War Memorial Center
I've always dreamed of getting married outside and this was the perfect spot. Not only do you have the option of having the ceremony out on the plaza but if there's inclement weather there are several back up plans. There were chances of rain the day of our wedding and Amanda was great about keeping me up to date and letting us make a decision at the last possible moment. In fact my now husband changed it from Plan B to Plan A at even more last minute and they were more then accomodating! The Memorial Hall is a beautiful place for a reception. I was put off a little about the carpet choice, but you honestly don't even notice it, or see it with all the tables set up! The only issue was they were unable to figure out how to turn the lights down...which apparently has never happened before. They even called Amanda at home to try and figure it out, but no luck. Our guests didn't even notice unless we said something. It didn't bother them at all and we had a fabulous night! I thought pricing was very reasonable for a downtown venue and the prefered catering list made finding a caterer a breeze. We also loved that it was within walking distance of everything we wanted pictures with!
The most beautiful lake venue in Milwaukee! They are professional, responsive and reasonable. Amanda goes above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect.
We absolutly loved having our wedding (ceremony and reception) at the War Memorial. We had the ceremony outside on the patio next to the water. With the beautiful lake, park and art museum in the background we did not need a lot of decorations and our pictures turned out beautiful. We had the cocktail hour also outside on the patio closer to the building and there was plenty of space for all of our guests to enjoy cocktails and food. Our reception was indoors in Memorial Hall which turned out beautifully. The staff at the War Memorial was very responsive to our requests and were very easy to work with. The bridal room where all of the girls got ready was located in the building overlooking the ceremony site and the lake. It was wonderful to get ready and see all of the decorations being put together and to see all of the guests enter. I would highly recommend this vendor.
Overall good. The venue itself I found to be affordable, however I found that a large part of the cost comes from parking costs, if you want to have the parking included for your guests.
The War Memorial is a beautiful venue for weddings. The view of the lake is great and there are several options for outdoors weddings, depending on weather. We had ours under the overhang because of rainy weather, which ended up looking beautiful in pictures. Amanda at the War Memorial was great in coordinating everything; she had been answering my emails for months before the wedding.
The management at the War Memorial Center were great to work with. She really was on top of the our contract--didn't have any problems at all. The management team was great to work, helpful and very professional plus the price was not bad at all. They also have some really good group of venues to choose from. Def recommend others to have their event there no matter what it is. Thank You WMC we had a wonderful wedding there despite of the weather being a little cloudy and windy.
Alia & Christopher Thomas 4/4/10
The War Memorial offers a beautiful view and large reception halls. You can also (as we are) get married on Fitch Plaza which overlooks the lake. GORGEOUS and doubles as a nice cocktail hour location! The staff there are EXTREMELY helpful and very prompt at getting back to inquiries. Trust me, I've bugged our contact at least a half dozen times since we secured the location. The rental price is definitely reasonable too, and if you served in the military or know someone else who has, you get a 10% discount. What can top that??
This is a prime location for a Milwaukee wedding reception. Because it is located right along the lakefront and right next to the art museum, it is an ideal place for photographs. Also, my guests really appreciated being able to enjoy the beautiful weather of my wedding day by eating appetizers and socializing out on the plaza before dinner. My husband and I also took pictures outside toward the end of the evening, which was exciting as well. The Milwaukee War Memorial is a historical modern building that was once (and may still be) considered one of the most architecturally-significant buildings in the city. I highly recommend it. The War Memorial needs to be reserved many months in advance, and with good reason—it is a place for a “Dream Reception.”
The War Memorial Center was such an amazing price for it’s location. It’s placed right on Lake Michigan, downtown Milwaukee, with a huge outdoor plaza overlooking the Lake and the Milwaukee skyline. If you rent this out, you have to use contracted food vendors, but they do offer a pretty good variety to choose from. There was no extra charge for tables or chairs, but the extra fees to stay past 5 hours seemed to add up pretty quickly. There is parking right on the property with a minimal fee and is within walking distance to a few hotels. The décor colors are slightly outdated, but the overall room is very large and nice.