After almost 10,000 reservations and 12 years in hospitality, we have retired as innkeepers from the Oscar H. Hanson House Bed & Breakfast…revamped our business model, and started a new venture as Hanson House Weddings. As a bed & breakfast, we averaged over 50 weddings annually and have become known as a romantic elopement destination. Year after year, we are awarded the “Best Place to Elope” in Wisconsin.
Hanson House Weddings allows us to focus on a part of the business we wanted to grow. And yet, it allows us time to nurture other interests and spend more time with our kids and our grandkids. It’s a step toward retirement without retiring. Indeed, life will be just a bit slower than it’s been.
Our elopement packages include an intimate wedding ceremony with just the bride and groom or larger bridal parties with up to 10 guests. For our inaugural opening, there is our new Pop-up Wedding, which uses local business as the basis for the package: a flower stem, cake, photography, and more. The flower stem is locally sourced from Agora Acres, when blooms are in season. Agora Acres is a bloom CSA just 2 blocks from Hanson House Weddings. Tim at Humphrey Floral of Fort Atkinson also creates beautiful stems that look like “just picked” wildflowers. A special wedding certificate for a complementary small plate of cheeses, fruits, and nuts comes from Lewis Station Winery in Lake Mills. Just perfect for couples in love is the 5-inch 2-layer wedding cake from Lake Mills Market. We’ll provide the forks. Of course, Duke is including Candid Casual photography with all the photos he can shoot. Saturday night lodging will still be available to couples who marry here. Two bridal suites will be available for an additional fee.
Those of you who know us also know we cannot sit still for long. Hopefully the new venture will allow us to sit some. We have enjoyed meeting each of you, and you all hold a special place in our hearts. We thank you for being our guests, our teachers, our test tasters and our friends. We will continue to honor our gift certificates. If you would like to reach us, we have a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.