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.
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 spite of 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 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.
A note about an officiant: The Gardens Wedding Center does not have a designated officiant nor do we supply 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.
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.
If you wish to have food or alcohol 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 insurance restrictions that have been placed upon our property.
This is not a requirement for anyone but will certainly add to the natural beauty our property flaunts. Every florist we speak with is excited to have an opportunity to build upon the palette we have provided.
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 our 150-year-old pews. We also have shepherd hooks that the bows are hung from in our outdoor space.
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, and glitter are very time consuming to clean up and some pose a slip hazard. 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.
Wedding time: 1:00 pm
Arrival time: 12:00 pm
Departure time: 2:30 pm
Wedding time: 3:30 pm
Arrival time: 2:30 pm
Departure time: 5:00 pm
Wedding time: Sunset
Arrival time: 5:00 pm
Departure time: 11:00 PM (Fri & Sat)
Please take no more than 25 minutes for the ceremony start to finish. Longer ceremonies dip into time allotted for pictures. Last slots of the day on Friday and Saturday are reserved for Ceremonies with onsite Receptions following.
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.
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.
We will 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:
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 altar 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 Officiant, the ushers slowly pull open the doors to the inside of the foyer as the bride walks down the aisle. The usher 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.
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.
Please note that we do not supply a DJ for your ceremony but one can be hired for $100.
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. We also require that The Gardens appointed vendor provides all beverages for your event. Per Wisconsin law, 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.
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 from outside the facility. The Gardens approved bar vendor must provide all other beverages for your event.
We do have a small percentage fee that we charge those on our Preferred Catering list in order for them to operate within our facility. In the event you select a caterer not on our Preferred List, there is an additional 5% service fee on top of your total catering bill that will be due with your final rental payment to The Gardens. You must also have written permission from The Gardens for the caterer you’ve selected to join us. There is a small list of caterers who are not permitted to operate onsite. The only additional fees you can possibly anticipate is a cleaning fee for any caterer who does not clean the room we provide them at the conclusion of your event. These cleaning fees are the responsibility of you, the client, who is renting The Gardens.
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.
There are three time slots available seven days a week.
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Sun-Thu)
5:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Fri-Sat)
The last slot on Fridays and Saturdays is reserved for Ceremony/Reception combination clients. This service is not available Sunday thru Thursday. Basic Sunday thru Thursday package (excluding holidays) is $800 for any time slot 1-3a. Basic Friday & Saturday package for Slot 1 is $1000, Slot 2 is $1200 and Slot 3b is $3000. Should you wish to have our historic property rented exclusively for your entire wedding day, all three slots may be purchased. Contact us for the discounted full day rate.
We do not have a space to handle a reception of more than 50 people indoors at this time. We suggest you rent a wedding tent from one of our preferred vendors for locating on our expansive northern property to protect you should you be concerned with potentially inclement weather.
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, Sound System, Projector Rental, etc. Certain taxes and gratuities will also be applied to final invoices as required. We do have a $150.00 Tent Set-Up fee if you desire a tent be used at your event. This fee is not for the rental of a tent, as we do not provide one, but to cover landscape repair costs once your tent comes down. In addition to this fee you will be responsible for renting a tent from an outside company with prior approval from The Gardens. Other additional fees may be seen if damage to our property occurs or if your event begins earlier or runs later than the designated times. These fees are outlined in your contract. 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).
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 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.