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Lake Geneva, WI

Historic Lake Geneva, WI

Maxwell Mansion 1856

http://historichotelsoflakegeneva.com/

I spoke with LuAnne Clark today. This is an amazing place that would be able to accommodate a Gatsby theme. The down side would be that inside it would only be able to accommodate 50 for a sit down dinner.

If you were to have the wedding early fall you could have the wedding outside go inside for cocktails and mingling. Dinner outside and then back inside for dancing.

Here is the best part. It is doable! You rent the venue only with them. They do not force you to use preferred vendors.

Maxwell Mansion speakeasy

This historically significant Italianate Mansion offers an exquisite and historic location for your important event. Built in 1856, the Maxwell Mansion was the first mansion built in Lake Geneva and has long been host to dignitaries and socialites over its history and is now available for your historic event.

Comfortably accommodating up to 150 guests throughout the mansion for receptions of all styles and magnitudes. The entire first floor of the mansion and perennial gardens with croquet lawn and fountain are designed to have your guests travel back in time to true Gilded Age Living.

Upon entering the double doors guests are welcomed into an intimate foyer with chandeliers, a fire-lit receiving room is off to one side and crystal laden ballroom to the other. The 1880’s Apothecary Bar is adjoined by outdoor cabanas and wraparound deck leading to the front gardens. There is also an intimate lounge and marble breezeway connecting all the unique spaces.

crystal ball room Maxwell Mansion

Maxwell Mansion 1856 was the first mansion built in Lake Geneva and has long been host to dignitaries and socialites throughout its history. The entire estate along with all its buildings have undergone a complete metamorphosis retaining its original character yet exploding with excitement of the new, the unique and the unexpected.

Located two blocks East of the lake you will find the Maxwell Estate, nestled among century old oaks, beautiful gardens, lounges, outdoor fireplaces, a heated pool, croquet and bocce ball amusement.

The Historic Mansion offers five traditional style rooms with exquisite antiques, en-suite baths and old world sophistication, while the Carriage House & Stable Suites are much more modern and dramatically designed with an equestrian “urBarn” (urban/barn) style with unique furnishings, sleek accents and reclaimed Wisconsin barn finishes.

The Carriage House offers a combination of King and Queen rooms designed to appeal to all types of travelers. Experience full relaxation with our memory foam mattresses, luxury linens, in-room two person whirlpool tubs and chromatherapy lighting.

Our most luxurious rooms are located in the Stables with Dutch door access, heated floors, two person peek-a-boo steam showers and our most decadent decor pieces. All rooms mix century-old charm with modern sophistication, full with amenities and personal touches to make your stay completely indulgent and satisfying.

For your out of town guests rooms this year range from $200 - $350 per night. You could all party into the night after the wedding.

Milwaukee, WI The Grain Exchange is a venue also!

Milwaukee, WI

Pritzlaff Events

311 North Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Front door 325

This looks promising. If you like it I can contact them to find out more.

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San Juan, PR

Old San Juan

Stepping into Old San Juan’s blue cobblestone streets will feel like stepping out of a time machine. Once the crown jewel of the Spanish Empire in the Americas, the walled city still preserves its stunning colonial architecture, ranging from imposing fortresses to brightly colored buildings, many of which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Amidst is beauty lie some of the island’s best museums, restaurants, shops, and nightlife. No first trip to Puerto Rico is complete without a visit to Old San Juan.

No passport needed. With that being said your travelers will need to verity with their state if their drivers license will be accepted for flying. A few of the properties offer All Inclusive but on the whole they do not. For a legal wedding you will need to have a blood test and present documents. You could also do a symbolic wedding.

Best time to visit (weather)

Unlike many islands in the Caribbean, any time is really the best time to visit Puerto Rico and enjoy its tropical climate. The rainy season is from April to November, but precipitation patterns and amounts vary considerably from one part of the island to the other. Even in the rainiest areas, showers are likely to be intense but brief.

If you're traveling from San Juan to Ponce (or vice-versa), you'll notice an immediate difference once you reach the top of the mountain about halfway through your journey. The south tends to be drier than the north. In the mountainous region, you'll want a light jacket or sweater, as the higher elevation means cooler temperatures.

1 June to 30 November is hurricane season, though Puerto Rico is rarely affected by hurricanes. February is an excellent time to visit Puerto Rico; when temperatures are typically cold on the mainland USA, they're usually neither too hot nor too cool in la isla del encanto, the island of enchantment.

A bit about the Geography

Puerto Rico is an island east of the Dominican Republic and west of the British Virgin Islands. The rougher, cooler Atlantic Ocean is on the north side of the island; the calmer, warmer Caribbean Sea is on the south side. It is the smallest island in the Greater Antilles and the largest island in the Lesser Antilles. Culebra, Mona and Vieques are among several smaller islands that are part of Puerto Rican territory. The waters surrounding the island are quite deep; the Puerto Rico trench is the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean.

The island is comparatively small, 8,959 sq km (3,459 sq miles), with a central mountain range reaching an altitude of 1,338m (4,390ft) at Cerro de Punta, and surrounded by low coastal plains. The island has remarkable geographic diversity for its size, with limestone formations in the interior, a desert in the southeastern part of the island, and the rainforest. Mangroves dominate the southern shore and are an important part of the island's ecosystem.

San Juan, the capital, is on the northeast shore. Much of the island's natural forest has been cleared for agriculture, but the trees in the northeast corridor are protected as a national park. One of the hot-button environmental and political issues on the island is increasing development, particularly by the tourism industry with respect to hotel and resort construction. The island's nature conservancy, the Fideicomiso, has played a critical role in acquiring and protecting significant land and restoring properties for public visits and educational purposes

sights of San Juan

Food and Drink in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico (and especially San Juan) abounds with good restaurants, catering for all tastes from Spanish to Chinese, French, Greek and Italian. Peruvian and Argentinian restaurants have multiplied in San Juan in recent years as well. The island cuisine is Spanish-based, with rice and beans as the staple diet. Local dishes are not spicy but do tend to be salty.

Puerto Rican food is experiencing a culinary renaissance and is being reinterpreted for nouveau palates, particularly by popular local chefs like Wilo Benet (who regularly features on TV and in travel and food publications) and Puerto Rico's one and only Iron Chef, Roberto Trevino. As you might expect, the capital city's restaurant scene is lively and varied, and each year, it seems, a new culinary festival pops up to celebrate island cuisine.

Seafood and tropical fruits are not as abundant on Puerto Rican menus as many visitors expect. Many of Puerto Rico's favourite foods are fried; good thing you're only here on holiday! Beach huts and stalls typically sell a variety of fried doughs stuffed with beef, chicken, or fish; note that ‘tacos’ in Puerto Rico are not the tacos you're accustomed to.

Tipping is customary 15-20% if service gratuities are not included on the bill. The drinking age is 18.

Hotel El Convento, 100 Cristo St, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901

Distance from hotel to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU), 10 miles (16 kms).

Located in the heart of Old San Juan, El Convento, has set new standards of luxury, comfort and service while preserving the unique character and mystique of the hotel.

A former Carmelite convent built three and a half centuries ago, El Convento has gone through many incarnations before a complete refurbishment carefully restored this historic hotel with special attention paid to the preservation of the original structure. No expense or imagination has been spared in giving El Convento a fine blend of originality and classic quality.

There is something refreshingly different about El Convento, a small boutique-style hotel that celebrates the days of Old World style, creating a welcome atmosphere of sophistication without pretension, providing its guests with style and traditional hospitality.

The legacy of El Convento will no doubt continue to endure long into the 21st century.

The hotel offers a business center, fitness center (24 hours), jacuzzi, laundry services, two restaurants, massage services, pool and the beach is nearby.

sights of San Juan

Idea on pricing. The rates shown were for the dates of 16-23 September 2017. At the time of research they were available for the flights and hotel category. Rates can fluctuate depending on availability, room type, and date. Current rates will be used at the time of confirmation.

Chicago O'Hare The rate includes non stop flight to san Juan, superior class room with european plan for 7 nights, transfers to/from the airport. $1224.80 per person with two people in the room. European plan means no meals included.

Los Angeles International Airport flight the flight stops 1 time going to San Juan. The rate includes flight, superior class room with european plan for 7 nights, transfers to/from the airport. $1162.80 per person with two people in the room. The flights are not overnight. European plan means no meals included.

Knoxville, TN flight the flight stops 1 time going to San Juan. The rate includes flight, superior class room with european plan for 7 nights, transfers to/from the airport. $1428.47 per person with two people in the room. The flights are not overnight. European plan means no meals included.

The hotel offers a wedding package:

One Hour Cocktail with Hors D’oeuvres and a Signature Drink ~ One Glass of our Sparkling House Wine ~ A Three Course Dinner Menu or A Puerto Rican Buffet ~ Four Hours of Open Bar with Call Brands~ Cake Cutting Fee ~ Complimentary room night

A complimentary food tasting for two people for weddings with 40 up to 75 guests and four people for weddings with 76 up to 200. All food and beverage prices are subject to a 23% Banquet Administration Fee and government applicable taxes. All prices are subject to change without notice. (HEC 2016)

If you are interested I will give them a call to find out pricing.

St Thomas Virgin Island

St. Thomas US Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands were first inhabited by Carib and Arawak Indians but, in common with the rest of the Caribbean, they endured various waves of European invasion and settlement from the 1490s onwards, finally becoming part of the Danish West Indies. The US government purchased the islands in 1917 and they are now an unincorporated territory of the USA. A measure of self-government was introduced in 1954, along with the introduction of an elected Senate.

Best time to visit the United States Virgin islands

Hot throughout the year, cooled by the eastern trade winds. Lowland areas have fairly evenly distributed rainfall, with August to October being the wettest time.

A bit about the Geography

The islands are situated 64km (40 miles) east of Puerto Rico and comprise some 50 islands covered with lush tropical vegetation. St Thomas is long and narrow, rising abruptly to a ridge with an excellent deep-water harbour. St John is covered partly in bay forests. St Croix consists of 215 sq km (83 sq miles) of rolling ex-plantation land.

Food and Drink in United States Virgin Islands

High-quality restaurants serve everything from French and Italian to Chinese cuisine. Island specialties include fresh fish and lobster. Dining out is casual and there is an increasing number of eateries on the main islands offering seafood, burgers, steaks and local fare.

Regional Specialties

• Kallaloo (a stew of okra, meat, seafood, local greens and spices).

• Sause (lime-flavoured stock of pig's head, tail and feet).

• Fungi (cornmeal and okra side dish that accompanies fried or boiled fish).

• Seafood: lobster, wahoo, grouper, mahi-mahi and tuna.

Tipping: Restaurants will either add a 10 to 15% service charge or expect the equivalent tip.

Secret Harbour Beach Resort

Distance from hotel to town, 8 miles (13 kms). Distance from hotel to Cyril E. King Airport (STT), 10 miles (16 kms).

Secret Harbour Beach Resort is an all-beachfront boutique condominium resort on the Caribbean US Virgin Island of St. Thomas. The resort is situated on the island's Southeast shore on a palm-tree shaded swimming/snorkeling beach with pristine Caribbean blue water and sugary sand offering tranquil and water sport vacations with superb amenities. The all-beachfront property features 48 uniquely furnished condominiums on the ocean that are individually owned and resort managed. Each condominium is a spacious studio, 1- or 2-bedroom beachfront suite with fully equipped kitchen and private patio/balcony. Amenities include: 2 restaurants; PADI dive center with scuba diving, excursion boats, sailing and watersport rentals; freshwater pool; tennis courts; fitness center; gift shop; ATM & massage services. The intimate resort is ideal for families, couples, watersport & diving enthusiasts, visiting executives, and those seeking a tropical destination wedding, honeymoon or event. Bonus amenities include free Wi-Fi, daily housekeeping, onsite concierge, and wedding/event coordinator.

All condominiums at Secret Harbour Beach Resort feature a beachfront location with private balcony or patio and stunning ocean views; fully-equipped kitchens with four- burner range, oven, full-sized refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, blender, toaster, coffee maker & more; air conditioning and ceiling fans; spacious bathroom with shower or shower/tub combination; indoor dining furniture plus outdoor dining set and lounge chairs; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; televisions with DVD players; MP3 docking stations; in-room safe; telephone with voicemail; iron/ ironing board; hairdryer; clock radio; and cribs/rollaway beds (upon request) plus daily housekeeping.

Knoxville, TN the flight stops 1 time going to St. Thomas. The rate includes flights, Oceanfront room with european plan for 7 nights, transfers to/from the airport. $1860.76 per person with two people in the room. European plan means no meals included.

Los Angeles International Airport flight the flight stops 1 time going to San Juan. The rate includes flight, oceanfront room with european plan for 7 nights, transfers to/from the airport. $1831.76 per person with two people in the room. The flights are not overnight. European plan means no meals included. The flying time is about the same as San Juan.

Chicago O'Hare, IL the flight stops 1 time going to St. Thomas. The rate includes flights, Oceanfront room with european plan for 7 nights, transfers to/from the airport. $1674.256 per person with two people in the room. European plan means no meals included.

The rates shown were for the dates of 16-23 September 2017. At the time of research they were available for the flights and hotel category. Rates can fluctuate depending on availability, room type, and date. Current rates will be used at the time of confirmation.

Marriott Frenchman's Reef

Distance from hotel to town, 3 miles (5 kms). Distance from hotel to Cyril E. King Airport (STT), 6 miles (10 kms).

Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort welcomes guests to one of the the ultimate US Virgin Island hotel experiences. The Reef Tower features fresh Caribbean dcor and state-of-the-art amenities. The USVI hotel rooms offer comfort in a lush tropical setting and now include Marriott signature bedding. Guests can enjoy the pristine and picturesque beachfront at the Morning Star Beach Club and Sea Cliff Tower, or relax at the luxury Lazule Sea Spa & fitness center. The infinity pools feature stunning St. Thomas views while a kid's splash zone gives plenty of space for family time. Discover your own unique Virgin Island resort experience: sample some of the best dining St. Thomas has to offer at the new restaurant, Aqua Terra, explore the island's white sands, adventurous paddle-boarding, yoga or gaze out over the sparkling Charlotte Amalie Harbor. For perfect St. Thomas events our USVI resort offers 31 meeting rooms with 60,000 sq ft of space.

For the wedding and reception you would look at something like a local Marriott.

Mexican Ruin

Mexico

A passport is required. Legal wedding are a bit harder. I would recommend a symbolic wedding.

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Set along a natural white-sand beach in the Riviera Maya, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the crystal-clear Caribbean, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is a luxurious oasis for couples and couples with children. Ideally located close to the excitement of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, this AAA Four Diamond resort is an enchanting wonderland of glistening pools and impressive ocean views with unique octagonal-shaped rooms and suites. Most ground floor suites offer private plunge pools. This family-friendly resort offers a heated kids pool and a Mayan-themed Explorer’s Club that features a planetarium and Chichen Itza climbing wall. Go far beyond the all-inclusive experience with Unlimited-Luxury®, where nearly everything is included.

Dreams Ultimate Wedding Package Details

All weddings, regardless of size, must be booked a minimum of 30 days in advance of the wedding date. Subject to availability & double occupancy only. Prices and package subject to change without notice. 15% discount on spa treatments cannot be applied to spa packages or combined with any other spa promotion or offer.

Once wedding is confirmed it cannot be canceled within 6 months to the date of the wedding without a fee. For weddings booked within 6 months of the wedding date the wedding cannot be canceled without the penalty. The cancellation penalty is $500. A percentage of wedding guest accommodations may be required to confirm the wedding. The policy is up to the resort’s discretion and should be discussed when saving the date with the wedding coordinator.

2017/2018- *In the months of August, September and October 2017/2018 the package price will be $3,299 USD. All remaining months of 2017/2018 will be the standard pricing of $3,599.

Include: Service of judge or minister; wedding organization and personal touch of on site coordinator; preparation and ironing of wedding attire; complimentary room fro one member of the wedding couple the night before the wedding (based on availabilty); hairstyling and makeup; bouquet; 2 boutonnieres and 2 corsages for wedding party; ceremony decor - 20 chairs with white covers, ceremonial table and aisle runner; wedding cake and sparkling wine for up to 20 guests; private cocktail hour for up to 20 guests; private dinner for up to 20 guests; natural floral centerpiece for sweetheart; and ceremonial table; live Mexican music trio during cocktail hour; 15% discount on spa treatment; newlywed package; 50 color photos taken during the ceremony; edited video of ceremony

Chicago O'Hare, IL the flight is nonstop to Cancun. The rate includes flights, premium deluxe tropical and garden view all inclusive for 7 nights, transfers to/from the airport. $1539.30 per person with two people in the room. European plan means no meals included.

Los Angeles, CA the flight is nonstop to Cancun. The rate includes flights, premium deluxe tropical and garden view all inclusive for 7 nights, transfers to/from the airport. $1574.50 per person with two people in the room. European plan means no meals included.

Knoxville, TN the flight changes planes 1 time. The rate includes flights, premium deluxe tropical and garden view all inclusive for 7 nights, transfers to/from the airport. $1651.18 per person with two people in the room. European plan means no meals included.

The rates shown were for the dates of 16-23 September 2017. At the time of research they were available for the flights and hotel category. Rates can fluctuate depending on availability, room type, and date. Current rates will be used at the time of confirmation.

lilly's would be pretty

Final Thoughts

There are so many options. My suggestions would depending on your numbers the Lake Geneva Mansion for it truly will fit into your Gatsby idea.

My next suggestion for everyone including your guest would be to go to an all inclusive resort. If you prefer not to go to Mexico, we do have the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. The D.R. would be the next one. Here is the reason I would go in the direction. All food and some alcohol are included and if you look at the pricing for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Island against Mexico you are paying very close to the same amount.

Also the All-inclusive rates do have great packages for the wedding package. To give it a Gatsby theme we could find a package that is in your colors (black, silver, pearl) then do additional decorations with feathers and pearls.

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