A large number of Wisconsin’s inns and bed & breakfasts offer couples personalized service and intimate settings for their special day. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism (travelwisconsin.com or call 1-800-432-TRIP) just sent us these B&Bs across the state that welcome weddings:
Westby House Victorian Inn (1-800-434-7439), located in the Norwegian community of Westby, offers a setting fit for small, intimate weddings with up to 40 guests. Couples can either hold ceremonies inside the Inn or outside at the Wedding Garden Gazebo. Offering two customized wedding packages, the Inn provides the officiant and a variety of specialized services including floral arrangements, and reception and dinner catering options.
Marinette features two “sister” properties offering a classy setting for wedding ceremonies: Lauerman House Inn and M&M Victorian Inn. Acclaimed as a premiere example of colonial revival architecture, Lauerman House Inn (715/732-7800) offers an elegant setting with its original art glass chandeliers, and birds eye maple, mahogany and elaborate wood trims. Built in 1886, M&M Victorian Inn (715/732-9531) is a fully restored Queen Anne style Victorian home featuring original carved woodwork and leaded stained glass, as well as a curved, all wood staircase.
Couples will find a storybook wedding destination at The Hollyhock House and Gardens (920/388-3445) in Kewaunee. The Queen Anne-style Victorian cottage sits on two acres of gardens and lawns, and offers a variety of settings for ceremonies and receptions. Outside, the garden features a brick patio with pergola, fountains, a wicker swing and more. Wedding parties up to 40 guests are a perfect size for intimate, indoor ceremonies. Couples-to-be will receive an in-house consultant to assist with the wedding planning process as well as a Wedding Gift Basket filled local gifts and treats.
Turn back time at the Eagle Centre House B&B (262/363-4700), an authentic replica of an 1846 Greek revival style stagecoach inn. Located in Eagle near Old World Wisconsin and Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest, this B&B guarantees a unique, memorable experience with its period décor and century-old antiques, including two wood-burning stoves in the common rooms!
Tufts’ Mansion (715/743-3346) located in Neillsville, features an in-house band, catering services and countless options for an intimate, romantic ceremony. Couples can tie the knot in a variety of cozy settings including the parlor, library and even on the staircase. Following the ceremony, the Manion’s front porch swing gives newlyweds a romantic backdrop for classic wedding photos.
The gazebo at the lovely White Lace Inn (1-877-948-5223) in Sturgeon Bay has been the setting for many elopements. American Historic Inns Guidebook named the White Lace Inn one of the “Top 10 Most Romantic Inns.”
Couples can choose to exchange vows in the music room, on the carved oak staircase in the foyer, or by the fountain garden and pergola on the grounds of the Old Rittenhouse Inn (1-800-779-2129) in Bayfield. After the ceremony guests can sit down to a gourmet dinner or luncheon of trout au champagne, hazelnut crusted pheasant or herb-crusted beef tenderloin.
Justin Trails (1-888-488-4521) in Sparta hosts weddings up to 200 guests for the ceremony, reception or both. Large silver maples, various pine trees and yews make beautiful backgrounds for wedding photos. Couples can book the whole resort for a quiet, private intimate space for their guests.
The landscaped gardens and gazebos of both Victoria Treasure (1-800-859-5199) in Baraboo and Coole Park (715/747-5023) on Lake Superior’s Madeline Island offer picture-perfect locations for a memorable wedding day.