Constructed in 1882, Turner Hall began as a showplace for the panoramic painters and other German immigrant artists who dominated the Milwaukee art scene until the 1920's and throughout the early 1900's. It is the only building in Milwaukee that currently holds the three following honorary architectural and historical designations: a National Landmark, a listing on the National Registry of Historic Places, and a local Historical Landmark. Located in the heart of downtown, across from the Bradley Center, the two-story, 7,000 - plus square foot Ballroom is a central hub for a vast array of events in the city of Milwaukee. Turner Hall features a variety of customizable options, from bar packages to catering, that make your wedding as unique as the space that's hosting it.
Turner Hall invites you to use any licensed caterer or other vendor of your choice. Below, you will find a few that we have had excellent experiences working with in the past.
Please add the following testimonial to our wedding website: From our first tour of Turner Hall to our wedding day, our entire experience with the venue, Ann and her team was wonderful. We wish we could do it again next year! Ann was professional, patient and always quick to respond to our frequent emails and phone calls. The venue itself was gorgeous, especially once it is lit up inside at night. Countless guests commented on the ‘amazing, unique and spacious’ space we had found to host our wedding. We would (and already have!) recommend Turner Hall to all of our engaged friends.
John and Katie
We couldn't have chosen a more perfect venue for our wedding ceremony and reception--we loved Turner Hall Ballroom for our special day! Our guests kept the compliments pouring in all night about how much they loved the setting. The transformation of the sunlight during the ceremony to the string and pillar lighting for the cocktail hour and reception gave each its own unique ambience. No additional decorations were needed since the space was so beautiful on its own. The balcony was the perfect space for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as the main ballroom was transitioned; also a great viewpoint for photos. The staff was easy to work with and took care of all the details--even pointed out things we would have missed otherwise. If only we had a reason to throw another party there!
Josh and Nicole
We both fell in love with Turner Hall's charm the first time we set foot inside. That in combination with the attentive and friendly service by Ann and all of the staff made it the perfect choice for our wedding venue. It was a day that turned out better than we could have ever imagined. And our guests are still raving about the transformation of the space from the ceremony to the reception, the signature cocktail and beer selection, and the dance party with the racing sausage!
Megan and Oliver
We had such a fantastic experience at our Turner Hall Ballroom wedding reception. We got so many compliments on the atmosphere and lots of "How did you find this place?!" The staff was so helpful and always quick to respond to an email or phone call. We would definitely recommend Turner Hall Ballroom for other once-in-a-lifetime events!
Sarah and Andy
As the father of the bride, the goal was to see the day my daughter dreamed about for years became a reality. The choice to use Turner Hall to celebrate her wedding day was undoubtedly the right choice. Hundreds of guests also agreed. My daughter did not want the typical wedding venue, where getting your name on the marquee is the way the facility tries to make you feel it’s your day. Turner Hall and the staff have so much more to offer, truly making it your day. The historic facility speaks for itself. The multi-leveled ballroom fosters the environment to create a unique setting that meets your needs, not the needs of the facility. The staff is very professional and motivated to ensure the customer achieves their dreams. At every stage of the process, we were confident we were on track to a successful event with the help of the competent staff (Ann). The flexibility, creativity and experience they have are highly valued. I strongly recommend using Turner Hall if you want more than your name in the marquee. Turner Hall allows you to collaborate and create a truly special day that everyone will remember!
Mark, Father of the Bride
Our experience with Turner Hall Ballroom was exceptional from the day we got engaged to the day we said “I do.” We instantly fell in love with the historic grandeur, yet trendy character of Turners. The event coordinator (Ann) was incredibly accommodating throughout the entire wedding planning process. Ann repeatedly when above and beyond to help us make our big day just the way we imagined it. We always received prompt, friendly responses no matter how many times we contacted her with questions, requests, and confirmations (which I found to be a rare quality during my wedding planning days!) The team at Turner Hall Ballroom instilled in us the confidence that everything would be taken care of on our big day, so my fiancé and I could just enjoy it all. And that’s exactly what happened. To this day, our friends and family rave about how our wedding was one of the best they’ve ever been to!
Sara and Mike
We are both so happy with our dealings with Turner Hall Ballroom. From the first meeting with Ann, up until the big day, they were nothing but easy to deal with in what is a stressful time. The venue itself is beautiful, the staff are so friendly and the event was perfect - it really fit in with our personalities. We both couldn't recommend Turner Hall Ballroom highly enough. Thanks!
Myke and Kerry
We truly cannot say enough about Turner Hall and its employees. From our first meeting to post-wedding cleanup, Ann and her staff were a tremendous resource for us at every stage of the wedding process. Turner Hall's sound technician, Jeremy, also did a fantastic job running the music for our wedding, hitting all of his cues, and even assisting the best man with a multimedia presentation. The rest of the staff was hardworking and friendly as well. It really was a pleasure working with Ann, Jeremy, and the rest of the Turner Hall employees. As for the balroom itself, it really is one of our favorite places in Milwaukee. Turner Hall has a very unique and authentically distressed character that distinguishes it from more traditional ceremony locations. At the same time, the ballroom still maintains a dignified and classic feel that suits the formality of a wedding. Because of its great atmosphere, the ballroom requires little in the way of decoration, although it does accept decorations very well. All told, Turner Hall was the perfect fit for us and our wedding. It's a beautiful building with great character and friendly and professional staff. We couldn't recommend it more!
Raphael and Molly
Choosing Turner Hall for our wedding reception was easily one of the best decisions we made in our planning process. The place oozes with character, and although it's cool as is, once you add some lighting it is incredible. Suffice it to say we were thrilled with how everything turned out; we will never forget the moment we entered the balcony and looked out over the ballroom to see what the staff had created. Not only did they implement our plans, but they ran with things we left to their discretion that turned out far better than we could have imagined. Both Ann and Ben were very responsive in getting back to us on questions over our year of planning. They were fun to meet with and offered good suggestions that we incorporated into different elements of the reception. The bar staff was also responsive and helpful in working with us to add some extra beers to our lineup. All in all, a fantastic evening we will always cherish, especially knowing it was hosted at Turner Hall. Thanks so much for everything!
Brooke and Scott
We were extremely happy with Turner Hall as our wedding venue. Not only did it look beautiful on our big day, the staff was amazing, very helpful and accommodating. Everything Ann said during the tour and consult was what we got for our reception. The whole experience was incredible.......and we got a ton of compliments on how much fun our guests had!!!!
Stephanie and Brian
When looking for our wedding venue, we knew we wanted something other than the typical country club or hotel location. Turner Hall was exactly what we were looking for! Not only is the venue unique with historic beauty, but it is in the perfect location in the heart of Milwaukee. We worked with Ann and Ben throughout our planning process, and they were able to deliver exactly what we wanted...down to every last detail. All in all, we had a perfect wedding day in the perfect location! Our guests our still talking about the venue!
Tara and Steve
We had a great (PERFECT!) wedding, and everything turned out beautiful!
Stephanie and Brett
From the very first viewing I knew Turner Hall was the place my wedding vision would come to life. The chipped paint, wood floors, wonky staircases, layered balcony area and stage setting was just perfect! The options for set-up/layout were endless. Initially the thought of several different vendors from catering to linens and more was very daunting, but Ann made it surprisingly easy and manageable. The guests were impressed with the unique wedding venue and surprised at how the old & shabby theater was transformed into a beautiful & romantic ballroom. I was so inspired by the textures within the venue that I carried it through my vintage chic wedding look. Textures took over everything from my bridesmaids dresses, to the lace table linens, sheer draperies and the handmade details! Everything was perfect and just as I imagined it. I wish I could do it all over again. Thank goodness we caught it all on camera & video! Thank you Turner Hall for helping my new husband and I stay organized and on track, coordinating pick-ups and drop offs, and especially for being flexible and accommodating!
The first time we came across Turner Hall Ballroom was while surfing the internet for a unique wedding venue for our fall wedding. We were blown away by photos of a wedding reception that had taken place there and immediately wanted to see it in person! As amazing as the photos were, they did no justice to the beauty, uniqueness, and character that Turner Hall has to offer. From the stage, to the balcony, and all the little details in between, the possibilities are endless for planning a wedding there! Not only is Turner Hall beautiful, but working with Ann and her staff made the wedding planning experience so much smoother. She helped create a bar package that suited our guests and budget, answered our many, many emails throughout the process, and was able to meet at times that were convenient for us. She was very laid back and easy going, and also very flexible with our set up/take down schedule, as well as dropping things off and picking things up before and after the reception. The staff members were also very friendly and didn’t hesitate to step in to help with some unplanned details. We also received numerous compliments of how friendly and fun our bartenders were! Overall, we would highly recommend hosting your wedding and/or reception at Turner Hall! Our day was perfect and we couldn’t thank Ann and her staff more for their help!
Jerad & Emily 10.6.12
When we first saw Turner Hall, we knew our wedding needed to be there! It was beautiful and the possibilities for wedding ideas were endless. There were the doubters, "Isn't that a place for concerts?", but in the end, Turner Hall was the most complimented aspect of our wedding! Everyone had an amazing time and LOVED the unique venue. All of the staff at Turner Hall was amazing! Everyone was so helpful and seemed to genuinely care about making our wedding the best day of our life. We couldn't have picked a better venue for our wedding.
Liz and Jamie
The staff at Turner Hall Ballroom was incredibly helpful on all fronts. The venue is absolutely gorgeous. Our wedding was an amazing night and our guests were blown away!
Jamie and Mackenzie
We booked the Turner Hall Ballroom for our reception and it was a dream come true!! I felt lucky to have gotten such a great space, but it turned out to be even better than that. The staff was amazing to work with (though difficult to get a hold of at times) and worked with us and our other vendors to make sure that our day was everything we wanted it to be. The room was absolutely breathtaking and they were very flexible in terms of meetings, and letting us drop things off and pick them up after the wedding. The Turner Hall Ballroom is a beautiful venue that I would recommend without hesitation to anyone having a large wedding!!
Couldn't have been happier with the services provided by the team at Turner Hall Ballroom. They went above and beyond to help us build our vision for our wedding and to make sure that it went off without even a minor hitch. Highly recommended!
Andrew, Ann, and the rest of the folks at Turner Hall deserve a huge amount of thanks and praise. They went far beyond our expectations as hosts, working behind the scenes to make the day run smoothly. They made us feel comfortable and had us looking forward to having our wedding with them from the first meeting. We genuinely felt like they were excited with us. Turner Hall Ballroom is absolutely beautiful and unique. It's an inviting space with everything you'd expect from a historic landmark in Milwaukee. The whole place is aging in an amazingly artful way. To say its a charming venue is an understatement. Turner Hall has a heart. Our guests felt at home, and we were able to create exactly the type of wedding and celebration we had envisioned. No other place in Milwaukee could have given us the feel we wanted for this day!
Erin and Bryan
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