Winter Wedding Fair Brings Together Scores of Vendors for One-Stop Shopping

Tom Giffey

Planning a wedding can be a time-consuming, stressful, and costly experience. Getting the right vendors can be one of the biggest challenges. Sure, you can find photographers, florists, and caterers online, but wouldn’t it be nicer to meet them in person, especially without having to drive back and forth across Chippewa Valley? The annual Winter Wedding Fair in downtown Eau Claire is here to help. The fair, now in its third year, will be 11am to 3pm Sunday, Feb. 17, in The Halls at the Lismore Hotel, 333 Gibson St.

The fair will feature two floors filled with dozens of wedding vendors, giving future brides and grooms – as well as their families and members of their wedding parties – a chance to meet and learn about photographers, dress retailers, venues, limousine services, bakers, caterers, and more.

“The most important thing for brides and grooms at that event is they are able to meet with the actual service or product providers face-to-face,” said Lisa Gill of C&G Promotions, which puts on the Winter Wedding Fair. “A wedding is one of the most personal events you will ever have, and when you start working with vendors you want to have a comfortable, personal relationship.”

Good relationships are critical, especially in light of horror stories that Gill has heard about vendors hired online who fail to show up on the big day.

In addition to meeting nearly 80 wedding service providers, visitors are invited to grab a “bride’s bag” at the door as well as a cocktail at the bar. There will be tours of the Lismore’s rooms and suites, bridal fashion shows, live music on both levels, limousines on site, and thousands of dollars worth of prizes – including a honeymoon package from Higgins Travel. And while fairs like this tend to draw a largely female crowd, Gill notes that grooms-to-be can get in free, which gives incentive for couples to attend together and make joint decisions about wedding vendors.

“It truly is a one-stop shop,” Gill said of the fair. “There aren’t many products or services that we don’t showcase.”

The Winter Wedding Fair • Sunday, Feb. 17, 11am-3pm • The Halls at The Lismore Hotel, 333 Gibson St., Eau Claire • $7 in advance, $9 at the door, grooms get in free • advance tickets available at winterweddingfair.com; Westgate Sportsman’s Club, Sleep Inn and Suites, and the Leader-Telegram location in Eau Claire; Foreign 5 in Chippewa Falls; and Staybridge Suites in Altoona • learn more at winterweddingfair.com or find it on Facebook and Instagram

Weddings & Occasions is sponsored by:

29 Pines Hotel and Convention Center
Hwy 29 North of Eau Claire

Weddings & Occasions is sponsored by:

29 Pines Hotel and Convention Center
Hwy 29 North of Eau Claire