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Cuvée – Milwaukee

Cuvée is described as a “classy and unique” Milwaukee venue space in the heart of the Third Ward just south of Downtown. It boasts a great selection of champagne and a balanced approach to historic and sophisticated.

With the urban environment so rich, especially in this part of Milwaukee, Cuvée is able to stay relevant.  If you want to reserve your prime date, make sure you book at least one to one-and-a-half years in advance for your choice of Saturday.




Real Weddings

Emily and Jay’s wedding was one of the most beautiful and charming day’s this summer. Lauren, Erik and Taylor made for a great photographer, videographer and DJ team.

During the ceremony, Emily’s Grandparents officiated their wedding.

One of the best opening best-man toasts “There comes a time in a man’s life when he meets the person he’s meant to be with for the rest of his life, that day came for Jay 8 years ago when he met me”

And they danced the night away…


Fall Wedding Specials

This month, we are hard at work getting ready for the peak wedding booking time early next year. But, we still have time and select professionals available for your date.  To check your date, just fill out the form on the right!

_MA10153sWedding Photography: Starting at $1495
– 50% off your engagement session (Value $150)
– Buy one get one 50% off (all photo-finished wedding albums) (Value up to $300)

Wedding Videography: Starting at $1495
– Upgrade to our Masterpiece package for only $495
– INCLUDES 2nd Camera, 2 Extra Hours, 2 Additional Video Montages (Value over $1000)

Wedding Music: Starting at $895
– Upgrade to uplights for only $75 (savings of over $100)
– Free extra hour (Value $100)


Picking your First Dances – Part 2: Father Daughter

This is the second in a four part series of Picking your First Dances!
Part 1: Bride and Groom
Part 2: Father / Daughter
Part 3: Mother / Son
Part 4: Wedding Party
Bonus: Alternatives

I’m thinking that the best way to choose the father/daughter song and mother/son song is together. Some parents probably know exactly what they want and if they are paying the majority of the cost, you may not have much say – for the sake of avoiding an argument over 3 minutes of dancing. But for the rest of you, consider the classics, but also the “B-side” hit (a song that may not be a classic, but still good).

Here is the first suggestion – check out our list of top 50 songs on your online wedding planner. The top 10 are below:

1. “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
2. “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
3. “Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
4. “My Girl” by Temptations
5. “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
6. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
7. “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman
8. “Walk With You” by Edwin Mcain
9. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
10. “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder

Expect the unexpected:
1. “Over the Rainbow” / “What a Wonderful World” Medley by Israel “Iz” Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole
2.  “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
3. “While You Were Sleeping” by Elvis Perkins
4. “My Love Is” by Holly Golightly
5. “Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” by Billy Joel
6. “Daddy” by Beyonce
7. “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III
8. “Kind and Generous” by Natalie Merchant
9. “When the Stars go Blue” by Tim McGraw
10. “Daughters” by John Mayer
Source: The Knot

Here is a quick reference to the number one article on search:

Picking your First Dances – Part 1: Bride and Groom

This is the first in a four part series of Picking your First Dances!
Part 1: Bride and Groom
Part 2: Father / Daughter
Part 3: Mother / Son
Part 4: Wedding Party
Bonus: Alternatives

So, you and your fiance are ready to pick a first dance song, what song do you choose?

Well, Wedding Faktory’s online wedding planner can help. Our online music planner takes last years most popular first dance songs and compiles a top 50! It’s a great resource for anyone stuck and looking for inspiration.

Here are a few of the more popular ideas for first dance songs:
1. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
2. “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges
3. “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay
4. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
5. “Run, Run, Run” by Kelly Clarkson ft. John Legend
6. “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith
7. “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
8. “Sugar” by Maroon 5
9. “I Want You to Know” by Zedd and Selena Gomez
10. “Only One by Kanye West and McCartney

Here are some classic songs:
1. “All of Me” by John Legend
2. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
3. “I won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
4. “Then” by Brad Paisley
5. “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne
6. “At Last” by Etta James
7.  “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice
8. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
9. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley
10. “Amazed” by Lonestar

For more ideas, check out your online wedding planner or ask us! That’s what we do and love, so it will be our pleasure.




Wedding Cocktail Music Ideas

Cocktail and guest arrival music sets the mood for an enchanted and elegant evening. Here are some of our most popular requests:

  • Vitamin String Quartet – They combine a classical sound with a contemporary vitamin-string-quartetflair. With covers from the rockin Sweet Child o’ Mine and Smells Like Teen Spirit to a more pop standard Alejandro, VSQ will make any room dazzel with delight. Listen | View
  • Scott Bradlee & Post Modern Jukebox – This group, while similar to the quartet in the covers they perform, PMJ takes this one step further with some quirky and fun vocals.  Listen | View
  • frankFrank Sinatra Standards – Well, this is the obvious standard 1940s and early 50s sound that is from the big band and jazz era. Familar artists include Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole among many others.
  • Adult Contemporary Standards – Songs that are vocal and newer, but aren’t typical dance songs fit well into this category. Examples would be: Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias,  Michael Buble’ and Jason Mraz. (Each decade of music has it’s own contemporary stars, see this wiki article for details)
  • Country Classic Standards – Simple, yet very American. Country is still one of the top non-urban. Here are the top 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone.
  • Classical Standards – While this is certainly an option, it is by far the least popular. Artists like Bach, Beethoven and Mozart top this list of music icons. But, they are reinvented with the Vitamin String quartet and Post Modern Jukebox.

Venue Spotlight: Best Western Kenosha

Looking for a reception hall that can accommodate guests from coming from both sides of the Wisconsin/Illinois border? If you have to keep a tight budget in mind, but still don’t want to sacrifice the quality of your gathering, take a look at the Best Western in Kenosha!

The simple elegance at a Best Western reception

The simple elegance at a Best Western reception

Coming together

The hotel is located right off of I-94 and is five blocks away from the Chicago Metra station, which means convenient transportation. For friends and family that are coming from the Chicago area, it’s only a 50 minute drive or a quick 30 minute drive from Milwaukee.

Dining Halls

For the reception, there are nine unique conference/banquet areas, with on site catering along with custom dinner selections. There is 10,000 feet of space, which provides a various selection of sizes depending on the space your reception may need.

Outside of the hotel, there are many spots within Kenosha for the wedding party and guests to visit including the Jelly Belly factory, the Outlet Mall and HarborPark.

Consider the Best Western of Kenosha if:

  • Your looking for a lovely reception area that budget friendly.
  • Is an easy destination for guests to get to.
  • Want a wedding by Lake Michigan without the hustle and congestion of the big city.




Wedding Faktory PRIDE Launches for June

lgbt-flagAs I’m sure you realize, wedding season is in full effect. We also noticed and we love that in both Wisconsin and Illinois, you can get married no matter who you love!

Check out and like our brand new Facebook page and let us know what you think!



Your Wedding Faktory Wedding Planning Team

4 Questions Your Photographer Will Ask

In your first or second photography consultation, you’re likely to hear these questions. Be sure to come prepared!

Engagement photos are romantic - and helpful!

Engagement photos are romantic – and helpful!

Do you want an engagement shoot?
You’ve probably seen other couples’ engagement photos on Facebook or other social media. I always wondered “what’s that about?” Engagement photos, among other advantages, are a great chance to get to know your wedding photographer in a more casual and less time-constrained context.

What other wedding professionals are involved?
Are you using a wedding planner? Professional DJ? Your photographer may want to work with these other professionals in order to coordinate photos of specific items or events. For instance, if your DJ acts as an emcee during the reception, he or she can also let the photographer know before an event (cake cutting or a special dance) is announced, giving the photographer time to prepare the best possible shot.

Photos showing off garters, bouquets, or other elements should be discussed beforehand.

Photos showing off garters, bouquets, or other elements should be discussed beforehand.

What locations and times are key?
What venue or venues have you booked? What limitations and opportunities do those venues offer? What is the overall timeline of your day? If you are moving between multiple venues, when will you be in each of them? Your photographer will use this information to identify key photograph moments and to plan out his or her movements among them.

In that timeline, what moments do you want photographs of?
For instance, many couples want  photos of the bride and/or groom preparing for the ceremony. Do you want a photo of all the guests at the reception? Each table? Particular decorations? Consider which items and moments are important to you and work with your photographer to get photos of each of them.

Finally, as with every consultation, know your budget in advance. You need to have this decided before booking a photographer, so you can find the best match for both your style and your wallet!