Cost Breakdown: A $22K Wedding At Anodyne Coffee Roasters

Anodyne Wedding

This Anodyne wedding cost the couple $22K. All photos by Paper Elephant Photography

A wedding in a coffee shop? Hell yeah, especially when it’s a wedding at Anodyne in Walker’s Point! For just under $22,000 these two coffee-lovers had some great vendors and 150 guests.

We love how they did a separate, very intimate ceremony (12 guests!) in Tosa’s Hoyt Park. Another cool thing – they had food stations customized to their unique backgrounds as well as tons of Wisconsin food to showcase our state to their guests.

MIM Family Used

We were excited to hear they used several of the Married In Milwaukee Family of wedding vendors, including:

Anodyne Coffee Wedding

House plants (bottom left) were used in place of flowers. The guestbook (bottom right) came from Cracked Designs. Photos by Paper Elephant Photography

Quick Facts – Anodyne Wedding:

  • Ceremony Guests: 12
  • Reception Guests: 150
  • Ceremony: Hoyt Park, Wauwatosa
  • Reception: Anodyne Coffee
  • Total Costs: $21,730
Anodyne Coffee Wedding

The invites cost $700, while the desserts ran $500 and included Cranky Al’s Doughnuts. Photos by Paper Elephant Photography

Wedding Essentials ($4,275):

  • Invitations/Stationery: $700 (separate invites for the ceremony and reception)
  • Desserts: $500
  • Photographer: $2,650
  • Ceremony Flowers: $125 (bride’s bouquet)
  • Reception Flowers: $300 (potted house plants)
Hoyt Park Wedding Ceremony

The intimate ceremony took place in Wauwatosa’s beautiful Hoyt Park. Photos by Paper Elephant Photography

Reception and Ceremony Costs ($12,890):

  • Venue: $2,800
  • Food: $6,000
  • Drinks: $2,300 (two tap beers, wine, soda, juice and coffee)
  • DJ: $1,400
  • Rentals: $390 (extra tables and chairs)
Anodyne Coffee Rosters Wedding

Wedding reception at Anodyne Coffee Roasters. Photos by Paper Elephant Photography

Attire, Jewelry and Beauty ($2,015):

  • Ceremony Dress: $450
  • Reception Dress: $200
  • Bride’s Shoes: $195
  • Earrings: $230
  • Groom’s Attire: $800
  • Hair and Make-up: $140
Anodyne Walker's Point Wedding

The bride’s ceremony dress cost $450 while the groom’s attire was $800. Photos by Paper Elephant Photography

Other Costs ($2,550):

  • Rehearsal Dinner: $1,400 (ceremony dinner for 12 at Le Reve in Wauwatosa)
  • Favors: $150 (personalized espresso cups)
  • Other Costs: $1,000
Rehersal Dinner at La Reve Wauwatosa

Top: espresso coffee favors; Bottom: rehearsal dinner at La Reve. Photos by Paper Elephant Photography

A Note from the Bride and Groom

We asked the bride and groom to tell us about their planning and budgeting process, and this is what they had to say (slightly edited for length):

After 12-years of dating, we knew that our wedding ceremony would not by very traditional. We are both very laid-back individuals who needed our wedding to reflect that.

The Reception:
We were engaged in April 2015 and knew we wanted a short engagement and to have our wedding ceremony outdoors that fall. We looked at a few venues and Anodyne Walker’s Point was PERFECT! It was the space we were looking for with rustic elements, open catering options, our pick of local draft brews along with incredible coffee.

The Ceremony:
Unfortunately Anodyne was 100% booked for 2015 and the earliest date that worked for us was April 2016. We knew we didn’t want to wait to officially get married so we planned a very intimate outdoor wedding ceremony at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa with only our son Jude, parents, siblings + significant others and nephew (12 guests total).

After the ceremony, we took photos with The Paper Elephant and finished the evening with a relaxing dinner at Le Reve right down the block in the Tosa Village.

The Flowers/Plants:
I have a green thumb and love for gardening, so we scratched the idea of fresh cut flowers from the start. We used terra cotta potted plants instead of flowers! I planted all 40 plants myself and afterwards was able to use many throughout our home while giving some to family and friends. No waste and very eco-friendly/green! This also saved us a lot of money.

The Coffee/Espresso Cup Favors:
Martin and I are serious, avid coffee drinkers. This also made Anodyne an attractive, local venue to host our wedding reception. We thought a cute ideas would be to order espresso cups and write each guests name to have as a wedding favor keepsake. It was really cute and tied the overall theme of coffee together!

The Food/Drinks:
I LOVE to cook and we are both very into the local food scene in Milwaukee. We knew we wanted something fun – like food stations or a food spread that is very us! We customized a dinner menu with Tall Guy and a Grill. With the groom being from Santa Monica, CA – there was a West Coast Style Taco station along with the bride’s – Midwest BBQ slider station. The food was incredible and guests loved the variety of trying it all!

Martin is from California and his entire family traveled from coast to coast to be with us – many who had never visited Milwaukee before. We wanted to give them a taste of what Milwaukee is all about. Beer and cheese of course! We had fresh fried WI cheese curds, mini shepherd pies and mac n cheese bites from Tall Guy and a Grill. Plus two local beers of our choice on tap.

The Photography:
The days can only be captured by memories that a good photographer takes! We allowed a larger budget here to get a photographer we personally knew and could trust.

The Paper Elephant was willing to go outside the box and split our wedding package into two days. She captured it all, listening to what we wanted and must-have photos, plus she delivered those photos to by inbox in less than 2 weeks!

The Music:
For music, we knew a good DJ and MC would make the evening. I’m a big music junkie and wanted a live band, but we cut down our budget when hiring a DJ. Fireman Jim Productions kept the night energetic and was exactly the eclectic mix of older, classic tunes we wanted.

Overall:
We wanted our wedding and reception to be unique to us – not like any other wedding. Each decision we made was about making it our wedding. We got to do exactly what we wanted and what reflected our family.

– Carin and Martin, The Bride and Groom

A BIG thanks to the bride and groom for sharing their awesome Anodyne Coffee wedding and to The Paper Elephant for the photos!

If you’re currently working on your wedding budget, make sure to read through our previous articles featuring real Milwaukee wedding cost breakdowns.

Anodyne Wedding Reception

The happy couple and their Anodyne wedding reception. Photos by Paper Elephant Photography


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