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Paine Art Center and Gardens

Oshkosh , WI
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1410 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, WI 54901 US (map)

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920-235-6903

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ABOUT US

Revered as one of "America's Castles," the Paine is a unique combination of historic mansion, art galleries and seasonal display gardens. The Paine is a unique and elegant setting that... Read more
Revered as one of "America's Castles," the Paine is a unique combination of historic mansion, art galleries and seasonal display gardens. The Paine is a unique and elegant setting that will enhance any occasion or special event. Garden, Conservatory and Mansion sites are available for ceremonies, receptions, showers or photography sessions.

Our dramatic, new conservatory opened in 2013 provides year round event space. Designed in the style of an English garden conservatory, the stunning space features a white interior with tall windows and a large skylight. The adjoining, and newly rennovated Carriage House, provides a unique space for pre and post dinner festivites and smaller events, such as rehearsal dinners or showers. Read less
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Monika
Wedding:
9/20/2014
2.7/5.0
The Paine is a beautiful venue,however, as a bride with blinders on when we signed up, I'd like to give future brides looking at this venue a few words of warning.

Michelle is there to sell you a date. We found she will say what needs to be said to sell the date. If you request anything outside of the basic contract, GET IT IN WRITING! There were several instances that Michelle burned us on our wedding day.

1) Nothing with the catering, bar, or venue is negotiable, it's a monopoly and they know it.

2) We verbally agreed to pay for extra hours so that we could have the place to ourselves. When we arrived to sign, they had booked another wedding over ours even though Michelle specifically said that if they had any other interested parties for that day, they would call us right away. Didn't Happen. This made everything stressful because they left us with no time to set up, take pictures in the gardens or get ready for the event on site!

3) At the Rehearsal, she told my family that the Paine would have an "army" of staff to set up all the cocktail hour and reception since, again, they over-booked our date. When we arrived at the reception location 1 hour before the ceremony, nothing was set up and there were only 2 staff members The ARMY Michelle referred to ended up being My entire family AND bridal party setting everything up 30 minutes before the ceremony.

In the end, AGAIN, Michelle is there to sell a date. We received everything that was in our original contract, but nothing more. I debate if the added stress to the day Due to the Paine was worth the beautiful setting...but I guess I'll decide when the pictures arrive. :)
The Paine is a beautiful venue,however, as a bride with blinders on when we signed up, I'd like to give future brides Read more...
The Paine is a beautiful venue,however, as a bride with blinders on when we signed up, I'd like to give future brides looking at this venue a few words of warning.

Michelle is there to sell you a date. We found she will say what needs to be said to sell the date. If you request anything outside of the basic contract, GET IT IN WRITING! There were several instances that Michelle burned us on our wedding day.

1) Nothing with the catering, bar, or venue is negotiable, it's a monopoly and they know it.

2) We verbally agreed to pay for extra hours so that we could have the place to ourselves. When we arrived to sign, they had booked another wedding over ours even though Michelle specifically said that if they had any other interested parties for that day, they would call us right away. Didn't Happen. This made everything stressful because they left us with no time to set up, take pictures in the gardens or get ready for the event on site!

3) At the Rehearsal, she told my family that the Paine would have an "army" of staff to set up all the cocktail hour and reception since, again, they over-booked our date. When we arrived at the reception location 1 hour before the ceremony, nothing was set up and there were only 2 staff members The ARMY Michelle referred to ended up being My entire family AND bridal party setting everything up 30 minutes before the ceremony.

In the end, AGAIN, Michelle is there to sell a date. We received everything that was in our original contract, but nothing more. I debate if the added stress to the day Due to the Paine was worth the beautiful setting...but I guess I'll decide when the pictures arrive. :) Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
The Paine Art Center and Gardens provided the most beautiful setting for my daughter & son-in-law’s wedding. Michelle Rector, the event manager, was amazing. She provided a sense of calm and direction in the hectic planning stage, rehearsal, and wedding day! With her help and guidance, as well as her wonderful staff, Kelly and Dave had a spectacular wedding. The Paine now has a beautiful new facility, the Conservatory. As the weather was a bit gloomy just prior to the ceremony, Michelle and her staff, provided us with the option to move the ceremony from the Garden to the Conservatory. It was a perfect choice…the wedding in the Conservatory and pictures in the Gardens. We had the best of all possible opportunities and Michelle made that happen! From the rehearsal to the wedding, all details were covered and everything went smoothly because Michelle and her staff are so professional and organized. Kelly and Dave were so happy with their ceremony and picture location and our guests were equally pleased with the opportunity to enjoy such a spectacular location. Thank you! (The reception was held at a different location. The wedding ceremony and pictures were held at the Paine!!)
The Paine Art Center and Gardens provided the most beautiful setting for my daughter & son-in-law’s wedding. Michelle Read more...
The Paine Art Center and Gardens provided the most beautiful setting for my daughter & son-in-law’s wedding. Michelle Rector, the event manager, was amazing. She provided a sense of calm and direction in the hectic planning stage, rehearsal, and wedding day! With her help and guidance, as well as her wonderful staff, Kelly and Dave had a spectacular wedding. The Paine now has a beautiful new facility, the Conservatory. As the weather was a bit gloomy just prior to the ceremony, Michelle and her staff, provided us with the option to move the ceremony from the Garden to the Conservatory. It was a perfect choice…the wedding in the Conservatory and pictures in the Gardens. We had the best of all possible opportunities and Michelle made that happen! From the rehearsal to the wedding, all details were covered and everything went smoothly because Michelle and her staff are so professional and organized. Kelly and Dave were so happy with their ceremony and picture location and our guests were equally pleased with the opportunity to enjoy such a spectacular location. Thank you! (The reception was held at a different location. The wedding ceremony and pictures were held at the Paine!!) Read less
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Christine Barney
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
We had our ceremony here and it went great! The day was beautiful and hot! The only downfall was that the guys were very hot in their tuxes standing outside on a patio before the ceremony. The girls were able to wait in an air-conditioned dressing room. We were very lucky that we were the only wedding that day, so we got the whole place to ourselves!
We had our ceremony here and it went great! The day was beautiful and hot! The only downfall was that the guys were very Read more...
We had our ceremony here and it went great! The day was beautiful and hot! The only downfall was that the guys were very hot in their tuxes standing outside on a patio before the ceremony. The girls were able to wait in an air-conditioned dressing room. We were very lucky that we were the only wedding that day, so we got the whole place to ourselves! Read less
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Amelia
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
The Paine Art Center was the perfect backdrop for my wedding. We held the ceremony in the Great Hall. The space was large enough for our guests but still felt intimate. The staff was wonderful, making sure everything was taken care of and getting people where they needed to go. I got so many compliments on the venue. It was definitely a bonus that our guests could tour the mansion and gardens afterward. I felt completely at ease because we were in capable hands.
The Paine Art Center was the perfect backdrop for my wedding. We held the ceremony in the Great Hall. The space was large Read more...
The Paine Art Center was the perfect backdrop for my wedding. We held the ceremony in the Great Hall. The space was large enough for our guests but still felt intimate. The staff was wonderful, making sure everything was taken care of and getting people where they needed to go. I got so many compliments on the venue. It was definitely a bonus that our guests could tour the mansion and gardens afterward. I felt completely at ease because we were in capable hands. Read less
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LotsAcurlyHair
Wedding:
10/2/2010
4.4/5.0
To clarify, only the ceremony was held at The Paine (outdoor garden). Our ceremony was wonderful. Even though the weather forecasted clear, we started getting patches of rain as close as 2 minutes before the ceremony. We were nervous that guests would be upset (understandable). On the contrary, the staff was standing by with a surplus of golf umbrellas and each guest had one in hand before the first drop fell. People commented on how prepared the staff was. Afterwards, guests were allowed to tour the property and mansion. We received many compliments on the ceremony.
To clarify, only the ceremony was held at The Paine (outdoor garden). Our ceremony was wonderful. Even though the weather Read more...
To clarify, only the ceremony was held at The Paine (outdoor garden). Our ceremony was wonderful. Even though the weather forecasted clear, we started getting patches of rain as close as 2 minutes before the ceremony. We were nervous that guests would be upset (understandable). On the contrary, the staff was standing by with a surplus of golf umbrellas and each guest had one in hand before the first drop fell. People commented on how prepared the staff was. Afterwards, guests were allowed to tour the property and mansion. We received many compliments on the ceremony. Read less
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Macey
Wedding:
5/15/2010
5.0/5.0
This is one of the most beautiful places anyone could ask for to get married at. The wedding coordinators were very helpful; they asked many questions leading up to the wedding so all I needed to do was show up and walk down the aisle. The cost for the site is expensive but the "value for the cost" had to be rated a five since the grounds provides a nearly priceless background of what I felt were enchanted-looking gardens.
This is one of the most beautiful places anyone could ask for to get married at. The wedding coordinators were very Read more...
This is one of the most beautiful places anyone could ask for to get married at. The wedding coordinators were very helpful; they asked many questions leading up to the wedding so all I needed to do was show up and walk down the aisle. The cost for the site is expensive but the "value for the cost" had to be rated a five since the grounds provides a nearly priceless background of what I felt were enchanted-looking gardens. Read less
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tenmylove
Wedding:
8/22/2009
5.0/5.0
Our wedding ceremony was held at the Paine Art Center almost 3 weeks ago now. I knew before I was even dating my now-husband that I wanted to get married at the Paine, there was no other option for me. The Paine was our first "vendor" that we booked about 13 months in advance; they typically hold 2-3 weddings per day on Saturday summer, but of course this varies. Call early to reserve your time preference as it is first come first serve! Other than the fact that I think this is the most beautiful venue in all of the Fox Valley - if not beyond area (there are so many different spots for pictures, from the mansion backdrop, to the mansion itself, to a wooded area, and a rose garden, the possibilities are endless!), the staff is extremely organized. It is obvious they have been doing this a while as they are equipped with walkie-talkies to ensure that you and your groom do not steal a peek beforehand or that you do NOT see other wedding parties throughout the day. I loved working with both Michelle and Kelly and thought they were extremely professional and helpful. There are some restrictions in their contract that I was initially worried about (no flower petals) but I worked it out so that I was able to have enough to make an effect (just not as much as I initially wanted). My husband was worried beforehand about the steep price, saying "that much for only a 20 minute ceremony!", but after the fact he has told me a few times in the almost 3 weeks we have been married that the pictures we will receive were well worth the price and then some. We could not have had a more perfect backdrop for the "vintage-charm meets girly" wedding I was planning.
Our wedding ceremony was held at the Paine Art Center almost 3 weeks ago now. I knew before I was even dating my Read more...
Our wedding ceremony was held at the Paine Art Center almost 3 weeks ago now. I knew before I was even dating my now-husband that I wanted to get married at the Paine, there was no other option for me. The Paine was our first "vendor" that we booked about 13 months in advance; they typically hold 2-3 weddings per day on Saturday summer, but of course this varies. Call early to reserve your time preference as it is first come first serve! Other than the fact that I think this is the most beautiful venue in all of the Fox Valley - if not beyond area (there are so many different spots for pictures, from the mansion backdrop, to the mansion itself, to a wooded area, and a rose garden, the possibilities are endless!), the staff is extremely organized. It is obvious they have been doing this a while as they are equipped with walkie-talkies to ensure that you and your groom do not steal a peek beforehand or that you do NOT see other wedding parties throughout the day. I loved working with both Michelle and Kelly and thought they were extremely professional and helpful. There are some restrictions in their contract that I was initially worried about (no flower petals) but I worked it out so that I was able to have enough to make an effect (just not as much as I initially wanted). My husband was worried beforehand about the steep price, saying "that much for only a 20 minute ceremony!", but after the fact he has told me a few times in the almost 3 weeks we have been married that the pictures we will receive were well worth the price and then some. We could not have had a more perfect backdrop for the "vintage-charm meets girly" wedding I was planning. Read less
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UpNorth
Wedding:
6/16/2007
5.0/5.0
We rented the Paine Art Center for an hour to take outside pictures after our ceremony and before the reception. The staff took us on a tour of the grounds and showed us sample pictures when we considering using their property for our pictures. They were willing to have our photographer come and do the same so she could get some ideas before our big day. We had the option to pay for inside pictures only, outside pictures only, or both inside and outside pictures. We had the option of going inside if it rained on our outside only pictures. The grounds at the Paine Art Center are beautiful and offer numerous locations and props for pictures: arches, benches, pillars, fountains, flowers, trees, fancy gates, front and back side of the mansion, and several gardens and paths. On the day of our wedding, another wedding party was going around and also taking pictures. The staff coordinated both wedding so that we never ran into each other and had to spend any down time waiting. My pictures at the Paine Art Center are among my favorite from our wedding!
We rented the Paine Art Center for an hour to take outside pictures after our ceremony and before the reception. The staff Read more...
We rented the Paine Art Center for an hour to take outside pictures after our ceremony and before the reception. The staff took us on a tour of the grounds and showed us sample pictures when we considering using their property for our pictures. They were willing to have our photographer come and do the same so she could get some ideas before our big day. We had the option to pay for inside pictures only, outside pictures only, or both inside and outside pictures. We had the option of going inside if it rained on our outside only pictures. The grounds at the Paine Art Center are beautiful and offer numerous locations and props for pictures: arches, benches, pillars, fountains, flowers, trees, fancy gates, front and back side of the mansion, and several gardens and paths. On the day of our wedding, another wedding party was going around and also taking pictures. The staff coordinated both wedding so that we never ran into each other and had to spend any down time waiting. My pictures at the Paine Art Center are among my favorite from our wedding! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
(Just to clarify - Paine was just our ceremony site) Honestly - from my perspective, Michelle from the Paine is the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to weddings in Oshkosh. She is more than responsive, patient, flexible, honest, and delivers what she promises. She is a gem. The Paine was the perfect place for our nuptials - it was beautiful in every way! Our guests were super impressed and we were overall happy.
Overall big complaint is that they had too many weddings on our big day and they were WAY too close together. I was the middle wedding although we had booked almost two years in advance and unfortunately my guests saw BOTH of the other weddings before and after mine. Made our moment seem extremely unpersonal and a bit rushed towards the end. We were taking pictures (one of the most important parts of the day and one of the biggest reasons for picking the paine) and we felt extremely rushed to leave.. Only other complaint is that rehearsal dinner time - despite booking first we were given the worst/last time slot for the rehearsal the night before. We made it work but it was not ideal.
Despite the negatives, we were EXTREMELY happy with the Paine and even more so with Michelle and I would recommend both without a doubt; just know that your special day will also be special for many others.....
(Just to clarify - Paine was just our ceremony site) Honestly - from my perspective, Michelle from the Paine is the best Read more...
(Just to clarify - Paine was just our ceremony site) Honestly - from my perspective, Michelle from the Paine is the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to weddings in Oshkosh. She is more than responsive, patient, flexible, honest, and delivers what she promises. She is a gem. The Paine was the perfect place for our nuptials - it was beautiful in every way! Our guests were super impressed and we were overall happy.
Overall big complaint is that they had too many weddings on our big day and they were WAY too close together. I was the middle wedding although we had booked almost two years in advance and unfortunately my guests saw BOTH of the other weddings before and after mine. Made our moment seem extremely unpersonal and a bit rushed towards the end. We were taking pictures (one of the most important parts of the day and one of the biggest reasons for picking the paine) and we felt extremely rushed to leave.. Only other complaint is that rehearsal dinner time - despite booking first we were given the worst/last time slot for the rehearsal the night before. We made it work but it was not ideal.
Despite the negatives, we were EXTREMELY happy with the Paine and even more so with Michelle and I would recommend both without a doubt; just know that your special day will also be special for many others..... Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
booking the Paine was a no brainer! So kind and friendly and willing please.
booking the Paine was a no brainer! So kind and friendly and willing please.
booking the Paine was a no brainer! So kind and friendly and willing please. Read less
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