The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Breathtaking lake views await you at The Waters located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This stunning wedding venue is a picturesque colonial style beauty with stately pillars and classic architecture. The Waters sits on the shores of the serene Lake Winnebago and is available year round for weddings. It offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces available and flexible indoor reception spaces to suit a wide selection of wedding styles.
Your guests will be impressed from the moment they arrive to the Nantucket-inspired enclosed porch of The Waters. This venue is a great option for couples looking to host an elegant wedding with a traditional feel. Sophistication is abundant indoors and out with first look photo options on the spiral staircases or the docks flanked by sailboats for a nautical theme.
Ballroom. The Waters has two floors of expansive venue space for your use. On the lower level, honey-colored hardwood flooring covers a spacious ballroom. Contemporary lighting and a cozy fireplace make this space warm and inviting for you and your guests. There are also two separate spaces on the first floor to use for pre-event cocktails. Access to the screened porch gives the first floor indoor/outdoor versatility.
Balcony. The upper level of The Waters features a wonderful open air balcony that stretches the length of the entire second floor and offers a unique ceremony space option with an easy transition to your reception space.
The Grand Ballroom. Inside the second floor Balcony, the Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 300 of your guests and seats 172 for plated dinners. Luxurious drapes and quaint French doors in this space combine with crystal chandeliers to immerse you in grace and style.
What You Should Know
When you book your event at The Waters, you will enjoy exclusive use of the venue with the freedom to utilize all of the indoor and outdoor areas for your celebration. Previous couples rave about the professional services of the wedding planning staff. The Waters’ expert event specialists are on hand to help with every detail of your wedding from start to finish, offering you a personalized stress-free experience. This venue is available for four-hour rentals from January to March and five-hour rentals from April to December. Couples can opt to add additional hours for a fee. All china, flatware and linens are included in your rental package. Convenient nearby lodging at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel will provide accommodations for your out of town guests.
The Waters’ event staff prefers you choose from a trusted list of caterers to provide the cuisine for your reception. Plated, buffet and family-style dinners can be created by these skilled caterers and the event staff will assist you with menu planning and arrangements. There are also preferred florists and videographers to choose from. Beverage packages are available and bar minimums apply.
- Custom signature wedding cocktail
- Chauffeur service
- Bridal shower and rehearsal dinner spaces
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$ – Inexpensive
Ballroom, Waterfront, Historic Venue
Beautiful venue!Reviewed on 10/27/2013 Carrie H
The Waters is a beautiful venue and Kim, the manager, was wonderful to work with. A little pricey for the area, but the photos are gorgeous!
Excellent Venue. Beautiful Location.Reviewed on 7/02/2013 Sara L
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.
Waterside weddingReviewed on 8/30/2011 Michelle D
My husband and I held our ceremony and reception at The Waters in Oshkosh, WI. The Waters is a beautiful place to get married if you are looking for an outdoor ceremony and an on-site reception. The venue, currently the Oshkosh yacht club, is beautiful and the wedding coordinator is very good. We didn't have to worry about a thing the whole day. Everyone said it was the most unique and beautiful wedding they had ever been to!
My husband and I recently held our wedding ceremony and reception at The Waters. We couldn't have been happier with everything! Kim and her staff went above and beyond with the planning and day of the wedding. One item was forgotten, the reserved signs for family tables. Without hesitation Kim ran downstairs and came back with some. While it is a small detail it shows Kim's willingness to help with anything. We heard all night from our guests how amazing and beautiful the venue was. We can't say thank you enough to The Waters for making our wedding amazing!
We absolutely loved hosting our wedding reception at The Waters! The setting was perfect for wedding photos and it was so convenient having dinner and dancing in different locations within the venue. The staff was present throughout the event and very helpful in everything we needed. Genuinely loved everything about this venue
PerfectionReviewed on 7/06/2015 Emily W
I got married at The Waters on 6/27/15, and I can't say enough about how beautiful it was. The facility is hands-down the classiest and most gorgeous building on Lake Winnebago. The 100+ year old building has been beautifully restored and remodeled and no expenses were spared. General Manager Kim Price and her staff were outstanding - they were always willing to answer questions, provide suggestions, and helped keep our day-of timeline on- track. We are so happy that we chose The Waters - our wedding was everything we hoped it would be (and more)!
A gorgeous venue with stellar service.Reviewed on 9/30/2014 Jackie Z
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at The Waters, and it was absolutely perfect - everything I ever dreamed of! The location is absolutely stunning on the shores of Lake Winnebago, and the building is so elegant. We were married in front of the staircase and everyone told us what a gorgeous wedding it was. Kim, the manager, is super helpful, and very prompt to respond. I planned my wedding from out of state, and she made everything so easy! I never had any problems getting in touch with her to ask questions. I was also told after the event that one of my guests lost a rather precious ring, and Kim helped search the entire venue (even through the garbage!) until she found it and sent it back a few days later. This place is a bit pricier, but it is well worth the cost! I wouldn't have had my wedding anywhere else!
Beautiful VenueReviewed on 9/22/2013 Michelle N
The venue is absolutely beautiful and well maintained. Its a bit price for what you get but would recommend to anyone.
Our Reception at The WatersReviewed on 8/20/2011 Katie E
The Waters was absolutely beautiful, all the guests who attended could not stop talking about how beautiful our venue was and kept asking us how we ever found the place. However, the price was a lot for the area and we didn't like that we had to decorate the hall ourselves and we weren't allowed to decorate the building the night before because another wedding was taking place, therefore our parents had to decorate the venue after the ceremony before people arrived at the reception.
Fantastic reception hall!Reviewed on 7/26/2011 Nicole W
We loved everything about our wedding at The Waters. It is truly the only upscale wedding venue in the Fox Valley!
What an AMAZING view!Reviewed on 10/12/2010 Alexandria A
This place is beautiful. It speaks for itself. It made my day absolutely perfect! The service the day of the wedding was amazing. The coordinator made everything go with ease and kept things moving along. I will say up to the day of event though, the service was horrible! They never returned phone calls and were very hard to work with, but the day was amazing and made it all worth it.
Incredible Venue!Reviewed on 8/09/2010 Kristin W
My husband and I held our ceremony and reception at The Waters. I cannot say enough good things about it! Kim, the event manager, was a god-send. She took care of any little thing we asked for. The venue is beautiful, right on the water. Perfect for indoor and outdoor weddings. We held ours indoors (due to inclement weather) on the grand staircase. We are still getting compliments about The Waters months after the wedding!
Review for The WatersReviewed on 5/10/2010 joan j
The space was perfect. Second floor was used as dining room overlooking the lake and there was a large balcony to walk out onto. Downstairs there was a large bar plenty of seating and plenty of room for dancing. There was a porch and plenty of room on the lawn to enjoy as well.;You do have to rent all your own linens and dishes of your caterer does not have enough.