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The Cotton Exchange is a wedding and event venue in Waterford, Wisconsin. The original barn was the most modern styling for its day but was destroyed by a fire. The barn was rebuilt with hand-hewn wooden beams and existing flagstone. The new barn survived 100 years of change and is now owned by the Foster family.

Facilities and Capacity

The main Banquet Hall features private restrooms, a bar area, elevated stage, an outdoor patio for cocktails, dance floor, and private entrance. They also have a photo booth and lighting options for the space. It can accommodate 300 guests for a seated dinner and 400 guests for a standing reception. The Cotton Patch Room is an intimate space that can accommodate 64 guests. It features a private entrance, restrooms, and built-in bar.

Services Offered

Rental of the halls include all tables, chairs, table linens, skirting, napkins, china, silverware, glassware, cake cutting, bartenders and service staff. They also offer several wedding packages that can be customized to meet all your needs. The Platinum package includes all the items included with rental plus chair covers and sashes, LED uplighting, icicle lighting, photo booth and props and catering and bar options. Their friendly staff is easy to work with and walks you through their facility and all your wedding options. They make planning easy with their all-inclusive packages.


The Cotton Exchange is the exclusive caterer for all your events. They offer food and beverage packages to satisfy your taste buds and budget. The Platinum package include one hour of open bar, premium and top shelf alcohol brands, domestic tap beer, house wines, soda, champagne toast, three appetizers, butler passed hors d鈥檕euvres and buffet or plated meal options. Some of their menu options include center cut sirloin, sauteed mushrooms, stuffed chicken breast, chicken marsala, shrimp scampi, spaghetti and much more. Their culinary team help you choose a reception style, plated, buffet or themed, and helps you choose dishes and drinks that pair well together.

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Frequently asked questions

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall

What kind of settings are available?

Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail Reception
Hors d'oeuvres

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Photo booth

What food and beverage items are available?


What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?


What months are included in your off-peak season?

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Reviews of The Cotton Exchange

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94% recommend it
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4.7/5 13 reviews
4.4/5 907 reviews
Amy A. Sent on 09/18/2022
5 out of 5 rating

September sunflowers themed wedding

Our September wedding at the Cotton Exchange was absolutely beautiful and better than we could have imagined! Jenna was wonderful to work with, she was professional, personable, and very responsive. Anything that we requested, she did her best to make it happen. We were in the Cotton Patch room and the space was perfect for our small wedding ceremony as well as reception. Kenny, who was serving food and drinks for our dinner was courteous and attentive. All of our guests commented that the food was delicious and the price was unbeatable!
Rachel K. Sent on 09/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Love the Cotton Exchange and Coordinator Jenna

We got married at the Cotton Exchange about 2 weeks ago and it was awesome! We had the best experience working with them and event coordinator Jenna. She was so responsive to our questions and we were able to come in multiple times before the wedding and sort out details. We thought the packages they offered were of great value. Everyone raved about the food and how great the staff was. Jenna and the staff made sure to keep everything on time during our wedding and they were awesome with handling set up and tear down. Couldn't recommend them enough!! We also loved having a classy ceremony/reception feel but getting pictures of the barn aesthetic outside. It was just the perfect balance of everything and they went above and beyond to make sure all the little details were just right.
Mackenzie Sent on 06/20/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing experience

All I can say is wow. The Cotton Exchange was absolutely amazing for our wedding venue. It is such a beautiful and classy space. The owners are kind, the wait staff is professional, and Jenna, their event coordinator is so sweet, considerate, and helpful! Jenna made sure our planning process was easy and stress-free. She was always available through email, text, or in person, whenever we needed. I cannot believe everything was so easy. Not only are the people great, but the food is amazing too. Some of our guests said the food was the best wedding food they've had. I would definitely recommend booking with the Cotton Exchange for your next event.
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