Nicole and Sean's Wedding

Our wedding was really laid back and went off without any major hitches. We had a pretty small, select group of people at the wedding; everyone that I've talked to said that they felt like it was one of the most personal weddings they had ever been to. I hope that you find our information helpful.

We had a really small budget for the wedding, and we managed to pull it all off for well under budget. Our big splurge was the photobooth and worth every penny, but for the most part I think we got out under $8,000.

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Blue Dandelion Photography
Sun Prairie, WI
Photographers

Blue Dandelion seemed like an excellent choice when we were shopping for our photographers - the couple was very nice and seemed professional. However, they cancelled on us without even offering us the courtesy of a phone call - just a check in the mail with a note saying they would not be available. I was extremely disappointed with the unprofessionalism, as they did not even offer us any photographers to contact to help point us in the direction of finding another photographer.

A friend used them as well, and she was happy with the results, but I would never recommend them to anyone as this shows they are inconsistent at best, and unprofessional at worst.


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Two Guys and Some Cameras
Madison, WI
Photographers

We were able to find these photographers after our first photographers cancelled on us unexpectedly, and I have to say that I am so glad we went with Ben and Neal!

Ben photographed our wedding, and he was professional, really made an effort to listen to what it was that we wanted, and took great pictures. And he was really outgoing and friendly, and everyone who was at the wedding thought that he was really great. He even stayed on at the reception after he finished, which was totally welcome as he was just a great guy! I would definitely recommend them, as they are both very personable guys!


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Gates of Heaven
Madison, WI
Ceremony Sites

The only reason that I don't give this 5 stars is because there isn't much of a prep area - it's in a basement and just has one of those portable walls blocking it off. But it's a great venue, really intimate and pretty. And it's really affordable.


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Bar Bistro 608
Madison, WI
Reception Sites

The Bar Bistro in the upstairs of the Sundance theaters was a great place for a smallish wedding reception. The food is delicious, Merijoy was really nice and responsive throughout the process.

The only thing that I would say was negative was that the people who worked in the bar started giving us a hard time about leaving at midnight, because when we signed the contract we were told we could use the space until bar time. The bar was continuing to make money, and it would've been better for everyone to stay there a bit later.


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Best Western Inn on the Park
Madison, WI
Hotels/Accommodations
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Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
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Hotels/Accommodations
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Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
Madison, WI
Hotels/Accommodations
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Edgewater Hotel
Madison, WI
Hotels/Accommodations
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Doubletree Hotel Madison
Madison, WI
Hotels/Accommodations
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Best Western West Towne Suites
Madison, WI
Hotels/Accommodations
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Clarion Suites Central
Madison, WI
Hotels/Accommodations
131664 l
Arbor House
Madison, WI
Hotels/Accommodations
132975 l
Mansion Hill Inn
Madison, WI
Hotels/Accommodations
131666 l
Gilman Street Rag
Madison, WI
Hotels/Accommodations
66641 l
Capitol!
Madison, WI
Attractions/Entertainment
68242 l
State Street
Madison, WI
Attractions/Entertainment
132982 l
Henry Vilas Park Zoo
Madison, WI
Attractions/Entertainment
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Barriques Coffee Trader
Madison, WI
Coffee/Quick Bites
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Ground Zero Coffee
Madison, WI
Coffee/Quick Bites
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Espresso Royale
Madison, WI
Coffee/Quick Bites
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Espresso Royale
Madison, WI
Coffee/Quick Bites
131693 l
Starbucks
Madison, WI
Coffee/Quick Bites
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Starbucks Coffee
Madison, WI
Coffee/Quick Bites
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Marigold Kitchen
Madison, WI
Rehearsal Lunch/Dinner

Rachael, the manager, was really professional and very nice. The space is an affordable, casual option and everyone really liked the food. The staff at Marigold were very responsive to our requests, and went above and beyond, even making a plain grilled cheese for the children in the bridal party. I would definitely recommend them.


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Old Fashioned
Madison, WI
Restaurants
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Harvest Restaurant
Madison, WI
Restaurants
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Cafe Soleil
Madison, WI
Coffee/Quick Bites
131687 l
Brocach Irish Pub
Madison, WI
Bars/Nightife
141090 l
Gennas Lounge
Madison, WI
Bars/Nightife
134383 l
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co
Madison, WI
Bars/Nightife
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Osteria Papavero
Madison, WI
Restaurants
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Zanders
Madison, WI
Bars/Nightife
156204 l
State Street Brats
Madison, WI
Bars/Nightife
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Maduro
Madison, WI
Bars/Nightife
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Bayou
Madison, WI
Bars/Nightife
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Cafe Costa Rica
Madison, WI
Restaurants
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Kushi Bar Muramoto
Madison, WI
Restaurants
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Van Hise Hall, home of the Italian Department
Madison, WI
Attractions/Entertainment
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Memorial Union
Madison, WI
Attractions/Entertainment
137668 l
Memorial Union: Rathskellar
Madison, WI
Bars/Nightife
131690 l
Frida Mexican Grill
Madison, WI
Restaurants
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Madison, WI
Restaurants
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Madison Farmer's Market
Madison, WI
Attractions/Entertainment

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