5 Ways to Show Milwaukee Hometown Pride at Your Wedding

Infuse your special day with some of the things that make our city so unique.

DOES YOUR HOMETOWN love run as deep as a brandy old fashioned-induced slumber? Add one or more of these native-vibing ideas at your nupital celebrations. 

1. Dial in some wildlife.

For receptions at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (schlitzaudubon.org), you can have a variety of birds of prey (owls, falcons, hawks, eagles) “mingle” with guests during cocktail hour and even join the wedding portraits.

2. Show your team spirit.

Line up the Bucks’ Bango, UW Athletics’ Bucky Badger or the Brewers’ Racing Sausages to liven up your reception. Queue the jock jams. These costumed crusaders of cheer have packed schedules – they are celebs, after all – so it’s based on availability. (nba.com/bucks/entertainment/bango; uwathletics.com; mlb.com/brewers/fans/mascots)

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3. Ride The Hop for your bachelor(ette) party.

Board Milwaukee’s streetcar at the Intermodal Station on West St. Paul Avenue and hit some bars along the route – The Wicked Hop and Café Benelux in the Third Ward, Elsa’s and Taylor’s near Cathedral Square, County Clare and The Knick in Yankee Hill. (The streetcar runs until close to midnight.) An Uber or taxi can pick guests up at the end of the night and take them home.

4. Customize your cake.

St. Francis-based The Cake Lady (cakeladydesigns.com) can Milwaukee-ize your dessert, with examples ranging from a tiered cake incorporating the Milwaukee skyline to one with a Cheesehead theme for the groom.

5.Fry up your rehearsal dinner.

Along with its Friday night fish fry (served 4-9 p.m.) featuring cod, walleye and smelt, Lakefront Brewery (lakefrontbrewery.com) offers live, accordion-driven polka music. You can’t get much more Milwaukee than that.


This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s January issue.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.