Deciding where to have your wedding is based on more than a few things - like religious affiliation, the guest list and the time of year, just to name a few. While it's been a tradition for couples to get married in a place of the bride's family's choosing, nowadays weddings can be held almost anywhere a couple desires. Here are some special sites for the bride and groom's consideration. Please use the talkbacks to let us know if we are missing one.
1451 Renaissance Place
1451 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 272-1451
This elegant and historic venue is well-versed in hosting formal events. Their attentive staff can help you tailor your special day to their distinctive indoor hall and can accommodate up to 400 people. A reception space is also available, which is open to any professional, licensed and insured caterer of your choice.
Alpine Valley Resort
W2501 County Road D, East Troy, (262) 642-7374
Get the best of both worlds with a small wedding at Alpine Valley. The ceremony site holds up to 150 people, but its outdoor space offers unlimited seating for your reception. Let them do the work with their in-house caterer, and enjoy discounts on the resort's on-site lodging.
Alverno College Conference Center
3400 S. 43rd St., (414) 382-6038
Alverno College's spacious conference center can hold up to 300 in their indoor chapel. They also take care of dining with an in-house caterer.
The American Club
444 Highland Drive (School St.), Kohler, (920) 457-8000
Hold a ceremony of up to 300 outdoors at The American Club, or say your "I do"s indoors with up to 500 of your friends and family. They even take care of catering.
924 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 271-4220
The Astor Hotel's venue seats up to 300 indoors and also offers a reception space. They also cover catering in-house.
925 E. Wells Ave., (414) 765-1166
Both indoor and outdoor options are available for your walk down the aisle at Bacchus. The indoor space seats up to 180, and catering is also handled in-house here. Rehearsal dinner and wedding reception discounts are also included if both are booked on location.
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center
725 Blue Drive, Sheboygan, (920) 452-2900
Take care of your big dream wedding with ease at Blue Harbor Resort. Indoor ceremony seating is available for up to 700, and all catering is taken care of in-house.
Broadlands Golf Club
18 Augusta Way (Hwy 59), North Prairie, (262) 392-6320
Enjoy either an indoor or outdoor setting at Broadlands' wedding venue. Indoor seating is available for up to 250 guests, and an in-house caterer takes care of your first meal as a married couple.
Wisconsin Club Country Club
6200 W. Good Hope Road, (414) 353-8800
The former Brynwood Country Club, now the Wisconsin Club Country Club, is equipped to handle both indoor (for up to 275) and outdoor ceremonies. A reception space is also available, and catering is handled in-house.
S68 W14891 Janesville Road, Muskego, (414) 422-9011
Hold your ceremony at Bush Gardens indoors or outside on the venue grounds. They can accommodate up to 160 guests and feature in-house catering.
Cedar Beach Inn
231 Cedar Beach Road, Belgium, (262) 285-3389
Keep your ceremony and reception at one convenient locations. Cedar Beach Inn offers indoor and outdoor space for your ceremony and can host receptions in either spot (indoor seating is available for up to 300). In-house caterers take care of your dining options, too.
Charles Allis Art Museum
1801 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 278-8295
Say your vows outdoors at this Milwaukee landmark, or bring the wedding inside: the museum's indoor site fits 100-200 people. They also provide a list of in-house and preferred caterers to help you finalize your dining.
Country Springs Hotel Water Park Conference Center
2810 Golf Road, Waukesha, (262) 970-5180
The Country Springs Hotel can host weddings of anywhere from 50 to 500 people both indoors and out. Reception space is also available, and catering is done in-house.
177 N. Broadway, (414) 225-9800
This Third Ward champagne lounge can hold up to 250 people and host your reception. A list of preferred caterers is available.
Davian's Banquet & Conference Center
16300 W. Silver Spring Drive, Menomonee Falls, (262) 781-3333
Davian's is a one-stop shop for your wedding ceremony, reception and catering - they take care of it all. Host up to 200 in their indoor ceremony site, and invite as many guests as you like for an unlimited outdoor reception.
3832 Hillside Drive, Delafield, (262) 646-7821
The Brewhaus holds up to 200 people indoors, or enjoy an intimate patio ceremony with up to 95 of your friends and family. They, of course, take care of catering in-"haus."
415 Genesee St., Delafield, (262) 646-1600
Walk down the aisle amongst anywhere from 70 to 300 at the Delafield Hotel. Outdoor reception space and in-house catering is also available here.
The Five Pillars Supper Club
W2990 Hwy. K, Random Lake, (920) 994-4336
The Five Pillars can accommodate both indoor and outdoor weddings, and even offers reception space and in-house catering to help take some of the stress out of your special day.
400 Canal St., Milwaukee, (414) 287-2789
If Milwaukee iron is on your mind or in your driveway, or if it's just "our way or the highway" for your big day, then the Harley-Davidson Museum just might be the place for your wedding. They'll customize and create to meet your needs.
Harmony Inn the Village
5601 Broad St., Greendale, (414) 423-6899
Host up to 200 guests indoors at Harmony Inn in Greendale. This quaint village venue also handles catering in-house.
The Heritage Hall
N86 W18330 Main St., Menomonee Falls, (262) 255-1606
The Heritage Mall can hold up to 350 indoors and can also host your wedding outdoors. They also take care of catering.
Hilton Hotel- Downtown Milwaukee
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 390-3802
Hold your wedding at the Hilton with up to 400 guests. The hotel offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony options and provides a caterer in-house.
Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Park Place
11600 W. Park Place, (414) 359-9823
The Garden Inn's Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 350 for your wedding. In-house catering is provided, too.
Hot Water / Wherehouse
818 S. Water St., (414) 383-7593
The Wherehouse can hold up to 292 (230 seats) for your Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday night wedding festivities. Hot Water, the space's second venue, can host events the first and third Wednesday of every month, Friday, Saturdays and the second and fourth Sunday of every month. All room rentals include a private facility during your rental event time, plus one hour for set-up and one hour for clean-up. Rental fee also includes an on-site event manager, bartenders, security staff, access to the 100-car parking lot and cleaning services. Bring your own caterer or ask for recommendations.
411 E. Mason St., (414) 272-1937
Celebrate with 100-130 of your friends and family at Hotel Metro. This classy downtown spot offers indoor ceremonies, on-site reception and in-house catering.
Hubbard Park Lodge
3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood, (414) 332-4207
Enjoy a comfortable indoor wedding with a view along the river at Hubbard Park Lodge. Their ceremony space holds 175-225, and reception space and in-house catering are also available. Book your wedding for Sunday and receive special discounted rates.
Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center
790 N. Van Buren St., (414) 276-4744
The historic Masonic Center offers indoor seating for up to 400 people, as well as in-house catering.
139 E. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 276-8686
Newly renovated, the InterContinental's ceremony site options include the Grand Salon. The hotel is well-suited for your big dream wedding of 350-600 (or more). In-house catering is provided, and hotel room rate discounts are also available.
Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., (888) 543-IRON
This award-winning boutique hotel features multiple indoor and outdoor spaces for both your ceremony and reception. Indoor and outdoor seating can accommodate up to 300 people, and catering is taken care of in-house.
Italian Community Center
631 E. Chicago St., (414) 223-2800
Seat up to 600 in the ICC's indoor ceremony space, and receptions come complete with their delicious in-house catering.
Lakefront Palm Garden
1872 N. Commerce St., (414) 273-8300
Book both your ceremony and reception at the Lakefront Palm Garden. The venue can hold up to 300 and also provides an in-house caterer.
Lake Park Bistro
3133 E. Newberry Blvd., (414) 962-6300
Lake Park Bistro is able to welcome weddings of 180-250 either indoors or out. Catering is handled in-house and discounts are also offered for couples booking their reception and rehearsal dinner at the bistro.
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
929 N. Water St., (414) 276-2030
Host up to 500 guests in the Marcus Center ballroom or move your ceremony outdoors. Book for fall or winter to save on your specials day, and let Sazama's Fine Catering handle the menu.
Milwaukee Art Museum Milwaukee County Parks Gardens Milwaukee County Zoo Milwaukee Public Market Mitchell Park Domes Muskego Lakes Country Club Ozaukee Country Club Panos' Bar and Grill Piano Blu Pier Wisconsin The Pines at Bristlecone Pfister Hotel The Polish Center of Wisconsin Racine Marriott Radisson Hotel- Menomonee Falls Red Circle Inn The Rotunda Silver Spring Country Club South Hills Country Club South Shore Pavilion Sprecher Brewing Co. Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center Timmer's Resort Tripoli Shrine Center Turner Hall Ballroom Villa Filomena Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Waukesha Parks Washington County Fair Park War Memorial Center Watertown Country Club Weissgerber's Golden Mast Inn Weissgerber's Seven Seas West Bend Country Club Windwood of Watertown Wisconsin Club
700 N. Art Museum Drive, (414) 224-3843
Make your wedding one to remember with the breathtaking setting of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Indoor seating is available for groups of 350-500; outdoor ceremonies and reception space are also available. Catering is handled in-house.
Various locations throughout Milwaukee
Need space for 1,000 of your closest friends and family to share your special day? Why not let Milwaukee County Parks host your celebration? Secure a permit for one of various locations throughout Milwaukee. Park hotspot Boerner Botanical Gardens offers numerous outdoor seating options and can host an intimate indoor gathering for 30-50. Bigger crowds can book the O'Donnell Park North Garden Plaza (outdoor seating for 1,500) or the O'Donnell Park South Garden Plaza (outdoor seating for 2,000).
10001 W. Bluemound Road, (414) 256-5430
Help your future in-laws feel at home with a wedding at the zoo. Indoor and outdoor locales are available, and indoor seating is available for groups of anywhere from 320 to 540. Reception space and in-house catering is available, and discounted rates are offered for Friday and Sunday bookings.
400 N. Water St., (414) 336-1111
From festive appetizer parties, cozy get-togethers to elegant dinners, the market can deliver exactly what you need to make your special occasion perfect. The vendors at the Milwaukee Public Market provide an enticing array of cuisine allowing them to cater to your every need.
524 S. Layton Blvd., (414) 649-8126
Get hitched under glass at the Domes. Indoor seating is available for groups of 50-250; outdoor ceremony options and reception space are also available. In-house catering is provided.
S100 W14020 Loomis Road, Muskego, (414) 425-6500
The Muskego Lakes Country Club is ready and able to host weddings of up to 450 guests for the indoor or outdoor ceremony of your choosing. Catering is handled in-house. Save by booking a Friday or Sunday wedding date.
10823 N. River Road, Mequon, (262) 242-2450
Host your wedding at the Ozaukee Country Club. Indoor seating is available for up to 300, and outdoor ceremonies, reception space and in-house catering are also offered.
20290 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield, (262) 782-8670
You can't actually get hitched at this Brookfield bar and grill, but they can accommodate up to 500 guests and provide in-house catering for your reception.
179 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee, (262) 691-0200
Piano Blu offers a private event room for 50-100 people to host your small ceremony and reception. In-house catering is provided.
500 N. Harbor Drive, (414) 765-8610
Tie the knot in the nautical atmosphere of Pier Wisconsin. Indoor seating can hold up to 320 people, and outdoor options are available. Catering is taken care of in-house.
1500 E. Arlene Drive, Hartland, (262) 367-7888
This elegant venue has indoor seating for up to 200, and outdoor space for ceremonies and receptions. Catering is taken care of in-house.
424 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 273-8222
Host a wedding to remember at Milwaukee's historic Pfister Hotel. They can accommodate indoor and outdoor wedding of anywhere from 30 to 800 people and also offer reception space and a list of in-house and preferred catering.
6941 S. 68th St., Franklin, (414) 529-2140
The Polish Center can accommodate up to 300 guests either indoors or out on-site. Exclusive in-house catering is provided by Jack Norman Catering.
7111 Washington Ave., Racine, (262) 886-6100
The Marriott provides indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception space, with indoor seating for up to 450. They also provide the in-house caterer.
N88 W14750 Main St., Menomonee Falls, (262) 251-5153
The Radisson's venue can accommodate up to 300 guests either indoors or out, and they also handle the catering for you.
N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Road, Nashotah, (262) 367-4883
Tie the knot up north! The Red Circle Inn can host up to 300 at their indoor ceremony site, and takes care of catering in-house.
235 N. Broadway, Waukesha, (262) 574-9359
Get married in downtown Waukesha's elegant Rotunda. The indoor ceremony and reception space can hold a guest list of up to 250, and in-house catering is available.
N56 W21318 Silver Spring Drive, Menomonee Falls, (262) 252-4994 silverspringgolf.com
Hold your wedding inside or out at at the Silver Spring Country Club. Outdoor seating can accommodate 150, and catering is handled in-house.
3047 E. Frontage Road, Racine, (262) 835-4441
This Racine country club can offer seating for up to 500 guests for the indoor or outdoor wedding of your choice. An in-house caterer is also provided.
2900 S. Shore Drive, (414) 747-0514
The South Shore Pavilion provides a great natural backdrop for your ceremony. Hold it outdoors or in with up to 250 guests. You provide the caterer of your choosing.
701 W. Glendale Ave., (414) 964-2739
Select Sprecher for your reception and enjoy a sit-down dinner for a guest list of up to 125, or opt for open house-style for up to 250. Outside caterers are also allowed.
107 N. First Ave., Sturgeon Bay, (877) 746-0700
This up-north resort can host up to 500 of your friends in family for either an indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony. Reception space and in-house catering are also available.
5151 Timmer Bay Road, West Bend, (262) 338-7710
Outdoor and indoor ceremony space is available at Timmer's Resort. They can host weddings of up to 250 people and also provide catering.
3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 933-4700
This unique Milwaukee venue can host your indoor ceremony and up to 500 guests. In-house catering is also provided.
1032 N. 4th St., (414) 286-6164
Constructed in 1882, Turner Hall features a variety of customizable options, from bar packages to catering, that make your wedding as unique as the space that's hosting it. It is the only building in Milwaukee that currently holds the three following honorary architectural and historical designations: a National Landmark, a listing on the National Registry of Historic Places, and a local Historical Landmark. Seats up to 300.
1119 N. Marshall St., (414) 289-0333
Villa Filomena can accommodate 50-350 in their indoor ceremony space. Outdoor receptions are also available here. All outside catering options are welcome.
2220 N. Terrace Ave., (414) 271-3656
The city's classic Italian-style villa can provide a picturesque wedding for you and a guest list of up to 120 of your friends and family. In-house and outside catering are allowed.
810 W. College Drive, Waukesha, (262) 522-2953
The park system's EB Shurts Building can seat 120 for your ceremony and also offer an outdoor reception space. Outdoor and semi-covered ceremony sites are available, and you can hire your own caterer, too.
3000 Hwy. PV, West Bend, (262) 677-5060
Enjoy your options with a wedding at the Washington County Fair Park. Your ceremony and reception can be held indoors or out and can welcome a guest list of anywhere from 50 to 900 people. A preferred list of caterers is also available to help you narrow your search.
750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, (414) 273-5533
This classic wedding destination can accommodate groups from 50 to 300 in either their outdoor or indoor ceremony space. A preferred caterer list is also available here.
1340 N. Water St., Watertown, (920) 261-5009
Recite your vows indoors or out at the Watertown Country Club. The venue provides indoor seating for 20-400 guests, as well as an in-house caterer.
W349 N5293 Lacy's Lane, Okauchee, (262) 567-7047
The Golden Mast offers indoor seating for 350, outdoor gazebos for a unique lakeside setting, plus space for your reception. In-house catering is provided.
1807 Nagawicka Road, Hartland, (262) 367-3903
Say your "I do"s at the Seven Seas. This venue provides indoor seating for 10-300 and an optional outdoor ceremony space. Reception space is available, and catering is taken care of in-house.
5858 Hwy. Z, (262) 334-9541
The West Bend Country Club gives you the choice of indoor or outdoor set-ups for both your ceremony and reception. Indoor seating is available for up to 240; in-house catering is provided.
W5710 County Hwy CW, Watertown,, (920) 262-0702
Windwood can accommodate groups up to 550 indoors, and can also provide outdoor ceremony space. Catering is handled in-house.
900 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-7510
Hold your wedding at the Wisconsin Club, which offers indoor ceremony and reception accommodations for up to 500. In-house catering is also available.
Milwaukee County Parks Gardens
Milwaukee County Zoo
Milwaukee Public Market
Mitchell Park Domes
Muskego Lakes Country Club
Ozaukee Country Club
Panos' Bar and Grill
The Pines at Bristlecone
The Polish Center of Wisconsin
Radisson Hotel- Menomonee Falls
Red Circle Inn
Silver Spring Country Club
South Hills Country Club
South Shore Pavilion
Sprecher Brewing Co.
Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center
Tripoli Shrine Center
Turner Hall Ballroom
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Washington County Fair Park
War Memorial Center
Watertown Country Club
Weissgerber's Golden Mast Inn
Weissgerber's Seven Seas
West Bend Country Club
Windwood of Watertown