The War Memorial Center, a stunning landmark on Milwaukee’s lakefront, is one of Wisconsin’s best keep secret for weddings. Featuring spectacular natural views, this incredible venue was designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen and rests between the Milwaukee Art Museum and Veterans Park. This unique space has both indoor and outdoor facilities that will not disappoint in making your love story come alive. The War Memorial Center's experience and professional staff is committed to helping you plan an occasion that you and your guests will never forget. For a magical event that will exceed your wildest dreams, hold your ceremony and reception at the War Memorial Center!
Facilities and Capacity
The venue’s majestic (and newly renovated!) banquet hall is surrounded by scenic views of downtown Milwaukee and can accommodate up to 260 guests. The outdoor plaza, complete with picturesque views of Lake Michigan and the Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, can accommodate more than 800 guests.
Most couples hold their ceremony on site on our plaza over looking Lake Michigan and then transition to our indoor banquet hall for dinner and dancing.
The venue offers white wood chairs for outdoor events, tables, chairs, a riser and a beautiful dance floor for the indoor banquet hall, including setup and cleanup.
The War Memorial Center was built on the vision of the Zonta, Altrusa, Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Milwaukee Civic Alliance to create a fitting memorial to honor those killed in WWII. The building was dedicated on Veterans Day 1957 as a testament to the men and women who served our nation when called.
40 Reviews for War Memorial Center
Recommended by 97% of couples
13 User photos
Matthew F. · Married on 05/01/2021
War Memorial Center
Seyaye and her team were so great to work with and provided top notch service throughout the entire process of our wedding planning. The venue was amazing for both the cocktail hour outdoors and the reception portion inside. We had to deal with some major obstacles the day of and Seyaye helped guide us through our problem and acted quickly to give us a great solution! We cannot thank her and her team enough and highly recommend the War Memorial Center for any wedding or event.Sent on 05/03/2021
Brianna S. · Married on 10/24/2020
Great experience in downtown MKE
My husband and I were very impressed with our initial visit to the property and decided to sign immediately. We loved the esthetic of the reception space and the added feature of the built-in uplighting. Jennifer was the event planner we worked with and she was very helpful throughout the process. Planning a wedding during COVID was very stressful and she worked to keep us informed of any changes as they came about. I would note that this venue is one of the most affordable options in the downtown Milwaukee area based on the research I completed. We paid $3,700 plus tax for a Saturday evening rental. We did not take the option to buy parking for our guests.Sent on 11/08/2020
Lillie H. · Married on 09/05/2020
Beautiful wedding venue
My wedding was beautiful here 77 degrees all the sail boats in the background. The bridal suite was huge perfect venue for a large event.Sent on 09/11/2020
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Team of War Memorial Center
Seyaye Teklay Fett
Seyaye has always known the fast paced world of event planning was the right move for her, as the War Memorial Center's primary wedding contact, Seyaye is a meticulous planner who tracks the details and makes sure things runs smoothly behind the scenes so clients can focus on their big day.
Seyaye stays on top of wedding trends and is looking forward to collaborating with our clients on creating great spaces and memoriies within the War Memorial Center.
I have been working in events and with weddings for over 10 years.
The best part of working at the War Memorial Center is the incredible views that are basically an unknown to people until they are here.
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