Elopements & Small Weddings

The Best Place To Say, "I Do"

Short & Sweet, Anytime!

SHORT & SWEET ELOPEMENT (SS) -$169*
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. (Extra people $35/each- maximum is 6 more)
-60 minutes at the inn. Time and date based on availability,  Weekends, Fri-----Sun night, 4-7pm incur a $25 surcharge per hour.

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.

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

-Additional guests ($35/each). (max of 10 total including bride and groom) 

-Weekends, Fri-Sun night, 4-7 pm incur a $25 surcharge per hour.

-CASUAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHY by Duke Mihajlovic ($25.00)
Casual and candid pictures of your ceremony and your time at the Hanson House. Package includes the jpg images taken to record your special day. No additional form is needed.

-PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY by Julie Anderson Photography ($150.00)
30 minute of Professional Photography starting at the time of the ceremony. Couples may choose 6 high-resolution digital files. All delivered via email. You will need to complete another form if you order this package.

-CEREMONY DECORATIONS AND DESIGNS - OUTSIDE PORCH WEDDINGS ONLY by 1231 Decor
Whether reciting your wedding vows or renewing them after years of love and happiness, picture your special day with elegant decorations. A must have if you're also selecting photography. Note: Available May-Sept for outside porch weddings only!

Ceremony Decorations and Designs by 1231 Decor Add-on ($60-$105)

  • SIMPLY ELEGANT DESIGN ($60)-Whether reciting your wedding vows or renewing them after years of love and happiness, picture your special day beneath this elegant display of cascading silk flowers and soft flowing sheers. Choose from a variety of colors including white/silver; silver/gold; luxurious cream; shades of purple; deep romantic reds, navy or ocean blue.
  • ROMAN ROYALTY DESIGN ($85)-Travel to a distant land and time with the Romanesque motif. Deep purples and wines were the colors enjoyed only by royalty in Ancient Rome. A bust of Venus De Milo, tall pillar candles with cream and deep wine silk sheers swaying in the breeze will make you feel like royalty on your special day.
  • COTTAGE BREEZE DESIGN ($95)-Enjoy the warm summer breeze with this fresh ocean blue and white theme. A garden bench (not shown on web) will be the perfect spot for photos.
  • ROMANCE IN RED DESIGN ($95)-Select this deep red with snowy white or buttercream for a special romantic wedding ceremony. Surround yourself with passion to compliment the love you feel for each other.
  • BLUEBERRY CREAM DESIGN ($105)-Midnight blue with cream will enhance our special day with sophisticated luxury. Exquisite silk flowers arranged in tall glass vases with ribbons and sparkling lights accent this plush design

Designs by 1231Decor
 

 

 

FAQ


General

 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. 

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

What if I have reserved a room and 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?
We do not.

Do you provide champagne?
Wine or sparkling wine is available for sale- this must be arranged before your wedding day.

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

Can we bring beer or wine?
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? How many people can attend?
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 once. However, if you are staying the night, room reservation policies apply including an administrative fee.

What happens if we start the ceremony 60 minutes after the agreed upon time?
Your event MAY still be accommodated based on the officiant's and inn's availability. If the officiant and the inn are available, there is an additional $50/hour charge for each hour the ceremony is delayed. If your event needs to be rescheduled, you will be charged a $50 for delaying the service. .

If we’re eloping, how many guests can we have?
The number of guests including the bride and groom is 10

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. (If you are using the Hanson House Photographer- that person does NOT count as a guest)

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 your own vows. 

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?
NO, this is a request from the fire marshal and our insurance company

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.

 

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.