If you love history and historic buildings, you’re in the right town. Milwaukee is filled with historic wedding venues – so many that you’ll have a hard time deciding which to host your wedding. So scroll down and enjoy the ride as we show you some of Milwaukee’s most amazing historic wedding venues.
1. Villa Terrace
Originaly built as a family home in 1923, Villa Terrace resembles an Italian Renaissance Villa. It has one of the best views of Milwaukee’s lakefront, which is why so many couples choose it for their outdoor ceremony. The Villa Terrace is run by the group that owns the Charles Allis Museum, so make sure to check out both. Photo by JBe Photography.
2. Turner Hall Ballroom
Turner Hall is definitely in our top 5 favorite Milwaukee venues. Its raw, unrefined space was first built in 1882. It has survived two fires (look at the ceiling) and pushed on to become one of Milwaukee’s best places to host to concerts and weddings. Photo by Tres Jolie Photo.
3. The Historic Pritzlaff Building
Built in 1875 as Pritzlaff Hardware, The Historic Priztlaff Building is now one of Milwaukee’s hottest wedding venues. With four unique warehouse spaces, cream city brick and preserved cast iron columns, having a Priztlaff Building wedding is both historic and awesome. Photo by Boutique Photographer.
4. The Grain Exchange
One of Milwaukee’s most-amazing historic venues, The Grain Exchange is a favorite of ours. This 1880 downtown building once housed Milwaukee’s Chamber of Commerce and as an added bonus, its exclusive caterer is Bartolotta’s. Photo by Andy Stenz Photography.
5. Milwaukee County Historical Society
The Historical Society was originally a bank where the top 7 Milwaukee brewing companies kept their money. Now this 1913 building is spectacular for weddings. We love the vaults (2 of which you can use) and the large “MKE” letters that originally hung on City Hall. Photo by Front Room Photography.
6. Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
We love the very Milwaukee history of Best Place. And we love what they’ve done with their new venue space, The Great Hall. Built in 1858, Best Place has two venue spaces and parts of it were originally the Pabst Brewery corporate offices. In fact, Captain Frederick Pabst’s office and Desk are intact and can be incorporated into your wedding. Photo by Jadon Good Photography.
7. Anodyne Coffee – Walker’s Point
Built in 1922, and located in the trendy Walker’s Point neighborhood, this coffee shop is host to some amazing Milwaukee weddings. During prohibition, the building was used for “water bottling.” We did a photo shoot at Anodyne in 2014 and we’ve heard #MKEBrides rave about it ever since. Photo by Robyn Vining Photography.
8. The Villa Filomena
Tucked away in a historic neighborhood on Milwaukee’s lower east side, The Villa Filomena is full of history. The Villa was built in 1874 as the family home for Great Lakes ship captain Robert Patrick Fitzgerald and has a capacity of 199. Photo by Reminisce Studio by Miranda and Adam.
10. Charles Allis Art Museum
Built in 1911 as a home for the Charles Allis (first president of the Allis-Chalmers Company) family, The Museum is a hidden gem in Milwaukee’s Brady Street area. The Charles Allis Art Museum is in run by the group that owns the historic Villa Terrace, so make sure to check out both. Photo by Studio 29.
Located in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, Onesto is the hot new kid on the block. Built in 1895, its NYC loft-style decor is right at home in the Third Ward and we absolutely love the space. Photo by Nikki Winter Photography.
12. Wisconsin Club
13. The Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Built in 1927 in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, The Hilton is a classic art deco hotel. As Milwaukee’s largest hotel, it can host weddings with up to 500 guests and even has an outdoor space perfect for ceremonies. Photo by Craig John Photography.
14. Ramhorn Farm
We recently did a photo shoot at Ramhorn Farm and the space is amazing! With multiple buildings from the 1800’s and unique spaces, Ramhorn is unlike any other barn venue in the area. Photo by Boutique Photographer.
15. The Pfister Hotel
We are big fans of weddings at the historic Pfister Hotel. Built in 1893, The Pfister has always been about luxury and elegance and even hosts the largest hotel collection of Victorian art in the world. Photo by Kathy McDowell Photography.
16. Trimborn Farm
A great barn venue that’s close to the city, Trimborn Farm won’t disappoint. Started as a lime production facility in 1851, Trimborn Farm now just produces awesome weddings. Photo by Amarie Photography.
17. The Rotunda
The Rotunda was built in 1913 as the first Federally built and owned Waukesha Post Office and later renovated as a branch banking facility. The circular coffered dome which features a beautiful stained glass skylight is a major highlight of this wedding spot. Photo by Cream City Weddings.
18. Hot Water Wherehouse
This historic building/dance club is tucked away in the Fifth Ward just off of National. We’ll be attending our first wedding there for some of our Newaukee friends and can’t wait! Lots of cream city brick along with a great dance floor and bar define this spot. Photo by JBe Photography.
19. Swig in the Third Ward
Weddings at Swig are fun, intimate and hip. Built in 1913 as a coffee roastery, its Third Ward location and amazing staff make it an awesome space to check out. Also great for rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Photo by Nikki Winter Photography.
20. 1451 Renaissance Place
Originally opened as a Christian Science church in 1909, 1451 Renaissance Place is now a historic gem for weddings. We love the neighborhood, the elegance and its large capacity. Photo by Reminisce Studio by Miranda and Adam.
21. Scottish Rite Center
The Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center building was built in 1889 as a Romanesque Revival church. It has a chapel, an auditorium, a reception hall and a pub and makes a great space for hosting a Milwaukee wedding. Photo by John Ciciora Photography. Per Scottish Rite management, weddings after June 2015 will no longer be offered until further notice.
22. Milwaukee Athletic Club
The Milwaukee Athletic Club‘s current location was built in 1917. Spanning 12 floors, with hotel facilities and a rooftop deck, it continues to be a historic wedding venue located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee for members and nonmembers alike. Photo by Studio 29.
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