Downtown Portage Inc put a new spin onto Canal Days this year and the community came out to support! We had the pleasure to be a part of this even for the first year. I can't wait what is in store for the future.
The downtown activities started with the annual Parade featuring floats from local and surrounding area businesses and organizations. We were a bit nervous about the rain but it held off other than a quick 2 minute shower at 11:30AM. The day then continued at Commerce Plaza for a Craft and Antique fair and new Kids' Corner with activities for the whole family like a petting zoo, food truck, brat sales, local heroes from the fire department, inflatable house, slides, obstacle course, and MAHS brought reptiles, yes reptiles! Commerce plaza parking lot was full with smiling families left and right, some shopping, buying food, and others enjoying the activities for kids. As 4:00PM came around and it was time to close up shop the vendors began to bring down their kiosks, many congratulated the team as the event being "the best they've been a part of in a long time in Portage."
However, It didn't stop there! Canal Days Jam was to take place at 5 different venues, Tall Paul's, Pohlk's Pub, Corner Pocket, the Ball Room, and Big Dog's Saloon starting at 8:00PM on Saturday. The Downtown Board decided a few days earlier to make the event free to the public rather than charging cover to gather momentum for years to come. That night, bands began to play as groups of people jumped from bar to bar listening to live music. Next year we are looking to get some big name bands to draw even bigger crowds.
Downtown Portage Inc reached their goal this year to make Canal Days once again a weekend that people look forward to every summer in Portage!
I'm so happy to stop by our friends at the Wedding Planner and Guide Show in Madison WI.
Take a look at our video and listen to our friendors (friends who are wedding vendors) drop some value bombs for your wedding planning process.
Congratulations on your engagement. Many of you are going to plan your own wedding and then will hire a Day of Coordinator for the big day. (if you rather listen to this check it out on the podcast)
However I always hear the following.
I got engaged... now what? I'm not sure how to get started.
In order to get you started in your planning process there is a few things that you need to discuss with your fiancee and maybe your family.
These three topics play off each other. Which ever decision you make on one of these will effect the other.
1. Location - Choosing your location, not only referring to the venue but also referring to the city. Do you envision your wedding outdoors, in a tropical place or in a ballroom? Location choices are endless but this will also dictate a large part of your budget.
2. Budget- Communication has to be very open when you discuss a budget. Or as I call it "Happy Number" because people get weird with that word. Based on the information you got from the venues you were interested in what is your Happy Number for you wedding.
3. Guest List - Here is where it gets tricky! Your guest list determines the number of everything you need. More guests requires a larger venue, more guests means you need to look at your budget and what it is going to cost to have, tables, dinners, drinks, favors, centerpieces, dessert for all your guests.
That is why these three topics effect each other, because changing one may, and often does require changes to the others. So the first thing I recommend to you is to open communication up and discuss these three topics. Once you have these you can start booking the rest of your vendors and deciding on details.
I hope this was helpful!
I want to say a big thank you to Girl Talk for inviting me to appear on their show last week!
If you got recently engaged make sure to watch it for:
- How to start planning your wedding
- Some tips for this upcoming wedding season.
- Hosting a New Year's Eve Party