Weddings  at the waters

Let the impressive view of Lake Winnebago and the warm, tasteful interior of The Waters serve as the setting for the elegant, storybook wedding of your dreams. Your ceremony and celebration will be unforgettable at any time of year among our timeless decor and premier location on the shoreline.

The Venue

Reserving The Waters for your wedding offers you and your guests exclusive access to both floors, our private Nantucket-inspired screened porch and our second-floor balcony, both facing the waterfront. Your reservation ensures your wedding is the only event at The Waters on your selected date. Choose The Waters for weddings in any season.

The Waters accommodates a maximum of 300 guests. Our Grand Ballroom comfortably seats 172 for a plated dinner. Guests at larger weddings are free to enjoy dinner and drinks in the ballroom, in the first-floor Winnebago Room and lakeside on the porch and balcony.

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First Floor
Second Floor

Ceremony

Weddings at The Waters are simply stunning in all seasons. Whether you envision walking down an outdoor aisle in the warm summer sunshine or gazing into your spouse’s eyes in front of a crackling fireplace in winter, The Waters will make your dream ceremony come true year-round. General Manager Kim Price and Event Coordinator Lindsey Nowak will design a custom ceremony and reception tailored to your needs.

Our Building And Grounds

OUR BUILDING AND GROUNDS

Enjoy exclusive access to The Waters when you reserve our venue for your wedding. Your reservation opens up our first and second floors for you and your guests.

On the first floor, our handcrafted, mahogany Harbor Bar is stocked with an impressive selection of beer, wine and spirits. Our professional bartenders will work with you to create a signature cocktail to reflect your wedding reception’s theme. Specialty liquor options and champagne/wine toast packages are also available upon request.

Lake Winnebago provides a gorgeous backdrop for photos of you and your wedding party at any time of year. Use lakeside sunsets and docked sailboats as your background for a summer wedding, or pose in an untouched snowy landscape during the winter.

The Waters offers private parking for your guests just steps away from our venue. Our main entrance features an extended overhang for chauffeur service, protection from the elements and handicap-accessible entry to both floors of the building. Our elevator serves all floors of the building, making it fully accessible.

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Experience

A wedding at The Waters is as awe-inspiring as a beautiful bride about to walk down the aisle. Your wedding becomes a storybook tale the moment the Georgian Revival building on the Lake Winnebago shoreline comes into view.

The grand entrance opens to reveal timeless decor and a breezy Nantucket-inspired porch overlooking the lake’s sparkling waters. A majestic double staircase spirals up to the Grand Ballroom, where guests can celebrate and toast the union of the new couple.

The professional staff at The Waters caters to your needs from the setup of your wedding until your last guest leaves. We offer step-by-step event planning assistance for all weddings to ensure your special day is stress-free and proceeds smoothly.

 

Preferred Partners

Guests at The Waters have had excellent experiences with our personally selected partners.

Catering

Our catering partners offer a wide selection of cuisine and service options to meet your needs, including sit-down service, buffet or family-style meals. All will fill your china, flatware and linen requests.

Zuppas
1540 S. Commercial St.
Neenah, WI 54956
(920) 720-5045

Premier Waterfront Catering
1 N. Main St.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 230-6289

The Vintage
3105 S. Washburn St.
Oshkosh, WI 54904
(920) 303-1133

LaSure’s Banquets and Catering
3125 S. Washburn St.
Oshkosh, WI 54904
(920) 651-0796

The Roxy
571 N. Main St.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 231-1980

Floral

House of Flowers + Couture Events
1920 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 235-3737

Videography

Simply Love Films
1637 Jackson St.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 968-9799

Hotel Accommodations

Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel
1 N. Main St.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 230-1900

Meet Kim and Lindsey

Kim Price serves as General Manager of The Waters. She has been with The Waters since 2008, when the building restoration began. Kim’s warmth, care and attentiveness ensure your wedding will run smoothly and exactly as you’ve always dreamed.

Lindsey Wara is the Event and Communication Coordinator at The Waters. She realized she loved everything about weddings when planning her own. Lindsey’s dedication and attention to detail will make your wedding transition smoothly, leaving you to focus on celebrating your special day.

Planning

Kim’s goal is to ensure you have an exquisite and memorable wedding at The Waters. She personalizes each ceremony and reception based on your needs and constantly shares important information with you – from the time of your first meeting until the last guest leaves your reception.

Kim’s passion and knowledge about The Waters is unprecedented, just like her event planning experience. She has planned and attended hundreds events in the years she’s been General Manager. Guests often say Kim made their day even more beautiful.

Lindsey loves seeing the look of gratification on the bride and groom’s faces as their special day unfolds effortlessly. She knows your wedding day is unique and unforgettable, and she strives to make it exceed your expectations.

Having your event at The Waters and working with Kim and Lindsey ensures you always have someone to go to with last-minute requests, changes and questions, especially on the day of your wedding. We pride ourselves on outstanding service. Let us take care of every detail, so you may enjoy the company of your guests and friends.

Brides’ Stories

“I got married at The Waters in May 2015, and I could not imagine having my wedding anywhere else. The location being right on the lake and the elegantly designed building are breathtaking! Right before our wedding, The Waters was remodeled a bit and repainted. It was gorgeous. Along with the overall beauty, the manager, Kim, and her assistant, Lindsey, were incredible to work with. They were so accommodating, outgoing and very helpful. Kim and Lindsey really know what they are doing and are willing to assist in any way to make the day run smoothly, whether it is getting and providing cups that were forgotten or helping the bridal party know when to walk down the aisle. The Waters is a perfect venue. To this day, guests are still raving about it. I would recommend The Waters to anyone getting married or if you are just looking for any type of event space!”
– Torrie and Josh Kalkofen

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“We so enjoyed our experience with The Waters. Everything was run very well, and when I did get nervous a couple of months before the big day, Kim met with us, and I realized they really did have everything under control. Magical evening, wonderful venue. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.”
– The Poliaks

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“For Charles and me, The Waters’ spectacular facility and gem of a property were just the beginning. The staff delivered unparalleled service with details carefully thought out, expertly planned and flawlessly executed. We found them to be responsive, collaborative with vendors and hospitable through the whole experience. The Waters team is nothing short of world class.”
– Margaret

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“First and foremost, we just want to thank you and your staff for making our day absolutely amazing. Everything was exactly how we hoped it would be, and from what we saw, everything ran flawlessly (We hope that was the case behind the scenes as well!) It was such a good feeling to know that you were there making sure everything stayed on track. We can’t thank you enough! We know The Waters already has a great reputation, but a few more 5+ star reviews couldn’t hurt!”
– Dan and Jess

“The Waters is amazing! The service was great! Kim is awesome at helping out and keeping everything on schedule. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, well organized, very professional place to say I do!”
– Max and Amber

“The Waters is a great place to have your wedding and reception. We did both there, and we are so glad we did. The weather was beautiful, so we could have an outdoor ceremony next to Lake Winnebago. Kim Price, the General Manager, was easy to work with and very accommodating. All of our guests commented on the beauty of the nautical-themed location and crystal chandeliers from Europe. Definitely worth the price! It made decorating simple, as the beauty of the building needs little added.”
– Sara L via The Knot

“The Waters is a perfect wedding location; the building and landscape make the perfect backdrop.  And while those things are very important for your special day, it was the staff, level of service and their commitment to making our day stress free that really allowed the day to be perfect.  The management team was readily available throughout the planning process and was flexible in accommodating our needs.  Because of the excellent service and attention to detail we were sure that our day would end up just as planned, and it did!”
– Kyle & Terri

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We’re the happiest kids on the planet and still relive our special day, every day! The most beautiful building at a beautiful location makes the foundation of your physical presence a last concern. It only begins there; Kim Price and the entire Waters Staff far exceeded necessity as they opened it up as their home to us and our guests, catering every detail from the start of a dream to the last dance. We are forever grateful to The Waters for helping create the greatest day of our lives.
– Nick & Alana

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Read more reviews from our venue page on The Knot and WeddingWire.