Photo by Kelsey Barth Photography


It’s hard to conjure up scenes of warm summer days when it’s cold and arctic outside like it has been in Milwaukee lately. However, that’s one of the nice things about planning a summer wedding; it truly gives you something to look forward to when the temps are barely reaching the double digits.

And is there any time that’s better to show off our city to out of town guests than summertime in Milwaukee? We have it all, from the best festivals in the country, the prettiest lakefront, to the best frozen custard, to the best Bronze Fonz! However, to make the experience of visiting our fair city a great one, make sure that you consider these things when planning for a summer wedding.


Photo by Andy Stenz Photography
Photo by Andy Stenz Photography


Festival Season=Parking Headaches

If you have a venue that is near the Summerfest grounds, parking will be more challenging, and pricing will be at a premium. Make sure you speak to the venue management to find out what the options for your guests will be. In some cases, you can rent nearby lots like school parking lots, or consider a valet service. Some venues will offer discounted parking with and provide vouchers for the guests. And don’t overlook handicapped options, because these guests may have unique challenges in parking and access to the building during festival season.  Other events that are not technically festivals but can impact parking and travel in the downtown area are the Milwaukee Air and Water Show, 4th of July Festivities, the Susan B Komen Race for the Cure, and Lakefront Festival of the Arts.


Hotel Rates

In 2003 when Harley Davidson had their 100-year celebration room rates in Milwaukee quadrupled and sold out in days, and hotel rooms were booked solid as far away as Madison and Sheboygan and caused a lot of heartache and expense for bridal couples who had never considered this. It impacted Milwaukee much so that when the 115th anniversary came, many venues didn’t accept bookings for that weekend because of the lack of hotel rooms and the inaccessibility to downtown. Do your homework!  A simple Google search of your wedding date + Milwaukee can bring up bookings for these events so you can plan ahead.


Photo by Ambiance Studios
Photo by Ambiance Studios


Photo Locations

Have you heard that Robert Indiana’s famed ‘LOVE’ sculpture will be installed this spring at the Lakefront? There’s no doubt this is going to be one of the go-to places for wedding photos!  If you’re planning on doing photos in “iconic” places around Milwaukee make sure that you allow for a little extra time because there could be several bridal parties there taking photos. It’s also helpful if you want to go to multiple locations to rent a trolley, bus or limo to take your bridal party around, so you don’t have parking hassles!


Favorite Wedding Photos Spots in Milwaukee

  •         Milwaukee Art Museum
  •         Riverwalk Area
  •         Marsupial Bridge-Brady Street
  •         Lake Park
  •         Grant Park
  •         Kilbourn Park
  •         Harley Davidson Museum
  •         Pabst Sign
  •         Third Ward
  •         Lakeshore State Park
  •         St Joan of Arc, Marquette Campus


One other note about photography; some locations will require a permit to photograph there.  Make sure you obtain a permit as soon as possible, as some locations limit how many they approve in a day.

Need some help with planning your Milwaukee wedding? We help local and out of town bridal couples navigate the streets of summertime in Milwaukee! We’re always happy to answer any questions about Brew City and how we can help you plan a memorable event.  Contact us for more information!

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