Wedding at the museum: War Memorial Center | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Wedding at the museum: War Memorial Center

The War Memorial Center, a Milwaukee landmark overlooking Lake Michigan, also functions as a year-round rental space for spacious and scenic downtown weddings.  

Collin Falvey, the wedding and event coordinator for the War Memorial Center, said that even though locals are familiar with the building itself, many people are unaware that the center accommodates weddings, describing the venue as a “hidden gem.”  

The War Memorial Center offers indoor and outdoor event spaces, including a recently renovated ballroom and a lakefront patio that clients can use for ceremonies and receptions alike. The patio can fit up to 2,000 guests.  

“One of the most unique things we have is the largest, most unobstructed lake view and downtown view,” said Falvey. 

The patio, where many couples opt to hold their receptions, connects to the building’s interior by way of California doors. Falvey says that when the weather is nice, these doors can be left open and create a “natural” mechanism for moving guests between locations.  

Upstairs in the venue’s ballroom, clients can customize LED lighting displays that are installed on the walls and ceilings of the space, eliminating the additional costs that come with outsourcing for these designs.  

The venue has done Jewish weddings in the past, and although they require clients to pick from a list of certified caterers, exceptions can be made if couples require a caterer that aligns with certain cultural or dietary needs.  

“For example, if you needed kosher food and a caterer was unavailable that could provide…whatever level of kosher you’d prefer, we would allow an outside caterer as long as we chatted with them first and vetted them out,” said Falvey.  

Additionally, the venue offers wedding suites, on-site parking, event staff and security. The property’s architect Eero Saarinen has also designed places such as the St. Louis Gateway Arch along with John F. Kennedy and Dulles International airports.  

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