Milwaukee Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Bay View Printing Co.

Anshley Town and Danielle Gagliano help you create one-of-a-kind invites at this local printing company.


No two invitations printed at this 105-year-old Bay View print shop are alike, and couples get a say in what that design looks like. Armed with art degrees from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ashley Town bought the company and its antique printing presses eight years ago when the owner retired. Danielle Gagliano, who met Town when they were both professors at MIAD, joined the team in 2017 and became a co-owner in 2018.

“I learned everything I know about printing in our shop,” Town says. But sitting down with engaged couples is even more fun for her than tinkering with technology. “They’re going through a huge life milestone, and we get to be a part of that.”

Bay View Printing Co. handles invitations, save-the-dates and RSVP cards, and the wedding package could also include coasters or maps. “Some couples have no idea [what they want], and we talk for an hour” about the vibe they’re after, while some arrive with clear concepts. Hand illustrations of venues are a common inclusion on invitations, and all fonts are derived from letter presses. “We are marrying contemporary design with old-school design,” Town says.

One couple represented their new household on their invitations by including their two dogs, two cats and nine houseplants. For another wedding, Town embossed navy velvet coasters with a message from the couple in gold foil: “Eat, Drink & Dance Boldly.”

ADVICE: Don’t be afraid to say you don’t like a design. “Please give us all the feedback and respond honestly,” says Town. “More than anything, we want you to love it and walk away happy.”


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

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine),, and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.