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5 Ways to Make Sure You Enjoy Your Wedding Day

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enjoy your wedding dayAsk any bride or groom: their wedding day went by way too fast—hopefully a fun fast, but a blur nonetheless. After all the work you’ve put into your very special day, and with all the to-do’s (and “I do’s!”) that needs to happen on your wedding day, finding a moment to enjoy your day can seem like an impossible task. We’re here to tell you it’s not impossible—it is doable to enjoy your wedding day, if you take steps ahead of time to lessen your wedding day workload:

  • Appoint ‘helpers’ and give them jobs. It is VERY helpful to have many hands at your disposal. Ask for their assistance, and, if they accept, give them in-depth details of what needs to be done. Don’t feel like you need to be in charge of it all, and that you need to put out every fire. Ask friends or family you trust to help getting family members to photos, assisting with babysitting (if needed) during the festivities, passing out payments to vendors and performers (make sure you choose a trusted friend or family member for this task) and any other small details that need to be done that day.
  • Put all payments in envelopes the week before. If you still owe vendors payment, or have ‘thank you’ gifts for soloists and other people who are part of your big day, put the money in envelopes a week before the wedding day. Label each envelope and put them together in a bag so you’re ready. This simple step saves you the time of writing out check after check or pulling out your credit card repeatedly—which takes you away from the fun and festivities.
  • Tell your vendors what you want (in depth) before your wedding day. Don’t think you’ll have time to talk to your DJ about your preferences, or you can call your caterer with last minute changes that morning. Follow up with your vendors well before your wedding date to confirm, and discuss in depth any preferences you have.
  • Give your attendants the full schedule in advance. Whether you have two or 20 attendants, give your bridesmaids, ushers, groomsmen and other ring bearers a detailed schedule of where to be and what times you need them—in person, if possible. Don’t rely on texts and other people.
  • Have an emergency kit for ANYTHING that could come up. Pack extra cosmetics, a sewing kit, umbrellas—anything you think could come up on your wedding day. Go through your day in your mind, and picture all the worst case scenarios and what you can do to fix the problem.

Another way to lessen your workload is in one of the largest details of your day: the wedding venue. Research your wedding venue thoroughly, and look for wedding venues that fit your needs. For example, if you want a private facility devoted entirely to your wedding ceremony and reception, consider a reception hall like 1451 Renaissance Place. Just like the tips above, a little work now can mean less work on your special day—and more time to enjoy your big day.

5 Ways to Welcome Your Wedding Guests

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place cards to welcome wedding guestsYour wedding day can be hectic, often without time to welcome and thank every wedding guest. Don’t stress about it; there are other ways to greet and show appreciation to your wedding guests—even before they arrive at your ceremony. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite ways to welcome your wedding guests, and make sure they feel appreciated as they enjoy celebrating your special day:

  1. Make a good first impression. Start with decorations before your guests get to the reception hall. Our favorite wedding welcomes have come in a wide variety of unique welcomes, such as a chalk on the sidewalk picture or unique entryway décor.
  2. sign for weddingCustomized sign. This is a DIY project that can be uniquely you, or a fun customized purchase uniquely designed for your wedding. If you are hosting a wedding with a lot of pearls, make or buy a sign with pearls around the frame and a custom message for your guests. If you make the sign with a generic message such as “Welcome to the newest Mr. & Mrs.” you can even use the sign in your residence after the wedding.
  3. cookies for wedding guestsGifts. Leave little favors at the entrance, or on tables around the reception hall that fit with your wedding décor, who you are as a couple, or a chance to nibble. Create a table with appetizers or sweets and little wedding favors so your guests feel taken care of and part of the festivities. If you have guests from out of town, reach out to them with a customized packet of maps and information about the area.
  4. wedding favorsTake song requests. You can do this either on your wedding day, or before the event. Make your guests feel part of the festivities by asking for their song requests. You can do this on the RSVP cards your guests send back, or in a neat display at your wedding.
  5. Let them know you have their best interests at heart. When you send out your invites, let your guests know about transportation or hotel reservation deals. Another way is to book a wedding venue that has free parking or that is close to local hotels, like 1451 Renaissance Place. Let them know about these great wedding venue perks by including a small printed card inside the invitation that gives them logistical information.

Renaissance Place entranceThe most important way you can make your guests feel welcome is by choosing a caterer and venue that makes them feel welcome. Select a wedding venue with a welcoming entryway that makes your guests feel at ease, such as wedding venue 1451 Renaissance Place in Milwaukee. 1451 Renaissance Place also has an open vendor policy, allowing you to choose a vendor that fits with your wedding theme and takes care of your guests. This elegant venue also has the advantage of hosting one event at a time, making the enjoyment of your guests the staff’s sole focus. If you have any more questions about making your guests feel welcome at 1451 Renaissance Place, ask us on our Facebook page. With years of wedding planning and event experience, we can help you make your guests feel appreciated at your 1451 Renaissance Place wedding—and turn your welcoming ideas into an elegant reality.

Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Wedding Reception Hall

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wedding venue Milwaukee WIIn some ways, we’re all beginners in choosing the right wedding reception hall for your big day. Every wedding day is a beautiful, and unique, opportunity to celebrate your union with your family and friends. As the wedding reception hall whose job it is to make your dream day a reality, we know how overwhelming wedding planning can be, and especially how hard it is choosing the right wedding reception hall—the crux of your dream wedding. So what factors should play a part in choosing the right wedding reception hall?

  • Date. There are two ways to use your date to find the right wedding reception hall. First you can have several dates available and contact reception halls about what dates are open. If your heart is set on a reception hall and date, reserve the hall on that specific date as soon as possible (years in advance)—or ask for open dates and choose that date for your wedding. The second option is to set your dates and contact halls about that date. Once you know the facility is available, you can set up appointments to tour the sites that have your ideal date available.
  • Your wedding day needs. Do you need a ceremony and reception site? Ask about the size of the wedding reception hall. Do you need accommodations for out-of-town guests? Use a map to make sure the reception hall is close to hotels. Do you need a caterer? Ask the hall manager about what services they provide. Do you have a caterer or other vendor that you want to use? If you have a vendor, you want to use, contact wedding reception halls and ask what vendors they allow in to their facility. A few facilities even have an open door policy, and allow any vendor in to their reception hall. Does the reception hall have space for all your guests? To find the right site for your wedding, make a list of questions and your needs for the wedding. Ask the manager at each reception hall the questions before you tour the hall. If the venue won’t allow your preferred caterer, there is no reason to go visit.
  • Your style. Are you a couple with traditional tastes? Do you like historic facilities? Prefer a barn out in the country? Talk with your fiancé about what kind of wedding he or she envisions to make sure you are contacting and visiting reception halls that match your tastes and style.
  • Set your budget for your reception hall. As you research facilities, ask for pricing information so you have a clear idea of all expenses. If you are looking for a way to save money, ask about the reception hall weekday rates, set your wedding on a Friday or Sunday or use one of these tips to keep your budget intact.
  • How much planning help you need. Are you busy and need help with coordinating your wedding? Ask each reception hall about wedding planning services.
  • Handicap accessibility. If you have friends or family with mobility issues, keep them in mind as you choose your reception hall. Remember you have options. Thinking about handicap accessibility now can ensure that everything goes smoothly on your wedding day.

Here’s a factor that shouldn’t be part of choosing the right wedding reception: procrastination. Since the wedding reception hall is such a vital part of your wedding day, don’t delay contacting local wedding reception halls to set up an appointment (even via social media!) or checking their Facebook pages about open house dates. An open house is a unique opportunity to see the wedding reception hall, get a full tour, talk with vendors and even enjoy refreshments. It’s also the chance of a lifetime to envision your big day, and decide what wedding reception hall is the right location for one of the most important days of your life.

5 Budget Friendly Wedding Venue Ideas

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budget-friendly weddingPlanning a wedding on a budget? You’re not alone. Even though you’re planning a budget-friendly wedding, don’t feel you have to compromise your special day, or that you have to settle for anything less than elegance. An affordable wedding is possible on a reasonable wedding budget if you keep your goal in mind. From wedding invitations to the honeymoon, a couple can save money if they think strategically, starting with these five budget-friendly wedding venue ideas:

Shop around for a budget friendly wedding venue. Choose a beautiful, affordable, and budget friendly wedding venue. They do exist in the city limits of Milwaukee, such as 1451 Renaissance Place, which is located near hotels for guests and is an elegant, affordable wedding venue.

Hold your wedding off-season. If you want to stay within your wedding budget, select a wedding date during late fall, winter or early spring. These times is considered off-season, which translates into a budget-friendly wedding venue expense that is less than during the peak wedding months.

Plan a Friday evening wedding or a Sunday brunch. Just as off-season wedding venue rates are reduced, so are dates outside of Saturday. If you want a beautiful, evening wedding with elegant lighting, hold your wedding on a Friday night during the off-season. For a completely different, bright morning affair, plan your elegant wedding on a Sunday morning with a Sunday brunch to follow.

Hold your ceremony and reception in the same wedding venue. If you want to eliminate costs associated with transportation from the ceremony to reception, choose an elegant, budget-friendly wedding venue that has space for your wedding ceremony and reception.

Choose a wedding venue where you can bring in vendors that give you the most for your money. Not every wedding venue has an open vendor policy, so do your homework. A budget-friendly wedding venue with an open vendor policy allows you to choose vendors that fit within your wedding budget.

Don’t be afraid to ask for budget-friendly wedding venue ideas from your venue staff. Staff members can make recommendations that help you make budget-friendly wedding decisions that keep you on track and give you the day of your dreams. Some wedding venues, such as 1451 Renaissance Place, even offer a final wedding planning meeting that allows you to see the wedding venue costs before your wedding day, allowing you to make changes to fit your budget—and to make your budget-friendly dream wedding a reality.

5 Details That Make Your Wedding Venue Elegant

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room w candles rose centerpiecesDisclaimer: the best way to make your wedding venue elegant is to find a Wisconsin wedding venue that is, well, elegant. With that beautiful, elegant wedding backdrop, you have different options and details for elegant wedding decor that can make your Big Day the elegant occasion you’ve always dreamed of. Creating that elegant atmosphere is all cake with windowin the details of your elegant wedding décor:

Cupcakes. Once viewed as a child’s birthday treat, cupcakes have now been taken to a whole new level (just look at our Facebook page for a beautiful example of elegant cupcakes). Cupcakes serve as an elegant detail when decorated properly (perhaps in lace, diamonds or pearls?) and incorporated into your overall wedding decor.

10370832_10152659675701803_7128647646510151268_nLace. From a lace wedding dress to lace table coverings, lace details can serve as an essential part of elegant wedding décor. It’s also a detail that can contribute to a vintage theme, and can complete the look and feel of an elegant wedding venue.

Candles. There are so many different variations of elegant candle table settings. Brides can use flowers, pearls, diamonds, lace or roses to complement the arrangement. Candles are a beautiful part of an evening celebration or ceremony decor. If you choose an elegant wedding venue with space for your wedding ceremony and reception, you can bring the same candle décor and soft light from your ceremony to reception.

UntitledPearls. Pearls have long been associated with weddings, and continue to be an integral part of elegant wedding décor. From cupcakes to centerpieces, pearls are a versatile element of elegant wedding décor. Specifically, in an elegant wedding venue, pearls can wrap around your flower bouquets, drape around vases of flowers and roses on the tables, wrap around candles, be a part of your bridesmaids’ hairpieces, cover the first letter of your last name—the opportunities are endless as part of elegant wedding décor.

Diamonds. “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” take on a whole new meaning—and create a list of endless possibilities—as part of elegant wedding décor. Combined with an elegant wedding venue and the right lighting, diamonds can create an elegant atmosphere at your wedding. Diamonds can wrap your bouquets, shine on your cake, gleam on top of a mirror at your wedding reception—really, diamonds can be used anywhere in your elegant wedding décor.

If you want to choose vendors that can create the elegant wedding décor details (such as the cupcakes or cake), choose an elegant wedding venue in Wisconsin that has an open vendor policy. Elegant wedding venues with open vendor policies, such as 1451 Renaissance Place, allow brides and grooms to select vendors that can create the elegant wedding décor details they want and bring them into the wedding venue (as opposed to wedding venues that only allow certain vendors). This policy allows you to choose vendors that can create the elegant wedding décor in an elegant wedding venue that makes all your wedding day dreams come true.

How to Plan a Wedding Without Luck

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1503913_10152175885746803_1458858279_nIt doesn’t take the luck of the Irish or a lucky wedding charm to plan a wedding, just an organized mind (or organized wedding planner) and careful follow through about each detail. Some couples keep binders of information and pictures depicting what they want; some keep their wedding planner’s number on speed dial. So where do you start your wedding planning?

  • Budget. Why is budget at the top of the list? Because it influences every other detail as you plan. If your parents or other family members have expressed interest in helping paying for your big day, talk to them now and find out how much, or what expenses they want to cover. Don’t forget to say thank you; this is a big gift as you and your fiancé start your lives together. If you and your fiancé are going to be paying for most of the expenses, start your marriage off right by making sure you are on the same page about expenses and who is paying for each cost. Set your budget higher than you expect—incidental costs often come in higher than you anticipate.
  • Venue. If you have your heart set on a particular venue or destination, contact them with a list of dates that would work. With couples planning weddings years in advance, your ideal date may be taken. Choose a venue that fits your style (such as historical and traditional), your expected number of guests and geography. If you have guests coming from out of town, consider a venue close to a hotel where they can stay. For a wedding with a significant amount of out-of-town guests, reserve a block of rooms at a local hotel. If you’re having your ceremony and reception at the same place, consider the location of each event. Is there enough room for each, as there is at 1451 Renaissance Place? Will your guests need to wait for break down and set up?
  • Who you are as a couple. What do you enjoy to do together? Understanding what you both want now, so you can incorporate both of your styles—and your common interests—into a wedding that fits with who you are, and your background.
  • Handicap accessibility. If you have friends or family with mobility issues, choose a venue with handicap accessibility. Thinking about handicap accessibility now can ensure that everything goes smoothly on your wedding day.
  • Event planning. Do you want to plan your wedding? Or are you a busy couple who needs an event planner to coordinate all the details? Consider a venue with wedding planners on site. This set up has two benefits: 1) you have someone keeping track of all the details, and with experience to make recommendations 2) a wedding planner from a venue has extensive experience with your particular venue and means you only have to make one call for everything.

If you have a particular caterer, florist or other vendor in mind for your wedding, select a wedding venue with an open vendor policy, such as 1451 Renaissance Place. This allows you to bring in vendors you prefer at no cost, and on-site wedding planners can work with the vendors to coordinate your perfect wedding day. Remember, it doesn’t take luck to plan a wedding, just finding the right venue, the right people and an organized system or planner to make your wedding day—and planning experience—wonderful.

Should you plan your wedding?

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10632619_10152731218526803_2716563146322134270_nWhether you’ve been planning your wedding day since you were five, or have a low-key approach to wedding planning, you undoubtedly have some ideas about the ceremony, reception and dinner. But should you plan your wedding? Though it may seem odd to put your big day in someone else’s hands, hiring a wedding planner to manage the details does have some definite benefits. So why should you hire a wedding planner?

  • Wedding planners bring expertise & experience to your wedding. Feel overwhelmed? Don’t know where to start? Or do you need help bringing your ideas to life? A wedding planner can give you ideas, get your wedding planning started and make recommendations for vendors and style based on past experience.
  • Wedding planners are there through the process and on your big day. Working with a wedding planner gives you one person to contact from the beginning of your wedding planning until you’ve collapsed at the end of your wedding day (and even after).
  • Your wedding planning continues even when you travel and work. If you have a busy personal and professional life, a wedding planner can continue to work on setting details and following up with vendors while you are away.
  • Wedding planners can manage as many details as you need, and you can plan the rest. Hiring a wedding planner doesn’t mean you have to hand over every detail of your big day. You can still participate in the planning, and coordinate as many details of your wedding day as you want.

Located in scenic downtown Milwaukee, 1451 Renaissance Place offers on-site wedding planners, giving you the benefit of having a wedding planner that is familiar with your venue. And with 1451 Renaissance Place’s open vendor policy—allowing you to bring in any licensed caterer or vendor—your wedding can be as unique as you are with details that fit your style. If you feel you can’t bring that unique wedding to life, consider hiring a wedding planner. Contact 1451 Renaissance Place for details, and get your wedding planning process started so you can bring your special day, and unique ideas, to life.

5 Stress-Free New Year’s Wedding Planning Resolutions

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10632619_10152731218526803_2716563146322134270_nIt’s the New Year, the perfect time to start planning your dream wedding. Make your wedding planning experience enjoyable by making some New Year’s wedding planning resolutions that start your wedding planning off on the right foot, and gives you the wedding you’ve always dreamed of:

  1. Start your wedding planning with a discussion. Don’t dive into wedding planning without a heart-to-heart discussion with your fiancé, and if needed, your parents and in-laws. Ask what your fiance’s expectations are for the wedding, share your vision and set a budget. A short conversation starts your life together on the right foot—by discussing everything together.
  2. Choose a wedding venue that offers event planning. Want a stress free wedding planning experience? Do you feel too busy to plan a wedding? Choose a venue that offers on-site event planners that can transform your vision into an elegant, beautiful affair—and will be there on your big day so you have one contact throughout your wedding day.
  3. Keep the family wedding drama to a minimum. This is often beyond your control, but an open line of communication between your close family members can minimize the drama. If you need to, run everything you plan to say to a difficult family member by a third party so you can fine tune your message and delivery.
  4. Set a budget. Be realistic. Weddings are expensive, even when you tackle as many DIY projects as you can. Once you set your budget, stick to it. Yes, $50 here and $100 over there many not seem like much, but can add up as you plan.
  5. Get in shape. In addition to the physical benefits and great bod on your wedding day, making time for a good workout is a great stress buster. Set a workout schedule that is manageable and enjoyable. If you enjoy dancing, find a good zumba class. Do you enjoy biking? Go on a long bike ride. Don’t over do it—if you don’t set a manageable schedule, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

Don’t procrastinate. Procrastination didn’t help you in school, and it sure won’t help in wedding planning—or in keeping your New Year’s wedding planning resolutions. Choose a wedding venue early in your planning, so you can get the invitations selected, printed and sent out. Look for a venue with a great location near downtown Milwaukee with hotels nearby for your guests, and an elegant, unique setting that fits your style. Start your New Year with wedding planning resolutions that you can keep, and that gives you an enjoyable wedding planning experience and a beautiful wedding to start your new life together.

Questions Every Couple Should Ask Before Wedding Planning

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10632619_10152731218526803_2716563146322134270_nOnce you get engaged it’s smooth sailing, right? Wedding planning can be IF you have a discussion about the important details before you start the official planning. A short conversation with your fiancé and family can eliminate a lot of drama once the hard core wedding planning starts, and get everyone on the same page. Once you’ve started the discussion, keep asking the hard questions until you have these essential details set:

  • Budget. Why is budget at the top of the list? Because it influences every other detail as you plan. If your parents or other family members have expressed interest in helping paying for your big day, talk to them now and find out how much, or what expenses they want to cover. Don’t forget to say thank you. This is a big gift for you as you and your fiancé start your lives together. If you and your fiancé are going to be paying for most of the expenses, start your marriage off right by making sure you are on the same page about expenses and who is paying for each cost. Set your budget higher than you expect—incidental costs often come in higher than you anticipate.
  • Venue. If you have your heart set on a particular venue or destination, contact them for a list of dates that would work. With couples planning weddings years in advance, your ideal date may be taken.
  • Location, location, location. Setting your wedding venue is in some ways a lot like buying your first house. You need to consider what area suits your guests and you as a couple. Then take your planning a step further. Consider not only the geographical setting of your ceremony and distance to your reception site, but also the geography of your guests. If you have guests coming from out of town, consider a venue close to a hotel. If you’re having your ceremony and reception at the same place, consider the location of each event. Is there enough room for each? Will your guests need to wait for break down and set up? Visit your ideal venue to get your questions answered and a tour of the reception hall, ceremony site and dressing rooms.
  • Who you are as a couple. What is your vision for your wedding?  Your fiance’s?Is it elegant? Historic? Vintage? Understanding what you both want now, so you can incorporate both of your styles—and your common interests—into a wedding that fits with who you are, and your background.
  • Number of guests. Many a bride has shed tears over a guest list. Once you’ve set your budget, and discussed what your ideal wedding would look like with your fiancé, sit down with your family. If you and your fiancé want a small wedding, explain what kind of wedding—and how big of a wedding—you want with your family. If budget is a consideration, talk to your wedding venue coordinator to make sure you have a list of all your expenses, and what the cost per guest is. Remember to include the cost of drinks into your budget planning.
  • Handicap accessibility. If you have friends or family with mobility issues, keep them in mind as you choose your venue. Thinking about handicap accessibility now can ensure that everything goes smoothly on your wedding day.

When your discussion is over, and you agree—or agree to compromise—on the major wedding details, start your wedding planning by contacting venues to visit throughout Milwaukee. The venue is key as you continue planning, playing a major role in your invitations, how much food you need and what caterer you use. If you have a caterer in mind, search for venues with an open vendor policy. An open vendor policy allows you to bring in your caterer (as long as they are a licensed, insured caterer) for your big day.

Deck the Hall…Our Favorite Wedding & Party Decor Ideas

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‘Tis the season all year long at 1451 Renaissance Place. Not the holiday season, but the season for lights, candles and décor that sets the stage for any kind of party. Every week is an exclusive party with its own décor and dedicated staff member, individually suited for a wedding, company party, anniversary…

We’re honoring these beautiful occasions with our favorite décor that has decked our hall:

  • 310490_10150434622281803_1655992384_nLighted centerpieces. These centerpieces are a non-traditional and beautiful way to set the mood of your party. These centerpieces can be reminiscent of dandelions in the summer, snowflakes in the winter or just a modern touch to your elegant affair.
  • 600458_10151696105381803_1494543194_nBright colors. Colors are a great way to capture the essence of your colorful personalities or the season of your occasion. Done correctly, bright colors can be an elegant touch for a very colorful couple or a wedding with a season theme, such as a winter or autumn wedding. For a winter wedding, think blues, reds or maroon. Summer and spring? Consider green or colors of the beach. Autumn-themed weddings bring the Wisconsin fall colors in. Don’t feel you have to use seasons to bring in colors, just look for inspiration in your favorite bright colors like they did for this party.
  • 10632619_10152731218526803_2716563146322134270_nYour name in lights. Whether it’s your last name with colorful uplighting or your first names against a curtain, this is a spectacular way to celebrate your matrimony or guest of honor. This is your day, and why not highlight that in lights?
  • 10370832_10152659675701803_7128647646510151268_nElegant flowers and candles. Flowers and candles are a timeless classic, with variations that fit the couple or honoree. Whether you want a vintage feel, understated elegance or a pop of color, flowers are a beautiful way to wow your guests as they enter our historic, elegant hall. Another idea: for a vintage wedding, play up the flowers with lace touches throughout the hall.

What will your part décor be at your wedding or party? Draw inspiration from our favorite décor for your wedding or party. Think about who you are, and what style fits with your dress and food choices. If you need more assistance with selecting décor for your big event, contact one of our event planners for ideas. They have experience with event décor, and can get your event confirmed. The calendar is filling up, so book today to reserve your date. The possibilities are endless, and we can’t wait to see how our hall looks in 2015.