While it might not be the first place that comes to mind, make no mistake southern Wisconsin is home to some of the best wedding venues around. Wisconsin has an extremely diverse landscape throughout the state and has something to offer everyone. From gorgeous vineyards and rural farmland to some of the coolest urban venues, the Midwest has to offer. With my plans to move to Kenosha later this year in full swing, I have been doing ALL the research on so many cool Wisconsin wedding venues and I cannot WAIT to share them with you !
In this post, I’ve put together this list of my favorite 10 wedding venues in Wisconsin just to give you a glimpse of what this beautiful state has to offer !
Why Get Married in Wisconsin
First things first though, let's start with the basics, why get married in Wisconsin? Whether you're living in Wisconsin or just looking for a little bit of a different feel than what Chicago has to offer Wisconsin is SUCH a great place to plan a wedding. From the historical buildings in Milwaukee to the barns in Salem, there are plenty of options for every couple.
Central and southern Wisconsin is FULL with so many cool small towns, and even some bigger cities that are super underrated.
From Milwaukee to Burlington to my soon-to-be home Kenosha, there is so much charm and character in each of these cities that you're going to love. Wisconsin cities keep a touch of an old small-town feel. Without the insane hustle and bustle of larger cities like Chicago, you're able to get the best of both worlds.
If the city or an urban-style wedding isn't really you're thing, opt for one of the many barn wedding venues throughout Wisconsin. Perfect for larger gatherings many of these Wisconsin wedding venues have so many unique features and are perfect for a larger wedding.
What to Look for When Choosing Your Wisconsin Wedding Venue
There are a number of things to look for when choosing your wedding venue. To start, you're going to want to choose a venue that fits your vision for your wedding day. Do you plan to get married in a church? Do you want to travel at all on your wedding day? How many people do you hope to celebrate with you? What is your budget for your venue and what will that include? These are all questions you and your partner will need to ask yourselves as you begin the planning process.
After you have some parameters set, you and your partner can begin to look through wedding venues and begin to save the ones you love. As you're looking at the venues look for the following things before you inquire:
Do I like the way this venue looks?
Can this venue host my entire guest list?
Pricing on the days/months you hope to have your wedding
What is included in each package
After you've looked through the basics, book a tour and get to planning! Here are my top 10 favorite Wisconsin wedding venues.
Top Ten Wisconsin Wedding Venues
Rustic Wedding Venue(s) in Burlington Wisconsin
Located right outside of Burlington Wisconsin, The Rustic Barn by 1841 had two options for their couples on their property. Between the Landing and the Rustic barn, you’re bound to bond with one of these gorgeous rustic wedding venues both within a mile of each other.
The Rustic Barn 1841 has a capacity of 200 guests. The all-in-one Wisconsin wedding venue has getting-ready spaces, indoor and outdoor ceremony locations, a reception hall, and in-house bar packages and services. Not to mention the location is gorgeous. Sitting just outside of Burlington, there is plenty for your family and friends to do. If they plan to stay overnight or if you have some downtime throughout your wedding day they can explore all Burlington has to offer!
The Landing is a beautiful white-washed barn on a large private property in Burlington WI. The Venue has a capacity of 200 people, a ceremony site, chairs, tables, a getting ready space and so much more. Much like its sibling venue The Rustic Barn, it also has in-house bar packages and services.
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Modern and historic wedding venue in Milwaukee WI
This massive wedding space can host up to 300 guests. The all-in-one venue includes access to the space from 10 am to midnight along with space to host your entire wedding day. Its two-floor setup includes getting-ready spaces for both you and your partner, as well as separate ceremony and reception spaces. This venue is only a short drive to the heart of downtown making it the perfect wedding venue if you have out-of-town guests or want photos throughout the city.
Industrial feel wedding venue in Burlington WI
With its urban location and industrial feel, Mercantile Hall is SUCH a cool Wisconsin wedding venue ! Made up of two primary spaces, Mercantile hall and the Urb Garden, this Wisconsin Wedding Venue is the perfect venue for couples wanting a city feel. While still having a lot of character, the Mercantile is also the perfect blank canvas for you to make the space your own for your wedding day.
The space can host up to 220 people comfortably and has plenty of space to host your entire wedding day. Get ready in their wedding suite, hang out with your wedding party throughout the town then head back for the rest of your evening at the Mercantile!
Vintage and Rustic Wedding Venue in Burlington WI
Far from the bustle of the city, the Barn at Wagon Wheel Farm boasts a 100 acre part of land filled with fields and forests and so much vintage charm. The venue is perfect for those that want to escape city life but don't want to have to travel too far for it. Located in Burlington WI (about an hour and a half outside of Chicago) the Barn at Wagon Wheel Farm is an awesome location for those that want a rustic wedding while still having every amenity they could possibly need.
This venue has a capacity of 180 people, on-site parking, the barn, ceremony sites, tables and chairs, indoor restrooms AND they only book one wedding a weekend. This gives you plenty of time for setup, clean-up the following day, and time to enjoy downtown Lake Geneva (only a 15 minute drive from the venue).
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Unique Wedding Venue in Salem WI
Located just outside of Kenosha Wisconsin, Stein Farms is one of the coolest venues around. Designed by someone who worked in the industry for over ten years, Stein Farms has everything a couple could want out of a wedding venue. The farm boasts a gorgeous reception hall complete with a stage for your head table. Along with a number of different ceremony spots, including one on an island. There is also space for both you and your partner to get ready on the property. This allows you and your wedding party to spend your entire day at the farm!
Classic Wedding Venue in Kenosha WI
Known for its elegant space and great location the Stella Hotel is a great place to get married in Wisconsin. Just minutes from the lakefront the venue is the perfect location for couples planning an elegant evening for their wedding. Get ready in their wedding suites with your best friends, take pictures along the lakefront or on the property and then head back for your ceremony and reception all in one place!
Unique Wedding Venue in Kenosha WI
This wedding venue located in one of Kenosha’s historic banks is one of the most unique venues Kenosha has to offer. This venue hosts a number of different events including weddings. The space kept a number of its original design elements giving the Wisconsin wedding venue a vintage yet timeless feel. Between the ornate ceilings, dramatic staircase and massive windows that look out to downtown Kenosha, the Vault at Historic 625 is the perfect spot for a vintage-loving couple.
Urban Wedding Venue in Kenosha WI
Located above Public Craft Brewing Co. this Kenosha wedding venue is perfect for the urban couple that doesn’t necessarily want big city crowds. Upper East is a gorgeous urban wedding venue that can hold up to 300 guests. You can access the venue as early as 10am with an evening end time of 11:30pm.
Much like many of the venues listed above, this venue is an all-in-one space. The getting ready space, ceremony, and reception space all within the same building make for a relaxed wedding day timeline. The venue also offers preferred catering and bar service making wedding planning easy. The centralized location makes the venue perfect for out of town guests as there is PLENTY to do during the day and so much to see! With that there are plenty of places to stay as well.
Classic Wedding Venue in Kenosha WI
This Urban Boutique styled wedding venue is perfect for your 200 person wedding. Circa on Seventh is a contemporary space inside a historic Kenosha Theater. This all in one wedding location includes a getting ready space, ceremony space options, and reception hall. The centralized Kenosha location makes it such a fun spot for weekend weddings. There is plenty to do within the area for your guests as well as yourselves after your wedding day ends!
Unique Wedding Venue in Racine WI
This fully-renovated church turned Wisconsin wedding venue is perfect for contemporary couples wanting a classic look to their wedding space. The venue offers two different reception spaces, the Covenant which seats up to 320 guests along with the Murray Mansion which hosts up to 75 guests.
These sleek and beautiful venues offer a blank slate to any couple that’s looking to have a classic and elegant wedding day.
As you can see, when it comes to Wisconsin there’s really no shortage of amazing wedding venues to choose from, no matter what you’re looking for. So many of my favorite venues are in this state and this list just scratches the surface of what’s out there. Are you planning a Wisconsin wedding of your own? Do you have a venue picked out? If so and you’re looking for a photographer's head over to my contact page, I’d love to talk with you and get to planning your wedding !