How to Make Your Wedding the Best!

Here comes the bride…but not before engagement photos, venue tours, dress fittings, vendor booking…and don’t forget the invitations!

The second a wedding planning book is cracked open, the to do lists seem to almost instantaneously pile up.

At Locals Love Us, we believe your pre-wedding days should be filled with sweet memories, not sleepless nights stressing about flower arrangements and tuxedo fittings.

If you are just beginning your planning (congrats!!), or are in the middle of it all and needing help, we’ve compiled a list of the very best in The Quad Cities to make your wedding the best day ever – and the planning just as great!

The Dress.

Some say the whole theme of a wedding is planned off of the dress. Whether this is your plan or not, dress shopping is a beloved tradition and experience!

These locally-loved bridal shops are filled with gorgeous dresses – mermaid, ballgown, strapless…the options are endless!

The Venue.

How long is your guest list? Once you’ve drafted a list of friends and family you’ll want to celebrate with, check out these venues to see which would best fit your needs! From bridal suites to get ready in, to indoor and outdoor options, these are the venues local brides and grooms have trusted to host their special day.

The Photographer.

After you find the venue and set the date, getting your photographer booked is an important task!

Many photographers offer packages that include engagement shoots, and offer different tiers of shooting time to fit your budget. Check out these local photographers who have been trusted to capture so many big days!

The Cake. The Decorations. The Music.

Once you have the big choices made, it’s time to keep working down the list!

Do you want one big cake, or a small one and cupcakes? Are you wanting strands of twinkly lights surrounding the dance floor, or lanterns to line aisle? What songs do you want for the ceremony and reception?

That’s a lot of questions, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

Here are the best local businesses to take care of all these tasks!

Need some more help?

Let’s be honest: planning a wedding might not be everyone’s cup of tea, or you just don’t have the time to schedule the appointments!

That’s where wedding planners come in. Let these incredible planners make AND check off the tasks on your list, so you can enjoy the fun parts of planning and let the expert work out the fine details!

Planning your special day can be stressful, but with the help of these locally-loved businesses, that weight can be lifted so you can enjoy this special time.

If you have worked with one or more of these businesses for your own wedding and want other local brides and grooms to know who they can trust, vote for them at!

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