Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is a beautiful, natural setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions located just 15 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. The venue sits on the shores of Lake Michigan and boasts scenic views, including picturesque woods, ponds & prairies that provide striking backdrops for your wedding photography and a remarkable atmosphere to suit any wedding style from rustic to elegant.
Facilities and Capacity
Schlitz Audubon can accommodate up to 225 guests for ceremonies on our pavilion lawn surrounded by trees. The venue offers an inclement weather ceremony space with seating for up to 170 on our veranda, keeping your guests dry while taking full advantage of the natural, outdoor setting. During colder weather, our interior spaces can accommodate up to 125 for an intimate hearthside ceremony in front of a natural stone fireplace, or up to 190 in our private auditorium space.
Full evening rentals of the venue include a cocktail hour on our covered veranda, a hearth room complete with bar service, dining in the great hall with a separate space for dancing, and two dressing rooms including a private second-floor suite, complete with a full-length mirror and fireplace. Our main reception area offers a combination of natural warmth and technology, featuring a two-story beamed ceiling, two natural stone fireplaces, as well as an excellent audio system for music, and wireless internet as a convenience for your guests.
Our venue staff can assist with rehearsals, wedding procedures and event planning and will coordinate with all your vendors to ensure your event runs smoothly. A golf cart with seating for up to four is available for the couple and photographers to explore scenic spots on the grounds. The venue has 110 parking spots available which are free to wedding guests. Schlitz Audubon also offers lighting services, tree ceremonies, or rustic wine barrels for your decor as optional additions.
The in-house bar and bartenders at Schlitz Audubon are licensed and provide excellent customer service. Services may include a champagne toast for your reception, table wine, and our range of bar options which comprise house beers, liquors, and wines as well as premium liquor, signature cocktails, specialty beers and specialty wines.
We work with Compost Crusader to save all compostable organics from weddings as part of our commitment to conservation. Our LEED-certified “green” building uses energy-saving technologies for electricity as well as for heating and cooling the building to keep our visitors comfortable year-round. All weddings support the Center's mission of conservation, environmental education, and access to nature for all. Rental fees are tax-exempt.
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Annalise · Getting married on 06/20/2020
We’re in LOVE with our venue!
The first moment my fiancé and I walked into the space we were in love. The timeless elegance and natural beauty completely sold us! Jessica is such an amazing event planner and is just as excited for our wedding as we are!Sent on 02/27/2019
Rachel · Married on 02/02/2018
My fiance and I couldn't be happier with the Schlitz Audubon as our wedding venue. The events team was very responsive and flexible as we planned our winter, indoor wedding in front of their hearth room fireplace. You can add string lights and a visit from the birds of prey from their raptor program for a nominal extra cost. They were extremely professional and the best part is they're a nonprofit so the money you spent goes to a great cause!Sent on 02/20/2018
Kristen · Married on 09/23/2017
We chose the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center because of our love of nature and how beautiful the site is. Even if you need to use the backup plan for your ceremony, it is still beautiful. Logistically I was nervous with the timing of everything as it is a public space, but if you pick professional vendors that have been there before, they all know the drill and things went incredibly smooth. We worked with Jessica who was amazing to work with. She was professional, told us things straight, gave us great recommendations, answered our questions in a timely manner, and was great when dealing with my mom as well when she had questions and asked for advice. She was so accommodating and we really enjoyed working with her. They have amazing staff that made our day wonderful. The Schlitz Audubon made for our dream wedding and we couldn't have asked for anything more! Thank you so much for everything - we loved, loved, loved our wedding day here!Sent on 10/02/2017
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