Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, Wisconsin!

Now I’m not gonna lie, I did first judge this place by their website. I took one look at it and immediately dismissed it because the website…needs some work.

But then someone at work recommended the place and another also said they went to a wedding there this past New Year’s Eve and said it was really nice, so I gave it a shot.

The one part of the website that I did enjoy was the Cost Calculator. A lot of reception venues have little or nothing about the cost of having a reception there, let alone a system that you can pick out the specifics you want for your wedding. Obviously, it was just a rough estimate but it was nice going in there having a cost in mind.

We took few pictures (I was really excited and had a lot of questions so I kinda forgot…) BUT we are going back this weekend to drop off the deposit & ¬†signed contract (!!!).

A few of our non-negotiables for the reception were dinner, open bar (for at least part of it) and at a hotel or near a hotel for guests to stay in. We get all of this at Country Springs Hotel and it is within our price range!

We are still spending a pretty hefty amount of money, but once we calculated all of the potential costs we will have we realized we would be able to pay for all of the reception ourselves (with a combination of our money & both of our parents money).

We will still be taking out a loan, which will indeed stink, but it’s a better option than putting it on a credit card.

It’s our one day that is completely ours and we’re both comfortable with taking out a small (ish) loan to help pay for our day!

Sorry this lacks photos, but I’ll add more after we visit again!

Now for that dress…anyone willing to help me?! Events I can plan, finding dresses I can not.

Friday evening Ryan and I had our first wedding venue visit at The Iron Horse Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. We were pretty excited because this finally felt like our first step toward wedding planning. Yes we have a date, and a church¬†but honestly that’s it. Of course it feels real, but it’s hard to picture having an actual wedding….when you have no venue.


Anyways, our first visit went very well. It has such a unique, boutique hotel vibe that we both really thought fit us well. The cost was…decent and around what we are willing to pay (and not cry ourselves to sleep every night). They work well with other vendors and have great meal prices and selections. Sounds perfect right?


Well one problem. A kind of major problem. They only have 100 guest rooms.

Okay, no big deal. We can handle that.



Except we can only be guaranteed 10 rooms set back for our guests. 10 rooms?! Uhh with 175 guests I don’t think blocking off TEN ROOMS will even come close to covering it! We were both really disappointed because there’s really nothing else keeping us from snatching up the place for September 2, 2012. There aren’t any other hotels close enough and our guests will be…drinking and I don’t want them to have to pay for a cab to get across town after paying to come to our wedding AND getting us a gift. I’d just feel too guilty and I want our guests to enjoy themselves and not have to worry about getting a ride elsewhere.

I e-mailed 5 more venues on Saturday after freaking out about not being able to find the perfect place. They all responded back today but…none seem comparable to The Iron Horse. One was way too expensive, two already had that date filled, and two are closer to our price range but still more than what we want to pay.

We’re hoping to look at a few more venues and see if we like anything else. I’d really love for our reception to be downtown so people get to experience Milwaukee and get to see the downtown area but we will see. I’m also highly considering connecting with the wedding coordinator of The Iron Horse to see if he is willing to block off more rooms for us if we guarantee guests will book there (I’m talking so sure that we will offer to pay for any rooms that aren’t used up…because I know that they will be).

We shall see!

Q: Is it okay to negotiate with a venue? Did you have to make sacrifices on what you wanted on your wedding day?

Evening! Day two of blogging and I’m still going strong. The weather here in Wisconsin has been crazy. It was supposed to rain and storm but…nothing ever happened and it just stayed uncomfortably hot. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be 59 degrees…what the heck Wisconsin?! Just decide on a season and go with it!

Anyways, I wanted to take this post to talk about my (our) upcoming WEDDING! Ryan (fiance) and I have only been engaged for a little over a week and I (we) are so excited! I really wanted to use this part of this blog to document all of the fun (and not so fun…) aspects of planning a wedding. I’m hoping both of our families & friends can use this to keep up-to-date with all of the shenanigans of our adventure (that way I don’t have to call everyone every since time we make a decision).

So far, there’s not much set to be honest. We are thinking of having the special day on Labor Day weekend 2012. Seems like foooorever away but it’s what will work best for us. There’s no way I could plan it for this September and we really would like it on a long holiday weekend for people to be able to travel (and now on an anniversary we get an extra day off!)

We are talking with our church this coming weekend about the date and hopefully it is open! We have an appointment for a possible reception place as well at the Iron Horse Hotel in a couple weeks. I will definitely give an update for that (pictures included!).

Besides that there’s not much else to update on. 3 out of my 4 bridesmaids have been contacted, all said yes! I feel like after we have the date set with the church everything will take off at once. I have no idea what I want with basically anything so it will be interesting to say the least.

Until next time!