There are a crazy amount of new venues opening up in Milwaukee this year! Each of these spaces has unique features and we can’t wait to get the chance to work at each and every one of them. We already have some weddings lined up at a few of these spaces in 2019! :)
We couldn’t fit all of the new venues into one blog post so here is Part One - the newest places to tie the knot in the downtown Milwaukee area. Enjoy and happy wedding planning!
This venue is part of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts and is located on the top floor of the UWM Kenilworth Square East Building. The event space has an industrial modern look with an open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows which showcases an amazing view of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee skyline. There is also a covered balcony for guests to enjoy some fresh air. The room holds up to 450 guests and they use Saz’s as their exclusive caterer. The first floor gallery is a perfect spot to hold cocktail hour before heading upstairs for the reception.
A modern space located in a historic building in downtown Milwaukee, this venue includes a rooftop and beer garden along with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow guests to take a peek into Milwaukee Brewing Co.’s production area. The inside is a blank slate which offers couples the chance to make the space their own and it holds up to 180 guests. An exterior garage door can be opened to display a view of the city.
Located on the west side of Milwaukee, the front room of Dandy houses an array of vintage antique furniture and collectibles for sale to the general public. The back room, however, is reserved for weddings and private events. A wooden log art piece with draping greenery acts as a ceremony backdrop in addition to disco balls and string lights hanging from the ceiling and vintage wooden basketball hoop on the distressed brick walls. A skylight is centered in the middle to allow natural light in.
This downtown Milwaukee venue is located in Walker’s Point and offers a modern city feel. It can accommodate 250+ guests throughout two event spaces which includes 5,000 square feet of both covered and uncovered outdoor patio space as well as their indoor space. The banquet hall has an industrial warehouse feel and features cream city brick and a skylight in the center of the ceiling with a contemporary style chandelier. The outdoor garden area provides a serene feel and you guessed it - plenty of greenery adorns the entire space!
Opening in Summer 2019, Plant No. 4 is one of two new venue spaces created as part of the Black Swan MKE collection. Located in Downtown Milwaukee in the Third Ward, the building itself dates back to 1917 and originally housed the Phoenix Knitting Co. Plant No. 4’s knitting operations. The new venue has an industrial vibe to showcase Milwaukee’s roots and history. The space is open and airy and is decorated with vintage and salvaged items from travels around the Midwest.
This venue is housed above the new LVL Dance night club, formerly known as La Cage in Walker’s Point, Milwaukee. The space can accommodate up to 200 guests and features a stage, dance floor, large bar, windows, and exposed cream city brick walls. They will be adding a 1,600 square foot attached deck later in the season. Couples can take advantage of the LVL night club space downstairs as well which includes a CO2 tank that blasts carbon dioxide into the room which instantly lowers the temperature by 25-30 degrees. This can be a refreshing surprise for guests who are hot and sweaty from dancing all night.
Located on Wisconsin Avenue in Downtown Milwaukee, this venue sits on the sixth floor of the Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel. The space can hold up to 250 guests for dinner. Historic wood is used throughout the room and it also features a wood and marble fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. A private elevator entrance is available for the couple to arrive in style. The Sixth Floor is contemporary and modern and has a neutral color palette which allows couples to make the space their own with decor and lighting of their choosing.
This 150 year old church property is historic and gives couples an old world European charm with a modern twist to their wedding day. The building is located on Wisconsin Ave. and is split into two different venues, The Abbey and The Hyde. The Abbey seats up to 250 guests and strives to give couples and their guests a Windsor Castle feel, complete with an English style courtyard which would be perfect for an outdoor cocktail hour. The reception space makes a grand yet bold statement with original Tiffany stained glass windows, 15th century hand-carved monastery panels, hanging ornate cross lighting fixtures, white archways, and wood trim all along the ceiling. The Hyde seats up to 160 guests and echoes the white with wood trim detail of The Abbey but has more modern and contemporary accents and less of a traditional look. Large circular lighted “wheels” line the ceiling down the middle with a neutral colored brick wall at the end of the room with an exposed chef’s kitchen. The venue also features an elevated outdoor terrace with wood flooring and wood paneling which borders the perimeter. This can be used for an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour for up to 125 guests. The bridal suite and groom’s room are artistic statements all on their own and offer a truly unique ambience that would make for the most fun “getting ready” pictures.
Located on Farwell Avenue, Good City Brewing has opened up a private event space on the second floor of the brewery in their new taproom. The space has an urban feel and can seat up to 350 guests. The brewery includes an extensive outdoor patio with a view of the new Bucks arena and neighboring entertainment plaza. Guests can enjoy a private bar of Good City beers and special menu created by Brewery chef Guy Davies which can make for a fun beer and food pairing experience. The space has a dark, rich color tone with exposed black beams and chocolate brown walls with a wood paneled ceiling. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for lots of natural light to brighten up the room.
This venue was built in 1927 and is one of Milwaukee’s five bungalow style firehouses. Located on Hawley Road in the Story Hill neighborhood, the space is set to open in May 2019. The reception capacity is 120 guests for a seated dinner or 150 guests for a standing cocktail style affair. The outdoor lawn can be utilized as well. The building was constructed in a neoclassical architectural style.
Owned by the Marcus corporation, this venue off Kilbourne Avenue was formerly the Intercontinental hotel and has transformed into Milwaukee’s first modern arts hotel. Opening in spring 2019, the space is perfect for art lovers as it houses art exhibits and galleries and celebrates artistic expression and creativity. There are various venue spaces available which can hold between 50-600 guests. The hotel itself features art inspired rooms for guests to stay in and even has its own theater which will host plays, live music, dance performances, and a working artist-in-residence space. Artists from around the world will be showcased, including both established and emerging creators. The hotel is named after Saint Catherine who is the patron saint of artists and the hotel’s motto “invite participation and expect change” alludes to the fact that there will be finished artwork as well as artists creating pieces onsite.