85285: Chapels, Museums Offer Wisconsin Weddings

Wisconsin offers plenty of resort, on the water and B&B wedding venues, but it is also home to chapels and even museums like the Milwaukee Art Museum
(photo: WI Department of Tourism) that can serve as wedding sites. Here’s a list we just received from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism of wedding sites to consider:


Wisconsin Dells now has its own wedding chapel in the same style of the popular wedding chapels of Las Vegas. Dells Bells Wedding Chapel (608/393-4228) offers affordable, yet elegant weddings without the price tag that often accompanies a couple’s special day. Wedding packages start out with a Vegas-style option for $250, which includes the use of the chapel for half hour, an officiant plus silk bouquet and boutonnière for the bride and groom. For a little more money, the couple-to-be can have the “We Deserve It All” day complete with wedding cake, invitations, three hours of limo service, a professional musician, photographer and floral arrangements.

Charming Chapels

Wisconsin’s rural towns and villages are home to a countless array of intimate and historic chapels. Many of these charming chapels are available for rental to couples that want to exchange vows in Wisconsin’s pastoral settings.

One of the most visually scenic settings is The Chapel in the Woods (715/258-7385) on the Crystal River in Waupaca. This charming little sanctuary has been the site for more than 5,000 weddings. The Chapel in the Woods comes furnished with an antique pump organ and stained glass windows. A walk on the grounds reveals a gentle river, gardens and gazebo, the perfect backdrop for wedding day photos. The Chapel in the Woods is available year round for weddings up to 20 people.

The Moravian Church at Heritage Hill State Park (920/448-5150 x304) offers breathtaking views of the park and has long been a romantic setting for weddings. A wedding consultant on staff can help with a variety of services such as officiant, florist, photographers, musicians, and horse and carriage service. The Moravian Church is equipped with a piano and an organ and can seat up to 150 guests. The grounds provide a stunning location for picture-perfect wedding day photos.

If the bride or groom has a passion for flying – or even if they don’t – the EAA Airventure Museum’s Fergus Chapel (920/426-4800) in Oshkosh is another charming location for the big day. Located right on the grounds of EAA Airventure, this chapel was donated by a former EAA board member as a memorial. The Fergus Chapel has the rural feel of many Wisconsin churches, yet offers the convenience of size and location comparable to many traditional wedding churches.

Unique locations

In Milwaukee, couples can chose one of the most exclusive and unparalleled views of the beautiful Lake Michigan waterfront with a ceremony at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin (414/765-9966) or the Milwaukee Art Museum (414/224-3200). Both museums offer a variety of rental and catering options to weddings and special events.

From late spring to early fall, Olbrich Botanical Gardens (608/246-4733) in Madison provides an outdoor garden setting for the ceremony and receiving line and, of course, a blooming background for wedding photographs. Winter weddings can shift indoors to either the all-glass Atrium or the exotic Bolz Conservatory.

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