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Best Wisconsin Wedding Venues & Vendors

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January 23, 2024


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Wisconsin Wedding Venues

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O & B’s favorite Madison, Milwaukee, Pepin, Sister Bay, and Door County wedding venues. We’ve photographed at A LOT of venues and across states over the years , but this set has a grip on it. You’ll soon see why. From the knock your socks off spaces, to the whole-hearted crews behind them, these Wisconsin wedding venues feel more like home to us, and we have no doubt they’ll feel the same to you.

The Tinsmith

Our #1 most photographed at venue! It has an all-season greenhouse like no other. The edgy yet cozy venue is filled to the brim with twinkle lights and leafy tropical plants. Its spaces include an insta-worthy bar, industrial loft, and a getting ready space with a vintage velvet couch! Staying true to the history of the building, the Tinsmith was named the 2021 Adaptive Reuse project of the year by the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. They also welcome dogs 😉 Catch the springtime color explosion wedding we photographed here! Don’t miss this Wisconsin wedding venue!

Atrium greenhouse at The Tinsmith

(We weren’t kidding when we said we spend A LOT of time at The Tinsmith 😉)

Stone Prairie & Round Lake Farm – AriensCo Hospitality

Featuring a standalone greenhouse imported from England & hundreds of conservation acreage, this open air venue has its own cozy getting ready cabin, multiple outdoor fireplaces, and strung Edison bulbs galore. Historic stone ruins surround each space, providing a sense of intimacy to the luxury, heated pavilions. Paved walkways, a small brook, and even a bridge – this is truly an upscale, front row seat to nature. The fall colors at this Wisconsin wedding venue are unparalleled.

Ellsworth Block

A restored historic Venue overlooking the Madison Capitol building. Exposed brickwork from 1871, a one of a kind skydeck with a full ceiling skylight , and a modern vintage flare. Ellsworth Block put their heart and soul into preserving and restoring the history behind this unique downtown Madison wedding venue. All stone walls are original and have been brought back to their historic best.

Two women pose on couch at Ellsworth Block in Madison, WI

The Madison Club

Old Hollywood glam with endless amenities. From polished fireplaces to an atrium filled with crystal chandeliers – this venue is within walking distance of some of the key places in downtown Madison including The Capitol Building, and Monona Terrace. Three floors of spiral staircases (and not so spiral elevators ;)) lead to opulent rooms at every turn. The closest you’ll ever get to a real life Bridgerton set.

Northern Haus

A true Door County gem. Noted for its bright, modern interior, lofted ceilings, and the warm exposed beams of a classic midwestern barn. The northern wing features a 24 foot bar (in midwest math that’s at least 50 old Fashioned’s long) while a vaulted luxury loft/getting ready space offers ample room for weddings of any size (they even have a full shower, and champagne bar!!) The secluded forest retreat, sun soaked foyer, and covered porch offer a multitude of spaces for guests to unwind and explore.

Villa Bellezza Winery

 A world class winery with the feel of small town Italy. Stone towers, Roman columned pavilions, and grape vines, oh my! It’s your own private villa on the edge of Wisconsin. Golden twinkle lights and a bubbling stone fountain light the central piazza in the evening. It’s a destination Wisconsin wedding venue without getting on a plane. Wine tasting rehearsal dinner? I think so! Catch Lance & Laura’s Villa Bellezza picnic anniversary featured in Wisconsin Bride!

Man and woman kiss for their Villa Bellezza Wedding in Pepin, WI

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.

Guests gather round with steaming mugs of fresh coffee and handcrafted cocktails. Timber floors creak with nostalgia and candles flicker. Fresh brewed coffee fills the air. Wouldn’t it be lovely to get married in a coffee shop? Well you CAN! The Walkers Point Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co boasts Milwaukee’s famous cream city brick + the warmth of exposed wooden beams. It’s only one mile from the heart of downtown Milwaukee , but just far enough to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. Perfect for intimate weddings.

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Walkers Point Wedding

Gordon Lodge

Door County’s best waterfront venue! Think the nostalgia of your Up North childhood vacays meets grown-up, high-brow celebration. This vast, multi-space property can host both intimate microweddings and grand 300 person events alike. Our favorite part? No need to worry about transportation, food, or fun – you and your guests can enjoy individual cabin or apartment style lodging, sip cocktails at their on-site waterside restaurant, and enjoy complimentary kayaks, bicycles, and wooded hiking trails. Gordon Lodge has one of the most top notch planning teams we’ve ever worked with; they truly go the extra mile.

It’s the collaboration of the best Wisconsin wedding venues AND vendors that truly make a wedding day.

Wisconsin Wedding Planners 

After each and every wedding day, we ask each couple “what do you wish you could tell other couples“…..across the board the #2 thing they wish is that they would’ve hired a wedding planner so they could’ve spent more time enjoying the process and their loved ones spent less time working on the wedding day.

The #1 thing? Our detailed photography timeline building process was quite literally their guiding light;) One that worked as a flawless collaboration with their wedding planner.

And what do the couples who hired a wedding planner wish to tell other couples? That it was the best decision they made. 

Here are our very favorite Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Door County, and beyond Wisconsin wedding planners. 

Event Shoppe Chicago

Bold weddings for even bolder couples. Chicago based but frequently travel across the midwest. THE wedding planner that is bound to become part of your family.

  • Powerhouse, resourceful, confident, above and beyond, works VERY closely with ALL vendors

Bridesmaids laugh in their pajamas

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Olive Branch Events Co.

Heartfelt weddings for down-to-earth couples. Deanna and team make you feel like you’ve known them your whole life.

  •  Sweet & deep, giggly, unbelievably thoughtful, has crafted weddings in all of the very best Wisconsin wedding venues.

Dream Weddings: Wisconsin Wedding Planner

Liz is a problem chaser- she solves the problems so that your family doesn’t have to! 

  • Attentive to detail; your hype-person, sweet as pie, massive dog lover!
  • Catch the Downtown Madison Tinsmith wedding we worked with Liz

A wedding party poses at The Tinsmith

Distinctly Yours Weddings

Has been called “fairy godmother” more than once.

Thornberry Creek at Oneida wedding - captured by O & B Photo Co

HOLD ONTO YOUR BOUQUET! Guess what – you’ve already found the best Madison Wisconsin wedding photographers (spoiler: it’s us!), the minds behind this roundup of best Wisconsin venues and vendors;)

Wisconsin Wedding Florists

Florals guide the entire visual of your day – so let’s make it count. These epic florists are in a league of their own. Each is unique from the other but the one thing they share is stellar communication, making them the best of the best Wisconsin wedding vendors. Find out which florist below best suits your vision!

Drew Hawley of Flowers for Dreams

Midwest sustainably sourced florals, known for charitable impacts, micro bouquets, and a passion for creativity. Drew keeps you at ease while guiding you with professionalism. Plus we love a florist who can rock a sparkly suit coat;) Flowers for Dreams has worked at many of the best Wisconsin wedding venues!

Cosmos Floral

Astrology meets botany! Sydney’s complex arrangements are a true work of art. She brings textures, vividness AND is all about recycling, composting, & local sourcing. Bold vintage is our favorite way to describe Cosmos!

Briar Loft

They evoke movements with their use of color, lines, and textures. Briar Loft finds joy in building their relationships with their clients (and we’ve found a lot of joy in building a relationship with them!). See this Color explosion wedding by Briar Loft at The Tinsmith!

Sweetheart table floral arrangement
Bride and groom pose in front of colorful floral arch during Tinsmith Madison wedding

Rose Imaginative

Bold luxury for the right brained lovers. Risk taking, out of the ordinary, and fun. With their large scale multi-media installations and intentional bouquet arrangements, this most definitely isn’t your grandma’s florist;)  Just because they’re based in MN doesn’t mean that they don’t qualify for one of Wisconsin’s best wedding vendors. Travel is their middle name.

Wisconsin Wedding Hair & Makeup

Not your next door neighbor’s cousin’s sister who cuts hair every once and a while. These are professionals who listen to your likes & dislikes, clean & sterilize gear & brushes, and have the expertise to bring your visions of the perfect makeup look + romantic bridal hairstyles to life!

Lexi Lee Hair

Milwaukee based, on- location wedding hair styling specializing in soft, romantic bridal hair styles.

Glam Atelier

Full service hair & makeup for the bold. Think smokey eyes and old Hollywood waves. Travel anywhere and everywhere, most recently to a Door County wedding!

Winlulee Beauty by Meghan Johnson LLC

A specialist in airbrush makeup bridal looks, Meghan’s upbeat personality makes you feel relaxed and confident.

Wisconsin Wedding DJs & Bands

The true makers or breakers of any event. We prefer the former which is why you’ll find only the best Wisconsin Wedding DJ’s & Bands we’ve ever worked with below. They’re definitely the makers.

Luxe Madison

Brent & Spencer are the most professional yet chill individuals you’ll ever meet. Known for their love of 2000’s beats + sprinkling of Stacy’s Mom. They know how to keep a crowd entertained. We also want you (and them) to know that we consider them literally one of the best Madison, Wisconsin wedding DJ’s!

Celebrations Entertainment

Beyond kind. Geoffrey is the type of human that makes you feel like you’ve known him forever. He can get even the most stubborn crowd on the dance floor with ease.

Tres Moustache!

Traveling live band who knows how to captivate an audience. Laid-back yet detail oriented. The type of people that genuinely welcome you to come as you are. They truly set the vibe of Matt & Allison’s Madison Club wedding

Live wedding band at The Madison Club

Gentlemen of Leisure

This is a full on concert; they know how to put on a SHOW and get every single guest out on the dance floor. While they most often work in some of the best Chicago wedding venues, they’re an absolute treat to have in the best of Wisconsin wedding venues as well. We worked Tiara & Connor’s winter Chicago wedding with Gentlemen of Leisure!

Wisconsin Wedding Calligraphy & Invites

Whether you’re looking for a full service experience or a one-click wonder, these Wisconsin wedding invitations, designers, and calligraphers have produced some of the most beautiful works we’ve seen over the years.

Adeline Margaret Lettering & Design

Offering both fully custom invitation suites with wax seals, wedding signage, vow booklets, seating place cards, and more, Addie is a small town girl turned in-demand self-taught artist.

Bay View Printing Co

Custom, handmade invitation suites that are so good you’ll want to frame them. All made to order in a historic letterpress print shop in a little corner of Milwaukee. Woman owned and solar powered. PS- you can even host a Drink & Ink bachelorette party where you’ll create your own posters to take home!

Basic Invite

White glove mailing, instant online previews, perpetually adding new designs – need we say more! Psst…use our affiliate code in the image below at checkout for 30% off your entire purchase AND free shipping! Meghan & Ry used Basic invite for their Madison wildflower wedding.

Couple holds hands and walks in downtown Charleston - promotion for Basic Invite

Prefer to pay full price on save the dates and invitations? Then definitely keep scrolling and don’t use the above promo code at checkout 😉

Wisconsin Wedding Caterers

Food. The language that brings all backgrounds, personalities, and walks of life together. These WI wedding caterers believe that meals are a deeply feeling experience, and they’ve mastered the craft.

Heirloom Kitchen Co

Drawing up all meals from scratch with only locally sourced ingredients, Heirloom Kitchen creates adventurous dishes with the nostalgia that only generational cooking methods bring. Truly one of the most creative caterers we’ve seen, alongside the most memorable wedding food we’ve ever tasted. If food is your love language, Heirloom Kitchen is your caterer!

Zilli Hospitality Group

Incredible communication with consistently well-rounded menu options.  Guests certainly won’t leave your event hungry! With ample bar options, guests won’t leave thirsty either 😉 Dairy-free, gluten-free, and even allergen friendly options!
Psst- they even offer all-inclusive packages with some of Milwaukee’s best venues!

Twisted Radish

Diverse menu meets modern flair! Twisted Radish’s presentation is enough to knock your socks off! Paired with their locally sourced grazing tables (literally an entire tabletop charcuterie board). Aside from family style, platted, or buffet options, they have food stations that each feature a diverse mini buffet, which can be placed around your reception space!

Wisconsin Wedding Cakes & Bakers

For the sweet-tooths with a love of art. O & B’s favorite bakers are more than just, well, bakers. They’re passionate artists with master taste buds and an eye for an equally matching presentation.

Wedding Cakes Madison Wi

Simma’s Bakery

Family owned bakery with ALL the sweet options. Cakes, pastries, cupcakes, and more! They even crafted an all black wedding cake for one of our couples! It was the talk of the night!

Lolo Loves Cakes

Bold cake designs for bolder couples. Think floral glam, cascading geodoes, glitz, and glam. Laura even has a marshmallow creme filling (are you kidding me!?)

Mobile Bar & Food Trucks

Bringing the libations directly to you, in style. These vendors are a twist on what you thought wedding bars and food were. In reality, they’re completely transforming the scene into something entirely custom and incredibly unique.

The Bitsy Bar

Meet Daisy, the vintage Piaggio Ape car with 4 taps, and Duke, the vintage mint colored Vespa scooter with a matching sidebar. The former is one of the first of its kind, while the latter can fit through any door and into your reception (it even has a speaker to keep the night groovin’). A husband and wife duo! (Just like us!)

Flour Girl & Flame

Woman owned and a proud part of the LGBTQ community. Their portable wood-fired exhibition kitchen means your guests get to sidle up to the fire and quite literally watch their pizza come to life! Flour Girl offers earth-friendly compostable plates, cutlery, and napkins. Their mission? “To foster a sense of inclusion in the farming community by supporting women growers, LGBTQ+ producers and farmers of color.”

Wisconsin Wedding Dresses & Suits

The process of choosing your dream wedding dress, jumpsuit, or suit is a deeply personal experience. Here are a few of the boutiques that do it best! From inclusive sized Wisconsin wedding dresses to monogrammed suits!

Strike Bridal Bar

THE alternative bridal shop, offering modern, one-of-a-kind styles. Black wedding dresses? They’ve got it. Edgy gowns? That too! Royal family vibes? You better believe it! Plus sized queen? They’ve got allllll the gowns of your dreams. And our favorite- jumpsuits (with pockets!)


That glam Anthrolopogie vibe all bundled into soft silhouetted wedding gowns, receptions dresses, and jumpsuits (because it literally is a part of Anthropologie!). Unique styles you won’t find in your average bridal store.


Made to measure, customizable suites. Want to include a monogram of your wedding date in your suit coat? Done! You can do everything from measurements to ordering directly online, but of course there are showrooms if you prefer the in-person experience. One of the most consistently used companies we’ve seen during weddings at some of the best Wisconsin venues. Catch this retro Garver Feed Mill wedding with suites from Indochino!

Groomsmen hold up groom during wedding at The Tinsmith in Downtown, Madison

Wisconsin Engagement Rings

Ethically-sourced and handcrafted. You aren’t cookie cutter and neither should your engagement ring be.

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Alyssa & Anna Fine Jewelry

Alyssa learned jewelry craftsmanship from her father who fled Vietnam during wartime and brought his talents to America. She took the skills her father taught her and created her own business. Woman-owned, hand-crafted, and ethically sourced- the most unique ring creations you’ll ever see.

Wisconsin Wedding Rentals

Got moody, vintage glam on the brain? Let’s make it happen- with mic-drop visuals! 

wedding rentals Madison WI

Velvet Rentals

Funky options to create a totally you space. Offering curating, styling, and delivery. Get your pink pianos, velvet couches, disco balls, and vintage fringe umbrellas for an entire weekend or even just for the day!

Cedar & Spice

THE photo moment of your event space. French fry walls, custom mini golf sets, and candy corners galore. They create entire experiences by their bold installations – bringing a whole different level of uniqueness to even the best of Wisconsin wedding venues.

Wisconsin Wedding Videographers

The most overlooked dynamic on your wedding day is between your videographer and photographer. They are the only people on your wedding day that you’ll be spending more time with than even your new spouse. Which is why it’s critical that this visual team is there for you, not just to get the shot. Here are the videographers we’ve absolutely been blown away by in terms of teamwork, being there for the couple, going above and beyond, communication, and creativity. Let them know we sent you!

Tim Thornburg Films

Breathtaking cinematic shots, professionally licensed music, and high definition audio captured on your wedding day to tell your love story beautifully. Tim is an expert with lighting all of the best Wisconsin wedding venues.

  • Tim’s Personality: Comic relief, follows through, artistic vision, consistently stretching his skillset

Ark Weddings

Believes in the power of telling a story right- in the most stress-free way possible. 

  • Chris & Noel’s personalities: Easy-Going, calming, blend in, sweet as pie.
    • Extra perks – aren’t afraid of hot air balloon elopements
    • Also a husband and wife team!

Burnt Toast Film Co

The most creative, unique, captivating film maker you’ll ever meet. Nick has a rare ability to capture one’s truest essence- the slap happy moments, the emotional moments, the in-between moments. A true artist. 

  • Nick’s personality – Invested, nostalgic, empathetic, deep-feeling – if you ask us, all the things that create a master artist!

A man videos a bride and groom as they slide down a carnival slide.

Jahr Wedding Films

A cinematic story teller with a heart of gold. Caleb takes great ownership of your experience with him and is the only other vendor we’ve seen who fluffs the bride’s dress for her (it seriously floored us!). 

  • Caleb’s personality – Detail forward, animated, caring, an absolute joy to be around.

Wisconsin Wedding Officiants

There is something truly special about finding someone who makes you feel seen. Anyone can officiate you but not everyone creates a true-to-you experience. Because 10 years from now you should be able to remember the impact of your wedding ceremony like these Wisconsin wedding celebrants will.

Bryan of O & B Photo Co.

(Elopements & Microweddings only) – Bryan isn’t just the man behind the camera, he can be your ring bearer and officiant ;). Whether it’s a sailboat elopement in Door County, or an adventure elopement hiking Devil’s Lake – he’ll craft a custom ceremony outline that is entirely and only you. Bryan’s goal is to keep you present on your wedding day.  Perks- he photographs very well;) Who says the best Wisconsin wedding venues can’t be sailboats!

Happily Ever After Officiants & Ceremonies

Passionate about crafting deeply meaningful ceremonies. Reverend Caroline is a joy to work with and brings a confident but calm presence to your day.

Unique Wisconsin Wedding Vendors

Because it’s a party too! Make it an unforgettable night for your guests at the Wisconsin wedding venue you love best.

Ivy’s Illustrations

Ivy takes photos of your guests and creats live custom portraits for them to take home during cocktail hour and dinner! She also offers live wedding paintings.

Live wedding painting by Kristina Brewer

Kristina paints live on your wedding day, drawing from direct observation. She uses oil paints and canvas so you can take the finished art home with you and hang it on your wall!

Festive Donkey ventures

Dreams DO come true! Bring a mini donkey or two or three to your wedding!!

So what’s next?

It all starts with a virtual happy hour with

O &B Photo Co

You hit send, and faster than you can say “I do,” the O & B Photo Co team responds with the enthusiasm of a puppy chasing its tail. As your virtual happy hour winds down, you’ll leave with not just a wedding plan but a genuine connection.



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