Want to transport your wedding guests to Europe without a plane ticket? Look no further than these Wisconsin wedding venues loaded with historic charm and elegant details!
St James 1868 (Milwaukee)
Steeped in local history and inspired by the elegance of European weddings, this historic 150-year-old church property has been thoughtfully renovated into two luxury wedding and event venues. The larger venue, the Abbey, is the former sanctuary that maintains original Tiffany stained-glass windows, 15th Century hand-carved monastery panels, original hardwood floors, and antique light fixtures, now updated for a contemporary take on English-designed interiors. The second venue, the Hyde, features a two-story vaulted loft space with expansive windows, filtered natural light, and original hardwood floors.
Villa Bellezza Winery (Pepin)
If you want to tie the knot in an Italian countryside, check out Villa Bellezza! Just picture this – You have your first look in their stone tower. After your ceremony, you wander the vineyards with your new husband or wife, sipping wine. Then after dinner, you dance the night away under the string lights of their stone courtyard. SO DREAMY.
Villa Terrace (Milwaukee)
This list would not be complete without mentioning Villa Terrace. The unparalleled beauty of a Mediterranean-style villa will surround your guests as they appreciate tranquil views of Lake Michigan from the Terrazzo della Luna or stroll through the Renaissance Garden.
Paine Art Center and Gardens (Oshkosh)
Explore an English-inspired country estate in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley! This art museum that hosts events is filled with stunning architecture and four acres of botanical gardens. Their breathtaking property offers an unforgettable setting for the wedding of your dreams!
The Howard (Oshkosh)
This Old English/Tudor Revival-style building is sure to “wow” your guests. The interior boasts 25-foot-high vaulted ceilings alongside original stained glass accents and handcarved crown moldings. The grand hall features ornate whitewashed ceilings with elaborate brass details. Venture up their imperial staircase to enter a second private hall donning high vaulted ceilings accented with original wood beams.
The Gardens Wedding Center (Allenton)
The church boasts of its heritage with rich woodwork and original stained glass windows. As the name suggests, the biggest feature is the gardens. Spring at The Gardens surrounds you with a lovely sight of thousands of Tulips, Lilacs, Magnolias and other Blossoming Trees that burst onto the scene beginning in April. Summer brings it’s full bounty of flowers when the tens of thousands plants explode in color all around the property. Fall brings changing leaves to the hundred plus trees as the Autumn breezes across the country fields with Hydrangeas, Hardy Mums, Sunflowers, Canna Lillies, Black Eyed Susans, Purple Coneflowers and other perennials.
The Covenant at Murray Mansion (Racine)
The Covenant at Murray Mansion features a once-Danish Church transformed into an eye-catching, event space. With its restored historic architecture, grand onsite mansion, and wood cross-back chairs, your guests will feel like they’re dining in a piece of history.
Golden Mast (Okauchee Lake)
Is Germany more your style? Golden Mast is the venue for you! It’s packed with charming details like little street lamps in the interior, a tudor style exterior, a cozy courtyard, and pretty ivy covered walls. Not to mention, it’s right on the lake, making it perfect for cocktail hour cruises on a boat.
The Dekoven Center (Racine)
Set along Lake Michigan’s bluffs in Racine, Wisconsin, The DeKoven Center’s 11-acre campus is a unique and versatile setting offering nationally-recognized architectural treasures, gorgeous gardens, serene wooded areas and distinctive spaces. It oozes a peaceful atmosphere with historic charm. The DeKoven Center offers two reception halls with lakefront views (Great Hall and Assembly Hall) for weddings and events. The beautifully-appointed St. John’s Chapel is ready for ceremonies and services. Numerous picturesque outdoor locations are also available for ceremonies.
Hope you enjoyed these little Midwest gems! Destination weddings can be logistically challenging and expensive, but you don’t have to sacrifice your vision. These Wisconsin venues are ready to immerse you in the most beautiful European-style wedding day!