Anytime we see a wedding at The Astor Hotel it brings back great memories. Way before we started Married In Milwaukee we got married at The Astor Hotel and had a blast!
It looks like this couple had a great time too. We love how they blended their familys’ traditions to come up with a wedding that was just right for them. For just over $29,000, they did a great job and had a ton of fun. Read on for all the details of their Astor Hotel wedding.
Quick Facts – Astor Hotel Wedding:
- Guests: 180
- Ceremony: St. Patrick’s Parish
- Reception: The Astor Hotel
- Total Costs: $ 29,151
Wedding Essentials ($5,595):
- Invitations/Stationery: $747
- Cake/Desserts: $0 (family member)
- Photographer: $2,400
- Videographer: $1,110
- Flowers: $1,338 (included: bridal bouquet, 6 bridesmaid bouquets, 4 corsages, 11 boutonnieres, flower petals for flower girls, seeded eucalyptus at centerpieces, 14 arrangements on pews, several small arrangements)
Reception and Ceremony Costs ($15,382):
- Ceremony: $630
- Church Music: $500
- Reception: $0 (no rental fee with food/beverage minimum)
- Food and Drinks: $11.869 (includes: appetizers, plated dinner, late night snack, and drinks)
- DJ/Uplighting: $1,260
- Mariachi Band: $500 (for cocktail hour)
- Photo Booth: $623
Attire, Jewelry and Beauty ($4,920):
- Bride’s Dress: $1,940 (includes alterations)
- Bride’s Shoes: $156
- Bride’s Jewelry: $189
- Groom’s Attire: $500
- Hair/Makeup: $135
- Rings: $2,000
Other Costs ($3,254):
- Wedding Favors: $149
- Wedding Party Gifts: $500
- Hotel Suite: $0 (complementary from The Astor Hotel)
- Rehearsal Dinner: $700
- Decor: $1,086
- Transportation: $650
- Miscellaneous: $169
Honeymoon ($8,000 – Not Included in Total):
- Honeymoon: $8,000 (trip to Switzerland and Greece)
A Note From The Couple
We asked the couple to tell us about their planning and budgeting process, and this is what they had to say:
Like many couples, the main goal for our wedding was to celebrate our love with family and friends by having the most fun party we could imagine with all of them by our side. We also wanted to blend the best pieces from both of our families’ wedding traditions, tying in many of Brayan’s with an amazing bilingual church service, an exciting DJ who played a mix of hits throughout the decades and Hispanic songs, and our mariachi band who started the party during cocktail hour.
The Church Service
Because the church service was so important to us, we spent more money here than we needed to. We had two different musical groups play different pieces of the ceremony, added floral arrangements for the pews, printed cute programs of the service, and ordered personalized baskets for the flower girls and a box for the ring bearer. Sara also wore a different, more conservative wedding dress for the ceremony – although this cost was significantly less since the bridal salon she shopped at was closing and had great deals!
The other area we wanted to spend more money on was the fun parts of the reception – we bought glow necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more for a glow bar during the dancing and brought out props for certain songs to keep the party going! We also wanted to have a photo booth and an area nearby for guests to fill out advice cards and date night ideas so there were some small things to do during breaks from dancing! Although each item was relatively inexpensive, the cost of adding all of these small pieces added up!
A Winter Wedding
We saved money by having our wedding in November! Since this is off-season for weddings, we were able to get a better deal for the things we wanted at The Astor for the reception as well as a discount on the photo booth. It also made for great winter photos without being quite as cold as it is later in the season!
Overall, we tried to save money where we could, but focused on putting together a fun and memorable day where all of the people who are important to us could come and celebrate! We think our wedding day was perfect for us!
– The Bride and Groom
A BIG thanks to the couple for sharing their awesome wedding at The Astor Hotel and to Photo & Film by SarahElizabeth 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.