Wonderful, Weird Wisconsin Venues Part 2

February 25, 2010

As promised, I am continuing my list of weird or wonderful locations to get hitched in Wisconsin.

Which brings me to one of my lifelong fascinations: a place that is difficult to express using mere words.  It is the wonderful, weird, white trash, tacky, classic, future-casting, bizarre, tasteless, fun, gross, awe-inspiring oasis of trash surrounded by natural beauty….

#3- The Wisconsin Dells

One of many tacky motels

One of many head scratching monstrosities that line the streets

Natural beauty surrounding man made wonder

Downtown Dells

Charming tourist traps

Wizard Quest!

Now, I know The Dells are too big to simply represent a venue.  It is, rather, an experience or a backdrop that would cause Awesomeness to cascade into every element of your wedding.  The Dells is known for being the ‘Waterpark Capitol of the World”… so you could enjoy the convenience of a hotel wedding with a wacky wet twist in one of many indoor water parks.

Indoor Waterpark in the Dells

Or you could get hitched in true Dells style at the Dells Bells Wedding Chapel.  After being swept up in the passion of Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, constant fireworks and cheap motels and deciding “Hey, let’s get married!”  this would be the perfect venue.

Wedding Chapel in the heart of the Dells

No nonsense, get 'er done chapel

Dell's Bells Gazebo Wedding

There are a few nearby gathering spaces and resorts that could host a quite lovely, elegant ceremony.  Here are some images from Primavera Studios of a couple who were wed at the Wintergreen Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Beautiful ceremony in the Dells

Images by Primavera Studios

There are probably dozens of other amazing venues, and perhaps even pretty venues in this part of Wisconsin.  But I’m excited to get to my next location which is perhaps more befuddling, maddening and wonderful than the Dells.

#4- The House on the Rock

Located in beautiful Spring Green, WI the House on the Rock is a multi-faceted experience that takes you from the beautiful to the bizarre.  The House itself is where it all began:

The House on the Rock

"The Infinity Room"

Interior of the House

Remarkable Infinity Room protrusion of the House

Built by Alex Jordan Sr, it was built to echo and perhaps mock Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture after Jordan’s rejection from Wright’s academy Taliesen (which is just down the road).  Alex Jordan Jr. took over his father’s work, aquiring collections and housing them to build a tremendous attraction around the original House.

Today the House on the Rock is a system of warehouses filled with the strangest most breath taking collection of collections ranging from self-playing music machines, a 3-story carousel, armories and a 200 foot scuplture of a whale battling a squid.  Here is a great write up from Roadside America about experiencing the House first hand and what to expect.

Gigantic Carousel

Organ Room

Huge Carriage in the Carriage Room

The streets of Yesterday- a village like display of some of Jordan's collections

My favorite: the 3-story Whale and Squid battle

The complete tour takes at least 4 hours.  Emerging from the dimly lit rooms, you can blink your eyes and remember the beautiful surroundings and clear your head of the off-tune music machines and perhaps resuscitate  yourself with a bit of freshly made fudge.

Well, I’ve run out of steam.  I’ll try to find some lovely Spring Green weddings to share with you all to redeem the weirdness above.  Enjoy.



  1. Less weird, but still cool:


  2. Hello — I just noticed that the wedding photos from Primavera Studios were actually taken at The House on the Rock Resort and The Wintergreen in Spring Green, WI, and not the Wintergreen Resort in the Dells. I know it’s confusing, but I just wanted to clarify (the ceremony was held on the Gathering Room Lawn, and some of the shots are on the bridges on our golf course.)

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