Married to Madison

For my husband brad and me, my hometown church in DeForest and a country club in his hometown of Columbus were the perfect sites for our wedding and reception. But when it came right down to it, we knew the day was missing something that was very important to our lives: Madison. Brad and I are both proud UW–Madison alumni and we were living in Madison when we got married. We had to find a way to weave the city into our day. Our choice? Professional photos at the Memorial Union Terrace. It was the day of the first home Badger game, the skies were blue and the place was packed. The crowds even cheered as we walked by. It was unbelievably perfect.

You don’t have to go to the Terrace to infuse your wedding day with Madison flavor. Here are a few ideas you can use to bring some of the capital city to your nuptials:

  • Have a car or limo take your wedding party to your favorite Madison location for pictures. We chose the Terrace, but you could head for State Street, the Capitol steps, Camp Randall, Tenney Park or any place special to you.
  • If you do have your wedding in town, hold either the ceremony or the reception at some classic Mad-town spots. Old-world Quivey’s Grove (technically in Fitchburg, but it counts), the contemporary Monona Terrace, the eclectic Orpheum Theater, or the Badger fave Tripps Commons at Memorial Union are all popular choices.
  • Give your DJ songs that sing out your Madison roots. Have them spin “Jump Around” or “Varsity”, or find a partner for “Roll Out the Barrel.”
  • If just the music won’t get the feeling across for you, contact the UW Spirit Squad for a performance by a UW Band ensemble or even an appearance by Bucky.
  • A more subtle way to advertise your Mad-love is to top your tables with it. Name each table with a favorite Madison spot. Be sure to include photos of you and your sweetie at each one of them.
  • If your wedding is within driving distance of the city, put together a welcome basket for out-of-town guests that include maps and information about your favorite places and things they can do, like hit the Dane County Farmers’ Market, or a Friday night show at Overture Center.
  • If you’re a philanthropic couple, make a donation to your favorite Madison charity in honor of your guests. Places like Gilda’s Club, the Red Cross Badger Chapter, or the local Ronald McDonald House are just a few that come to mind, but there are countless others to choose from.

Jessica Arp is a reporter for WISC-TV3. Catch her special “Wedding Wednesdays” reports on WISC-TV3’s News 3 at 9 and 10.

Madison Magazine - May 2007
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