Those of us who live in the Milwaukee area probably don’t think of our great city as a prime location for destination weddings. However as a wedding planner I get a lot of calls from out-of-state couples who due to either family or sometimes collegiate ties are looking to make Brew City the destination of choice for their pending nuptials. Since these weddings are technically destination weddings in Milwaukee, most of these couples want a location for their event that has a unique Milwaukee feel. Now us locals know that our great city has more to it than brats, beer and cheese but for out-of-town visitors making their maiden voyage to Milwaukee one thing seems to particularly stand out in their minds – beer! I therefore get quite a few couples who absolutely love the idea of having their wedding in one of our many fabulous breweries.
Brewery weddings are usually a bit more casual due to the nature of their settings but with the right decor you can really dress these buildings up to whatever level of style you are looking to bring. Of course as with any venue there are pros and cons to consider. One thing to keep in mind when considering a brewery wedding reception is that many of these facilities are open to the public during the day so you may not be able to get into your space to set-up until a bit later in the afternoon. This shouldn’t be too much of an issue unless you are planning an afternoon soiree as these venues are pros at flipping their spaces and sometimes the facility will even include free brewery tours for your guests as a time filler which is a unique treat to offer out-of-towners who may not already have a stack of Lakefront Brewery tokens stashed in their kitchen drawer.
So while I know I’m leaving off some great beer brewing locations, here is a short list of some of the fabulous breweries available to host a wedding reception in the Milwaukee area. Cheers!
Located a little north of Milwaukee on Glendale Avenue, Sprecher Brewery offers a cost effective space to host a wedding of up to 125 guests for a seated meal in their indoor beer garden. With up to twelve specialty Sprecher beers and eight gourmet Sprecher sodas on tap, your guests will definitely not go thirsty. You can even have an appetizer station set up inside a giant beer barrel which contains walls of beer lover memorabilia on its inside walls.
Best Place Milwaukee at the Historic Pabst Brewery
At its peak, the Pabst Brewery was one of Milwaukee’s greatest breweries. After closing in 1996, it took a bit of work to get the buildings restored to their former glory but now with the construction complete, rooms named Blue Ribbon Hall and Jacob Best Balcony are ready for your next event. With room for up to 300 guests you can even have your ceremony in the Captain’s Courtyard.
Lakefront Brewery Palm Gardens
Probably one of the most well known venues, this east side venue is located right along the Milwaukee river meaning that when the weather cooperates, guests at your wedding will have the option of bellying up to the riverwalk bar during cocktail hour before moving inside. The space in Lakefront is open and inviting and offers a fairly blank canvas for couples to put together their wedding vision. Lakefront is also one of the few places who offers their own catering service making it a one stop shop for couples not interested in contracting with an outside caterer. A Riverwest Stein to compliment your cake? Yes please!
Sitting just outside of Milwaukee to our west, the Delafield Brewhaus can seat up to 210 of your nearest and dearest. Operating as a restaurant as well as a brewery, you will find quite an extensive menu to choose from as well as up to nine beers on tap for your guests to sample. From an Oktoberfest to their Dock Light, your guests will have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of beers beyond their go-to Friday night six pack.
Okay, and while I know that it is not a brewery, did you know that you can have your wedding at Miller Park? While you can’t slide down Bernie’s slide in your wedding dress you can say “I do” at home plate. There are also a variety of other banquet rooms on site for you to consider with the largest room, Home Plate Lounge, seating up to 300 guests. Of course, you have to schedule your wedding around the Brewers home schedule but if you are having your wedding at Miller Park, you are probably considering their schedule anyway.