Easy Weddings With a Wildlife Twist

Wildlife Prairie Park takes small and easy weddings to a whole new level.

by Kelsey Wehner with Sam Himegarner, Wildlife Prairie Park
The breathtaking views at Wildlife Prairie Park set the perfect scene for wedding photos. Courtesy of Chris McGuire Photography
The breathtaking views at Wildlife Prairie Park set the perfect scene for wedding photos. Courtesy of Chris McGuire Photography

Imagine planning a wedding. There are cakes to try and clothes to buy. There are guest lists to make and color schemes to create. While difficult, there are resources that can help you. It’s a dream. 

Now imagine planning a wedding in the midst of COVID-19. Suddenly vendors are cancelling, and your guest list has to be cut. Businesses are closing, and date availability is dwindling as couples reschedule. You are in uncharted territory. Suddenly, planning a wedding has become a nightmare. 

Here is the good news: planning a COVID wedding doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Wildlife Prairie Park is making it easier and easier for you. They are working to be your resource and here is the better news: small weddings are gorgeous! Whether you are a couple whose dream of a huge wedding has been reimagined, or a couple who wanted something small and casual to begin with, the Park is here for your small wedding. Welcome to Wildlife Prairie Park’s micro weddings and elopements!

Why elope at Wildlife Prairie Park?
Wildlife Prairie Park offers breathtaking views, setting the perfect scene for wedding photos that you will treasure for a lifetime! Whether you say your vows in front of your nearest and dearest or simply choose to celebrate as a couple, elopements are a wonderful and intimate way to commemorate your love without added costs or stressors. Wildlife Prairie Park planners can help bring your vision to life, working with you to create a day you are sure to never forget!

What are Micro weddings?
Micro weddings are packages where couples can quickly and effortlessly get married. They are perfect for last-minute, smaller weddings. The packages are more inclusive, offering the perfect mix between an elopement and a traditional wedding.

Outdoor weddingWhat are Wildlife Prairie Park micro weddings?
Wildlife Prairie Park is putting their own twist on the micro wedding, offering three different packages: 10 people or less, 25 people or less, and 50 people or less. Each package comes with:

  • Outdoor ceremony site
  • Indoor reception site
  • Bridal suites
  • All decor (pre-decorated)
  • Dinner and desserts
  • Tables and chairs
  • Linens and chinaware

The best news? They can put it together in just a few weeks. Bring your own music, photographer, and fiancé/fiancée, and show up to your perfectly intimate and beautiful wedding. Whether you are fed up with trying to plan in the midst of COVID, or are just not a big fan of planning, the Park has your back! 

What about traditional weddings?
If micro weddings or elopements aren’t your style, Wildlife Prairie Park offers traditional, full-fledged weddings as well! With their serene outdoor ceremony sites overlooking the bison pasture, gorgeous wooded trails for the most romantic pictures, and an on-site chef who can make your dream menu, Wildlife Prairie Park does weddings right. 

Looking to make the experience even more special? Book your honeymoon stay at the tranquil and secluded Cabin on the Hill, in the legacy cabins overlooking the bison and elk pasture, or one of their many other adorable overnight accommodations. Whatever you decide, the Park’s planning experts are happy to take over and give you the most stress-free experience you can imagine—while you just celebrate with your closest family and friends. PM

For more information, call (309) 676-0998, ext. 500, or email banquets@wildlifeprairie.org.

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