Elopements & Small Weddings

The Best Place To Say, "I Do"

Short & Sweet, Anytime!

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SHORT & SWEET ELOPEMENT (SS) -$129*
Once you have your license, this is the quickest way to tie the knot without going to Las Vegas or the courthouse. Gay and Lesbian friendly. Marry in a beautiful Victorian home, either inside, outside on the porch or amongst the gardens.This is a true elopement.

This package includes:

-Officiant, simple ceremony and filing of the license
-Limited to 4 people: the bride, the groom and 2 witnesses
-30 minutes at the inn. Any day, anytime. Time and date based on availability, 

Add-ons: see add-ons tab

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*Offers, prices and packages subject to change without notice

Short & Sweeter

SHORT & SWEETER ELOPEMENT (SS) -$179*

Use this package if you are booking a room.

Once you have your license, this is the quickest way to tie the knot without going to Las Vegas or the courthouse. Gay and Lesbian friendly. Marry in a beautiful Victorian home, either inside, outside on the porch or amongst the gardens.

This package includes:
-Officiant, simple ceremony and filing of the license
-Limited to 4 people: the bride, the groom and 2 witnesses.
-Celebratory toast for 4. Raise a glass with your guests. Includes sparkling juice served in the Inn's champagne flutes with a toast to your future together.
-1 PM check-in.Weekday weddings between 1-3pm or 6- 7:30pm  Weekend weddings are between 1-3 pm Friday-Sunday.

 

Add-ons: see add-ons tab

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*Offers, prices and packages subject to change without notice

 

Truly Simple

TRULY SIMPLE (TS)- $249*
Intimate wedding for the bride and groom.

This package includes:

-Officiant, simple ceremony and filing of license
-Limited to 6 people: the bride, the groom and 4 guests
-1 hour use of the Inn. Weekday weddings between 1-3pm or 6- 7:30pm Weekend weddings are between 1-3 pm Friday-Sunday.
-Keepsake gift from the Oscar H. Hanson House B&B

Add-ons: see add-ons tab

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*Offers, prices and packages subject to change without notice

Truly Simpler

TRULY SIMPLER- $275*

Use this package if you are booking a room.

This package includes:
-Officiant, simple ceremony and filing of license
-Limited to 6 people: the bride, the groom and 4 guests
-Celebratory toast for 4. Raise a glass with your guests. Includes sparkling juice served in the Inn's champagne flutes with a toast to your future together. 
-1-hour use of the Inn between 1-3:30pm Fri-Sun. 
-Keepsake gift from the Oscar H. Hanson House B&B
-1 PM check-in.Weekday weddings between 1-3pm or 6- 7:30pm Weekend weddings are between 1-3 pm Friday-Sunday.

 Add-ons: see add-ons tab

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*Offers, prices and packages subject to change without notice

Small Wedding

SMALL WEDDING (SW)- $449*
A small wedding is just right for the bride and groom and the gathering of a few family and friends.

 This package includes:

-Officiant, simple ceremony and filing of license
-Limited to 10 people: the bride, the groom and 8 guests
-Keepsake gift from the Oscar H. Hanson House B&B
-2 and ½ hours use of the Inn between 1-3:30pm Fri-Sun

With a room reservation: 1pm check-in is Included and a complimentary bottle of sparkling juice

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*Offers, prices and packages subject to change without notice

Signature Elopement

SIGNATURE ELOPEMENT (SE)
$899* Including the Room of Your Choice

This package includes:

-Officiant consultation, simple ceremony and filing of license
-Limited to 4 people: the bride, the groom and 2 witnesses
-2 and ½ hours use of the Inn between 1-3:30pm
-Room of your choice based on availability
-Included with your room is a 1pm check-in
-Complimentary bottle of sparkling juice with your room reservation
-Keepsake gift from the Oscar H. Hanson House B&B
-A hand-tied bouquet for the bride and boutonniere for the groom
-Dinner Voucher, a $70 value
-Cake Reception including the cake
-$50 Gift Certificate at Countryside Jewelers. (Countryside Jeweler also offers: 15% off wedding band purchase up to $399; Spend $400 or more on a ladies’ ring and get a free gent’s ring.)
-Event planner for assistance in scheduling referrals, reservations, and clean-up
-Breakfast the next morning.
-Keepsake gift from the Oscar H. Hanson House B&B

Add-ons: see add-ons tab

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*Offers, prices and packages subject to change without notice

Add-ons

*Offers, prices and packages subject to change without notice

-Witnesses ($25 gratuity each) The State of WI requires 2 witnesses. Gratuity is for the witnesses’ time and signature. (All packages)

-Expedited Filing ($20).  Your marriage certificate hand delivered to the Country Register of Deeds the next business day. (All packages)

-Additional guests ($35/each).  (TS, SW, SE)

 -Unity Candle ($50) Beautiful words of union and devotion accompany the lighting of a white keepsake Unity candle set. (All packages)

 -Sand Ceremony ($50) – The mingling of sands is symbolic of two souls so connected in love that it is impossible to separate them. This ceremony includes the keepsake vessel with two glasses (excludes sand). (All packages)

 -Snack Buffet ($5/person)

Munchy, crunchy, sweet, and salty snacks for your guests to enjoy before and after the wedding. We include Coca Cola® (diet and regular), Sprite®, ice water, coffee, and tea. Includes paper plates and napkins. (TS, SW, SE)

-Extra time at the Inn ($35) – Need more time before dinner? Book an additional 1.5 hours up till 5 PM to enjoy the inn and your guests. (ts, sw, se)

 -Cake Reception ($75/7-10 people; additional guests $2.50/person.)

Celebrate just tying the knot immediately after the ceremony with a cake reception buffet-style, served on the Inn’s china. This offer includes an 8-inch two layer perfect for 10 people with your choice of cake flavors, fillings, and frosting; and coffee, tea and ice water. (TS, SW, SE)

-Cake Reception for 4 ($30).

Celebrate with each other a sweet beginning to your marriage. This offer includes a double layer 5-inch cake in your choice of cake flavors, fillings and frosting. Includes coffee, tea and ice water. (TS, SE)

-Professional Photography. Up to one hour of photography. Includes a high-resolution DVD with copyright release, 3-8x10s and 3-5x7s.

     Photography Saturday (S400)

     Photography Sunday through Friday ($300)

 -Small Photography ($99). 15 minutes of photography. Four edited digital images with copyright release.

 -Celebratory Toasting Package. $10/4 guests; $20/10 guests; $25/15 guests. Additional guests $2.50/person. (All wedding packages)

Raise a glass with your guests to your future together. Includes one poured 4 oz. serving of Sparkling Juice for you and your guests in basic plastic service.

 -Limousine Service (Saturday) (All wedding packages)

     Sedan 2-4 people for three hours ($250)

     Limo 8-10 people three hours ($590)

 -Limousine Service (Sunday through Friday) (All wedding packages)

     Sedan 2 people two hours ($230)

     Limo 8-10 people three hours ($360)

 

 

FAQ


General

What are the differences between the Elopement packages?

Click here to view a comparison grid

What do we need to bring?
Other than each other and your witnesses, you need to bring your marriage license. The marriage license is so important that the ceremony cannot begin without it.

Do you provide dressing space?
Unless you reserve a room and purchase early check-in, there is no dressing space available. Our earliest check-in for room reservations is at 2 PM. If you purchase the Small Wedding package or our Signature Elopement, a 1 PM early check-in is built in.

Can I come early to dress?
If you have reserved a room on your wedding day and bought early check-in or your package includes it, you can come at the time of your early check-in and dress in your room.

Which packages include early check-in?
Our Small Wedding and Signature Elopement packages include early check-in for room reservations. Our Short & Sweet Elopement and Truly Simple packages do not.

What if I have reserved a room for our Small Wedding package and need to arrive earlier than 1 PM?
If you arrive earlier than 1 PM, you will need to wait in one of our local coffee shops. There are only two of us cleaning 4 guest rooms. 1 PM is the soonest we could get rooms ready for those that are getting married at 1 PM or for those who have a 1 PM check-in included in their package.

Do you provide food and beverages?
The buffet-style Cake Reception does include coffee, tea and fruit infused water; the snack reception includes soda and packaged snacks; and the appetizers are made in an inspected kitchen where staff are trained in food safety. If you purchase it, we include sparkling juice as part of our Toasting package.

Do you provide champagne?
We do not have a license to sell champagne. If you would like to bring in champagne for toasting, you will need to purchase the toasting package for the number of guests and yourself. Please do not bring more champagne than one pour per guest. You will be responsible for monitoring your guests to see
that they drink responsibly and are safe to drive when they leave.

How many glasses in a bottle of sparkling beverage?
Depending on the pour 5-6 servings.

Can we bring beer?
Yes. Please limit the amount to what you need. You will be responsible for monitoring your guests to see that they drink responsibly and are safe to drive when they leave.

Do we need an officiant or minister?
All the Hanson House Wedding packages include an officiant/minister.

*Can we bring our children?
Yes, of course. The total number of people-bride, groom, photographer, and additional guests is capped at 10. This includes your children. There is a $35 charge for each additional guest above what is stated in the package to the 10-person max. If you are bringing small children, for their safety, please make sure that they are tightly supervised while they are at the Hanson House. We suggest bringing someone along for childcare. During the ceremony, you will want to be focused on each other. The inn is not child-proofed and we would like everyone to enjoy the ceremony and their time at the inn.

What if our children are under 1? Are charged for them as well?
Yes. Infants, babies, toddlers are all $35/each.

Where can we park?
You and your guests may park in the drive way in the back on the South side of the house. From there, there are two steps up into the house: One small step from the driveway to the solarium and the second ½ step into the house. All indoor weddings are on the first floor.

I smoke and I wonder what your smoking policy is?
In compliance with local and state regulations there is no smoking, use of e-cigarettes, incense, lighting
of flames, or cooking in the inn or on the property. There is a receptacle provided on the public sidewalk. If you are caught smoking in the inn or on the property, unfortunately, you will be immediately asked to leave without a refund and you will also be charged for cleaning.


Elopements/Weddings

What if we need to cancel?
If this happens, we are truly sorry. However, all elopement and weddings packages including the extra guests and add-ons are non-refundable. If you need to cancel your room reservation, all lodging cancellations policies apply per the cancellation period and administrative fee.

What if we need to change the date?
Changes in dates are allowed. However, if you are staying the night, room reservation policies apply including an administrative fee.

If we’re eloping, how many guests can we have?
The number of guests including the bride and groom is stated in the package description and on the comparison grid.

We’ve purchased an elopement package for 4 people or a wedding package for 10 and wondered if we could bring extra guests?
Our Short & Sweet Elopement package accommodates 4 people. It is a true elopement and does not accommodate extra guests. If you would like to bring extra guests, take a look at the Truly Simple
wedding package.

Does a photographer count as a guest?
Yes. At the inn, every person who comes into our home is a guest. In order to accommodate the comfort of our guests, we limit the number based on the package. Every person counts. If you ask, your photographer may agree to be a witness. If you bring a camera, witnesses are generally available to snap
pictures. Afterward, we can re-pose any parts of the ceremony you’d like for pictures.

Who can be a witness?
The State of Wisconsin requires two witnesses 18 years or older who are legally able to sign.

What if I do not have witnesses?
We can provide witnesses for a $25 gratuity for each person for their time and signature. The gratuity goes directly to the witnesses. Please let us know in advance if you would like us to provide witnesses.

What is the elopement ceremony like?
The elopement ceremony is non-denominational and lasts 6-8 minutes. Vows are the traditional vows. There is no reference to a Higher Power or subservience of one gender over another.

Can we make changes to the ceremony?
The ceremony itself cannot be changed. You can, however, personalize it with a Unity ceremony.

What happens if we stay longer than the package allows?
The time on the packages is absolute. If you go over the time in the package you will be charged $50/hour. The inn does more than one wedding a day and staying longer may put another wedding behind.

Can we use candles for our ceremony?
Yes, if you purchase the Unity Candle ceremony. Because of the age of the inn and at the request of the fire marshal and our insurance company, candles, smoking, flames or incense are not allowed in any of the guest rooms or at any other time at the inn.

We have left over cake and want to take it to the restaurant for after dinner.
While this sounds like a great idea, call ahead. Some restaurants do not serve food unless it is prepared in their facility. We have a refrigerator to store your left over cake until you leave.

How many people does the 8-inch cake serve?
Depending on how it is cut, an 8-inch cake can serve 8 to 24 people.

How many people does the 5-inch cake serve?
Depending on how it is cut, a 5-inch cake serves 4 people.

What if we forget our sand for the sand ceremony?
The inn has sand available for purchase in two colors: tan and white.

What should our photographer know about the ceremony?
Please ask your photographer to keep 4 or more feet from the bride, groom and minister during the ceremony.

My mom and aunt are helping me get ready for a Truly Simple weekday evening wedding. What time can they arrive?
Weekday Truly Simple weddings at the inn are from 6 – 8:30 pm. One hour of inn time is included with the Truly Simple package. At the request of our Fire Marshall, we restrict the number of people in the room to two. Unfortunately, this means only one helper in the room. You will need to reserve a room if
you would like some place to get ready. Guests can begin arriving at or during the hour you select on your agreement. The hour starts as soon as your first guest arrives.

My aunt would like to make our cake for us to share at the inn after the wedding.
According to our license, all food must be prepared in a licensed kitchen. We have researched the vendors we recommend and have high confidence of their food preparation and safety standards. For this reason, we need to decline any outside food brought into the inn except for those from our vendor list.

We love the idea of a sand ceremony. Wondering if we could bring our own vessel?
Sure. It’s nice to pick out a style and design that appeals to you. However, the price of the sand ceremony which includes the vessels and 2 vases does not change. If you choose to bring your own sand ceremony vessel and vases, you will not be receiving a second set as part of the sand ceremony package.
Remember to bring sand in the colors of your choice. Sand is not provided.

Marriage License

How do we apply for our marriage license?
Check the website of the County Clerk in your county of residence. Each Clerk’s Office varies in hours available and whether they accept cash, check or charge card. You will need to bring documents such as birth certificate, divorce decrees, and driver’s license. Check with the County Clerk’s Office for exactly
what documents you will need.

Official Copy of Marriage Certificate

How soon is our marriage license filed with the state?
The Hanson House files your license within 72 hours of your wedding with the Dane County Registrar of Deeds. Most are filed within 24 hours. Your license is sent by Priority Mail with tracking through the main Madison Post Office. The tracking number is included with your Hanson House mementos. Use this
number to track when your license arrives at the County.

I noticed you offer expedited filing. What is that?
The Hanson House includes in each package filing of your license by Priority Mail with tracking. This normally takes 1-3 days. As of the fall, all mail processed in WI is now sent to Milwaukee for postmarking and then mailed. This adds an additional 1-2 days to arrive at the County Registrar of Deeds
office. Expedited filing means your license is hand delivered to the Dane County Registrar of Deeds office the next business day. There is an additional charge for expedited filing.

How do I get my official copy of our marriage certificate?
In Wisconsin, the bride and groom’s official copy of the marriage certificate comes from the State not the officiant. Once the license is received, the Registrar signs and embosses it with their seal. There is information in the packet with your license that you receive from the County Clerk with information on how to obtain your official copy: more info here

Is our marriage certificate automatically sent to us?
No. Couples need to request their copy of their marriage certificate from the State of Wisconsin. Click Here for the website:  The State charges a fee for each
copy.

Our Wedding Vendors

  • Countryside Jewelry. Family business locally-owned with over 40 years experience. Saturday and Sunday hours. Commemorate your day with a ring, necklace, bracket, watch, engraving, engraved picture frame, or ornament.  Some wedding rings are ready in 24 hours.
  • Dutch Designs. Over 30 years of combined experience in floral design. Visit them on facebook for photos of recent weddings. www.dutchdesignsflowers.com
  • Julie Anderson Photography. Julie is a professionally trained photographer just across the street from the Hanson House. She composes beautiful photos that capture the essence of the emotion. www.julieaanderson.vpweb.com
  • Lake Mills Market. Lake Mills Market is an ecofriendly grocer serving the Lake Mills-Cambridge area. Their Bakers have over 20 years of experience in creating made to order cakes. www.lakemillsmarket.com
  • Presidential Limo. Presidential Limousine Service is a professional transportation company located in the greater Madison, Wisconsin area. www.preslimousa.com

Check out why the Oscar H. Hanson House is the place for Elopements in Madison.