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Katie and Alec Getschow

Alec Getschow ’07 and his new wife, Katie, were married on campus this summer.
Photo courtesy GreatScott Images.

July 2009

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Weddings keep alums connected to campus

A campus that boasts a church for the service, a choice of venues for the reception and a hotel for the guests is more than happy to cater to weddings – even when it’s a question of taking arrangements from half-way round the world.

St. Norbert’s event staff has planned complete weddings over the phone for out-of-town couples, even for one bride who was living in New Zealand.

For Romy Seckel ’02, though, it was easier to be hands-on. Seckel worked with St. Norbert’s catering services department during his four years as a student at the college, so he knew what the campus had to offer– but his expectations were exceeded when it came to his own wedding.

He and his wife, Ann (Malooly) Seckel ’03, were married on the campus of their alma mater in May 2005, and they were more than pleased with their decision.
“It was a great experience,” says Romy. “We were well taken care of. The event planning staff was helpful and accommodating. It really was great.”
Carol Mikel ’68, who was married on campus two weeks ago, agrees. “Everyone was very nice to work with, and the quality was excellent.”
According to Pat Olejniczak ’88 of the Kress Inn, the campus hosts an average of 25 weddings each year, many in the summer.
Olejniczak attributes this to the campus’s ability to effectively provide a complete wedding experience. Couples can be married in Old St. Joseph Church, celebrate their receptions in either the Sensenbrenner Memorial Union or Bemis International Center, and family and friends can stay overnight in the Kress Inn.
“It was very convenient,” says Seckel.
An added bonus is the campus itself, which provides a great backdrop for photographs, says Olejniczak. “It’s a really ideal setting, very picturesque.”
While the campus is beautiful by any standards, alums feel particularly connected to it. “It brought back a lot of memories. I remembered Old St. Joe’s before it was renovated, I remembered Boyle Hall and many of the buildings,” says Mikel.
Not only is the campus itself accommodating and convenient, but conference and event services can offer many options for the reception.
“We can do pretty much anything, and we try to do whatever we can because it is their [the couple’s] day,” says event coordinator Julie Delebreau.
Receptions can be held at nearly any time of day, and catering services’ menu provides a wide range of offerings.
“About two years ago, a couple had a sunrise wedding at 5 a.m. and then they had a brunch reception at 10:30,” says Carla Byrne, event coordinator.
“We’ve had receptions at all times of day: morning, lunch, afternoon, night – even on Sundays,” adds Delebreau.
The planning itself is flexible as well, based on the needs and desires of the couples. “We meet as often as they want before the wedding,” says Byrne. “We’ll have people who contact us daily and people who plan their reception in one meeting.”
“We’ve planned entire weddings over the phone for people who live out of town, including one for a woman who was living in New Zealand,” says event coordinator Delebreau.

While accommodating such a wide range of customers might sound draining, Byrne and Delebreau say it’s one of the things they love most about their job. “It’s all different, which is the fun part,” says Delebreau.
For more on campus weddings, click on Old St. Joseph Church and Conference and Catering Services.

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