Cuvée in Milwaukee’s Third Ward is one of this couples’ favorite spots, so it was a no-brainer to have their wedding there. For just over $34,000 they satisfied their main priorities of venue, food and photography, and ended up with an awesome wedding at Cuvée.
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Quick Facts – Cuvée Milwaukee Wedding:
- Number of Guests: 125
- Ceremony/Reception: Cuvée
- Total Costs: $34,535
Wedding Essentials ($6,920):
- Invitations/Stationery: $720
- Cake: $750
- Photographer: $3,200
- Flowers: $2,250 (included: Bridal bouquet, 8 bridesmaids flowers, 14 boutonnieres, mothers’ flowers, 15 centerpieces, 2 ceremony pieces, cake flowers)
Reception and Ceremony Costs ($20,415):
- Ceremony/Venue Fee: $9,750 (includes ceremony fee, 7 hour rental, beer and wine)
- Drinks: $0 (included in ceremony/venue fee)
- Food: $8,250
- DJ: $2,000
- Guitarist: $300
- Rentals: $115 (buffet table, 2 cabinets, 1 suitcase)
- Officiant: $0 (friend of the bride and groom)
Attire, Jewelry and Beauty ($4,170):
- Dress: $2,550
- Bride’s Shoes/Accessories: $200
- Groom’s Attire: $140
- Rings: $1,100
- Hair and Make-up: $180
Other Costs ($3,030):
- Rehearsal Dinner: $0 (event fee won at Weddings in the Ward)
- Rehearsal Dinner Drinks: $1,300 (paid for by family)
- Wedding Party Gifts: $750 (Kenneth Cole Watches/J Crew Jewelry)
- Hotel Suite $180
- Transportation: $800 (5 hour daytime bus rental)
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:
Before Chris and I even got engaged, we had always agreed on three things when it came to our wedding day: venue, food and photography!
We are originally from Michigan and although having lived in Milwaukee for 4 years now, we never can get enough of the cream city brick located all over the city. Shortly after getting engaged, we knew that a venue with cream city brick was non-negotiable and cuvee happened to be one of our favorite intimate spots in the third ward prior to planning the wedding. This was a no brainer and hence, an area where we decided to invest more of our budget.
With regards to the food, Chef Jack’s was the first caterer we met with and what an experience it was. They were the only caterer that actually set up the tasting to mimic exactly what our guests would have at the wedding. Other caterers either brought out too much or too little and left us wondering if our guests would feel too stuffed to dance or be satisfied with their meals. While Chef Jack’s may be considered more on the pricier side, we are 3 months past the wedding and STILL have guests texting or calling us every so often wishing they could just have one more bite of their amazing meal at the wedding. Budget friendly or not, this means a lot to us coming from our friends and family.
Lastly, who wouldn’t want to spend a little more for quality pictures? Or for a photographer (or in our case) photographers who are fun, hip and make you feel at ease? When we initially did some research, we were blown away by the cost of photographers in Milwaukee-but there’s SO many great photographers in this city, we didn’t know where to begin! Luckily, Chris had a friend who was getting married and recommended TJ and Shannon Uttke to us. Their pictures are artistic, romantic and timeless! All the qualities we wanted in our engagement and wedding pictures. Honestly, once you meet this vivacious duo, you’ll be reeled in just like we were!
It was very important to us to leave a long lasting impression with our guests, especially after having put in all that time and effort planning our wedding. The things that we continue to get complimented on the most are the things we made sure to invest more of our money in; the venue, food and photography.
Sure, there are other aspects of a wedding that are important, but for the most part-many of these things are easily forgotten. This isn’t to say that our wedding would’ve been the same with other vendors, because it wouldn’t have been. We hired who we did because their ideas of what makes a quality wedding coincided with what we wanted in a wedding. To save our budget, we cut out the things we felt were just simply not needed like a wedding planner, videography and favors.
It’s true what everyone says with regards to making a budget and sticking to it and yes there are sacrifices to be made, especially when you’re paying for the wedding on your own. But I think my best advice would be to sit down with your husband or wife-to-be and decide/agree on your top three things that are of most importance to you and budget around them.
– Ashley and Chris, The Bride and Groom
A BIG thanks to the bride and groom for sharing their awesome Cuvée wedding and to Uttke Photography & Design 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.