Tips & Ideas for Planning Your Big Day

The team at Visit Lake Charles is a major resource of local information that can help you with planning your special day! 

Venues: We have a list of amazing wedding & reception venues in Southwest Louisiana. You will need to reach out to venues and tell them what dates you are interested in, and they will let you know if they have any of those dates available. 

If you want help setting up a site visit at some of the venues you are interested in, our team works with the venue operators all the time and would be happy to coordinate that for you. 

Vendors: Event-planning is our specialty, and we have a great vendor list that you can use, which provides contact information for caterers, florists, and other vendors you might need for your ceremony or reception.

Dress Shopping: We have several great bridal boutiques around Southwest Louisiana. Make sure to call ahead and schedule an appointment for the best shopping experience. 

Hotel Room Block: Any out-of-town guests will need a place to stay, and hotels will offer special rates for groups that book 10 rooms or more. You will typically need a handful of rooms the night before your wedding and then some additional rooms for the night of the event. Visit Lake Charles can help you reach out to the hotels and get room rates for you. We will help you get the block set up and get you that group code for you to list on your wedding website or invitations. Contact our team today to get this complimentary service started!

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: In Southwest Louisiana, we are used to gathering around food. Here are some excellent restaurant venues that have space for private group gatherings!

Photo Locations: Southwest Louisiana is an incredibly beautiful place to live. If you are looking for ideas on locations to take your engagement pictures or bridal portraits, we have got you covered!