FAQs

There are three time slots available seven days a week.

Ceremony Only  11:00 PM – 2:30 PM   $1,000 rental plus bar
Ceremony/Reception  2:30 PM – 11:00 PM $2,000 rental plus bar
Ceremony/Reception 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM $3,000 rental plus bar

  • 1 hour rental of the facility for your wedding rehearsal the evening before your ceremony.
  • 3.5 hour rental for your ceremony including time for bridal party hair, make up and dressing. Delivery, set up and removal of all vendor related items must also occur in this same window of time.
  • Sound system and two wireless microphones for your officiant. Any additional sound amplification requirements (example: live or pre-recorded music) may result in additional fees.
  • Parking for 75. An attendant will be required if guest count exceeds this number.  
  • Use of our stunning grounds for your beautiful wedding photos
  • Bridal party dressing areas
  • Bench guest seating in gardens and pew seating in chapel.
  • 1 hour rental of the facility for your wedding rehearsal
  • Either 7.5 or 12 hour property rental based on package selected including time for bridal party hair, make up and dressing. Delivery, set up and removal of all vendor related items must also occur in this same window of time. If there is a need to go outside of this window of time for vendor related items, please have them communicate with us directly.
  • Sound system and two wireless microphones for your ceremony officiant. Any additional sound amplification requirements (example: live or pre-recorded music) may result in additional fees.
  • Parking for 75. An attendant will be required if guest count exceeds this number.  
  • Use of our stunning grounds for your beautiful wedding photos
  • Bridal party dressing areas
  • Bench guest seating in gardens and pew seating in chapel.
  • Banquet tables and white padded chairs for up to 150 reception guests

The Gardens Wedding Center does not have a designated officiant nor do we supply you with one. We encourage our couples to find the officiant that is the best match for them, whether it is a priest, ordained minister, friend or family member. We do offer several options for officiants on our preferred vendor list as we have come to meet several who are more familiar with the process while loving and holding as much value to our property as we do.

 

Our venue pricing is designed so hidden fees don’t pop up unexpectedly. Additional fees are only added if you choose to utilize them. Some examples are additional microphones, supplying you with a DJ for your ceremony, Sound System needs outside of basic package, Projector Rental, etc.  Other additional fees may be applied if damage to our property occurs or if your event begins earlier or runs later than the designated times.  5.6% Wisconsin Sales Tax will be added to your final invoice.

Your date will be reserved after a 75% non-refundable down payment has been made. Remaining balance of 25% is due at the time of your rehearsal. We accept cash, check or credit (MC/Visa)

We are located in the township of Addison, WI

If you wish to have alcohol at your rehearsal, ceremony or reception, it needs to be arranged in advance with us so that we may have time to place the order with our distributor. Additional fees to cover bartender labor apply. Please reach out to discuss your specific needs and we will tailor a plan perfect for your event. State law mandates that absolutely no carry ins are allowed. This includes tail gating or coolers brought into any changing rooms on your rehearsal night or wedding day. Anyone discovered in violation will be asked to leave the property regardless of their role in your wedding. We can not risk ruining all of the future weddings that our brides and grooms have been working so hard to plan by having our business closed down due to someone breaking the law.

We have indoor dining space to comfortably handle 70 or less people. The surrounding outdoor garden does have areas specific for utilizing a tent of almost any size. Please reach out for pricing and to go over best location based upon reception size. We do have plans to build a large reception hall but it is not available at this time.

In the long history of The Gardens Wedding Center here in our little town of Nenno, only a small portion were unable to take pictures outside due to rain. Remember the rain is what brings all the beautiful flowers to life and many brides have snuck outdoors to have a few shots snapped in the rain. In the event we have rain on the day of your outdoor wedding, we can relocate the masses into our beautiful Gothic Revival chapel built in 1867.

The day of your wedding will be one of the most important days in your life. Your comfort, happiness and hopes are everything to us, and we do all we can to make sure the property is clean, organized and looking great for your wedding day.

Our outdoor platform is perfect for wedding ceremonies. The outdoor wedding area has a backdrop of several arborvitaes and beautiful perennial beds that are planted on either side of the wedding platform. We have permanent seating for a couple hundred and electricity is available throughout the gardens for your musicians. An additional platform in the rear of the outdoor wedding area is situated for musicians to play. We have outdoor lighting as well for dusk and evening weddings. The gardens are designed to change throughout the year, providing elegant areas for pictures during each season. The pond and waterfall are terrific backdrops for pictures all year around, and the rest of the garden is blooming wonderfully May through November.

Our Gothic Revival chapel seats 300 comfortably. It is always ready for your wedding, with music playing before you arrive.

The vendors you utilize for your wedding day are critical to you having the day you have dreamed about! We have accumulated lists of all the vendors we have associated with: photographers, florists, limo services, video technicians, officiants, caterers, and DJ’s.

Organists are welcome to come and practice. They may come for an hour or so during our office hours with a scheduled appointment. They can also come before or after your rehearsal if the rehearsal schedule permits.

Unfortunately, no. If you wish to have food served at your wedding, our insurance regulations require you to select from the list of vendors we have supplied. If you have someone you think would make an excellent addition to this list, please have them contact us so we can determine if their coverage will appease the law and restrictions that have been placed upon our property.

Due to state laws and insurance regulations, we are forced to operate with a preferred list of vendors from which you need to select a caterer. We do not however operate with a preferred list for other vendors so feel free to use the florist/baker/DJ of your choosing. Caterers must bring in food that is cooked and prepared from a licensed off-site kitchen as grills, ovens and pig roasts still cooking are strictly prohibited. Per Wisconsin law, carry-in/outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. When it comes to décor, we are happy to work with you in order to create your dream wedding, however, some restrictions may apply for affixing décor to our walls and outdoor spaces. Other restrictions may apply that are unforeseen at this time. Please reach out if you feel something may be questionable.

This is not a requirement for anyone but will certainly add to the natural beauty our property provides. We do have a few listed on our preferred vendor list that have received rave reviews. You are not required to use them. We just wanted to offer you some tried and true professionals to make your wedding planning easier.

Our pew bows are designed for both indoor and outdoor weddings. They are beautiful and may be used for any of the weddings. If you are bringing your own pew bows, please inform us so our bows can be removed prior to your arrival and the space cleared for yours to be hung. We ask that you do not use wire to hang your pew bows to prevent damage to the pews. We also have shepherd hooks that the bows are hung from in our outdoor space.

The Gardens Wedding Center allows caterers to provide coffee and tea service as part of their catering package but all other beverages (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) are not allowed to be brought in from outside the facility. The Gardens bar staff must provide all other beverages for your event.

No. Your caterer must bring food fully prepared to The Gardens for service. Grills and/or ovens are not allowed on site. Pig roasts are also not permitted.

 

It has long been customary to throw things at the newly wedded. We ask that you please remain respectful to the property and future ceremonies that will be taking place that day. Rice, Birdseed, confetti and glitter are very time consuming to clean up and some pose a slip hazard. We would hate to have one of your guests injured or your time for photos taken up having to clean the mess. A fun alternative is bubbles. A butterfly or dove release makes for a lovely ending to the ceremony as well. Please have the flower girls use silk rose pedals instead of real ones. Silk rose petals keep their shape and can be seen clearer in pictures than real flower petals. Silk Petals are also much easier to clean than the real ones.

Arrival times and departure times must be kept. Days with more than one wedding run very smoothly when these times are adhered. All vendors providing service to you at The Gardens must be notified of these times so they come only during your time. The bridal attendants should go directly to the bride’s room to get ready and start pictures while the couple already wed may take pictures in the gardens or the chapel. We do request only the wedding party stay the last fifteen minutes of your time frame for pictures. Please have your limo or bus wait in the designated area until the pictures are complete. We encourage one bride to wave to the next and help celebrate each other’s day.

Option 1 (Ceremony Only)

Wedding time: 1:00 pm
Arrival time: 11:00 pm                                                     
Departure time: 2:30 pm

Option 2 (Ceremony/Reception partial day)

Wedding time: 3:30 pm                 
Arrival time: 2:30 pm                                                     
Departure time: 11:00 pm

Option 3 (Full Day rental for ceremony/reception)

Wedding time: Your choice                 
Arrival time: 11:00 AM                                                     
Departure time: 11:00 PM

Please take no more than 25 minutes for the ceremony start to finish. Longer ceremonies dip into time allotted for pictures.

Please make sure everyone below is on time to the rehearsal:

All officiates should attend the entire rehearsal of their respective wedding.

You will need one or two adult parking attendants. They need to arrive 60 minutes prior to the wedding and will receive instruction the night of the rehearsal; please have them attend.

You will need an adult bell ringer or two. The bell ringers help the children ring the bells (they take a little muscle to get started). The bells are rung at the pronouncement of Husband and Wife. Please ring the bells for several minutes. We love this special way to announce your joy. Guests may sign their names on the brick walls of the bell tower after ringing the bells. There are permanent markers in the tower. There is a personalized certificate signed by the bride and groom that all the children may take with them after ringing the bells.

All rehearsals are one hour long. There are no exceptions. Make sure your wedding party is prompt and organized.

A Gardens representative will run approximately the first 30 minutes of the rehearsal. It is important for us to know and help run the bridal procession in the correct order to ensure everything runs smoothly for your ceremony. They will also show the parking attendants the parking areas (there is no parking in the cemetery, blocking the private drive between the church and the school house, or in front of the neighbor’s garage) and show the bell ringing attendants the bell tower.

Other points covered during the rehearsal:

  • Ushers and attendants will be informed of where the bathrooms are located (most frequently asked question)
  • There is drinking water in the kitchen.
  • NO ALCOHOL is permitted to be carried in anywhere on the grounds or in the buildings at any point of the event unless provided by our staff. Any violation risks the closing of our facility to not only your wedding but all future weddings as well.
  • Please keep an eye on children. Do not permit them to run in the church, play in or around the fishpond or go up in the balcony without an adult.
  • If bubbles are being used, how and where do you want them handed out?
  • Please have the wedding party park towards the sides of the parking lot when arriving. The photographers use the front of the church for some very amazing pictures with the wedding party.
  • Please remember this is a church so please be respectful. It is a very big part of our community’s history and we need your assistance in preserving it for generations to come.


Please remember the Checklist sheets are crucial to running your wedding. It is mandatory that you complete the checklist sheet and return it at least two weeks prior to your Wedding so we are able to prepare. Please feel free to call or email with any questions as you fill it out.                                    

While there is no requirement for music, the following are the historic moments that have been selected for music to be played for the guests and announcement of the various bridal party members.

  • Entry music for the bulk of your guests
  • Grandparent and mother’s walk to their seating
  • Unity Candle lighting
  • Bridal party entrance
  • Bridal march
  • The Recessional

Please note that we do not supply a DJ for your ceremony but one can be hired for $100.

The bride can either have the men stand in the back foyer with the women, women on the left, or the men may come out from the groom’s room and walk halfway up the aisle to meet the women. The groomsmen may also come from the groom’s room and walk along the side aisle to the back foyer of the church to escort the bridesmaids. Preferably, all attendants come from the foyer. It makes for nice pictures coming down the aisle together, and is less for the attendants to worry about. The bride is brought from the bride’s room and taken outside to the side entrance of the church.

Processional Line Up- The flower girl and ring bearer stand behind the maid of honor. The maid of honor stands on the inside of the glass entrance doors. The other bridesmaids stand in front of her in whatever order is designated by the bride. NOTE: If the children in the processional are not able to stand through the entire ceremony please have them walk down the aisle and then sit with their grandparents or another relative to help keep your time enjoyable as well as theirs.

In front of the first set of attendants, is the mother of the bride. In front of her are the groom’s parents. Grandparents are then seated in front of the groom’s parents and the first to be escorted.

If you are looking to the front of the church from the entrance, the Groom’s family is on the right and the Bride’s family is on the left.

The grandparents walk down the aisle first. Next, the parents of the groom walk down. Traditionally, an usher escorts the women and the men walk behind. If the mothers are lighting a unity candle, the father of the groom sits down in the first pew. The mother of the groom stands by the right front pew and does not sit down. If there is not a unity candle, the parents of the groom sit down together in the first pew. The next to be escorted up are the parents of the bride. If the mothers are lighting the unity candle they will walk up the stairs together at this time and go to opposite sides of the alter and light the end candles of the unity candle. They will then walk back to the pews together and sit in their respective seats.

The groom and pastor are in the groom’s room. The men come out from the Groom’s room when the mothers are finished lighting the candles (or seated if they are not lighting the unity candle). The groom stands in front of his parents. The officiant stands on the alter carpeting or on the main floor of the church to the side.

The first bridal couple starts to walk down the aisle slowly and gracefully. As the first couple leaves the foyer area, the next couple steps up to the metal threshold in the carpeting. Remember at this point that pictures are being taken and couples need to be still. They will be seen in the background of all pictures. When the last bridal couple starts to walk, then the ushers close the doors from within the foyer. The father of the bride escorts the bride into the foyer.

On cue from the coordinator, the ushers slowly pull open the doors to the inside of the foyer as the bride walks down the aisle. The wedding coordinator fluffs the train and the doors close behind the bride as soon as her dress is out of the foyer. This reduces the backlight for the photographer. When the bride and father are down toward the front of the church and pictures are not being taken towards the back, the ushers can open the foyer doors again and go sit with their families.

At the end of the wedding the married couple walks down the aisle with the bridal attendants following in the reverse order that they walked up with. If the couple wants a receiving line they can go directly outside, or chose to have one inside. If they do not have a receiving line, the couple can walk outside and around the building to the door that enters the Groom’s room and then start taking pictures in the church. We desire pictures to be taken inside first and then outside to help with the flow of additional ceremonies that will be occurring after yours.

 

Shoot location for TV and Films, Business meetings/retreats, baptisms and other church related services, dinner parties, educational sessions, craft fairs, car shows, musical recording sessions, fashion shows, luncheons, company picnics, bridal showers, baby showers, family reunions, vow renewals and many more. Contact our facility management for pricing and to determine if we can host something we may not have listed above.

 

Please feel free to call or email with any questions you may have prior to your wedding. We look forward to helping you have the wedding of your dreams. 

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