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Marcus Performing Arts Center

Milwaukee, WI View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

An elegant wedding venue located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The Marcus Performing Arts Center invites you to give your guests the true Milwaukee experience. MPAC's Bradley Pavilion features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Pere Marquette Park, Old World 3rd Street and gorgeous cityscape views. With Champagne-colored drapery, ivory walls, a private outdoor balcony on the river, as well as private outdoor gardens - MPAC provides an elegant, park-like atmosphere, right in the heart of downtown.

Facilities and Capacity

The versatile spaces at The Marcus Performing Arts Center provide ample amenities for up to 800 guests, ensuring that the most lavish of weddings are comfortably accommodated. Couples can choose from a selection of on-site venues for their ceremony and cocktail hour. Fitch Memorial Gardens and Peck Pavilion both offer restful and picturesque backdrops for saying vows. Receptions are held in The Bradley Pavilion, with features such as stunning floor-length windows and hardwood flooring. The Milwaukee Riverwalk flows adjacent to the property, offering beautiful views for newlyweds and guests to enjoy throughout the day. The ballroom boasts an abundance of natural light and formal decorative details, adding to the atmosphere of elegance that permeates the arts center.

Services Offered

Sazama's Fine Catering is the exclusive catering company of The Marcus Performing Arts Center, ensuring high-quality and delicious dining experiences for the big day. Sazama's offers full-service catering and bar service, taking care of guests from the moment they arrive. Menus are fully customizable and can be served in buffet, family, and plated styles. Additionally, packages at this venue now include complimentary Chiavari chairs, as well as a separate, HUGE bridal prep suite with space for up to 25 to get ready on-site. Interested in seeing the space? Come along to one of their Open Venue Tours, happening on select dates from 5-7 pm. No appointment necessary!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$2,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$850

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$15

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Wine

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Art Gallery
Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Country/Golf Club
Garden
Historic Building
Hotel
Museum
Park
Rooftop
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables
Tents
Tent Accessories

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December
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    Kristen Getting married on 07/12/2023
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    So flexible, so kind!

    Like many couples this year, my fiance and I made the decision to push back our wedding due to COVID-19. But unlike several horror stories I've heard this summer, it was a breeze to do so -- and that's because of Karin and everyone at the Marcus Center/Sazama's! When I reached out to Karin in June about our December 2020 wedding, I thought she'd think I was crazy for wanting to reschedule six months out or tell us we needed to wait and see how things progressed. Instead, Karin called back right away to let us know every option was on the table and the ball was in our court. The flexibility was great, but it was Karin's kind, thoughtful and sincere demeanor throughout the entire process that really blew me away. We are SO looking forward to our December 2021 wedding at the Marcus Center!
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    Alyssa L. Married on 10/16/2021
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    Best Wedding Venue Ever!

    We absolutely LOVED having our reception at the Marcus. We were a couple planning a wedding from out of state, luckily we did not have to re-arrange our wedding plans due to Covid. Lynn and her team was AMAZING! One challenge we faced was that Hamilton was performing the same weekend as our wedding. It was frustrating at times because the crew with Hamilton was extremely strict about following guidelines. We had to make sure to keep our wedding guests separate from the theater guests. Anyways, the reception turned out beautifully, the lights and the room lit up. We rented gold chivari chairs, through Lynn, and they really made the space look classy. We choose buffet style, but our guests got through the lines quickly and efficiently. We received SO many compliments on our delicious the food was. One thing we really liked about this venue was there were space for guests to also step outside. Beautiful photo opportunities inside and outside. Thank you so much for giving us a great experience! If we could do it all over again, we would choose our reception at the Marcus, 100%.
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    Best Day Ever...Thanks to the PAC!

    I cannot express enough as to how wonderful our wedding was at the Performing Arts Center! Lynn and the PAC team are timely, efficient, and patient. Being a COVID-19 couple, we had to switch our day from April to October. They changed everything around in less than 24 hours without any issues. The food is absolutely fabulous. If you can swing it, get a signature drink! Our guests were thrilled with the space. Also, working with Lynn was such a joy. She is kind and an expert at her job. Thank you to Lynn & the PAC team for making our wedding day the best day of our lives!!
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Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner

Events

30 Aug
Open House

Interested in seeing our space? Stop by our Open Venue Tour from 5-7pm; no appointment necessary!

Date: From 08/30/2022 to 08/30/2022 Schedule 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI
27 Sep
Open House

Interested in seeing our space? Stop by our Open Venue Tour from 5-7pm; no appointment necessary!

Date: From 09/27/2022 to 09/27/2022 Schedule 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI
25 Oct
Open House

Interested in seeing our space? Stop by our Open Venue Tour from 5-7pm; no appointment necessary!

Date: From 10/25/2022 to 10/25/2022 Schedule 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
Pink Opal Floral Design Pink Opal Floral Design Wedding Florists

Keith and his team at Marcus Center for Performing Arts are awesome! So easy, personable and accommodating to work with! They constantly go above and beyond expectations. And the space is lovely too :) Highly recommend.

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Marcus Performing Arts Center frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Marcus Performing Arts Center?

Marcus Performing Arts Center includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Marcus Performing Arts Center, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Marcus Performing Arts Center includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At Marcus Performing Arts Center, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Marcus Performing Arts Center includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Beer
  • House Wine

What are the most important characteristics of Marcus Performing Arts Center in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Marcus Performing Arts Center for wedding events is known for:
  • Art Gallery
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Country/Golf Club
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel
  • Museum
  • Park
  • Rooftop
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Marcus Performing Arts Center for wedding events?

Marcus Performing Arts Center offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Marcus Performing Arts Center offer?

Marcus Performing Arts Center offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Marcus Performing Arts Center offer for wedding events?

Marcus Performing Arts Center offers the following services for wedding events:
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Marcus Performing Arts Center have available for wedding events?

Marcus Performing Arts Center offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Tents
  • Tent Accessories

What percentage of users recommend Marcus Performing Arts Center and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Marcus Performing Arts Center is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in professionalism, 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in flexibility and 4.9 in value.

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