As many engagements occur around the holiday season, winter-themed Milwaukee weddings may pop into your head. This can be a very inexpensive way to design your wedding experience if you plan ahead.
First, hit the after Christmas sales as soon as you can to get first pick of what’s left. This is a perfect time to buy colored lights, such as blue, green and red; or buy white lights, which could go with many wedding themes. Lights can be used to create an arch or under tulle attached to tables, chairs or other items for a truly elegant look. This can also be a great time to purchase candles and candle holders that can be used as centerpieces.
A very inexpensive and creative decoration idea for weddings include presents wrapped in your wedding colors. Wrapping different sized empty boxes in shiny solid colors with a contrasting ribbon can bring your color theme to fruition. Another option is to wrap your guest party favors in your colors. After the holidays, beautiful fabric ribbons and wrapping paper can often be 50% – 70% off.
Christmas ball ornaments in your wedding colors can also enhance your chosen color scheme and can be an absolutely gorgeous addition to centerpieces or become the centerpieces themselves. Multiple ornaments can be placed in a bowl or large snifter/martini glass, such as is sold at Michael’s Craft stores. For a more direct Christmas theme, purchasing small Christmas trees on clearance after the holiday season and decorating them with ornaments can truly bring Christmas cheer to your wedding guests.
As this article is for the budget conscience couple, I cannot neglect what can be an inexpensive way to use the holiday theme for a wedding – pick a location that is already decorated. While some locations that are already decorated may be more expensive, the cost savings of not needing centerpieces or other decorations can outweigh rental fees. Examples of fantastic places in Milwaukee that decorate for the holiday include:
- The Pabst Mansion http://www.pabstmansion.com/rentals/
- Villa Terrace http://www.cavtmuseums.org/vt/rent/
- Charles Allis Museum http://www.cavtmuseums.org/ca/rent/
- The Wisconsin Club http://www.wisconsinclub.com/fw/main/Private-Functions-25.html
While this may mean that you cannot decorate to your exact liking, the cost and time savings can be quite significant. Hotels, especially elaborate ones such the Pfister Hotel (www.thepfisterhotel.com) can also be a great choice when looking into holiday themed locations. If you are looking into a hotel, but the holiday season has passed, ask for pictures of their holiday displays and any potential weddings that were done during the holidays. This can give you an idea of what to expect.