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.

Style: Historic Theater

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

Phone: 414-286-6164

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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.

Style: Industrial Warehouse

Pricing: Starting from $1500

Address: 838 South Second Street, Milwaukee, WI

Phone: 414-256-8765

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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.

Style: Industrial Chic

Address: 2107 E Capitol Drive, Shorewood, WI 53211

Phone: 414-902-0065

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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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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.

Style: Modern & Industrial

Address: 906 South Barclay Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Phone: 414-539-3339

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Wow your guests by getting married at a lakefront wedding venue in Milwaukee. Discovery World is along the shores of Lake Michigan with sweeping views of the city skyline. From the 360-degree ballroom with a wrap-around terrace to the 9,000-square-foot pavilion, you’ll enjoy indoor/outdoor locations for your ceremony and reception. The aquarium and promenade are one-of-a-kind spaces at Discovery World, surrounded by blue skies, fresh waters, and downtown ambiance. Accommodations range from 60 seated guests to 800 standing. Feast on gourmet menus from Bartolotta Catering & Events when you have your party at this premier lakefront venue. Join the list of sophisticated couples who have hosted remarkable weddings at Discovery World since 1993.

Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 765-8610

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Your fairytale awaits at the Gardens Wedding Center. This family-owned and operated Milwaukee wedding venue features three acres of rolling greens and a historical four-building complex. Established in 1844, the church boasts of rich woodwork, church bells, and original stained-glass windows. The historic schoolhouse is another unique location, as well as the outdoor 30’x60′ lighted tent. Trust the talented staff to assist with your requests while the skilled culinary team prepares on-site catering menus based on your tastes and budget. Appetizers, entrees, main courses, vegan, vegetarian, and other custom options are available. Packages include tables and chairs for 75 people, day-of coordination for your ceremony and reception, a/v equipment, use of bride and groom rooms, and more.

Address: 7003 State Road 175 Allenton, WI, 53002

Phone: (262) 629-4411

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Host the barn wedding of your dreams at the Farm At Dover. Multiple ceremony, cocktail, and reception areas are available, including a renovated 4,300-square-foot barn with mezzanine, stone patio, second-story veranda, and over 20 acres of scenic gardens. Pamper yourself in the four-bedroom restored Victorian home or use the two-story granary grooms cabin. Multiple outbuildings, catering areas, and restrooms are available. Enjoy private and intimate surroundings as well as overnight accommodations in the farmhouse or lake house. The Farm At Dover is LGBTQ+ friendly and welcomes all types of love to enjoy this natural environment surrounded by rustic elegance. Enjoy a fairytale wedding at this magical barn venue with secret gardens and historical beauty with up to 160 people.

Address: 26060 Washington Ave, Dover, WI 53139

Phone: (773) 802-6351

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The Covenant is a former Danish church with stained-glass windows, a pipe organ repurposed as a bar, 30-foot ceilings, all-white features, and a bridal room for 320 people. Murray Mansion is ideal for 75 people and is the second-largest Italian-style estate in Wisconsin. This 1874 mansion has original hardwood flooring and grand 10-foot pocket doors. The fully-renovated two-story Parish House sleeps six guests. The talented staff at The Covenant at Murray Mansion sets the bar high with the area’s best food and drink options. Trust the award-winning event managers and on-site staff to handle your requests. All tables, chairs, linens, glassware, and cutlery are included as well as complete setup and teardown.

Address: 2219 Washington Ave, Racine, WI 53405

Phone: (262) 583-2241

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Contact : Hanni Gould

Three distinctive areas are available on behalf of Black Swan MKE, including the Riverwalk, a re-branded riverfront venue located on the Milwaukee River. Riverwalk boasts of historically elegant ambiance within the historic third ward. The Bianco Room is an industrial venue overlooking Lake Michigan with panoramic views of downtown. Plant N° 4 is the newest addition to Black Swan MKE and dates back to 1917 as a former knitting company. It has historic charm and industrial elegance with vintage and salvaged decor within the open and airy spaces. Since 2006, Black Swan MKE has offered dream wedding venues in Milwaukee along with a preferred vendor list of the best wedding experts in the business. 

Address: 309 N. Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (262) 618-4336

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Contact : Stephen Sheperd

Members and non-members alike can use this Milwaukee wedding venue for a fun and memorable day. The Great Hall at Grace Center accommodates 250 seated guests, including a dance floor. Everyone will adore the wooden cathedral ceilings, the floor-to-ceiling wall of windows, and modern touches. Your rental includes tables, chairs, sound systems, wireless microphones, parking, decor options, and more. Trust the day-of-event staff to handle your coordination needs and quality bar services, and partner with the best caterers for a delectable meal your guests won’t forget. Your preferred caterer will prepare exactly what you desire in the on-site catering kitchen. The experienced team is ready to serve all sizes and styles of celebrations. 

Address: 1209 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 271-3006

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Eat, drink, and get married surrounded by an industrial ambiance within a brick ballroom. Discover custom filament bulbs and unique chandeliers hanging from the wood-beamed ceilings. The moody yet modern space has a welcoming bar and a botanical wall. You’ll adore the endless photo opportunities in this spacious Milwaukee wedding venue with an urban vibe. With a prime location, in-house a/v equipment, and awe-inspiration areas, Filament is a top event venue for your ceremony and reception. The professional team at Filament has over 30+ years of combined wedding experience. You can depend on the wedding specialists, event managers, and banquet staff to handle your needs so you can enjoy a stress-free day.

Address: 131 W Seeboth St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Phone: (414) 539-3339

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Contact : Ramsey & Tyler

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!

Style: European

Address: 833 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI  53233

Phone: 414-514-5555

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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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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.

Style: Historic Firehall

Address: 407 North Hawley Road, Milwaukee, WI 53213

Phone: 262-477-5813

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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.

Style: Historic Ballroom

Address: 1451 N. Prospect Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-272-1451

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Built in 1874, this Victorian mansion is an elegant wedding venue in Milwaukee. Your rental comes with a coordination service to help with planning and executing your needs. You’ll receive white wood chairs, tables, and glassware. Depend on the helpful staff for setup and teardown. Villa Filomena has three areas for your ceremony and reception. The ballroom has 26 chandeliers, elliptical arches, a stage, a dance area, two bars, and can fit 250 loved ones. The Garden Terrace is a private outdoor space for 120 guests, while the Fitzgerald Parlor has room for 45 people. Get ready on the second floor. Add-ons include additional event hours, a rehearsal, coat room, champagne toast, and valet.

Address: 1119 N Marshall St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-289-0333

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Contact : Tina Sanfilippo

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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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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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.

Style: Rustic

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

Phone: 414-551-5021

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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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