Milwaukee County Parks

Plan a Wedding

wedding-lake park

From Proposal to Party

From stunning backdrops for your engagement photos to one-of-a-kind venues for your ceremony, Milwaukee County Parks offers the ideal destination for your day.

  • Ceremonies
  • Receptions
  • Photography
  • Showers

Wedding Ceremonies

Some of Milwaukee County's most unique wedding venues are in Milwaukee County Parks. Your ceremony can be held outdoors on beaches, in park gazebos, botanical gardens and even a beer garden. It can be held indoors in iconic venues including the Mitchell Park Domes, the 1920s Brown Deer Golf Clubhouse or the South Shore Park Pavilion. The venue you select will determine the type of permit you need.

Mitchell Park Domes

For a truly unique wedding, ceremonies for up to 50 people can be held in the Tropical, Desert or Show Domes at the Mitchell Park Domes during regular hours. Larger private rentals are also available for receptions in the Atrium and Greenhouse No. 7 through our catering partner, Zilli Hospitality Group.

The Domes: (414) 257-5600

Permit Application for Ceremonies During Regular Hours - TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED

Learn More About After-hours Ceremonies and Receptions

South Shore Terrace

The upper level of South Shore Terrace, with views of Lake Michigan, can be booked for a ceremony, reception or party. You can use the caterer of your choice. 
Upper Level: (414) 257-8005

The lower level of the pavilion is home to the South Shore Terrace Beer Garden. The beer garden is available for private rental on Mondays all day, and Tuesday – Friday before 4 p.m. 
Lower Level: (414) 257-5616

Lake Park

Lake Park in downtown Milwaukee offers several stunning locations for ceremonies or photography including the Grand Staircase, the Lion Bridge, the Summer Stage and the Waterfall Ravine. A Special Events permit is required for rentals of these venues. 

Ceremony Fee: $550
Parks Permit Request

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Boerner Botanical Gardens is ideal for everything from an intimate wedding for 30 guests in the annual garden gazebo to a large ceremony for 200 guests in the shrub mall. The historic Garden House can also be rented for use as a bridal room, or an alternative ceremony site in case of inclement weather. Outdoor areas are available spring to fall and remain open to the public. 

Boerner also offers several indoor spaces for receptions through our catering partner Zilli Hospitality Group.

Learn More About Indoor Events

Learn More About Outdoor Events

Nature Centers

Wehr Nature Center, tucked away in the woods of Whitnall Park, overlooks Mallard Lake and offers intimate indoor and outdoor spaces for weddings. Urban Ecology Centers at Riverside Park and Washington Park also offer perfect venues for eco-friendly weddings.

Downtown Venues

Several parks in downtown Milwaukee provide unique outdoor wedding sites, including Cathedral Square Park, Ziedler Park Gazebo and Pere Marquette Gazebo. A Special Events permit is required for rentals of these venues.

Ceremony Fee: $550
Parks Permit Request


Receptions and Catering

Seeking a unique space for a memorable reception? Milwaukee County Parks has venues ideal for receptions of up to 500 people.

Boerner Hall

The Boerner Botanical Gardens Great Hall features a 21′ x 21′ dance floor, a riser, 60″ round tables with seating of eight guests per table, and upholstered-style chairs. Guests will enjoy the view of the Fragrance Garden. 

Rentals and catering of Boerner Hall are provided by Zilli Hospitality Group. Contact Zilli for current rates at (414) 525-5635. Group admission rates to Boerner Botanical Gardens are also available.

Learn More

Mitchell Park Domes 

The Mitchell Park Horticultural center, better known as The Domes, offers a one-of-a-kind destination for your event or wedding. Seated events can accommodate 275 guests, cocktail events up to 500 guests. Air-conditioning and Wi-Fi are available in the lobby area only.

Zilli Hospitality Group is the exclusive caterer at The Domes; this includes both food and beverage. Contact Zilli at (262) 547-9447.

Learn More

South Shore Pavillion

A historic park building with stately wood-beamed interior and brick exterior is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, offering a great view of the marina and the lake. The South Shore Terrace Beer Garden, on the lower level of the pavilion, is open from April to October.

Upper Level: (414) 257-8005

Photography/Videography Permits

Milwaukee County Parks offer everything from lakefront backdrops to secluded waterfalls, all perfect for memorable engagement photography. To reserve our most popular locations for a professional photo shoot you'll need a photography permit. Our wedding and special event permits also include a photography permit.

Boerner Botanical Gardens Photo Permits

Wedding Photography Permit

Expand the area for taking your wedding photos! The Wedding Ceremony Permit allows photography in your reserved area only, but when you purchase a photography permit, you may use other public spaces so long as they are not reserved by a wedding party or paid event.

For more information or to reserve a time, call Boerner Gardens at (414) 525-5600.

Botanical Gardens Photography Permit Request


Mitchell Park Domes Photo Permit

Weddings or Engagement Photography

Take photos in the Tropical Domes, Desert Dome or the Floral Show Dome with up to 50 guests. For more information or to reserve a time, call (414) 257-5600



Lakefront, Downtown & Other Photo Permits

Wedding or Engagement Photo Permits

Reserve spaces such as the East Lawn at South Shore Park (above) or the Lion Bridges at Lake Park for formal photography. 

Fee:  $68.64 for first hour

Parks Permit Request

Venue Rental

Over 125 venues are available to rent in Milwaukee County Parks. Venues include park pavillions, golf clubhouses, community rooms and picnic shelters.

Brown Deer Boathouse

Brown Deer Park Boathouse sits on a hill overlooking the lagoon in Brown Deer Park. The rustic exterior and wooded setting create the effect of a country house. The rental area has a fireplace and wood beams. Call (414) 257-8005 to rent.

Capacity: 60

View the Rental Guide

Grant Park Golf Clubhouse

This two-story farm home from the late 1800s offers a spacious interior and views of the beautifully wooded Grant Park Golf Course and the spectacular shore of Lake Michigan. During December the clubhouse is decorated for the holidays. Call (414) 257-8005 to rent.

Capacity: 60

View the Rental Guide

Whitnall Park Beer Garden

Whitnall Park Beer Garden is an open-air beer garden in Whitnall Park with 24 craft beers on tap, including brews from Sprecher Brewery and other local breweries. Rent the garden for a business outing and we’ll provide the beer and service! Catering is available. (No outside alcohol can be brought into the beer gardens.) Groups can also reserve tables during regular business hours. Visit for details. Call (414) 257-5622 to rent.

View the Rental Guide


9480 W. Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)

Connect with us on Nextdoor


2020 rentals guide

This site is powered by the Northwoods Titan Content Management System