For the detail-oriented and the planners among you, we have some policies to keep the whole process running smoothly. These are the major ones, so check them out and let us know if you have any questions.
The Brule River Barn is located in Douglas County, Wisconsin. You can obtain your marriage license through the Douglas County Clerk's office by making an appointment Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm. Certificates are $100 and have a 5-day waiting period (not including the day of application) and are good for 30 days after the waiting period is up.
Even if you're a resident of another state, you need to get your license in Wisconsin to make the ceremony valid.
The Brule River Barn is open for weddings and other large events from Memorial Day weekend to the first weekend in October. Outside this time frame, it's too cold to use our unheated Barn and the flowers can't put out their best. Depending on the nature of the event (like senior photo shoots), we may be open to extending those dates.
Weekend weddings are 48 hours of fun that include the use of the whole grounds. Check-in is at noon on Friday, and check-out is at noon on Sunday. If you need more time (if your family or wedding party wants to make a vacation out of it, for example), let us know.
Your event time will not be reserved until we have your signed contract and event deposit. Reservations are first-come, first-served.
The one additional item that we require that you get for your event is liability insurance. Crazy things happen and we don't want anyone to end up financially responsible for an accident. You might be able to simply add a rider to your existing policy for the event and Brule River Barn, or you could check out more comprehensive coverage from companies like WedSafe or WedSure.
We don't require any specific vendors for any events, because we want your event to be just the way you want it. We just ask that you follow state law and ensure that all food served is prepared in a licensed kitchen, whether it was made by a caterer, grocery store, or your auntie.
We love to talk over the details of weddings during visits beforehand, but we don't provide any sort of day-of coordination for weddings. However, we've seen a lot of weddings and we very strongly encourage that you have one. You don't have to hire someone; it could just be a super-organized friend. But the last thing you want to do on your big day is answer a hundred little questions about boutonnieres or chase everyone away from the first look site.
SET-UP AND CLEAN-UP
All you have to do to set up at the Barn is add your table decorations and other decor. We'll take care of setting up the tables and chairs for you.
When you leave, we ask that you fold the chairs up and make sure all your belongings have either been taken home or placed in the appropriate trash or recycle bin. If you've used the Cottage or House, we also ask that food is disposed of and linens make their way to a laundry basket.
If you aren't able to handle these responsibilities, we will take the cost of labor out of your damage deposit. Plan ahead and make sure you have all the time you need.
CHILDREN AND PETS
We love our children and pets, but they can be naughty sometimes. Our ponds and other grounds features are especially attractive to children, but can contain hazards. We welcome children, but make sure someone will be available to keep an eye on them at all times. Animals are welcome on a case-by-case basis, but we ask that they remain leashed and not enter the House, Cottage, or Milkhouse. Any damage caused to the grounds or buildings will be deducted from the deposit.
We have more policies, of course, and you can find them listed in the event contract.