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Something that we value is shopping local or independent retailers when we’re able. We love supporting the Milwaukee economy and I’ve sort of made it a personal wedding mission. Obviously, most people’s wedding photographers or florists are local, but I thought I’d share a rundown of how we’re supporting local or other independent vendors elsewhere.
- Dress: While Maggie Sottero is an international designer, I was able to support a local business, Eva’s Bridal, and provide 20 cans for our local Hunger Task Force through a promotion they had running at the time.
- Dress Accessories: I recently purchased my first dress accessory! I am accessorizing my dress with a belt purchased through an independent seller on Etsy. Check it out below! I am absolutely in love! I think it’ll add a great pop of color.
- Venue, Catering, Cake: Hospitality Democracy is a Milwaukee-based, family owned restaurant group who is handling our venue, catering and our doughnut cake (it’s cool, trust me). They have also partnered with Marcus Investments which is another Milwaukee-based, family-owned investment company in the hospitality and entertainment industry.
- Photographer, Florist, Cellist, Officiant: All of our vendors for these services are independently owned and operated business — shout outs to Big Sky Photo, Milwaukee Flower Co., Marie Sinco Warren, and Reverend Jane Stewart.
- Save the Dates: Our card stock was purchased from a local business, Broadway Paper Company, and the rubber stamp was an Etsy find.
- Invitations: We’re in the process of sampling some amazing designs from Minted, who also supports independent designers. Invitations have probably been one of the hardest decisions so far, because literally, I love them all. Here’s the front runner at the moment:
- Decor: We are renting the majority of our decor pieces from an independently owned company called Relics Vintage Rentals. (Best idea ever, btw.)
I am really excited to keep this trend going! Our favors will be little jars of jam my mom is making and we’re looking into hotel gift bags that are filled with all local products. (Cheese! Beer!)