We are always excited to see couples showcasing #MKELove at their weddings. Browse though some of the Milwaukee wedding ideas below to see how you can incorporate your love of Milwaukee into your wedding. We have one request – send us photos after you do it!!
1. Send Milwaukee Themed Wedding Invitations
The first thing your guests will see is your save-the-dates and wedding invitations. Why not start out with some Milwaukee themed invites?!? We love these showing the city’s skyline by Bay View Printing.
2. Milwaukee Beer Growlers as Centerpieces
3. Take Photos by the “From Milwaukee” Mural
If you haven’t see the “From Milwaukee” mural in the Deer District then you have to check it out! It’s a great spot for wedding photos and the beer garden there is pretty cool too. Photo by Happy Gnome Photography.
4. A Milwaukee Skyline Wedding Cake
5. Get a Brewers Cake Topper
This is a custom Brewers cake topper that was commissioned from a seller on Etsy and we think it’s pretty cool! Photo by Emerald Tide Photography.
6. Pabst Everything!
Pabst is such a big part of Milwaukee’s history, which is why anything Pabst can work great for your wedding. Taking a photo by the Pabst Sign, getting cool Pabst gifts and even having your wedding at the amazing Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery are all ways to incorporate the iconic brand into your big day. Photo by kbattle Photography.
7. Show Your Alma Mater Some Love
Did you go to UWM, Marquette or any other Milwaukee-area college?? Then show it some love – we’ve seen tons of photos like this one, but another great idea is to have wedding and/or engagement photos taken on campus. Photo by Twin Lens.
8. Have Your Ceremony (or wedding) Overlooking Downtown
This couple had their ceremony at Vista – a hot new spot with amazing views! Your guests will really be impressed watching you tie the knot with our beautiful city in the background! Photo by Emerald Tide Photography.
9. Serve Milwaukee Themed Foods
This is a fun one and most Milwaukee caterers can help you out with this. Choose your favorite Milwaukee foods and serve them to your guests. Think brats, cheese curds and one of our favorite things – Saz’s Sour Cream and Chive Fries! Much like the photos above, we suggest you let your guests know the food is local on your menus. Photos by Happy Gnome Photography.
10. Get a Local Milwaukee Food Truck
We all love Milwaukee’s food trucks and your guests will love them too! Ask your favorite food truck if they do weddings – many will come in for a late night snack, which we LOVE!! Photo by Brian Slawson Photography.
11. Take Photos at Your First Date Spot
Photos at the spot of your first date or even your favorite spot to hang out as a couple is great idea. Maybe even stop in and have a drink or two! Photo by Roost Photography.
12. Show #MKELove with Milwaukeehome
We’ve been fans of Milwaukeehome for years and love how they rep the city. We’ve even used them in a couple of photo shoots. Top photo by Jennifer Brindley; Bottom right photo: Little Giant Photography.
13. Take Your Guests on a Tour of Milwaukee
We have some awesome tour companies in Milwaukee that will take great care of you and guests. Check out the tours from Milwaukee Food & City Tours and City Tours MKE for some amazingly fun tours your guests will love.
14. Give Your Guests MKE Gift Boxes
15. Bring Some 414 to Your Wedding
Showing 414 love is showing #MKELove and 414 Milwaukee can definitely help you do that! They carry everything from 414 koozies to shirts to flags – they even have 414 beer!
16. Do Your Rehearsal at a Hot Milwaukee Restaurant
Milwaukee’s got a lot of awesome things going for it and our food scene is one them. Why not take your guests out to experience it for themselves at one of Milwaukee’s best rehearsal dinner restaurants?!? Above photos of the amazing Chef’s Table.
17. Room Blocks at Cool Milwaukee Hotels
What Milwaukee hotels show that #MKELove? We think beer, Harleys and history are a good place to start! Check out Brew House Inn and Suites (for beer), Iron Horse Hotel (for Harleys) and the amazing new Dubbel Dutch Hotel (for history). In fact, the Dubbel Dutch has some amazing options to rent half of all of the hotel for your wedding guests!
18. Use Milwaukee Photos as Your Table Numbers
This is such a cool idea!! These historic Milwaukee photos are from the Historical Society, but you could use any photos you have or find online. Maybe photos of all of your favorite MKE spots?? Photo by Woodnote Photography.
19. Toast Your New Life with Some Milwaukee Beers
Milwaukee has some AMAZING local breweries and if you’re like us you’d love some locally-brewed brews at your wedding. We think your guests would love it too. Make sure to let them know the breweries on your menus and bar signs. Photo of Good City beer by McNiel Photography.
20. Serve Milwaukee Themed Craft Cocktails
Add in some local spirits and have your bartenders make up some delicious Milwaukee themed craft cocktails. We recommend our friends at Central Standard Craft Distillery (p.s. they have a pretty awesome new wedding venue too!) Cocktails by Over the Moon Bartending / Photos by Happy Gnome Photography.
21. Have the Brewers Racing Sausages at Your Reception
22. Get Some MKE Love Signs
We love these marquee letters and you get them to say whatever you want – #MKELove, MKE Love, Love MKE – the options are endless! These letters are at the Milwaukee Historical Society, but you can find others on our wedding rentals page. Photo by Amarie Photography.
23. Cheese Please!
Yes, you could take some Cheesehead wedding photos, but why not just get married where they make the Cheeseheads?!? That’s right – The Factory on Barclay is an amazing venue tucked behind the walls of the Original Cheesehead Factory. Photo by Cream City Weddings.
24. Get an Awesome Milwaukee Ice Sculpture
This ice sculpture was done for us by Art Below Zero and we loved it!! They can do some seriously awesome things with ice – we are thinking an #MKELove hashtag would be pretty badass. Photo by Front Room Photography.
25. Take Guests on a Milwaukee Bike Ride
We love this idea! These photos are from Alderman Nik Kovac’s wedding where Nik and his wife Grace took guests on a bike ride though the city. Have guests bring their own bike or check with Bublr Bikes for rentals. Photos by Howard Leu Photography.
26. Have a Very Milwaukee Bachelorette/Bachelor Party
Show your crew how badass our city really is! For your Milwaukee bachelorette party hit up all the local bars/clubs, restaurants, tours and experiences.