Blue Devils in Their Hearts

couple who met as UW-Stout students get married on campus

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017  |  by UW-Stout News

Kira Blake and Mike Sullivan met as students in 2009 at UW-Stout in Menomonie, and it didn’t take them long to make a connection. Soon, they were getting together in the mornings for coffee and enjoying Scrabble dates ...

You Can Get Married at UWEC?

if you so choose, UW-Eau Claire can facilitate your wedding

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017  |  Scott Morfitt

In the past 15 years, I’ve had countless people pop that big $300 question: “Will you be in my wedding?” Because I’m a sucker for small gifts commemorating me wearing a tux, I’ve always said, “Yeah, is there an open bar?”

White Winter Wedding

summer isn't the only season to tie the knot: Winter can provide a stunning setting for your big day

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017  |  V1 Staff, photos by Leslie Duffy

A white wedding can mean more than the color of a bride’s dress: In the case of Renee and Mike Sommer of Eau Claire, it meant being surrounded by a crisp blanket of snow when they were married ...

Wedding Advice From the Pros

We talked to florists, officiants, caterers, and photographers who have seen hundreds of weddings. Here’s what they have to say about trends, traditions, and keeping your day as low-stress as possible.

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Kate Bentley

We talked to florists, officiants, caterers, and photographers who have seen hundreds of weddings. Here’s what they have to say about trends, traditions, and keeping your day as low-stress as possible ...

In Wisconsin Can You Really Marry Your House?

A bunch of trivia websites claim you can do just that. We found out the truth.

Thu. Jan. 21st, 2016  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

While researching Wisconsin wedding laws (and by “researching” I mean “googling”) a year ago, I kept running across one of those “unbelievable but true” factoids that I decided was truly unbelievable. Reproduced on numerous websites ...

Asking the Wedding Experts

talking to local photographers, florists, and more about all the crazy weddings they’ve attended

Wed. Jan. 20th, 2016  |  photos by Randy Lee

“I saw a bride’s wedding dress nearly get pooped on by her bare-bottomed toddler. I didn’t know the child was about to poop and ended up with a picture of the moment.”

‘I’m Right There With You’

as she prepares for her fast-approaching wedding, Renee gives new brides tips for minimum stress

Wed. Jan. 20th, 2016  |  photos by Randy Lee

If you could just pay attention for one minute here and remove the god-forsaken glue gun from your hand (the wedding favors can wait), I want to give you all a written hug. This wedding planning stuff is for the birds ... unless you actually like it – then feel free to go back to Pinterest. This letter isn’t for you.

You Can Get Married At UWEC?

if you so choose, UW-Eau Claire can facilitate your wedding

Thu. Jan. 8th, 2015  |  Scott Morfitt

In the past 15 years, I’ve had many people pop that big $300 question: “Will you be in my wedding?” Because I’m a sucker for small gifts commemorating me wearing a tux, I’ve always said, “Yeah, is there an open bar?”

One More Song! One More Song!

a part-time wedding DJ considers - and reconsiders - hanging up the microphone

Thu. Jan. 8th, 2015  |  Ken Szymanski

This wedding dance was supposed to end almost an hour ago, but nobody wants to go home. As the DJ, however, I have to wonder how many encores are too many. The bride and groom instructed me to end the evening, back at midnight, with ...

How to Keep It Green

Thu. Jan. 9th, 2014  |  V1 Staff

To keep with the ever-growing trend of being green and saving the environment (oh yeah, and just being a good citizen of the world), here’s some extreme tips for keeping your wedding environmentally-friendly, and some alternatives if you’re ...

5 Steps to Making Your Wedding Look Great (and Personalized)

Thu. Jan. 9th, 2014  |  V1 Staff

Starting out planning your wedding can be pretty intimidating. Choosing your themes, color schemes and “branding” will set the tone of the whole event. We sat down with Andra Christianson of Andra Delores Design to pick her brain about the process...

3 different kinds of people can conduct your ceremony

Thu. Jan. 9th, 2014  |  V1 Staff

The question “Who can conduct the ceremony?” is actually more complicated than you might think. Generally speaking, there are three different kinds of people who can do the hitching ...

Would You Clear These Customs?

Thu. Jan. 9th, 2014  |  V1 Staff

Handfasting, the act of tying the bride’s and groom’s hands together, is an ancient Celtic custom that coined the phrase “tying the knot.”

9 Things You Need to Know to Get Married in Wisconsin

Thu. Jan. 9th, 2014  |  V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When it comes to marriage, there are laws. No, not the don’t-leave-the-toilet-seat-up kind of laws: We mean actual legal requirements written in actual law books. To save you the trouble of dusting off your copy of the Wisconsin statutes ...

(Local) Destination Weddings

unique places to get hitched – or at least take photos – in the Chippewa Valley

Tue. Jan. 22nd, 2013  |  Thom Fountain

Unique places to get hitched – or at least take photos – in the Chippewa Valley.

Nippy Nuptials

a pros and cons list for winter weddings

Tue. Jan. 22nd, 2013  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A pros and cons list for winter weddings ...

5 Wedding Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts

Tue. Apr. 10th, 2012  |  Lauren Kurkowski

There’s plenty to think about when it comes to planning a wedding, so it’s easy for some things to fall under the radar. Here are our picks ­– compiled from various articles and guides – of the top 5 things you definitely shouldn’t forget about ...

Save the Dates: Four 2012 Bridal Events

major wedding and bridal fairs in our area

Fri. Jan. 13th, 2012

It's always bridal fair season. From winter to fall, here are some of the biggest annual fairs and conventions in and around the Chippewa Valley.

Picking the Music

a pros and cons list for live bands and deejays

Fri. Jan. 13th, 2012

Either option can get your guests a-movin', but vastly different moods can be set. Here are some pluses and minuses to help you choose!

Picking the Flowers

common flowers to match your wedding colors

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2012

You know what colors you want, but you're not a botanist. No problem, here's a big list of flowers to match your chosen hues. P.S. If you actually are a botanist, that's awesome, but you probably won't need this.

A Picture Perfect Reception

your options to involve guests in memory capturing, and what you need to know about them

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2012

First of all, let me throw something out there. If the photography of your wedding is important, don’t just hire a professional for the ceremony and staged photos with the wedding party. Also have them around for the reception. I know your friends...

Picking the Setting

a pros and cons list for outdoor and indoor venues

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2012  |  photos by Andrea Paulseth

Unless you live in a different dimension, you basically have two options when it comes to roofs: yes or no. A great wedding can be had either way, but here are some pros and cons to help you choose.

Wedding Questions: A Check List

a good starting point for any wedding plan is a big ol’ checklist

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2012

A good starting point for any wedding plan is a big ol’ checklist. Here's a good one to get you started on covering all the basics – listed in chronological order.

6 Winter Wedding Tips

Thu. Dec. 1st, 2011  |  Sarah Dobs

Planning a winter wedding has more advantages than a bride would think. For starters, a winter wedding can cost half of what a spring/summer wedding would cost because winter is considered the off season for venues.