Merc Monday 3/18: Exciting Updates From the Hall

Merc Monday 3/18: Exciting Updates From the Hall


Cover photo photography by Studio 99. Photo at left by Kyle Schroder.

Hey guys!

So many exciting things have been happening here over the last two weeks and of course I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

FIRST! Construction officially started on our Urb Garden and we could NOT be more excited about it! Opening this summer, our patio space will be perfect for outdoor ceremonies or a fresh garden space for your guests to enjoy cocktails! We will keep you posted as construction progresses, but you can also follow along on our Instagram to see for yourself!

We worked hard last week to share TONS of images from our past Merc Hall couples! Make sure you check out our Wedding Gallery to see all of the prettiness that comes with getting married at Mercantile Hall.

Also now on our website, we have created a brand new page for you to learn more about the amazing people who work here. Get to know us before you meet us- we can’t wait to work with you!

If you are considering a Mercantile Hall wedding, now is a great time to come and experience what we are all about. We have some awesome promotions for March Madness and we even have a few prime season 2019 Saturdays left- whaaaaat?!?!

Shoot me a message at and I’d be more than happy to help celebrate you. Have a great one,


Merc Monday 3/4: Wedding Decor That Reflects You

Merc Monday 3/4: Wedding Decor That Reflects You

Hey, Merc Hall family!

I hope you had a great weekend! We were having fun celebrating another awesome couple this weekend at the Hall. No matter how many weddings we have in our space over time, each and every one is personal to the people who are being celebrated. While weddings obviously differ in color scheme and style, I love it when a couple’s décor reflects who they are as people, who they are as a partnership and who they are as an entire family unit.

Merc Hall couple Katie and Mike used antique liquor bottles and cigar boxes as table décor to reflect Mike’s line of work and favorite ways to celebrate. Nicole and Stephen had a special cake made that displayed what they do in their line of work as well. Emily and Michael featured his love for hunting by placing deer antlers in their centerpieces.

Kerstin and Erik gave guests beautiful cookies that matched the rest of their décor and featured their initials. Hannah and Rob brought in their own dining room chairs to give them a special spot to sit and celebrate with their guests. Special signage, like Becca and Andrew displayed, told the story of their relationship from the beginning until the day of their marriage.

If you are planning your wedding and struggling with choosing décor, look no further than your own home! What do you have at home, like picture frames or a special piece of furniture, could you incorporate. Do you have an antique platter in the family that you could use as a cake stand? Do you have any personalized signs that could be displayed behind your head table? All of these personal details will ring true to who you are and they will be things that you will remember as you look back on your wedding day.

Have a great week ahead and talk to you next week,


Merc Monday 2/25: Managing the Planning To-Dos

Merc Monday 2/25: Managing the Planning To-Dos

Cover Photography: Parisi Photography Flowers: Gia Bella

Hello from Mercantile Hall and welcome back to the MH blog!

While planning for a marriage is fun and exciting, planning a wedding is a big project and a busy season of life for most couples. Each individual planning task on their list isn’t difficult or complicated, but the sheer number of tasks on the list can be so overwhelming. Here’s what advice I have for couples on what to do when they have A LOT to do:

Wedding planning is shaped like a funnel- it’s big at the top and then narrows down at the end. Start with all of the BIG things first and check those off before getting to the details. And this can be hard! A couple’s Pinterest board is likely full to the brim with ideas for the details, but an article about color scheme isn’t going to find your officiant or a venue for you- and those are the things that actually have to get done first before anything else. Start with the big pieces of the planning first, and leave the details until later.

Prioritize! When you have a long list of things to do, go through the list and decide on the things that need to get done first. A great strategy for this is to mark things as urgent or important. Getting your marriage license, for example, is a very important task, since you can’t get married without it. Ordering your invitations could be an urgent item, to keep you on your RSVP timeline. Some items will be both urgent and important, and some will be neither. Those would fall to the top and to the bottom of your list, respectively. This will help break a big list into smaller pieces and let you focus on the ones that are truly the most critical.

Don’t worry about things that aren’t important to you- As you go through the planning process, you’ll come across things that don’t mean anything to you as a couple, like chair covers or having fresh flowers or a designer gown and fancy shoes. If an item doesn’t interest you, don’t spend a lot of time or budget on it, even if other people tell you it’s important. It’s your day! Focus your time and attention on the things that mean something to you.

Ask for help! There are a lot of wedding-related tasks that have to be done by the couple themselves, but take note of any task that could be done by someone else and delegate it out to someone you trust. I asked my maids of honor to help assemble and fold programs and stuff favor bags as my day approached. It was something that had to get done, but I personally didn’t have to do it. Chances are, you have several people offering to help. Take them up on it!

All of the wedding planning work is worth it in the end, I promise! Best of luck to everyone planning a wedding- you can do it! See you next week,


Merc Monday 2/18: Next-Level Wedding Cakes

Welcome back to the MG blog for another week of wedding tips, stories and advice.. Around here, we’ve seen our fair share of weddings and events, but It’s always fun to what each one of our couples choose to bring in for their weddings. Every time, something unique comes in that I haven’t seen before, even down the food they serve. in the spirit of uniqueness and personalization, check out these ingenious cake alternatives:

At left: PANCAKES Yup. That’s a pancake cake. If you’re opting for a brunch style wedding or serving breakfast for dinner, this sweet treat will pair perfectly with your menu. With a little syrup drizzled over the top or sprinkled powdered sugar and berries, the cake will be as beautiful to look at as it is to eat!

COOKIES: If you prefer cookies to cake, make a cake out of cookies! Large, flatter cookies mimic the layers of a cake and you can layer them with frosting for an extra sweet bonus.

BROWNIES: Brownies are a simple treat that still feels decadent because of all of the chocolate. An assortment of fruit on top provides a pop of color and a different dash of sweetness in each bite.

DONUTS; Who doesn’t love donuts? Adults and kids alike will be excited to have one at your wedding! It coordinates perfectly with an after dinner coffee bar as well.

ICE CREAM: Instead of the traditional cake and ice cream, give a cold treat with an ice cream cake. A fun idea would be to have an assortment of toppings by the cake so guests could customize their own!

Sweet dreams until next week, Meghan

Merc Monday 2/11: Here For You

Merc Monday 2/11: Here For You

Cover Photo by Melissa Justine Photography

Hey there,

Happy Monday to you- I hope you are starting your week out on a great note! As I wrote a few blogs ago, we are riding high out of “tour season”, when we see a huge number of inquiries a from couples getting engaged over the holidays.

I have to say that I’ve really loved this season because I’ve met SO many brides, grooms, and their family members. Working with them, showcasing our space, answering their questions and offering advice on planning their wedding makes me feel happy! And, of course, there’s always a big surge of excitement for a couple when they choose Mercantile Hall for their celebration.

The venue is usually one of the first things a couple decides on, as the date impacts so many other pieces of the planning. What we often see is that our couples feel a huge sigh of relief once they’ve set a date and can take a break from planning for a little while. On our end, though, our work sets in motion immediately. From the second that a couple books with us, we are working on their wedding.

We start to set out the timeline that will keep all of our planning on track, we start arranging staffing for their day and helping couples with their initial needs. We are setting reminders for us and for them of important deadlines and due dates. As the date approaches, we are meeting with them to talk through their entire day-of timeline, the room layout, bar options and linen choices. We are making sure all of their vendors know who to contact with questions, confirm their schedule and support any last minute questions. In the months, weeks and days leading up to every wedding, we are working hard for our Merc couples.

As brides and grooms know, so much work goes into making every event run smoothly, and we are constantly busy behind the scenes, eagerly getting ready for each and every special day. As a matter of fact, I’m off to do more of that now; so I’ll see you next week!


Merc Monday 2/4: Serving People Well

Merc Monday 2/4: Serving People Well

Header photo by: Photos by Ashley Renee

Hello! I hope you’re having a great Monday today.

Although Mondays get a bad rap, they happen to be one of my favorite days of the week. There’s something about a clean slate and a fresh start that I really like. Mondays also happen to be our weekly team meeting here at Merc. Our core team gets together to review our upcoming events, check in on goals and projects and spend time all together in one room, which can actually be rare with so many events going on!

I am genuinely grateful to be a part of our team because I can honestly say that exceptional service is at the center of everything we do. We are always asking ourselves things like- “How can we take our couples’ experiences to the next level?” and “How can we totally exceed a couples expectations on a tour?” and “How can we connect on a more personal level to our brides?”

When you boil each of our jobs down to the very heart of what we *really*  do, our jobs are to serve people. And not just serve them, but serve them WELL. We know that our couples are placing their trust in us to help plan their weddings and we want you to know we have your back, that we are here for you and that your wedding day in is good hands with us.

Every week, we talk about better ways to serve people well and I can’t  think of a better way to set a great tone for our week than that.

Until next Monday,


Merc Monday 1/28: Eye Catching Floral Inspiration

Merc Monday 1/28: Eye Catching Floral Inspiration

Happy Monday! It’s a blustery scene outside our windows today, as winter weather has finally showed up in Wisconsin. Considering the snow, I feel like we all could use a dose of fun. The wedding industry is such a cool place right now, as there are so many talented florists doing truly creative and unexpected things with wedding flowers. Here’s some playful floral inspiration for you!

Merc Monday 1/21: New Years Resolutions for Engaged Couples

Merc Monday 1/21: New Years Resolutions for Engaged Couples

Happy 2019 from Mercantile Hall! We hope you had a fantastic start to your January. As is tradition for this time of year, we know some of you may be setting resolutions for this year. If your goals for the year include planning a wedding, here’s a few resolutions for you. Some are funny, some are serious, but they are all very true!

  1. We will not worry over a shade of blue. There are so many fine details that come along with planning a wedding and it can be overwhelming. Though the little details seem like a big deal in the moment, trust us when we say that your guests will not notice if your napkins are more cornflower blue than sky blue.

  2. We will spend time NOT talking about the wedding. Listen, Wedding planning is a huge project and it does take time and effort to get it all accomplished. But, do yourselves a favor and schedule fun time for the two of you to go to dinner or take a walk and promise to talk about everything but the wedding. The mental break will feel so refreshing!

  3. We will take opinions with a grain of salt. As many couples have probably already discovered, everyone in your lives will have an opinion on your wedding, from your guest list, to your menu and even your registry. Just remember that you can politely handle any opinions about *your* day but release yourself from the pressure of actually having to incorporate them. Only you two know what’s best for *your* wedding celebration.

  4. We will remember why we are here in the first place. Because you’re getting married and you love each other, duh!! At the end of the day, you are preparing for a marriage, not just a wedding. Keep your focus centered on how crazy you are about each other, and the rest will fall into place.

When you look back on your wedding day, you want to remember how much you enjoyed not only the big day, but the whole process. All of the work you put in along the way is all worth it, trust me!

Until next week,


Merc Monday 12/31: Happy New Year!

Merc Monday 12/31: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Mercantile Hall!

I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season with your family and friends. Looking back on our year, 2018 was a full and happy season around here. We hosted over 66 celebrations, including 50 weddings. That’s fifty grand entrances, fifty toasts and fifty first dances that our team got to witness and be a special part of. We wish all of our 2018 Merc couples long, happy marriages and a blessed year ahead.

Aside from weddings, over sixteen corporate, private and community events kept our space busy. We hosted craft fairs, hugged huskies, hosted community presentations and helped amazing groups of people from all over the area celebrate their special moments. I did the rough math on and we had well over 10,155 guests in our space this year! That is just incredible!

We have many exciting things planned for 2019, including the grand opening of our new UrbGarden. We are grateful to all of our clients and our community’s support for their help in making Mercantile a great place to be. We can’t wait to help celebrate even more people in 2019!

Have a safe and Happy New Year!


Merc Monday 12/17: It's Tour Season!

Merc Monday 12/17: It's Tour Season!

Happy Monday!

Do you ever feel like your life just gets crazy busy in December? Here at Merc, we’re finishing out the year with two amazing weddings AND this is the busiest time of year for couples getting engaged and coming in for tours. Sharing our beautiful space with people for the first time has to be one of the best parts of my job- it’s so much fun to see the Hall through the eyes of someone who isn’t here all the time.

I love to tell them all about our quaint little Pine Street and about the accessible parking here in Burlington. As we get many couples from the Chicago and Milwaukee areas in, they are always excited to see all of the free downtown parking right next to our venue. I point out all of the coffee shops, bars and restaurants that we have on our street so they can go grab a drink or bite to eat after they finish the tour.

One of the best reactions I get during tours is showing people our gallery wall and telling them how we frame special pictures of them to hang in our hallway on their wedding days. They usually comment, “Aww, that’s so cool!” or “I love that!” and I love seeing how excited they get about it.

Pictures are always a good idea when you are touring venues so I encourage couples to take as many as they want! It can be hard to remember the details after they leave, especially if they are visiting several venues. It’s fun to see what little details they capture to help them remember Merc.

But mostly, I love helping people who are in one of the happiest times of their lives. I love seeing them interact, hearing about how they met and got engaged, and all of the ideas they have for their wedding. Sometimes I even get to meet family members and friends and start a relationship with them, too. I hope I never lose the joy of being in this industry and sharing such special memories with entire families!

I’m done being sappy now, but check out my post next week when I do a fun recap of our year here at Merc.

Until next time,


Merc Monday 12/10: Saving Your Date

Merc Monday 12/10: Saving Your Date

Happy Monday from Mercantile Hall,

Here at Merc, I help brides and grooms in the selection of their wedding date.  In general, choosing a wedding date is a big decision for most couples, as setting a date is truly the first thing that must be decided before all of the planning can really begin. For example, you can’t pick a photographer or a DJ until you have a date and a location and it’s hard to pick a color scheme or even know the style of your wedding dress when you can’t picture the place where you’ll be wearing it.

Knowing that it’s such a crucial part of the planning process, here’s the advice I can share about booking your wedding date:

What is more important to you- the perfect date or the perfect venue? Obviously,having the perfect venue available on the perfect date would be ideal, but sometimes availability means picking one of the two. Generally speaking, unless you have a date that is sincerely significant to you, you’ll have many more options open to you if you can be flexible on your date. You can still always target a time of year (i.e. fall) or a specific month that you would like to get married to fit your vision.

Have you considered a Friday wedding? If you are set on a specific venue or a time of year like October that is extremely popular, holding your wedding on a Friday could be a great option for you. While it breaks from the Saturday wedding tradition of the past, Friday weddings are very common now. We celebrated 6 Friday weddings during the months of September and October and they were awesome! Typically, wedding guests have plenty of advance notice of your wedding date, and trust us- all of your closest friends and family will make the effort to be there, no matter the date. Sometimes, venues and vendors give discounts for Fridays as well.

Hope you all have a great week,


Merc Monday 12/3: Our Favorite Wedding Day Moments

Merc Monday 12/3: Our Favorite Wedding Day Moments

Credits for Cover Photo: Kristina Lorraine Photography & Frontier Flowers

We have a special love and passion for celebrating our couples at Merc. There’s a unique joy we all feel about being chosen to be a part of someone’s wedding day. This week, our crew is sharing their favorite part about working with our brides, grooms and their families because we can’t help but spread the #smalltownlove!

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”My favorite thing about wedding days is all of the energy in the building during set up. It’s so exciting to see our empty space buzzing with caterers, florists, and decorators getting ready for the guests to arrive. You just look around the room and go ‘Whoa, there’s a whole team of people working together to make this room look amazing.’ “ - Andrew, Owner


I absolutely love the magic moment when a bride puts on her wedding dress the morning of her wedding. Her face is instantly radiant and seeing the reaction of her bridesmaids and moms is so genuine and authentic. There’s so much emotion present in the room at that very moment that I typically get emotional too. I love seeing a bride shine!” - Meghan, Event Manager

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“I have to say that my favorite moments are when brides and grooms can share a moment just between the two of them. It’s fun to see everyone celebrating, but when the couple steals away for a first look or the way they look at each other when the bride walks down the aisle- that’s really special to witness.” - Stephanie, Events Director and Co-Founder

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“Without a doubt, my favorite moment on wedding day is the looking at the bride’s face as she is waiting in line to head down the aisle- when the rest of the wedding party has already headed into the ceremony and it’s just her and her escort. The look of pure anticipation and nervous excitement on her face makes me feel so incredibly happy for her and the walk she is about to take.” - Wendy, Owner and Co-Founder

Have an awesome Monday and don’t forget to appreciate all of the little moments,


Merc Monday 11/26: Questions to Ask When Planning Your Ceremony

Merc Monday 11/26: Questions to Ask When Planning Your Ceremony

With all of the planning that goes into a wedding, it can be easy to forget the small details that go into your actual wedding ceremony. Whether you are planning a church service or a casual ceremony officiated by a family friend, these are the questions couples can ask themselves as they plan out the logistics of their ceremony:

  1. Do you need any signage at the venue to direct guests to the ceremony location?

  2. Would you like to hand out programs? If so, who is in charge of this task?

  3. Would you like music playing for your ceremony? If so, who will play and cue the music?

  4. Will any special family members, such as parents and grandparents, walk down  the aisle? If so, do they need any special accommodations or assistance?

  5. Do you want a flower girl/ring bearer or mini brides and grooms to walk down the aisle? If so, where will they be seated after their turn?

  6. When the couple is united at he front of the aisle, is there an exchange between family members and the couple, such as a “Who gives this bride/groom/couple away in marriage…?” Question and response, hugs, handshakes, etc.

  7. Who is doing readings, where do they stand and when do they know to come up to read? Do they need a microphone?

  8. What bridal party members are in charge of the rings and/or holding flowers for the couple as they exchange vows?

  9. Do you need your officiant to give guests instructions on what they are to do next at the end of the ceremony?

  10. Do you want to do a receiving line? If so, where will it be? If not, where does the bridal party meet up after the ceremony?

Taking a few moments to process some of these questions will help both your rehearsal and wedding day go more smoothly and ensure your ceremony is seamless. With all the details involved in planning an event as detailed as a wedding, don’t forget that the ceremony is truly the most important part!

Have a great week, Meghan

Merc Monday 11/19: Winter Wedding Fashion Inspo

Happy Monday from Mercantile Hall! The cold weather has officially arrived in Wisconsin! We are happy to be hosting several weddings here at Merc over the winter season and it has me in the mood for some good winter fashion inspiration. For a winter theme, snow and icy branches make a great neutral backdrop for every wedding color palette - from grays and silvers to deep reds, greens and blues. The colder temps allow couples to play around with heavier fabrics and textures like plaid, velvet and fur and long sleeved dresses and layers look elegant and keep your party warm and comfy. So cozy up with a blanket and a mug of cocoa and take a look!

Merc Monday 11/12: Details To Include in Your Invitation

Merc Monday 11/12: Details To Include in Your Invitation

Happy Monday from Mercantile Hall!

As planners here at Merc, we often help couples walk through all the fine details of their wedding day, including what information they should provide to their guests ahead of time so that the wedding day experience runs smoothly for everyone. Your wedding invitation is typically a couple’s one opportunity to communicate directly to your guests about what they should expect on wedding day. Here’s an overview of what you should include in your wedding invitations:


Other than the obvious date, time and place, help your guests out by providing general driving directions to your venues. You can include maps and any special instructions they should know like construction alerts, street closures or roads where heavy traffic is common. In addition, if guests have to find and/or pay for their own parking near your venue, letting them know ahead of time will be greatly appreciated by your guests.

Any Gaps in Timeline

If there is a time gap between any of your wedding events that guests are expected to fill themselves, giving them a head’s up is recommended. A nice thing to do is to share with them a list of suggestions for local bars, restaurants or attractions that they could pick from to enjoy in between your ceremony and reception.


To queue your guests on any special notes about their attire on your wedding day, direction is best. If your reception is at a formal ballroom, you can suggest more elegant clothing with a line such as “Cocktail attire” or “Black tie affair”. If your ceremony is outside in the fall and it could be chilly, tell your guests to bring a jacket or blanket to cozy up in. None of your guests want to stand out from the crowd in a negative way because they were not prepared in advance.

Meal Preferences

Prepare your guests expectations ahead of time if your wedding menu deviates greatly from your typical reception style. For example, if you plan to serve heavy appetizers instead of a full meal, tipping your guests off ahead of time ensures they plan ahead to perhaps snack on the way or pack a snack for the ride home.

Being thoughtful about the directions in your invitation can really save brides, grooms and their guests last minute headaches on wedding day. And who doesn’t want that!

Have a great week and all the best from the Merc team!

Merc Monday 11/5: Must-Have Wedding Planning Supplies

Merc Monday 11/5: Must-Have Wedding Planning Supplies

As a self-proclaimed planning nerd, I am the kind of person who gets *excited* (yes, excited) about a new project that needs to be organized. And I’m especially excited if organizing that project requires the purchase of new office supplies because I LOVE buying office supplies. Whether you have the same affinity for the office section at Target or not, planning your wedding does require a few simple things to stay organized throughout the process. Here’s my top four must-have office supplies for planning your wedding.

1. Post-Its

This was inspired by a bride who recently came in for a logistics meeting. Planning a seating chart can be a headache while you decide who sits where and with whom. If this is something you’d like to plan out on paper, post-it notes will be your best friend. You can color code them by family or friend category and you can move them around at any time you need without starting over.

2.  Envelope Sealer

I purchased these for my own wedding and just trust me on this one. If you don’t have self sealing envelopes you absolutely need these. They are cheap and effective and will save you from unfortunate tongue paper cuts and the awful aftertaste of traditional envelopes.

3. Wedding Binder

Throughout the process, you’ll have several pages of notes, packets of information, guest lists, timelines, budgets and contracts that need to be organized. You can keep them digitally in an electronic filing system of some sort or create a binder like to keep everything in paper format. Having one central location for all of your files will save you time and hassle spent trying to locate the information when you need it.

4. Accordion File

Even with all of the technology available to us today, it is inevitable that you will have some paper items you need to save from your wedding, namely receipts. When you place a down payment on  your wedding dress or buy some cute decor from Hobby Lobby to decorate your wedding, be sure you have somewhere to store these important receipts. Not only are they your proof of what you paid for an item and what was promised in return, it gives you a way to take items back to the store if you don’t need them any longer. A simple accordion file can store them in one place and you can categorize them for easy finding later.

Trust me, a little organization along the way can save you and your fiancé unnecessary stress as your big day approaches. Take a stroll down the office supply aisle and see what you might find!

Until next week- Meghan

Merc Monday 10/29/18- Hassle-Free Bridesmaids Dress Shopping

Merc Monday 10/29/18- Hassle-Free Bridesmaids Dress Shopping

Gathering your closest girlfriends together for a day of trying on beautiful dresses sounds like a fun occasion, and it certainly is! But it can also be tricky trying to balance everyone’s input and keep the entire group on the same page. Lindsay Webster, Store Manager of our sister store Bon Bon Belle Bridal, stops by the blog today to share her tips for a smooth bridesmaids appointment.

When to Schedule

Lindsay advises brides to book their bridesmaids appointment about six months out from the wedding day. “It can take up to three months for dresses to come in and then you should leave time for alterations and a buffer in case there are any hiccups.” Having a comfortable timeline for dress ordering can alleviate the stress (and potential extra shipping costs) of a rush order.

A Starting Point

“It’s helpful to come in to the appointment with some idea of what you are looking for,” said Lindsay. “Deciding on things ahead of time, such as if everyone will be wearing the same dress style or not, will jumpstart the appointment in the right direction.” Also, typical appointments are only an hour long. Setting a few simple guidelines at the front of the appointment can keep everyone moving efficiently throughout the appointment.

Gauge your Maids’ Budgets

Discussing money matters at a bridal salon in a large group can get awkward very quickly. As the bride, check with your girls beforehand and gauge how much they are comfortable spending on a dress. “A good tip would be to call the store ahead of time and ask for the price range on their bridesmaids selection,” says Lindsay. Keeping your girls in the loop up front will help them prepare for placing an order quickly. If your girls are more budget conscious, shy away from dresses that are heavily beaded or have intricate lace detailing as they tend to be more expensive.

Temper Your Try-On Expectations

Most bridal boutiques have only one sample of each dress style in store, meaning there is only one size of each style that ‘maids can try on. Also good to know is that just like bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses run smaller than casual clothing sizes - sometimes up to 2 sizes smaller than the size they normally buy at a department store. “Trust your consultant and rely on their expertise when it comes to sizing,” advises Lindsay. “They can point each girl towards the right size for her.” Encourage your girls not to get caught up in the number on the dress tag and to order the recommended size. No one sees the size of a dress when it’s coming down the aisle, but they will notice if it does not fit properly.

“Bridal consultants are here to be an advocate for the brides they are helping,” says Lindsey. “We are so happy to help you find the perfect dresses for your vision to bring all of the elements together beautifully.”

So, grab your girls and head to Bon Bon Belle for a great experience! Happy shopping!


Merc Monday 10/22/18- Happy Guests, Happy Wedding

Merc Monday 10/22/18- Happy Guests, Happy Wedding

Annnd...we’re back! After a brief hiatus, I’m excited to welcome you back to the Mercantile Hall Blog!

Weddings are a big event in the lives of everyone involved, including guests. While every couple should design their wedding day around their own vision, it is important to keep the comfort of your guests in mind as you plan. Anticipating the needs of the friends and family in attendance helps everyone stay in the moment with you and allow them to fully enjoy every special part of your wedding. Here are some things to keep in mind:


Is it going to be hot and sunny on your wedding day? Consider using ceremony programs that double as hand-held fans or offering sunglasses/sunscreen during an outdoor ceremony. If rain is predicted, guide your guests to venue entrances with covered awnings or have spare umbrellas ready to go for guests to use.  For winter weather, plan your ceremony and reception in the same location or very close together so that guests do not have to drive far in the snow.


One thing that is easy to forget when hosting an event outside is bugs! Many outdoor locations in wooded areas are prone to insects like flies, bees and mosquitoes.. Provide insect repellent to your guests so they can focus on your vows instead of swatting bugs away. Tiki torches or candles can also help keep uninvited guests at bay.


Be considerate of your guests’ time on your wedding day and keep as close to your schedule as possible. Guests get uncomfortable sitting in the sun waiting for your ceremony to begin or hungry if your reception is delayed because the bridal party arrives late. Leave buffer room in your timeline for travel, pictures, etc. so that you can make it to your ceremony and reception on time.


It is important when selecting your venue to choose a space that is big enough to host your guest list *comfortably*. Choosing a ceremony or reception space that is pushing the venue’s capacity means that guests may have to be seated uncomfortably close together. It also limits the options you have to make room for a DJ/musician and dance floor as well as space to display décor, gather gifts, and place desserts or late night snacks.

Every couple wants to have only the happiest memories when looking back on their wedding day and you want the same for your guests! Providing for your guests’ needs will allow them to remember your sentimental father-daughter dance or the hilarious toast from your best man instead of how hot or hungry they were at the time. After all the pieces of your perfect wedding day are in place, put yourself in a guest’s shoes and do something a little extra special to let them know you were thinking of them. You (and your guests) will be so happy that you did.

Happy planning, Meghan

Merc Monday 8/6/2018-By Your Side

Merc Monday 8/6/2018-By Your Side

Hey Monday-ers!

This weekend we had back to back ceremonies and receptions. Each wedding was absolutely beautiful, and I have loved working with both couples throughout the planning process. It's always so wonderful to see each couple's personality and style come together, as each and every wedding is so different. There was also something that was very evident this weekend, and that was how amazing the family and friends were. One of the groom's mom said to me, "When you have such an amazing couple, you just want to jump in and do what you can to make their day perfect." I definitely saw that as the group did whatever they could to help. Whether it was decorating the tables, setting up lunch, hauling boxes, and overall just making sure the couple had nothing to worry about. It was hard not to feel the love that they had for this amazing couple.

It made it so obvious how important having an amazing wedding party can make or break your day. We've all heard horror stories about mainly crazy bridesmaids. To the point that sometimes brides need to ask their friend to not be in their wedding party anymore. It's a hard situation to be in for both parties, but weddings sometimes bring out the worse in people.

I'm sorry to say that there is no foolproof way to pick your wedding party. Sometimes, you even have to pick someone that has been your best friend forever, knowing full well that they're probably going to start drama.

So even though I can't give you a list on how to pick the perfect wedding party, just be aware of the dynamic that each person brings. Keep your wedding party small if you're worried about people not getting along, and most importantly pick someone that you KNOW is going to be there to help you throughout the day.

Also, for all you future bridesmaids and groomsmen just remember that the day isn't about you. You can't complain about the weather, or a long ceremony, or how you're sick of taking pictures, or how hungry you are. It's only one day where you have to dress up, be on your best behavior, be funny and smile for the camera, all for the sake of your friend's happiness. It's about going with the flow, and making sure that the bride and groom are having an amazing day. I believe that Karma plays a role here, so hopefully your friend will do the same for you when your day rolls around.

I wish you all the best as you start to decide who you want to stand by your side, and I look forward to meeting all these amazing people on your big day.




Merc Monday 7/31/2018-For the Love of Purple!

Merc Monday 7/31/2018-For the Love of Purple!

Hey Monday Lovers!

 We are halfway through Summer, which means that Fall is THAT much closer! It's my favorite time of year, and the most popular time to get married. We've had SO many couples touring the space looking for fall dates for 2019, and yes even 2020! So hesitate to book if the fall is your preference!

Besides finding the right date, and venue, many couples go straight for what their color scheme is going to be. Many of you probably have a few secret boards on Pinterest already, and you're swarming in several color palettes. So let me fill you in on a little secret...there isn't a color that doesn't work year-round (yes even red-even though some would disagree.) Eight years ago and in a world before Pinterest,  I had started a file on my desktop with different wedding ideas. I knew I wanted October and was hoping for a blush wedding, which to be honest was unheard of at the time outside of the Spring/Summer. By the time I got engaged in 2013, blush weddings were the hot thing and brides were not afraid to use it year round.

So with Fall just around the corner, I want to show you how another "Spring" color can totally be used year round! Purple is one of my favorite wedding colors, because you don't have to be picky about only using one shade. It can be whimsical, and rich by layering several shades, plus it's one of the few colors that looks good on anyone!




There's so many options, but remember to mix shades and elements to incorporate the color without being too literal.