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One of the first Google searches after you get engaged is most likely for your venue. There is no shortage of new and stunning Appleton wedding venues to sift through in your search. While the list below is a start, know that there are places popping up all the time, and this is not an exhaustive list. As I researched Appleton wedding venues, I looked for venues on the unique side that offer something different than the traditional reception hall. I love the fact that many places offer space not only for the reception but also for the ceremony. A win-win in my book! This means more time spent together celebrating your love and less wasted time traveling to different venues. Score! Most of the venues below are located in or very near Appleton/Green Bay area.
Poplar Hall is located on the Fox River in the RiverHeath district. This is a newer developed area in Appleton with industrial vibes. It’s located on the river and has gorgeous views. The event space can seat up to 160 guests and offers two different levels. The building itself is a structural marvel and makes for a beautiful backdrop for photos. They also offer an option for smaller weddings of 40 or less.
The Rivery is brand new (set to open in Fall 2023) and built for the industrial lover. It is full of gorgeous tall windows and brick walls. This is a one-stop shop for both your ceremony and reception. The Rivery has a black farmhouse decor throughout the venue, complete with a bridal suite and a groom’s loft. I’m drooling over all the images and picturing the gorgeous photo opportunities to come. Definitely add this venue to your list to check out!
The LedgeCrest Reserve is a show-stopper. It’s elegant, classic and again offers a gorgeous space for both your ceremony and reception. It offers a unique oversized indoor fireplace, as well as an outdoor fireplace. It can hold up to 400 guests. The best highlight of LedgeCrest is the landscaped outdoor courtyard for the ceremony – simply stunning.
The 513 event space is located in a historical building in Appleton, WI. The building used to be home to Wichmann furniture in 1922. The space was renovated and opened in 2020 to provide a unique space with an epic staircase (seriously, you gotta check out the staircase!). When booking this space for a wedding, you’ll have access from 10am-12:30am, an event coordinator, a bartender, and furniture. The 513 has space for up to 300 guests and 200 ceremony guests.
No wedding venue list would be complete without a barn or two. These have skyrocketed in popularity for a good reason. This one is outside of the Fox Cities, but still doable, as it lies about 40 minutes south of Fond Du Lac. This space offers two different levels, one for cocktail hour and one for the reception hall. The Bowery Barn can accommodate 300 guests total, 250 seated. Something to note about this space is that it has AC in the summer and heat in the winter.
Another barn-turned wedding space is Brindlewood Barn located in Hilbert, WI. This space is perfect for the ceremony and reception. It offers space for up to 250 guests for dinner. My favorite aspects of this space are the naturally lit bridal suite and the groom’s bar. Unique spaces that look like perfect places to get the party started!
The main building of this venue is lit. The venue space gives off warmer, cozy cabin vibes with wooden walls and ceilings. Round Lake Farms offers something different as it overlooks Round Lake. It looks very spacious with a historic barn silo, bridal suite, and a large pier.
Stone Prairie is also located in Brillon, WI and is owned by the same company as Round Lake Farms. The stone fireplace will catch your eye first, along with a greenhouse imported from England. This facility is available year-round, however, note that it is covered but outdoors. They offer heated pavilions, 6 acres of land, and three outdoor fireplaces.
The Sepia Chapel has two locations, one in Green Bay, WI and one in Two Rivers, WI. It offers indoor and outdoor space for guests and has kept the historical markers of the building intact. What stopped me when looking through their images was the chandeliers. They scream upscale and charm.
Last but not least on my list is Roots on 9th in Green Bay, WI. From the outside, it looks like a florist, but on the inside they offer on-site ceremonies in their greenhouse as well! This would be perfect for a small, intimate wedding or elopement. It’s super unique and you already know the flowers will be on point. I love the natural light coming through the glass ceiling and all those flowers in your photos are going to be jaw-dropping. Definitely check out Roots on 9th for a small wedding/elopement!
In some ways, I want to do my own wedding all over again because there are so many more unique Appleton wedding venues to hold your ceremony and reception these days. My husband and I went with a traditional church and reception hall wedding, which was fine, but I really envy how weddings now are set up for more time to actually enjoy it. Not having to run from space to space would have been a dream!
I hope this list of ten unique Appleton wedding venues was helpful as you plan your wedding. Remember (I’m sure you’ll hear this 100 more times), what matters most at the end of the day. It isn’t having everything go perfectly (because it won’t), but celebrating your love and the start of your life together that matters the most.
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