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

Your wedding at The Waters offers you and your guests many unique amenities. Exclusive access  include both floors, a private Nantucket-inspired screened porch and the second-floor balcony. A 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. The  Grand Ballroom comfortably seats 172 for a plated dinner. Guests at larger weddings are free to enjoy dinner and drinks in the first-floor ballroom, on the porch or the balcony.

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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.  Event Coordinator Lindsey Wara will design a custom ceremony and reception tailored to your vision.

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 views 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.
(920)651-0796

Premier Waterfront Catering
(920)230-6289

The Roxy
(920)231-1980

Rye Restaurant
(920)380-4745

Zuppas
(920)720-5045

Our Favorite Vendors

Make an event that is uniquely yours with any vendors of your choice. This is a list of some of our trusted and  favorite in the area.

DJ
Matt’s DJ Service
(920)375-0809

Hotel
Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel
(920)230-1900

Florist
House of Flowers
(920)235-3737

Photographer
Colleen Bies
(920)273-1720

Videographer
Michael Gehrman Filmworks

 

Planning

Our goal is to ensure you have an exquisite and memorable wedding at The Waters. We personalize each ceremony and reception based on your needs – from the time of your first meeting until the last guest leaves your reception.

We love seeing the look of gratification on the bride and groom’s faces as their special day unfolds effortlessly. We know your wedding is unique and unforgettable, and we strive to make the day exceed your expectations.

Having your event at The Waters and working with Lindsey and The Waters team 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

“We live in Oshkosh and love the water. We have always dreamed our daughters wedding would be at The Waters. It is an impeccably restored, “Legion on the Lake” , historical site. It seems no expense was spared in bringing it back to its original grandeur. Beautiful to say the least. Kate, Lindsey and Ryan were exceptional at making us feel welcome and special. Ryan was there the week preceding and the entire day of the event. He was easy to work with, flexible and attended to every detail for us. The entire time at The Waters was amazing. Thank you so much. We highly recommend.”

-Laurie Conradt

Photo above by Danae Hermann

 

“My husband and I had our rehearsal dinner and wedding at The Waters July 25th 2020. What a beautiful venue! Words can’t even describe it, Inside and out! We’ve had so many compliments from our guests and everyone enjoyed the sunset views, upstairs patio, the bar and the list goes on. Our guests also told us that the staff at the bar including Ryan, were very nice and fun ! Which means a lot to us! The staff was very nice, we worked with Ryan and Lindsey mostly, who helped us out a lot and were very kind. It was difficult to plan a wedding during a pandemic and unknown time of what each week will bring state rules wise but we had great support from both Ryan and Lindsey who stayed on top of everything and made sure we were notified on at least a bi-weekly basis with any updates. The venue is spacious , lots of room for social distancing during these times. The service we got and the venue locations = perfect! We would highly recommend and we will definitely consider again for another event! Thank you all so much for everything, our day was beautiful!”

-Sanja Thoma

 

 

“Our daughter’s reception at The Waters couldn’t have been better!  Kim and Lindsey are an absolute delight to work with.  Their skill, attention to details, hospitality and graciousness made the shimmery, winter wonderland vision come through.  In fact, the evening was so much fun that the next weekend my husband and I woke up, looked at each other and both said we wished we could have a do over and wouldn’t have changed anything!  Thanks, Kim and Lindsey, for creating a beautiful celebration of Maggie & Kaleb’s love!”
-Roy and Liz Janzen

 

“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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“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; 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.

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.