Nestled between two of Wisconsin's most beautiful lakes, Madison is a popular wedding choice with locals and out-of-towners alike. Waterfront wedding venues can be found in abundance, some of which boast views of the city skyline and the iconic Capitol building behind the far shore of the lake, and there are also plenty of indoor venues for couples who would prefer to have their special day inside. The city offers elegant hotel ballrooms and club banquet halls perfect for traditional weddings, but it also offers unique venues such as an old vaudeville theater and a glass atrium set in a botanical garden.
1.Holy Wisdom Monastery
© Holy Wisdom Monastery
Found on a 130-acre property only 20 minutes outside downtown Madison, the Holy Wisdom Monastery is a peaceful Benedictine monastery that makes the ideal setting for both ceremonies and receptions. Ceremonies can be held either indoors or out, and couples who choose to rent an outdoor space will also have an indoor space reserved for them in case of bad weather. Receptions typically take place in the monastery's central gathering area, which features an attached patio. Couples are responsible for arranging their own vendors and officiant, but an on-site wedding coordinator is available to provide assistance as needed.
4200 Co Hwy M, Middleton, WI 53562, Phone: 608-836-1631
2.Olbrich Botanical Gardens
© Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Occupying sixteen acres of land on the shore of Lake Monona, the Olbrich Botanical Gardens are a lovely location for a beautiful outdoor wedding. Ceremonies can be held either outside in the event garden or in the airy atrium, which features glass walls, a vaulted glass ceiling, and plenty of potted plants, and receptions can take place on the outdoor terrace or inside the Evjue Commons banquet room, which offers wonderful views of the garden through a glass wall. Couples are also welcome to use the space for their wedding photos during the garden's opening hours.
3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704, Phone: 608-246-4550
3.Overture Center for the Arts
Nestled in the heart of the city's cultural arts district, the Overture Center for the Arts is a stunning theater and art gallery with nine event spaces to choose from. Popular wedding spaces include a large hall with customizable lighting and a studio with a Juliet balcony overlooking the lobby, and all spaces are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. Additional equipment such as chairs, tables, extra lighting, and a dance floor can be rented for a surcharge. Catering and bar services are provided by Catering a Fresco, but couples are welcome to bring in their own cake.
201 State St, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608-258-4141
© The Edgewater
The only establishment in the area with a AAA Four Diamond rating, the Edgewater is a luxurious urban resort with a full-service spa and a rich history dating back to 1948. The hotel offers both indoor and outdoor event spaces, with highlights including an elegant ballroom with 16-foot windows, a 30,000-square-foot plaza by the water, and a rooftop view with incredible views of Lake Mendota. Catering and bar services are available through the hotel, and the wedding party can take advantage of the hair, makeup, and massage services at the spa on the day of the wedding.
1001 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608-535-8200
5.Badger Farms LLC
© Badger Farms LLC
Nestled in the countryside just outside of the city, Badger Farms LLC is a locally owned and operated venue perfect for rustic country weddings. Weddings are held inside the property's beautifully renovated 1920s barn, which features a vaulted ceiling, hardwood floors, and an attached enclosed pavilion, and wedding parties will also have access to the area outside the barn and to a large deck at the back. Bartending services must be provided by the venue's vendor of choice, but couples are free to choose any vendors they like for everything else, including catering, DJ services, and photography.
1682 Co Rd BB, Deerfield, WI 53531, Phone: 608-438-2387
6.Bishops Bay Country Club
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Set on the shore of Lake Mendota, Bishops Bay Country Club is a truly unforgettable place to have your special day. The club's location on the water across from the city sets it apart from other venues in the area, and ceremonies and receptions are held right by the lake on the club's beautiful pavilion. The Capitol and the stunning downtown skyline serve as a backdrop for the entire event, and a tent is available in case of rain. Catering and bar services are provided by the experienced in-house staff, and the venue has a list of recommended vendors for all other services.
3500 Bishops Bay Dr, Middleton, WI 53562, Phone: 608-232-4201
7.Crowne Plaza Hotel - Madison
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A modern hotel with contemporary decor, the Crowne Plaza Hotel - Madison can accommodate weddings with up to 450 guests. The hotel offers two majestic ballrooms, both of which can be configured in multiple layouts or divided into smaller spaces if needed, and there are also several smaller event spaces that can be used for everything from bridal showers to gift openings. Catering is done in-house, and couples can create their own custom menus and choose from a variety of meal options, including plated, buffet, and stations. Event planners are available to help couples as much or as little as needed.
4402 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704, Phone: 608-244-4703
© Elks Lodge
Only a few blocks away from the Capitol Square, the Elks Lodge is a private establishment that can only be booked by members or people sponsored by members. The lodge is set right on Lake Monona, and it features a long boat pier and plenty of large windows that offer lovely views of the water. Couples can get married outside on the lawn or inside the lodge itself, and there is a spacious banquet room available for receptions with up to 225 guests. Full food and bar services are offered in-house, and custom menus are available by request.
711 Jenifer St, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608-255-1644
9.Emily's Ten Oaks Ranch
© Emily's Ten Oaks Ranch
Formerly a well-known horse breeding and boarding facility, Emily's Ten Oaks Ranch is now a working family farm that also serves as a beautiful venue for barn-themed weddings. The farm provides plenty of excellent photo opportunities, and couples can sometimes even incorporate some of the farm's friendly animals, which include goats, pigs, buffalo, and even a kangaroo. Couples can get married in the dedicated wedding barn, which features a large window at the peak that lets in plenty of natural sunlight. The property is also known for its spectacular sunsets, which can be enjoyed from the area outside the barn.
5799 Portage Rd, Madison, WI 53718, Phone: 608-444-4639
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10.Heights Event Center
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One of the largest reception venues in the area, the Heights Event Center offers more than 7,000 square feet of event space and can accommodate approximately 550 guests. As a full-service event center, the venue has a team of staff that can help plan and execute every aspect of your wedding reception, including equipment rentals, catering, and decorations. The venue is particularly well known for its delicious catering, but couples are also given the freedom to choose all their own vendors, including their caterer. Set up and tear down services are also available if needed.
411 Prairie Heights Dr, Verona, WI 53593, Phone: 608-848-8777
11.Lussier Family Heritage Center
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Situated inside the pristine Lake Farm County Park, the Lussier Family Heritage Center is a rustic multi-level house that offers stunning views of the countryside. Couples are given exclusive access to the entire building on their wedding day, meaning that they can set up everything from a banquet-style dinner in the main reception hall to a dance floor and games area on the lower level. The home also features a large porch on the second floor and a walk-out patio. Couples are responsible for decorating the space themselves and arranging their own food, but the venue's event coordinator can assist with rentals.
3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711, Phone: 608-224-3604
© Madison Club
Established in 1909, the Madison Club is an upscale social club known for its award-winning cuisine and its many beautiful indoor and outdoor event spaces, including an elegant banquet hall that can seat up to 250 people. The catering staff specialize in food made with locally sourced ingredients, and there is even an in-house pastry chef who can make a delicious cake to your exact specifications. A number of wedding packages are offered, and a team of experienced event planners are available to answer questions, offer suggestions, and help plan all the little details of your special day,
5 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608-255-4861
13.Madison Marriott West
© Madison Marriott West
Marriott hotels are reliably excellent wedding venues no matter where in the world they happen to be, and the Madison Marriott West is no exception. Conveniently located only a few minutes away from the city's downtown core, the hotel offers sixteen event spaces to choose from, including an extravagant ten-story garden atrium with a waterfall. The hotel's event planners can help you find the perfect vendors while sticking to your budget, and customizable catering services are provided in-house. The hotel also offers a special group discount for couples who would like to reserve a block of rooms for their guests.
1313 John Q Hammons Dr, Middleton, WI 53562, Phone: 608-831-2000
© Madison Turners
Offering a spacious 4,600-square-foot banquet hall, Madison Turners is an ideal location for receptions with up to 300 guests. The room features a 625-square-foot dance floor, a solid oak bar, and plenty of windows, and it can be configured in a number of different ways depending on the size and style of your event. Couples can also decorate the space however they like, but decor packages are available for people who would rather simplify the planning process. The venue also offers the unique opportunity for children at the wedding to enjoy a supervised gymnastics hour during the reception while their parents socialize.
3001 S Stoughton Rd, Madison, WI 53716, Phone: 608-222-4922
The oldest theater in the city, the Majestic Theatre has gone from being a vaudeville theater to a trendy music club that regularly hosts DJ performances and live music shows. The beautifully restored building is a wonderful space for both ceremonies and receptions, and it offers several dramatic spaces that couples can take advantage of when planning the layout of their wedding, including a main stage set under a decorative arch, a tiered main floor, and a balcony area. A day-of wedding coordinator is included in the rental rate, and outside vendors are permitted for everything except bar services.
115 King St, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608-255-0901
16.NOAH'S Event Venue
Owned by one of the country's largest event venue corporations, NOAH'S Event Venue is a stylish space known for its professional staff and excellent service. All-inclusive wedding packages are available for couples who want to keep things as easy as possible, but the company is also happy to let couples plan the DIY wedding of their dreams, and its open vendor policy means you can have whatever food and entertainment you like. Tables, chairs, and linens in your choice of color are always included in the rental fee, and ceiling decorations, chandeliers, and room backdrops are available for a surcharge.
5020 American Family Dr, Madison, WI 53718, Phone: 608-628-4225
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© Orpheum Theater
Opened in 1927, the Orpheum Theater is a historic Art Deco building that has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The building's dramatic French Renaissance interior is the perfect backdrop for both ceremonies and receptions, and it can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. However, it can also be arranged to perfectly suit more intimate affairs of 80 to 100 people. The venue's staff are available to help with every step of the planning process, and they're particularly well-equipped to help couples book incredible entertainment, choose memorable decor, and design custom menus and mixology.
216 State St, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608-250-2600
18.Sheraton Madison Hotel
© Sheraton Madison Hotel
Conveniently located right downtown, the Sheraton Madison Hotel is an elegant venue that offers approximately 17,500 square feet of event space. The spacious ballroom can accommodate up to 550 guests for an evening of dinner and dancing, but there are also plenty of smaller spaces perfect for groups of between 20 and 225 people seated banquet-style. If desired, the hotel can arrange dressing rooms for both sides of the wedding party. The use of a wedding planner is included in the rental fee, and the hotel offers most of the services you'll need, including catering, event rentals, centerpieces, and audiovisual equipment.
706 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53713, Phone: 608-251-2300
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19.The Brink Lounge
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The Brink Lounge is an elegant downtown bar that regularly hosts live music shows, and it makes for a fun and unique place to have your wedding. A stunning banquet room with a three-story spiral staircase and a patio bar can be booked for weddings with up to 200 guests, and catering can be done either by the venue or by an outside vendor. Couples who would like a more casual celebration can hold their reception in the lounge itself, where their guests will be able to watch the evening's live music performance from the comfort of a semi-private area perfect for mixing and mingling.
701 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608-661-8599
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20.The East Side Club
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Perched overlooking the lake on Monona Drive, the East Side Club is a sophisticated yet affordable venue for a lakeside wedding. There are two indoor spaces to choose from, one of which boasts stunning views of the Capitol and the other of which offers lake views and access to a beautiful grassy area. Both spaces include built-in bar areas. Couples who would prefer to have their wedding outdoors can also book the Lakeside Lawn, which offers a fun outdoor Tiki bar area and plenty of excellent photo opportunities, particularly when the sun sets over the water.
3735 Monona Dr, Madison, WI 53714, Phone: 608-222-9131
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21.The Fields Reserve
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Set on a beautiful 20-acre property only five minutes outside Madison, the Fields Reserve is a family owned and operated business dedicated to providing attentive service that takes all the stress and hassle out of wedding planning. The property features two wedding barns, one designed for ceremonies and one dedicated to receptions, and couples can choose to rent either one or both together. There is also a beautiful outdoor ceremony space with a custom-built arch for couples to stand under while they say their vows. Bar packages are available for the venue, but couples can choose their own vendors for all other services.
2479 Glenn Dr, Stoughton, WI 53589, Phone: 608-636-6400
22.The Livingston Inn
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A charming bed and breakfast located inside a historic Gothic house, the Livingston Inn is a picturesque wedding venue perfect for intimate celebrations with 100 guests or fewer. Couples who book the space will have access to both the house and the gardens, making the venue ideally suited to indoor/outdoor celebrations during the warmer months. Outside food and beverage vendors are welcome, but they must be approved by the venue in advance. On-site accommodation is available for up to 10 people, and plenty of other excellent hotels can be found within a one-mile radius.
752 E Gorham St, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608-238-6317
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23.The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
© The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
Less than five minutes away from the Capitol on foot, the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club is a centrally located hotel with all the amenities you need to have a fabulous wedding. A spacious grand ballroom is available for large weddings, but the hotel also offers private dining rooms for smaller affairs. No matter which space you choose, the rental fee includes tables, chairs, linens, and a champagne toast for all wedding guests. The catering staff are led by an award-winning chef, and they have plenty of experience in helping couples plan the perfect customized dinner menu for their special day.
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 800-356-8293
24.The University Club - Madison
© The University Club - Madison
Located on the University of Wisconsin's beautiful campus, the University Club - Madison is a historic venue that has been hosting weddings for more than a century. Three separate event spaces are available, all of which feature stunning Tudor-style architecture. The club's culinary team prides itself on using local ingredients as much as possible, and the staff are happy to create a customized menu or even to design your dinner menu around special family recipes. The rental fee includes exclusive access to the space for six hours, and linens, candles, flower vases, and a microphone are available at no extra cost.
803 State St, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608 286-3827
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Found on the east side of the city, Threshold is a unique and welcoming space designed to inspire and cultivate a sense of community in the Madison area. The building itself is a historic auto body shop that has been converted into offices, a coworking space, and several event spaces that can accommodate between 15 and 60 people. Depending on which space you choose, you will be able to enjoy beautiful architectural details such as an arched wooden ceiling and exposed brick walls. Tables, chairs, and set up are included, and a service kitchen can be rented for an additional fee.
2717 Atwood Ave, Madison WI 53704, Phone: 608-262-5024
25 Best Madison Wedding Venues
- Holy Wisdom Monastery, Photo: Holy Wisdom Monastery
- Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Photo: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
- Overture Center for the Arts, Photo: popovich22/stock.adobe.com
- The Edgewater, Photo: The Edgewater
- Badger Farms LLC, Photo: Badger Farms LLC
- Bishops Bay Country Club, Photo: Bishops Bay Country Club
- Crowne Plaza Hotel - Madison, Photo: Crowne Plaza Hotel - Madison
- Elks Lodge, Photo: Elks Lodge
- Emily's Ten Oaks Ranch, Photo: Emily's Ten Oaks Ranch
- Heights Event Center, Photo: Heights Event Center
- Lussier Family Heritage Center, Photo: Lussier Family Heritage Center
- Madison Club, Photo: Madison Club
- Madison Marriott West, Photo: Madison Marriott West
- Madison Turners, Photo: Madison Turners
- Majestic Theatre, Photo: MNStudio/stock.adobe.com
- NOAH'S Event Venue, Photo: kondrukhov/stock.adobe.com
- Orpheum Theater, Photo: Orpheum Theater
- Sheraton Madison Hotel, Photo: Sheraton Madison Hotel
- The Brink Lounge, Photo: The Brink Lounge
- The East Side Club, Photo: The East Side Club
- The Fields Reserve, Photo: The Fields Reserve
- The Livingston Inn, Photo: The Livingston Inn
- The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, Photo: The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
- The University Club - Madison, Photo: The University Club - Madison
- Threshold, Photo: Threshold
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