Weddings and Group Lodging in Green Lake

If you dream of saying “I do” along the lake as the sunset glistens off the water all the while overlooking rolling hills of beautiful countryside, you can find it all in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Green Lake has become a desired wedding destination for many with some of the most scenic gathering spaces found anywhere in the country. 

Special Properties Vacation Rentals is one of the largest real estate and property management companies in Green Lake. We can turn your dream wedding into a luxury reality.

You can select from humble 1 and 2 bedroom cottages to 6 bedroom luxury homes. We have homes for rent on the lake and off the lake. We cater to traveling groups of any size and can assist in making your Green Lake wedding a beautiful experience remembered for years to come.

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Getting Married in Green Lake

Many couples choose to select Green Lake as their wedding destination because of the beautiful scenery found everywhere. Special Properties Vacation Rentals is here to help you with the lodging portion of your special celebration. However, there is a lot more that goes into to planning a destination wedding than just lodging. So, we have put together a list of tips and suggestions to help you get started with the planning of your Green Lake wedding day.

Budgeting Your Wedding

Budgeting is the first step to planning your Green Lake wedding and unfortunately, the least fun part as well. However, it is probably the most important step to start with. Determine what you want to spend and stick to it so your costs don’t get out of control. Reports suggest that the average cost of a wedding in the united states is anywhere between $20,000 to $30,000. If you have that much to spend on a wedding, that’s terrific! If not, you will want to carefully plan for your costs, so that you and your significant other don’t start out your new life buried under a mountain of debt.

Be sure to account for costs such as:

  • Gifts for the wedding party
  • Stationery and stamps for wedding invitations and especially, Thank you cards.
  • Gratuities
  • Hair styling and beauty treatments for the wedding party
  • Added fees that one could incur if the wedding starts or ends late
  • Wedding and party favors for guests
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Special Properties can help handle the lodging details for your Green Lake Wedding

Get Organized

Once you get all the details set up, you will want to keep everything organized. You may want to consider getting a binder to keep track of everything or you can even use online wedding planning software such as Wedding Wire or The Knot

It is important to keep copies of contracts in a safe place as well as copies of any changes to those contracts. If you have provided your service providers with any special instructions, be sure to bring a written copy of detailed instructions with you on your wedding day. So, in the case of any miscommunication, you can hand them over to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Picking the Date

Your wedding date is a day that you will remember forever. So, pic your date carefully, but before you do, be sure your date doesn’t overlap with any major events or festivals in Green Lake or even in nearby Ripon. Scheduling a date when other events are occurring could mean that you will have a more difficult time securing adequate lodging. Lodging costs could also be more expensive to accommodate demand during these times. 

The same goes for scheduling your wedding on or near major holidays. Your costs are likely to increase during these times.

Below are some helpful links to for events happening in Green Lake and Ripon, so you can determine a date for your Green Lake Wedding.

Choosing Your Green Lake Wedding Venue

Green Lake has several wedding venues nearby. You can have an outdoor wedding with the calming waters of Green Lake providing a backdrop or go for an indoor wedding with a more intimate feel. 

There a few items to consider when selecting a wedding venue:

  • Do you want your wedding and reception to happen at the same location? Some venues offer the option to host both and some do not.
  • How many guests are you expecting? Venue capacities vary by location. So, keep that number in mind when you consider your options for venues.
  • Are you planning a religious ceremony? Many religious weddings require the ceremony to be held in a place of worship.
  • How much work will you need to do? Some venues have staff to assist with setting up tables and chairs while others do not. In such cases, you may need to enlist the help of friends, family or hire additional helpers to assist.

Below are a list of local and nearby venues to consider for your wedding ceremony and reception.

Selecting a Place to Stay

Our property management team will help you pick the perfect accommodations for you and your guests. You may want to put together a list of types of lodging you are interested in for your guests. You may also want to consider what other activities you will be engaged in while in Green Lake. For example, if you are planning to do a lot of water skiing while in town, you will want to be sure to select a lake front property with accommodations for a ski boat.

You will have lots of lodging options to choose from in Green Lake. Booking a series of rental properties could earn you a group discount. So, be sure to ask. Either way, we will work with you and your wedding party to ensure everyone’s needs are met for your event.

Getting a Marriage License in Green Lake

Many people say getting the marriage license was the easiest and most inexpensive part of getting married in Green Lake. You can get your marriage license at the Green Lake County court house. There is a 5 day waiting period and once you receive your license, it must be used within 30 days of receipt.

For more information, you can take a look at the Green Lake County court house web page on the topic here

  • Office Hours:
    8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Address:
    571 County Road A
    Green Lake, WI 54941
  • Phone: 920-294-4005

Other Group Stays in Green Lake

We can host more than weddings. Are you looking to host the next family reunion or corporate retreat? Special Properties Vacation Rentals can help you get all the details for event squared away for a stress free event. In some instances, you could qualify for group booking discounts.

Family Reunions and Retreats

Being tasked with planning a large group get together is no easy feat and we here at Special Properties Vacation Rentals know this. We can help you find accommodations that meet the needs of those attending, as well as the needs of your budget. We can help suggest the best location with special amenities to make your event even better. 

We define a group as 20 or more people, but if your group is smaller than that, we can still assist you. Please contact us for more details.

Your Family Reunion Accommodations

When you start planning, take into account who will be at the event. Will it be a large event with several groups of people or will it be a more intimate and smaller group event? Renting condominiums, townhomes or even smaller 1 or 2 bedroom homes allows people to maintain their personal space, while renting a large luxury home can give close knit groups a central location to gather. 

Next you’ll want to think about activities you’ll be participating in while in Green Lake. Will there be fishing or golf? Do you want to be close to town? Would you prefer a property off the beaten path? You will also want to make sure people can easily get to the property and that there is ample room for parking.

If any of this sounds too overwhelming, feel free to give us a call at (847) 477-3783 or contact us here. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions for you to help plan your trip.

Why Green Lake for Your Group Event?

Nothing brings us together like roasting marshmallows for smores over a bonfire or a slow cruise across the lake at sunset. So, leave the the hectic fast paced world behind and start creating memories in Green Lake. With endless miles of hiking and bike trails, fresh, clean water to play in, festivals, there is no better place to reconnect with one another. Worlds apart from city life, come connect to the good life here in Green Lake, Wisconsin for your next group vacation.

Green Lake is a beautiful destination year round.

The summer season is perfect for golf, water play, fishing and more. The fall season can provide an explosion of color for a beautiful hiking trip. While the winter months provide prime opportunities for snowmobiling across the lake and ice fishing.

There are activities to make everyone happy

Summer activities include swimming, water skiing, scuba diving, golf, hiking and cycling. Read more about summer activities in Green Lake.

Winter activities include snowmobiling, ice fishing, sledding, snowshoeing, ice sailing and more. Read more about winter activities in Green Lake.

Easy to Get To

Most travelers fly into Green Bay which is about 2 hours away. If you are lucky to have them at an airport nearby, budget airline, Allegiant Air, flies into Appleton, which is less than an hour away from Green Lake.

Milwaukee is about 2 and half hours away and Chicago is 3 to 4 hours away depending on what part you are coming from. However, don’t let the distance scare you away. The drive to get to Green Lake is an easy one with lots of beautiful scenery along the way.

Close to other interesting sites in Wisconsin

Green Lake is fairly centrally located within the state of Wisconsin making it an ideal hub for any other location you would like to travel to within the state. There is an endless supply of things to do in Wisconsin. Consider a visit to the state capital, hiking through some incredible forests in the north or even a visit to some of the ski areas such as Cascade Mountain or Granite Peak.

Downtown Green Lake

Of course a trip to Green Lake wouldn’t be complete without a short day trip in town. The downtown area of Green Lake is quaint and peaceful offering scenic parks and trails, local shopping and a handful of memorable dining establishments.

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