Top 5 Wedding Venues in Fond Du Lac

PLUS: A Newly Discovered Outdoor Venue At The Bottom That Was Awarded By The Knot As A Top Venue in Wisconsin in 2022!!!

Getting engaged is such a beautiful time in your life! It’s the beginning of an amazing journey with you and your future spouse. A journey that should officially begin with a truly incredible walk down the aisle combined with a celebration of love at a jaw-dropping venue! We decided to help put together this list of the best wedding venues in Fond du Lac, WI so you can see what’s best for you.

We’ve attempted to create a list based on a combination of factors. Things like location, size, beauty, exclusivity, price, amenities and more. Our goal is to give you a complete list of options around Fond du Lac and the surrounding area.

Plus, there’s one secret Wisconsin wedding venue that was just uncovered recently (and it’s 15 minutes south of Fondy). It was a “hidden gem” for years, but last year it was discovered by The Knot® and immediately won a “Best of Wisconsin Venues” badge. Check it out at the bottom before everyone finds it and books it up!

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5. The Hive

Location: Fond Du Lac, WI

Capacity: 200

Rating Online: 4.8 stars with 44 Reviews

The Hive is actually a bar that can be converted into a cool and exciting event space for a wedding. If you’re hoping to have more of a party for a wedding, The Hive is definitely a place you want to check out. You can rent out the entire space and fit around 200 people for a sit-down dinner. And with a bar staff on site, it’ll make the party scene a lot of fun!

And The Hive posts their entire schedule online so you can quickly check if your preferred date is open. They have limited options for food, but they allow you to cater your own. And it’s unclear who’s responsible for clean up at the end (but we’d guess it’s you). Check out The Hive for a fun and upbeat space for your wedding if that’s your jam.

Scroll to see several photos courtesy of The Hive at the website: www.thehivefdl.com

4. Avenue 795

Location: Fond Du Lac, WI

Rating Online: 4.3 stars with 65 Reviews

Avenue 795 is a fun, energetic event space that can be customized to your exact wants and desires for your big wedding day! Avenue 795 is a staple hall and event space here in Fond du Lac and has hosted count-less events from band nights to weddings to large family banquets. It can handle a large crowd and gives a lot of flexibility for those who want to control the day their own way.

Avenue 795 provides a more relaxed feel and environment while still allowing an upscale design sense for those who have the knack for it. If you want a fun space that everyone will enjoy, you’ve got to check out Avenue 795.

Scroll to see several photos courtesy of Avenue 795 website: www.avenue795.com

3. Hotel Retlaw

Location: Fond Du Lac, WI

Capacity: 250

Built in 1923

Rating Online: 4.6 Stars with 367 Reviews

Hotel Retlaw is a wonderful option with a classic style that brings sophistication with a glimmer of fashion flair. The hotel is a historic, boutique hotel that was restored in 2019 and is now listed in the National Registrar of Historic Places. Built in 1923, it’s a testament to the roaring 20s lifestyle and fashion sense, while being updated and modernized to fit today’s needs.

The main Crystal Ballroom can seat 250 guests for a dinner, or smaller events can use the Windsor room which has a beautiful outdoor Terrace connected to it.

The hotel also has their own catering staff on site and can provide any customized menu for you and your guests. And with sleeping arrangements right on site, it will make for a great party for anyone who chooses to partake in the bar service. Check out Hotel Retlaw and their amazing photos!

Scroll to see several photos courtesy of Hotel Retlaw at their website: www.thehotelretlaw.com

2. South Hills Golf & Country Club

Location: Fond Du Lac, WI

Capacity : 300

Rating Online: 4.3 Stars with 117 Reviews

Talk about a masterpiece of artwork that many happen to call a country club. The South Hills club in Fond du Lac truly combines sophisticated style with breathtaking views outside. The weeping willows make for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities for you and your entire wedding party. Plus the majestic clubhouse that gives distinct polish to make beautiful memories when everyone is gathered together. And being able to handle up to 300 guests makes this venue a great choice for big gatherings! And it’s definitely a great choice for those looking for solid indoor and outdoor wedding spaces for guests to roam.

One great element of South Hills is that so many aspects of a venue are included in their costs. Things like cake cutting, linens, full set up and tear down by their team, staff and bartenders and a GM on site for your big day. These are often extra amenities for other venues which just gives South Hills Country Club an edge over so many others around.

Scroll to see several photos courtesy of South Hills Golf & Country Club website: www.southhillsfdl.com

1. Whispering Springs Golf Course

Location: Fond Du Lac, WI

Capacity: 250

Rating Online: 4.6 Stars with 236 Reviews

Everything that was mentioned in South Hills above applies to Whispering Springs. Yes, it’s another golf course, but trust us, it’s worth it! Whispering Springs is the next level in quality, tranquility and majestic views when compared to South Hills. Clean, crisp, and modern is what the clubhouse feels like with white walls and massive floor-to-ceiling windows. And with a capacity up to 250 guests, it’s still large enough to handle a crowd.

Plus Whispering Springs includes all the same amenities as South Hills. Bartenders, tables and chairs, linens, fine china, setup and takedown plus a sound system if you don’t want to hire your own DJ. Just check out the photos from their website and you’ll see that Whispering Springs is truly a next level wedding venue here in Fond du Lac. That’s also why it’s got (by far) the most 5-star reviews of any venue in Fondy!

One of the most well-known aspects of Whispering Springs is their food quality. It is often mentioned in reviews across the internet that the food and amazing service are unmatched in the Fond du Lac area. They take pride in being exclusive for their guests and look to provide a space that everyone will talk about for years to come after you get married!

Scroll to see several photos courtesy of Whispering Springs Golf Course at their website: www.whisperingspringsgolf.com

AND THE BONUS VENUE: RATED BEST VENUE BY THE KNOT© IN 2022

The Gardens Wedding Center

Location: Allenton, WI

Capacity: 150

Founded: 1844

Rating Online: 4.8 stars with 148 Reviews

This amazing venue tops the charts as a true “hidden gem” here in Wisconsin. And clearly The Knot© believes so too when they discovered us in late 2021. Within a few weeks, The Gardens Wedding Center received a coveted Best Venues In Wisconsin badge of honor!

With breathtaking gardens and immaculate landscaping, The Gardens Wedding Center in Allenton, WI makes an ideal venue for your rustic wedding. This romantic location consists of 4 buildings, all of which can be used separately or combined to create an unforgettable setting for your ceremony and reception.

Whether you want to host your wedding in spring, summer, fall, or winter, you’ll find everything you need to make it your most beautiful day ever at The Gardens Wedding Center! This building has a beautiful church that can host any size wedding. Inside, you’ll find stained glass windows, rich woodwork, and other touches of class that make your day truly special.

Outside in summer or inside in winter, you’ll love saying your vows here. The garden is especially stunning-perfect for a formal ceremony or an intimate one.

With winding paths and beautiful flowers and grasses everywhere, it’s exactly what you’re looking for if you want something unique but timeless to mark your day as one of a kind. If it’s chilly outside on your big day, fear not! This space also has gorgeous ballrooms with high ceilings and chandeliers perfect for a magical evening affair.

Scroll to see several photos courtesy of The Gardens Wedding Center throughout our gallery page here.

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WRITTEN DIRECTIONS:

We are nestled in the country just 4 miles off I-41.

From the south: Take 41/45 North. When 41 and 45 split, take 41 North. You will pass Slinger/Jackson Exit. Within 10 minutes you will come to an exit for Washington Street, otherwise known as Hwy 33, Allenton Exit. Turn West (left) onto Hwy 33 to Hwy 175. Turn North (right) and we are a mile and a half on the left.

From the north: Take 41 South to Hwy 33, Allenton Exit. Turn West (right) onto Hwy 33 to Hwy 175. Turn North (right) and we are a mile and a half on the left.

THE GARDENS

  • 35 Minutes from Milwaukee

  • 25 Minutes from Fond du Lac

  • 15 Minutes from West Bend

  • 25 Minutes from Beaver Dam

  • 7003 Hwy 175 Allenton, WI 53002

  • 262-629-4411