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You’ve found your happily-ever-after. Now it’s time to plan a celebration that will have your guests saying, “That was so them!” Maybe it’s straight-up storybook with a horse and carriage outside the church. Maybe it’s rustic-chic with floating lanterns sending you off. Maybe it’s a formal affair with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River everywhere you turn. Whatever style or theme best describes the two of you, Galena/Jo Daviess County can help make it a reality.

Can I hire a wedding planner in Galena?

It’s best to use local vendors when you’re planning a destination wedding, but doing that takes a little planning in itself. That’s where a wedding planner or wedding coordinator can save you countless of hours. Many of our venues have wedding planners on site that can assist you with arranging every last detail. But outside coordinators are also welcome should you choose that option. This is your day, your journey, and we’ll do whatever we can to make it magical.

Should I take a wedding planning trip?

We always recommend our couples take a wedding planning trip (or two if they can swing it) to scout and book locations, florists, caterers, salons, photographers, etc. in Galena Country. That’s the first step. Then you need to do the tastings (who wouldn’t want to do this!), see samples bouquets, and meet with the stylists at a local salon to plan your hair and makeup. You also might want to plan activities for your guest while they are in Galena Country. Set up a golf outing, do yoga on the river, scope out the museums and more.

How many wedding guests can I invite?

Galena has everything you need to host parties of 10 to 1,400. Plus there are plenty of attractions your family and friends can enjoy. Tour award-winning wineries and breweries. Shop eclectic boutiques that line Galena’s 19th-century downtown. Or, soar the sky in a romantic hot air balloon ride at sunset. These are just a few of the unique perks both you and your guests will enjoy! And with a choice of luxury resorts, vacation homes and condos, charming B&Bs, and beautifully restored historic hotels, Galena succeeds in being your home away from home.

Is Galena a good location for my bachelor or bachelorette party?

Absolutely. Galena Country has many activities for couples and their friends to do. Visit one of our wineries or local breweries. Take a ghost tour. Set up a golf tournament. Go hiking or biking. Spend the day at the spa. Cruise the river. Or go on an adventure Amazing Race style at Eagle Ridge Resort.