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“We Do” Want a Personalized Wedding

Making your wedding memorable can be a joyful experience for couples. There are many ways to plan personalized and meaningful nuptials, it’s just a matter of finding what works for you. We can help you with some of the details of creating a personalized wedding by offering tips and services to keep the planning fun and incorporate what makes you and your significant other embrace the entire experience. 

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Make the Trees, Grass, Birds, and Blooms the Feature of Your Wedding Day

Planting roots, letting your love grow, blooming together. Consider weaving these themes into your vow exchange, since by hosting your wedding at Schlitz Audubon, nature can serve as an inspiration. To further incorporate nature, Schlitz Audubon offers a tree planting ceremony option as a creative addition. In this ceremony, pour fresh soil into the base vessel of your very own white oak tree, which will be planted in a restoration area on our 185-acre property. Not only are you symbolically planting your roots in love, but having a tree planted as well! Our conservation team will share a map with the coordinates of your honorary tree, and you can hike by that area as often as you’d like – in any season!  

According to The Knot 2021 Real Weddings Study, 70% of wedding couples would like to have a sustainable component to their wedding. Renting Schlitz Audubon as your venue is already a green effort, with the fee supporting our mission to conserve our land’s diverse habitats on Lake Michigan. We offer sustainable options to personalize your wedding day. If you’re considering hosting your ceremony outdoors, the pavilion can be the perfect canvas for your ceremony. This area, surrounded by birdsong and wildflowers, will lend a beautiful atmosphere to your day. We also offer a sustainable backdrop of a natural wooden arch made from our property’s fallen ash trees, which you can leave bare or add fresh florals to. Consider using natural, reusable wine barrels for cocktail tables and fallen tree slices for table décor! All of these items can be rented. 

Tune Into Your Personalities with Music that Speaks to You

Music can tell a lot about a couple and certainly tells a story. The good news is that there are so many ways to incorporate a personal playlist into your wedding day. From the start, your processional music gives guests a taste of your personalities. Whether your romantic story sounds like a grand bagpipe entrance to honor your heritage, a classical piano number you played in middle school, or perhaps you and your betrothed connect to the theme song to Star Wars – flaunt it!    

If you need guidance in selecting music, talk with your DJ, band, or your musicians about what they recommend. These experts in the field will have a great list of suggested songs for whatever mood you’re looking to create. Take it to the next level by asking your DJ or band for personalized lights – or even a disco ball! Couples can feel good knowing that their electricity use has less of an environmental impact because our building uses solar panels. 

Your Wedding Can Be an Invitation to a Lifetime of Fun

From centerpieces and creative décor to speeches and toasts, the fun options are endless! We’ve gathered a few ideas from couples who have married recently at Schlitz Audubon. Impress your guests by inviting our raptors to be a part of your day. Let the special people in your life get to know our owls, hawks, falcon, and even a Bald Eagle. Encapsulate local flair with centerpieces that speak to your hometown, such as by using Milwaukee’s Pickle jars to hold your florals. You can showcase fun engagement photos or pictures of your favorite furry friends on a table in front of Emerson, our snapping turtle. You may even set out dozens of board games and card games for your guests to play after dinner. Visit our Instagram or Pinterest pages to bring these ideas to life.  

Whatever your perfect wedding day looks like as you plan, make it yours and make it fun! 

Feature Image Photo Credit: Sam Hurd