Famous for its lakefront views and neighborhoods full of history, Milwaukee boasts a wide variety of wedding venue options for couples looking to tie the knot.

Many Milwaukee wedding venues mix together history and style while showcasing the city’s famous ‘Cream City brick,’ and the character that comes with it.

Whether you’re looking for a classic ballroom venue or a trendy industrial space, this list covers the ten best wedding venue options in Milwaukee.

The Miller Room is a modern, sophisticated venue with endless waterfront vistas through wide-paneled windows. The amenities offered at The Miller Room include separate ceremony and reception space, outdoor areas available for setup, tables and chairs onsite, and access to the nearby waterfront. Run by Zilli Hospitality Group and located right in the Historic Third Ward district of Milwaukee, The Miller Room can host up to 245 seated guests and brings together a top-shelf team of caterers and event planners to transform your ideas into a tangible reality on your special day. 

Address: 910 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 727-5555

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Contact : Roxann Hoeschele

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is a country house with Mediterranean design features and exterior architecture housing a variety of art exhibitions and offering services as a unique wedding venue. Offering half-day and full-day rentals for weddings with a variety of packages fleshed out with a wide slate of bookable amenities, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is ideal for wedding celebrations that wish to blend distinctive art and design elements with traditional wedding features for a party steeped in inventiveness.

Address: 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 271-3656

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Contact : Megan Maikowski

The University Club of Milwaukee boasts accolades as the “Finest Wedding Venue” in Milwaukee, and for a good reason. With its Grand Ballroom accommodating up to 250 seated guests for dinner and its high cathedral ceilings, cozy fireplaces, and sweeping views of Lake Michigan, the University Club of Milwaukee offers a customizable indoor and outdoor event space. The ornate design features and soaring views are sure to amaze all of your guests.

Address: 924 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 271-2222

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Jan Serr Studio is an industrial-chic event space located in the heart of Milwaukee’s historic East Side district providing wedding services to couples across Wisconsin. With giant floor-to-ceiling windows framing the full skyline of Milwaukee’s downtown and Lake Michigan, the panoramic vistas are only matched by the stylishness of the industrial aesthetic. Jen Serr Studio offers in-house catering from Saz’s Catering and in-house wedding planning services from Saz’s Hospitality Group. Offering over 7,000 square feet of event space and accommodations for up to 450 guests, Jen Serr studio is perfect for couples looking to take an already beautiful space and add their unique taste to it!

Address: 2155 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 256-8765

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Contact : Katie Hoffman

Designated as a National Landmark, a wedding at Turner Hall is the perfect way to share a piece of Milwaukee’s history with your guests. Also used as a concert venue, the ballroom has dramatic high ceilings and a lot of space: seated events can host up to 400, and include concert-quality sound and lighting, event staff and access to the balcony that overlooks the ballroom.

Venue Style: Historic Theater

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 1040 N. Vel R. Phillips Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

Phone: 414-286-6164

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The Wisconsin Club was constructed and erected in 1843, reflecting Milwaukee’s rich history and the period architecture of the era, featuring on the National Registry of Historical Places. The Wisconsin Club also serves as a luxury wedding venue with in-house catering services and a dedicated event team to bring your vision for your celebration into tangible reality. Offering up two banquet rooms for ceremonies and receptions and several breakout rooms for smaller gatherings, including a bridal suite or a cocktail hour reception, the Wisconsin Club can accommodate parties of up to 300 guests.

Address: 900 West Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Phone: (414) 271-7510

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Contact : Kris Fyre

The Milwaukee Art Museum is one of Milwaukee’s most prominent museums showcasing thousands of art pieces, widely celebrated architectural design, and a stunning backdrop of Lake Michigan to enchant and enthrall its guests. The Quadracci Pavilion is the go-to wedding hall of the Milwaukee Art Museum, flanked by sweeping white walls and polished marble floors and accommodating up to a staggering 1,000 guests with its 25,000 square feet of flexible event space.

Address: 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 224-3246

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Contact : Katie

Founded in 1935, The Milwaukee County Historical Society is a wedding venue dropped into the middle of Milwaukee’s Downtown district and along the Milwaukee River, offering waterfront vistas and city views from their Historical Center. The Historical Center offers a spacious main hall, an intimate mezzanine tier, and a patio overlooking Pere Marquette Park. Steeped in Milwaukee’s history and maintaining north of one million photographs and original documents as a resource to Wisconsin’s public, Milwaukee County Historical Society is as rich in history as it is in aesthetic beauty, making for a storybook wedding locale!

Address: 910 N. Old World Third Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1591

Phone: (414) 273-8288

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Contact : Morgan O'Hara

The Marcus Performing Arts Center is a theatre arts venue that serves as a home to the Florentine Opera, the Milwaukee Ballet, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, among other arts organizations. The Marcus Performing Arts Center can accommodate weddings in its sweeping atrium with massive glass windows overlooking the Milwaukee Riverwalk and opulent finishes. Spaces to choose from include the Fitch Memorial Gardens, the Bradley Pavilion, and the Anello Atrium available, serving up to 250 seated guests. The Marcus Performing Arts Center provides catering from Sazama’s Fine Catering and flexible floor plans, letting your vision shine through in a unique theatrical space filled with energy and the spirit of creativity.

Address: 929 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 276-2030

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Contact : Lynn Brueggemann

War Memorial Center was built in 1957 and declared a Milwaukee landmark in 1974, cementing it as a vital Milwaukee historical site as well as a living memorial for fallen soldiers across the city and the state. On the third floor, Memorial Hall features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Milwaukee’s downtown skyline and Lake Michigan and accommodates parties of up to 260 seated guests. Honoring history while celebrating the present, the War Memorial Center’s Memorial Hall has a flexible floor plan that can be transformed to fit any kind of celebration. Fitch Plaza, one floor down from Memorial Hall, can be outfitted for outdoor celebrations as well!

Address: 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Phone: (414) 273-5533

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Contact : Jennifer Wallner

Located on the sixth floor of the Hampton Inn & Suites, the Sixth Floor Wedding and Event Venue features a 5,400 square feet event area. Offering an eye-catching view of downtown Milwaukee, the venue makes a remarkable place to host weddings and other events with up to 300 guests, 250 seated and 300 standing. Boasting historic wood, ceiling to floor windows, a private elevator entrance, modern lighting, hidden restrooms, and a large dance floor, the venue’s spectacular appearance adds class to your overall celebrations.

Address: 176 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Phone: (414) 364-3761

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The Charles Allis Art Museum’s construction was completed in 1911 by renowned local architect Alexander Eschweiler, and that design still stands today as the museum dedicates to guests its services as a wedding venue for rentals. This Tudor mansion can host up to 120 seated guests in its Margaret Fish Rahill Great Hall and neighboring outdoor English Garden grounds with half-day and full-day package options. With a long list of accepted caterers and vendors, the Charles Allis Art Museum is perfect for prospective married couples looking for a special backdrop for their wedding in a space that they can creatively expand upon and design to their specifications.

Address: 1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 278-8295

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Contact : Michael Keiley

Featuring warm & sophisticated decor, modern amenities, Wi-Fi access, Kimpton Journeyman Hotel is an ideal venue for couples looking to make their wedding day unforgettable. Contemporary-style suites and stylish separate living rooms offer enough space to carry out different ceremonies without a hitch. Moreover, a luxe rooftop bar with luxurious fire pits and stunning city views from the venue make this Mediterranean-style hotel the best destination to stylishly host all your wedding functions, from rehearsal dinner to ceremony to reception.

Address: 310 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 291-3970

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North Point Lighthouse is a museum with sweeping outdoor grounds perfectly suited for an intimate wedding ceremony and reception, serving up to 60 seated guests indoors or 175 guests outdoors. Established in 1888, the North Point Lighthouse carries its history into the present through a set of exhibits around which your wedding can take place, providing guests with context for the event space and the unique feeling of entering and celebrating within a historic site. Offering food and beverage service and a list of recommended vendors, North Point Lighthouse is the ideal wedding location for smaller gatherings.

Address: 50 N. Wahl Avenue in Lake Park, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Phone: (414) 332-6754

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Contact : Sue Grzeca

A perfect combo of historical and modern elements, The Gage is a unique, contemporary venue for people with uncommon tastes. Featuring a glass roof, cream city brick, 2 getting-ready suites, a handcrafted bar, a large kitchen, and breathtaking backdrops, this 7,000 square feet space can easily accommodate around 300 people between its loft and a lower-level ballroom. The team will be there to assist you every step of the way, offering resources and recommendations to provide couples with an unforgettable and effortless experience.

Address: 1139 S. 70th St, Milwaukee, WI 53214

Phone: (414) 367-7004

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A beautiful transformation of a 100-year-old warehouse into a luxurious modern boutique hotel, The Iron Horse Hotel is one of downtown Milwaukee’s best destinations to celebrate life’s most special events. This historic venue makes an ideal place for all kinds of celebrations with unparalleled amenities, custom artwork, special services, and 100 loft-style guest rooms. Their professional managers and other staff go beyond couples’ expectations to ensure a stress-free, happy, and satisfying wedding day.

Address: 500 W Florida Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Phone: (414) 374-4766

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Designed in a self-described ‘urban-chic’ style, The Atrium features rustic exposed beams with skylights and an unexpected rooftop garden that includes a full bar and a great view. The rooftop garden makes a great space for cocktail hour while the main room below is flipped from a ceremony to reception space. The Atrium can host up to 300 people.

Venue Style: Industrial Chic

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 2107 E Capitol Drive, Shorewood, WI 53211

Phone: 414-902-0065

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This updated warehouse space has been designed to perfection with rolling garage doors to bring in some of the Walker’s Point atmosphere into your wedding day. With room for up to 275 guests, a mezzanine lounge and lofty high ceilings, this spacious venue is a blank space to bring your wedding dreams to life.

Venue Style: Industrial Warehouse

Price: Starting from $1500

Location: 838 South Second Street, Milwaukee, WI

Phone: 414-256-8765

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With countless floor plan options and four event spaces, the Pritzlaff is another Milwaukee wedding venue that mixes the history of the city with all of the up-to-date style that modern couples are looking for. The largest space has capacity for up to 600 guests, and even an outdoor option for those who want to say “I do” in the sunshine.

Venue Style: Historic

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 315 North Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee

Phone: 414-433-6088

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For those planning a romantic, traditional soiree, 1451 offers a grand ballroom atmosphere with four-story vaulted ceilings and two working fireplaces. Custom LED lighting that can match your decor, private dressing rooms and dedicated event staff are just a few of the many amenities that this venue has to offer – not to mention space for up to 600 guests.

Venue Style: Historic Ballroom

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 1451 N. Prospect Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-272-1451

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With exposed beams, Milwaukee’s famous cream city brick and views over Broadway, Cuvee has everything that locals love about the Third Ward. Their loft-style event room can accommodate up to 200 wedding guests while maintaining an intimate atmosphere, and is accessible by elevator and ramp to make life easier for those with limited mobility.

Venue Style: Loft

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 177 N. Broadway Ave, 3rd floor, Milwaukee WI 53202

Phone: 414-225-9800

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Industrial and modern, Ivy House features an expansive event space, stylish bars and a spacious ivy-covered patio. Owned by two former DJs, you can expect state-of-the-art sound in every corner of the venue, meaning that your wedding dance party is going to be one you and your guests will never forget.

Venue Style: Modern & Industrial

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 906 South Barclay Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204

Phone: 414-539-3339

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In the heart of downtown Milwaukee, The Box is a rustic and versatile wedding venue with over 3000 square feet of event space that can host up to 175 guests for a reception. The Box’s open floor plan gives a blank slate for your wedding floor plan, with exposed brick walls, high ceilings and hardwood floors to lend plenty of character to the perfect day.

Venue Style: Rustic

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 311 E. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-551-5021

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This unique wedding venue is located in a historic 1927 bungalow-style firehouse with upgrades and modern touches that can accommodate up to 250 people. In a city of historic buildings, Story Hill Firehouse offers the rustic charm of brick and original woodworking, as well as a truly one-of-a-kind wedding experience.

Venue Style: Historic Firehall

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 407 North Hawley Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53213, United States

Phone: 262-477-5813

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St. James 1868 includes two wedding venues, The Hyde and The Abbey, both with stunning European architecture that has been updated to make breathtaking luxury wedding venues. Each venue includes hospitality suites for the wedding party to get ready in, outdoor space, natural light and tables and chairs that are included in the rental fee. These venues are simply a must-see!

Venue Style: European

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 833 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI  53233

Phone: 414-514-5555

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Conclusion

With so much character and history, many of these Milwaukee wedding venues hardly need any decor or design. However, the Cream City brick that so many of these venues proudly showcase also makes a perfect backdrop to dress up with florals or statement decor pieces. Whichever option you choose, we hope that one of these venues becomes the setting for the wedding day of your dreams.

 

Things to Consider When Planning a Wedding in Milwaukee

Famous for its breweries and basketball and baseball teams, Milwaukee has a rich culture and history that makes it perfect for couples to host their wedding. There are venues to suit any size, shape, or style at fairly affordable costs. Here are a few things you may want to consider when planning a wedding in this city, which is located on the shores of Lake Michigan.

 

The Amount You Have to Spend

In 2019 couples were found to spend an average of $22,663 on their wedding in Milwaukee based on data collected by Wedding Report Inc. However, this number is just a rough guide as weddings have been hosted in this city for as little as $8000 and as much as $70,000. Every wedding is unique, with different elements that contribute to the overall cost. The venue and the guest number will heavily influence this price, along with other things such as the vendors you choose to use. Whatever your budget, you’ll be able to find venues and options to suit you.

 

The Wedding Date

The date you choose to get married will be dependent on several factors that are unique to you and your partner. However, the weather could also be a factor that you bear in mind to help you decide on a date and what type of wedding venue you desire. Milwaukee has long, cold winters that can sometimes extend into spring.  Because of this, if you’re thinking of a date that falls within the colder months, indoor venues will be what you need to consider. However, if you’re dreaming of a wedding under clouds, consider a date in the summer months going from the latter part of June when the temperature is warm and pleasant.  Most weddings in Milwaukee tend to occur from late June to early September.

 

Top Wedding Venues

Once you have a budget and date in mind, it’s time to check out some wedding venues. Here are some that have been very popular among couples over the past few years.

For a unique, historic space that you can dress up and decorate any way you choose, Pritzlaff Events is perfect. It features four unique warehouse spaces, two of which include outdoor covered options.  You will love the history and beauty of this place and the ability it gives to make it into whatever style your heart desires.

South Shore Pavilion is another popular historic venue, and it will provide you with a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan. It’s an indoor venue, and its tall windows, beautiful brick walls, and ceiling highlights will come together to set the ambiance for a romantic and unforgettable moment. A couple paid approximately $2,800 to host their wedding at this venue with 140 guests. 

The Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery has an amazing history with indoor halls and outdoor courtyard to suit weddings as small as 2 or as large as 300. A couple with 123 guests paid $3,600 for this venue. This historic gem can be found in the middle of downtown with exquisite architecture to add that unique touch to any wedding. 

1903 Events at the Harley Davidson Museum offers couples many different venues with different styles 1903 is truly unique. You can choose between a unique industrial flair or a modern feel, there are even a casual space and a unique tent for a more outdoor impression. Included in the cost are tables, chairs, and free admission vouchers for all your guests to the Harley Davidson Museum. A wedding with 200 guests can cost you around $3,000.

 

Even though not mentioned in the list, there are also hotels, barns, and gardens that you can choose from to host your wedding. Regardless of your budget, with a little research, you can find a venue to suit you.  Vendors in Milwaukee know just how to work with various budgets to give you the wedding of your dreams.



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