WANT TO GET MARRIED AT A WISCONSIN B&B?
THE STATE’S B&B ASSOCIATION SAYS THESE INNS ARE PERFECT FOR YOUR I DO’S
The bed & breakfast industry already has a sweet reputation for catering to couples in love. Think charming inns, whether historic or contemporary, quiet breakfasts, manicured gardens, and bedrooms with ensuite baths appointed with high-end linens and comfy featherbeds. So it’s only natural that innkeepers would expand on the romantic appeal of their properties with forays into the destination wedding business. The Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association informally surveyed its nearly 150 member inns to see which innkeepers really love hosting weddings, as evidenced by having a wedding planner on staff, officiating the ceremony themselves, or even baking the wedding cakes. Here is their list, in alphabetical order, of the top B&Bs where the owners are clearly romantics at heart. For more romantic B&Bs, search by amenities that include weddings, elopement and honeymoons.
Apple Tree Lane, Waupaca This 1880s Victorian farmhouse with 400 feet of Crystal River frontage is a pretty venue for indoor and outdoor weddings. Turns out the tradition of hosting nuptials here goes back to the 1890s when the home’s original owners, the Churchill family, hosted their daughter’s wedding at the home. This concierge-style inn also offers in-room spa services, makeup application for the bride and bridesmaids, and memory gift baskets delivered to guests' rooms.
Bowman’s Oak Hill B&B, Wisconsin Dells Hold your ceremony on the lovingly cared for park-like grounds of the B&B or at a nearby country church built in 1875. Innkeeper David Bowman will happily perform the ceremony – he’s an ordained minister. Wife Nancy Bowman is a home chef extraordinaire and won the state’s 2009 B&B recipe cook-off for her Wild Rice Cran-Apple Breakfast Bake.
Fountain Chateau, Hustler The rooms here are themed to travel, art, music and literature. Think Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Gershwin, Monet and the like. The innkeepers are set up to host weddings up to 40 guests. Be sure to ask for their help with the music, as the B&B regularly hosts music events throughout the year and the owner, a former singer with Amy Grant and Anne Murray, has a “good ear” for wedding tunes.
Green Fountain Inn, Waupaca This inn has a restaurant and bakery right on premise. Have them make your wedding cake using their very own butter cream frosting. The restaurant seats 50, and the tables will be set with antique dishes and silver flatware reflecting the era of the inn, built circa 1908.
Hamilton House, Whitewater The accommodations in this 1860s Second Empire mansion are remarkable on their own - eight guest rooms, all with private baths and most with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Imagine being escorted down the formal staircase as a string quartet serenades the wedding guests. Choose a formal sit-down dinner for 20 or a reception for 50 with guests mingling in the gardens and parlors while enjoying elegant hors d’oeuvres.
Hollyberry Inn, Hayward Whether you choose an intimate candlelight ceremony or a photo-worthy garden ceremony, the innkeepers really work at taking care of all the details to make this most memorable day stress-free. In fact, their motto is: “Drop your worries in the corner and leave them for us to sweep away. We'll take it from here.”
Honeybee Inn, Horicon Who could resist a wedding package with a name like “Honey Bee Mine.” It includes a private ceremony for the couple and four guests in the inn’s elegant living room with fireplace, flowers for the bride and groom, photos, local officiate, wedding cake, beverage, catered dinner, one dozen roses in the honeymooners’ suite, rose petal turndown service and more.
Oscar H Hanson House, Cambridge Innkeeper Mary Jane Mihajlovic is an ordained minister and is happy to take couples through a strength-based coaching session leading in to the marriage. The town literally grew up around this 1883 mansion, which is situated in a quiet and especially quaint neighborhood. The B&B’s front parlor with its lovely stained glass windows is appropriately converted into a chapel with seating for 30.
Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield Couples can exchange vows in the music room, on the carved oak staircase in the foyer, on the front porch filled with hanging baskets of flowers overlooking the lake, or in the garden with fountain and pergola providing the ambiance. Innkeeper Jerry Phillips is even available to officiate, and there is a wedding and events coordinator right on staff.
Westphal Mansion, Hartford A stately English Tudor mansion perched high on a hill overlooking the historic downtown, this B&B is ideal for small weddings, with full concierge service offered. The owners have retained all the original architectural features including the graceful high ceilings, finely detailed carved plaster moldings, natural oak woodwork and vintage mantel surrounds.
White Lace Inn, Sturgeon Bay More than 700 couples have been married here and it’s been a honeymoon destination since the early 1900s. Large by B&B standards, this Victorian inn has 18 guest rooms spread out over four turn-of-the-century neighboring homes. While they are not set up for receptions you can hold your ceremony in the garden gazebo or in front of the fireplace in the parlor and there’s no additional charge for this service.
Willow Pond B&B, Waupaca Plan the ceremony by the gazebo with nearby pond and waterfalls to provide a tranquil touch, or in the barn for some rustic elegance. The farmhouse, built in 1901, is a veritable showcase of the owners’ antique furniture collection.
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Fanny Hill Victorian InnDennis Heyde
Eau Claire, WI 54703
We can accommodate everything from an intimate gathering to a lavish event for up to 200 guests. In addition to an outstanding venue, you will receive full event coordination, attentive personal service from our dedicated staff, and award-winning cuisine to create the wedding day you've dreamed of. Your wedding ceremony will be held outside in one of our stunning gardens. After, you and your guests will celebrate on the large deck and in our beautifully appointed Riverview Ballroom.
Southern Gateway Region
Oscar H. Hanson House Bed and BreakfastDuke and Mary Jane Mihajlovic
Cambridge, WI 53523
The Hanson House B&B is an 1883 Victorian Mansion. Its architecture and beautiful gardens create a romantic atmosphere for your wedding day. Events for up to 30 have the option of outdoor or inside space. Weddings include a personalized wedding ceremony and optional strength-based coaching. The Inn also offers officiant services in Dane and Jefferson County, starting at $199. Our B&B was built on love. We invite you to continue the tradition of romance at our Inn.
Southern Gateway Region
Hamilton House Bed and BreakfastJim & Kathleen Fleming
Whitewater, WI 53190
Hamilton House is delighted to host your intimate wedding. Envision being escorted down the grand staircase to a string quartet serenade. Your groom awaits under a floral draped archway where your loved ones witness your vows.
Celebrate with up to 20 guests with a formal catered dinner; up to 50 guests can mingle in the gardens and parlors, enjoy wine and elegant hors d'oeuvres. Overnight guests retire to eight finely appointed guest rooms.
Relax, enjoy your wedding. We tend to all the details
Justin Trails Bed and Breakfast ResortDonna and Don Justin
Sparta, WI 54656
Weddings at Justin Trails Resort are a quiet country garden/rustic/organic farm event surrounded by open fields and forest hills, 3 acres of flower gardens, grass parking lot, grass lawn for tent. Indoor bathrooms in The Lodge, Comfort Coop for bridal party dressing, lodging for 18 in cabins and suites. Rent all the accommodations Friday and Saturday night for a private affair with no curfew. See wedding photos at Facebook Donna Justin and www.justintrails.com/weddings
Westby House InnMike & Marie Cimino
Westby, WI 54667
Eternity begins in style at the Westby House Inn. Our exceptional personal service assures you of an elegant destination wedding. We specialize in intimate, romantic weddings, with up to 40 wedding guests. We take care of every detail for you, including arranging the officiant and wedding flowers. Ceremonies are inside the Historic Inn or outdoors in the Wedding Garden Gazebo. The Inn can cater reception/dinner options for your guests. Visit our website for more details: