A $22K Wedding – From Kadish Park to RedLine Milwaukee

RedLine Milwaukee Wedding

This couple spent $22k on their RedLine Milwaukee wedding. Photo by Christian Yah with Edward Fox Photography

Kadish Park is one of our favorite places in the city and we love that this couple had their wedding ceremony there. The other cool thing about this wedding – the couple showed Milwaukee to their guests via a “walking parade” in between the ceremony and reception at RedLine Milwaukee. What an amazing idea!

Another big thing that stands out about this wedding is the non-traditional choices they made. This couple decided on a non-traditional dress, no wedding party and no cake. We love the way the wedding turned out and think they did a great job for $22k!

MIM Family Used

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

Quick Facts – RedLine Milwaukee Wedding:

Belle Fiori Wedding Flowers

The beautiful flowers from Belle Fiori cost $950. Photos by Christian Yah with Edward Fox Photography

Wedding Essentials ($2,753):

  • Invitations: $208 (DIY)
  • Cake: $120
  • Photographer: $1,475
  • Flowers: $950 (included: bridal bouquet, family corsages and boutonnieres, loose flowers made into DIY arrangements done by family)
Kadish Park Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony took place at Kadish Park. Photos by Photos by Christian Yah with Edward Fox Photography

Reception and Ceremony Costs ($9,577):

  • Ceremony: $100
  • Reception: $2,250
  • Food: $2,777 (by our friends at Ono Kine Grindz)
  • Drinks: $2,855
  • Officiant: $0 (family member)
  • DJ: $1,595
Redline Milwaukee Wedding

The wedding reception at RedLine Milwaukee. Photos by Photos by Christian Yah with Edward Fox Photography

Attire, Jewelry and Beauty ($3,937):

  • Dress: $647 (includes alterations and belt)
  • Shoes: $40
  • Groom’s Attire: $400 (includes alterations)
  • Rings: $2,600
  • Hair and Make-up: $250
Kadish Park Wedding

The bride’s dress cost $647 and the groom’s attire was $400. Photos by Christian Yah with Edward Fox Photography

Other Costs ($5,723):

  • Rentals: $2,273
  • Wedding Favors: $0 (gift from friend)
  • Pre-Wedding Gathering: $1,250 (100 guests; in lieu of rehearsal)
  • Lighting and Decor: $500
  • Sunday Brunch: $1,700 (La Merenda for 50 guests)

Honeymoon ($1,100 – Not Included in Total):

  • Honeymoon: $1,100 (cabin rental on Madeline Island)
Walking Milwaukee Wedding

Showing off Milwaukee to guests via a walking parade in between the ceremony and reception. Photos by Christian Yah with Edward Fox 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 Goal of a Great Party
We set out with a shared goal to have a great party. That helped us trim unnecessary expenses along the way, and stay focused on spending the money where it counted (i.e. open bar, no matter what.) Neither of us wanted to have a wedding party because, having been in weddings ourselves, we both felt it was a financial burden to place on friends and family and required more planning on our part.

Showcasing Milwaukee
Most of our family and friends came from out of state and out of the country (the bride is from Canada), so we wanted to highlight Milwaukee – the city we love – at its best, knowing for some this would be their only visit ever. The Kadish Park Amphitheater and RedLine were both ideal choices for that.

We also organized a walking parade along the riverwalk between ceremony and reception that let everyone unwind, chat, and see the city.

The Dress
With the background of Milwaukee, we crafted a casual, summery and unique feeling for the whole thing. I (the bride) found my dress less than a month after we got engaged, when my mom took me out to “just look” on a whim. It’s actually a bridesmaid dress and I knew as soon as I saw it it was perfect. I wanted something that wasn’t too fancy, wasn’t expensive and that I could actually wear again.

Color and Decor
Once we had a venue – and I had a dress I couldn’t tell Mike about! – the color scheme and ideas for decoration came easily. I love antiques and decided it would be cool to have a different antique vase on each table. My family and I found blue, white and coral/pink vases all over the place.

The Flowers
Belle Fiori chose flowers that fit our budget and created the look I wanted – vases filled with flowers that could have just been cut from the garden. My stepmom, Mike’s mom and Mike’s aunt put the arrangements together.

The Lighting and Decor
The lighting was a bit of a complex undertaking, but Mike worked hard on it and RedLine was incredibly accommodating. Other decorations were just from around our house or contributed by friends who had leftovers from their wedding. RedLine is a gallery, so we also had artwork on the walls in the reception space, contributing to a great vibe.

I probably drove both our moms insane with my disdain for almost every traditional wedding thing (no white dress, no bridesmaids, no cake cutting, etc. etc.) the whole way along, but everyone was pleased with the overall event – especially us.

Choosing Vendors
We found many of our vendors on MIM! The choice of where to hold the wedding was the hardest of them all and we spent a long time looking, visiting places, and thinking about our goals for the event. We simplified many of our vendor choices by looking only at options that were budget-friendly, and ended up picking things that “felt” right.

Every vendor was easy to work with; in particular Ono Kine Grindz’s staff were all lovely, and the guests raved about the food. We signed the paperwork to use Kadish Park Amphitheater the day of the 2016 Riverwest 24, which we rode in, and it was so fun to ride past it again and again in 2017 and think of what we’d be there for in less than a year!

The motive was fun without breaking the bank – and we achieved it!

– The Bride and Groom

A BIG thanks to the bride and groom for sharing their beautiful Kadish Park / RedLine Milwaukee wedding and to Edward Fox Photography 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.

Booth Street Steps Wedding Photo

The happy couple on the Booth Street Steps. Photos by Christian Yah with Edward Fox Photography