Wisconsin may be known for its dairy business, but it's also a nature-lover's paradise. It boasts beautiful waterfalls and rivers, dense forest, lakes and of course the dazzling Great Lakes, making for a dramatic backdrop to your outdoor wedding. Those planning their nuptials for October should be advised that Wisconsin generally experiences its first frost mid-month. This means you should plan your outdoor wedding either early in the month or stick to southern destinations, which are generally warmer for longer.
Milwaukee offers great outdoor venues and urban charm plus reasonable temperatures straight into October. Try Villa Terrace, an Italian mansion and museum perched on Lake Michigan where you can have your ceremony on the terrace and the reception in the lush gardens. Wind Point Lighthouse, just outside Milwaukee in the village of Wind Point, has plenty of land for a ceremony on the lake and then a tented reception after. Or enjoy a peaceful ceremony and reception on the DeKoven Center's 11 acres of wooded land, just 30 minutes south of Milwaukee in the city of Racine.
Experience Wisconsin's beautiful fall colors in these sheltered and rustic wedding venues. River Wildlife, a hunting lodge close to the village of Kohler, is a rustic but refined locale situated in 500 acres of pristine forest and includes pine buildings complete with cozy fireplace. Sugar Hill Township's Camp Wandawega, only two hours from Chicago, offers the same beautiful treed terrain, but its charm is much more rustic; camping is the best option for guests, making this spot best for a casual, quirky wedding. Green Bay's Heritage Hill offers up a classic Victorian gazebo for your ceremony, while a winding river, gorgeous fall colors and heritage buildings make for a truly charming backdrop.
Enjoy Wisconsin's elegant side with a ceremony and reception in a garden that will work well into October. The Paine Art Center and Gardens features a beautiful white Tudor castle that's surrounded by elegant gardens and lawn, all conveniently located in the heart of Oshkosh. Or invite guests to the unique sculpture garden at the city of Sheboygan's John Michael Kohler Art Center. A beautiful free-standing archway makes for a memorable spot to exchange vows with your beloved.
Beautiful Barns Near Madison
Barn weddings offer the rustic flavor of an outdoor wedding while giving a bit of shelter against chilly October weather. The Madison area offers a dizzying array of barns for your reception and ceremony. The Lussier Family Heritage Center boasts a beautiful prairie setting. Olin Park offers rustic buildings and a charming waterfront location. The Old Feed Mill/Sugarland offers a beautiful red barn or ancient oak trees perfect for an outdoor ceremony. Over the Vine has a lovely vineyard setting, while Schuster's Farm boasts a round barn plus a family farm setting.
- Wisconsin.gov: Detailed Information for Marriage Certificate
- The DeKoven Center: Home Page
- Wind Point Lighthouse: Home Page
- Villa Terrace: Home Page
- The American Club Resort: Escape to River Wildlife
- Camp Wandawega: Home Page
- Heritage Hill State Historical Park: Weddings at Heritage Hill
- The Paine Art Center and Gardens: Home Page
- John Michael Kohler Arts Center: Home Page
- Lussier Family Heritage Center: Home Page
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