Set on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is a wonderfully scenic place for a wedding. The city offers plenty of venues perfect for traditional weddings, including elegant ballrooms, garden terraces, and spacious banquet halls, but it also has an astonishing number of options for couples who would prefer a more unique venue. If you'd like to tie the knot in a horticultural dome filled with desert plants, under a massive tank of fish at Discovery World, or in a museum gallery filled with ancient Egyptian mummies, there's no better place to have your special day than Milwaukee.
1.1451 Renaissance Place
© 1451 Renaissance Place
Formerly a Christian Science church, 1451 Renaissance Place is now a stunning banquet hall that can seat up to 300 people. Most of the building's original architectural features have been well preserved, including the gilded columns, marble staircase, elaborate woodwork, and soaring vaulted ceiling, and the space provides some truly excellent photo opportunities. The dining room features several fireplaces and a dance floor, and the decor can be customized to suit the style of almost any wedding. The services of a professional wedding planner are included in all wedding packages, and the venue's bartenders will be available to serve drinks all throughout the evening.
1451 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-272-1451
© 3041 North
Established in 2013, 3041 North is an elegant urban country club with plenty of experience in hosting weddings and other special events. A professional event coordinator is available to assist couples with every aspect of planning their special day, and wedding packages include everything from food and beverage services to professional photography and armed on-site security. The staff will also make sure that the space is beautifully decorated according to your exact specifications. Last but not least, the space boasts a high-quality sound system perfect for DJs and other entertainment, and a dance floor and stage are available.
3041 W North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208, Phone: 414-810-3131
3.Black Swan MKE
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Offering three sophisticated event venues to choose from, Black Swan MKE has been making it possible for couples to have their dream weddings since 2008. Two of the venues boast excellent views of the water; one is located right on the Milwaukee River, and the other is perched overlooking Lake Michigan. The third venue was formerly a knitting plant, and it combines an industrial style with an open, airy space. An experienced host will be available to answer questions, and the company has excellent relationships with vendors who can provide everything you need for your wedding, including catering, music, event rentals, and professional videography.
309 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 262-618-4336
4.Boerner Botanical Gardens
© Boerner Botanical Gardens
Part of the beautiful Whitnall Park, the Boerner Botanical Gardens consist of five elegantly landscaped formal gardens that can be used for weddings year round. The gardens themselves are perfect for romantic wedding ceremonies and photos, but there are also plenty of lovely indoor spaces for when it's time to move the celebration indoors. The largest reception venue is a banquet hall that can accommodate 288 seated guests, but there are also two smaller venues that can be used for more intimate affairs of approximately 50 to 100 people. Tables and chairs are included, and on-site parking is available free of charge.
9400 Boerner Dr, Hales Corners, WI 53130, Phone: 414-525-5600
5.Brown Deer Boathouse
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Managed by the Milwaukee County Park system, the Brown Deer Boathouse is perched on a small hill overlooking a lagoon in the park that shares its name. The lagoon and the surrounding forest provide the perfect backdrop for beautiful wedding photos, and the house's wood and stone exterior gives the venue a decidedly rustic but elegant feel. The space can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests, and in the summer, wedding parties will have access to the patio as well as to the upper level of the home. Tables and chairs are included, and there is a kitchenette that can be used for food prep.
7835 N Green Bay Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209, Phone: 414-352-8220
One of the premier event spaces operated by the Zilli Hospitality Group, Coast is an elegant reception venue that offers stunning views of the nearby Lake Michigan. The design and decor of the space were inspired by the sea, and appealing curved walkways lead guests from the bar to the lounge to the outdoor patio. Coast also features a cozy fireplace and a grand piano that can be used for evening entertainment. Catering is done in-house, and couples are encouraged to meet with the company's food mixologists to do tastings and create the perfect customized menu.
931 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-727-5555
A sophisticated loft-style venue with exposed cream brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, Cuvee is another of the Zilli Hospitality Group's beautiful event spaces. The venue occupies the top floor of a historic landmark building constructed in 1893, and it can accommodate events with up to 200 seated guests. The basic rental fee includes tables and chairs, vendor recommendations, access to the on-site catering kitchen, and the services of an event coordinator on the day of the wedding. Complete ceremony and reception packages are also available for couples who would like more assistance planning their special day.
177 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-225-9800
8.Discovery World - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue
© Discovery World - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue
If you're looking for a unique place to have your wedding, there's no better place in Milwaukee than Discovery World, where the event spaces are managed by Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue. There are multiple exciting spaces to choose from, including a circular ballroom with panoramic views of the water and the city skyline, a 9,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor pavilion, and an aquarium room where couples can celebrate while surrounded by tanks full of marine life. The spaces can accommodate between 50 and 800 guests depending on the layout, and food and beverage services are provided by Bartolotta Catering.
500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-765-8610
Situated right next to the Grace Lutheran Church, the Grace Center is a downtown event space perfect for traditional wedding receptions. The center offers two venues to choose from: the bright and airy Great Hall, which can accommodate up to 250 people, and a more intimate atrium suitable for events with up to 50 guests. Both spaces feature a beautiful but minimal decor, making them the ideal blank slate for couples to customize with their own decorations. Catering and bar services must be provided by one of the venue's preferred vendors, and use of the catering kitchen is included in the rental fee.
250 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-271-3006
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10.Marcus Performing Arts Center
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Home to many of the city's best arts organizations, the Marcus Performing Arts Center provides an elegant backdrop for both small and large weddings. The charming garden is the perfect place for a romantic outdoor ceremony, and indoor event spaces include an airy atrium with glass walls and the Bradley Pavilion, which features a private balcony and beautiful views of the Riverwalk. The venue will help with everything from transportation to equipment rentals, and food is provided exclusively by Sazama’s Fine Catering, where the culinary experts have plenty of experiencing in designing custom wedding menus to suit every taste imaginable.
929 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-273-7121
© Marcus Weddings
Marcus Weddings is one of the city's top wedding specialists, and they offer three distinct venues to choose from, with something to suit almost every style of wedding. The historic Pfister Hotel is the venue to choose if you've always dreamed of having a traditionally elegant ballroom wedding, while the Hilton Milwaukee City Center provides a spectacular Art Deco setting. Couples planning a more modern wedding can book the stylish Saint Kate. No matter which of the three venues you choose, Marcus Weddings will set you up with a wedding packages that includes customized catering, beverage services, and whatever other assistance you might need.
424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-390-3802
12.Married In Milwaukee
Owned and operated by a friendly husband and wife team, Married In Milwaukee is a local company that was created to connect couples with the city's best wedding vendors. Although they're not wedding planners, they're an invaluable resource for anyone trying to plan a wedding, and they offer recommendations for everything from the best caterers to where to host your bachelor and bachelorette parties. They also offer plenty of tips and information to help make the planning process go as smoothly as possible, including detailed cost breakdowns of real weddings that have taken place in the Milwaukee area.
© Miller Room
Located at the Zilli Lake and Gardens, the Miller Room is a modern event venue that boasts beautiful views of the nearby lake and the surrounding gardens. The L-shaped room can hold up to 245 people seated at round tables, and it features a dance floor, multilevel lighting, and a wall of windows that let in plenty of natural light. The large terrace that wraps around the room is the perfect place for guests to mingle during a cocktail hour, and ceremonies can be held either here or in the one of the beautiful neighboring gardens.
910 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-727-5555
14.Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
© Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
Constructed to honor the veterans who lost their lives in World War II, the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center is an excellent waterfront venue for ceremonies and receptions. The center offers both indoor and outdoor sites, and most couples choose to take advantage of both by having their ceremony outside on the plaza and their reception inside the elegant third-floor banquet hall, which offers spectacular views of the city skyline. Tables and chairs are included in the rental rate, as is the initial set-up, and couples will also have access to a dance floor for the banquet hall.
750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-273-5533
15.Milwaukee Public Museum
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With its world-class natural and human history exhibits, the Milwaukee Public Museum is a truly memorable place to tie the knot. The museum allows many of their exhibits to be used as event spaces, meaning that guests can mingle while surrounded by Ancient Egyptian mummies or under the shadow of an exotic humpback whale skeleton. Sit down dinner receptions can also be held in the Steigleder Gallery, a designated event space with soaring ceilings and elegant chandeliers. Catering and other wedding services are provided by the Zilli Hospitality Group, who are happy to help couples customize their menu and decor.
800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233, Phone: 414-278-2728
16.Mitchell Park Conservatory - The Domes
Officially known as the Mitchell Park Conservatory, "The Domes" are three unique horticultural domes filled with a diverse array of beautiful plant life. Each of the three domes has a different theme, allowing couples to choose the perfect backdrop for their dream wedding. The Desert Dome and the Tropical Dome showcase the most striking plants from the two regions, while the Floral Dome features colorful floral arrangements designed to celebrate a historical or cultural theme. Winding walkways make it easy for guests to explore and enjoy the landscapes, and each space can hold up to 500 guests.
524 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53215, Phone: 414-257-5611
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© Pritzlaff Events
Built in 1875, the Pritzlaff Building is a historic warehouse space that has been transformed into a stunning venue managed by Pritzlaff Events. The venue offers more than 26,000 square feet of space split into four separate rooms with different capacities; the largest can accommodate up to 350 guests, while the smallest has a maximum of 180 people. The spaces can be booked either separately or together depending on the size and style of your celebration, and they all feature beautiful architectural details such as cream-colored brick walls, Victorian-style windows, or lofty ceilings supported with industrial-age beams.
333 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203, Phone: 414-433-6088
© South Second
Found in the heart of the city's vibrant, diverse Walker's Point neighborhood, South Second is an unforgettable event venue located inside a historic industrial building. The spacious main floor can accommodate up to 250 people seated at round tables, and the building also features a second-floor mezzanine lounge overlooking the room below. The venue offers all-inclusive packages that take care of everything from event rentals to flowers and decor, and the event planning team is happy to help couples customize every last detail to their liking. Catering is done in-house, and both plated and buffet options are available.
838 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204, Phone: 414-256-8765
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Known to locals as the "glass house", the Annex is a 15,000-square-foot greenhouse located in Mitchell Park. In addition to letting in plenty of natural light, the building's glass walls and windows provide stunning views of the sky and the surrounding gardens, allowing guests to feel like they're celebrating outdoors without having to worry about the hassle of inclement weather. The space can accommodate up to 350 people for a seated reception, and it can be decorated with garden lights and floral arrangements to add to the ambiance. An aisle runner is also available for ceremonies.
524 S. Layton Blvd. Milwaukee, WI 53215, Phone: 414-425-8550
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20.The Box MKE
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Thanks to its open floor plan and neutral color palette, the Box MKE is one of the city's most customizable event venues. The space features beautiful cream brick walls and polished hardwood floors that match almost any choice of decor and furniture, but if you'd like to keep it simple, the venue offers several pieces of unique, eclectic furniture that complement the space perfectly and are available at no extra charge. Couples can bring in any vendors of their choice, but they can also choose from a list of preferred vendors who have experience with the space.
311 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-551-5021
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21.The Bradley Pavilion
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Overlooking the scenic Milwaukee Riverwalk, the Bradley Pavilion is a beautiful banquet hall with floor to ceiling glass windows and a private balcony. As one of the spaces at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the pavilion offers in-house bar services and delicious food provided by its catering partner, and couples will have the assistance of an experienced event planner to help with everything from choosing centerpieces to planning their menu. The space can accommodate up to 480 guests seated at round tables, and couples are welcome to have their ceremony amidst the flowers at the neighboring Fitch Garden patio.
929 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-273-7121
22.The Grain Exchange - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue
© The Grain Exchange - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue
Conveniently located downtown in the Mackie Building, the Grain Exchange is an elegant, unforgettable ballroom venue managed by A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue. The majestic three-story room boasts lofty ceilings and a 175-foot indoor bell tower, but the real highlight of the space are the detailed frescoes illustrating the city's rich history. The space can hold either 325 or 350 seated guests depending on whether or not a dance floor is set up, and event planners are available to help decide on a seating plan. Catering is done in-house, and couples can expect customized four-star menus designed to match the theme of their wedding.
225 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-727-6980
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23.The Villa Filomena
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Dating back to 1874 when it was constructed as a residence for a local Great Lakes Captain, the Villa Filomena is a stunning Victorian mansion with a rich history. Romantic outdoor ceremonies can be held on the sophisticated Garden Terrace, which can accommodate up to 125 guests, and couples then have the option to continue the celebration on the terrace or move the party inside. With its twenty-six chandeliers and its two bars, the grand ballroom is perfect for receptions with up to 225 guests, but couples can also book the charming parlor for more intimate affairs. Wedding planning services are offered by the venue.
1119 N Marshall St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-289-0333
24.Turner Hall Ballroom Weddings
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Originally intended as a place for local artists to display their work, the Turner Hall Ballroom is an elegant but rustic-feeling venue located right in the heart of downtown. The space boasts architectural features such as high ceilings, a lovely balcony, and soaring windows, and it's equipped with modern amenities like air conditioning and concert-quality sound and lighting. An experienced event coordinator and a full team of event staff are available as needed, but couples are welcome to bring in their own caterer and vendors for everything except bar service, which is provided by the venue.
1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203, Phone: 414-286-6164
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24 Best Milwaukee Wedding Venues
- 1451 Renaissance Place, Photo: 1451 Renaissance Place
- 3041 North, Photo: 3041 North
- Black Swan MKE, Photo: Black Swan MKE
- Boerner Botanical Gardens, Photo: Boerner Botanical Gardens
- Brown Deer Boathouse, Photo: Christopher Bailey/stock.adobe.com
- Coast, Photo: Coast
- Cuvee, Photo: Cuvee
- Discovery World - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue, Photo: Discovery World - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue
- Grace Center, Photo: A_Lein/stock.adobe.com
- Marcus Performing Arts Center, Photo: Marcus Performing Arts Center
- Marcus Weddings, Photo: Marcus Weddings
- Married In Milwaukee, Photo: graja/stock.adobe.com
- Miller Room, Photo: Miller Room
- Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, Photo: Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
- Milwaukee Public Museum, Photo: Milwaukee Public Museum
- Mitchell Park Conservatory - The Domes, Photo: Austin/stock.adobe.com
- Pritzlaff Events, Photo: Pritzlaff Events
- South Second, Photo: South Second
- The Annex, Photo: pyrozenko13/stock.adobe.com
- The Box MKE, Photo: The Box MKE
- The Bradley Pavilion, Photo: The Bradley Pavilion
- The Grain Exchange - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue, Photo: The Grain Exchange - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue
- The Villa Filomena, Photo: The Villa Filomena
- Turner Hall Ballroom Weddings, Photo: Turner Hall Ballroom Weddings
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