The beauty of the Apostle Islands makes Bayfield, WI a popular destination for Wisconsin weddings. Located near downtown, the historic Old Rittenhouse Inn, and its Le Chateau property are ideal wedding venues. Both offer Lake Superior views, manicured grounds with flower gardens, and a variety of options for ceremonies and receptions. Let our Wedding & Events Director help bring your dream wedding to life! Call 800-779-2129 to discuss your needs and ideas.
For many, the convenience of a single venue for their event is appealing. Le Chateau, a turn-of-the-century Victorian mansion beside Lake Superior, offers a relaxing wrap-around porch and extensive grounds to accommodate ceremonies and receptions both inside and outdoors.
Outdoor Ceremony & Reception Venues at Le Chateau
Some prefer the intimacy of Le Chateau’s verandah, offering a combination of elegance and comfort for parties up to 40 guests. The Fountain Garden Pergola is the most popular venue. Adjacent to a bubbling fountain, this arbor-like structure is covered with grape vines and surrounded by flower gardens. Additionally, a garden path leads to the Lakeview Lawn where a tent canopy can be set. Each location overlooks Lake Superior and Madeline Island. Seasonal flowers adorn the porch and grounds. In the winter, the home’s pillars are wrapped with garland and twinkling white lights. The large, outdoor spaces accommodate up to 150 guests.
Indoor Ceremony & Reception Venues at Le Chateau
Le Chateau’s foyer opens into a music room and living room, with the original formal dining room beyond it. The interior often serves as a back-up location for outdoor ceremonies up to 40 guests, but is also an exquisite year-round reception venue. Numerous fireplaces create a cozy ambiance for Wisconsin weddings in winter, while the ornate woodwork, stained glass, and Lake Superior views enhance any event. The inside space is best suited for receptions of 30-60 people.
Old Rittenhouse Inn & Landmark Restaurant
For some, it is the elegance and intimacy of a small event at Old Rittenhouse Inn that appeals to them. This 1890s Victorian mansion has a wrap-around porch and a gourmet restaurant overlooking Lake Superior. It offers both indoor and outdoor locations for small ceremonies and Wisconsin wedding receptions.
Outdoor Ceremony & Reception Venues at Old Rittenhouse Inn
The intimacy of Old Rittenhouse Inn’s wrap-around porch or surrounding gardens makes it a perfect venue for small ceremonies. Along with views of Lake Superior and Madeline Island, the manicured gardens and seasonal hanging flower baskets create a picturesque setting. The home’s pillars are wrapped with garland and twinkling white lights during the holidays. The outside spaces are best suited for parties up to 15 guests.
Indoor Ceremony & Reception Venues at Old Rittenhouse Inn
Entry into Old Rittenhouse Inn leads either to the formal dining room or up the cherry staircase to the spacious luxury suites beyond it. Both have views of Lake Superior and are adorned with period antiques and ornate fireplaces for intimate indoor ceremonies. Additionally, the Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn is an exquisite year-round reception venue. The inside space is elegant, but not pretentious and is best suited for parties up to 62 guests.