What a great wedding at The Atrium with tons of amazing vendors! This couple started their planning by picking their most important vendor categories so they’d know where the majority of the budget was going. They did a great job and we love that they used several Married In Milwaukee Family Members!
For $70k we think they had an awesome wedding at The Atrium! Read on to learn more about this beautiful wedding, but first check out the video from Mina George Films (shots of The Atrium start at 5:11):
Married In Milwaukee Family Used:
We were excited to see that this couple used several Married In Milwaukee Family Members!! Here are the MIM Family Members involved in this Atrium wedding:
- Venue: The Atrium
- Planner: Events to a T
- Dress: Miss Ruby
- Cake: The Cake Lady
- DJ: Sound By Design
- Invites/Stationery: Paperwhites
- Transportation: Sound By Design
Quick Facts – Atrium Wedding:
Wedding Essentials ($15, 950):
- Invitations/Stationery: $2,500
- Cake: $350 (incudes cake and groom’s cake)
- Wedding Planner: $2,000
- Photographer: $5,250
- Videographer: $3,200
- Flowers: $2,650 (included: bride’s bouquet, 8 bridesmaid bouquets, 9 boutonnieres, flower crown, 2 corsages, aisle floral, 17 tables of floral, cake flowers)
Reception and Ceremony Costs ($23,350):
- Ceremony: $1,000
- Reception: $5,300
- Food: $8,500
- Drinks: $5,300 (open bar with beer/wine all night)
- DJ: $1,500
- Lighting: $750 (pillar lighting and floor monogram)
- Pipe and Drape: $1,000
Attire, Jewelry and Beauty ($13,670):
- Bride’s Dress: $1,800
- Dress Alterations: $500
- Bride’s Shoes: $220
- Groom’s Attire: $920
- Hair and Makeup: $830 (included: hair, makeup, spray tan and nails)
- Rings: $9,400
Other Costs ($15,025):
- Rehearsal Dinner: $3,800
- Party Bus: $1,100
- Limo: $200
- Wedding Favors: $0 (cookies made by bride’s father)
- Wedding Party Gifts: $1,575
- Linens: $400
- AirBnBs: $4,500 (bridesmaids & groomsmen stayed at 2
local AirBnbs for the weekend)
- Hotel Suite: $1,100 (2 nights)
- Live Painter: $1,000
- Morning After Brunch: $750
- Other Costs: $600 (table numbers, card box, welcome bags)
Honeymoon ($6,000 – Not Included in Total):
- Honeymoon in Hawaii: $6,000
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:
Before jumping into the deep waters of wedding planning, we each sat down and wrote a list of our top five vendors that matter the most to us. Once we came up with a collective list of five of our most important vendors to find, we knew this is where the bulk of our money would be spent.
The most important vendor for us was our photographer. We knew this day would fly by quickly but that the memories captured throughout the day would last forever through photos.
We didn’t have to think twice about who we wanted as our photographer because a mutual friend of ours has an incredible photography business that has taken off like a wildfire and we knew we had to have her on our team! Ali and I (the bride) have known each other since middle school, and it was perfect having someone we are so comfortable around and love dearly capturing all the special moments of our wedding day.
Another vendor we knew we were going to spend more on was our venue. It was important for us to have a space that would hold a large crowd, have the aesthetics to fit our vision, was in a good location, and had staff that would treat us and our guests well.
The Atrium was the absolute perfect fit for us, and we loved working with their staff. They were extremely accommodating, the space is stunning (especially the garden rooftop!), and they have so many connections with wedding vendors in the area which made it such a breeze for our entire vendor team!
The Wedding Planner:
One expense that some may say is not necessary when wedding planning is having a wedding planner. In our case, it was the best money we ever spent. We planned most of our wedding during the pandemic and from out of state. Emily, from Events to a T, took care of so many small details that we would have otherwise overlooked.
Because of her, we spent the weeks leading up to the wedding relaxing, enjoying our time with friends and family, and soaking in our last days as fiancés. We are forever grateful for her attention to detail, her willingness to always go the extra mile, and for helping us pull off the wedding of our dreams.
We truly loved working with our entire vendor team and were blessed to have a team that was so positive, hard-working, and amazing at what they do! The Cake Lady, Cece, helped pull off a surprise groom’s cake that looked like a Yeti cooler filled with Spotted Cow beer.
The Live Painter:
Nicole from Fine Arts by Nicole was amazing entertainment at our cocktail hour as she did a live painting for us on the rooftop.
Cover it with Class came to the rescue last minute (less than a month before the wedding) to add in pillar draping and did a fantastic job.
The Invites and Stationery:
Paperwhites not only created amazing wedding invitations and stationery, but they also created a custom welcome banner that was a focal point of the reception entrance.
– The Bride and Groom
A BIG thanks to the couple for sharing the Cost Breakdown of their awesome wedding at The Atrium and to Ali Lockery Photography for the amazing photos!
If you’re currently working on your wedding budget, make sure to read through our previous Cost Breakdown articles featuring real Milwaukee wedding cost breakdowns.