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Your love finally popped the question (or maybe you did) – so let the wedding planning begin. But where, oh where, to start? Lucky for you, we've gathered some of Milwaukee's finest wedding pros and put them in this easy-to-reference guide. Whether you need to plan the entire day from start to finish or just fill in a few key details, the perfect wedding is at your fingertips.

Wedding Planners

This is your moment to be the bride, not a project manager. Pass o the to-do list and keep stress levels in check by enlisting the help of a planner. These gurus know the ins and outs of weddings better than anyone, and with their help, the only tears you’ll cry are tears of joy.

Planning Tip: Be clear about roles and expectations. At your initial meeting, ask what your responsibilities will be and what your wedding planner will handle. Knowing who is supposed to do what before you start the heavy planning will keep miscommunications at bay later in the process.

Blissful Events & Weddings
414-405-5463 | ourblissevents.com

Blue Fancy Events
414-305-8435 | bluefancyevents.com

Dynamic Events
414-283-0051 | dynamiceventsinc.com

Events to a T
262-914-9661 | eventstoatmke.com

Golden Chic Events & Consulting, Port Washington
414-534-6943 | goldenchicevents.com

Rain or Shine Events
414-870-0664 | rainorshinemilwaukee.com

Timeless Events, Waukesha
262-751-6355 | milwaukeeeventplanning.com

Weddings with a Twist
414-403-1376 | weddingswithatwist.com

Cheri Denise Events
414-339-7478 | cherideniseevents.com

Tailored Engagements
414-380-3799 | tailoredengagements.com


Amanda Jennings, owner of MinkMaids, in a sequined bridal gown of her own creation. She also designed the silk bridesmaid dresses.

Attire (His & Hers)

Let’s face it. The dress gets all the attention. But that’s not to say you don’t want your mate to turn some heads. Whether you want a look that is dressed to the nines or casually cool, you can both say “I do” in style with help from these formalwear specialists.

Planning Tip: Just as you want your bridesmaid dresses to coordinate with the look and style of your dress, your groom’s attire should – ahem – follow suit. So if you’re wearing a light, beachy dress, the classic black tux might be too heavy. Instead, opt for a custom or tailored suit in a lighter shade, such as gray.

Amelishan Bridal, Hubertus
262-628-1217 | amelishan.com

The Black Tux
888-717-1588 | theblacktux.com

Bliss Bridal, Brookfield
262-781-0211 | blissbridalonline.com

Eva’s Bridal Center
414-570-3800 | evasbridalcenter.com

Gigi of Mequon
262-241-1123 | gigiofmequon.com

LaSposa Bridal, Kenosha
262-694-7537 | lasposabridal.net

Mark Berman & Son, Mequon
262-241-8010 | bermanbasics.com

MinkMaids
amanda@minkmaids.com, minkmaids.com

Miss Ruby Boutique
414-339-7478 | cherideniseevents.com

Tailored Engagements
414-755-2900 | missrubyboutique.com

NL Suits
414-748-7848 | nlsuits.com

Squire Fine Men’s Apparel, Brookfield
262-754-2801 | squireapparel.com

Tom James
414-277-8185 | tomjames.com

White Dress Bridal Boutique
414-897-7208 | whitedressmilwaukee.com

Zita Bridal Salon
414-332-9482 | zitabridal.com


Amy and Matt on their big day, just a few blocks south of their Pritzlaff building wedding. The magic was captured by Studio 29 Photography+Design. Photo by Studio 29 Photography

Photographers

These local photographers know Southeastern Wisconsin and all its good angles. Let one of the talented local wedding photographers below (featuring a wide variety of styles and specialties) help you express every single moment of the big day for years to come.

Planning Tip: Choosing a photographer is a little like conducting a job interview. After you narrow down your choices to a handful of finalists who meet your basic needs (date available, number of photographers, price), consider how well each meets your specific requirements. For example, if you’re getting married outdoors, you want a photographer who has plenty of experience (or even specializes) in outdoor photography. Or, if the venue is particularly dark, go with the pro who has some serious skill in low-light environments.

Autumn Silva Photography
414-531-1886 | autumnsilvaphotography.com

C.Mae Design, Burlington
262-510-0632 | cmaedesign.com

Ellagraph Studios
414-238-5316 | ellagraphstudios.com

Front Room Photography
414-294-0080 | frphoto.com

Happy Gnome Photography
414-550-0846 | happygnomephotography.com

JBE Photography
414-217-9014 | jbe-photography.com

Joe Hang
920-242-3552 | joehang.com

June & Jae
612-746-9842 | juneandjae.com

Laurelyn Savannah
laurelynsavannahphotography.com

Little Giant Photography
414-916-1481 | littlegiantphotography.com

Matt Haas
414-534-5855 | matthaasphotography.com

The Paper Elephant
262-923-8343 | thepaperelephant.com

Robyn Vining Photography
414-581-0700 | robynviningphotography.com

Studio 29 Photography + Design
414-335-4031 | foto-29.com

Uttke Photography + Design
414-928-5068 | tjuttke.com

Valo Photography
414-207-8256 | valophotography.com


Most Romantic Photo Locations

Love abounds in Milwaukee’s nooks and crannies, according to some of the area’s best shutterbugs.

“Milwaukee is virtual goldmine of beautiful photo locations, so how on earth do you choose? What makes a location romantic is what it means to you. Do you spend mornings running together at McKinley Marina? Did you get engaged at Lake Park? When you look back at your beautiful wedding album in 50 years, you won’t wonder where the images were taken. You’ll talk about all the romantic memories you’ve had there, and why it was so special to you both.”
– Jennifer Brindley Ubl, JBE Photography

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“[Our] favorite place would be the slightly dirty, off-the-beaten-path locations in the old industry park areas of the Fifth Ward. People assume photos need to be taken in beautiful spaces, but sometimes the nitty-gritty brings people closer together and creates an interesting dynamic between the beautiful and the disheveled.”
– Studio 29 Photography + Design

“We love photographing at Villa Terrace. We also think it’s one of the most romantic locations, but because every couple is so different, they may have their own ideas of what’s romantic.”
– Uttke Photography + Design

“My favorite outdoor locations would be Schlitz Audubon Center, Doctors Park or the Riverwalk. My favorite romantic locations are Villa Terrace and the Wisconsin Club.”
– Tegan Jae, The Paper Elephant

“Our favorite locations include the Third Ward’s alleyways. It’s that feeling of something new with something old. The bride in the beautiful white dress and the contrast of the historical brick adds great interest to the shot. There’s this factor of, ‘We shouldn’t be here’ that is super sexy and exciting.”
– The C.Mae Design Team


Photo by Getty Images

Videographers

At first blush, hiring a wedding videographer can seem like an unnecessary expense. After all, your photographer will capture every memorable moment, right? Yes and no. Your wedding day goes by in a flash (we had to), and that’s where a skilled videographer who has the camera rolling and a keen eye for catching those in-between moments can quickly become one of your best wedding investments.

Planning Tip: Match your personal style with the filming style of the videographers. Before booking, clarify your style and then ask about theirs. Is it documentary? Journalistic? Cinematic? View samples to ensure how they shoot is what you want.

Aerodef Productions, Brookfield
262-510-3125 | productions.aerodef.biz

Artist Group Photography & Video
262-387-1001 | artistgroup.com

Champagne Studios
414-272-3377 | champagnestudios.photography

Character D Films
262-765-0100 | characterdfilms.com

Cream City Weddings
414-214-7312 | creamcityweddings.com

Honeycomb Productions
414-243-8246 | facebook.com/honeycombproductions

Langley Videography
262-492-5328 | langleyvideography.com

Once Upon a Time Video Productions, Hartford
262-370-3622 | onceuponatimevideoproductions.com

Moore Memories Videography
414-708-0564 | moorememoriesvideo.com

Orphonic
414-939-3399 | orphonic.com

Steve White Films
414-628-0800 | stevewhitefilms.com

Sweet Pea Cinema
262-227-6134 | sweetpeacinema.com

Video Verite Productions LLC
414-588-2662 | videoveritewi.com

Wedding Films
(414) 964-9414 | weddingfilms.com


Boogieing to Sound by Design tunes. Photo by Kat Schleicher/Ellagraph Studios

Music, Sound & Lighting

Set the stage for a wedding to remember. Create a sound that lures guests to the dance floor, add uplighting to your venue to create a customized ambiance, or get technical to make sure everyone hears you say “I do.” Whatever you need, these music, lighting and sound pros have you covered.

Planning Tip: Before booking your music, lighting and sound experts, ask to see their work in action. Better yet – ask to see their work in the same or similar venue.

Element 13 performing at The Wisconsin Club for the wedding of Brian and Julie Gingrass. Photo by Ari Rosenthal Photography

Accent Events
414-750-4504 | scottishdj.com

Bill Sargent Band
414-777-0100 | billsargentbands.com

Brew City DJs
414-305-1462 | brewcitydjs.net

Double Platinum DJ
414-732-1979 | doubleplatinumdj.com

Dream City Music
414-209-4102 | dreamcitymusic.org

Element 13
e13rocks.com

Midwest Sound & Light Shows, Waukesha
262-751-2900 | midwestsoundwi.com

Milwaukee Airwaves
414-306-8273 | milwaukeeairwaves.com

Milwaukee Soul
414-975-5023 | milwaukeesoul.com

The Milwaukee Wedding DJ Company, Pewaukee
414-202-6938 | themilwaukeeweddingdj.com

Musicbox Entertainment, Mukwonago
414-460-6938 | musicboxent.com

Rhythm in Motion
262-719-2137 | rhythmdjs.com

Sound by Design
262-968-9586 | soundbydesign.org

Smoov Music, Sound & Lighting Services, Mukwonago
262-893-5085 | smoovmusicdj.com

Vital Image Entertainment, Muskego
262-292-9000 | dj.vitalimage.com


Photo courtesy of flower & bee

Flowers

Flowers and weddings have gone hand in hand since the time of the Greeks. Make sure your wedding is one to remember with eye-catching blooms, stunning bouquets and show-stopping centerpieces created but these area florists and floral designers.

Planning Tip: To cut costs, choose flowers that are in season. Have your heart set on a specific out-of-season bloom? Work with your florist. He or she is likely to have suggestions of stems that bring a similar color, texture and appearance to your bouquet and arrangements – for a fraction of the cost.

Belle Fiori
414-272-2234 | bellefioriflorist.com

Designs Etc., Muskego
414-526-4888 | designsetc.org

Feisty Flowers
414-526-5202 | feistyflowers.com

The Flower Lady
414-259-0999 | theflowerlady.com

flower & bee
262-204-7818 | flowerandbee.org

Jane Kelly Floral
414-650-0204 | janekellyfloral.com

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Jaimer’s Floral
414-243-0197 | jaimersfloral.com

Lamm Gardens, Jackson
262-677-3010 | lammscape.com

Lovelight Flower, East Troy
414-510-5505 | lovelightfloraldesign.com

Milwaukee Flower Co.
414-899-1395 | milwaukeeflowerco.com

Urban Sense
414-257-0434 | urban-sense.com

Waukesha Floral & Greenhouse
262-542-8152 | waukeshafloral.com

Willoway Farm, Fredonia
262-692-9691 | willowayfarm.com


Caterers

Next to the dress and the photos, a good chunk of your wedding budget will go to feeding your guests. Spend it wisely by choosing a caterer Milwaukee newlyweds recommend time and time again.

Planning Tip: About 50 percent of every wedding budget goes to the reception, and much of that is designated for food. To get the most value, be sure to ask prospective caterers if there are any extra costs above and beyond the per plate or package fee. For example, does the service include tables, chairs and linens? Are serving ware and cutlery included? And is there a charge per waiter?

Ball ‘n Biscuit Catering
414-962-9779 | ballnbiscuitcatering.wordpress.com

Bartolotta Catering
414-935-5014 | bartolottacatering.com

Chef Jack’s Catering, Waukesha
262-549-5558 | chefjacks.com

Emerald City Catering
414-762-8866 | emeraldcitycatering.com

From Scratch Catering, Cedarburg
262-618-4661 | fromscratchcatering.com

Gracious Events
414-777-0440 | gracious-events.com

Irene’s Catering Service
414-645-4469 | irenescatering.com

Lee John’s Catering, Waukesha
414-645-4469 | leejohns.com

Saz’s Catering
414-256-8765 | sazs.com

Shully’s Cuisine & Events, Thiensville
262-242-6633 | shullyscuisine.com

Smoke Shack Catering
414-431-1119 | smoke-shack.com

Tall Guy & a Grill Catering
414-777-0770 | tallguyandagrill.com

Zilli’s Catering
262-547-9447 | zillihospitalitygroup.com


Officiant

There’s as lot that goes into a wedding (as these pages evidence). But remember, between choosing the dress, the venue and the DJ, the entire day is built around the ceremony. Make sure the person you choose to lead you to “you may kiss the bride” is a perfect match.

Planning Tip: What’s the difference between a minister and a wedding officiant? A minister (also sometimes called a reverend, pastor, preacher, priest, etc.) is someone who studied theology at a seminary, church or religious-affiliated college and is ordained in a specific faith denomination. Not he other hand, an officiant can be someone who has completed a course of study from an online company or college for the sole purpose of performing weddings. The latter option can be a good choice for couples who are not religious or who come from two different religious backgrounds.

Brad Schnell
414-477-8785 | facebook.com/schnellofficiantservices

Creative Ministry Center, Brookfield
262-787-4200 | beginourjourney.com

Family Connect Weddings
262-384-8873 | facebook.com/familyconnectweddings

Heart Centered Weddings by Susan Bartel
262-238-1199

Rev. Jennifer Miller
414-232-7997 | weddingwi.com

Rev. Jewel Olson
414-397-1379 | jewelolson.webs.com

Judith Kubish
414-731-6340 | judithkubish.com

Marry Me, LLC
262-719-1098 | marrymeofficiant.com

New Beginnings Ministries, Mequon
414-531-0503 | dgawlik.com


Stationery & Invitations

You’ve chosen your closest friends, you’ve eliminated the third cousins. Parents on all sides are nodding approvingly. Congratulations – you’ve finished the guest list! Now it’s time to put it in  print and let everyone know where to be and when to help you celebrate your special day. These stationary and invitation experts can help you and your honey make a great first impression.

Planning Tip: As a rule of thumb, your save-the-date announcements should be sent out six to nine months in advance, and your invitations should be mailed six to nine weeks before the big day.

All About You Designs, New Berlin
262-679-6970 | allaboutyoudesigns.net

Bay View Printing Company
414-744-0844 | bayviewprintingco.com

The Blooming Quill, Jackson
262-258-0525 | bloomingquill.com

Broadway Paper
414-277-7699 | broadwaypaper.com

Centennial Press + Design
262-339-9126 | centennialpressdesign.com

Coqui Paperie & Gifts, Brookfield
414-369-2589 | shopcoqui.com

Cracked Designs, Muskego
414-687-8803 | cracked-designs.com

Design That Flies
920-265-8397 | designthatflies.com

For Now and Forever Wedding Invitations and Accessories
414-202-6099 | fornowandforeverinvites.com

Mint & Lovely Studios
262-528-6468 | mintandlovely.com

Paperwhites, Hales Corners
262-224-1134 | paperwhites-invitations.com

Paper Envy, Elm Grove
262-780-0850 | paperenvy.com

Paper Pleasers, LLC
414-301-1751 | paper-pleasers.com

QBCheck Designs, Kenosha
262-358-6417 | qbcheckdesigns.com


The Cake Lady. Photo by Valo Photography

Cakes & Sweet Treats

Let them eat cake! Or cupcakes. Or cookies. You can even dress your dessert table with gourmet Rice Krispie treats if that’s your thing. The metro area is filled with tempting treats that will make sure you end your day on a sweet note.

Planning Tip: If you’re having treats with multiple flavor options, help guests make their decision by labelling the sweets with artful name tags. Consider leaving baggies or boxes on the table for guests to take a treat (or two) home.

Angie’s Bakery & Cake Shop
414-482-1288 | aggiesbakery.com

Amy’s Gourmet Apples, Cedarburg
262-376-0884 | amyscandykitchen.com

The Cake Lady
414-294-4220 | cakeladydesigns.com

Carrie’s Crispies
414-858-8228 | carriescrispies.com

Classy Girl Cupcakes
414-270-1877 | classygirlcupcakes.com

Eat Cake
414-344-3119 | eatcakemilwaukee.com

Mrs. Wonn-derful’s Cake Ball Company, Oconomowoc
262-354-2882 | facebook.com/mrs.wonnderfulscakeballco

National Bakery & Deli
nationalbakery.com

O&H Danish Bakery, Racine
262-554-1311 | ohdanishbakery.com

Peter Sciortino’s Bakery
414-272-4623 | petersciortinosbakery.com

Red Elephant Chocolate
855-733-3574 | redelephantchocolate.com

Regina’s Bay Bakery
414-332-5340 | baybakery.com

Simma’s Bakery, Wauwatosa
414-301-1751 | paper-pleasers.com

Sweet Perfections Bake Shoppe, Waukesha
262-446-2253 | sweetperfections.com

Yield Bakehouse
yieldbakehouse.com

Additional Reporting by Emily Burton, Tom Conroy, Adam Rogan, Nyesha Stone

‘The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide’ appears in Milwaukee Weddings.

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