There are many beautiful wedding venues to choose from in the Madison, WI area. From country clubs, to barn weddings, to community centers – there are options out there for every couple. In this post, I wanted to highlight my top 6 favorite downtown Madison wedding venues, selected by a Madison wedding photographer. I personally find the downtown Madison wedding venues to be ideal because they are close to many popular portrait locations (the Capitol, State Street, large parks for greenery), there are many close hotel options for hotel blocks, and your guests will be able to easily visit popular bars, restaurants, and other entertainment options for an afterparty. In no particular order, here are the venues I selected.
The Overture Center offers beautiful downtown views and amazing natural light thanks to its massive windows. There are nine different indoor event spaces to rent out. Some of the most popular spaces to rent are the Promenade Terrace and the Overture Hall Lobby. Since the Overture is a performing arts space, all rentals come with top-of-the-line technical capabilities to really bring your wedding to its fullest potential.
Visit the Overture Center’s website to learn more about their wedding venue options.
If you are hoping for a gorgeous lake setting for your ceremony, look no further than The Edgewater. The Edgewater is located right alongside Lake Mendota and offers beautiful views of the UW-Madison campus, picnic point, and the North shore of the lake. Something also fun about this hotel/venue is it’s located on a hill. If you are a fan of “run in the middle of the street photos,” the Edgewater is positioned in an ideal location. Take a short stroll down Wisconsin Avenue with your wedding party and you can capture Capitol views in the background.
The Edgewater offers indoor and outdoor venue space options including The Grand Plaza, the Veranda, and two grand ballrooms. Since The Edgewater is a hotel, your guests don’t have to travel far. There is even a top floor bar with amazing Lake Mendota views.
Click here to learn more about The Edgewater weddings.
The Madison club offers timeless architecture, stunning lake views, and award-winning cuisine (I do agree with this statement… the food is really good). The Club has multiple floors of event spaces, each with their own distinct personality and character. Their newest space, The Atrium is one of my favorites due to its ample natural light. Wedding packages include a professional event planner, the event space, an onsite pastry chef, tables, chairs, and linens, as well as a hotel and parking ramp connected right to the Club. The Madison Club is located very close to The Wisconsin State Capitol and Monona Terrace (2 solid photo location options).
Visit The Madison Club’s website to learn more about having your wedding in one of their spaces.
Last, but not least, you don’t have to be a Badger alum to consider having your wedding at UW-Madison’s versatile Memorial Union (though you are required to be a Wisconsin Union member). Memorial Union is my favorite of the two Wisconsin Unions because it sits right along the Lake Mendota shoreline. Here, you can choose from beloved spaces, such as The Great Hall, to begin the next chapter of your love story. If you choose Memorial Union, there are a ton of portrait options nearby. Take sunset photos along the lakeshore, explore the balcony overlooking the terrace, or take a short walk to lakeshore path. The possibilities are endless.
Learn more about Wisconsin Union weddings here.