We vow to make your wedding day perfect. From start to finish, let us take care of every detail. Our professional Campus Event Services (CESO) team provides planning and coordination for any size wedding reception, including offering on-site catering services. Memorial Union offers two distinct spaces to host your wedding - Great Hall or Tripp Commons.
Great Hall: This historic ballroom has been restored to its original luster, while adding modern sound and visual capabilities. Maximum seating using all round tables is 220 (seating 8 each) including a head table. Maximum capacity for a seated meal is 300, set using all rectangle banquet tables in rows (each banquet table seats 6). If the ceremony will be held in the room, the maximum capacity is 200.
Tripp Commons: This space has direct access to an outdoor patio overlooking Lake Mendota and the Terrace. Special care was taken to restore the floor, ornately painted ceilings and rich, wooden panel walls, while preserving the room's original look. Maximum seating using all round tables is 140 (seating 8 each) including a head table. Maximum capacity for a seated meal is 220, set using all rectangle banquet tables in rows (each banquet table seats 6).
Memorial Union also offers on-site accommodations in our unique Club Suites, overlooking Lake Mendota and the Terrace. These boutique suites are the perfect place for the newlyweds and bridal party to stay after the wedding celebrations. Learn more at union.wisc/edu/hotel
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Iconic location, fantastic staff, unforgettable experience!
The food was excellent — many of our guests commented on how delicious their meals were. Moreover, we attended weddings the weekend before/after ours, and we both felt the Union provided the best meal options on both quality and quantity of food.
If you’re lucky to get chosen in the lottery, the venue, staff and food will not disappoint!
Our guests loved it (and so did we!)
Also, our guests loved it - they were able to take advantage of the beautiful summer night and sit out on the patio (we also had games out there), socialize in the lounge area, stay in the dining room, or hit the dance floor. The layout is great for allowing people to find their own space to mingle. We had our rehearsal dinner the night before in the basement, which has a vintage hunting lodge vibe.
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