~Our Renewals~ Hey my WBC family! I've been a little hush- hush lately. Our 14th wedding ann...
Maybe the first thing I should have been doing was booking a venue instead of trying on dresses! Seems like all the venues I am interested in are totally booked next year or way too expensive for an event that only lasts a few hours. I must say I am experiencing quite the price shock lately. I feel like I have to compromise on everything I thought I ever wanted on my wedding day. But I am hopeful that everything will work itself out and i'll have the most beautiful venue.
My dream venue is the Milwaukee Art Museum. Gorgeous venue over looking Lake Michigan, but with a Saturday rental rate of $10,000 for just the space I quickly woke up from that dream. Thats not even including the near $14,000 food & beverage minimum. That seemed to be a common theme with venues on the lake front or just downtown Milwaukee period. The next closest affordable option would be the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. I could have the wedding on the outside plaza overlooking the lake as well as cocktail hour, and the reception inside the ballroom. Sounds reasonable, especially being only a fourth of the Art Museums rate. Only problem is all the saturdays are booked, except for one which happens to be Harley Davidson's 100th anniversary weekend (Can you imagine the noise & traffic?). Only options left are very limited Friday evenings, which I'm open to. But I think I should explore more options before commiting.
So far my search has given me a headache. These are some of the issues I'm having:
*Not impressed with the location
*Use of their preferred caterers (prices are ridiculous)
*Venues I like are only available during winter months (This is Wisconsin...its COLD)
*Restrictions (no decorating, no floral, no hanging, no red beverages, no flash photography, no parking, no..no..no..no)
*Affordable locations too far from city
I am almost to the point where I just want to go to Vegas and call it a day! Any suggestions form anyone in the Milwaukee area? What issues have you experienced when sarching for a venue?