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Wedding Newsletter

April 2013



We hope this Spring Newsletter reaches you in good spirits and good health.  Spring has finally arrived here - we know this because Alice waddles down to the lodge every morning for breakfast now - it's nice to see her out of the barn and getting some exercise!  In the last few days, the ice on the lake thawed completely and already a male loon has begun calling for his mate. 


We kick off the season very shortly with Christina and Chad and then Lisa and Peter.  We've got a couple of shoulder-season events before the wedding season kicks in but we're already in wedding mode.  We're getting ready and getting excited so we wanted to send out a few tidbits in this newsletter that will help you plan your big event here at Mountain Meadows Lodge. What follows is some info about new options and some  answers to frequently asked questions, and while not everything will apply to your event, there may be something that will help.


And if you want to see more, we've got some old newsletters archived.


We've also just posted a new gallery of a Summer 2012 wedding - check it out if you need inspiration for how fun your wedding will be at MML!

Campers. Campers can stay on site for $20 per person per night and this includes breakfast. We don't have actual campsites, but we can give them an area of the lawn that is tucked away. For bathroom facilities they can use the lodge bathrooms or better yet, we ask that they coordinate with one of the guests in the lodge to use their bathroom. If there are a lot of campers we ask you to set aside (and pay for) a guest room in the lodge that the campers can use for their bathroom. Campers should call and make a reservation just like the other lodgers.



Flowers. If you are not hiring a florist feel free to purchase your own flowers and make your own bouquets, flower arrangements, centerpieces, and other decorative touches. You can order flowers online and have them shipped here or you can come a day or two early and shop locally. We have a good variety of vessels for your arrangements - ball jars, mason jars, vases, pewter tins buckets and the like.


Menu Planning.

If you haven't considered your menu yet, look over our catering page and see what looks intriguing. You can also take a look at our sample menus too. You're not limited to the items on our web page. If you see something on the Food Channel that you think you might like for your wedding, just let me know and I'll find a recipe. Then, I will let you know if it can be scaled up and we'll take it from there. We are always available to help customize your menu. Give us a theme or some broad brush-strokes and we'll be happy to design a menu that fits your style. If you're looking for a really great pasta option, here's a link to some terrific gourmet ravioli from one of our favorite suppliers.



Dessert option. We've updated the Ben & Jerry's ice cream planning document.


Equipment & Tent Arrangements

When it comes to tables and chairs for under the tent, you have some options.  You'll need to decide a few things (or let us decide for you!) What color linens do you want--do you have a color scheme? Do you like the round plates or square? Do you want a head table?  Do you want a sweetheart table?  Do you want some cocktail tables?  In addition to round tables there are  picnic tables and farmhouse tables. You have choices with chairs too -- we prefer the white wedding chairs, but in addition to the white wedding chair, there are chiavari chairs (dark and light), new pecan wedding chairs.  Here are some pictures of the various combinations:


ceremonyWhat if it rains...

What if it rains on the day of your wedding?  First of all, don't stress! As you can imagine, sometimes it rains on peoples wedding day (duh!). It's not the end of the world. You've pictured a gorgeous outdoor ceremony on the lawn overlooking the lake and even though that might not happen, we'll do everything to give you a beautiful ceremony here at Mountain Meadows while keeping your guests comfortable and pleased.

For the ceremony you have a couple of choices. What you choose depends on a couple of factors: how big your wedding is, how flexible your schedule is, and how hard it's raining. So here are your choices.

1) Adjust your schedule - wait 'til the rain stops. If it's a day where there is a thunderstorm coming through or a day of light rain, we'll watch the radar and you can adjust the ceremony time. [One time we delayed the ceremony by 2 hours and served the appetizers before the ceremony so the guests had something to do while they were waiting.] We are not a "wedding factory" where we have another group coming through after you, so if you're guests can roll with some flexibility then this is a good option. Your officiant will have to have some flexibility in his/her schedule to accommodate this plan.

2) Get married under the tent. We'll rearrange the set up under the tent to accommodate your ceremony there. We can open up walls of the tent, creating a garden back drop. We can move chairs to create seating for the ceremony and an aisle to walk down if you like.

3) Get married in the lodge in front of the fire place or in the music room. Depending on your guest list, there may not be enough seating for everyone so you might consider chairs in the front for the older folks with other guests standing in the back. We'll move furniture and do whatever it takes to give you a lovely indoor ceremony. 


group photo in front of lake 

Mobility Impaired guests

If any of your guests have mobility issues remember to lodge them in the Farmhouse first floor rooms.  Furthermore, you can consider getting them a golf cart or scooter.  Our wedding services page has recommended vendors.  


Friday Night Ideas

Think about Friday night as a welcome dinner rather than a rehearsal dinner.  Most couples choose a casual theme for the meal:  Cook-outs/BBQ are the most popular but consider a seafood boil, a taco bar, a pasta bar, Mexican Night or some other crowd-pleasing casual meal to make everyone feel welcome and relaxed.  End the evening with a campfire and s'mores!



Wishing you all the best with your wedding planning!  Let us know what we can do to help!

Anne, Bill, Dave, Lauren and all the gang at Mountain Meadows Lodge

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Remember:  If you come to do planning (or just visit and hang out), you'll get a 50% discount on lodging.


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