Gracious Events - Our Acclaim, Testimonals & Press

About: Our Acclaim

Yours will not be "just another party." But don't just take our word for it. Below are the comments and testimonials of the press and from our clients.

Vesna's work and Gracious Events have been featured in:

Greg & Michelle

"We love you! The wedding was amazing and you took such good care of us! Thank you for coordinating everything from the dj to the church ceremony to the flowers to every last detail at the reception including my tray of mini empanadas. Michelle and I were so impressed as were all our guests. We were completely amazed with the flowers - which I didn't even think could happen to me:) Everyone told us it was the best wedding dinner they've ever had. One of my friends that is a total foodie said your desserts were amazing and were way better than a wedding cake could ever be. Your staff was awesome and so professional as well. You helped us plan our perfect custom wedding and we can't thank you enough."

Andrea & John

"I need to express how thankful we both are for how well the wedding went! The food was absolutely amazing and the place looked stunning with the flowers and the setup you created! I commented to Andrea during our dinner how amazing the flower arrangements looked! I know you went way out of your way on so many things, like the extra flowers, chairs, wonderful cake, etc. Everything was absolutely perfect! I don't know how anything could have been any better, to be honest! It was like a wedding you see on TV or something! Perfect!

It was a pleasure working with you! I know we both had many questions, emails, conversations with you and we truly appreciate your patience and help. I wish you the best of luck in the future! You have a passion and talent for this like I have never seen before! Truly, the best of luck to you!"

Mike Mervis - Zilber

"On behalf of Joe Zilber, the Zilber family and the Zilber organization I would like to thank you and the entire staff of Gracious Catering for the outstanding work that you did on the occasion of Joe Zilber's 90th birthday party at the Calatrava on September 9th. The food and service were spectacular. Working with you and your staff was a joy. There was not a detail that was missed. The comments were, without exception, reflection of the highest standards of your profession. Having worked with your organization on Joe's birthday parties for his 85th and 90th, I can assure you we look forward to working with you again on the 95th, if not sooner. Please extend our sincere thanks to Emily and all of the members of your hardworking and dedicated staff."

Diana J. Mathis - Foley & Lardner LLP

"On behalf of Foley & Lardner, I would like to express our gratitude to you for catering our wine tasting at the Villa Terrace on September 29. There is only one word to describe the event: Perfect."

Val Carter - Miller Brewing Company

"This is a short note to thank you very much for the outstanding catering service you offered to Miller Brewing Company for our SABMiller Site Visit to Milwaukee. Right from the start, you offered the utmost professional service that anyone in our industry enjoys receiving. Your attention to detail was superb and the food was incredible. I really enjoyed your ability to appreciate what we wanted and to deliver exactly on brief. It would be a pleasure for me to work with you again and I look forward to the opportunity."

Tracey & Andrew Wadsworth

"Thanks to you and the outstanding Gracious Events team, however, we will never forget our wedding day! From the very first meeting with you... we knew that you understood us and the importance of the event we were planning and shared our appreciation for the integral part that fine cuisine, incredible service and a true sense of style would play in the dream we had for our BIG day. What we didn't know, however, was that we'd find ourselves discussing 'late into our wedding night' the extent to which your team absolutely exceeded our expectations:

If only we could entrust all important events in our lives to Gracious Events!"

The Journal Sentinel

Caterer Brings Fresh Food to Family, Customers

Vesna Madunic has fed thousands of Milwaukeeans and been at more upscale events than she can count. She's worked everywhere from the back of a garage to the area's top venues, catering and creating weddings and charity events. If she has her way, most people will never know she's there. [ click for the full article and pictures ]

M Three Studio

Villa Terrace Wedding | Emily & Nate | Wedding

A wedding can be many things. For Emily and Nate, it was the weaving together of two very different families--one large, vibrant and raucous, the other smaller, quieter but full of depth and surprises. It was also about mixing together an elegant and formal wedding ceremony at Villa Terrace with a colorful and energetic party at Cuvee. [ click for the full article and pictures ]

Style Me Pretty

Lakeside Al Fresco Wedding in the Midwest

Nothing says Summer quite like a lakeside affair. And this beauty designed by Gracious Events checks off all the lake essentials: a weathered dock, refreshing beverages complete with cute straws and summery tablescapes perfect for dining al fresco. It's my warm-weathered party dreams realized and you can see the whole shindig captured by M Three Studio right here. Now tell me you aren't sold on Team Lake. [ click for the full article and pictures ]

Real Simple Weddings 2009

"In Perfect Taste." pp. 138-139.

For a couple that have known each other since middle school, choosing to get married in the city where they grew up was an easy decision. But once Elizabeth Graves, 34, and Jeffrey Young, 36, settled on their hometown of Milwaukee, the challenge became how to introduce their friends to the best of the city. Elizabeth (Real Simple's beauty director) and Jeffrey made food a focus, serving award-winning Wisconsin cheeses and local microbrews during the cocktail hour and skipping a seated dinner in favor of multiple chef's stations placed throughout the decorative-arts museum where their wedding took place. So as guests roamed the gardens, which overlook Lake Michigan, they got acquainted with not only unique, delicious dishes but also one another--a movable feast at its best.

Bride & Bloom Spring 2008

"Artistic Milwaukee Art Museum." pp. 110.

The bride's colors of white, champagne and plum were carried into the ceremony site by the florist, Gregory & Co., which complemented the space with tall glass floor vases filled with deep purple orchids and branches. After the ceremony, guests walked back to a long glass-enclosed hallway. There, they enjoyed cocktails provided by the wedding designer and caterer, Gracious Events, and viewed a special art exhibition while the ceremony space was being transformed into the reception area.

"This space transforms itself for each bride," says Vesna Madunic, co-owner of Gracious Events. Madunic's company has worked the space often and the approach they take is less is more. "The lines are so simple and stunning that only a small amount of design is needed," she says, adding that what little is done has to be impeccable. It's safe to say, that at this space, every wedding is a work of art.