Yesterday it was announced that the Democratic National Convention will be held in Milwaukee on July 13-16, 2020. While it is a coup for the city of Milwaukee, as a couple planning to get married that weekend, it may be causing some concern.
First, Don’t Panic
If your wedding is that weekend in the Milwaukee area, realize that you have some time to make some adjustments. There are several new hotels under construction right now in the downtown area, and there’s time to grab room blocks in nearby hotel blocks in the suburbs as well. The city of Milwaukee has big plans for infrastructure challenges, and as time goes on, we’ll be able to see more clearly what this convention will mean for weddings and events in the area.
Plan for Out of Town Guests and Traffic
Traffic is going to be an issue no matter where it is in the city, and this is especially true with anything near the downtown area. Some ideas would be to secure shuttle services now to pick up guests at park and rides, or to book limo or trolley services now.
Rethink Your Photo Locations
You may love our lakefront and the idea photos there, but it’s going to be very difficult to navigate the downtown area that weekend. Instead, how about you do your engagement photos there and find alternate locations for your wedding day photos? Some other great parks with views of the lake that will likely be more accessible include Doctors Park, Grant Park and even the bluffs in Port Washington.
Book Your Vendors Now – Vendor Services Will be at a Premium (Including Planners!)
Start looking and booking now to get your preferred vendors. Because it will be a high-demand weekend, you’ll want to secure as many services as you can as soon as you can. We can help with planning from start to finish, and we have day-of services to help reduce your worry and stress on the day. However, like most vendors, we can only take on so many clients in a weekend to deliver a great experience so don’t delay in getting in touch.
Consider Adjusting Your Date
If this is very worrisome to you and you haven’t committed to your date, you may want to consider changing it to avoid the hassle altogether. If you’ve already put down deposits on a venue or church, contact them and find out if they have contingency plans, or if they will allow you to change the date. It’s very early in the game, so be patient if they don’t have answers right away. This is a logistical challenge for venues as well, so they may need time to make alternate parking plans, etc.
This is an exciting event for the city of Milwaukee, and certainly will be a memorable weekend to get married! Get in touch with us to talk more about your “DNC wedding weekend”!