Weddings

Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters Building

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About

The Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters Building is a wedding venue in Madison, Wisconsin. It is located in the center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. From here, couples and their loved ones can look out at the idyllic grounds of the academic institution. This historic location is nestled among the hum of the university’s life, providing a memorable backdrop for a couple’s “I dos.”

Facilities and Capacity

The Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters Building was constructed in the early 1900s and is now more than 120 years old. It features a neoclassical design that includes architectural elements such as a marble-lined lobby and an elegant staircase. These details help give the venue an elevated and timeless ambience that is sure to enhance a couple’s wedding celebrations. Nearly-weds have the choice of multiple spaces throughout the building for their event. Ceremonies can take place in the Library, with room for 200 people. Moving to the Auditorium, up to 299 attendees are able to take part in the festivities. Inside the Lobby, the space can be transformed for events with 200 seated guests or 275 individuals for a standing reception. The venue also offers an outdoor area on the East Terrace which is large enough for 200 seated loved ones and is available seasonally.

Services Offered

The staff at the Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters Building enjoy welcoming couples here to host their nuptial event. In the rental packages, soon-to-be-weds are given access to dressing rooms. The team also provides setup and cleanup for the convenience of the couple. Additional services that can be provided include cocktail tables, chairs, and a PA system.

Location

This venue is situated on the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus. With its manicured grounds and stunning buildings, it creates a picture-worthy setting for events. Beyond the campus, Madison is a city that offers plenty to see and do. From museums, restaurants, shopping, and a plethora of parks, the capital of Wisconsin is sure to keep loved ones entertained. The city also offers plenty of hotel options for out-of-town guests.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$2000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Clean Up
Event Planning
Set Up
Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

225

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Government Building
Historic Building
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Chairs
Tables

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December
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    Danielle B. Married on 06/05/2021
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    Beautiful and Exceptionally well run Venue!

    We LOVED our experience at the Wisconsin Historical Society! We had to re-plan our wedding because of COVID and were so thankful that we landed on the WHS. Craig was incredible to work with. I had a million questions - he was kind, patient, and helped us focus on the most important elements of the wedding during planning. He touched base with our other vendors before hand to walk through details and logistics so the day would run smoothly. On the day of, Craig and his staff expertly orchestrated the day from start to finish, helped our guests feel welcome, and took care of little details that made the day so special. The Venue itself is gorgeous and timeless with the marble and the columns, its also so close to the union and the iconic state street pictures spaces. My pictures and video are so beautiful. We are so happy we chose the Wisconsin Historical Society!
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    Neha Married on 05/01/2021
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    Micro - wedding at WHS

    We had the most wonderful experience with this venue for our micro wedding. Craig, the site coordinator for events, went above and beyond at every step of the process and made everything run smoothly and seamlessly, even for a complicated multi-cultural ceremony. The venue itself is absolutely beautiful, both indoors and out - there are countless places for great photos and Craig has a good eye for this as well. I couldn’t recommend this venue any more strongly. Thanks so much to everyone involved who helped us make our day so special!

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816 State Street Madison, WI, 53706
608-370-0824
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