As the editor of this blog, I see an endless amount of gorgeous weddings. Each one absolutely perfect in their own special ways. I myself was engaged just before I began blogging for Wed in Milwaukee. And last November, on a sunny (but absolutely bone-chilling) day, I married my husband at the Riviera Ballroom in Lake Geneva, with 200 of our closest friends and family members there to watch.
My heart belongs in Milwaukee, but for our wedding, we chose a very mini destination wedding location in Lake Geneva. Still, I was lucky enough to have a few amazing Milwaukee-area vendors as a part of my day.
Advice for brides-to-be: Don’t be afraid to ask your vendors to travel! Oftentimes vendors will charge a travel fee, but sometimes they’ll surprise you with willingness to drive almost 50 miles south to your venue city, like mine did.
Amanda of Consider the Lilies not only transported all of our centerpieces to Lake Geneva, but the bouquets and reception flowers were top notch. Even with the wind and freezing temperatures, each petal was perfectly placed.
My makeup artist, Margita from Savvy Bride, traveled with her assistant to my hair salon in Williams Bay. Both of these fabulous ladies went out of their way to ensure my wedding would be meticulous – whether it was in Milwaukee or Lake Geneva.
As you go through the process of planning your own wedding, don’t be afraid to be open with your vendors. Ask them questions, listen to their advice, and always remember that the two of you have the same goal – to make your day magical.
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Date: November 23, 2013
Photographs: George Street Photography
Photographer & Videographer: George Street Photography, Caterer: Celebration on Wells, Lake Geneva; Reception entertainment: BB’s Best, Burlington; Transportation: Y Drive Limo; Gown: Miss Ruby Bridal Boutique, Milwaukee; Bride’s shoes: Savvy Bride; Hair/makeup: The Buzz, Walworth & Margita from Savvy Bride, Bridesmaid dresses: Bella Bridesmaid, Milwaukee, Tuxedos: Dubois Formalwear; Rings: Kesslers; Florist: Consider the Lilies.