Harley-Davidson's anniversary puts a damper on bride's big day
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CREATED Jun. 10, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun. 10, 2013
MILWAUKEE - A local bride, hoping for the perfect wedding, is now scrambling to find hotel rooms for her out-of-town guests.
What went wrong in the planning of her big day, and how you can avoid the same disaster?
Their photographer is booked, the cake picked out, but Ashley Wendt and her fiancé Steve have one dark cloud looming over their wedding day.
"We have about 50 out-of-town guests that need places to stay," Wendt said.
When this couple chose the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, they knew it was Harley Fest, but didn't quite understand the magnitude of that event. The original plan was to tie the knot at the War Memorial. When they realized that would put them in the middle of Harley's celebration, they decided to break the contract and lose the $500 deposit.
Changing the actual wedding date would have cost them thousands more, so they found a new location for the ceremony. But now, with less than three months until the big day, they're out of luck for lodging.
"We have nowhere for our guests to stay; we have nowhere for us to stay on our wedding night;" Wendt said.
Her aunt, Janine Rochwite, said there have been many tears. She even looked for rooms as far away as Fond du Lac. All hotels are booked, or require a minimum stay with inflated prices. They eventually turned to Call 4 Action for help.
"They really did try," Rochwite said. "They worked with Ashley quite a bit. Rent a house, rent an RV."
So what is the best advice when it comes to wedding planning? Do your homework before you nail down a date.
"Find out is there something else going on in town on this weekend that could limit the amount of rooms and event facilities," said Karen Stiles, with Call 4 Action.
Prepay for hotel rooms, to lock them in, and wedding insurance can help if there's a natural disaster.
Despite their wedding challenges, Wendt is keeping things positive, and hoping everything works out in the end.
Ashley and Steve decided to have out-of-town guests stay with local family and friends, but they are still looking for a hotel room for their wedding night.