Last minute ‘no’ creates wedding snafuWhen Luke Hauser and Mary Davis exchange their “I do’s” April 13, they’re hoping lots of their invited guests can attend the nuptials.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
When Luke Hauser and Mary Davis exchange their “I do’s” April 13, they’re hoping lots of their invited guests can attend the nuptials.
After all, if they show up only for the reception, they may show up in the wrong spot, after the couple had a last minute change of plans.
The Superior couple had planned to celebrate their new marriage with a reception at the Wisconsin National Guard Armory in Superior.
After all, Hauser has served with the 950th Clearance Co. for four of the 7½ years he’s served in the military - including a tour of duty in Iraq in 2010 with the unit. Hauser and Davis started dating a couple of months after he returned from Iraq in 2011.
When the couple talked to the armory personnel more than six months ago, they believed their plan was a go. Despite a change in the armory supervisor, Hauser said the story was the same; the couple would be able to hold their reception at the armory.
“When you have a relationship with the military like that when they say it’s fine, you don’t really second guess it,” Hauser said.
The couple filled out their application six weeks or so ago, only to find out three weeks ago their request was denied.
While the armory has hosted numerous community events over the years, Hauser said it was only after the formal request for use of the armory was denied that he learned there are specific types of events - wedding receptions among them - that aren’t allowed at armories in Wisconsin.
That left the couple scrambling to find a place to hold their reception.
“There was a lot of calling,” Davis said. “Most places are booked a year out — much less three weeks out.”
She said those places that hadn’t been booked were too small to accommodate guests in most cases.
In the scramble to find a hall, the couple was fortunate enough to book the Parkland Town Hall.
Unfortunately, the invitations were already out, directing guests to the armory.
While the couple is printing up directions to the new reception site, they are hopeful to get the information out to their guests.
Instead of heading to the armory, Hauser and Davis are asking their guest to head to the Parkland Town Hall, 6221E Veterans Drive.