(Closed) Madison wedding planning

posted 10 years ago in Madison Wisconsin
Post # 3
36 posts
  • Wedding: September 2007

Hi MissVintage!


I also had a Madison area wedding, and wanted outdoors as well.  My wedding was a vintage theme (something you might appreciate!), so I actually moved it about 30 minutes outside of Madison, to Columbus.  The reason was the venue: a gorgeous, historic ballroom with beautiful huge windows, a stage (for the DJ), and a beautiful park with a stream.  


We rented white chairs from the nearby hardware store, and all my girls and I had brunch and got ready a few blocks away at the Columbus Carriage House B&B.  The owner was wonderful, and even let us finish assembling bouquets, do our hair, and get ready in the parlor and our rented room.  Then, we all met up and everyone headed over to the Fireman’s Park (site of the gorgeous ballroom and our outdoor ceremony.)  My dad and the two kids (RB/FG) took a horse and carriage over to the park.  Bonus: $350 was the rental for the entire day, plus we could have our own bar AND caterer!   It included tables and chairs- we just needed to rent linens and do the work ourselves.


We had a harpist- cheaper and just as great a sound as a string quartet.  Rachel Avery in Madison was wonderful and even arranged a couple songs just harp, just for us.  (You can Google her and she pops up.) 


Other vendors: cake- Carl’s Cake was the bestest.

DJ: http://www.msldj.com, Eric Fischer is one of the best DJ’s I’ve seen.  (And I’m a wedding photographer, so I see a LOT of weddings!) 

Flowers: DIY with http://www.flowersandfreshness.com.  Very inexpensive way to do flowers if you or any of your girls are even a little bit crafty.

Photographer: A good photographer friend of mine is Mandie from Red Gecko Studios, or you can check my profile for my website.  🙂  

 Hmm, that’s all I can think of right now, but if you have any more questions.  I do see quite a few weddings so I have lots of great resources/contacts.

Oh, and another option for outdoors: The Gundry House in Mineral Point, or Olbrich Gardens in Madison, or Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison.  Good luck! 

Post # 4
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

A good, cheap ceremony site is the capitol (either the Assembly or Senate chambers — contact either Sergeant-at-Arms office).  Gorgeous, no decoration required (or allowed, either), and great photo ops indoors and out!  There are lots of reception venues nearby (although none are very inexpensive). 

Good luck!  If I could do it over there’s a good chance we would have had our wedding in Madison. 

Post # 5
13 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

Here’s what I’m using for my September wedding in Madison:

Ceremony: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Reception: Monona Terrace
Photographer: Jessica Quist Photography (from Milwaukee)
Cake: Craig’s Cakes
Florist: Garden Laurels by Donna Sager
DJ: Jukebox Bandstand



Post # 6
3 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m getting married next year at Olbrich.  It’s gorgeous, but it books up quickly and isn’t cheap http://olbrich.org/rentals/weddings.cfm  We’re only doing the ceremony there to save on costs.  You also have to rent the chairs, though you can split it with couples who are getting married on the same day.  They have a private dressing room with restrooms right nearby.  Also you get the use of the Atrium in case of rain.

There are also tons of parks to rent http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/index.htm as well as smaller community facitilities like the Monona community building http://www.monona.wi.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={91CE35B4-BEC5-4E5F-8F01-BD639A70CA9A}

Quivey’s Grove is also quite lovely but pricey http://www.quiveysgrove.com/weddings/wedding_frame.htm

Good luck!

Post # 8
18 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

I am getting married in Milwaukee, but I know most of my vendors would travel. 

Muscari – My florist is absolutely amazing – she is incredibly creative and will give you the most for whatever budget you have. http://www.mymuscari.com/

Tamera’s Cakes – My cake is from a cake shop in Oshkosh (my home town), but she obviously travels as well.  She does really funky and unique cakes and her prices are excellent. <font color=”#008000″>www.cakeguru.com</font>

Gebb’s Total Video – My videographer is perhaps more excited about my wedding than I am.  His work is outstanding and so far he has been a blast to work with.  He is based out of St. Louis area, but travels. http://www.gebbsweddingfilms.com/

John Griffin Photography – My photographer is based out of San Francisco but is traveling for our wedding.  He also has been so easy to work with and I absolutely love his work!  http://www.johngriffinphotography.com

Let me know if you need any other vendor suggestions!

Post # 9
129 posts
Blushing bee

Here’s what I’m using for my July, 2010 wedding in Madison:

Ceremony: Stoughton Opera House
Reception: Stoughton Country Club- You can also have an outdoor ceremony there on the lake. 
Photographer: TBD. probably a UW Student looking to build a portfolio  Any recommendations??

Cake: Creative Confections (former teacher who makes her own fondant, so it’s fresh and doesn’t get hard or make the cake dry)
Florist: Farmers Market!  Couldn’t be more exicted to use the FM for this!
DJ: Jukebox Bandstand

Post # 10
18 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

One of my good friends is a photographer in Sun Prairie.  She is pretty new to the business so her prices are really reasonable.

Kristi Schalow:

Hope that helps!



Post # 11
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

So here’s a question – does anyone have recommendations for Madison-area officiants? We’ve just started looking, and would love any help in this area!

Post # 12
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For officiants, we’re using Reverend Joan Pape – she’s located in Blue Mounds, but does weddings in Madison. She’s writing the ceremony for us and handling all the details – I’m very excited!

As for everything else:

Ceremony/Reception Site: Monona Terrace

Photographer: Yonda Photography (love them!)

Cake: Carl’s Cakes (just finalized)

Flowers: Daffodil Parker

DJ: Still TBD (I think it’s our last remaining vendor to get)

Post # 13
639 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Goldilocks, I’m getting married the day after you in Madison!  What are you doing for ceremony music?

Post # 14
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Goldilocks – Thanks for the officiant reference, I’ll definitely look into her. Madison’s a great small world – we’re using the Yondas too! Aren’t they fantastic?

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