Are you searching for the best outdoor wedding venues in Wisconsin? Your search ends here! Harvest Moon Pond is a modern wedding venue near Madison, Wisconsin. It boasts modern amenities and charm and is surrounded by the beauty of nature. With over eighteen acres of scenic land for ample space and stunning wedding photos, four different outdoor wedding ceremony venue options, and an indoor location for inclement weather, Harvest Moon Pond truly has it all. Our spaces are perfect for your outdoor wedding ceremony, outdoor cocktail hour, and indoor & outdoor wedding reception too.
Continue reading to learn more about what Harvest Moon Pond has to offer and to check out our tips for outdoor weddings in Wisconsin.
Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Venues
At Harvest Moon Pond, we love being able to provide beautiful outdoor spaces for you and your guests to create memories that will last a lifetime. With four different outdoor wedding ceremony locations on the property, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for your outdoor wedding in Wisconsin. You really can’t go wrong with any of these spectacular spaces!
The Willow Trees offer the perfect backdrop for your outdoor wedding ceremony. This is our most popular outdoor ceremony space at Harvest Moon Pond. The gorgeous pair of weeping willow trees have stood for decades on our 165-year-old farm. They’re especially beautiful when they’re in full bloom around May to mid-October. Additionally, this location has a gate that allows you to make a grand entrance before saying your vows under the whimsical trees with up to 200 of your loved ones looking on.
Outdoor Patio with Fireplace
Our rustic outdoor fireplace is the perfect backdrop for intimate ceremonies of 60 or fewer guests. Since the sun sets on the front side of the barn, the Outdoor Patio is the first area to become shaded. It provides a comfortable ceremony setting even in the summer months.
Overlooking our picturesque pond, the Pondview Pergola ceremony space offers a sprawling lawn for up to 200 guests. Our lovely spring-fed pond creates the perfect waterfront backdrop for your wedding ceremony.
Terrace Overlooking the Grounds
The Terrace offers a striking panoramic view of the grounds, including the beautiful pond and willow trees. Once home to the original Lowville Town Hall, hundreds of farm animals, an apple orchard, and five generations of family, the grounds are truly a breathtaking backdrop for your outdoor wedding in Wisconsin. Your guests will love taking in the scenery the area has to offer.
Outdoor Wedding Reception Venues
Harvest Moon Pond offers a perfect combination of indoor and outdoor wedding reception spaces. Couples and their guests typically utilize both the indoors and outdoors for their wedding reception. Many couples choose to have their first dance under the romantic string lights by the fireplace. It always makes for gorgeous photos! If your guests need a break from dancing, they can enjoy yard games and an outdoor fire as well. Inside our Wisconsin wedding barn, we have beautiful farmhouse tables on the main floor along with a head table that can seat your wedding party. The barn is an open-concept space and the loft is open to the lower level. This creates a warm and inviting area for your guests to enjoy. You can arrange the space in many layouts, and it will accommodate up to 225 guests.
5 Tips for Outdoor Weddings in Wisconsin
Having hosted hundreds of outdoor weddings over the years, our team is well-versed in outdoor weddings in Wisconsin. Here are our top tips when planning your outdoor wedding.
1. Have a backup plan.
When getting married in Wisconsin, especially if you are planning to host an outdoor wedding, it’s important to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. We have it all covered at Harvest Moon Pond! We have a climate-controlled and fully indoor ceremony space so you don’t have to worry if the weather doesn’t cooperate. The best part? You don’t have to pay any extra for it!
2. Choose a wedding date carefully.
While Wisconsin is a beautiful place to get married any time of year, each season has its own benefits and unique elements. There are many factors you might consider, like the months the willows are in bloom and the average sunset times, when deciding what time of year to host your Wisconsin wedding. Don’t miss our blog post detailing the best time of year to get married in Wisconsin!
3. Consider your photo opportunities.
Harvest Moon Pond has an endless amount of photo opportunities around the property and inside the venue. Photographers love the natural beauty around the pond, under the willow trees, along the wooded walking trail and in the secret park area. Other fun outdoor locations for photos are in front of the rustic sheep barn, by the Harvest Moon Pond sign and in front of the barn for gorgeous sunset photos. Whether you are getting married in Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter there are beautiful places for photos right on site. May through October you will also find blooming flowers everywhere you look.
4. Communicate with your guests.
When planning an outdoor wedding in Wisconsin, we recommend that couples communicate with their guests to provide attire suggestions depending on the season. While Harvest Moon Pond does offer indoor climate-controlled spaces for the ceremony and reception, if you do plan to host an outdoor ceremony in the cooler months (April & October), it’s always nice to advise guests to dress appropriately. Another thing you’ll want to consider is that our most popular ceremony locations are held in the grass. For this reason, it is important to advise your guests about proper footwear. Don’t forget to share details about parking availability and local accommodation options, too. Harvest Moon Pond can accommodate 180 cars in our paved and lit parking lot, and there are many hotel options within ten to twenty miles of our venue.
5. Choose a venue with plenty of space.
One of the main perks of having an outdoor wedding is having ample space for your guests to enjoy throughout the event. Harvest Moon Pond is situated on 18 acres of land that includes a sprawling deck to enjoy the scenic picturesque views, a large open-air patio that’s perfect for the cocktail hour and dancing under the stars, and walking trails that guests can explore and take in the beauty of the entire property. Your guests can also enjoy our complimentary yard games, an evening fire, and relaxing at one of our many tables, benches, or other seating areas. Couples love to host their guests in different areas of the property for a unique guest experience that only Harvest Moon Pond offers.
Contact the Team at Harvest Moon Pond
If you are choosing among outdoor wedding venues in Wisconsin, Harvest Moon Pond is the ideal venue for you. It’s complete with a wide array of scenic outdoor wedding ceremony locations, a gorgeous climate-controlled space for inclement weather, and endless dreamy photo opportunities on the grounds. You’ll enjoy a carefree and beautiful wedding day while your guests have the freedom to enjoy all that the space has to offer, too. Check out our pricing page for more information and to book your outdoor wedding today!
PHOTO CREDITS: Theresa McGuire Photography, Twig & Olive Photography, Tara Draper Photography, Corrina Nicole Photography