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Wausau’s Journey Eleven meets wedding rental needs with rustic charm

WAUSAU – Sandi Dahlke has all the time been the inventive sort.

She majored in inside design in faculty and infrequently spends her free time crafting or discovering different methods to get inventive. However it was just a few years in the past that she determined to show her ardour right into a profession.

She fell in love with the decor at a barn wedding ceremony she attended.

“I spent many of the night time speaking to the barn house owners,” she stated. “Then I appeared on the locations the place individuals obtained the (ornamental) items and located that almost all of them constructed them. And so they spent some huge cash.”

That gave Dahlke an thought. If individuals had been prepared to purchase classic chairs, cupcake and cake tops, and arbors, why not simply construct the items themselves and hire them out as wanted? She would craft the decorations from classic objects and provides them a brand new life and function as an alternative of sending them to the landfill.

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When Dahlke began growing her enterprise thought, she enrolled within the boot camp program on the start-up and coaching heart within the Wausau enterprise park. After finishing this program, she enrolled in a 12-week course on the College of Wisconsin-Stevens Level.

“I ended up actually connecting with my thought,” she stated.

Dahlke opened her wedding ceremony and occasion rental enterprise referred to as Journey Eleven in December, and she or he’s been assembly with shoppers, attending bridal exhibits, and constructing her stock ever since. Her store at the moment occupies a nook of the Entrepreneur Heart’s warehouse, with chairs, tables, backdrops and extra filling the cabinets.

When clients hire from Journey Eleven, they’ll reserve every part from image frames to photograph backdrops to wedding ceremony reception chairs and tables, all with a country end. Then the shoppers decide up the furnishings and decorations on the Thursday or Friday earlier than the marriage and produce them again the next week.

Their enterprise is slowly constructing, although Dahlke stated individuals are reserving for weddings a couple of yr prematurely in the mean time. Within the meantime, she hopes to supply forgotten little issues like image frames or different accents.

“I simply love seeing issues being utilized in new and alternative ways,” she stated.

Along with her full-time job as a venture supervisor for a Rothschild firm, Dahlke at the moment runs the enterprise herself with the assistance of her husband. She can be a mom of two, however her two youngsters are glad to return to the Journey Eleven workplace and play or assist out. Sooner or later, nevertheless, Dahlke hopes to increase the enterprise and work with native woodworkers to create new and distinctive items for weddings, child showers, and extra in central Wisconsin.

Within the meantime, Dahlke goes about her new enterprise daily and is glad to lastly have a chance to share her abilities with the neighborhood.

“It helps me convey out the inventive aspect,” she stated.

Do you have got a query or a narrative tip? Get in contact. Contact Streetwise reporter Laura Schulte at 715-297-7532 or [email protected]; on Twitter @schultelaura.

Need to study extra about Journey Eleven?

Take a look at the rental choice at or go to Journey Eleven LLC’s Fb web page.


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