If you have a family member marrying you, is that ok?
They need to be licensed by the State of Wisconsin or if licensed in another state, they need to get a sponsoring minister. Wisconsin leaves this open to your judgment as the bride and groom. Just keep in mind that having a non-licensed family member perform the marriage could result in problems down the road if either bride or groom decides to question the validity of the marriage.
How many guests can fit upstairs for the ceremony?
What is the average time couples have their ceremony start?
Average time is 3 pm to 5 pm.
Is there a guest limit on the hilltop ceremony?
No limit, but if you want chairs for every guest moved outside, we charge $3 per chair. Otherwise, some brides have had just a couple rows of chairs and had the other guests stand.
If we are having an outdoor ceremony, will the dinner tables already be setup and ready for centerpieces to be placed?
Yes, they can be upon request weather permitting. We will wait to set up tables if the weather is possible rain until we make the decision as to where the ceremony will be.
Who does the sponsorship letter go to?
You need to bring it to the Barron County Courthouse when you apply for your license.
Is a justice of the peace/judge ok?
Yes, and we have listed some on the bridal profile. The county also has a list of judges on their website you can contact.
Do we have to get the license from the county the barn is in?
Yes if you want your legal marriage to take place on your wedding day in the barn, you need to obtain your marriage license through Barron County and Maple Grove is the Township you would put on your application.
Do you recommend that couples do a “first look” prior to the ceremony?
It seems like a lot of brides do that at the barn. Personal preference. There are some adorable spots for this at the barn. If you think a first look will help you to focus more at the ceremony, then by all means plan on doing this. It can also allow for pictures to be done before the ceremony so that you can spend the cocktail hour socializing with guests.
How long does it take to get from the back of the barn to the stage walking?
Typically, depending on speed of course, it takes 25 seconds to walk from the far back of the barn up onto the stage.