Your Brambleberry wedding questions answered!
Is the Grand Pavilion available year-round?
Because our pavilion is partially open, it is not available from late October through mid-April.
What if it rains?
The spacious Grand Pavilion is built to commercial code with sliding barn doors and optional cathedral tent panels are available to cover the open-pillared east side. If you are planning an outdoor ceremony and it rains, the ceremony can be delayed until the rain stops or it can be moved inside.
What time can we setup and decorate? Can we come the day before?
Brambleberry offers weddings everyday. If you have a Saturday wedding and we have a Friday wedding booked, you will not be able to come on Friday to decorate (you do have the option of renting for two days for an extra fee of $1,500. That would guarantee you exclusive access to the venue for both days.) Access to the Grand Pavilion begins at 6 a.m. on the day of rental. If there is no event the night before your wedding, you are welcome to decorate early. Brambleberry staff provides general clean-up (not food related) so you can enjoy your party.
How is catering arranged?
You may select the licensed and insured caterer of your choice, but they must be approved by the general manager. Nearly all caterers serve from their trucks. There is an additional fee of $500 for a caterer to rent our commercial kitchen.
Can we have more than 250 guests?
The Grand Pavilion is designed to accommodate 250 guests plus space for a buffet line and the bar. We could fit up to 300 guests, but it would be a tight squeeze. Our restrooms are designed to serve 500 guests. If your event needs more space, you may rent a tent and extra tables and chairs at your own expense. A tent could be set up adjoining the east side of the pavilion.
Can we have just a ceremony?
Yes, but it will be an outdoor ceremony with no access to the pavilion — even in the event of rain as we will attempt to rent the pavilion for another reception and they will need to decorate. Outdoor ceremony rental is $800 and there are two sites to select from.
What is the restroom situation?
Brambleberry has beautiful, brand new commercial men’s and women’s restrooms that can serve 500 guests. These restrooms are also used by the winery customers. Winery customers are not permitted access to the pavilion events. The restrooms are attached to the south side of the Grand Pavilion with two entry doors. Each restroom contains a handicapped accessible shower. The men’s room also has a diaper station. The women’s restroom is also furnished with extra outlets for blow dryers and curling irons. The restrooms are large enough for bridal parties who aren’t having a reception to dress and get ready. We have a separate lounge for nursing moms and their babies. Women may use the diaper station in the mom and baby lounge. The restroom building is heated and air-conditioned with gathering space. The building is open all night when there are campers onsite.
What’s your campground like?
We have room for 25 tents in two group sites. All sites are green (primitive) with no electricity and are in a natural, unmanicured setting. Due to the risk of forest fire, we don’t permit individual campfires. There is a campfire site near the pavilion. The campground, named Birchwood, is surrounded by birch trees and is adjacent to the Enchanted Forest ceremony site with a portable restroom. It’s less than two blocks from the pavilion. The fee is $25 per night for tents or RVs. Pull-behind pop-up campers and RVs cannot drive to these sites. Blackberry Ridge is best reached with a four-wheel drive vehicle.
How many rooms are in the B&B?
The B&B has three spacious, luxurious guestrooms with whirpools and 25 campsites. Other hotels can be found in nearby Galesville, Whitehall, Taylor and Black River Falls. Two-night rental of the B&B is encouraged with Saturday pavilion rentals. A one-night stay is $465, plus tax. We offer winery vouchers on multiple-night stays. The rooms may also be rented individually by your bridal party or wedding guests at normal rental rates. We prefer not to have guests who are not associated with your wedding staying during your event. Rooms at the inn include continental breakfast. Campers also have access to our spacious bathhouse with complete showers and restrooms that are designed for 500 guests to use. There is ample space and outlets to accommodate hair-styling and makeup applications for campers.
What is your payment policy?
All elopements must be pre-paid. Small weddings (not held on Saturday) at $600 rental require a 50% deposit to secure your date and must be paid in full 30 days before your ceremony. Pavilion rental requires a 25% down-payment to book your date. A regular payment schedule will be established, the balance due two weeks before the wedding. Deposits are not refundable if your event is canceled. The remaining balance that has been paid will only be refunded if we are able to re-sell the pavilion to another party.
What is the alcohol policy?
Brambleberry holds both a wine and a beer license. It is illegal to bring your own alcohol to our or any other licensed venue. This is a state law. This includes the entire property (120 acres). Any violators will be required to surrender illegal product or leave the premises. All wine and beer must be purchased from Brambleberry. We can get any beer you want through our distributors. We offer 15% case discounts on Brambleberry wine for your event. Brambleberry also provides licensed bartenders at no additional fee. We reserve the right to refuse to serve any group or individual who appears intoxicated or unruly. Beer and wine must be purchased in advance for open bar. Wine sales end at 9 p.m. for cash bar. Beer sales end at 11:30 p.m. It is illegal to bring weapons onto the premises of a licensed alcohol establishment.
Is there a place for a DJ or a band to set up?
The northeast corner of the pavilion is specifically wired for DJs and bands.
Do I have to rent tables and chairs?
We include commercial 8-foot banquet tables, white tablecloths and attractive, padded chairs in your rental.
Do you allow pets?
No, our insurance company will not permit pets due to liability issues. Our sheep and chickens have been attacked by dogs so we cannot allow their safety to be compromised.
What are the hours of the pavilion rental?
Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Can we look around the farm buildings?
You are welcome to view our sheep, donkeys, goats and Highland calves from the wooden fence north of the pavilion. However, the other barns and buildings south of the inn are not our property and are off-limits. Signs are posted for your convenience. Please don’t trespass on our neighbor’s property.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at (608) 525-8001 or email us.