This couple met at Marquette, so they knew they wanted to have their wedding in Milwaukee, even though they now live in California. The Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront fit their needs perfectly!
Since they had travel costs during planning and for the wedding, they had to watch their budget and look for areas they could save money on. Read more about this in the “note from the couple” below.
We think they did a great job for $21K – plus they had open bar! And we love that they used MIM Family Member Cream City Weddings for their photography, videography and photo booth!
Wedding Quick Facts:
- Guests: 130
- Ceremony: Church of the Gesu
- Reception: Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront
- Total Costs: $21,576
Wedding Essentials ($4,529):
- Invitations: $121
- Cake: $125
- Photographer: $1,618
- Videographer: $1,667
- Flowers: $998 (included: bridal bouquet, 5 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 junior bridesmaid bouquet, 2 flower girl bouquets, 2 mom corsages, 2 grandmother corsages, 1 groom boutonniere, 5 groomsmen boutonnieres, 2 father boutonnieres, 2 grandfather boutonnieres, 1 stepfather boutonniere, half dozen white roses for flowers for Mary, yellow rose petals for reception tables)
Reception and Ceremony Costs ($12,932):
- Reception: $10,243 (includes: rental, food, drinks)
- Officiant: $100 (flew in priest from California)
- DJ: $1,100 (gift to couple)
- Photo Booth: $809
- Transportation: $680 (gift to couple)
Attire, Jewelry and Beauty ($2,440):
- Bride’s Dress: $935
- Groom’s Attire: $0 (free with groomsmen rentals)
- Brides’ Shoes: $35
- Rings: $1,350
- Hair and Make-up: $120
Other Costs ($1,675):
- Wedding Party Gifts: $435
- Favors: $200 (canvas picture bags – gifted to couple)
- Hotel Suite: $0 (included with venue rental)
- Rehearsal Dinner: $900
- Other Costs: $140 (centerpieces)
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:
Marquette Grads Come Home:
Since we met at Marquette, we knew that we wanted to get married back at Marquette even though we now live in California. We knew that we would need to budget and find vendors that were all inclusive in order to have our dream wedding. We looked for a vendor that did not charge us for renting a room or other items. Rather we chose a vendor that had a food and beverage minimum, since we would need to feed our guests anyway.
When we visited the Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront, we knew that would be the place. It was all inclusive and provided an events coordinator to ensure that everything went right. The Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront was also very accommodating for us when scheduling tastings and other planning meetings, since we were coming in from California. Other things that were must haves included an open bar, Gesu Church, and cheese curds as a late night snack among other things.
Ways They Saved Money:
We decided on areas we could save money since we had the added expense of flights back and forth both for the wedding along with the trips made to plan the wedding.
Rather than flower centerpieces we went with stuffed animals that represent the book that was written when Nate proposed. We also chose Sam’s Club for the cake, since it was more affordable and cake was not one of our top priorities.
We would rather have our guests dancing into the night while having fun. We wanted other things for guests to do as well, so we decided on a photo booth to give guests something to take home to remind them of the night along with corn hole games out on the patio.
– The Bride and Groom
A BIG thanks to the couple for sharing their awesome Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront wedding and to Cream City Weddings 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.