So you’ve finally decided to take the plunge into wedded marital bliss? Now comes the fun part; planning a fabulous wedding that your friends and family will talk about for years to come. Well, if you live in the Badger State, you’re in luck! Wisconsin has a plethora of amazing wedding venues to choose from.
According to the Wedding Report, the average cost of a wedding in Wisconsin in 2021 was $21,464. No matter your budget for your big day, expect a chunk to go toward whatever venue you pick. Here’s a look at some of the best wedding venues in Wisconsin to help you make the right choice.
The Atrium is a destination wedding venue located in the quaint lake town of Solon Springs, Wisconsin. This unique spot offers several options for your special day. You can say your “I dos” outside surrounded by a forest in The Woods Ceremony Site or have your ceremony in a beautiful Greenhouse if there is inclement weather. Afterward, head over to The Atrium at The Atrium for a memorable reception.
The Atrium is a 3,800 square foot converted greenhouse with transparent walls and ceilings, making your indoor reception feel like you are outdoors. With huge sliding doors and soft lighting, the Atrium is the perfect place to celebrate your union. The event’s ample space also includes a bridal suite and a courtyard with lots of options for use.
Typical Cost: Wedding packages start at $4,000, depending on your date.
Capacity: Up to 200 guests.
Bonus: The Atrium is pet friendly so that you can give Fido a role in your big day!
Bullseye Golf Club
Looking for a more traditional Wisconsin venue for your dream wedding at an affordable price? The Bullseye Golf Club may be for you. Located in Wisconsin Rapids with amazing views of the Wisconsin River, this full-service wedding venue is an idyllic spot for a ceremony and reception. Established 100 years, the landscape at Bullseye Golf Club is mature with lots of trees.
You can say your vows on the patio, followed by a reception in the Banquet Hall. Bullseye Golf Club provides a wedding coordinator along with catering and bar services. There is a bridal suite to get ready and a dance floor to groove the night away. This intimate wedding venue is perfect if your guest list includes golfers and/or older relatives who prefer a more conventional wedding ceremony.
Typical Cost: Starts at $ $850
Capacity: Up to 220 guests sitting. Up to 300 guests standing
Bonus: Golf carts drive the wedding party to beautiful spots on the property for amazing wedding photos.
The Octagon Barn
If you’ve always dreamed of a country wedding, the venue at The Octagon Barn outside of Madison is a dream come true. The Octagon Barn was built in 1892 and has a rich history. This rustic spot is set in a beautiful landscape with rolling hills. Imagine cutting your wedding cake with a stunning view in the background.
There are indoor and outdoor options for the ceremony and reception. In addition to the rustic barn, there is a stone dining hall with a patio. In the summer you can take your wedding photos in a field of wildflowers. Event staff will set up and take down tables and chairs for a worry-free and memorable day filled with country charm.
Typical Cost: Starting at $5,400.
Capacity: Up to 200 seated guests
Bonus: Save money by hiring your own caterer and bringing your own alcohol with a licensed bartender.
Ellsworth Block is a unique venue with views of the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. The building is over 150 years old and has been completely renovated yet has kept its historic charm. Although the venue is an indoor space, it has an outdoor vibe with a window ceiling over top of the Atrium.
The Maeder Room can be used for both the ceremony and reception. The original exposed brick walls provide a warm and elegant atmosphere for you and your guests. The room has a lot of light between the Atrium skylight and large windows that offer a stunning view. The perfect spot for your classy and classic city wedding.
Typical Cost: Starts at $500
Capacity: Up 75 seated guests and up to 125 standing guests.
Bonus: The location is in downtown Madison on Capitol Square. Perfect for guests to continue to party late into the night after the reception.
Eden for Two
Eden for Two is an outdoor venue in Germantown, Wisconsin, with beautiful flowers, trees, a waterfall, and even a pond filled with koi fish! Imagine how amazing your wedding photos will be in this breath-taking garden setting. Eden for Two is perfect for larger weddings with 86,000 square feet and room for up to 300 guests standing.
Receptions are held in a wedding tent, and there is a clubhouse complete with a bridal suite and restrooms. You can bring your own alcohol and pets are permitted on the property. Celebrate your special day surrounded by beautiful gardens in this unique outdoor setting.
Typical Cost: Starts at $1,100
Capacity: Up 250 seated guests and up to 300 standing guests.
Bonus: The waterfall powered by a windmill is the perfect spot for your wedding photos.
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The Venue at River’s Edge
The Venue at River’s Edge is located in Waterloo, Wisconsin, and is full of historic charm. Once used as a community center for the town, The Venue at River’s Edge has been fully renovated into a unique spot to tie the knot. The luxurious Main Hall boasts a stage, chandelier, late 1800s bar, and large outdoor deck.
The Venue at River’s Edge offers a “stress-free weekend” package where you get to have the whole venue to yourself from noon on Friday to noon on Sunday. Tables and chairs, a bartender, and a wedding attendant are included. The property’s 2,500 square feet of facilities have plenty of restrooms for guests; great for larger weddings.
Typical Cost: Starts at $3,800
Capacity: Up 250 seated guests and up to 300 standing guests.
Bonus: When you book The Venue at River’s Edge, you get access to the Main Hall and the Lower Hall, which is perfect for your rehearsal dinner.
YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa
Do you and your soon-to-be husband or wife love the woods and camping? If so, then the venue at the YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa is the perfect destination wedding spot for you! When you book Camp Nawakwa you get access to the property for 48 hours. There is a beach where you can say your vows and a rustic lodge that can feed up to 150 guests. You also get access to Camp Nawakwa’s recreational equipment, including canoes, kayaks, and more.
Guests can stay at the YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa for an additional lodging fee. There is an Island Cabin perfect for the bride and groom with privacy, a fire pit, and 360-degree views of the lake. There is also a Bridge Builder Cabin that sleeps up to 24 people and several other smaller cabins that can house 4-6 guests. Turn your special day into a memorable special weekend with this unique wedding venue.
Typical Cost: Flat fee of $1750 for the use of the venue
Capacity: Up 150 guests
Bonus: YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa is located on Big Crooked Lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Wedding guests can enjoy hiking, fishing, or just sit back and relax and view the wildlife.