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Sharing a Meal in Gratitude

A meal is a big part of most wedding receptions.  After the couple has said “I do” and is ready to party, they need some sustenance to keep them going. However, the vendors that are on-site working the wedding all day long also need to be fed. Wedding vendor meals are an important part of any wedding’s catering order, but there are often a lot of questions surrounding those meals and expected etiquette. Wedding vendors who are on-site for the majority of the wedding day should be fed and shouldn’t have to provide their own food. Most vendors will have a…

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Cozy Up!

A winter wedding is like a wedding at any time of year, just cozier. If you enjoy the feeling of snuggling up close to people you love and find yourself dreaming about crackling fireplaces and warm mugs of hot chocolate (or a spiced apple hot toddy!), then a winter wedding may be perfect for you. Furthermore, if you like standing out from the crowd, a winter wedding is an excellent way to distinguish your wedding from the rest. There are some activities and accouterments that are unique to winter weddings. *– Snowy first look: *Every first look is special, but…

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Grateful

The end of the year is always a time of reflection and goal-setting for many.  As a thoughtful and insightful exercise, we don’t want to miss the chance to be encouraged by our “WINS” this past year. As we built the venue, we also built our team, we expanded our social media presence and in turn expanded our reach to couples and companies looking for just the right venue; we completed our first Style Shoot along with our first successful Vendor Event allowing us to update our website to include a gallery of photos; we purchased our own tables and…

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Thanksgiving at DuGaren’s

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are already preparing our menus for the holiday. Some of you may be pulling grandma’s recipes passed down from generation to generation, or you may still be undecided about roasting a turkey or frying one. Whatever it is you are cooking, you likely have memorable stories about the food you or your family have prepared and the recipes that have become tradition every Thanksgiving holiday. Doug and Karen Lusk, owners of DuGaren Venues & Vineyards, have a couple of Thanksgiving favorites that include a Sausage/Rice Dish and a Soggy Salad. Below are the recipes…

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Hitched, Happy and More to Do!

A lot of planning goes into your big day. But just because you’ve tied the knot doesn’t mean that you’re done with wedding tasks. There’s still plenty to do after you’ve said, “I do.” Within the first year of your newly minted marriage, you’ll still have a long list of items that need to be addressed. Here are items that you should make sure are completed within the first year. HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU’S Opening wedding presents from your guests is an experience you’ll never forget. The generosity and well wishes from your closest friends and family can be overwhelming. Be…

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Friday Night Special

There are so many reasons why a couple might decide to get married on a Friday night: the pricing is generally more affordable, they have their heart set on a certain venue, every Saturday night was booked, more vendors are available. Believe it or not, Friday night weddings have become more of the norm. If you considering a Friday wedding, here are a few things to remember. Send Save-the-Date Cards Giving family and friends plenty of notice that they may have to take time off from work is a thoughtful gesture. Mail cards a year in advance and be certain…

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Save the Date!

When you are deciding on the timeline for all of your pre-wedding milestones, one of the many to-dos on your wedding planning agenda is deciding whether or not to send Save-the-Dates.  Save-the-Dates essentially alert guests that they are going to be invited to your wedding in the coming months, along with sharing basic date and location information. Yes! Each family and friend that you send a Save-the-Date should also receive an invitation whether you learn they are coming or not. Couples typically send out Save-the-Dates a few months after they’ve gotten engaged and have decided on a wedding date and…

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Married Then – Party Now!

Two years ago when couples started planning their 2020 wedding, their biggest fear was bad weather, not a global pandemic. Many imagined a traditional wedding weekend complete with a rehearsal party, elegant ceremony, and large reception. Some may have even joked that there’d be so many guests to chat with they’d barely get to eat dinner. When the reality of COVID19 set in around the country, we knew that many weddings, depending on the restrictions in a couple’s area, wouldn’t happen as planned or be postponed.  Many couples lost their ceremony and reception venue, caterer, and bartending services all at once.…

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Doug + Karen = DuGaren

Doug and Karen Lusk, owners of DuGaren Venues & Vineyards, purchased the 24 acres of land that the Venue sits on back in 2015.  Over the past seven (7) years, they have been collecting elements such as unique lighting, fixtures, entrance doors and more knowing that one day, these items would be a part of their dream vineyard and winery.  During the evolution of building the different structures on the property, they’ve preserved some of the legacy and history that has been a part of the land since the 1800’s.  To learn more about the long days, sweat and tears…

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You Do You!

While weddings revolve around tradition and family, they’re also about celebrating your relationship with memories that will last a lifetime. Some of the most unforgettable wedding memories are fun surprises, planned or otherwise, that the guests and wedding party will be talking about for years to come! From flash mobs to drag racing cars, there are so many fun, light-hearted ways that you can personalize your wedding day.  Heres just a couple that we hope will spark those creative juices: A Family And Friend Photo Wall RSVPs are in, but not everyone on your list can make it. There’s still…

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