(Closed) Looking for Madison venue

posted 5 years ago in Madison Wisconsin
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My coworker just had his reception at the High Noon Saloon a couple of months ago, and it was pretty neat!  Not sure how many folks he and his wife had, but I think under 100 would fit in there.

Alternately, my sister had her reception at the Masonic Center on Wisconsin Ave…just a couple of blocks from the capitol.  It was a nice, big space so you could leave tables up during dancing, and I believe my sister also picked it because they had a pretty reasonable facility rate and I believe they were flexible with catering options.

ETA:  Oh!  It’s pretty pricey, but I saw that you can rent out floors of the Madison Children’s Museum for weddings…thought that looked pretty cool!

Good luck!  🙂

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Mine was at Lussier Family Heritage Center, and everybody who came said they loved it.  We planned to have the ceremony outside, but it was raining, so we had it in their downstairs room while the upstairs was being set up for the reception.  It was a pretty small wedding (about 60 people), but the rooms can easily hold more. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@cyntist:  I’m not even engaged, but I googled the Lussier Heritage Center after you mentioned it and it looks pretty awesome!  It’s in the middle of the city, but still very nature-y looking from the photographs on their website.

Do you feel that your wedding was a lot more work when it came to setting up and cleaning up than it may have been elsewhere?  Kind of a weird question, and hard to gauge, but I was just wondering.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@DomesticDiva:  I didn’t think it was much trouble at all to set up, though it was a pretty small, simple wedding.  The venue takes care of setting up tables and chairs, bar, dance floor, etc.; I just met with the manager a few days before to draw up the plan.  They provided tablecloths (for a fee, of course), and I got bouquets to use as centerpieces from a farmer’s market vendor (Carol at Sunborn Gardens; she was awesome, and really affordable).  I got vases from the dollar store and had a bevy of aunts to arrange everything on the tables.  For the ceremony, since it looked like rain all day, I asked an aunt and uncle to keep an eye on the skies and unfold the chairs inside or outside, whichever the weather indicated.  As for cleanup, my mother-in-law went through the place like a whirling dervish and then everything was magically in boxes before I even realized what had happened.  She didn’t seem to have any trouble with it 🙂  We used Gaylord Catering, and they work there all the time and took care of the food and bar setup and takedown 100%. 

We loved the fact that it’s easily accessible from the Beltline and not too far from hotels, but it’s still a beautiful, natural setting.  I actually found it because I go birdwatching around there all the time! 

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I think the University Club is being renovated right now – not sure when that’s due to finish.

I know the Memorial Union is very popular for weddings – they set up on the Terrace Rooftop (above the Lakefront room).

You could also look into Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Quivey’s Grove.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I know a couple of people that got married downtown at the Opheum, and it looked beautiful.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

You could also check out the Overture Center and MMOCA – maybe their rooftop garden?

I wonder, too, if the Chazen Museum might be an option? I don’t know if they do weddings.

For a small ceremony, there’s the Gates of Heaven in James Madison Park. The back room of the Brink Lounge is also a nice place for a smaller reception (or ceremony + reception).

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@Jennlee:  I have a friend that just got married there last month. I know she said they had no problems what so ever (there had been a news story about them having issues with their liqour liscense) and were really happy with the service, that is too bad.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@cyntist: Thanks for your response!  🙂

@Jennlee:  It’s probably good your FI not excited about the union.  Two of my friends got married there and they both ended up with 2-3 year engagements because it’s such a popular venue!  They do a “lottery” to determine who gets to use the space on any particular day, and I believe the lottery is held a year to 18 months in advance.

Also, how was the Masonic Center?  It’s a big space, for sure…my sister only had about 100-120 guests and we definitely had plenty of room to move around!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond. I’m getting married here in February!! It’s so pretty. Plus you can bring your own food and drinks!! It’s in Poynette.

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