This couple was looking for a venue that fit both of their different styles… something featuring rustic, outdoors elements, yet was in the action of downtown Milwaukee.
They also wanted a space with enough room for a ceremony and reception in the same location. The Pritzlaff building turned out to be the perfect choice – and they did it for just under $30,000!
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As always, we were excited to hear they used some Married In Milwaukee Family Members, including:
Quick Facts – Pritzlaff Building Wedding:
- Number of Guests: 162
- Ceremony/Reception: Prtizalff Building
- Total Costs: $29,600
Wedding Essentials ($3,850):
- Invitations/Stationery: $350
- Cupcakes: $350
- Photographer: $2,000
- Flowers: $1,150 (included: bride’s bouquet, 7 bridesmaids bouquets, 11 boutonnieres, 4 corsages, 18 centerpieces )
Reception and Ceremony Costs ($19,725):
- Ceremony/Reception: $5,700 (included some rentals)
- Food: $8,260 (buffet, passed hors d’oeuvres, late night slider bar – yum!)
- Drinks: $4,550 (all night beer, wine & soda)
- DJ: $790
- Photo Booth: $425
- Officiant: $0 (a friend)
Attire, Jewelry and Beauty ($2,385):
- Dress/Veil: $1,000
- Bride’s Shoes: $60
- Groom’s Attire: $0 (free with groomsmen rentals)
- Rings: $1,200 (wedding band)
- Hair and Make-up: $125
Other Costs ($3,640):
- Rehearsal Dinner: $1,200 (Saz’s in Tosa)
- Wedding Party Gifts: $900 (girls: robes/jewelry; guys: jeans)
- Hotel Suite $235
- Transportation: $405
- Decor: $900
Honeymoon ($1,500 – Not Included in Total):
- San Antonio Trip: $1,500
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:
When it came to planning our wedding, the three main things that were most important to us were the venue, food & beverages and the photography.
My husband and I are a great example of the saying “opposites attract” and we really wanted to find a venue that would allow us to mesh our two different styles together. I love the fast paced city life where as my husband would prefer to be taking it easy out farther out in the country.
The Pritzlaff turned out to be the perfect choice for us with its downtown location and more industrial, laid back vibe. We also wanted a venue that would be large enough to have both our ceremony and reception all in the same place since we had a Friday evening wedding and used a family member as our officiant.
The Food and Beverages:
Coming from an Italian family, I firmly believe in never letting your guests go hungry. This is why we opted for a buffet dinner where our guests could eat to their hearts content. This left us with enough room in the budget to offer various passed hors d’oeuvers during the cocktail hour as well as a late night snack slider bar. We also really wanted to be able to offer beer, wine and soda to our guests throughout the entire night.
Photography was also very important to us since these photos will be the best way for us to remember our day long into the future. After doing a bunch of of research on vendors in the area, we found our photographer, Andrea Ryerson (a Married in Milwaukee vendor) who fit our photography style perfectly and also didn’t break the bank!
Due to our larger venue, food and bar bills, we found ways to save on costs in other areas like printing our own invitations and doing a lot of the décor on our own. This actually ended up being some of the most memorable and fun parts of the wedding planning process since we got a lot of help from our friends and family.
– Isabelle and TJ, The Bride and Groom
A BIG thanks to the bride and groom for sharing their awesome Pritzlaff Building wedding and to Andrea Ryerson 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.