Believe it or not, Southeastern Wisconsin—home to Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine and Waukesha—is the site of some of the best wedding venues in the Midwest.
From historic landmarks to rustic heartthrobs and front row seats with a lakeside view, it’s been our pleasure to help couples determine the Southeastern Wisconsin venues that match their style, budget and vision. Even if you’re not planning your wedding in Wisconsin, there are plenty of reasons why you’d want to travel here.
And it’s not all about Milwaukee—although from the sheer number of breweries, restaurants, beaches, art centers and iconic landmarks alone, Milwaukee has a lot to offer any wedding goer or someone who is simply visiting. The point is, there are plenty of reasons why one of the largest regions in the state of Wisconsin and Midwest is worth your attention when it comes to planning the wedding you always wanted.
Wedding Venues in Southeastern Wisconsin
There are many types of venues in Southeastern Wisconsin worth considering as the backdrop for your big day. How do you choose the stage that matches your style and speaks your love language? We created this handy wedding venue finder that allows you to narrow down the right Southeastern venue for your big day.
Looking for a venue with sweet Lake Michigan views? How about a calming, serene setting surrounded by floral beauty? From rustic to traditional, we can help you find the wedding venue that fits!
Imagine a space that explodes with vibrant plant life and is surrounded by glistening glass windows. The Boerner Botanical Gardens located in Hales Corners, Wisconsin can be your own personal garden for the day.
Explore a rose garden, stroll under blossoming crabapples, enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends in Nell’s Cafe or delight in an intimate light-filled cocktail hour in the Garden Room.
Located just 15 minutes outside Milwaukee, the Gardens offers an unparalleled experience for every wedding goer.
Lilac Acres is Waukesha, Wisconsin’s well-kept secret. The family farm offers the ultimate countryside wedding, surrounded by lush, rolling farmland that’s still farmed today.
Take part in a relaxing ceremony in the renovated barn featuring a white-washed interior, rustic brick backsplash and custom-made pews and chairs. Marvel over the barn’s charming horse pasture and pond views. Or experience an epic meal within the 1,300-square-foot event house.
Attending a wedding at Zilli Lake & Gardens is like getting private access to your own lakeside resort. You and your guests won’t be able to get enough of the beautiful lake views and cityscape backdrop.
At Zilli Lake & Gardens, there’s a space for everyone and a multitude of spaces you can mix and match. Coast, loved for its contemporary design to match the waterfront, offers a romantic setting for a reception with loved ones. Walk along the pebbled stone pathway to the patio and enjoy the twinkling park and city lights alongside the dramatic “fire and water” water feature. Then, retire to the main room for drinks, dancing and more celebrating.
Southeastern Wisconsin Wedding Catering and Menus
Are you envisioning an elegant outdoor wedding? How about an intimate garden party or BBQ buffet? Whether you’re looking for a casual dining experience or a more elaborate one, our creative culinary team will listen closely to your likes and dislikes to create a wedding menu that matches your tastes and guests’ preferences—all within your budget.
Things to Do in Southeastern Wisconsin
There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Southeastern Wisconsin, that’s for sure! Here are just a few suggestions:
Admire all the art!
Although it’s worth exploring iconic art hubs like the Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, it’s also worth paying attention to treasured spots like Black Cat Alley, a one-block alleyway known for its temporary and semi-permanent mural installations by a variety of artists and art groups.
Take a pic with the Bronze Fonz
Okay, we get, the Bronze Fonz is on every Milwaukee Best list known to man, but it’s still worth a snapshot when you’re in town. The Bronze Fonz is waiting for you at the Milwaukee Riverwalk in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The public art depicts Henry Winkler as “The Fonz,” a character in the 1970s television series “Happy Days.”
Support your local brewery
Snag a few brews; do a few tours. If you have yet to explore Southeastern Wisconsin and its renowned beer scene, you might want to get on that. Here is just a pint-sized sampling of some of the top spots to tour when you’re visiting Southeast Wisconsin or even planning a destination wedding with friends and family:
- Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
- Raised Grain Brewing Company
- Kenosha Brewing Company Inc.
- Racine Brewing Company
- Urban Harvest Brewing Company
- MobCraft Beer Brewery and Taproom
- City Lights Brewing
Hit up the Milwaukee Public Market
If you’re a serious food lover, the Milwaukee Public Market is one of the most unparalleled food destinations in all of Milwaukee. Roam the floor and sink your teeth into artisan and ethnic products and freshly made prepared foods.
Looking for even more fun things to do in Milwaukee? Check out this list for more activities to partake in. Whether you’re dreaming up a Southeastern Wisconsin wedding of your own or simply planning a trip, there is so much for you to taste, explore and share with the people you love.