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Everything wedding unforgettable.
Wedding
2012
The
Complimentary
magazine COULEE REGION
Everything
you need to make
your Coulee Region
wedding
unforgettable.
Wedding
The
Beauty That Lasts a Lifetime.....................................................................................23
Romantic, Vintage, Classic Hairstyles......................................................................25
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Detailed Décor: Stylish Table Tops That Dress Up Your Venue...............................26
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Shannon Porter Photography
Fashion That Sets the Stage: Wedding Wear to Dress Up Any Setting....................13
Studio Noveau
Features
Table of Contents
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magazine COULEE REGION
Simply Stunning: Blooms Go Back to Basics...........................................................33
Memorable Music: More Than a Piece of the Puzzle..............................................37
Destination Weddings Are About Location............................................................38
You Are Cordially Invited: Wedding Invitations Give Guests Glimpse of Day.............41
Building a Strong Foundation..................................................................................43
Painting a Timeless Portrait of Love..........................................................................44
Desserts That Take the Cake.....................................................................................46
Green Cuisine: Using Local Products in Wedding Fare Lessens Carbon Footprint.....51
Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary: Transforming the Reception..........................53
Real Weddings
Shelby (Frost) & Samuel Plitzuweit.........................................................................57
Kristin (Hovel) & Jason Krueger...............................................................................59
Kari (Flicek) & Jacob Feldman.................................................................................61
Mia (Krackow) & Ben Lodahl...................................................................................63
Laurel (Wedel) & Jeffrey Johnson...........................................................................65
Kristin (Langfoss) & Scott Hagen.............................................................................67
In Every Issue
Letter From the Publishers.......................................................................................10
Planning, Budget, Marriage License.........................................................................49
Reception Guide.....................................................................................................69
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Shannon Porter Photography
Advertisers Index....................................................................................................74
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Volume 7 Issue 1 2012
Publishers
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Wedding
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MAGAZINE
COULEE
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Everything
you need
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your Coule
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wedding
unforgettable.
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globe scabiosa pods, green hypericum berries, green button
mums, white scabiosa, lily grass, lotus pods, and echeveria
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Cover photograpy by Studio Noveau.
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Letter from the Publishers
“Will you marry me?”
Saying “yes” to this question is easy and only natural if it is coming from the one you
love, the one you want to be with forever. But the extensive planning that follows as you
choose your wedding date and embark on organizing the details of venues, attire, floral,
décor, and more is often anything but natural, and sometimes creates enough tension and
drama that brides begin to wonder if it’s “I do” or “I don’t.”
Yes, you can! This issue of The Wedding Magazine can help. With eight pages of gorgeous bridal fashion, six pages of stunning tabletop designs, photos of elegant floral and
scrumptious desserts created exclusively for this issue by local businesses, as well as budget,
timeline, and license information, and many other useful details, we are here to make your
wedding planning easier, more natural, and enjoyable.
And speaking of natural, one of the top wedding trends these days is just that—with ecofriendly and vintage details. Everything from wearing your grandmother’s wedding dress
and dining on organic, local cuisine as illustrated in our “Green Cuisine” menus on page
51 to using natural fabrics and repurposed décor as described in our article on transforming reception venues on page 53. For the bride who wants to escape most of the planning
rigors and simply ride off into the sunset, a destination wedding is in order. Find out more
about the simplicity of destination weddings on page 38.
Nancy Flottmeyer, PBC™
Weddings by Nancy
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Wedding Wear to
Dress Up Any Setting
Photos by Studio Noveau
Shot on location in downtown La Crosse
Charmeuse satin, rouche-fitted, one-shoulder gown with bubble bottom is Private Label by Charlotte’s Bridal. Earrings and rhinestone and pearl headband by Charlotte’s Bridal.
Diamond wedding band courtesy of Howes Diamond Jewelers.
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One-shoulder, fit-and-flare gown is Private Label by Charlotte’s Bridal. Earrings and flyaway veil with
Lace and feathers, fit-and-flare dress is Private Label by Charlotte’s Bridal. Cathedral veil with French
rhinestone accents from Charlotte’s Bridal. Diamond wedding band courtesy of Howes Diamond Jewelers.
netting and feather accent hairpiece is by Charlotte’s Bridal.
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Two-piece charmeuse and brocade lace sheath is
Private Label by Charlotte’s Bridal. Birdcage veil with
crystal flower comb from Charlotte’s Bridal.
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Ivory lace ball gown is La Sposa by Pronovias
presented by The Wedding Tree.
Ivory, lace-edged veil from The Wedding Tree.
Diamond wedding band courtesy of Howes
Diamond Jewelers.
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White taffeta ball gown with rhinestone “T” back is Maggie Sottero
presented by The Wedding Tree. Swarovski drop-crystal earrings
from The Wedding Tree.
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Tulle ball gown and two-tier, rhinestone-edge veil are Private Label by
Charlotte’s Bridal. Earrings, rhinestone headband, and brooch bouquet
are Charlotte’s Bridal.
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Short, ivory lace ball gown is Private Label by G with ivory satin headband presented by
Ivory, silver, taffeta ball gown is Designs by Valerie exclusively by The Wedding Tree. Rhinestone and
The Wedding Tree. Shoes are “A Girl’s Dream” by Poetic License from Kick.
amber earrings; feather, netting, rhinestone, and pearl accent hair clip; and amber, pearl, and rhinestone
three-strand bracelet are from The Wedding Tree.
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WHETHER AT YOUR HOME, IN A BALLROOM, OR IN
THE COUNTRY, OUR PROMISE IS STILL THE SAME
© Amy Majors Photography
We will work with your budget, design an incredibly
unique wedding & create the most amazing experience
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115 S. 2nd St.
Downtown La Crosse
608.782.5425
www.mykickshoes.com
This page: Organza fit-and-flare dress is La Sposa by Pronovias
presented by The Wedding Tree. Feather and rhinestone
accented headpiece from The Wedding Tree. Diamond
wedding band is courtesy of Howes Diamond Jewelers.
Special thanks to those who made this shoot a success: Heather
Kastenschmidt and Nancy Klechler with Charlotte’s Bridal and
Debra Lash and Jennifer Freitag with The Wedding Tree.
Fashion model: Amy Kryzenske.
Hair and makeup: Heather Von Arx, Sue Kolve’s Salon & Day Spa.
Assistants: Kelsey Bauer, Claire Donskey, Jill Drazkowski,
and Christie Geese.
All photos shot on location at: La Crosse Community Theatre,
Kick Shoes, Pearl Street Books, The Pearl, and The Wedding Tree.
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By Alyssa Pederson | Photo by Mueller Photography
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s a bride-to-be, you can expect all eyes on you on your special
day—from the moment you walk down the aisle to letting loose
on the dance floor—so it’s no surprise that you want your skin,
hair, and figure looking their best. But all too often, the pampering
is short-lived. Your wedding day is the start of your new life, so why
not make your pre-wedding makeover plans include more than day-of
changes? Make a decision to make lifestyle changes for a healthier you.
Forever “glowing” skin
As the big day approaches, it’s not uncommon for brides to hit
the tanning salon or try new facial creams and cleansers, hoping to
achieve a refreshing, youthful glow. But the real key is to use sunscreen, a daily cleansing routine, and professional skin treatments,
not just in preparation for the wedding—but forever. According to
Aesthetician Emily Doherty of Natural Beauty LLC, the earlier you
start, the better. “It’s important to get a monthly facial to help age
you gracefully, so down the road you don’t have to go to extremes,”
she says. “I can’t tell you how many times clients come in and say, ‘I
wish I had started at a younger age.’”
Doherty advises staying away from tanning beds, which accelerate
aging and accentuate wrinkles. Instead, she recommends a spray tan
and powdered sunscreen that won’t clog your pores or remove your
makeup. She also stresses the importance of using a gentle cleanser
and moisturizer in the morning and at night and exfoliating once or
twice weekly. Whether you are pre-or post-wedding, you can also go
to a salon for professional microdermabrasion treatments to remove
dead skin cells and rid the skin of fine lines, acne scars, and sun
damage, leaving you with a clean glow. “It’s a great way to pamper
yourself while still benefiting your skin,” Doherty says.
A vow for healthier hair
What to do for your hair? Hair products abound—curling irons
and flat irons are “hot,” and boxed dyes are easily accessible. After
awhile, the products and the irons can do significant damage to your
hair. So, instead of splurging on treatments and touch-ups at the
salon a few weeks before the wedding, take care of your hair along
the way by purchasing heat protection products and going in for a
haircut every four to six weeks, says Tiffany Heimer, a stylist at Sue
Kolve’s Salon & Day Spa. For more drastic cuts and colors, Heimer
stresses finding an expert you trust to do the work for you. “If it’s
any type of chemical service, get it done by a professional,” she says.
“We fix a lot of people that try to play kitchen beautician.”
To rejuvenate hair shine, eliminate frizz, or mend your split ends,
Heimer believes paying for professional conditioning treatments
once a month is worth the money. For many clients, it’s an added
mental de-stressor. “We have people come in and turn their cell
phones off, sit in the chair, close their eyes, and really treat themselves,” she says.
Be mindful of your figure
Maintaining a healthy, fit figure is probably one of the most
desired but more difficult beauty habits to master. Reaching and sustaining your ideal weight isn’t just about keeping up with an exercise
routine. Owner of Brilliant Bodywork, Stephanie Andresen-Stevens
believes in the power of organic foods and herbal supplements for
developing a healthy mind and body. “My biggest belief is that the
food we eat should be living and given to us from a natural source,”
she says. “You need to think about what you’re doing to your body
and the chemical reaction.” This includes being mindful of eating
in moderation and evaluating whether you’re eating to nourish your
body or simply eating to eat.
Andresen-Stevens also suggests trying a M’lis detoxification
program to aid in losing weight and cleansing the body of waste and
toxins, especially in the colon, where Andresen-Stevens says 95
percent of diseases begin. But along with supplements and proper
eating habits, you must also harness the motivation to make it last
forever. “There is no magic pill,” Andresen-Stevens says. “You have
to get your mind right and your body will follow.”
In the end, it takes dedication, both at home, and often with the
experts, to bring your beauty full circle, and there’s no reason why
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Stylish Table Tops That Dress Up Your Venue
Photos by Shannon Porter Photography
Shot on location at Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, Coon Valley
Photography assistants: Kelsey Bauer, Jill Drazkowski, and Libby Weber
“I love that rustic, down-home, yet contemporary country feel.
It’s the best of both worlds—the great classic country look with a
modern twist.”
Tanya Dais,
Shirley Elaine Weddings
Design, table, stationery, votives, candelabra, window frame: Shirley Elaine Weddings. Floral: Cottage Garden Floral. Linens, table runners, napkins: BBJ Linens. Silverware and chargers : The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern.
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“This look is a study in contrasts. We took the natural beauty of this rustic location
and transformed it into a stunning ballroom, playing up all of the attributes by
suspending candles and floral from the ceiling. This is an organic, seasonal, and
elegant look.”
- Nancy Flottmeyer, Weddings by Nancy
Design, stationery, candles, bud vases, frame, ivory sheers: Weddings by Nancy. Floral: Shining Hills Farm and Gardens. Table: Topp’s Elite Tent Rentals. Chairs: Majestic Tents and Events. Linens and overlay: BBJ Linens.
Chargers, silverware: The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern.
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“This look is about the bursts of summer colors. We played off of the apple-green
colors in this natural setting by accenting it with corals, greens, and yellows. It’s
elegant, yet unexpected.”
- Nancy Flottmeyer, Weddings by Nancy
Design, chalk menu: Weddings by Nancy. Floral centerpiece: Monet Floral & Gifts. Table and chairs: Topps Elite Tent Rentals. Silverware: The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern.
Linens: BBJ Linens. Napkin accent and dinnerware: Touch of Class.
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“This look is very dramatic and classy. The black and white adds elegance and
drama, yet combines nicely with trendy honeysuckle. The design is very versatile.
For an inside look, it gives one effect. Outside, it makes all of the colors pop.”
- Meghann Todd, Wedding Day Designs
Design, stationery, linens, napkins, chair covers, stemware, plates, silverware: Wedding Day Designs. Floral centerpiece, gerbera daisy chair accents: La Crosse Floral.
Table: Topps Elite Tent Rentals. Black chargers: The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern.
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“I chose a yellow and gray color palette because it feels like a very simple combination, but it creates an elegant statement. The floral lends an eye-catching flair, and
the red accents create added impact.”
- Crystal Layland, Toast
Design, stationery, chargers, candles: Toast. Floral centerpiece: Sunshine Floral. Table: Topps Elite Tent Rentals. Chairs: Wedding Day Designs. Linens, napkins: BBJ Linens.
Chargers, silverware: The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern.
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“My inspiration for this look was the blend of vibrant blues and greens with the
added bling of rhinestones. The feathers and peacock accents lend elegance
and a touch of whimsy.”
-Tanya Dais, Shirley Elaine Weddings
Design, table, stationery, cylinders, candles, chargers: Shirley Elaine Weddings. Floral: Liberty Floral & Gifts. Chairs: Majestic Tents & Events. Linens, napkins: BBJ Linens. Silverware: The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern.
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Blooms Go Back to Basics
By Kim Sullivan | Photos by Studio Noveau
Seasonal wildflower bouquet with echinacea, equesetum, viburnum, teasel, eupatoreum purpureum, and
Sunrise calla lilies, coffee break roses, orange proteas with grevlia leaves. Created by Sunshine Floral.
sweet flag wrapped in sedge grass. Created by Shining Hills Farm & Gardens.
H
ot pink orchids submerged in a tall cylindrical vase, green
kermit mums on a crisp black lapel, a single blue hydrangea
in a mason jar. The trend in wedding flowers leans toward
simple, smaller, and natural. Get inspiration for your floral décor by
tapping into today’s trends. Then swing the doors wide open. The possibilities are endless.
Color palette swings from vibrant to muted
The hot colors of the moment are the bold, vibrant ones. Think
sour apple green, bright orange, yellow, hot pink, purple, or blue. The
more muted, feminine look—soft lavenders, pinks, and creams—remain classic. To update this romantic look, Ben Skemp of Monét Floral
says many brides pair the muted tones with silver or platinum. Consult
your florist and look online at color trends when selecting your palette.
Websites like pantone.com and colorschemedesigner.com let you find
color trends and complementary or monochromatic color schemes. Once
you choose colors, the floral selection begins. Flowers with a higher petal
count or larger bloom, like peonies, gerbera daisies, dahlias, hydrangeas,
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Ivory spray roses; salmon, coral, peach, and merlot roses; green
Eskimo roses, purple hydrangeas, hypericum berries,
Hydrangea, pink tiaga roses, orange gerbera daisies, and
hydrangeas; burgundy hen and chick succulent; peach stock;
schwarwalder calla lilies with salal leaves. Created by
orange mambo spray roses from La Crosse Floral.
moss balls; and copper wire. Created by Monet Floral & Gifts.
Sunshine Floral.
Queen Anne’s lace, rosemary, green button mums, hosta leaves,
Peach gerbera daisies, pink spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, pink
meria, white stock, white freesia, pink cymbidium, champagne
amaranthus, misty blue limon, white scabiosa, green cymbidium
anthurium, peach hypericum berries, pink limon, sage begonia
spray roses, light purple dendrobium orchids, bear grass, and
orchids, and globe allium. Created by Cottage Garden Floral.
leaves, and dahlia buds. Created by Cottage Garden Floral.
Italian ruscus. Created by Monet Floral & Gifts.
Spider mums, hydrangea, leucadendron, fresh lotus pods,
Fantail willow, veronicastrum, lysimachia, eupatoreum
Nuts and berries bouquet with blueberry, elderberry,
hanging amaranthus, and viburnum berry. Created by
perfoliatum, Queen Anne’s lace, and alchemilla. Created by
raspberry, hazelnut, viburnum, and fantail willow. Created by
La Crosse Floral.
Shining Hills Farm & Gardens.
Shining Hills Farm & Gardens.
Ivory spray roses, white lisianthus, ivory roses, white alstro-
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and certain types of roses are most popular,
says Skemp. Simple elegance that shimmers.
What’s unpopular right now is a wedding that
looks mass-produced. Weddings woven with
originality and homespun-goodness are most
popular, which is why brides often turn to the
Internet and bridal magazines for inspiration.
“Today’s brides want a classy look with simple
elegance,” says Holly Palbicki, Sunshine Floral.
One way Palbicki achieves this, is to “use, perhaps, one or three hydrangeas, calla lilies, or
roses in a beautiful vase. Set the vase on a mirror and add some votives, and you have a really
pretty centerpiece.” Skemp’s customers also
like the simplicity and the romance achieved
with candlelight. One of his favorite arrangements is submerged herbs. “I’ll put cilantro,
really loosely and lightly, in a clear cylinder so
you can see through it. I’ll add a low candle
cylinder nearby, lighting up the tall one so it
just shimmers.”
The shape of things—
a cascading trend
Cindy Thesing of La Crosse Floral predicts
that the April royal wedding between Prince
William and Princess Kate will inspire a trend
for more cascade-type bouquets. Until then, the
nosegay, a round arrangement of densely packed
blooms, often with a hand-tied stem, remains
popular for brides and attendants. Thesing
says, these bouquets “have a lot of pep, are very
colorful, and show up well in pictures.”
Corsages for mothers and other special
relatives and friends are also changing shape.
Gone are the days of pin-ons and wristlets.
Palbicki says some mothers are choosing to
attach flowers to their evening bags or carry a
small nosegay instead. Skemp says his customers love the “tussie mussie,” which he describes
as a small, round nosegay bouquet carried in
a silver ice-cream-cone vessel. Tussie mussies
herald back to Victorian days when blooms
were handpicked from gardens and combined
for their symbolic meaning.
Letting nature inside
Bringing the outdoors in and infusing weddings with a more natural look remains popular.
Using birch bark, moss, feathers, berries,
branches, ferns, burlap, and twine has become
common. Sometimes it is a reflection of the
wedding’s theme or venue—especially if held outdoors—but for some, it’s just pure preference.
Skemp uses a lot of river rock in his tablescapes
for people who want that hometown, right on the
Mississippi River feel. For one look, Skemp says,
“I take an eight-inch fish bowl, put river rock
inside it, put river rock outside the bowl, and
make it look like a swaying river so it’s kind of
heavy around the bowl and gets thinner along the
table.” Then he’ll lay several birch branches over
the rock, put a little moss down, and float one
huge bloom in the bowl.
Natural, outdoor elements have found their
way into boutonnières as well—like fiddle fern
or bear grass. Most have lost the “corsage” shape
and tend toward the more unique, masculine
look. “For instance, it might just have berries on
the lapel,” says Skemp. “That’s very big. Maybe
just a tad of feathers if it’s a fall wedding.”
Make It Your Own
Even though couples tend to use popular
colors, flowers, and shapes in their arrangements, there are still many unique elements.
To make your day a reflection of who you are
as a couple, think about your interests, passions, and hobbies. If you met at a vineyard,
use wine bottles to hold flowers and corks for
place cards. If you both love books, stack them
under your centerpieces or use bookcases
as part of an arbor. Some brides use ostrich
feathers or their grandmother’s brooch in
their bouquets. Others might have huge, clear
vases filled with lemons, limes, or oranges
at their reception. Thesing recently helped
decorate a wedding using 150 origami paper
cranes. “No cookie-cutter things are going on
this year,” she says. “The weddings are all very
individual.” a
Sahara roses, mini lotus pods, hypericum berries, grevellia,
ochre-colored crystals strung through bear grass. The handle
is wrapped in burlap with a crystal band and pheasant
feathers. Created by Liberty Floral and Gifts.
White asiatic lilies, white dendrobium orchids, scabiosa, dusty
miller, and lily grass. Created by Liberty Floral and Gifts.
Winter holiday bouquet with white peonies, cranberry
viburnum, white pine, scotch pine, cedar, and dogwood.
Created by Shining Hills Farm & Gardens.
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Music
More Than a Piece of the Puzzle
By Beth Erickson | Photo by Janet Mootz Photography
I
n planning your wedding, each piece of
the puzzle combines to create the day you
and your groom imagine. But no piece
has as much impact on your guests’ moods as
the music.
DJs offer the spice of life
If you and your groom like variety, a DJ
may be the right choice. Experienced DJs offer
everything from big band and disco to rock and
country. “A DJ allows you to play the widest
variety of music and cater to the varied musical
taste, no matter the age, of the guests,” says
Tyson Pichette, owner of TNT Explosive DJ,
along with his wife, Tonja. In a typical fourhour period, you can only play about 80-85
songs. “We recommend choosing no more than
40-50 songs that you absolutely want played
and leaving the rest to the experience of your
DJ,” says Tyson.
A good DJ, say the Pichettes, can play
ceremony through reception, typically costs less
than live music, and assists onsite. DJs “should
be able to jump in and take control of any situation in a calm, professional manner. They
are often one of the first ones at the venue and
one of the last to go home. Because a good DJ
knows the order of the events, he/she should
be able to step in and keep things running
smoothly and on time,” says Tonja. No ticket required
While DJs offer economy and have the most
options for variety, bands offer a live experi-
ence, without the price of admission. “Music is
an art and to have the opportunity to be able to
have this art created right before your eyes is an
experience that creates special memories that
will be remembered by all,” says Jesus Arellano,
bandleader for Three Beers ’Til Dubuque,
which plays swing, funk, rock, and jazz. Dan
Sebranek of String Ties agrees. “Having a live
band is much more personal for a celebration.
The interaction with couples and guests can
be very fun. When we play, we are very open to
what is going on and want to make it as enjoyable to the wedding party as possible,” he says.
Playing bluegrass, swing, old country, and jazz
standards from the ‘30s to the ‘40s, String
Ties’ offers something for everyone. When we
play, says Sebranek, “people like to get on the
floor and kick up their heels.”
Couples preferring a more serene environment, whether for ceremony, cocktail music, or
reception, might prefer instrumental groups.
Bluffside Consort offers classical, pop, Irish,
or other types of music and can accompany
vocalists. “Our trio has a unique and beautiful
blend of both woodwind and string sounds.
The contrasting, yet complementary, sounds of
the flute, oboe, and cello make a great and lasting impression on the guests and bridal party,”
says Mary Beth Hensel, oboist.
Trust the professionals
No matter which option you choose,
with a little pre-planning, what you wish can
be achieved. Hensel suggests couples begin
the music selection process with their wish
list and remain open to suggestions. “The
couples choices can usually be fulfilled with
no problem, but in the end, balance, fit, and
flow is what will make the ceremony so very
memorable. That is the job of the professionals,” says Hensel. a
Tips From the Pros
Whether you want a DJ, instrumentalist, or a band, there are a few tips the experts
recommend for your day to run smoothly.
(Courtesy of TNT Explosive DJ, Bluffside Consort,
String Ties, and Three Beers ’Til Dubuque.)
• Find out what people are saying about a DJ or
band. Ask for references and don’t be afraid
to call them.
• Book your entertainment six months to a
year or more in advance. Since musicians
and DJs can only book one wedding per day,
dates fill quickly.
• Be willing to pay more for quality.
• List unusual requests directly on the contract.
Be specific.
• Make sure the entertainment has early access
to your venue.Find out how long your
entertainment needs for setup and allow for
it. If your entertainment is doing ceremony
and reception, allow for enough time for
them to take down and set up between venues
and events.
• Review plans one month prior to the event.
• Relax and trust in your entertainment
professional.
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i Destination Weddings are about Location j
By Theresa Washburn | Photos by Studio Noveau
C
an you imagine your wedding gown blowing in a tropical
breeze? Can you smell the thick ocean air; feel your body sway
to the rhythm of the steel drum and the sound of your vows
spoken in a foreign tongue? If it’s “yes,” then you’re a perfect fit for a
destination wedding or tropical resort honeymoon.
Get advice from the experts
Before you jump on a flight to the Bahamas, contact a travel agent
and find out what they offer. Many young couples are accustomed to
searching for Internet deals, however that type of planning could cause a
failed destination wedding. “I can help couples with questions from resorts to charter flights to all the details of a destination wedding,” says
Tracey Hummel, who is a certified destination wedding and honeymoon
specialist for Travel Leaders/Goli’s Avenues of Travel. Specialists like
Hummel can recite the wedding regulations for each country on their
certification list. “Blood tests are required in some countries, others have wait periods, meaning you have to be in the country a few days
before you can marry,” she explains. “You want to make sure your paperwork is in order and your marriage is legal.”
Choices, choices—honeymoon or wedding?
Should you choose an all-inclusive or a more standard hotel? “It
really depends on your personal taste,” says Hummel. “All-inclusives are
just that, food, drinks, non-motorized water sports, evening entertainment, and great wedding packages.” Many all-inclusive locations offer
the wedding ceremony at no extra cost. “Some locations offer a private
rehearsal dinner in additon to the ceremony,” Hummel says.
Honeymooners may want to book at a couples- or adults-only resort
in one of their favorite destinations. They are often a little more luxurious, without the wristbands. But if you are into tasting more exotic local
cuisine, tromping through local markets, and sipping fine wine, then
stick with the standard, European plan, which means, “just the room.”
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Set your watch to island time
Once you decide to fly away, send out “save the date” postcards to
your guest list instructing them to call your travel agent for details. Then,
relax. One benefit of a destination wedding is less stress. “I work with
each guest’s budget to plan the length and needs of their stay,” says Hummel. “I also notify the hotel’s onsite wedding planner and make certain
they contact you.” Onsite wedding planners take away much of the planning stress—leaving you more time for fun.
Snorkeling, zip lines, catamaran cruises, and more
Many resorts and honeymoon locales offer a wide range of activities.
Want to feel like Tarzan? Zip-line tours are a top excursion choice for
wedding parties and honeymooners. Climb rope ladders into the canopy
of the forest and slide through the trees for an amazing view of local flora
and fauna. “Catamaran cruises are popular as well because guests of all
ages can enjoy the tour,” says Hummel. Many resorts are now adding
ocean trampolines, sea kayaks, and beach bikes.
With more couples choosing destination weddings, the options for the
bride and groom are endless. From Australia to Mexico, Dominican Republic to Hawaii, resorts and hotels are catering to the newlyweds and their
families, offering wedding packages with free nights and room upgrades.
Destination Wedding Tips
Source: Tracey Hummel, Travel Leaders/Goli’s Avenues of Travel
• Find an agent who knows the country rules and regulations.
• Although you’re working with experts, be prepared to have a more
laidback attitude with your foreign onsite wedding planner.
• Don’t be surprised by who attends. People you never imagined would come
will use this as a vacation. Others you expected, will shy away from travel.
• Go on at least one offsite excursion to get to know the local culture
and gain new experiences. All-inclusive resorts are great for providing
everything onsite, but tip well and the drinks will taste better. a
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Wedding Invitations Give Guests Glimpse of Day
By Martha Keeffe | Photo by Studio Noveau
W
e all remember the excitement of opening a beautifully crafted
invitation. There’s anticipation, curiosity, and a sense that
you, as a guest, are special. And with a little know-how you can
recreate that experience with an invitation that offers a glimpse of what’s
ahead—a wedding with a style, tone, and theme that is uniquely yours.
A rainbow of options
In today’s invitations, “the most noticeable change we’ve seen is color
and more color,” says Joy Martin, wedding consultant from Miller Quik
Print. “Brides are moving away from the traditional one-color invites
to ones that catch your attention.” Brides now have a limitless palette
of colors from which to choose—subtle shades borrowed from nature, a
particular hue that conveys a special theme, or a color so versatile that it
carries seamlessly over to table settings and floral arrangements. And if
you’re looking for a color that rarely goes out of style, purple is the color
of choice.
Vicky Williamson of Express Printing notes that metallic enhancements and embellishments are increasingly popular. Invitations adorned
with small rhinestones, tiny opaque beads, or fanciful flowers, ribbons,
and bows bring life and texture to your invitation. “It’s fun creating an
invitation that is distinctly yours,” says Martin.
A form for any style
Couples not only have an array of colors at their disposal, they also
can choose from a variety of forms to portray their event.
Traditional: Time-honored and elegant, the traditional wedding
invitation works well for couples looking for an understated approach to
announcing their big day. Reminiscent of customary wedding styles, the
traditional invitation includes the invitation, RSVP, and the reception
card tucked into a matching envelope. Brides can express individuality by
adding a splash of color to the standard one-color motif.
Pocket invitations: Wedding-day announcements are bundled into
one, all-inclusive stationery package. Fashionable and fun, this option
unfolds to reveal the invitation with accompanying RSVP, reception
cards, and directions stacked neatly one behind the other on an alternate
panel. Many layouts are available for this style, allowing couples to create
a personalized, chic original.
Seal and send: Similar to the pocket invitations, this single-piece
design unfolds, presenting your invitation, reception information, and a
perforated RSVP card to your guests. Simple, yet tasteful, this style eliminates the need of an envelope and inserts. Add photographs, eye-catching
borders, or your own artwork for individualized flare and interest.
Modern: The sky is the limit for couples wanting to add a modern
twist to their invitations. Custom-made and innovative, these invitations
borrow ideas from standard fare and tweak the originals by employing
bold colors, expressive fonts, and embellishments. These unique invitations are well suited for weddings with a specific theme.
And don’t let your imagination stop there. Placeholders, programs,
and thank you cards can be trimmed to complement your invitations—
adding balance to your entire wedding. “Your wedding is such an exciting time,” says Martin. “Have fun announcing it.” a
What to Know Before You Print
Theme, colors, and budget. This will pare down the amount of sample
invitations you’ll be shown and help with font and border selections.
Guests. Lessen the chance of ordering duplicate invitations by knowing
how many couples and families are on your guest list.
Time and place. Double-check the times, addresses, and directions
to the church, reception, and hotels.
Wording. A rough draft indicates how much printing space is needed.
Timeline. Order invitations 16 weeks before the wedding. Send
them out two months prior to wedding.
Consider sending out a ‘Save the Date’ notice. Allow guests ample time
to arrange their schedules around conflicting holidays and special events.
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By Martha Keeffe | Photo by Tiffany Brubaker Photography
reviewing the results with your counselor, couples are better able to
understand where their partner stands on specific issues. “This information shows the strengths and weaknesses of each person and helps
identify potential problems,” says Stein. “From there, we can create
strategies that can be used to function as a couple—especially in areas
that weren’t previously viewed as a concern.”
That’s an issue?
According to Pastor Stein there are at least 10 relationship categories
couples usually don’t consider prior to getting married. These include
children and parenting, financial management, spiritual beliefs, leisure
time, and more. “For example, you may have discussed your religious
beliefs, but avoided talking about where you, as a couple, will worship
or whether or not you want your children to attend Sunday school,”
he says.
Even small habits that seem charming now can lead to larger problems if left unattended. In the beginning, you might find it endearing to have a fiancé who enjoys spending time with his family—until he
schedules all of your holidays at his brother’s. “Now is a good time to get
things like that out in the open, and counseling can give you the communication skills needed to resolve them,” says Stein.
Y
ou’ve met your soulmate, and now you’re looking forward
to getting married. All is going well and you want to keep it
that way. But, statistically, odds are not in your favor. Is there
anything you can do to build a stronger marriage from the start? Pastor
Don Stein of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church recommends
premarital counseling. “Marriage requires a solid foundation and
premarital counseling can give you the tools needed to make it work,”
he says. “Couples need to educate themselves on strategies proven to be
successful.”
Talking it out
Learning to truly talk and listen to each other is one of the most
beneficial methods taught during counseling sessions, explains Stein.
Not only does this encourage effective problem-solving skills, but it also
helps couples recognize their differences, openly discuss them, and appreciate just how much you and your partner actually complement each
other. “In a marriage, you need to redirect the focus of your thoughts
and acknowledge that it is no longer just about you,” he says. “Instead,
you view yourselves as a team.”
By using questionnaires, completing homework assignments, and
Making it work
With practice and commitment, couples can withstand the inevitable
ups and downs of marriage. “You can’t change the person you married,”
says Stein, “but you can always change yourself. If you aim to do what’s
best for your spouse, at your own expense, that’s a true definition of
love. There’s security in that.” a
Tips about prenups
Securing the future for your children, yourself, and your property is
often a concern for couples entering into a second marriage and sometimes a first. By signing a prenuptial agreement, you can legally preserve
the assets that you bring into that union. Maureen Kinney, an attorney
with Johns, Flaherty, and Collins, recommends that you:
• Familiarize yourself with the process and terminology.
• Start the process at least six months prior to your wedding date.
Give yourself time to review and understand the documents.
• Have all documentation in order. Both parties need complete asset and income disclosure.
• Secure your own attorney—you’ll be negotiating a contract.
• Ask questions.
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Painting a Timeless
iPortrait of Love i
By Caitlin Lyga | Photo by Mueller Photography
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Bringing images to life
Weddings by their very nature contain
elements of age-old tradition, from the white
bridal gown to the first dance to the bouquet
toss. But current trends in photography and
videography challenge the traditionally posed,
static snapshots that fill the pages of your
parents’ and grandparents’ wedding albums.
Modern couples are going a step further.
“Couples want more photojournalistic,
documentary-style coverage,” says Shannon
Porter of Shannon Porter Photography. “We’ll
do the traditional and formal, but it’s really
the little moments in between—when a brother
is mouthing off to his sister, the bride, and
everyone’s cracking up. That moment can’t be
recreated. That’s a real photo.”
Tim Placek of Placek Photography agrees.
“People want to see in their images the moments of purity, images with passion and emotion, images where you can feel the moment.”
The lean toward dynamic alternatives is also
steering the fluid imagery of videography. “The
ongoing trend has been the departure from
traditional-looking video to what looks more
like a movie,” says Jan Pederson, who, with wife
Cathy, co-owns two production companies,
Artistic Video Productions and Video Visions.
“New digital, single-lens reflex technology
enables us to capture the texture and sharpness
that make video appear much more cinematic.”
The power of the right vendor
When it comes to working with a photographer and videographer, start out on the right
track with careful selection. “Definitely study
their portfolio. If you are looking for a specific
style, and a vendor isn’t showing it in their
work, move on. Ask to view an entire wedding
and not just the few best shots,” says Tiffany
Brubaker of Tiffany Brubaker Photography.
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hotography and videography provide
lasting ways to capture fleeting moments. When it comes to your wedding,
those flashes in time will be some of the most
cherished memories of your life. By investing
time, resources, and careful thought into your
wedding imagery, you can preserve that one
special day for a lifetime.
“Make sure you are working with someone that has only your interest at heart,” says
Pederson, cautioning of big egos and poor
listening skills. “They should ask you what you
want. If a couple feels a vendor is telling them
what they want, it may be a sign that they are
not the right vendor. Ensure you connect with
your vendor on a deeper, more intimate level.
“You need someone that matches your style and
matches your personality,” says Placek. “If their
personality doesn’t match yours, then don’t even
think about it. Your photographer is the only
one that will be with you the entire day. It’s very
important that your personalities match.”
A timeless investment
The added effort in developing strong
relationships with your vendors, researching your stylistic preferences, and consciously
infusing considerations for imagery into your
wedding day will be an investment with perpetual dividends. “Besides the rings and the
dress, perhaps some cufflinks, images are all
you have after your wedding day,” says Porter.
“The cake will be eaten, the music will be
played, but the lasting images are what will really allow someone to sit back, whether a week,
month, or years down the road, and relive your
wedding day by going through the photos.”
“Video provides you with a tangible view
of the people in your life with the audio along
with it,” says Pederson, emphasizing the unique
benefits of incorporating cinematic imagery. “A
rich combination of videography and photography will effectively preserve your memories
for a lifetime.” a
Making the most of
your wedding images
Plan your day. “Allow enough time to get
the pictures you want and enough time to go
to the locations you want,” says Tim Placek of
Placek Photography. “Establish a solid timeline
with your photographer.”
Order a physical print. “Photos are meant
to be seen, not to sit on a disc. Put a print on
display in your home to remind you every day
why you married that person,” says Shannon
Porter of Shannon Porter Photography.
Invest the money. “The photography is
what you will have left to remember your day,
so make sure it is one of your top investments,”
says Tiffany Brubaker of Tiffany Brubaker
Photography. “A good photographer will invest
in professional equipment and the time it takes
to edit your photos.”
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Wedding Desserts Get a Makeover
of Flavor and Design
Photos by Shannon Porter Photography
Shot on location at the Cargill Ballroom of
The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern
Chocolate layer cake with raspberry Italian buttercream, fresh raspberries, and hazlenut frosting
with fondant flower adjacent to candelabra display of buttermilk raspberry cupcakes with cupcake
covers and blown pink sugar bulbs by The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern.
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Shooter cups layered with grapfruit curd and champagne
Tart lemon curd cake with fondant frosting and handpainted
mousse with a hint of white chocolate. The Waterfront
Petit wedding cakes with fondant and fondant flower accents.
peacock feather artistry. Mon Petit Cupcake, Winona, Minn.
Restaurant & Tavern.
Mon Petit Cupcake, Winona, Minn.
Buttermilk, blackberry cupcakes with cream cheese filling and strawberry buttercream frosting
Créme brûlée petit bites. Mon Petit Cupcake, Winona, Minn.
and topped with blown, pink sugar bulbs. The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern.
Fleur de sel cupcakes—chocolate cupcakes, caramel filling, ganache frosting, and fleur de sel, which is
French macaroons. Mon Petit Cupcake, Winona, Minn.
hand-collected sea salt—and chocolate-chocolate petit bites. Mon Petit Cupcake, Winona, Minn.
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Your Wedding Planning Essentials
MN Marriage License Information
Wedding Budget
WHO SHOULD APPLY? The bride and groom must apply together. The completed license and application must be signed by both the bride and groom in
the office of the County Clerk. One applicant may apply for the marriage license
only if all of the required information for the absent partner is provided. Call the
Clerk of Court to see how to get your partner’s signature notarized. Requirements
may vary from county to county.
The averages below are meant as a guide for planning a $25,000* wedding.
Your budget, guest count, and type of wedding will vary, but the percentages
allowed are consistent. This does not include your honeymoon. Outdoor,
tented weddings will cost more due to all of the rentals required.
WHERE SHOULD WE APPLY? A Minnesota resident who will be getting
married in Minnesota must apply for the license at the County Clerk’s office in
the county where one of the applicants has been living for the last 30 days; this
license will be valid anywhere in Minnesota. If the couple is getting married in
Minnesota, but NEITHER of them has lived in Minnesota for the past 30 days,
they must apply for the license in the County Clerk’s office in the county where
they will be married.
44 % $11,000 – Reception
WHEN SHOULD WE APPLY? Minnesota has a waiting period of five working
days. This waiting period can be waived if a district judge determines the circumstances to be “extraordinary.” The marriage license is good for six months.
For details visit: www.co.winona.mn.us (Departments, Vital statistics).
WI Marriage License Information
WHO SHOULD APPLY? The bride and groom must apply together. The completed license and application must be signed by both the bride and groom in
the office of the County Clerk.
WHERE SHOULD WE APPLY? A Wisconsin resident who will be getting
married in Wisconsin must apply for the license at the County Clerk’s office in
the county where one of the applicants has been living for the last 30 days; this
license will be valid anywhere in Wisconsin. If the couple is getting married in
Wisconsin, but NEITHER of them has lived in Wisconsin for the past 30 days,
they must apply for the license in the County Clerk’s office in the county where
they will be married.
WHEN SHOULD WE APPLY? Applicants may apply no earlier than 30 days
prior to their wedding. There is a mandatory five work-days waiting period,
which starts the day AFTER the application is filed. The license is valid for 30
days after the issuance date, and the official ceremony must take place during
those 30 days. There is a restricted time period during which the license application must be filed. For details visit: www.lacrossecounty.org/countyclerk/
Marriage.htm.
Wedding Planning Calendar
Upon engagement: Who, what, and why?
___ Determine guest count
___ Establish your budget and put it on paper
___ Choose which season for your wedding
___ Determine your wedding style
6-12 months: Where, when, and who?
___ Choose a date
___ Book your reception location
___ Select your ceremony site/officiant
___ Choose bridal gown and bridesmaid’s attire
___ Choose groom’s and groomsmen’s attire
___ Interview and choose your photographer
___ Interview and choose your videographer
___ Choose and book your reception and cocktail-hour entertainment
___ Choose and book your ceremony musicians
___ Choose and book your florist
___ Choose and book your baker
___ Choose and book your caterer
___ Begin your gift registry
___ Choose your rehearsal dinner site
___ Book your transportation
___ Select and make deposit on rentals
*The average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is $27,800. Source: Survey by The Knot.
Venue, catering, beverages, and cake
20%
$5,000 – Photography/Videography
10% $2,500 – Flowers
6% $1,500 – Wedding Apparel
5%
$1,250 – Rings
4%
$1,000 – Music
3%
$750 – Invitations
3%
3%
2%
Photography, album, videography
Ceremony, bouquets, pin-ons, and reception decór
Gown, headpiece, alterations, hosiery, and shoes
Wedding bands (not engagement ring)
Ceremony and reception DJ or band
Wedding stationery, postage
$750 – Miscellaneous
Favors, marriage license, guest book, hair and make-up, and attendant gifts
$750 – Transportation
$500 – Wedding decór
Linens, lighting, and candles
6 months to wedding day: How?
___ Design wedding details (pull photos, sketch, find inspirations)
___ Create order of ceremony (music, vows, readings, etc)
___ Select menu, beverages, appetizers, and order of service
___ Design the reception room layout (guest tables, head table,
cake table, escort card table, gift table, etc)
___ Meet with baker to design wedding cake or dessert
4 months to wedding day: How?
___ Design and choose flowers for your wedding ceremony
and reception
___ Select music for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and reception
___ Finalize hair and make-up appointments
___ Design, select, and mail invitations (two months prior)
___ Design other stationery: program, place cards, menus, and signs
1 month to wedding day: How and who?
___ Have final gown fitting
___ Meet with photographer to go over all details
___ Meet with videographer to go over all details
___ Finalize all rentals (color, quantity, items)
___ Coordinate rehearsal details with officiant
___ Finalize guest count and tell baker, caterer, reception hall, and florist
___ Have final meetings with all businesses
___ Create wedding-day schedule
___ Mail wedding-day schedule to wedding party and family members
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The Reception Transformation
By Emily C. Ties | Photo by Weddings by Nancy
C
reating the wedding reception of your dreams is easier than
ever. When it comes to transforming a tired space into a “wow”
reception venue, couples often try to make a statement simply
with flowers and linens. Though these reception staples certainly make
an impact, there are three easy, inexpensive techniques that really help
create the unique space that couples are after—adding additional lighting, changing space set-up, and incorporating personal items.
Up-lighting your day
To really transform your wedding space, incorporate lighting. Tanya
Dais, owner of Shirley Elaine Weddings, explains, “Using lots of candles
scattered around your reception space creates a warm, beautiful glow.
Adding paper lanterns with overhead string lights will add interest and
guide your eye up and over the room. And unique lamps at each table
can enhance centerpieces and dramatically impact the room’s feel.”
Other hue options include using a spotlight to highlight your
venue’s architectural details, such as old wooden beams or marble pillars; adding full-wall up-lighting in hues of pink or amber to create a
romantic ambiance; or integrating a gobo, which projects an image,
such as your initials, onto a blank wall or dance floor.
Regardless of the technique, changing your venue’s lighting will
make a bigger difference than you might think. “Highlights and shadows
created by added lighting can change the perceived shape of a room.
Lighting can transform virtually any space into something original and
spectacular,” says Dana Erickson of Interstate Sound. With costs ranging
from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, wedding experts agree that
adding lighting to your wedding-day bottom line will no doubt get you
the biggest bang for your buck.
Shake up your set-up
Most venues typically have a standard set-up they use for wedding receptions. However, thinking outside the box and incorporating thoughtful
design into the layout can totally transform your space. Dais believes that
couples should, “think about how they want the room to feel when they
enter. Vintage? Modern? This allows you to take the space and incorporate
something as simple as seating areas to complete your theme.”
Nancy Flottmeyer, owner of Weddings By Nancy, says, “One of the
most effective techniques is making the most out of the space. Change
the room layout. Consider the flow from when your guests arrive to when
they leave. We often try to have different locations for the cocktail area
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and dinner. We create them with different design elements and color
palettes, but ones that complement each other.” Use screens or pipe and
drape to create these different areas for your guests to enjoy, and keep
things fun and funky by working with your lighting expert to change up
the ambiance in each space.
Another way to shake up your set-up is by adjusting table arrangements—incorporate a serpentine head table into the middle of the room
for an added feeling of intimacy, or use a variety of different-sized and
shaped tables and chairs for a modern twist. The good news is that for
limited expense, couples can make a huge impact with whatever wedding
venue they choose, simply by getting creative and deviating from standard space set-up.
Purposeful repurposing
It’s important, for today’s couples, that their wedding receptions
truly represent of who they are as a couple. Nothing creates more of a
custom-made feeling than incorporating your own favorites. To create
a cool, contemporary vibe, Dais explains, “use family heirlooms such
as glass vases from grandma or items you would find around your own
home, such as unique jars or lamps. A big trend today is that things
don’t have to be so matchy-matchy.” Flottmeyer agrees. “The trend
seems to be very vintage with touches of grandma-like mason jars,
mismatched vases, and simple flora,” she says. Love a certain painting or
statue from your own home? Find a way to incorporate them. By repurposing and incorporating your own favorite pieces, you can direct your
funds to other must-have reception elements.
Ultimately, couples need to remember that gone are the days of impersonal, fluorescent-hued ambiances and traditional space set-ups in
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what-you-see-is-what-you-get venues. With a few tricks of the weddingplanning trade, couples today can take a run-of-the-mill space and turn
it into a reception venue that speaks not only to their personal style, but
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Why Using a Wedding Planner
is a Definite Wedding “I Do”
Many couples don’t realize that by incorporating a wedding planner into their budget, they will not only save themselves a lot of time,
energy, and stress, but they can also save a lot of money. Here’s why:
• A wedding planner approaches planning objectively. Their goal is to
plan your wedding on time, design it unique to you, and stay within
budget. The couple’s approach is more emotional. Planners balance that.
• The average wedding takes between 200-400 hours to plan. Hiring
a wedding planner drastically reduces that number, allowing you
more time to focus on the aspects of your wedding that are
really important.
• A wedding planner will know which vendors to work with and which
to avoid. More importantly, they know how to work with the vendors
and ask questions that get the job done.
• Planners help you stick to your budget and prioritize. They learn
what is important to you and ensure you’re not spending too much
money in areas that don’t matter as much.
• A wedding planner helps design and execute your vision.
• This is your one wedding. An experienced planner has arranged dozens if
not hundreds of weddings and has learned what works and what doesn’t.
• The day of your wedding, all you need to do is sit back, relax,
and enjoy, while someone takes care of the details.
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06.25.11 Shelby (Frost) & Sam Plitzuweit
beauty
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cake
International Bake Shoppe
floral
Cottage Garden Floral
gown
Charlotte’s Bridal
music
Midwest Sound
photography
Luann Dibb Photo
tuxedos
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We planned our nature-based wedding from Texas, where we live. The emphasis was on good food,
family, and music. We were fortunate to have many friends help make our day lovely. Friends styled my
hair and helped decorate the venue. A close friend from Cottage Garden Floral provided us with phenomenal flower arrangements. My cousin played guitar and my brother’s friends played violin and viola,
which gave our ceremony a unique flair. Before the ceremony, my cousin sang songs that reminded Sam
and me of our relationship.
Since we’re both geologists with strong ties to nature, we chose to wed outside. Our readings tied
back to our “rock” roots, and our ring bearer carried rings on a fishing pole, since we love to fish. In keeping with our “nature” theme, our reception place cards were made of seed paper that could be planted to
produce wildflowers. During cocktail hour, we played music by Charlie Parr, the artist we saw the night we
got engaged. To symbolize our new southern home, Sam wore cowboy boots and we had a red velvet
cake. For a guestbook, our best man gave us a framed baseball jersey of our favorite team, the Minnesota
Twins. It was personalized with our last name. Guests signed the jersey instead of a book. After the ceremony, we rode in a golf cart to pay homage to Sam’s love of golf.
The highlights of our wedding were the beauty and sacredness of the outdoor ceremony and the dancing. Luann Dibb captured all of the spontaneous and meaningful moments in photos. We are so happy that
we got to visit the people we love, and that they had a great time celebrating our love with us. a
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Real Weddings
08.28.10 Kristin (Hovel) & Jason Krueger
bridesmaid dresses
Charlotte’s Bridal
catering
Piggy’s Restaurant & Catering
floral
Monet Floral & Gifts
Jason popped the question on a beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. From there, the planning began. The
goal was to create our dream wedding, and incorporate fun, elegance, and vibrant colors. With the magnificent help of our wedding coordinator, family, and friends, we succeeded beyond our imagination.
After booking venues, finding the perfect dress didn’t take long. I couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle!
When I finally did, the moment I turned the corner in the church and saw Jason waiting for me, I realized
that what I looked like didn’t matter, what mattered most was our exchange of vows.
After the ceremony, we gathered on the trolley and headed to our reception at the Stoney Creek Inn.
lighting
It was convenient for guests with onsite accommodations, and it was unique. After putting many heads
Interstate Sound
together, we kept the cocktail area full of the rustic theme, yet transformed the ballroom with bright pink
photography
Shannon Porter Photography
chair covers
Wedding Day Designs
venue
(reception)
Stoney Creek Inn
lighting up the walls, black linens, and pink flowers covering the tables to set the theme. Also, for table
decorations, we tied in our love for fishing with “Hooked for Life” fishing lures that converted to key
chains for our guests.
Everything from the weather to the food and music went as planned, and the day turned out perfectly.
We never once saw the dance floor empty, and to this day, we still hear what a great time our guests had
celebrating our day with us. It was undeniably the best day of our lives, and we are still living our “Happily Ever After!” a
wedding planning/décor/invitations
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Real Weddings
06.24.11 Kari (Flicek) & Jacob Feldman
cake
Linda’s Bakery
floral
Sunshine Floral
Jacob and I are the result of his mom’s matchmaking. I’d known her for several years when she asked if I ‘d
like to meet her son. Though I didn’t think much would come of it, since Jacob lived three hours away, I said,
“Yes.” It wasn’t until later, during our reception speeches, that I found out how much behind-the-scenes work
occurred. Before asking me, his mom had his sister meet me to get her opinion. Then, it was several months
before Jacob agreed. First, we emailed, which turned into phone calls, which turned into our first date.
gown
Charlotte’s Bridal
invitations
Invitations by Dawn
After we became engaged, we chose to marry in La Crosse. One of the easiest tasks of wedding planning
was picking out my dress at Charlotte’s Bridal. When I tried on “the one,” I looked in the mirror and started crying. The week of our wedding, it rained, but the day itself was sunny and beautiful. Our wedding party was
mostly family, and our moms each had a role in the ceremony. The pastor, greeters, ushers, and readers were
music
also family members. One of the most memorable parts of the day was when Jacob and I saw each other for
Music In Motion
the first time before the ceremony. It was very exciting and emotional. We were able to have a quiet moment
photography
together and take in the day. Our photographer, Janet Mootz, did an amazing job capturing this and the rest
Janet Mootz Photography
of the day’s events. Our ceremony was outside, on the deck at Pettibone Resort. It was a wonderful time with
tuxedos
has come and gone, we have such wonderful pictures to remember the day. We feel blessed with how it all
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Real Weddings
07.09.11 Mia (Krackow) & Ben Lodahl
beauty
My bridesmaids and I got ready for my wedding in the back room of English Lutheran Church. It was a lovely
Metropolitan Salon and Day Spa
day for a wedding. But with photographers surrounding us, the heat of the moment started to kick in and I got a
cake
bit nervous. My knees were knocking and I was silent—contemplating the soon-to-be new life of mine. I knew
Festival Foods
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my groom was just a few rooms away, likely thinking the same thing.
The flowers were gorgeous, an array of gerbera daisies. I looked down at my dress and noticed the line of
Serves You Right
green that really makes it “pop.” This dress was just my style—lovely, snow white, with a hint of color to make
floral
walk out. I looked in the mirror one last time to check my hair and makeup. The stylist at Metropolitan Salon
Nola’s
gown/dresses
Bridal Boutique
music
Outback Entertainment
it just a little unusual and very unique. The music in the church began, and I knew it would soon be time to
and Day Spa really hit the nail on the head with my wedding-day look, which was a stylish updo toward the
side with a braid and curls. “Yes, it looks beautiful,” I thought. “I’m ready.” As I headed down the aisle with my
dad, he told me to take it slow as we had plenty of time. Then, I saw my groom, smiling ear to ear, and I was
no longer nervous.
Our wedding was a whirlwind. Suddenly, I was Mrs. Mia Lodahl, married to the love of my life. Before the
party at the La Crosse Center, we took pictures at Riverside Park. As we stood by the fountain with the river and
photography
Lauper Photography
venue
the Cass Street Bridge in the background, I thought, “What a wonderful day!” a
(reception)
The La Crosse Center
venue
(rehearsal)
Fayze’s
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timeless wedding photography
www.tiffanybrubaker.com
[email protected]
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Real Weddings
06.11.11 Laurel (Wedel) & Jeffrey Johnson
floral
Monet Floral & Gifts
music
(ceremony)
The Crescendo String Quartet
music
(cocktail)
The Balfany Jazz Quartet
music
(dance)
Music in Motion
photography
Tiffany Brubaker Photography
venue
(reception)
The La Crosse Country Club
venue
(rehearsal)
The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern
There is only one word we could use to describe our wedding day: “perfect.” Every aspect of our 18
months of long-distance planning played out beyond what we had imagined. Starting with the rehearsal
dinner, we were amazed with The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern’s attention to detail—down to the elegant
décor and personalized dinner menus for our guests. On the day of our wedding, Tory and the other stylists
at Metropolitan Salon & Day Spa created beautiful looks for the entire bridal party. Ben Skemp and his team at
Monet designed flower arrangements that smelled just as stunning as they looked, with a vibrancy that lasted
days beyond our wedding. We also loved our quartets—the Crescendo String Quartet was flawless during
the ceremony, and at the reception, The Balfany Jazz Quartet was a crowd favorite. Jessica and Herb at The
La Crosse Country Club coordinated the smoothest reception that most of our guests had ever attended, with
high compliments to the chef. And, of course, Tiffany Brubaker captured the “moments” in photography. She
brought into focus the memories that would have otherwise been forgotten.
Although we say our day was perfect, it was by no means flawless. We had our fair share of snafus. Our limo
overheated on the way to Riverside Park. Our ring bearer used his fingers to taste our wedding cake before we
got to the reception. And, we were accidentally announced as Mr. and Mrs. Wedel during our grand entrance.
We might not have “loved” these things at the time, but we do now because they make for the stories that we
continue to tell. These, along with the things that went “right,” are what make our wedding real. a
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Real Weddings
08.27.11 Kristin (Langfoss) & Scott Hagen
catering
Scott and I met while celebrating New Year’s in downtown La Crosse. We didn’t have our first date until four
Nell’s City Grill & Catering
months later, but after that, we knew there was something special between us. Three and a half years later,
cake
Scott proposed at our home in La Crescent, Minn., in front of our Christmas tree, which had four new orna-
International Bake Shoppe
floral
La Crosse Floral
gown/dresses/tuxedos
The Wedding Tree
ments on it spelling out “Will you marry me?”
I knew I didn’t want a long engagement, so after all of the phone calls were made, the planning started. We
wanted an outdoor wedding in La Crosse to capture the beauty of the area. After researching outdoor venues,
we chose the fountain at Riverside Park for our ceremony.
After a miserably hot July, my one worry was the weather. I wanted our guests to be comfortable, so I had
music
white, decorative beverage tubs filled with water bottles for the wedding. Turns out, there was no need to
Music Mix of La Crosse
worry. We were fortunate to have the most beautiful, sunny August day with a slight breeze. It could not have
photography
Mueller Photography
rentals
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transportation
Ready Bus Line
venue
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been more perfect.
Adam Mueller, from Mueller Photography, took pictures of Scott and I before the ceremony. It was so nice
to have this private moment where we could relax and have fun. Adam made us feel completely comfortable,
and he took all of the wonderful pictures that I had imagined. Our wedding day was everything I wanted it to
be, filled with love, laughter, family, and friends. When I was walking down the aisle toward my soon-to-be
husband, all of the little details didn’t matter anymore. The only thing that mattered was Scott. I am so lucky to
have married my best friend and soul mate. a
City Brewery Hospitality Center
venue
(rehearsal)
Three Rivers Lodge
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Reception Guide
LOCATION
CEREMONY C
RECEPTION R
BOTH C/R
CAPACITY
CATERING
CHARGES
PLATE CHARGES
All Star Banquets C/R
400
Onsite Weekdays $150
Varies
608.788.7827
Fri & Sun $250
4735 Mormon Coulee Road
Saturday $350
La Crosse, WI
Bentley Wheeler B&B
C/R
75
Approved
Varies
N/A
608.784.9360
caterers
938-950 Cass Street
La Crosse, WI
NOTES
Provides centerpieces
(8" oval mirror and
crystal oil lamp),
no service charge
Victorian B&B
with guest house
Best Western Riverfront Hotel (back cover)
C/R
350
Onsite
Varies
$13.95-23.00
608.781.7000
1835 Rose Street
La Crosse, WI
www.bestwestern.com
Located on the Black River
Best Western Riverport C/R
400
Onsite
Varies
$16.99-23.99
Inn & Suites
507.452.0606
900 Bruski Drive
Winona, MN
Connected to hotel,
ballroom, in-room bar, many services
included in rent price
Cedar Creek C/R
100+
Onsite
Varies
$12.95-25.95
608.783.8100
2600 Cedar Creek Lane
Onalaska, WI
Beautiful golf course
location, open to public
City Brewery Hospitality Center C/R
350
608.785.4820
1111 3rd Street S
La Crosse, WI
History of brewery,
parking lot
Onsite
Varies
$15.00+
and offsite
Commodore (pg 55)
R
250
Onsite
Minimum $100
Varies
507.895.4557
508 Chestnut Street
La Crescent, MN
Stage & dance area, decorate
as you wish, 5-10 minutes
from La Crosse
Concordia Ballroom C/R
240
Approved
$325 for full day
N/A
608.782.7049
caterers
1129 La Crosse Street
La Crosse, WI
Parking lot, wood
floors, spacious
layout, air conditioning
Countryside Estate
C/R
50
Approved
$1,000 per day
N/A
507.643.6436
caterers
42798 Stoehr Drive
Dakota, MN
Culina Mariana
R
100
Onsite
Varies
$15.00+
608.788.8400 5250 Justin Road
La Crosse, WI
Days Hotel (pg 39) C/R
300
Onsite
Varies
$13.99+
608.783.1000, ext. 7102
Sun-Friday discounts
101 Sky Harbour Drive
La Crosse, WI
www.daysinnlacrosse.com
Reception site in country
setting, outdoor sites
for tents, 200 acres of
trails, parking, close to I-90
Dock 7, The Courtyard C/R
260
Onsite
Varies
Varies
Saint Andrew Square
Approved caterers
608.782.5226
1501 St. Andrew Street
La Crosse, WI
Historical location,
unique setting,
outdoor beer garden/
courtyard
Drugan’s Castle Mound Country Club (pg 66)
C/R
300
Onsite
N/A
$17.95-25.95
608.526.4144
W7665 Sylvester Road
Holmen, WI
www.drugans.com
Ceremony in outdoor
chapel, panoramic view
of golf course, minimum
$1,500-5,000
depending on season
Certified wedding
planner included,
located in scenic Shrine
of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Gazebo within beautiful
Old English gardens,
complete wedding
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Elmaro Vineyard (pg 60)
C/R
180
Approved
Facility/tent rental
N/A
608.534.6456
caterers
N14756 Delaney Road
Trempealeau, WI
www.elmarovineyard.com
View of Trempealeau
bluffs, Tuscany-inspired
building
Forest Hills Restaurant and Banquet Facilities C/R
275
Thru Radisson
N/A
Thru Radisson
608.784.0566
600 Losey Boulevard N
La Crosse, WI
Four Seasons Community Center (pg 52)
C/R
400
Approved
Varies
Varies
507.725.4000
caterers
900 N Kingston Street
Caledonia, MN
www.4seasonscc.com
Overlooks golf course
and Grandad’s Bluff
Large parking lot,
dance floor, caterer of
your choice, linens,
glassware, projector
and risers
Fox Hollow Banquet Hall (pg 68)
C/R
300
Onsite
$500
$13.50-17.00
608.786.3020
N3287 County Road OA
La Crosse, WI
www.foxhollowgolfandbanquets.com
View of golf course,
outdoor deck
Grand Hotel Ballroom (pg 56)
R
150
Onsite
Varies
Varies
608.784.8899
207 Pearl Street
La Crosse, WI
www.pearlstwest.com
Historic decor in
downtown area,
close to many hotels
Grounded Specialty Coffee
R*
35
Onsite
N/C
$5.95-12.95
608.784.5282
308 Main Street
La Crosse, WI
Historic building, downtown La Crosse
* Showers and parties
Hackberry’s Over the Co-op (pg 50)
R*
94
Onsite
Varies
Varies
*Rehearsal dinners,
608.784.5798, ext. 243
and offsite
showers, parties
315 5th Avenue S
La Crosse, WI
www.pfc.coop
Howie’s Hof Brau
R
300, Onsite or
Up to $700
Varies
Northwoods theme,
608.784.7400
175 for a sit- approved
11' screen for slide1125 La Crosse Street
down dinner caterers
shows, banquet hall w/stage,
La Crosse, WI
balcony, or downstairs
Huntington Farm (pg 60)
C/R
250
Offsite
Varies
N/A
Enchanting gothic-style
608.637.2936
barn, beautiful grounds
S4240 Haugen Road
and gardens, rental of
Viroqua, WI dishware and stemware
www.huntingtonweddingbarn.com
La Crosse Center (pg 55)
C/R
100-800
Approved
$400-1,100
N/A
608.789.7400
caterers
300 Harborview Plaza La Crosse, WI
www.lacrossecenter.com
Variety of banquet rooms,
located downtown
by the river and hotels
La Crosse Queen Cruises (pg 50)
C/R
149
Onsite
Varies
Varies
608.784.8523
405 Veteran’s Memorial Drive La Crosse, WI
www.lacrossequeen.com
Great for rehearsal
dinners, unique setting and great view, travel
down the Mississippi on an authentic riverboat
Maple Grove Country Club
C/R
550
Onsite
N/C w/guests
$12.75-21.95
608.786.1500
0ver 200
W4142 CTH B
West Salem, WI
Four banquet rooms,
located on golf course,
great for rehearsals,
live music
Nell’s City Grill & Catering (pg 55)
C/R
330
608.782.7004 1111 3rd Street S
La Crosse, WI
www.nellscitygrillandcatering.com
History of brewery,
parking lot, catering only
Onsite
Varies
Varies
and offsite
Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center
C/R
200+
Offsite
Varies
Upon group needs
608.452.3424
N455 O. Ophus Road
Coon Valley, WI
Provides scenic grounds/
shelters for wedding
receptions, ceremonies,
and gatherings, ampitheatre, restrooms available
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Onalaska OmniCenter (pg 52)
C/R
200 to 275
Certified
Varies
$1.00 surcharge Spacious room,
608.781.9566, ext. 203
caterers
per guest on top free parking,
255 Riders Club Road
of catering charge bridal package
Onalaska, WI
www.omnicenter.net
Outback Ranch, Inc. C/R
500
Approved
Varies
N/A
507.896.5550
caterers
7750 TT Road
Houston, MN
Pettibone Resort (pg 72)
C/R
275
Onsite
Varies
$16.95-23.95
608.782.5858
333 Park Plaza Drive
La Crosse, WI
www.pettiboneresort.com
Event venue, cabin
lodging, honeymoon
suites, DJ service, horse
lodging, trails
Piggy’s (pg 50)
R
150
Onsite
N/C
$14.95-24.95
608.784.4877
and offsite
501 Front Street
La Crosse, WI
www.piggys.com
Free parking, private
banquet bar, windowed
ballroom
Pogy’s Catering
C
85
Offsite
Varies
608.784.2386
1232 Avon Street
La Crosse, WI
Rehearsal dinners
Varies
Pump House Regional Arts Center (pg 75)
C/R
140 ceremony Offsite
Varies
N/A
608.785.1434
200 reception
119 King Street
La Crosse, WI
www.thepumphouse.org
Radisson Hotel (pg 6)
R
30-300
Onsite
$400-1,000
$20.00-30.00
608.793.5005
and offsite
Sun-Fri N/C
200 Harborview Plaza
up to unlimited
La Crosse, WI
www.radisson.com/lacrossewi
Seven Bridges Restaurant
C/R
250
Onsite
N/C
$9.95-17.95
608.783.6103
and offsite
910 2nd Avenue N
Onalaska, WI
Stoney Creek Inn (pg 52)
C/R
500
Approved
$2,250-2,500
608.781.3060
caterers
3060 South Kinney Coulee Road
Onalaska, WI
www.stoneycreekinn.com
Large stone fireplace,
deck overlooks the river,
waterfall outside
Unique, historic building
with grand staircase,
located in downtown
La Crosse, free parking,
good for rehearsal dinners
Will cater offsite up to
2,500, located on
Mississippi River,
Now provide
complementary room
for parents of bride & groom
New patio overlooking
view of Lake Onalaska
and the Mississippi Valley
Buffet $16.00-25.00 Plate
$19.00-30.00 Northwoods décor hotel,
the largest banquet room
attached to a hotel in the
area, outdoor
The Freight House
C/R*
120
Onsite
Varies
$22.00-50.00
608.784.6211
107 Vine Street
La Crosse, WI
Small, intimate,
attractive dining area
*Ceremonies only during
warm months
The Historic Trempealeau Hotel
C/R*
20-500
Onsite
Varies
$12.00
608.534.6898
150 Main Street
Trempealeau, WI
Located on the
banks of the Mississippi River
* no ceremonies only
The View Grill & Bar (pg 68)
C/R
250
Onsite
Varies
Varies
608.519.2669
N3020 Highway 16
La Crosse, WI
www.theviewgrill.com
Free parking,
private bar, one level,
handicap access, easy
access off Hwy. 16
The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern (pg 8-9) R
100-250
Onsite $5,000 food and
$20.00+
608.782.5400
and offsite
beverage minimum
328 Front Street South
La Crosse, WI
www.thewaterfrontlacrosse.com
Close to Riverside Park,
upscale décor/environment,
beautiful panoramic views of
the river, indoor and outdoor
capabilities
Traditions Restaurant (pg 58)
C/R
35
Onsite
Varies
Varies
608.783.0200
can cater more and offsite
201 Main Street
Onalaska, WI www.traditionsdining.com
Cozy and unique
with old-world charm,
great for rehearsal dinners
Can cater up to 300
Viterbo University
R
30-300
Onsite
Varies
$7.25-15.95
Free parking, spacious
608.796.3737
room, large windows
900 Viterbo Drive
beautiful landscaping
La Crosse, WI
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Advertisers Index
ACCESSORIES & GIFTS
INVITATIONS
RECEPTION CONTINUED
Touch of Class.....................................................58
Hangers to Hems.................................................58
Express Printing...................................................40
Print House..........................................................40
Silver Street Paperie.............................................40
The Wedding Planners.........................................40
BANK/MORTGAGE
LIGHTING & SOUND
Radisson Hotel .....................................................6
Stoney Creek Inn..................................................52
The View Grill & Bar.............................................68
The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern...................8, 9
Treasure Island Resort & Casino...........................11
Associated Mortgage..........................................36
Interstate Sound..................................................36
Outback Entertainment.......................................70
ALTERATIONS
BEAUTY/HEALTH
Brilliant Bodywork................................................22
La Bella Nails & Spa.............................................58
Mary Kay by Trudy Swenson...............................68
Natural Beauty......................................................58
BRIDAL
Charlotte’s Bridal & Formal Wear............................5
Kick......................................................................20
The Wedding Tree.................................................3
The White Rose Bridal..........................................24
BRIDAL REGISTRY
Touch of Class.....................................................58
CATERING
Hackberry’s Over the Co-op...............................50
Nell’s City Grill & Catering....................................55
Piggy’s Restaurant ...............................................50
Premier Catering..................................................70
Radisson Hotel......................................................6
Rooster Andy’s Catering......................................72
Traditions Restaurant............................................58
DÉCOR
Black River Ice Sculptures....................................52
Shirley Elaine Weddings......................................64
Wedding Day Designs, Inc..................................64
DESSERTS
It’s All About the Cake.........................................48
Hackberry’s Over the Co-op...............................50
Mon Petit Cupcake..............................................48
The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern...................8, 9
FLORAL
Cottage Garden Floral..........................................10
Family Tree Floral & Greenhouse.........................42
La Crosse Floral....................................................32
Liberty Floral & Gifts............................................32
Monet Floral & Gifts.............................................32
Shining Hills Farm and Gardens...........................32
Sunshine Floral Co...............................................32
GARMENT CLEANING
& PRESERVATION
Hangers to Hems........................................58
HOTEL
Best Western Riverfront Hotel..............................76
Days Hotel...........................................................39
Radisson Hotel .....................................................6
Stoney Creek Inn..................................................52
Treasure Island Resort & Casino...........................11
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MUSIC
Music Mix of La Crosse........................................12
Outback Entertainment.......................................70
OUTDOOR VENUES
Drugan’s Castle Mound Country Club..................66
Elmaro Vineyard..................................................60
Fox Hollow Golf Course......................................68
La Crosse Queen Cruises.....................................50
Huntington Farm..................................................60
Pettibone Resort..................................................72
Stoney Creek Inn..................................................52
PHOTO BOOTH
My Photomatic....................................................64
Luann Dibb Photo................................................56
Snaps Photo Booth..............................................68
PHOTOGRAPHY
Atypik Studio......................................................48
Forever Photography by Jaimie Rose..................42
Janet Mootz Photography...................................60
KS Photography...................................................56
Lauper Photography............................................62
Luann Dibb Photo................................................56
Mueller Photography...........................................56
Photography & Expressions by Lenys Hill...........48
Ridgetop Photography by Maria Barry.................42
Sarah Schultz Photography.................................48
Shannon Porter Photography.................................2
Studio Noveau....................................................24
Tiffany Brubaker Photography..............................64
PUBLISHING
Coulee Region Communications, LLC..................62
RECEPTION
Best Western Riverfront Hotel..............................76
Commodore........................................................55
Days Hotel...........................................................39
Drugan’s Castle Mound Country Club..................66
Elmaro Vineyard..................................................60
Four Seasons Community Center.........................52
Fox Hollow Golf Course......................................68
Grand Hotel Ballroom.........................................56
Huntington Farm..................................................60
La Crosse Center..................................................55
La Crosse Queen Cruises.....................................50
Nell’s City Grill & Catering....................................55
Onalaska OmniCenter..........................................52
Pettibone Resort..................................................72
Piggy’s Restaurant.................................................50
Pump House Regional Arts Center......................75
RENTALS
La Crosse Tent & Awning.....................................60
Shirley Elaine Weddings......................................64
Topps Elite Tent Rentals.......................................62
Wedding Day Designs, Inc..................................64
RESTAURANTS
Best Western Riverfront Hotel..............................76
Commodore........................................................55
Days Hotel...........................................................39
Drugan’s Castle Mound Country Club..................66
Hackberry’s Over the Co-op...............................50
Nell’s City Grill & Catering....................................55
Piggy’s Restaurant.................................................50
The View Grill & Bar.............................................68
The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern...................8, 9
Traditions Restaurant............................................58
TENT RENTALS
La Crosse Tent & Awning.....................................60
Topps Elite Tent Rentals.......................................62
TRANSPORTATION
Cinderella Carriage, LLC.......................................36
Limousine of Winona, Inc....................................40
Ready Bus Line.....................................................36
The Wedding Planners.........................................40
TRAVEL
Travel Leaders......................................................12
TUXEDO RENTALS
Charlotte’s Bridal and Formal Wear........................5
Scott Joseph Menswear......................................36
The Wedding Tree.................................................3
The Wedding Planners.........................................40
The White Rose Bridal..........................................24
VIDEOGRAPHY
Artistic Video Productions....................................7
Matkat Productions..............................................39
Video Visions........................................................7
WEDDING PLANNERS
Shirley Elaine Weddings......................................64
Toast Wedding Planning......................................40
Weddings by Nancy............................................20
WEDDING PLANNING EVENTS
Bridal Expo..........................................................55
WINERY
Elmaro Vineyard..................................................60

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