This couple planned an awesome wedding for the fall of 2020, but like many others COVID got in the way. But that didn’t stop them from having TWO amazing weddings – one at the Iron Horse Hotel and this awesome brunch wedding at The Atrium in Shorewood!
This Cost Breakdown showcases their second wedding at The Atrium. Check out their first wedding Cost Breakdown at the Iron Horse Hotel here. Note that the weddings may have some overlapping expenses (i.e. attire).
For just over $23k, we think this couple had an awesome Sunday brunch wedding at The Atrium in Shorewood. Read on to see which vendors they used and their cost, and don’t miss the “Note from the Couple” at the bottom of the article!
Married In Milwaukee Family Used (both weddings):
We were super excited to see this couple used multiple MIM Family Vendors for both of their weddings! Below are the vendors that helped with their wedding at The Atrium and/or their Iron Horse Hotel wedding:
- Venue: The Atrium
- Photos: Roost Photography
- Stationery: Bay View Printing Co.
- Catering: All Occasions Catering
- DJ: Sound by Design
- Transportation: Milwaukee Food Tours
Quick Facts – The Atrium Wedding:
- Guests: 85
- Ceremony/Reception: The Atrium in Shorewood
- Total Costs: $23,270
Wedding Essentials ($4,340):
- Photographer: $2,500
- Wedding Planner: $450
- Desserts: $550 (Cranky Al’s Doughnuts)
- Stationery: $120
- Flowers: $720 (included: bud vases, bridal bouquet, and large champagne wall piece. The bridesmaids used faux flowers for the bouquets)
Reception and Ceremony Costs ($15,000):
- Reception: $4,000
- Food: $7,000
- Drinks: $3,000
- DJ: $1,000
Attire, Jewelry and Beauty ($3,850):
- Bride’s Dress: $1,500
- Bride’s Shoes: $50
- Groom’s Attire: $500
- Hair and Makeup: $300
- Rings: $1,500 (wedding band)
Other Costs ($80):
- Transportation: $80 (Milwaukee Food Tours)
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:
The Brunch Theme:
Our first date was for brunch at Wolf Peach in Milwaukee. When we got engaged and started looking at venues, Cost Breakdowns, and the price of rentals for Fridays and Saturdays we both had a bit of sticker shock. We ended up opting for a non traditional, “Sunday Brunch” wedding to save a bit of money, while still sticking with something that felt genuine and important to us.
The modern industrial feel of the Atrium, plus the AMAZING roof top garden were what immediately drew us to the Atrium. The venue provided such a gorgeous backdrop and we really wanted a space that could be used for both a ceremony and reception since we were having a Sunday wedding, so a church ceremony was most likely out of the question.
Another key in finding a venue was a space that would allow our dogs to be onsite for some of the day-they are key to our relationship so it was important to have them be a part of the day!
We LOVE brunch (clearly!) so it was important to us to be able to find a caterer that was able to provide a menu that was going to blow away our guests. Safe to say, we found them! All Occasions Catering was amazing to work with, and they were fantastic at bringing our vision to life.
When I originally reached out, I had given them a whole list of ideas that I was hoping to have at the wedding (chicken and waffle bites, French toast shooters, a pancake bar, etc) and they delivered on every single one while staying relatively less expensive than other caterers that we had reached out too. This was money well spent-we are still getting compliments to this day on our food.
We also had Cranky Al’s because brunch wouldn’t be complete without a towering array of Milwaukee’s best donuts, would it?!
Things They Skipped:
Since we had technically had our wedding the year before, there were things that we felt weren’t as important to us this round.
We skipped favors and opted to have to-go bags available for anyone who wanted to take home a donut or two at the end of the day. We also opted to not have another ceremony, therefore saving a little on extra expenses such as room flip fee, decoration rentals, and finding an officiant. Just like the wedding in 2020 we saved money by adding a lot of DIY decor and personalization that would ultimately add up if we had purchased it elsewhere.
We were also able to reuse a lot of things from 2020, including the dress, suits, decorations, and the guest book!
– The Happy Couple
A BIG thanks to the couple for sharing the Cost Breakdown of their awesome Sunday brunch wedding at The Atrium in Shorewood and to Roost Photography for the amazing photos!
Make sure to check out their first wedding Cost Breakdown at the Iron Horse Hotel.
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.