Bayfield Gifts For Your Wedding Party
You’re engaged! Before you start creating a “to-do” list in your head, savor being newly engaged with your fiancé. Before you call the press, take time for just you two to celebrate. Here’s a thoughtful list to help you with what comes next:
1. Spread your good news! Start with your parents, siblings, close friends, then relatives. If possible, telling them in person makes for a more memorable experience. Because life can get busy and schedules don’t always align, telling them on the phone would be the next best thing. Once you’ve told your “inner-circle, feel free to let loose on social media such as Facebook and Instagram.
People will be asking you about the proposal itself, Reader’s Digest suggests you craft a retelling that reflects the beauty and magic of the moment.
2. Dream. Before you dive into the planning process, think about how you want your wedding day to feel. Do you want a small, intimate, beach wedding? Do you desire a large, elegant, wedding? All of this will determine details in the planning process. Some of you may know exactly what you want as soon as your engaged and some of you will need this valuable time. Pick up some bridal magazines, check out Pinterest and go to our Inspiration tab to gather ideas. Have fun with it!
Images by SV Heart Photography
3. Organize. Once you start the planning process, you will be flooded with brochures, information, etc. Pick up a 3 ring binder, tab dividers and pocket protector sleeves. There are even pre-made wedding binders to make it extra easy to start the planning process. Do whatever works best for you. Check out this easy, instant-download wedding planner on Etsy! You’ll thank yourself later for this pro-active move.
4. Guest Count. Before you can start thinking about venues, you need to have a number of guests in mind. Create a “rough-draft” list with your fiancé then ask both of your parents for a list of people they would like to see on the guest list. You can always add and subtract people later, but it’ll be helpful to have a number to start working with.
5. Create a budget. It’s nearly impossible to know how much your wedding will end up costing, but it is possible to create a budget. The sooner you have a number in mind, the easier it will be to set aside a set amount each month to save. After you’ve figured out how much you and your fiancé can spend, start the budget conversation with both sets of parents. Go into the conversation with an open and grateful heart.
6. Figure out where & when. Some couples may be set on a specific month while others may have an idea such as “August 2015 – October 2015”, either way, having an idea will be crucial when you want to get serious about planning. Being more open will give you more options for venues and vendors. Next, think about where you want your big day to take place. Maybe Bayfield and the Apostle Islands is a special vacation spot for the both of you or your family. Perhaps you both come from the same hometown. Coming up with a general “where and when” will help you move forward in booking a venue and vendors.
7. Book a venue & vendors. Once you’ve come up with your “where and when” you’re ready to start looking into venues. You’ll want to reserve your venue space before you start booking vendors. If you have your heart set on a specific vendor, then it might be helpful to mention your time frame to them as you narrow it down. From orchards and beaches to charming churches, Bayfield has something for every couple. Check out Bayfield venues and vendors here. Don’t hesitate to contact us for an extra hand with this step!
8. Insure your ring! If your ring isn’t already insured, be sure to make this a priority! Everything you need to know about insuring your ring can be found here at The Knot.
Photographer: Jaimee Morse // Planning, Design + Decor: Lace & Brass Events
1. Tell us about yourself and your company.
My name is Emily Jeffress and I am 27 years old. My husband and I moved to Bayfield County from Northwest Indiana in 2012 and absolutely fell in love with this area! Since then we have had a son, daughter and settled permanently in Cornucopia.
I started Lace & Brass Events in 2014 and it has been an incredible dream to see it grow. As a wedding planner we work with couples from the very beginning of their planning process. We keep track of the budget, guests, checklists, RSVPs, payments, contacts etc all while communicating with the vendors throughout the entire process. We work with the couple on designing the wedding style and decor. We attend vendor appointments and basically guide you through wedding planning keeping it stress-free and a happy experience for you! On the wedding day we manage the wedding party, oversee vendor set-up, facilitate the ceremony and much more!
We also offer day-of coordination and event design services along with really unique all-inclusive elopement packages and a sailboat elopement package!
2. How did you get into wedding planning?
After spending a year and a half planning, designing, and creating my entire wedding, I realized I not only loved doing this but I was really good at it! I then helped friends with some of their wedding planning and began hearing a lot, “You should do this for a living!” I decided to do just that. I found that there was a real need for a wedding planner in the area, seeing as Bayfield did not have any local wedding coordinators or planners before.
3. What’s your favorite part of the job?
I love seeing all of the work we have done together come together beautifully on the wedding day. It makes me incredibly happy to see my clients blissfully enjoying their wedding day while we take care of all the details and coordination.
4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned during your job?
Expect the unexpected! Unfortunately situations like a faulty generator or red wine on your wedding dress aren’t planned but we are prepared for situations and handle them calmly and carefully!
5. Are there any trends you love or would love to see couples leave behind?
I absolutely love that couples embrace what feels right to them. Whether that is a beautiful large event or something incredibly small. This is one of the main reasons we created our all-inclusive elopement packages in 2016! We hope couples continue to follow their heart and not feel pressured to do something that isn’t right for them.
6. What advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their big day?
Pinterest can be such a great tool while wedding planning but it can also cause some struggles for couples. Sometimes there are too many fun, unique things you would like to include in your wedding, too many DIY projects you would like to do or too many decor pieces you want to squeeze in somewhere. Narrow down your wedding “board” to what you actually want to have at your wedding and go with it!
Updated November 2017
Create an exceptional experience by offering memorable activities for your guests. While the main reason for your guests gathering is to watch you get hitched, Bayfield’s boundless beauty sets the stage for countless memorable experiences for them to enjoy during their stay. Check out some of the seasonal activities waiting for you and your entourage to dive into. Your wedding guests will be thanking you.
Part 2 of a 2 part series.
Entertainment + Leisure
Orchards + Wineries — Nestled in the rising hills of Bayfield are a bushel of scenic and charming orchards and berry farms. During the summer months, invite your wedding guests to experience the simple pleasure of picking a variety of berries. Come fall time, apples and homemade treats are the pride of the land. Don’t miss out on the unique treasure, Wisconsin’s Berry Capital, and all it has to offer. Find everything you need to know right here.
Apostle Islands Cruises — Your guests can go beyond simply sightseeing and learn about the culture, history and highlights of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands on one of several Apostle Islands boat cruises. Tour lighthouses or go hiking out on the islands, browse different cruises here.
Museums + History Tours — You know there will be a few history enthusiasts on the guest list, so why not introduce them to Northern Wisconsin’s rich history by inviting them to visit the Bayfield Historical Museum or Bayfield’s Maritime Museum? Visitors can also enjoy one of the town’s award winning historic walking tours along the streets of Bayfield.
Golf — It will only take your guests one time golfing Apostle Highlands Golf Course to know they need to take a little extra time to enjoy the scenic vista overlooking the Apostle Islands and Lake Superior. Northern Wisconsin golfing at its best, Apostle Highlands is located 500 feet above Lake Superior’s south shore and offers fantastic views of Chequamegon Bay!
Concerts by the Lake — If your guests decide to get into town early or stay a little longer during the summer months, they’ll have the chance to enjoy an outdoor concert in Memorial Park along the shores of Lake Superior. Concerts take place on Tuesdays at 7pm. The view? They’ll be looking out to Madeline Island and the pier as the sun sets… They’ll have the best seat in town!
Shops + Galleries — Bayfield has no shortage of charming boutiques and galleries. When your guests are perusing through town, they’ll find a plethora of unique jewelry, art and clothing. Not what they’re looking for? Candy, fudge, fruit pies, fresh or smoked fish… Bayfield has that too! Find a list of retailers here.
Big Top Chautauqua — This famous blue circus tent on top of Mt. Ashwabay welcomes nationally and internationally known entertainment. Seating 900, there is more than enough room for your whole guest list if you wish it! Hands will be clapping and toes will be tapping. Check it out!