Frequently Asked Questions

What will be provided and what will I have to pay for?

The following items/services will be provided:

  • One-of-a-kind bridal dress designed for the War Eagle wedding and custom-made for the bride
  • Tuxedos
  • One-of-a-kind bridesmaid dresses designed and custom-made for the War Eagle wedding
  • Invitations and Postage
  • Flowers
  • Photography
  • Favors
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Limo Service
  • Complimentary Bridal Suite for the Wedding Night
  • Reception
    • Décor
    • Entertainment
    • Wedding Cake
    • Groom’s Cake
    • Hors d’oeuvres
    • Dinner

It is possible, even likely, that additional vendors will step forward and offer more products and services as the project moves forward. If the bride and groom would like to offer any alcoholic beverages to their guests during the rehearsal dinner or wedding reception, they will be responsible for those charges. If the bride and groom would like to have additional vendors/products/services other than what is listed above, they will be responsible for those charges.

Do I have to be an Auburn Alum or live in Auburn to apply?

No. Applications are accepted from any couple who are Auburn fans and are proud to represent Auburn University. Students that apply must have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Any alum from another university that would like to apply must be willing to positively represent Auburn, wear Auburn gear, etc. Applicants may live anywhere as long as they can be in Auburn during the few necessary time periods throughout the wedding planning, i.e., photography and videography shoots, bridal gown fittings, cake tastings.

How does the rehearsal dinner work?

The Hotel is sponsoring setup and food for an indoor/outdoor Auburn Tailgate-style rehearsal dinner for the winning couple in the Terrace Room and around the pool. The winning couple will have input regarding the food offered, the setup of the room, and the guests that are invited. The rehearsal dinner will be for 50 guests or fewer. If the couple would like to offer alcohol, they would be responsible for those charges.

Will I be able to block hotel rooms for friends and family?

Yes! The War Eagle Wedding bride and groom will win a complimentary one night stay in the Presidential Suite at The Hotel at Auburn University. A block of guestrooms available at a discounted rate will be set aside for friends and family of the bride and groom.

How many guests can I have?

The War Eagle Wedding will be sponsored for up to 150 guests, not including the bride and groom. The rehearsal dinner will sponsored for up to 50 guests, not including the bride and groom.

What do I get to choose or have control over?

  • There will be a cake tasting with the wedding bakery and the bride and groom will choose the flavors for both the wedding cake and groom’s cake.
  • The bride and groom will also have input and veto power over the hors d’oeuvres and dinner menu items that are selected for voting.
  • The bride and groom will provide a list of must-take photos for the photographer.
  • The bride and groom will choose the ceremony music and  first dance songs.
  • The bride and groom will decide the style, length, and content of the entire ceremony.
  • Additional decisions will present themselves for the bride and groom to make as the project moves forward.

How many attendants may I have?

Up to five (5) bridesmaids and five (5) groomsmen will be permitted. There can be two (2) flower girls, two (2) ring bearers, or one of each.

Is the wedding date flexible?

No. The vendors who have signed up for this project have committed to May 26, 2012.

How will the wedding and bridesmaid dresses be created?

Advanced Apparel Design students (at the senior or graduate level) in a competitive design course in the College of Human Sciences are each designing a one-of-a-kind, elegant bridal gown or a one-of-a-kind bridesmaid dress. Three designs of each will be selected for the Auburn Family to vote on as their favorite dress. Half-scale, or "mini," dresses will be on display at The Hotel at Auburn University for you, your friends and family to inspect prior to voting. The three bridal finalists and the bridesmaids will be measured by the 3D body scanner in the College of Human Sciences so that the final dresses can be custom-fitted. The winning wedding dress design will become your unique bridal gown as it is made only for your War Eagle Wedding. Likewise, the bridesmaid dresses will be uniquely created for this special event. The wedding and bridesmaid dresses will be custom-made at Sieu Tang's design and alterations business in Montgomery, Alabama. You and your bridal attendants should be prepared to travel to East Montgomery for at least two fittings.

Will a minister be provided?

No. The War Eagle Wedding Planner, provided by The Hotel at Auburn University, can assist you with finding a minster, or you are more than welcome to provide whomever you would like as long as they are licensed to perform a wedding ceremony in the state of Alabama.

What is the time commitment expected of me and my fiancé?

There will be a few occasions where it is imperative that you are in Auburn, but you will be notified of these as soon as possible to give ample time to make arrangements. Expect to be in town as much as you would if you were solely responsible for planning your own wedding in Auburn. Examples of reasons you will need to be in Auburn are:

  • Top Three Couples Photo and Video Shoots
  • Winning Bride and Groom Announcement
  • Cake Tasting
  • Dress/Tuxedo Fittings
  • Reception Food Tasting
  • Engagement Photography Sessions

If I am a vendor and I want to participate, what should I do?

Please contact the Opelika-Auburn News and ask to speak to someone in sales regarding the War Eagle Wedding.

Can I vote on something I like more than once?

Yes and No. The couple voting will take place on up to five Facebook sites, and will only be counted one time per person per site. Voting for all other wedding details will take place on the, and you can vote as often as you like.

What if a vendor wants to provide something that is odd or out-of-the ordinary?

The War Eagle Wedding Planner, provided by The Hotel at Auburn University, will be in touch with each of the vendors and will be assuring that the product they put forth is elegant, appropriate, and is representative of Auburn University.

Is the time for the ceremony set?

Not yet, but it will be an evening ceremony and reception.