A summer wedding in Milwaukee is a beautiful occasion. Even when it’s hot, a summer Milwaukee wedding is an amazing chance to enjoy the outdoors and even bring the outdoors in. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to plan a summer wedding Milwaukee, especially with this step-by-step guide (and a few tips unique to the Brew City!)
How to Plan a Summer Wedding in Milwaukee
It’s important to remember that everyone’s path to a summer wedding in Milwaukee is different. Some of these steps can be switched around, but they all lead to a beautiful summer wedding in Milwaukee.
Choose a date.
Your wedding date is an important part of planning a summer wedding in Milwaukee, but it doesn’t have to be the first step. Couples can select a date and contact the venue and vendors to see if they are available, or contact venues and vendors to see what dates they are available. (If you choose the latter, select a month or season so you have a shorter list of dates.)
If you decide to choose your date first, you can select a summer date based on:
- The day you met (or another special date)
- A special day for your family (i.e. parent’s or grandparent’s anniversary, birthday)
- Date that works with your professional calendar
If the date you choose is taken, remember that you can always choose a Friday, Sunday, or another weekday near your favorite date. (Make sure you send out ‘save the dates’ so your guests get the date on their calendar.)
Select the perfect Milwaukee wedding venue.
The wedding venue is one of the most significant parts of the wedding. It’s the backdrop for almost every part of the wedding (especially if you are searching for a ceremony and reception venue). A wedding venue also plays a huge role in guest comfort—hopefully providing convenient parking, a comfortable setting (in summer, that means cool), and plenty of space for mingling and celebrating.
To find the perfect venue for your summer wedding in Milwaukee, start by deciding your style (elegant, modern, etc.), setting a budget, and making a rough estimate of your guest count. These decisions can be made by talking with your fiancé (plus you can discuss these big wedding details). Then, make a list of wedding venues that fit your criteria and contact wedding venues with a list of venue questions. Once your list of venues is narrowed, set up a in-person tour to see each venue.
Hire a wedding planner.
The next step is contact wedding vendors. This can be done by the couple or by a wedding planner. Fortunately, Milwaukee is full of wonderful wedding planners and wedding venues with on-staff event planners. Both options are a good choice for couples who want help from a professional who can tie all the details together.
If you want to tackle the wedding planning yourself, use these tips for choosing the best wedding vendors in Milwaukee. Some wedding venues require couples to use wedding vendors, while others have an open vendor policy that allows couples to hire and bring in vendors of their choice.
Summer Wedding Tips
Make sure your guests have plenty of ways to cool down.
Guest comfort should be one of your top priorities when planning a summer wedding in Milwaukee. Put out plenty of cool water, fans, and other supplies to cool down guests. If you’re planning an indoor wedding reception, choose a venue with air conditioning and make sure the walk from the parking lot to the venue is short. (And make sure there is parking!)
Make sure you leave time in the schedule to get beautiful pictures.
Milwaukee is full of amazing spots for wedding pictures. Leave enough time in your wedding day schedule for getting some memorable shots, and look for a wedding venue with beautiful settings for photo ops.
While you want to look glamorous, be careful not to overdress. Choose light and cool wedding attire so you don’t have a meltdown—and make sure you take time to take a break and cool off during the day.
Plan for a light menu, but don’t plan too light.
It’s normal to plan for a lighter meal with fresh seasonal tastes, but make sure you don’t leave guests hungry.
Pack for emergencies.
A summer wedding in Milwaukee can throw a few curve balls your way, so make sure you pack an emergency kit for those “what ifs.” Your kit should contain a stain remover, plenty of deodorant, small sewing kit, and few other much-needed wedding day emergency kit supplies.