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.
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Andy · Married on 07/21/2018
When we first began planning our wedding, we knew that we wanted to have it held at the Milwaukee County War Memorial simply because military has been a huge part of our family's life and the views were unbeatable. This was just the tip of the iceberg! From the beginning, Jennifer was prompt with any inquiring that we had and went above and beyond. Fast-forward to the day of... again, Jennifer was so helpful with accommodating all of our requests and her assistant, Joy, was literally the best to work with throughout the day. Everything went absolutely flawless, minus some annoying rain, but they worked around and through it. The evening was absolutely perfect-more than we could have ever hoped for! We got so many compliments on the professionalism of the staff and how beautiful the venue was. Thank you for making our day so wonderful!Sent on 08/16/2018
War Memorial Center's reply:Thank you Andy! We loved working with you and Dan and wish you both the best!
Samantha Kailas · Married on 07/20/2019
Modern Lakefront Venue with Everything!
Secretly the best wedding venue on the lakefront! We were looking for a venue that was downtown, on the lakefront, with indoor and outdoor spaces, big enough to hold all 250 of our guests, parking - and in our budget. I didn't think we could find something like that, but the War Memorial Center checked every box and more! The building's architecture is modern and unique. The venue has multiple spaces, and the entire center is reserved for your event! The outdoor plaza is huge and great for cocktail hour since it has the best views of the Milwaukee skyline hands down. The reception hall has been recently renovated and is modern with wood and gold accents, gold chandeliers, built in uplighting - just gorgeous. Tables and chairs are included and they do set up and take down for you! There is a separate, secure suite available to store your valuables and gifts during the wedding. Also, there is parking available for your guests if you need it (which is hard to come by downtown!). The events manager Jennifer was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her communication and attention to detail was such a comfort. I felt so at ease knowing she had everything under control as we were planning our wedding and on the day of. Everything was perfect, and I am so happy we chose the War Memorial!Sent on 08/10/2019
Patrick Zawadzki · Married on 07/13/2019
Incredible Venue and amazing support team
Having our wedding at the war memorial was the best decision we made with our wedding planning. Every. Single. Guest. we talked to was amazed by the venue, and having the ability to walk outside on the terrace overlooking the lake was something everyone loved. So many guests who'd never been to Milwaukee before were amazed with how beautiful it was, I think the venue helped them see that.Sent on 07/25/2019
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