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Something Old, Something New: 11 Fresh Venues in Southeast Wisconsin

April 5, 2019
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA downtown city skyline on Lake Michigan at twilight.

Wisconsin’s broad offering of stunning wedding sites welcomes a handful of new, or new and improved, promising contenders this year. Exciting new spaces join our selection of revamped old favorites awaiting your Electric Slide and clinking glassware. Read on for some serious dream wedding inspiration.

Revisiting Old Favorites:

 

1896 Room (Oconomowoc)

Begin your future and celebrate the night away at The Club at Lac La Belle Golf Course’s newly renovated 1896 Room. A formal foyer accommodates up to 215 guests, with a refreshed interior offering equal parts grandeur and intimate romance. Remarkable views and landscapes make this venue a photographer’s dream.

The Ingleside Hotel (Pewaukee)

Set the stage for a wedding tailored to your unique preferences and style at this full service location. The Ingleside’s sophisticated design greets your guests, and its professional team will help curate the day of your fantasies. After a 14 million dollar remodeling project, The Ingleside has updated guest rooms, more than 40,000 square feet of banquet space and a newly renovated lobby, restaurant, bar and courtyard. An outdoor gazebo and several ballrooms welcome your vows and party people, with suite accommodations for the largest of guest counts. Kids on your invite list will enjoy the onsite waterpark, and their parents will appreciate the option to tire them out.

War Memorial Center (Milwaukee)

A well-known landmark to any proud Milwaukeean, the quintessential mid-century modern exterior of the War Memorial plays host to those paying homage to fallen armed services members, brides, grooms, and everything in between. With sprays of Lake Michigan on one side, and floor to ceiling views of Fitch Plaza and the city skyline on the other, guests will awe over the updates that bring this 1950s masterpiece into the 21st century. Recently renovated finishes include wall coverings, design features and carpeting. The War Memorial now offers the latest technology in lighting and digital screens.

New Spaces for New Memories:

 

Abloom Farm Resort (Saukville)

Nestled in 17 acres of pinewoods, this retreat features more than spectacular scenery. Party away in Abloom’s newly renovated barn or outside among the trees. Afterward rest those dancing feet on site in the six bedroom attached getaway, boasting multiple wood burning fireplaces and exposed beam ceilings. Abloom’s grand coziness will whisk you away.

The Barn at the Bog (Saukville)

Barn weddings need not be honky tonk, as evidenced by the Bog’s elegant and brand new event space. Rolling countryside surrounds this rustic chic venue, with a second floor lounge space, grand staircase, and impeccably prepared cuisine. Onsite coordinators will ensure your day runs smoothly and your guests are wowed throughout.

The Carriage House (Oconomowoc)

This summer we are excited to welcome The Carriage House to the fold. Situated on the Club at Lac La Belle Golf Course, this stately venue with an English country vibe is nestled among beautifully cultivated scenery. The Carriage House can host up to 500 guests using a tented annex, or up to 295 inside, featuring regal balconies and entertaining suites. A new building offers modern amenities, while still making room for a traditional aesthetic that elevates barn chic to an air of pomp and pageantry.

fête (Wales)

We are sensing a theme here, with nature views and a tranquil escape opening soon at fête. Built specifically to host large groups, fête’s name says it all. Its motto is its definition, “A celebration or festival,” because the biggest day of your life so far should be described as such. Founded by two couples inspired by their own experiences with wedding planning, they are creating their dream space, so that it can be just that for you. A new addition to Lake country, fête embraces the industrial-chic setting featuring multiple amenities and private patios. The space accommodates up to 350 guests, but still provides an intimate setting for smaller groups.

Historic Courthouse 1893 (Waukesha)

After more than 120 years of living, the courthouse is thriving again as the Romanesque stunner it once was. Turn of the century touches like filigree, beautifully preserved moldings, and ornate decor adorn the main ballroom bringing your guests back in time. The courthouse emanates a sense of tradition and splendor, with the service and tailored wedding one would come to expect in such an imposing venue.

Jan Serr Studio (Milwaukee)

Views reach new heights through panoramic windows facing downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan. Modern couples with a love for the city will appreciate the backdrop, along with Saz’s catering, a private penthouse balcony, and industrial design interior. Beginning as a Ford Motors plant, its newest incarnation is a nod to the arts and a thank you to the city for being such a beautiful co-star on your biggest day yet.

The Peck and Bushel (Colgate)

For a truly unique experience, the Bartolotta folks have paired their expertise with the Peck and Bushel Fruit Company. Situated upon a 70 acre fruit orchard, their rustic barn space features sky high ceilings, a modernized hay loft, and a granite patio for expanded entertaining. Despite the title, think less boot-scooting and more pastoral elegance, with views of Holy Hill Basilica and a sweet scent wafting over rolling hills.

Story Hill Firehouse (Milwaukee)

Coming soon, a Gatsby era firehouse, retired in 1995, reopened and ready to party in spring of 2019! One of only five bungalow style firehouses built in the flappin’ 1920s of Milwaukee, it seems the layout and architecture perfectly accommodate a ceremony and reception space, as well as a separate cocktail and hors d’oeuvres room, and beautifully decorated groom and bridal suites. The history of the firehouse remains while entertaining a brand new day for you and your spouse to be.

 

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