Unique Wisconsin Wedding Venues

Wedding Planning

Mar 21, 2013

When we were getting married, finding a unique venue was crazy hard.  We didn’t want a hotel ballroom or a banquet hall.  We wanted something with history, something with a story to tell, something with a soul.  Our venue isn’t on this list (for good reason, I’m keeping it for myself), but plenty of other awesome ones are!

I’ll add to this list as I learn of new venues and options.  Please feel free to suggest one!

And, I hope it goes without saying that I am THRILLED to shoot at any of these fantastic locales.  If location matters to you, please know it does to me too.  I’m so inspired by place and the ambience.

For Barn venues, please see my other blog post about just those locations. 

Stouts Island Lodge – built in the Adirondack style by a wealthy Chicago businessman, this lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Nestled on a lovely and quaint island in the northwoods, it features carved beams imported from Germany, multiple cabins for your guests, and a boathouse in addition to the main lodge.  The South Lawn would a be an idyllic ceremony setting, and the island is abundant with great picture locations.

The Inn on Madeline Island – a little touch of New England sea town right on the shore of Lake Superior.  Plenty of accommodations for your guests (and a private spot for you too), lakefront space for a ceremony or reception tent, and indoor options as well.  There’s no escaping the nautical feel here, and the easy-breezy atmosphere.

Villa Terrace – an Italian mansion right on the shore of Lake Michigan, in the heart of Milwaukee.  A gorgeous garden cascades down the hillside from the mansion and terrace.  Have your ceremony up on the terrace with an unbeatable view, your cocktails in the courtyard and then escort your guests down into the gardens for the party.


weddings by m three at Villa Terrace:

Diana & Justen, Emma & Spence, LiNa and John, Editorial Shoot, Adriana & Ashish, Emily & Dave

Milwaukee County Historical Society – a giant bank vault, marbled columns, hexagonal tile, a gorgeous mahogany bar, balcony, chandeliers, coffered ceiling, the list goes on and on.  Full of vintage charm, right in the heart of downtown – the detail is deep with this location.

weddings by m three studio at this venue:

Casie & Derek, Megan & Louis

Villa Bellezza – a little slice of Tuscany in Lake Pepin (near Eau Claire), this venue is transformative.  You can’t help but feel like you are in Italy when surrounded by the mediterranean architecture, beautiful gardens, and um – hello! a winery!

Heritage Hill – The sweetest little white chapel you’ve ever encountered (with beautiful light!) and a charming turn-of-the-century group of buildings nestled into a field.  I adore shooting here, it’s a feed the soul sort of location.

River Wildlife – A charming hunting lodge tucked deep in the woods with all the five-star service you expect from a Kohler venue.  In Summer, you mine as well be in a Thomas Kinkade painting it’s so lovely.  In fall, the color is explosive.


wedding by m three studio at this venue: Nicole & John

Circus World Museum – antique circus train cars and wagons, the big top, the original buildings of the Ringling Circus Winter quarters.  It doesn’t get more unique than this place, right in the heart of the state.

Paine Art Center and Gardens – A beautiful 1920’s Tudor Revival cream colored mansion/castle right in Oshkosh.  Gardens, lawns and beautiful scenery abound.  In winter with a fresh coat of snow – positively fairy tale.

Paoli Mill Terrace & Park – a beautiful historical park just outside Madison.  Lannon Stone, a meandering creek, lots of wooded glens and green space.

John Michael Kohler Art Center – my favorite part of this venue is the sculpture garden where you can get married under the facade of the former Carnegie Library – a free-standing archway sheared off the former building. A beautifully modern and almost all glass main building could host your reception.  And your guests will never stop talking about the bathrooms…..

Wind Point Lighthouse –  A stone’s throw from Milwaukee, this lighthouse is on a beautiful piece of land that juts out into Lake Michigan.  Neighbored by a golf-course, it sits in a quiet community, tended to by an old-fashioned lighthouse keeper.  Plenty of property for a lakefront ceremony and a tented reception, all in the shadow of a beautiful lighthouse.

DeKoven Center – Gothic architecture, miles of brick, 11 acres of wooded property and Lake Michigan, all rolled into a venue just thirty minutes south of Milwaukee.  They have a sweet little church and a lovely great hall in addition to the outdoor spaces.

The Pritzlaff – cream city brick, wood beamed ceilings, old metal fire doors….this is the epitome of old warehouse turned chic.  You can transform the many spaces of the Pritzlaff into just about whatever you like and still be right downtown.  One of the few venues that can host a small or a super large crowd with equal ease.

weddings by m three studio at this venue: Nikki & JohnFrancesca & Teddy

Milwaukee Art Museum – This one is no secret, but I couldn’t leave it out.  It’s hard to beat the supremely modern and all white space, so beautifully designed that the building actually moves.  One of the most beautiful places to get married and to photograph in Milwaukee.

milwaukee art museum wedding

recent weddings at this venue by m three studio:

Caitlin & Steve, Dana & Ryan, Laura & John, Brandy & Joe, Courtney & Ben

Camp Wandawega – It’s campy.  In the most stylish, hip, nostalgic way.  Rustic, fun, a lake, pine trees and tons of charm.  A most unique venue perfectly suited to the quirky couple with a bunch of friends they’d rather camp with than anything else.

Historic Miller Caves – The original 150 year old caves that Miller beer was stored in.  Seriously.  It doesn’t get more Milwaukee than this!  Best for smaller gatherings (less than 100 guests, rehearsal dinners, cocktail hours) this is a very special venue no one will forget.

Taliesin – okay, well you can’t actually get married at Taliesin, but you can do so next door at the visitor’s center, which was also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Need I say more?

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