What are we doing differently during Covid?

As the country has begun loosening it’s restrictions on public gatherings, Bubolz has opened back up for private event rentals. We are putting a number of safety measures in place to do our best to ensure the health and safety of our staff and guests.

  • All staff members are wearing face masks
  • We are cleaning and sanitizing surfaces more frequently
  • We are keeping The Lodge closed to the public, allowing only private rentals to have access to the building
  • We are recommending all event attendees wear face masks
  • We are taking temperature checks of all staff and also event attendees at the door
  • We have installed sneeze guards on the bars
  • We have lowered our maximum capacities, following the WEDC recommendations for social distancing (tables spaced 6’ apart, no more than 6 people at a table.)

Looking to have your wedding at the most naturally beautiful spot? Great! Here are a few frequently asked questions:

  1. What is the rental time for a reception?
    • The wedding reception rental time frame is from 1:00-11:00 pm.  That time includes set up and tear down. If you’d like to rent additional time, there would be an added fee.
  2. What does the rental fee include?
    • Your rental fee includes the use of the room(s) and/or ceremony location during your rental time slot, photography locations, parking, and use of the trails for all guests. The reception rental fee also includes tables and chairs.
  3. What is the rental time for a ceremony?
    • The rental time for ceremony only is from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  We are not able to guarantee a back-up location in case of inclement weather.
    • The rental time for a ceremony when your reception is at Bubolz is from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  In case of inclement weather, the reception space may be utilized, with guests seated at their dinner tables.
  4. Is there a discount for having my ceremony and reception at Bubolz?
    • Yes! We offer a 50% discount off the ceremony price when also having your reception at the preserve.
  5. Do you have an approved caterer(s)?
    • Bubolz has selected several local catering services for you to choose from to have the best experience possible. You can contact each directly and they will assist you with designing a menu for your event. You may select the vendor of your choice for the cake/dessert.
    • Preferred Caterers
  6. Who supplies the bar service?
    • Bubolz Nature Preserve supplies and services all bars. A beverage minimum will be applied for all weddings. Per Wisconsin statutes: No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed.
  7. How many guests may I invite?
    • Our Great Blue Heron Hall has a maximum capacity of 250 people, including the head table. Our Black Bear Den Auditorium has a maximum capacity of 168, including the head table.
  8. May I have music at my event?
    • Yes, you may hire a band or D.J.
  9. Where are my guests allowed to park?
    • Guests will be provided with onsite parking at no additional cost for your event
  10. Is there a dance floor?
    • The floor in both the Great Blue Heron Hall and the Black Bear Den Auditorium is a hard surface, providing a built-in dance floor.
  11. What forms of payment are accepted?
    • Checks made payable to Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve. Credit cards are accepted (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover) with an additional 3.5% service fee added to total invoice.
  12. What time can vendors arrive to set up for my reception?
    • The wedding reception rental time frame is from 1:00-11:00 pm.  That time includes set up and tear down for all vendors. If you’d like to rent additional time, there would be an added fee. All items must be removed at the end of the event to avoid additional cleaning charges. We do not permit items to be stored for days leading up to your event. We are not responsible for any items left behind.
  13. What does your staff take care of the day of the event?
    • Bubolz Preserve staff maintains the facility’s cleanliness throughout the event, assists vendors with questions, controls the lighting and temperature of the building, manages the bar for the evening, and clears barware. We are not responsible for décor set up and takedown. We suggest a personal attendant or wedding planner to assist with these details.