We love weddings at Anodyne Coffee, and this one didn’t disappoint! This couple used some great wedding vendors to make things come together and had an awesome ceremony at the Lake Park Summer Stage. For $24K and 140 guests, we’d say they did a pretty good job!
MIM Family Used
Great vendors make for a great wedding, so it’s no wonder this couples’ day was amazing. In addition to the photos by Shannon Wucherer Photography, we LOVE that they used several Married In Milwaukee Family Members for their wedding! Check them out:
- Flowers: Alfa Flower Shop
- Rentals: Relics Vintage Rentals
- Venue: Anodyne Coffee
- Cake/Desserts: Miss Molly’s Pastries
- Photo Booth: ShutterBooth
Quick Facts – Anodyne Coffee Wedding:
- Number of Guests: 140
- Ceremony: Lake Park Summer Stage
- Reception: Anodyne Coffee
- Total Costs: $24,152
Wedding Essentials ($5,088):
- Invitations/Stationery: $500 (invites, save the dates and stamps)
- Cake: $246 (3 layer naked cake)
- Desserts: $342 (macaroons, fruit tartlets, bourbon brownies)
- Photographer: $2,800
- Flowers: $1,200 (bouquets, boutineers and centerpieces)
Reception and Ceremony Costs ($11,586)
- Ceremony Fee: $550
- Venue Rental Fee: $2,100
- Drinks: $1,850 (open beer, wine, soda, coffee)
- Food: $3,750 (ribs, chicken primavera, baked tilapia, mini cheesecake, mini key lime torte)
- DJ: $1,200
- Rentals: $875 (chairs and other rentals)
- Officiant: $0 (family member)
- Photo Booth: $711
- Cello & Violin: $250
- Other Decor: $300 (gold vases, candles and holders, table numbers)
Attire, Jewelry and Beauty ($3,360):
- Dress: $1,910 (with alterations)
- Bride’s Shoes: $55
- Groom’s Attire: $240
- Rings: $1,030
- Hair and Make-up: $125
Other Costs ($4,118):
- Rehearsal Dinner: $800
- Wedding Party Gifts: $500
- Wedding Favors: $230 (Anodyne coffee bags)
- Hotel Suite $210
- Carriage: $300
- Trolley: $690
- Interpreter: $188
- Tips: $1,200
Honeymoon ($8,000 – Not included in total)
- Trip to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic: $8,000
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:
Our goal was finding a unique space that didn’t need decorations. Anodyne was exactly that! The cream city brick, wood columns and warm atmosphere set the perfect tone. Aside from burlap centerpieces and gold striped vases (homemade), the space was ideal on its own. This kept our decorating costs to a minimum. We ordered bulk flowers online but used a florist for our bouquets and boutonnieres. We know our creative limits!
Photographs are one of the few things that aren’t gone in one night. We stretched the budget on this, but it was worth it. I’m a big fan of candid shots, so two photographers was a must! Also, we opted for only digital files to print ourselves and save money. Shannon Wucherer Photography was top notch!
The difference in pricing of a top end caterer to a budget one is thousands. The range for DJ’s is hundreds. Spending a little extra and not worrying about the DJ ruining the night was well worth it (we’ve heard some horror stories). We relied on first hand referrals of the DJ (not just the company) and met in person. Bill from Rhythm in Motion kept the dance floor full, attention on us and had really good suggestions about the layout. We couldn’t have asked for more.
The Grooms Attire:
I look like a clown in a rental tux. The “one size fits all” doesn’t work for me. It was extra work to coordinate buying suits and mine wasn’t free, but the look was so much better. The groomsmen wore vests only keeping their cost under $200, and they took everything home.
We’re foodies! We wanted the food to be memorable, delicious, plated, yet affordable. With big name caterers charging $50 plus per plate, we started out discouraged. Matty’s Catering stepped up to the plate! The chicken primavera, baked tilapia and ribs (yes, ribs!) were a big hit and half the cost! Everyone also loved the dessert bar, made possible thanks to a budget friendly naked cake from Miss Molly’s Pastries. Skip the cake decorating and you can add macarons, fruit tarts, cheesecake, key lime tortes, cookies and bourbon brownies shipped in from Kentucky (a favorite from our Derby trip) all at well under a grand.
Everything worked out perfect – it really was the BEST. DAY. EVER.
– Amanda and Aaron, The Bride and Groom
A BIG thanks to the bride and groom for sharing their awesome Anodyne Coffee wedding and to Shannon Wucherer 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.