There are SO many details to figure out when planning a wedding.

The first step?

Welcome in Decorah and Visit Decorah are websites for wedding options in the Decorah area and are great places to begin.

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Wedding Mapper is a great website to help manage the planning—use their tools to create a wedding website, track expenses, create interactive seating charts and custom wedding maps.

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Ruth’s wedding tips

Start planning early.  The summer wedding season is busy in this area!  Venues, lodging and tent rentals are often booked a year in advance.

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 A stage manager/wedding planner/personal assistant.  This person would help the activities happen on time, act as a liaison for the wedding couple, and have an overview of what is going on.  Whatever you want to call them, they are lifesavers.

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Eat.  You won’t feel like eating because of nerves, but you must eat!  This goes for the wedding couple as well as their parents.   Eat something.  Bring along energy bars on the wedding day, or plan to have a lunch delivered.  Someone in your crew should be in charge of making sure you eat!

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Double check all details.  Cake, Times, Rentals, Caterers, Musicians—in the months/weeks leading up to the big day it is always wise to double check what you think is supposed to happen.

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Have fun!  Don’t make your schedule too tight, remember that you’ll want time to visit with friends and family.

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Venues

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Trout River Catering Dish Rental List

  • Dinner Plates

  • Dessert Plates

  • Silverware

  • Water Glasses

  • Wine Glasses

  • Champagne Flutes

  • Coffee Cups

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Other Rentals

Decorah Rental (tents, tables, chairs, and many other things)

Chad Ness (tents, tables and portapotties)

LaCrosse Tent and Awning

Topps Elite Tents in La Crosse

Party Island (decorations, etc.)

Resource Vintage Rental (vintage plates, etc.)

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Lodging

Dug Road Inn

Hotel Winneshiek

The Loft on Water Street

Cedar Dreams Inn

Decorah Cabin

Trout River Log Cabin

For more lodging visit the Visit Decorah/Lodging page and the

Regional Lodging list

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Flowers

Decorah Greenhouses

Friends End Flowers (locally grown)

Canoe Creek Produce (locally grown)

The Country Garden

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And More…

Decorah Trolley

Check out the “Other” Page from Welcome in Decorah for more listings.

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