance Place to contact us for available dates and information.

When is your next open house?

May 22 Update: We are hoping for a June 3, 2020 Open House. Please contact us to confirm and reserve your spot.

How do we get updates on 1451 Renaissance Place?

Please check our Facebook page and website for more information about future Open Houses and events.

What event planning can be done during my quarantine?

This is a great time to do some research (especially on our blog!), gather information and contact vendors.  Our experienced event planners are happy to help you in any way we can, including holding or reserving a date, scheduling tours (including live virtual tours!), contacting outside vendors and coordinating the details on your behalf. 

Do I still have enough time to plan my 2020 event?

Definitely!  And we can help!  Our advice to any couple is, “don’t put off your dreams!”

Stay healthy and thank you for your interest and support. We look forward to being in touch soon, and to a time when social distancing is a thing of the past.