It’s no secret we love the Historic Pritzlaff Building. In particular, we love its dramatically high ceilings, diversity in aesthetic and the experienced event staff. All of these contribute to making the Pritzlaff one of Milwaukee’s most popular wedding venues.
A special thanks to Pritzlaff Events for sponsoring this article and allowing us to showcase one of our favorite venues in Milwaukee! Read on to learn more about the four event spaces within the Pritzlaff building.
About The Historic Pritzlaff Building
Built in 1875 as Pritzlaff Hardware, The Historic Pritzlaff Building has four unique warehouse spaces for weddings. It also boasts amazing indoor/outdoor spaces, cream city brick and preserved cast iron columns.
Positioned as an anchor point where Downtown, Walkers Point and the Third Ward meet makes it close to three of Milwaukee’s hottest neighborhoods.
Additionally, The Pritzlaff is a future stop on the Milwaukee Street Car route (scheduled to open in late-2018). This makes it even that much more accessible to Downtown Milwaukee, the Lower East Side, and eventually the Lakefront.
The Pritzlaff Building’s Four Event Spaces
The Historic Pritzlaff Building consists of 4 spaces available for events. Each of these event spaces have their own special details including outdoor spaces and even a bank vault, making each event hosted in any of the rooms unique and individual.
Additionally, each space has separate entrances, postal addresses, bridal / groom getting ready spaces and restrooms. From intimate 100 person weddings to 1,000+ guest blow out bashes, any size event works at this iconic Milwaukee landmark.
1. Space 325 – A Super Unique Venue
The 325 space offers ample Cream City Brick, industrial aged beamed ceilings, decorative lamp posts and an antique clock. It also has access to the amazing covered outdoor breezeway.
The 325 space works perfect for weddings from 50 – 250 for a sit down dinner, and up to 315 for a cocktail reception.
We love when couples use the outdoor space of room 325 for ceremonies and creative space making. Examples include an outdoor lounge, late night snacks from a food truck or even a celebratory cigar lounge.
Space 325 Virtual Tour
Take a look around the 325 space below and contact Pritzlaff Events for your own personal tour!
2. Space 333 – Perfect For Larger Events
The largest of the Pritzlaff spaces, the 333 venue is perfect for weddings between 100 – 350 people, but can technically fit 600 people for cocktail style. Many couples also opt to have both the ceremony and reception in this majestic space.
If you need something larger, you can combine the 325 and 333 spaces for a mega-event space that can hold 1000+ guests.
With vastly tall and industrial metal columns, this venue is breathtaking. According to Cori Coffman, Event Director at the Pritzlaff, this space is perfect for fabric draping, ceiling suspended floral and chandeliers.
Its metal columns make for some of the most unique magnetic decor options that more couples should use. Be sure to ask the event staff about them and get those creative ideas going!
The 333 space also includes a mezzanine area just above the bar and a former bank vault perfect for a photo booth or bourbon lounge. And the Victorian era arched windows exposed to downtown are one of our favorite aspects of this space.
333 Space Virtual Tour
Take a look around the 333 space and contact Pritzlaff Events for your own personal tour!
3. Space 143 – An Intimate Venue
The most intimate of the Pritzlaff Building venues, the 143 Space works for weddings from 50 – 180 guests. Boasting tall ceilings and Cream City Brick, the 143 Space exudes warmth from the walnut stained floors and large, bright industrial windows.
The 143 Space has been restored to perfection, while respectfully maintaining its historic aesthetic. The space also includes a “tunnel” covered outdoor area that is included in your rental, further adding to its uniqueness.
4. The Galleria – Perfect For Ceremonies
The Galleria is located on the 2nd Floor of the Pritzlaff Building. It is rented in conjunction with the 143 or 325 space as a beautiful ceremony option.
With windows lining the front of the room and unique cylindrical lighting, it’s another reason to make it easy on your guests and host your ceremony and reception all within the Pritzlaff Building complex.
Unlimited Photo Ops on the Pritzlaff Building Campus
The Pritzlaff Building is FULL of amazing and unique photo opportunities making it super convenient to take amazing photos without ever needing to leave the complex. Just look at some of them!
Additional Considerations for a Pritzlaff Event
- Pritzlaff Events Team – We’ve held events at the Pritzlaff and loved how everything came together. The Pritzlaff Team is headed up by Cori Coffman who has extensive experience working with all types of events in some of Milwaukee’s most unique venues. You will work directly with someone on the Pritzlaff Events team to determine additional needs for your wedding; from rentals to a cohesive floor plan.
- Flexibility – The Pritzlaff Events staff get excited about creative decor ideas. Don’t hesitate to ask what’s possible; you’d be surprised what can be done in this amazing space.
- Additional Rentals – The Pritzlaff team has curated an extensive collection of unique rentals for your event including tables, chairs, and decor that you rent directly from the Pritzlaff. If you want anything beyond what they have, they can recommend Milwaukee event rental company to work with.
- Parking – There is a lot available for guest usage on 2nd and Clybourn and shuttles can be recommended by the Pritzlaff team. Street parking is limited in the area, so if you have a lot of older guests, you may want to consider hiring a valet, arranging transportation, or contacting Uber or Lyft for ride specials for your guests. A Pritzlaff parking structure is scheduled to be opened in early 2018 as well as the Streetcar line is scheduled to open late-2018 for additional options.
- Decor Rentals – The Pritzlaff Events staff have some additional items you can rent (like the lighted B-A-R sign featured earlier in this article) and also work closely with the talented folks at Barking Pony for draping needs. Cori, who heads up the Pritzlaff Events Team, has extensive exhibit design experience and loves to incorporate this expertise into wedding design advice.
- Catering – The Pritzlaff works within an approved catering list, which includes some of Milwaukee’s top catering talent.
- Wedding Planners – The Pritzlaff is an amazing, historic and raw space. You can style it however you like by incorporating unique chairs, linens, decor and style. This also means that there may be more pieces and vendors to manage on your wedding day (including clean up), so we highly recommend working with a Milwaukee wedding planner, even if for day of coordination, to ensure your vendors work together seamlessly.
Seriously, The Historic Pritzlaff Building is a one-of-a-kind event venue and we are so lucky to have it in Milwaukee. The venue’s spaces can cater to any size and type of wedding and the staff will make it work for you.
For a unique, exciting, and oh-so-Milwaukee venue for your wedding, be sure to check out the Pritzlaff Events website for more info!
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