If you are planning a Wisconsin wedding, you are indeed fortunate to have a wide selection of beautiful venues to choose from. There are a number of excellent outdoor venues where nature lovers can exchange vows surrounded by stunning landscape. Couples who prefer a city atmosphere can choose from several purpose-built event venues and wonderful restored historic buildings.
1.The Black Swan MKE, Milwaukee
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The Black Swan is a dedicated events venue that is conveniently located in the Historic Third Ward in downtown Milwaukee, offering wonderful views of the Milwaukee River. The interior of the lovely old building is full of charm and offers the perfect industrial-chic backdrop to suit any theme. You can welcome up to 300 guests to your reception and there are outdoor areas (uncovered) right on the RiverWalk for cocktails and photos. Your caterer can use the on-site professional kitchen and bar and the venue supplies all chairs and tables. You will have the assistance of an event planner to steer you in the right direction when it comes to choosing all your vendors.
The Black Swan MKE, 309 North Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 262-618-4336
2.Gatherings on the Ridge, Eastman
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Located a short distance from the town of Eastman in Southwest Wisconsin, Gatherings on the Ridge is a popular venue for farm-style barn weddings. The delightfully rustic old barn is over 100 years old and is large enough to accommodate up to 300 guests. You can have your ceremony set up outside in the gardens (with the barn as a backup in case of inclement weather). The venue has a large stock of rustic country props that you can rent for decor and they also have an on-site floral service for all your flowers. You have the option of choosing a fully inclusive wedding package or simply renting the facility and arranging your own vendors.
Gatherings on the Ridge, 25941 State Hwy 27, Eastman, WI 54626, Phone: 608-874-4668
3.Bradley Pavilion at the Marcus Center
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Boasting ceiling-to-floor windows that offer an excellent view out over the Milwaukee RiverWalk, the Bradley Pavilion offers couples an elegant downtown venue for their wedding. The elegant room can be dressed up to suit just about any wedding theme, and you also have the use of the open-air Fitch Garden Patio, which is the perfect spot to exchange your vows and enjoy pre-reception cocktails. You can sit back and relax on your big day, confidently leaving all the details to the competent team at Sazama’s Fine Catering, the on-site event specialists. You can choose from one of several wedding packages or request them to tailor a menu to perfectly suit your tastes, style, and budget.
The Bradley Pavilion at the Marcus Center, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-276-2030
4.Bennett Barn, Watertown
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The rustic Bennett Barn is the answer to your dreams for a country-style wedding. The barn is genuinely old and rustic but has been lovingly restored by the Bennett family for their own daughter’s wedding in 2012. Since then, many lucky couples have chosen this venue for their own big day and the Bennett family have become experts at hosting successful weddings. The barn can accommodate up to 300 guests and has room for a band/DJ and a dance floor. You can hold both your ceremony and your reception in the barn or consider renting the quaint little church next door if you like the idea of a church ceremony.
The Bennett Barn, County Rd Q, Watertown, WI 53094, Phone: 920-253-7227
5.Burlap and Bells, Black River Falls
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If your dream wedding includes saying “I do” surrounded by wonderful natural elements such as towering cathedral-like pines or a rustic open-air chapel, you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to Burlap and Bells, who are waiting to turn your dream into reality. You can choose from three separate ceremony areas, all of which have a definite wow factor. After enjoying pre-reception cocktails in a wooded area of the estate, you can host the reception of your dreams in a lovely tented pavilion, lit by bistro lights and furnished with rustic antique chairs and tables. You can choose a caterer from a list of trusted vendors, and weekend wedding packages allow access from Friday afternoon to Sunday noon for your vendors to set up at leisure.
Burlap and Bells, N 7988 West Snow Creek Rd, Black River Falls, WI 54615, Phone: 715-284-9251
6.Circa on Seventh, Kenosha
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Operated by the Culinary Infusion Event Management Company, Circa on Seventh is located in a lovingly renovated old theater in harborside Kenosha. If it’s atmosphere you are looking for, you will find it in abundance in the lovely old building, which features exposed brick walls and 22-foot original ceilings. In addition, there is a beautiful grand staircase, a bridal suite, and a loft-like buffet room. The venue is large enough for both your ceremony and reception and you benefit from the services of an event planner to ensure that every detail of this most important day runs according to plan. The venue is within walking distance of the Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside to accommodate your out-of-town guests.
Circa on Seventh, 4902 Seventh Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140, Phone: 262-764-0601
7.Horticultural Hall, Lake Geneva
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The charming, ivy-clad historic Horticultural Hall and its surrounding gardens and loggias offer Lake Geneva couples an exceptional indoor/outdoor wedding venue. When you rent the hall for your wedding, you will have free reign to decide your decor theme, hire the vendors of your choice, and have private access to the entire property for your ceremony and reception. Most couples choose to exchange vows in the lovely outdoor garden courtyard, but a covered loggia area can be substituted in case of rainy weather. The beamed great hall can seat up to 160 guests, and chairs and tables are included in the rental price.
Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, Phone: 262-248-4382
8.Mansion Hill Inn, Madison
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Centrally located in the heart of Madison, the quaint and historic Mansion Hill Inn is an ideal venue for an intimate wedding for up to 70 guests. The interior of the inn is charmingly decorated and you and your guests will have the entire inn to yourselves for the weekend, making your big day an event to remember for all your guests. Venue rental includes the use of all ten luxury rooms and suites as well as the services of an experienced event planner, who will work hand-in-hand with couples to plan every aspect of their dream wedding, including coordinating all your vendors and planning a perfect menu to suit your budget.
Mansion Hill Inn, 424 North Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608-255-0172
9.Mercantile Hall, Burlington
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Remarkably preserved original hardwood floors and exposed imperfect ancient brickwork lend a marked industrial-chic ambiance to the recently restored Mercantile Hall in the heart of historic Burlington. The hall forms the perfect backdrop to your dream wedding, and your dedicated wedding planner will help transform and decorate the space to suit your needs for both your ceremony and your reception. You will have your own log-in to the venue’s website, where you can personalize your room layout, table plans, and much more. The venue boasts a great exhibition kitchen as well as a parking garage directly across the street, and the Hampton Inn is within walking distance to accommodate your out-of-town guests.
Mercantile Hall, 425 North Pine St, Suite 100, Burlington, WI 53105, Phone: 262-758-6280
10.Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison
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If you would like to walk down the aisle in one of America’s top-rated gardens, the beautiful Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison could be your ideal choice. You can host a perfect intimate outdoor ceremony in the Bolz Conservatory or set up a larger ceremony in the lovely atrium (closed from January to October 2019 due to a construction project). The gardens have several indoor spaces that can be rented for your reception for up to 200 people. You can choose your caterer from a list of trusted vendors and the venue staff will be responsible for set-up and break-down. The immaculate gardens are simply bristling with romantic photo opportunities.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704, Phone: 608-246-4550
11.Pioneer Creek Farm, Lomira
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Surrounded by over 80 acres of woods, fields, and hills, the barn at Pioneer Creek Farm offers an exceptionally lovely setting for a farm-style wedding. The rustic interior of the old hay barn is decorated with elegant chandeliers and delicate string lights and awaits the decor and theme of your choice. You can choose from two lovely outdoor settings for your ceremony (or opt for the tented pavilion in case of bad weather). Barn rental includes use of all the necessary tables and chairs for both the ceremony and barn reception, several rustic props to set the scene, and the services of an event planner to ensure everything runs according to plan.
Pioneer Creek Farm, W 4722 Superior Drive, Lomira, WI 53048, Phone: 262-751-1426
12.Pritzlaff Events, Milwaukee
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If you are looking to stage your big day in a place that is a little out of the ordinary and offers the perfect blend of history and charm, the Pritzlaff Events venue in Milwaukee could be the answer to your dreams. The venue is home to four separate historic warehouses, which can accommodate weddings of just about all sizes, and features industrial beamed ceilings, Victorian arched windows, and carved wooden pillars. You can rely on the creative event planners at the venue to help you plan every detail of the decor, music, catering, and bar so that you can relax and fully enjoy your wedding day.
Pritzlaff Events, 315 North Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203, Phone: 414-433-6088
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13.Renaissance Place 1451, Milwaukee
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Renaissance Place has all the necessary elements to form the perfect sophisticated backdrop to your elegant city wedding in Milwaukee. The building abounds with charming historical architectural delights, including grand staircases, gilded columns, and elaborate coffered ceilings. You will find that the venue supplies just about everything you need including tables, chairs, a dance floor, and custom LED lighting in the color of your choice. The highly professional team at Renaissance Place can either take care of all the planning for you or assist you in choosing suitable vendors and caterers. The venue can accommodate your ceremony and reception in separate areas and you have the use of comfortable dressing rooms for your preparations.
Renaissance Place 1451, 1451 N. Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-272-1451
14.Roosevelt Hills Weddings and Events, Barronett
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You can walk down the aisle on a white carpet to say “I do” surrounded by rolling green hills and pastures at the lovely Roosevelt Hills Wedding and Events venue in Barronett. The beautiful setting of this venue provides an idyllic location for an indoor/outdoor country-style wedding. You can exchange vows surrounded by nature and then welcome your guests to a dream reception in the tented pavilion, where a grand central chandelier creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. The venue will assist you to choose trusted local vendors to supply everything you need from flowers to decor as well as catering and bar services and will also supervise the event on the day.
Roosevelt Hills Weddings and Events, 2695 Timberland Rd, Barronett, WI 54813, Phone: 715-371-1147
15.Rustic Manor 1848, Hartland
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Rustic by name and rustic by nature, the Rustic Manor 1848 wedding venue in Delafield effortlessly combines rustic country style with modern event amenities. The lovely old barn is surrounded by acres of rolling farm land, which opens up multiple possibilities for your outdoor ceremony, pre-reception cocktails, and photographs. The barn itself is arranged over two levels, including a wonderful hayloft, and offers ample space for up to 300 guests. You have the use of a bridal suite as well as a man cave, so that both bride and groom can prepare on-site. You can decorate to your heart’s desire and the staff will assist with all the planning so that you can relax and enjoy every moment.
Rustic Manor 1848, 3115 State Road 83, Hartland, WI 53029, Phone: 262-224-0316
16.Stein Farms – Oak Island Events, Salem
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Conveniently located between Kenosha and Lake Geneva, the Barn at Stein Farms is a popular venue for indoor/outdoor country-style weddings. The venue is somewhat unique in that it has a lovely scenic island linked to the rustic barn with a graceful bridge – you can choose to hold both your ceremony and reception on the island (using a luxury tented pavilion for your reception) or keep it all under cover in the gracefully draped old barn or in the lodge. You will have the use of a lovely bridal parlor and a place for the groom and his best men to relax and prepare. The venue allows you to have your own caterer and drinks but will provide just about everything else you need, including tables, chairs, lighting, and a sound system.
Stein Farms, 5700 312th Ave, Salem, WI 53168, Phone: 312-371-1155
17.The Swan Club, de Pere
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The Swam Club in de Pere is a new function and events venue that can accommodate both intimate weddings and full-on extravaganzas for up to 800 guests. The elegant three-tier events hall can be set up to host both your ceremony and your reception and also offers an area for pre-reception drinks. Your wedding package at the club will include the use of tables and chairs, white table linen, and catering and bar service. The Swan Club has a dedicated event planner, who will assist you with all the important decisions that go into hosting a memorable wedding reception and can suggest local hotels to accommodate your out-of-town guests.
Swan Club, 875 Heritage Rd, De Pere, WI 54115, Phone: 920-336-1531
18.The Brink Lounge, Madison
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The Brink Lounge offers an unusual pub-style layout spread over three levels and can accommodate weddings from about 75 to 400 guests. If you prefer to exchange vows outdoors, you can hold your ceremony on the rooftop patio while your reception is set up in the main lounge. There is also a mezzanine level, reached via a dramatic spiral staircase, where you can host pre-reception drinks around the lovely built-in bar. The venue offers a limited selection of fairly basic catering options but you are free to bring in your own caterers if you want something a little more special. You will have the use of a bridal suite and the great thing about this venue is that you can dance the night away until 2am.
The Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Ave, Suite 105, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608-661-8593
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19.The Covenant at Murray Mansion, Racine
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Operated by the well-known Culinary Infusion Event Management Company, The Covenant wedding venue in Racine is located inside a completely renovated old church, offering a unique setting for both your ceremony and your reception for up to 350 guests. The ambiance is created by soaring vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows, with the addition of modern lighting and a great choir loft where you can host your pre-reception cocktails. You will also have the use of the adjacent Murray Mansion, where the wedding party can prepare for the big event – the mansion is also an elegant venue for a more intimate wedding for up to 75 guests.
The Covenant at Murray Mansion, 2219 Washington Ave, Racine, WI 53405, Phone: 262-583-2241
20.The Enchanted Barn, Hillsdale
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If you have always dreamt of celebrating your wedding in a romantic country barn, the Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale is the answer to your dreams. The delightfully rustic old barn dates back to the late 1800s and absolutely oozes ambiance, while the surrounding rolling acres of farmland provide the ultimate in romantic photo settings. You can choose from three outdoor ceremony sites, and the areas adjacent to the barn are perfect for appetizers and pre-reception drinks. Both the bride and the groom have suites where they can dress and relax before the ceremony, and the venue offers a variety of inclusive wedding packages to suit your tastes and budget.
The Enchanted Barn, 1543 6 ½ Ave, Hillsdale, WI 54733, Phone: 715-254-1557
21.The Gardens Wedding Venue, Allenton
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Featuring a stunning array of flowering shrubs, roses, and bulbs, The Gardens Wedding Venue in Allenton provides a wonderful backdrop to a country-style summer wedding. The venue is home to two historic buildings, one of which is a lovely old church where you can say “I do” in a traditional setting. If you prefer an outdoor setting, you can hold your ceremony out in the beautiful garden, before moving into the stunning draped wedding tent for your reception. It goes without saying that your photographer will have no difficulty finding inspiration for memorable photos. The on-site wedding coordinator can suggest trusted vendors to supply everything from catering and bar to music, decor, and nearby accommodation.
The Gardens Wedding Venue, 7003 Hwy 175, Allenton, WI 53002, Phone: 262-629-4411
22.The Grain Exchange, Milwaukee
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The historic Grain Exchange is located in downtown Milwaukee, where it has built up a solid reputation as an impressive banqueting hall and wedding venue. Your guests will be blown away by the grandeur of the Italianate architecture, which features soaring ceilings, frescoes, and extensive use of granite, limestone, and sandstone. The grand hall can accommodate up to 350 guests and a variety of floor plans are available. The lovely bride can make her grand entrance down one of the two dramatic staircases and the beautiful hall offers a great selection of backdrops for memorable photos. You can stage both your ceremony and reception at the venue and the catering and service is reputedly excellent.
The Grain Exchange, 225 E. Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-727-6980
23.The Lageret, Stoughton
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The exposed brick walls and heavily beamed ceiling offer a reminder of The Lageret’s roots as a tobacco warehouse dating back to 1885. Today, those same industrial features form the perfect blank canvas for your wedding dreams and themes. The venue is centrally located close to the Stoughton Opera House and can easily accommodate both your ceremony and reception in the main hall on the second floor, while on the first floor you will have the use of a large bar, cocktail area, porch, and the Bridal Suite. The venue will be happy to suggest trusted vendors to supply everything you need for a flawless wedding, including a wedding planner, day-of coordinator, and catering and bar suppliers. Please note that the second-floor events venue can only be accessed using a staircase.
The Lageret, 515 E Main St, Stoughton, WI 53589, Phone: 608-921-6400
24.The Rotunda Banquet Facility, Waukesha
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Conveniently located just one block from the scenic Waukesha Riverwalk, the elegant historic architecture of the Rotunda makes it an impressive and romantic setting for your wedding. You can exchange vows under the beautiful stained-glass central dome before stepping outside onto the porch for cocktails and wonderful photo opportunities. The lovely architectural features inside the Rotunda need very little further embellishment, and your venue rental includes the use of tables, chairs, linen, lighting, and a coordinator to put it all together. Catering is provided by Chef Jack’s Catering, who have a solid reputation for great service and fabulous food. The Rotunda can accommodate up to 250 guests.
The Rotunda Banquet Facility, 235 W. Broadway, Waukesha, WI 53186, Phone: 262-574-9170
25.White Oak Savannah, Dodgeville
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The White Oak Savannah is home to all the features you need to stage the perfect country/farm-style wedding. The property encompasses 87 acres of rolling hills and meadows, which offer unlimited choices for wonderful outdoor wedding ceremonies. The highlight of the property is the historic Lloyd Jones Barn Pavilion, which has been expertly renovated to provide a wonderful ambiance for your reception. Wedding parties can also rent the quaint Driftless Cottage and the Norwegian Hollow Farmhouse to provide accommodation (and family headquarters) for the wedding weekend. The venue also provides a professional catering kitchen as well as a bridal suite for pre-wedding preparations.
White Oak Savannah, 4352 State Road 23, Dodgeville, WI 53533, Phone: 608-636-5776
25 Best Wedding Venues in Wisconsin
- The Black Swan MKE, Milwaukee, Photo: Courtesy of Yuliia - Fotolia.com
- Gatherings on the Ridge, Eastman, Photo: Courtesy of aksinya1991 - Fotolia.com
- Bradley Pavilion at the Marcus Center, Photo: Courtesy of IVASHstudio - Fotolia.com
- Bennett Barn, Watertown, Photo: Courtesy of alexgukalov - Fotolia.com
- Burlap and Bells, Black River Falls, Photo: Courtesy of wandee007 - Fotolia.com
- Circa on Seventh, Kenosha, Photo: Courtesy of vpardi - Fotolia.com
- Horticultural Hall, Lake Geneva, Photo: Courtesy of scharfsinn86 - Fotolia.com
- Mansion Hill Inn, Madison, Photo: Courtesy of Eric Limon - Fotolia.com
- Mercantile Hall, Burlington, Photo: Courtesy of Yana - Fotolia.com
- Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, Photo: Courtesy of Andrea - Fotolia.com
- Pioneer Creek Farm, Lomira, Photo: Courtesy of Yulia - Fotolia.com
- Pritzlaff Events, Milwaukee, Photo: Courtesy of MyArtisticView - Fotolia.com
- Renaissance Place 1451, Milwaukee, Photo: Courtesy of Rawpixel.com - Fotolia.com
- Roosevelt Hills Weddings and Events, Barronett, Photo: Courtesy of producer - Fotolia.com
- Rustic Manor 1848, Hartland, Photo: Courtesy of piola1 - Fotolia.com
- Stein Farms – Oak Island Events, Salem, Photo: Courtesy of bublik_polina - Fotolia.com
- The Swan Club, de Pere, Photo: Courtesy of iiievgeniy - Fotolia.com
- The Brink Lounge, Madison, Photo: Courtesy of gemaibarra - Fotolia.com
- The Covenant at Murray Mansion, Racine, Photo: Courtesy of iiievgeniy - Fotolia.com
- The Enchanted Barn, Hillsdale, Photo: Courtesy of Nick - Fotolia.com
- The Gardens Wedding Venue, Allenton, Photo: Courtesy of illustrissima - Fotolia.com
- The Grain Exchange, Milwaukee, Photo: Courtesy of Artem - Fotolia.com
- The Lageret, Stoughton, Photo: Courtesy of Mike - Fotolia.com
- The Rotunda Banquet Facility, Waukesha, Photo: Courtesy of pyansetia2008 - Fotolia.com
- White Oak Savannah, Dodgeville, Photo: Courtesy of protivnica - Fotolia.com
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