As the largest city in Wisconsin, Milwaukee offers no shortage of stunning wedding venues for couples to choose from. Options include patios overlooking the Milwaukee River, historical hotel ballrooms, rustic log cabins, and elegant loft-style spaces with cream brick walls and breathtaking city views.
1.The Chef's Table
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Best known for the upscale private dining experiences it offers, the Chef's Table is an intimate restaurant and wedding venue set in the heart of Walker's Point. The space is ideal for receptions and ceremonies, and they also offer special rehearsal dinner experiences. Instead of providing a set banquet menu for you to choose from, the chefs will work with you to create a completely personalized menu based on the foods that you love. The space only has room for 60 seated people, but couples who choose to have a cocktail-style reception will be able to invite up to 125 guests.
500 S 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204, Phone: 414-277-7676
2.Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
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Sitting on a beautiful property right on the river, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is an important part of the community and a great place to have your wedding. Weddings are typically held in either the Bradley Pavilion or the Anello Atrium; both spaces boast floor-to-ceiling windows that provide stunning views of the city, and the pavilion also features a private balcony that overlooks the Milwaukee River. Food and beverages are provided by the venue's dedicated caterer, and there are plenty of staff available to help with everything from developing seating plans to renting audiovisual equipment.
929 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-273-7121
3.Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
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The Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery has a big name to live up to, but it doesn't disappoint. The brewery dates all the way back to 1844, but it has only served as a bar and event space since the early 2000s. There are two indoor halls available for wedding ceremonies and receptions, but there are also several beautiful outdoor courtyards perfectly suited to ceremonies. Chivari chairs and tables are included in the price of the rental, and one of the two halls boasts a fully stocked bar with approximately a dozen beers on tap.
901 W Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233, Phone: 414-630-1609
4.The Grain Exchange - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue
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Tucked inside the Mackie Building, the Grain Exchange - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue is an Italian-style space with lofty ceilings, beautiful wall frescoes, and a large bell tower in the center of the room. Catering is done exclusively by Bartolotta restaurants, and the company is also proud to provide experienced event coordinators to help with every other aspect of planning your special day. The space can be set up to accommodate between 50 and 500 people, and couples who choose to have their wedding here are given 10% off the cost of their rehearsal dinner.
225 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-727-6980
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Featuring exposed brick walls and an oval bar, Cuvee is a beautiful loft-style event space that can accommodate up to 200 guests. The space is quite versatile and can be arranged according to a variety of different floor plans; popular options include a buffet-style reception and a modern communal table arrangement. A list of approved caterers is provided, and there is a convenient on-site catering kitchen available for use. The rental fee also includes the services of the venue's management team, who are available to help with everything from vendor selection to day-of wedding coordination.
177 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-225-9800
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Designed to preserve and share the rich history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the Harley-Davidson Museum is a unique wedding venue that will ensure that your wedding is as memorable as possible for you and your guests. It can accommodate almost every size of wedding imaginable; intimate events can be held in one of the elegant indoor banquet halls, but there's also a beautiful outdoor terrace that has space for up to 1,000 people. Wedding packages include a three-course dinner, all china, flatware, and linens, use of the dance floor, and complimentary museum tickets for all of your guests.
400 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53201, Phone: 877-436-8738
7.Hilton Milwaukee City Center
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Built in 1927, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center offers more than 30,000 square feet of event space, including two elegant ballrooms. The hotel's professionally trained wedding staff are available to help with every aspect of your special day, including seating plans, dinner menus, and reception coordination. The hotel is also proud to offer a wide range of wedding packages, all of which include hosted beverage service, a selection of hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast, and a three-course dinner. Plenty of overnight accommodation is available in the hotel, and special discounted room rates are offered to wedding guests.
509 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203, Phone: 414-271-7250
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Occupying a beautiful art deco building in the heart of the Art and Financial District, Hotel Metro is a romantic boutique hotel perfect for weddings of up to 125 guests. There are several different venues in the hotel to choose from, including a European-style ballroom with an attached veranda and a rooftop patio that offers stunning views of the city. Couples who choose this venue will be given a complimentary night's stay in one of the hotel's large suites, and the rental fee includes complete set-up and tear-down as well as the services of a dedicated event planning specialist.
411 E Mason St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-272-1937
9.Hubbard Park Lodge
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Located right on banks of the beautiful Milwaukee River, the Hubbard Park Lodge is a charming log cabin that can accommodate up to 175 people for a sit-down reception dinner. The space boasts a cozy stone fireplace and a lofty cathedral ceiling, making it the perfect setting for ceremonies and receptions alike, but ceremonies can also be held outside on the grounds if so desired. Food and beverage services are provided by the venue, but couples are welcome to bring in outside vendors for decor, photography, music, and all other wedding services. Special winter pricing is offered January through April.
3565 N Morris Blvd, Shorewood, WI 53211, Phone: 414-332-4207
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Boasting a convenient location in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, the InterContinental Milwaukee is an upscale hotel that offers excellent views of the city skyline. Different event spaces are available depending on the size of your wedding; the grand salon can hold up to 400 guests, while the lobby salon is a more intimate space that can accommodate up to 120 people. The hotel's wedding packages offer a wide range of food and beverages to choose from, and all packages include a complimentary night's stay in one of the hotel's upgraded rooms for the bride and groom.
139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-276-8686
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With three different locations in Milwaukee, Marcus Weddings has something to suit every couple. In addition to the use of chairs, tables, and linens, all wedding packages include complete set-up and tear-down, a complimentary suite for the bride and groom on their wedding night, and use of a piano and standing microphone. Catering is taken care of by the venue, and upgraded packages include everything from food and beverages to decorative ice sculptures. Wedding guests will be given a discounted room rate, and the bride and bridesmaids can enjoy discounted services at the luxurious hotel spa.
424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-390-3802
12.Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
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Constructed to honor the Americans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center sits right on Lake Michigan. There are two different venues for couples to choose from: An indoor banquet hall with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor plaza that boasts stunning views of the lake and downtown Milwaukee. The rental fee includes tables, chairs, and exclusive use of the space for either 4 or 6 hours. Couples are required to arrange food and beverages with one of the venue's approved vendors, but they're free to choose their own vendors for all other services.
750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-273-5533
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The historic Pritzlaff Events building was constructed in 1875, and it boasts arched windows and lofty ceilings supported by wooden beams. It offers four beautiful event spaces, which can be rented either separately or together to accommodate up to 1,200 guests. Two of the spaces include covered outdoor areas perfect for receptions, while ceremonies are typically held in the intimate Galleria. Experienced event managers are available to help with wedding planning, and they pride themselves on creating truly one-of-a-kind events. There is a list of preferred caterers for couples to choose from, and bar services are taken care of by Pritzlaff Events.
333 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203, Phone: 414-433-6088
14.Renaissance Place 1451
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Renaissance Place 1451 was originally a church, but now it's a full-service event space tucked away in the city's historic East Side. A well-trained team of staff are available to help with every aspect of planning and executing your wedding; the venue supplies chairs and tables, audiovisual equipment, and custom lighting, and the staff are more than happy to help arrange decorations and other rentals. The reception hall has a spacious dance floor and enough room for up to 600 people, and wedding parties are given exclusive access to the entire venue on the day of their event.
1451 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-272-1451
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Set in the bustling Walker’s Point neighborhood, South Second is a two-story event space with a charming industrial character. Food is provided by Saz's Catering; plenty of buffet-style and plated dinner wedding menus are available, and all are completely customizable. Couples are also welcome to customize all the other details of their wedding to whatever extent they would like, and the event planning staff are happy to help. The ceremony space can accommodate up to 150 people, and the reception space can be arranged to fit 250 people or 350 guests for a cocktail-style event.
1821, 838 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204, Phone: 414-256-8765
16.Surg on the Water
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Perfect for couples looking to get married in a naturally beautiful setting, Surg on the Water overlooks the Milwaukee River and features a large deck with excellent views of the water. There is also an indoor bar area with a dance floor; both the indoor and outdoor spaces have their own bars, and the venue can accommodate a maximum of 240 seated people. A capable event planner is available to help coordinate all the details of your special day, and the venue's chefs offer an excellent variety of flexible, customized menus that include items from several award-winning restaurants in the area.
102 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-800-1246
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Founded in 2004 as the city's first small plate dining restaurant, Swig offers a comfortable atmosphere, a wood-burning fireplace, and an outdoor patio. Wedding ceremonies and receptions are typically held on the restaurant's beautiful second floor, a loft-style space with cream brick walls and hardwood floors. The space can accommodate up to 125 seated guests, and the use of chairs, tables, china, and flatware is included in the rental price. Couples can create their own personalized wedding menu by choosing their favorite small plates and entrees from the restaurant's extensive menu; personalized cocktails and award-winning desserts are available as well.
217 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-431-7944
18.The Box MKE
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Incorporating elements of both modern style and classic Milwaukee charm, The Box MKE is a 3000-square-foot event space that boasts lofty 12-foot ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors. The open floor plan offers a tremendous amount of flexibility; opulent, over-the-top ceremonies are every bit as possible as simple, minimalist weddings. Couples are welcome to use whatever vendors they like for catering, bar services, and decor, but the venue offers a list of vendors whose services they trust and have appreciated in the past. Guests will receive discounted evening and weekend parking passes for the nearby parking garage.
311 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-551-5021
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As part of the Grace Lutheran Church, the Grace Center is an historic wedding venue that has been an important part of the Milwaukee community since the mid-19th century. Most couples choose to host their wedding in the great hall, which includes a dance floor, a catering kitchen, a sound system, and enough seating for up to 240 guests. Bar service and catering must be provided by one of the businesses on the venue's list of preferred venues, and couples are welcome to set up the day before their wedding as long as no other event is taking place at the center.
250 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-271-3006
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20.The Garden - A SURG Banquet Facility
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Owned by the SURG restaurant group, the Garden - A SURG Banquet Facility is a chic, modern event space that can host both ceremonies and receptions. The space is fully equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and audiovisual equipment, and it can fit up to 225 people for a cocktail-style reception of 150 seated guests if preferred. The space is extremely versatile, and couples are free to decorate it in whatever way fits their personal style. There is also a wide selection of menus for couples to choose from, with all of the items coming from restaurants in the SURG family.
725 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-800-1246
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21.Black Swan MKE
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Situated downtown on the riverbank in the historic Third Ward, the Black Swan MKE offers an intimate atmosphere only steps away from some of the best restaurants and bars in the city. The space can accommodate up to 400 people for ceremonies and receptions, and it comes equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and as many tables and chairs as you need for your event. The venue has a list of preferred vendors for event rentals, catering, and bar services, but couples are free to use the large catering kitchen and bar as they like.
309 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, 262-618-4336
22.The Miller Room
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Offering breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding area, the Miller Room is a sophisticated wedding venue that boasts a beautiful terrace and an indoor ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows. The ballroom features a parquet dance floor, and the space can fit up to 245 guests for a seated reception that also permits the use of the dance floor. Tables, chairs, and Wi-Fi access are included in the price of the venue rental, and the space is equipped with multilevel lighting and an excellent sound system. Blackout capabilities are available if desired, and the space is wheelchair accessible.
910 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-277-1056
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Boasting an excellent location in Walker's Point, the Seeboth can be found inside an elegant historical building that has been carefully renovated to include all the modern amenities you want for your special day. The space is perfect for intimate events of no more than 200 guests, and it features special touches like cream city brick and rustic wooden beams. Couples can use any vendors they like as long as they get approval, but the venue conveniently provides a list of preferred vendors for everything from catering and bar services to photography to wedding invitations.
131 W Seeboth St, Milwaukee, WI 53204, Phone: 414-841-9374
24.The Villa Filomena
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Originally constructed in 1874 for the Fitzgerald, the Villa Filomena has been a family owned and operated event space since 2004. The building retains all of its original charm, and it boasts plenty of wonderful architectural features like arched doorways and beautiful columns on the front porch. Couples can choose to rent out the intimate parlor or the entire mansion; rental of the whole space includes access to a special bridal suite, the parlor, the ballroom, and a lovely outdoor terrace. The rental price includes tables, chairs, and a set-up and tear-down service, and valet parking is available for an additional fee.
1119 N Marshall St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-289-0333
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25.Kimpton Journeyman Hotel
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Consistently rated as one of the best hotels in Milwaukee, the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel can be found in the city's historic Third Ward district. Weddings are typically held in the hotel's stunning 2,800-square-foot ballroom, but there are also areas on the rooftop that can be rented if you'd like to have an outdoor wedding. Catering is provided by the on-site restaurant, and room discounts are offered when wedding guests book as a group. Tables and linens are included in all wedding packages, and a professional wedding planner is available to help coordinate all the details of the reception.
310 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 888-536-9008
25 Best Milwaukee Wedding Venues
- The Chef's Table, Photo: The Chef's Table
- Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Photo: Courtesy of thelivephotos - Fotolia.com
- Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, Photo: Courtesy of wideonet - Fotolia.com
- The Grain Exchange - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue, Photo: Courtesy of Fotolia.com
- Cuvee, Photo: Courtesy of vikstrel - Fotolia.com
- Harley-Davidson Museum, Photo: Harley-Davidson Museum
- Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Photo: Courtesy of ksyusha_yanovich - Fotolia.com
- Hotel Metro, Photo: Courtesy of pahis - Fotolia.com
- Hubbard Park Lodge, Photo: Courtesy of Georgi - Fotolia.com
- InterContinental Milwaukee, Photo: Courtesy of oleksajewicz - Fotolia.com
- Marcus Weddings, Photo: Courtesy of Maksym - Fotolia.com
- Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, Photo: Courtesy of Henryk Sadura - Fotolia.com
- Pritzlaff Events, Photo: Courtesy of Ulia Koltyrina - Fotolia.com
- Renaissance Place 1451, Photo: Courtesy of Lars Christensen - Fotolia.com
- South Second, Photo: Courtesy of Yulia - Fotolia.com
- Surg on the Water, Photo: Courtesy of VlaDee - Fotolia.com
- Swig, Photo: Courtesy of Mybona - Fotolia.com
- The Box MKE, Photo: Courtesy of LElik83 - Fotolia.com
- Grace Center, Photo: Courtesy of Nils - Fotolia.com
- The Garden - A SURG Banquet Facility, Photo: Courtesy of fox17 - Fotolia.com
- Black Swan MKE, Photo: Courtesy of Georgi - Fotolia.com
- The Miller Room, Photo: Courtesy of Chris - Fotolia.com
- The Seeboth, Photo: Courtesy of satura_ - Fotolia.com
- The Villa Filomena, Photo: Courtesy of thelivephotos - Fotolia.com
- Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, Photo: Courtesy of Aimer est un art - Fotolia.com
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