Reception Sites 101: Budget-Friendly Venues

April 15, 2015


Want a wedding reception that’s both budget-friendly and fabulous? We’re here to help! It’s entirely possible to keep costs down while not sacrificing on style – you just have to know where to look.

Although downtown venues tend to run a bit higher, there are some great exceptions, especially with all the renovations that have greatly expanded the area and your options. When researching locations, inquire after any off-season rates. Prices tend to go up for late spring, summer, and fall weddings. August through November are the most popular wedding months. On a related note, getting married on a Friday is typically more cost effective than a Saturday wedding, as is getting married in the morning instead of the afternoon. And while you might think it would be less expensive to choose your own caterer and go for DIY decorations, make sure you look at the all-inclusive reception offers. Sometimes they can be less expensive. The added bonus of an all-inclusive reception is the time and stress it’ll save you!

Once you’ve researched the immediate downtown Milwaukee area, expand your search. There are plenty of affordable spots located in suburbs like Menomonee Falls, Richfield, Brookfield and Waukesha.

Many of these locations offer all-inclusive reception packages with a full staff on hand to cater dinner, tend bar, and cut the cake. One perk to be on the lookout for: that there’s no minimum amount you have to spend on food and beverages. Not only do these venues include many of the services your wedding reception requires, but they can also provide the tangible goods you need, such as table linens and hall decorations. But many of these affordable reception sites don’t just stop at your basic wedding day needs — they offer extra bells and whistles, too. How would you like an ice cream station or chocolate fountain? With the right venue for your reception, you can save money and still have it all!

Budget-Friendly Venues

Alverno College
American Serb Hall
Cotton Exchange
Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel
DeKoven Center
Delafield Brewhaus
Heritage Hall
Holiday Inn Pewaukee-Milwaukee West
LVL Events
Milwaukee County Parks
Panos Banquets
Polish Center of Wisconsin
Sterling Chalet
Tuscan Hall Banquet Center
Tripoli Shrine Center
Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center
Watertown Country Club
Waukesha Department of Parks Rec & Forestry
Windwood of Watertown

Real Weddings Held at Budget Friendly Venues

Shelby and Cole at Panos Banquets
Brooke and Steven at Tuscan Hall
Melissa and Matt at Windwood of Watertown
Alex and Matthew at Tripoli Shrine
Adina and Raul at Tuscan Hall
Sara and Matt at the Sterling Chalet
Anne and Rich at the Watertown Country Club



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