Distinctly Door County
Insider Tips: Planning Your Big Day in Door County
Planning a wedding in Door County is an incredible experience. That said, there are quirks and challenges, no matter your wedding locale, and the peninsula is no exception.
We’re here to help. To make planning a bit easier, we’ve compiled a list of things to consider when getting married in Door County.
The peninsula has plenty of lodging establishments, but few are big enough to accommodate large groups of people. During the summer and fall months, many places have a two- or three-night minimum, especially on the weekends. Consider building in activities or offering recommendations to make your wedding weekend a mini-vacation, suggesting several lodging options and encouraging guests to book rooms as early as possible.
Keep the peninsula’s seasonality in mind.
When contacting Door County florists, venue owners, caterers, photographers, salons and musicians, there’s no such thing as too early. During the winter and early spring, many local businesses take a breather from the busy season by limiting their hours or closing completely. During the busy season, these same business owners are working like crazy from early May through the end of October. Understanding these dynamics and padding your planning with some breathing room will mean less stress for you and the business you want to work with.
Look at venue requirements.
Some venues — especially churches and public places — have specific requirements for use. For instance, if you want to get married on the Northern Sky Theater’s stage at Peninsula State Park, you’ll need permission from the DNR, and you’ll have to pay a small fee. If you want to get married in a church where you’re not a member, you may need to meet with clergy or attend marital counseling.
It’s a piece of advice that could apply to any wedding anywhere, but it’s especially pertinent in Door County. The nearest tux or formal-wear shop is in Algoma, and the next nearest is in Green Bay. A seamstress may be tough to find and may not work on weekends. Having a back-up plan for clothing, hair and makeup with a person in your wedding party or a relative who can help will foster peace of mind and cause fewer headaches later.
Don’t depend on technology.
Asking guests to depend on GPS or Google Maps seems like a no-brainer, but depending on your cell-phone carrier and your location, you may have some issues with slow or completely absent cell-phone reception on the peninsula. To be safe, make sure you’ve provided maps and detailed directions to all of your wedding locations.