This couple toured multiple venues looking for a downtown location with a rustic feel, open floor plan and an amazing staff. They finally found the perfect space – The The Historic Pritzlaff Building.
Read on to see what this couple did for $40K and make sure to read their “Note from the Couple” below for more insight into their awesome Pritzlaff wedding and advice for couples in their planning stages.
Married In Milwaukee Family Used
This couple used a ton of MIM Family which we always love to see!! Here’s the MIM Family Members involved in this Pritzlaff wedding:
- Venue: The Historic Pritzlaff Building
- Flowers: Milwaukee Flower Co.
- Catering: Saz’s Catering
- Bride’s Dress: Miss Ruby
Wedding Quick Facts – Pritzlaff Building Wedding:
- Guests: 163
- Ceremony: St. Anthony’s Parish
- Reception: The Historic Pritzlaff Building
- Total Costs: $40,176
Wedding Essentials ($7,236):
- Invitations: $275
- Desserts: $386 (mini cupcakes)
- Photographer: $4,426
- Flowers: $2,149 (included: bride’s bouquet, 5 bridesmaids bouquets, 8 boutonnieres, 1 flower girl bouquet, 19 table arrangements, 1 large gift table arrangement, 1 floral garland for head table)
Reception and Ceremony Costs ($22,565):
- Ceremony: $150
- Reception: $5,859 (includes table/chair rental, extra decor and tax)
- Food: $8,228 (included all table linens)
- Drinks: $5,834 (6 hours open bar with beer, wine and soda)
- Officiant: $0 (family member)
- DJ: $1,799 (included DJ and uplighting)
- Transportation: $695
Attire, Jewelry and Beauty ($8,286):
- Bride’s Dress: $1,822
- Groom’s Attire: $260
- Brides’ Shoes: $44
- Rings: $5,900
- Hair and Make-up: $260
Other Costs ($2,089):
- Wedding Party Gifts: $975
- Hotel Suite: $190 (InterContinental Milwaukee)
- Rehearsal Dinner: $500 (catered at couples’ home)
- Other Costs: $424 (includes: church programs, save the dates, bathroom baskets, frames/pictures for décor/gift table, table place cards, flower girl jewelry, custom wedding dress hanger, hand made table numbers, votive candles)
Honeymoon (Not Included in Total – $7,270):
- Honeymoon: $7,270 (Greece/Ireland trip)
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:
Milwaukee is filled with so many great venues; it was hard to decide which to choose! We had previously toured many other venues before ultimately choosing The Historic Pritzlaff.
This venue had exactly what we were looking for- a rustic feel, a great downtown location, an open floor plan, organized staff, and it fell within our budget. The staff took our budget into consideration and helped to decide where to spend our money and where to cut corners (without giving up the things we truly wanted). We could not have asked for a more beautiful venue for our wedding day.
The photos were extremely important to us, as these would be what we look back at to reminisce about our wedding day. Through countless web searches and interviews with local photographers, I finally met Nikki Winter Photography.
It was important that we felt comfortable with our photographers as well as be provided with a photo package in which we would have the rights to all our photos. The whole experience was wonderful! Nikki and Bobby worked so well with our group and kept the mood light and fun! They made us feel so comfortable during our engagement and wedding day photos. The day was absolutely amazing and I am glad to have chosen Nikki Winter Photography to capture it all.
Initially, we chose food from their wedding menu and I felt as though we were going to end up with the typical “wedding food;” this was the last thing we wanted. After consulting with the staff at Saz’s Catering, we were informed that our menu could consist of anything they provide on ANY of their menus!
The options with Saz’s Catering were endless! We completely changed our menu and ended up with choices that were delicious! The staff was friendly, extremely helpful and professional. We loved everything about Saz’s – our family and friends are still raving about the great cuisine!
Advice for Brides to Be:
Research and use your resources to stay in your budget! We had a longer engagement, which meant we had plenty of time to look for venues and book with places and people we truly loved. One thing we did take into consideration was the time of the year- if you are planning a summer wedding, be aware of the festivals happening around Milwaukee- hotels will have minimums and be pricy.
Use websites that offer coupons and discounts, for example Shutterfly for paper products. If you choose an invitation or save the date template from a site such as Etsy- confirm with the place you are printing at to make sure it contains the right features and is sent to you in the right type of format. I learned early on that it was easiest to create/make a lot of items, including my place cards- this was a lot cheaper than having them professionally printed.
Research rental items versus outright purchasing items (buying candles/votives was cheaper than renting). Ask yourself if wedding favors are necessary- guests tend to leave these behind. Lastly, pre-plan! We made arrangements with friends and family to assist with set up and take down of our venue space. This saved a huge amount of money and eliminated the need to pay for a day of wedding planner.
It was important to us to have a budget in mind from the very start- unfortunately, we didn’t take into account the little things, and those items tend to add up fast. Try to leave yourself a little wiggle room for the unexpected expenses!
– The Bride and Groom
A BIG thanks to the couple for sharing their awesome Pritzlaff Building wedding and to Nikki Winter 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.