Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Hello all:

It has come to our attention that we never established an RSVP process.

First of all, it would be great if you could contact us as soon as possible. The sooner the better. Today is the last day of August, which leaves about 6 weeks until the big day.

You may contact us by any means you see fit.
Here are some examples.

1. Call Shaun, or call Julie by phone. You should have one of our phone numbers...

2. E-mail either of us at one or both of the following e-mail addresses:

3. Or you could simply leave a comment on this blog, or contact Julie via Facebook.

Next on the agenda is to answer some questions:

"What should we bring?"
Well, a good start is bringing whatever you see fit for a wedding. Bring your dancing shoes, your singing voice, a change of clothes, or clothes that will work in the elements, if need be.

You should also bring a chair of some sort if you feel like sitting down for the ceremony. We will have a few chairs, but not enough to seat everyone.

"Should we bring food?"
If you're staying more than one night with us, yes. Bring food.
If you're coming just for the ceremony...

If you'd like to bring a dish to pass, that would be excellent. Our current person count is around 55-60. If you want to bring something special just for you/your family because you have a food allergy, or a specific diet you live on, or anything like that, this is also fine. Just let someone know when you get there that it's yours by putting a note on it, or word of mouth.
We will be having some food catered, and some food BBQ'ed.

Julie eats mostly vegetarian, so there will be a veggie option, as well as a meat option. I'm not sure yet exactly what we're going to make, but as I said before, if you're a picky eater, bring your own food.

Bring your own drink as well. I'm sure we'll have water, tea, coffee and soda, but aside from that, I can't think of anything else we'll have in large quantity in the drink department.

If you don't want to bring food, this is fine too. There should be plenty to go around, or at least that is the plan.

As for alcoholic drinks, you should probably bring your own. I know some people like to drink and others don't, so please be kind to those who live a sober lifestyle. Most of the wedding party will probably be drinking, so it is by no means a "dry wedding" - but it's also not a free wedding. And honestly, we can't afford to fuel your drinking habits... we can barely afford to "party" ourselves from time to time.

"Will there be a room for me?"
I don't know. It depends on how many people get hotels, how many decide not to stay, and how many decide to crash at the houses for the night.

The most honest answer we can give is, "probably not - if you're only coming on Sunday, the night of the wedding."

We're trying to reserve rooms for the people who paid for the houses, and older folks who probably can't sleep on a blanket on the floor. We've already asked most of the younger folks to give up their beds on Sunday night out of respect, if needed... and they're happy to do that. But the last thing we want/need is an argument or disagreement on our wedding night over where people are going to sleep. So we're asking people to be respectful of one another and to be understanding.

We can't guarantee a private room and bed for everyone. We can only offer what we can offer on our wedding night, which is a place to lay your head for the evening if you don't want to make the drive back home on the same night as the ceremony.

But if you're really concerned about the sleeping situation, get yourself a nice hotel room up the road, or contact one of us about a special arrangement.

And that's about all of the recent questions we can answer right now.

If there are any other questions feel free to contact us ASAP.
And please, if you haven't already, RSVP.


Julie & Shaun

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

General Information


If you're reading this blog, (hopefully) it means you're coming to our wedding and are looking for general information about the ceremony, shindig, place, time, what to bring, what to wear, where to stay, and so on.

If you're not coming to help us celebrate our big day, it's okay. This blog will also serve as a place where we post pictures of wedding related things, give out info about our registry, give updates on how things are going and how they went, etc.

If you don't know about our wedding, or who we are, then you are on the wrong blog.

With that info out of the way we now move on to more specific business:

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Let's go over the 5 W's:

Who is getting hitched and who is in the wedding party?

Julie Koziara and Shaun Wisniewski are the bride and groom, respectively.

The Bridal Party is:
Tracey Koziara
Jennifer Demers
Nicole Dettmer

The Groomsmen are:
Ryan Ball
Fred Robinson
Andrew Kehrig

Well, I guess the "what" would be the wedding, which is redundant, but I guess if you haven't figured it out by now I'll spell it out.
This get together is a celebration of matrimony. A tying of the knot. "First comes love, then comes marriage..."
What the "what" is, is a wedding.

From the people we've told, the "where" has raised the most eye brows and received the most questions.

We are getting married in a city called Arcadia, in the great state of Michigan.
If you're thinking, "Where is Arcadia," the picture below may help.

(click picture to make bigger)

Why Arcadia?
Why not?

It fit everything we wanted for our wedding and more.

We wanted to get married outdoors, by trees, and if possible, by water. We also wanted a place where we could take our time setting everything up. Making sure things looked nice, but we didn't have to stress out the day of the wedding. We wanted somewhere that would be relaxing, but beautiful too. Somewhere we could throw food on a barbeque, have a bonfire, and bring our dog, Penny, along.

Then we found these 3 big vacation house on Upper Herring Lake. And the more we researched the grounds and amenities provided with the houses, we realized it fit our dream wedding venue perfectly.

Don't believe us? Take a look at these.

One of the three houses

dock looking over the lake

another one of the cottages

picture of the surround area

inside one of the houses

Needless to say, we were wowed by these cottages and snatched them up.

Because of the setting, we ask that you dress weather appropriate. More casual than formal, but try not to look like a slob, or a hobo. Dress comfortable, whatever that means, as long as it doesn't mean old sweat pants and a stained collar shirt. Remember ladies, a lot of this wedding will be outdoors, so heels may not be the best choice, unless you like sinking into the dirt.

Bring a change of clothes if you like. After the ceremony and dinner, we will probably be doing outdoor type activities like a bonfire, possible barbeque, chasing children on the swing set, etc. We will also have indoor festivities like karaoke, video games for the kids, a pool table in each house, and much more.

Another "where" question we've been asked is, "where are you two registered?"
I'm so glad you asked, because we happen to be registered at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond.

4. When:

The date is Sunday, October 9th 2011.
This isn't to say that you have to drive all the way up on the day of the wedding and drive home that night. We've encouraged close friends and family to pitch in and stay in one of these houses with us. There are also many nearby lodgings if you'd like to stay the weekend up north with us.

Here are a few links to some of the close hotels, motels, and cottages in the area:

If staying in another hotel isn't in your budget and you want to stay, just ask. All we ask is 20.00 dollars per night you're staying. You might think this is a great deal, but we can't guarantee a couch, let alone a bed to sleep on. We can't provide blankets. We can only hope you're comfortable on the floor with a few other bodies you may or may not know.

So if sleeping on the ground, possibly next to a stranger, isn't your cup of tea, save some money and grab a room up the road. Most of them are quite cheap, [around the 60 dollar range], some of them are more expensive, but seem like they're worth the cash.

And lastly,
5. Why:

Why? Why are we getting married?
Because we're in love and can't think of a better way to spend the rest of our lives.

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Any questions, feel free to E-mail us.


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Thank you for taking the time to look this over.
Keep an eye on this blog for more updates, pictures, and the like.

All the best, And hope to see you soon.
Shaun and Julie