FAQ

The fashion show is an exclusive perk only for those who purchase VIP tickets – get yours now before they sell out!

Wedding World vendors include (but are not limited to) Hair salons, Spas, Formalwear, Caterers, Photographers, Venue choices, and more!

General admission tickets are free with registration, however access to Fashion show and other perks require a VIP ticket.

We are at the new and beautiful La Crosse Center Riverside Ballroom & Terrace.

We’re requesting brides limit their parties to four or fewer.

Admission will take place in 1-hour time blocks but there is no “end” time! Stay until we pack up, if you please.

Here Comes the Guide

A Bride’s Guide to all things wedding

  • Envision your wedding and draw up a budget.
  • Assemble your “planning team.” Consider hiring a wedding consultant.
  • Pick a wedding date and time. Select several options, then check with your venues, officiant and important guests before finalizing.
  • Start planning the guest list.
  • Look for and book ceremony sites and reception sites.
  • Ask friends and relatives to be in the wedding party.
  • Look for wedding gown. Show your consultant at Charlotte’s pictures and ideas you may have to help find the dress of your dreams. Book a separate appointment to find your bridesmaid attire.
  • Envision reception food.
  • Decide what type of entertainment you want. A pianist for the cocktail hour, strolling violinists, a DJ or band?
  • Think about your floral décor.
  • Plan a shopping day at Charlotte’s for bridesmaids. Dresses take six months or more to come in.
  • Research and book your wedding professionals. Interview vendors: photographer, videographer, reception band or DJ, and florist.
  • Research a wedding insurance policy to protect your deposits.
  • Research and reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests.
  •  Register for gifts.
  • Contact rental companies if you need to rent anything for the ceremony or reception, such as chairs, tables and a tent.
  • Book ceremony musicians.
  • Start planning honeymoon.
  • Send save-the-date cards. This is a particularly good idea if you’re marrying during a tourist or holiday season or having a destination wedding.
  • Attend pre-wedding counseling, if required.
  • Shop for and order invitations and wedding rings.
  • Groom and bride should pick out the men’s attire.
  • Renew or get passports, if necessary.
  • Envision your wedding cake and research, interview and book a cake designer.
  • Order wedding cake.
  • Hire wedding day transport: limousines, other cars. Look into transportation sooner if you’re considering renting streetcars or over-the-top travel.
  • Mail your invitations.
  • Write your vows.
  • Purchase gifts for parents, attendants and each other.
  • Book your stylist and try out wedding day hairstyles.
  • Book a makeup artist and go for a trial run.
  • Apply for a marriage license and check with the local bureau in the town where you’ll wed.
  • Check that all men have sent in their measurements for tuxedos.
  • Bride: Have final gown fitting. Bring your maid of honor along to learn how to bustle your dress.
  • Call all bridesmaids. Make sure they have their gowns ready for the wedding.
  • Make last-minute adjustments with vendors.
  • Create a wedding program to hand out to guests.
  • Order and plan in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.
  • Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet sent a response.
  • Deliver must-have shot lists to your photographer and videographer. Include who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken.
  • Deliver final song list to your DJ or bandleader. Include special song requests and songs you don’t want played, so your dance is perfect.
  • Bride: Get your last pre-wedding haircut and color.
  • Give reception site/caterer final guest head count. Include vendors, such as the photographer or band members, who will expect a meal. Ask how many extra plates the caterer will prepare.
  • Supply location manager with a list of vendor requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed for a florist.
  • Plan reception seating chart. 
  • Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements.
  • Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.
  • Groom: Get your hair trimmed.
  • Groom: Pick up your formal wear and have necessary alterations done. 
  • Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen pick up their wedding attire
  • Determine final wedding party positions during the ceremony and the order of the party in the processional and recessional.
  • Hand off place cards, table cards, menus, disposable cameras, favors and any other items for setting the tables to the caterer and/or reception site manager.
  • Reconfirm final details with all vendors and discuss any necessary last-minute substitutions.
  • Call the limousine or car rental company for pickup times and locations.
  • Arrange for guests without cars to be picked up from the airport or train station. Ask friends, attendants or relatives to help.
  • Deliver welcome baskets to the hotel concierge; include names and delivery instructions.
  • Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding, so you can troubleshoot problems.
  • Write checks and/or talk to wedding hosts about any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.
  • Rehearsal ceremony. Meet with wedding party, ceremony readers, immediate family and your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out the details.
  • Bring unity candle, aisle runner, yarmulkes or other ceremony accessories to the site. 
  • Give your marriage license to your officiant.
  • Attend rehearsal dinner.
  • Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner. You’ll want to do this especially if the gifts are accessories to be worn during the wedding.
  • Present parents and each other with gifts.
  • Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honor to hold during the ceremony.
  • Give best man the fee envelope to given to the officiant.
  • Introduce your reception site manager to your consultant or maid of honor for questions or problems during the reception.
  • Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer’s contact so he/she knows who’s who.
  • Be sure to take time to reflect on this day with just the two of you.
  • Prearrange for someone to return any rentals.
  • Return tuxedo rentals.
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy your honeymoon.