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Wedding ceremony and reception venue guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on March 9, 2012 at 1:03 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

Deciding where to have your wedding is based on more than a few things - like religious affiliation, the guest list and the time of year, just to name a few. While it's been a tradition for couples to get married in a place of the bride's family's choosing, nowadays weddings can be held almost anywhere a couple desires. Here are some special sites for the bride and groom's consideration. Please use the talkbacks to let us know if we are missing one.

1451 Renaissance Place
1451 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 272-1451

This elegant and historic venue is well-versed in hosting formal events. Their attentive staff can help you tailor your special day to their distinctive indoor hall and can accommodate up to 400 people. A reception space is also available, which is open to any professional, licensed and insured caterer of your choice.

Alpine Valley Resort
W2501 County Road D, East Troy, (262) 642-7374
Get the best of both worlds with a small wedding at Alpine Valley. The ceremony site holds up to 150 people, but its outdoor space offers unlimited seating for your reception. Let them do the work with their in-house caterer, and enjoy discounts on the resort's on-site lodging.

Alverno College Conference Center
3400 S. 43rd St., (414) 382-6038
Alverno College's spacious conference center can hold up to 300 in their indoor chapel. They also take care of dining with an in-house caterer.

The American Club
444 Highland Drive (School St.), Kohler, (920) 457-8000
Hold a ceremony of up to 300 outdoors at The American Club, or say your "I do"s indoors with up to 500 of your friends and family. They even take care of catering.

Astor Hotel
924 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 271-4220
The Astor Hotel's venue seats up to 300 indoors and also offers a reception space. They also cover catering in-house.

925 E. Wells Ave., (414) 765-1166
Both indoor and outdoor options are available for your walk down the aisle at Bacchus. The indoor space seats up to 180, and catering is also handled in-house here. Rehearsal dinner and wedding reception discounts are also included if both are booked on location.

Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center
725 Blue Drive, Sheboygan, (920) 452-2900
Take care of your big dream wedding with ease at Blue Harbor Resort. Indoor ceremony seating is available for up to 700, and all catering is taken care of in-house.

Broadlands Golf Club
18 Augusta Way (Hwy 59), North Prairie, (262) 392-6320
Enjoy either an indoor or outdoor setting at Broadlands' wedding venue. Indoor seating is available for up to 250 guests, and an in-house caterer takes care of your first meal as a married couple.

Wisconsin Club Country Club
6200 W. Good Hope Road, (414) 353-8800
The former Brynwood Country Club, now the Wisconsin Club Country Club, is equipped to handle both indoor (for up to 275) and outdoor ceremonies. A reception space is also available, and catering is handled in-house.

Bush Gardens
S68 W14891 Janesville Road, Muskego, (414) 422-9011
Hold your ceremony at Bush Gardens indoors or outside on the venue grounds. They can accommodate up to 160 guests and feature in-house catering.

Cedar Beach Inn
231 Cedar Beach Road, Belgium, (262) 285-3389
Keep your ceremony and reception at one convenient locations. Cedar Beach Inn offers indoor and outdoor space for your ceremony and can host receptions in either spot (indoor seating is available for up to 300). In-house caterers take care of your dining options, too.

Charles Allis Art Museum
1801 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 278-8295
Say your vows outdoors at this Milwaukee landmark, or bring the wedding inside: the museum's indoor site fits 100-200 people. They also provide a list of in-house and preferred caterers to help you finalize your dining.

Country Springs Hotel Water Park Conference Center
2810 Golf Road, Waukesha, (262) 970-5180
The Country Springs Hotel can host weddings of anywhere from 50 to 500 people both indoors and out. Reception space is also available, and catering is done in-house.

177 N. Broadway, (414) 225-9800
This Third Ward champagne lounge can hold up to 250 people and host your reception. A list of preferred caterers is available.

Davian's Banquet & Conference Center
16300 W. Silver Spring Drive, Menomonee Falls, (262) 781-3333
Davian's is a one-stop shop for your wedding ceremony, reception and catering - they take care of it all. Host up to 200 in their indoor ceremony site, and invite as many guests as you like for an unlimited outdoor reception.

Delafield Brewhaus
3832 Hillside Drive, Delafield, (262) 646-7821
The Brewhaus holds up to 200 people indoors, or enjoy an intimate patio ceremony with up to 95 of your friends and family. They, of course, take care of catering in-"haus."

Delafield Hotel
415 Genesee St., Delafield, (262) 646-1600
Walk down the aisle amongst anywhere from 70 to 300 at the Delafield Hotel. Outdoor reception space and in-house catering is also available here.

The Five Pillars Supper Club
W2990 Hwy. K, Random Lake, (920) 994-4336
The Five Pillars can accommodate both indoor and outdoor weddings, and even offers reception space and in-house catering to help take some of the stress out of your special day.

Harley-Davidson Museum
400 Canal St., Milwaukee, (414) 287-2789
If Milwaukee iron is on your mind or in your driveway, or if it's just "our way or the highway" for your big day, then the Harley-Davidson Museum just might be the place for your wedding. They'll customize and create to meet your needs.

Harmony Inn the Village
5601 Broad St., Greendale, (414) 423-6899
Host up to 200 guests indoors at Harmony Inn in Greendale. This quaint village venue also handles catering in-house.

The Heritage Hall
N86 W18330 Main St., Menomonee Falls, (262) 255-1606
The Heritage Mall can hold up to 350 indoors and can also host your wedding outdoors. They also take care of catering.

Hilton Hotel- Downtown Milwaukee
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 390-3802
Hold your wedding at the Hilton with up to 400 guests. The hotel offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony options and provides a caterer in-house.

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Park Place
11600 W. Park Place, (414) 359-9823
The Garden Inn's Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 350 for your wedding. In-house catering is provided, too.

Hot Water / Wherehouse
818 S. Water St., (414) 383-7593
The Wherehouse can hold up to 292 (230 seats) for your Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday night wedding festivities. Hot Water, the space's second venue, can host events the first and third Wednesday of every month, Friday, Saturdays and the second and fourth Sunday of every month. All room rentals include a private facility during your rental event time, plus one hour for set-up and one hour for clean-up. Rental fee also includes an on-site event manager, bartenders, security staff, access to the 100-car parking lot and cleaning services. Bring your own caterer or ask for recommendations.

Hotel Metro
411 E. Mason St., (414) 272-1937
Celebrate with 100-130 of your friends and family at Hotel Metro. This classy downtown spot offers indoor ceremonies, on-site reception and in-house catering.

Hubbard Park Lodge
3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood, (414) 332-4207
Enjoy a comfortable indoor wedding with a view along the river at Hubbard Park Lodge. Their ceremony space holds 175-225, and reception space and in-house catering are also available. Book your wedding for Sunday and receive special discounted rates.

Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center
790 N. Van Buren St., (414) 276-4744
The historic Masonic Center offers indoor seating for up to 400 people, as well as in-house catering.

InterContinental Milwaukee
139 E. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 276-8686
Newly renovated, the InterContinental's ceremony site options include the Grand Salon. The hotel is well-suited for your big dream wedding of 350-600 (or more). In-house catering is provided, and hotel room rate discounts are also available.

Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., (888) 543-IRON
This award-winning boutique hotel features multiple indoor and outdoor spaces for both your ceremony and reception. Indoor and outdoor seating can accommodate up to 300 people, and catering is taken care of in-house.

Italian Community Center
631 E. Chicago St., (414) 223-2800

Seat up to 600 in the ICC's indoor ceremony space, and receptions come complete with their delicious in-house catering.

Lakefront Palm Garden
1872 N. Commerce St., (414) 273-8300
Book both your ceremony and reception at the Lakefront Palm Garden. The venue can hold up to 300 and also provides an in-house caterer.

Lake Park Bistro
3133 E. Newberry Blvd., (414) 962-6300
Lake Park Bistro is able to welcome weddings of 180-250 either indoors or out. Catering is handled in-house and discounts are also offered for couples booking their reception and rehearsal dinner at the bistro.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
929 N. Water St., (414) 276-2030
Host up to 500 guests in the Marcus Center ballroom or move your ceremony outdoors. Book for fall or winter to save on your specials day, and let Sazama's Fine Catering handle the menu.

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Drive, (414) 224-3843
Make your wedding one to remember with the breathtaking setting of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Indoor seating is available for groups of 350-500; outdoor ceremonies and reception space are also available. Catering is handled in-house. Page 1 of 2 (view all on one page)

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