14 of Milwaukee’s Hottest Modern Wedding Venues

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Milwaukee’s Hottest Modern Venues — Photo by Front Room Photography

Milwaukee is known for its historic wedding venues, but we’ve got some really great modern venues as well! If you are into crisp, clean aesthetic, modern architecture, and updated amenities, then this list of wedding and event venues is for you.

If there’s any modern venues we missed, please let us know in the comments! Now enjoy these 14 modern wedding venues listed in no particular order:

1. The Garden

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The Garden MKE // Photos by John Ciciora Photography

The Garden is such a unique space for events! Designed by Milwaukee’s famous team – Flux Design – with amazing color changing lights, it’s super modern and really cool. Lucid Light Lounge is located next door (middle photo) so be sure to check it out too!

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: Opened in 2015
  • Capacity: 150 sit down dinner / 225 cocktail reception
  • Catering: In-house catering by Surg Restaurant Group
  • Features: Unique wooden lattice structures lining the ceiling, state of the art and color changing lighting, hot downtown Milwaukee location, amazing food options


2. The Atrium

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The Atrium // Photos by Lottie Lillian Photography

The Atrium is a new venue in Shorewood that has quickly become a favorite among Milwaukee couples. Another bonus – the venue is owned and operated by the wedding experts at Sound By Design.

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: Renovated and opened in 2017
  • Capacity: 230 sit down dinner / 300 cocktail reception
  • Catering: Approved catering list
  • Features: State of the art uplighting, rooftop patio for cocktails, skylights


3. South Second

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South Second // Photos by Reminisce Studio

South Second is one of the newest venues to open in Walker’s Point. We love the modern and open feel of this venue and the street level exposure can’t be beat!

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: 2016
  • Capacity: 260 sit down dinner / 350 cocktail reception
  • Catering: Saz’s Hospitality is the exclusive (and delicious) caterer
  • Features: An outdoor patio, garage doors opening to the street level, and a 2nd floor mezzanine level balcony


4. Discovery World

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Discovery World // Photos by Reminisce Studio

With views of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee’s skyline and fish swimming over your head, Discovery World has a large number of really unique spaces to host your wedding and events.

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: 2006
  • Capacity: Up to 600 seated / 1000+ cocktail within various spaces
  • Catering: Bartolotta is the exclusive (and delicious) caterer.
  • Unique Features: Elevated circular venue with outdoor patio overlooking lake Michigan, an aquarium, glass atrium, indoor auditorium, outdoor amphitheater, a large tent patio with patio all along Lake Michigan.


5. Harley-Davidson Museum

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Harley-Davidson Museum’s 3 Spaces: Top: Rumble, Photo: Boutique Photographer // Middle: Chrome, Photo: Amarie Photography // Bottom: The Garage, Photo: Janviere Photography

The Harley-Davidson Museum has three main wedding spaces that include a semi permanent tent structure (Chrome), large industrial space (Garage), and ballroom with views of Downtown (Rumble).

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: 2008
  • Capacity: Up to 600 seated / 1000 cocktail within various spaces
  • Catering: Exclusive caterer at the H-D Museum
  • Unique Features: Industrial spaces with clean lines, access to H-D Museum’s 20 acre campus for photos, outdoor terrace, free parking.


6. The View at Evolution

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The View at Evolution // Photos by Little Giant Photography

The View at Evolution is one of Milwaukee’s hottest rooftop venues. Located downtown on Old World Third Street, this modern venue is surrounded by glass windows, transparent sliding doors and an amazing open air patio with views of Milwaukee.

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: Opened in 2016
  • Capacity: 150 sit down dinner / 250 cocktail reception
  • Catering: In-house catering by Evolution / Wild Planet Hospitality Group
  • Features: Amazing patio with views of downtown, modern amenities and decor, ample light due to large windows and sliding glass doors


7. Milwaukee Art Museum

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Milwaukee Art Museum // Photos by Boutique Photographer

The Milwaukee Art Museum has been a catalyst for modern architecture in Milwaukee and is a beautiful and popular wedding venue location.

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: 2001
  • Capacity: Up to 450 sit down dinner / 800 cocktail reception
  • Catering: Catering provided in-house or preferred catering list
  • Features: Amazing views of Lake Michigan, access to museum exhibits, lakefront terrace, Milwaukee icon


8. VUE at The Hyatt Regency

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The VUE at Hyatt Regency Hotel

Located on the 21st floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, The VUE is a circular venue with some of the most breathtaking views of Milwaukee.

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: Updated and re-opened in 2015
  • Capacity: 170 sit down dinner / 240 cocktail reception
  • Catering: In-house catering by Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Features: Panoramic views of downtown Milwaukee, central location, 481 rooms to house guests


9. The Iron Horse Hotel

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The Iron Horse Hotel Ballroom // Photos by Heather Cook Elliott Photography

The Iron Horse Hotel may be housed within a 100+ year old warehouse, but it has been transformed into a luxury, modernized space. The Iron Horse is truly a Milwaukee favorite.

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: Opened in 2008
  • Capacity: 130 sit down dinner / 200 cocktail reception
  • Catering: In-house catering by Iron Horse Hotel
  • Features: Intimate ballroom with modern accents, outdoor space (The Yard), hotel accents provide for amazing photo opportunities


10. The River Club of Mequon

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River Club of Mequon // Photos by Emily Johnson Photography

The River Club of Mequon is a perfect spot for couples looking to get married in the North Shore. The River Club ballroom is located adjacent to a 338 acre golf course and the ballroom was recently updated to include state of the art lighting.

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: Renovated within the past 5 years
  • Capacity: 450 sit down dinner / 1000 cocktail reception
  • Catering: In-house catering by River Club
  • Features: Updated ballroom with amazing, state of the art lighting, free parking, located on a beautiful golf course


11. The Journeyman Kimpton Hotel

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The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel // Front Room Photography

The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel was the first hotel built in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Boasting amazing rooftop views via their public patio and private dining area, they also have a ballroom available within the hotel.

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: 2016
  • Capacity: 230 sit down / 312 cocktails (ballroom) | 80 sit down (rooftop)
  • Catering: In house restaurant – Tre Rivali – Chef Heather Terhune
  • Features: Awesome location in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, rooftop views, customized menu made by acclaimed Milwaukee chef


12. The Intercontinental Hotel

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The Intercontinental Hotel – Milwaukee // Photos by Reminisce Studio

The Intercontinental Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee attached to the Milwaukee Center office Building, making for great indoor photo ops and winter weddings.

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: 1988 / Renovated: 2005
  • Capacity: Up to 400 sit down dinner / 600 cocktail reception
  • Catering: In-house catering by Marcus Hotel & Resorts
  • Features: Modern ballroom with easy access to downtown Milwaukee attractions


13. Museum of Wisconsin Art

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Museum of Wisconsin Art // Photos by MiaS Photo

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) located in West Bend, is a unique spot for the art and architecture lover alike.

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Capacity: 130 sit down dinner / 200 cocktail reception
  • Catering: Approved Catering List
  • Features: Very modern aesthetic, white decor, featuring amazing art exhibits from Wisconsin artists, free parking


14. The Watermark at Shully’s

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The Watermark // Photos by Boutique Photographer

The Watermark is located just north of Milwaukee in Thiensville. Built with modern amenities, beautiful light fixtures, it also is adjacent to ample outdoor space along a picturesque pond. Perfect for ceremonies, tenting, and cocktail hours.

Quick Facts:

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Capacity: 350 sit down dinner / 500 cocktail reception
  • Catering: In-house catering by Shully’s Cuisine
  • Features: Modern ballroom with neutral color pallete, large outdoor space for onsite ceremonies, free parking

Milwaukee is so lucky to have so many amazing modern wedding venues! Make sure to browse through our full list of Milwaukee wedding venues to find your perfect space. And remember, you can make even traditional venues look modern with the help of an amazing Milwaukee wedding planner!