VintageBride08

WEDDING DATE:

Jun 08, 2008

VintageBride08
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The Pfister Hotel
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Our parents are really great, and for our wedding present they gave us the gift of a romantic weekend at the Pfister hotel. It was really, really nice, and really romantic. The front lobby is beautiful, and our room was the nicest room I had ever stayed in. The hotel staff adds extra little charms, like champagne and truffles, but its being on vacation in your own city that was the winning ticket. It was really generous of our parents, mainly because they had helped so much with the planning of the wedding. I checked with the front desk to find out how much a room is a night: over $250 a night! Nice, but even better as a gift!
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Riverwest Co-op Grocery & Cafe
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This is a lesson is going with what fits your wallet, while supporting your local co-op as much as you can. We ordered lots of stuff for the reception in bulk from the co-op, like blue chips and salsas, which was a great deal, too. Ordering from two places (here and Walmart) was easy, because everything we got from the co-op wasnt perishable so it was able to sit in the car for three weeks.
Services used: Unique Services

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Zilli Hospitality Group
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
There is a few places in the ODonnell park that can be rented for an outdoor ceremony, such as the North Garden Plaza and the South Garden Plaza. It cost a little under $600 to rent the South Plaza, but I think the price may have gone up since then. Both South and North Plazas are beautiful, and both need to be booked as soon as possible because they are popular. What makes the South Plaza a good place is that there are picnic tables available, and we were hoping for a nice day so that we could hold the ceremony and part of the reception outdoors. It was great because we could spend time with the people who came to the ceremony but who wouldnt be at the reception. Having a set-up like this makes it easier to invite colleagues, because you can offer them cake and a drink but then say that the reception is just for close family. I think people appreciate that. Friends and family were able to hand out by the tables where we put out small sandwiches and fruit plates while my husband and I walked around the park and posed for pictures. It was beautiful, and I think everyone liked being outside before the reception.
Services used: Catering

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Kellner Greenhouses
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Mike and I had just bought our first house, and we decided that it would be great to have as a wedding present flowers and other items needed for the garden. We made a list of plants and shrubs that we would like, and had it passed around to our guests. We made it clear that we didnt want presents, but that if someone really wanted to get us something, they could help us make our house nicer on the outside. For the reception, we also bought some beautiful flowers and decorated the room with them. Other guests also brought the perennials they had bought us, along with some birdfeeders. It was a really nice atmosphere! We were able to plant them afterwards, so it we got our monies worth with the flowers. I think Kellners is one of the nicest things about Milwaukee, its three big greenhouses that you can walk through and see flowers all year long. We went in March to find out what kind of flowers they would have in stock in June, and there was so many people in there enjoying the warmth and beautiful flowers.
Services used: Unique Services

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Men's Room Barbershop
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
For the wedding day, lots of attention is usually given to the bride. I was taken care of, but I want to draw attention to the salon that my husband went to on the eve of our wedding day. His sisters made him the present of a treat at the Mens Barber Shop, with a hair cut and hot towel wrap and a nose/ear hair trim! He said that it was really nice, and I think his skin was really soft on our wedding day!
Services used: Unique Services

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Dragonfly Vintage Goods
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This is one of the stores that I love in Milwaukee, it has lots of cute vintage things, some really strange things, too. I was looking around at the clothes, but them came across a stack of well-kept vintage wedding cards and valentine cards. These were Congratulations on your Wedding cards, but I loved the vintage image. Each card was about $3.00 each. I decided to buy a bunch, color photocopy them, and then make my own invitations out of them. We were expecting about 80 guests in total, most of them couples or families, which means that it wasnt that hard to make my own wedding cards. Brides need to remember that 200 guests doesnt necessarily mean 200 wedding cards! We got the extra lace and ribbon we would use from a Goodwill. Over two weekends, Mike and I did about 6 each a day, and we added glue and gold paint and ribbons to make them extra nice and added a touch of vintage. I think it was a great combination of recycling and creativity, and I know that each guest appreciated their original wedding invitation!
Services used: Unique Services

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Milwaukee Parks System South Shore Pavilion
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
There was a bit of a debate on having the reception at a park pavilion, mainly because people associate parks with graduation parties. I didnt really care what people thought, the price was right to me. I also wanted the reception to be about talking with my close family and friends rather than trying to impress them in a stuffy restaurant. Mike and I planned this carefully, getting our brothers and sisters involved so that they could take care of the setting up while we took our wedding pictures. There is a full kitchen in the pavilion along with tables and chairs, and it can accommodate 80 people comfortably, but the limit is 90 according to park rules. My number one suggestion would be to have everything packed carefully the night before.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Peter Sciortino's Bakery
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
When people ask you what they can do to help with the wedding, like close friends and cousins and aunts, you can always ask them to feel free to bring some bars or cookies to the ceremony. One of my close aunts took it upon herself to order a huge tray of Italian desserts from Sciortinos bakery and bring them to the ceremony. She let us know ahead of time, so that we would save some table space for the desserts. I think she easily spent $100 on the chocolate cannolis and pastacciotti, but her desserts easily got the most attention! Our guests loved them, and I was so touched by her thoughtfulness! The desserts are traditional Italian goods, homemade, and easily the best tasting treats in the city. When I think back to it, small desserts that people can pick up with napkins make so much more sense than getting plates and forks and knives out. Having your close friends help you with your wedding also makes sense, too.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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The Wargame Room
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I had never heard of this place before Mike told me he was going here for his bachelor party. This was Mikes friends idea, and not something that he would normally do or think of doing. They all went on a Saturday, some of them wore camo, and his friends that normally play this were really, really serious about the game! He said he had fun, and I know that all of them had a good time. I still think there can be an alternative to violence and strippers.
Services used: Unique Services