An Amazingly Beautiful Farm Wedding for $26K

Farm Wedding Cost Milwaukee

This couple spent $26K on their family farm wedding. All photos by Elizabeth Haase Photography

For this couple, the single most important aspect of their wedding was having it at their family farm. This drove many of their vendor choices and budget decisions, such as hiring a wedding planner and not renting/buying a lot of decor so that the farm could “shine”.

For $26,000 we think they did a great job and had a beautiful wedding with amazing vendors. We also love that they hired a videographer after not expecting to (read more in the “note from the bride and groom” below). Read on for the full cost breakdown but we’d recommend starting with their wedding video by Sikora Film Co.:

MIM Family Used:

As always, we were excited to hear they used several  Married In Milwaukee Family  vendors, including:

Quick Facts – Family Farm Wedding:

  • Guests: 100
  • Ceremony/Reception: Family Farm
  • Total Costs: $26,198
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This couple spent $1,000 on their flowers and their invites were DIYed for $250. Photos by Elizabeth Haase Photography

Wedding Essentials ($8,300):

  • Invitations: $250 (DIY)
  • Desserts: $0 (donuts, included in food cost below)
  • Photographer: $2,100
  • Videographer: $3,450
  • Flowers: $1,000 (4 bridesmaids bouquets, bride bouquet, three flower crowns, two corsages, 5 boutonnieres )
  • Wedding Planner: $1,500 (month of)
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Both the ceremony and reception were held at a family farm. Photos by Elizabeth Haase Photography

Reception and Ceremony Costs ($12,650):

  • Ceremony/Reception: $0 (family farm)
  • Food: $5,600
  • Drinks: $1,300 (couple supplied liquor and hired bartenders)
  • Officiant: $0 (family)
  • Music: $750
  • Rentals: $5,000 (tent, chairs, linens)
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A beautiful day made for an awesome tented reception on the farm. Photos by Elizabeth Haase Photography

Attire, Jewelry and Beauty ($3,528):

  • Dress: $1,000
  • Bride’s Shoes: $128
  • Groom’s Attire: $600
  • Rings: $1,500
  • Hair and Make-up: $300
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The bride’s dress cost $1,000 while the groom’s attire was $600. Photos by Elizabeth Haase Photography

Other Costs ($1,720):

  • Transportation: $630 (school buses from hotel to venue)
  • Wedding Party Gifts: $700 (cufflinks  and necklaces)
  • Wedding Favors: $90 (custom koozies)
  • Hotel Suite: $300
  • Rehearsal Dinner: $0 (family gift)
Farm Wedding Decor in Milwaukee

Some of the cool, creative touches at this farm wedding. Photos by Elizabeth Haase 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:

The Catering:
Setting a budget for our wedding was much harder than we anticipated, because we couldn’t find a lot of budgeting resources for backyard-type venues. This was a big reason why we ended up going with Smoke Shack , because they took care of everything ¬– they worked directly with canopies to determine what rentals were needed, and it helped ease our irrational fear of forgetting forks!

The Wedding Planner:
It is also why we pulled in Stefany from The Majestic Vision to make sure we didn’t forget any little detail. We probably ended up spending more money because we chose to build a venue from scratch, but having our wedding at the farm was the single most important thing to us—so we were willing to be flexible on how that impacted our budget.

We delayed our honeymoon, took a DIY approach to our stationary, and kept it simple with the décor—really letting the farm “shine” as the backdrop.

The Videographer:
One unexpected cost for us was our videographer. We had decided against having one originally, but then we saw Craig’s (Sikora Film Co.) work and knew we had to have him!

We are so thankful that we had Craig as a part of our vendor team, and that we could make it work with our budget so late in the game. We just celebrated our second anniversary, and loved having the opportunity to re-live our day.

Using Married In Milwaukee:
We found all of our key vendors through Married in Milwaukee, and picked up our wedding coordinator from one of MIM’s events! Elizabeth, Stefany, and Craig were the anchors for our day, and they really were a dream team.

– The Bride and Groom

A BIG thanks to the bride and groom for sharing their awesome rustic Wisconsin farm wedding and to Elizabeth Haase Photography for the amazing photos!

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

Tented Farm Wedding Venue Milwaukee

Top: The happy couple with their wedding party; Bottom: the tented reception at night. Photos by Elizabeth Haase Photography