Emily & Brian

Congratulations to Emily and Brian! The newlyweds recently celebrated their spring nuptials with us here at The Madison Concourse Hotel.

The couple welcomed spring in style, with their glamorous purple themed reception. The bridesmaids carried beautiful fresh flowers in shades of white and purple to match the theme and their purple dresses. The groomsmen also wore purple vests and ties, along with a corsage of the same color.

The room was decorated with flower petals and diamond gems on each table, making the room sparkle. Their simple and elegant centerpieces were mirror and votive candles, and they also had plum colored table runners.

Next to their guest book, the couple displayed a photo book of their recent Caribbean cruise for guests to enjoy in our chilly, early spring Wisconsin weather.

Chocolate truffles made by the couple were given as favors to each guest.

The three-tiered heart shaped cake was decorated with beautiful gem beading and a purple ribbon. The flavors alternated between white cake with raspberry and Bavarian cream filling and white cake with strawberry and cream filling. Yum!

Congrats again Emily and Brian! Best wishes from all of us at The Madison Concourse Hotel!

Cake: Chris’ Confections
DJ: Midwest Sound
Photographer: O.I. Productions
Floral: Floral Designs by Paul

Spring Color Trends

The Knot recently posted an article about the hot wedding colors for this season. Pastels are naturally popular for this time of year, but click on the link for the full run down!

The Knot - Hot Spring Colors

New Wedding Dessert Trends Take the Cake

Wedding cakes are often one of the most important (and expensive) parts of the big day. We’ve seen hundreds of beautiful and elegant wedding cakes here at The Madison Concourse Hotel. We’ve also seen our fair share of fun, original cakes, including a recent summer wedding with an octopus bride and groom cake topper! One of the biggest trends we’ve seen in weddings over the last year is the growing number of alternatives to the traditional wedding cake. Dessert bars, usually including candy and baked goods have become very popular. These are always a hit with guests because they can pick and choose how they’ll satisfy their sweet tooth! We’ve also seen a number of cupcake towers instead of regular cakes in recent months. Besides being just plain adorable, cupcakes are convenient. Guests can grab one and walk around or take some to-go on their way out. Cupcakes are also usually purchased in a variety of flavors instead, so every palette can be happy! Check out some of our recent wedding desserts in the pictures below!

Need some Inspiration?

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We’re so thrilled to announce that thanks to our past clients we’ve been awarded the Wedding Wire 2014 Couples’ Choice Award! The award is given to the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide for excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Thank you to all our brides for making us Madison’s premier wedding venue!

We’re so thrilled to announce that thanks to our past clients we’ve been awarded the Wedding Wire 2014 Couples’ Choice Award! The award is given to the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide for excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Thank you to all our brides for making us Madison’s premier wedding venue!

Leah & Stefan

Best wishes to newlyweds Leah and Stefan who just held their wedding reception here at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. The couple had a lively and unique event thanks to the many personal touches they incorporated into their big day. For example, the bride made custom signs that were on display throughout the ballroom for the bar, dessert table, gift table, etc. Each place setting contained a homemade cookie, adding to the intimacy of the night and guests were also asked to leave words of wisdom for the couple using special Wedding Mad Libs. The dessert table was a sugar-fiend’s dream where the cakes stood on pedestals along with jars and platters of mini macaroons. Congratulations again to Leah and Stefan and may they have many happy years together!

Cake - Bloom Bake Shop
DJ - B. Kuhl Entertainment
Photographer - S. Cole Photography
Florist - Daffodil Parker

Amanda & Andrew

Congratulations to Amanda and Andrew! The newlyweds recently celebrated their Wisconsin winter wedding here with us at The Madison Concourse Hotel. The couple truly made their wedding reception their own by putting sweet personal touches on even the smallest details. Each table’s centerpiece was customized by a Madison location that has a special meaning for Amanda and Andrew. They also asked their guests to sign a picture of the specific location their table was assigned, giving the couple beautiful keepsakes to cherish for years to come. The bride and groom treated guests to delicious favors, including Hook’s Five Year cheddar cheese and jars of locally made honey. A hot chocolate station complete with peppermint schnapps, irish crème, mini marshmallows and peppermint sticks, set up during the cocktail hour, was another highlight for the guests. Best wishes Amanda and Andrew!

Cake: Carl’s Cakes
DJ and Photo Booth: B. Kuhl Entertainment
Photographer: Dutcher Photography

Kristin & Culley

Kristin and Culley had their wedding reception here with us at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club this December. It was a festive occasion that embraced the Christmas spirit. A Christmas tree adorned the area by the dance floor, and pine cone place card holders certainly emphasized winter cheer. The wedding colors were lavender, lilac, plum, silver and charcoal. Floral centerpieces stayed true to the color scheme, as did the linens. Silver Christmas ornaments were used in other centerpieces as well as fillers for glass vases. One of our favorite touches at this wedding reception was the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head located on the place card table. They even dressed up the famed potatoes as bride and groom. Congratulations to Kristin and Culley and may they have an equally epic relationship as Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. Best wishes!


Cake - Chris’s Confections
DJ - Jam Party Connections
Photographer - Pierre’s
Floral - Garden Laurels

Amber & Drew

Congratulations to Amber and Drew who decided to have their festive wedding celebration with us this winter at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. Given the time of the year, the couple chose to embrace the season and decorated the ballroom accordingly. Red pointsettias scattered the room and a Mistletoe Arch was erected for an appropriate photo op. Another element of holiday cheer was the centerpieces used for the high top tables surrounding the dance floor. They submerged holly and LED lights into water filled vases and placed a lit candle floating on top of it all. Each guest table also had its own cake with white shimmer frosting and red flowers making cake time a cinch. White drapping covered the ballroom’s most prominent chandelier adding more elegance to the room. Happy Holidays to Amber and Drew and may you have many happy years together!


Cake - Karen The Cake Lady
DJ - Maggie Chapman
Photographer - Casey Hein
Floral - Sweet Pea Floral

Parlor Rooms-Your Perfect Wedding Day Addition

One of the biggest wedding trends we saw here at The Madison Concourse Hotel in 2013 was the growing number of wedding parties using our parlor rooms. These spacious rooms on our sixth floor include a private bathroom, elegant furnishings, and a kitchenette. These suites are perfect for a dressing room space for the bridal party. There is plenty of counter space, as well as multiple mirrors and a large bathroom. Our convenient location also makes the perfect spot for a hair or makeup designer to meet with the bride. Parlor rooms can act as a children’s’ room as well, with a lot of open space for the little ones to run around. They can also be rented for the whole weekend of your wedding, and serve as a home base for overnight guests. One wedding party stocked their parlor room with snacks and beverages for their guests for the whole weekend. Contact the Catering Department for more info at catering@concoursehotel.com or 608-257-6000.