ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

Milwaukee Weddings - - Content - By Claire Hanan

Don’t miss the bliss.

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS! IF YOU’RE READ­ING this, there’s a good chance that you’re knee deep in plan­ning what will be one of the most im­por­tant, and hope­fully most en­joy­able, days of your life. If you haven’t al­ready fig­ured this out, wed­ding plan­ning is a process that you’ll want to buckle up for – emo­tions are high, de­ci­sions can be ex­pen­sive, and some­times it’s easy to get lost in what you think you have to do, ver­sus what you and your beloved want. I know I did, and I dish on the ad­vice I got that helped keep me sane (Page 20) while plan­ning my own wed­ding.

You will, how­ever, have an ad­van­tage I didn’t, just by read­ing this mag­a­zine. We’ve de­signed it to be the most help­ful - and to­tally lo­cal - guide out there for cou­ples who want to have their wed­ding in the Mil­wau­kee area. These pages will help you find a dress (Page 32). They will give you an abun­dance of data on cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion venues in a for­mat that al­lows you to com­pare them (Page 58). And they’ll hope­fully in­tro­duce you to new ideas about every­thing from decor and sta­tionery to mu­sic and flow­ers – all culled from the Mil­wau­keeans whose busi­ness it is to see you safely to the aisle or the dance floor. Many of those peo­ple are listed in our “Ul­ti­mate Ven­dor Guide,” which is packed with help­ful plan­ning tips about tra­di­tions, eti­quette and other wed­ding-plan­ning know-how that can oth­er­wise be hard to find in one place.

Civic pride seems to be reach­ing new highs and, as we show you on Page 25, you can bot­tle some of that and use it to show­case the city as you say your I Dos. This is a mostly se­ri­ous, oc­ca­sion­ally silly fea­ture packed with, you guessed it, even more ideas that scream “Mil­wau­kee.”

My fa­vorite part of this is­sue are the 20 lo­cal cou­ples - some new­ly­weds, some mar­ried for decades - whose images color these pages. Their photos alone might of­fer a new per­spec­tive on a venue, or re­veal a fresh twist on a tra­di­tion. Some, like Sue and Har­ri­son Parker, who have been mar­ried for half a cen­tury, are just plain in­spir­ing. And they help close the mag­a­zine with ad­vice not for the newly en­gaged but for those who’ve al­ready crossed the thresh­old into mar­ried life. It’s the per­fect be­gin­ning to your next chap­ter.

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