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Make a Statement
From walking down the aisle to sashaying from table to table at the reception, the back of a bridal gown is just as visible as its front.

Groom's Guide
Elevated embellishments fit for the stylish groom or groomsman.

Bridal Baubles
Incorporate “something blue” into your day-of look with a statement accessory or show-stopping jewelry.

Creative Catering
Local pros weigh in on the top industry trends for 2017, plus where to go for ultra-specialized options.

Say Yes to a MinkMaids Dress
Most people probably can’t remember the exact day they embarked on a specific career path. But Amanda Ergen-Jennings will never forget freshman orientation at UW-Madison.

Pass the prenup
When Beyoncé married Jay Z in 2008, she reportedly signed a prenuptial agreement that gives her $5 million for every child she bears to him, plus $1 million for every year of the marriage if they divorce.

Conjoining finances

Bank accounts, mortgages, credit cards, investments accounts — in most cases, couples automatically join their finances soon after marriage and then begin filing joint tax returns within the first year of marriage.

Paper trail
Despite how readily accessible online wedding invitation ordering has become, the popularity of custom-created paper suites remains ever-present, and couples continue to frequent local paperies in search of a more personalized experience.

Personalized presents
Creative wedding party gifts for every kind of man or maid
Different takes on cakes
Holey Moley baked up more than 20 doughnut wedding cakes in 2015 — a clear sign of the trend’s growing popularity.
Bold and Beautiful
Colorfully offbeat engagement rings and wedding bands
Romance Redefined
From blush tones and cascading ruffles to adorned headpieces and scalloped hemlines, this year’s bridal gown trends may err toward nontraditional, but their attention to detail remains beautifully intricate and utterly feminine. 
Gift registry with a twist
When Nicky Rauch and her beau, J. Danger Wolf, got engaged last winter, the stylish couple began planning a contemporary wedding with a classic Wisconsin twist, including a traditional fish fry and an old-fashioned cocktail bar at the historic Pritzlaff Building in the Third Ward.

MMB Show goes Hollywood
Visitors to the upcoming Milwaukee’s Magnificent Bride Wedding Show will get a chance to experience silver screen siren status, when the region’s eminent wedding vendors converge to bring an Old Hollywood take on wedding glamour and style.

Historic Milwaukee wedding venues

Turner Hall’s history dates back to 1882, when the venue first opened its doors. Designed by famed German architect Henry C. Koch, it served as a gathering place for the Milwaukee’s large German population ­— a safe haven where cultural and political attitudes could be expressed freely.

To have and to hold
Held at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Damone Turner and KaMyia LeFlore’s August 2014 nuptials were anything but ordinary. 

Civil Service
During the week, Judge Derek Mosley is on the Milwaukee Municipal Court bench, and his docket is full: drug cases, retail theft, driving while intoxicated, violations of building and zoning codes, and disputed parking tickets. “I’m the guy you want to talk to if you want to know where not to eat, park or drive,” he says.

Dance The Night Away
When Stephanie and Tyler Sopko started taking dance lessons at DanceSport Studios in Cedarburg last July, the couple’s intention was to learn some basic steps to feel more comfortable during their first dance as a married couple.

What Dreams May Come
The perfect wedding: an unattainable dream or a realistic goal? While no wedding day is ever without its hiccups, local experts say careful planning and thinking outside the box are the keys to making a couple’s wedding one fine day.

The Romance of Tuscany
Chic. Sophisticated. On-trend. No matter how you describe it, Milwaukee’s Magnificent Bride show, now in its ninth year, has carved a niche as the city’s most exclusive bridal show.


Madly in love
Classic and sophisticated '60s style emerges as a leading bridal fashion trend for 2013.

One fine day
"Kelly and Rich have a fashion focus in their lifestyle and careers," says wedding planner David Caruso, owner of Dynamic Events. She owns 5 Hearts boutique, he works for Kohl’s Corp., and both have a "love for beautiful things."

Wedding trend watch
Design the day of your dreams that’s on trend and so very you, taking your lead from Milwaukee’s fashion and event insiders on the best of all things bridal. As always, moderation is key. "Start with what is intrinsically you," recommends David Caruso, owner of Dynamic Events. "Approach trends in a simple way, and maximize your budget with big statements."

9 Great dates
First date? Proposal? Birthday? No matter what the dating occasion, M's got you covered with where to go, what to do - and tips for making every date extraordinary.

Haute hues
Integrate a dash of color - be it bold or subtle - into your wedding-day style.

A stately affair
Frilly gowns, a confection of accessories and bold styling create a decadent wedding day.

Our journey has begun

Vows have been exchanged, gifts have been unwrapped and the last crumb of cake has been brushed away.  After months of planning the wedding are over, but for these newlyweds, life's journey is just beginning.

From this day forward

The honor of your presence is requested...

They did and they do
Your 65-year-old widowed mother comes bounding through the door after a hot date with her steady beau, frantically waving her hand to show off the sparkling diamond he just planted on her finger. Suddenly the roles are reversed and you find yourself lost in a parental-like shock, much like she must have felt when you hit her with the news of your own engagement some 20 years earlier.

Bridal bliss
Add one more thing to your "Wedding To Do" list: Schedule some girl time filled with indulgent beauty services, delicious fare and intense pampering. Hey, being the bride is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it!

A sweet beginning
Just as styles of wedding dresses, tuxedos, flowers and other wedding traditions have changed through the years, so too, has the look of wedding cakes and what adorns the top. While the cake itself is still the centerpiece of sweet beauty, most cake-toppers of old have gone the way of ruffled shirts on groomsmen.

From this day forward

On the following page enjoy the special moments of four weddings from the year 2001...

Be creative, design your own invitation
When it comes to weddings, the first thing people see is the invitation. To be sure yours is truly special, consider designing it yourself.






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