Wedding Venue & Receptions

Indoor and outdoor wedding
& reception spaces

Imagine Celebrating Your Special Day Lakeside
at Monona Terrace

A place where sweeping views frame the ideal wedding venue for sweeping you off your feet. It’s no wonder so many couples choose Monona Terrace as the place to celebrate the beginnings of their lives together.

Monona Terrace marries the ideal wedding venue location and reception hall with service and style to help you create an event to cherish and remember — forever.

Making sure you remember
your perfect day forever

Ready to discuss your day?

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Incredible Views

Monona Terrace boasts the only rooftop lakeside venue in Madison, WI. Experience gorgeous views of Lake Monona while celebrating your big day.

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Culinary delights

Monona Catering’s vision to “Be the Best, No Less” guides our commitment to safely serving you and your guests the highest quality food and beverages.

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Unique Spaces

Our spaces flow together with ease, allowing your guests to spread out while staying close. From unique backdrops to stunning tabletops, celebrate in style.

Venue Spaces

Whether you’re planning to invite only close friends and family or have your heart set on a larger celebration, Monona Terrace offers the best spaces to wed in one of the Midwest’s most vibrant cities.

5 levels

30 rooms

350 – 30,000 sqft

Grand Terrace

Overlooking Lake Monona, the Grand Terrace is a breathtaking venue for social functions, breaks, registration or gathering areas.

Madison Ballroom

The Madison Ballroom features 16-foot ceilings and beautiful chandeliers and can be subdivided into four separate spaces.

Rooftop Gardens Center Circle

A premier open-air reception or performance space overlooking Lake Monona that can accommodate up to 3,000 attendees.

Exhibition Hall

40,000 square feet of essential convention amenities, including a show manager office, concession area and seven loading bays.

Lakeside Commons

An open and engaging space, perfect for registration, or small displays with a walkout to the lakeside path.

Dane Room

An executive boardroom with stunning lake views for 15 people.

Community Terrace

Enclosed by paneled glass overlooking Lake Monona, this space is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or reception.

Hall of Fame Room

Be inspired by some of Madison's most successful and renowned athletes in the charming 600-square-foot Hall of Fame Room.

Wisconsin Room

An executive boardroom with stunning lake views for 15 people.

Hall of Ideas

With 16-foot ceilings and various lighting options, the Hall can be divided into six rooms perfect for meals or breakouts.

Meeting Rooms K–R

The Meeting Rooms provide an additional 3,680 square feet of multi-functional meeting space.

Lecture Hall

The multimedia Lecture Hall features state-of-the-art technology with theater-style seating for more than 300.

Rooftop Gardens West Circle

A unique open-air space overlooking Lake Monona ideal for social events up to 350 people.

Want to visit?

Visit Monona Terrace to see where your wedding dreams can become reality. From our sweeping rooftop terrace to our grand ballrooms, join us on a tour you won’t forget.

Need help?

Get automated help finding a room with our new ChatBot “Lloyd”. Lloyd can suggest rooms based on your type of event, number of attendees, and other similar questions that he can ask.

You can reach Lloyd by using the messenger icon in the lower right corner.

Your Big Day

Our team of event specialists will make every aspect of your day perfect.

Wedding Packages

We’re here to attend to every detail so that it is as enjoyable for you as it is for your guests. General information on our package pricing is found in the PDFs below. Contact us for a customized plan for your special day.

Catering Menu

Our exclusive in-house bakery and culinary staff work closely with you and your Monona Terrace Event Coordinator to offer delightful dining experiences from early-morning breakfast to late-night noshes.

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Concierge-Caliber Treatment For Your Special Day

Monona Terrace makes a remarkable impression for any event. But the location is just one piece of the event-planning puzzle.

Personalized Event

Dedicated event coordinator

Professional Catering

Personalized Event

From unique backdrops to stunning tabletops, celebrate in style at Monona Terrace.

Dedicated event coordinator

You’ll appreciate having a dedicated Event Coordinator as your personal point of contact to follow through on all the details and logistics leading up to your event, and to be ever-present for every minute of it.

Professional Catering

Monona Catering’s vision to “Be the Best, No Less,” guides our commitment to providing the highest quality food, beverage and service possible.

Your Big Day is Safe with us

Yes, times have changed. But they’ve only fortified our attention to every last detail. So, go ahead, keep dreaming big — knowing we’ve achieved the gold standard for prevention.


Monona Terrace has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities.


Our large open event spaces give your guests plenty of room to celebrate safely.


At Monona Terrace, our air filtration systems are managed and monitored carefully, following and exceeding COVID-19 safety standards.

couple getting married in front of a fountain
Couple getting married with a fountain and flowers in the background

Let us orchestrate your incredible

Let us make your day perfect

You’ve waited all your life to make your wedding dreams come true. For your special day, choose Madison’s most engaging, enchanting location—Monona Terrace!

Frequently asked questions

Does Monona Terrace have changing rooms?2022-03-09T05:34:42+00:00

Monona Terrace recommends checking with your main hotel to guarantee a room is available as a changing room for you and your wedding party. The attached Hilton is a convenient option. While we do not have dedicated changing rooms on-site, if a meeting room is available 10 days prior to your event, we will gladly provide this to you at no charge for your use. You may also choose to rent separate meeting space at Monona Terrace at the time of booking to guarantee the use of a changing room for you and your wedding party. Please note that no outside food and beverage may be brought into Monona Terrace, however Monona Catering has food packages available for consumption in the changing rooms- speak with your dedicated wedding coordinator about the options available.

Are there ceremony only spaces available at Monona Terrace? Are they outdoors?2022-03-09T05:35:12+00:00

Monona Terrace does not require you to have both your ceremony and reception at the facility. For couples looking for outdoor ceremony space only, Monona Terrace offers two beautiful rentable areas on the rooftop: the West Circle or Center. The full rental fee of the rooftop and half of the normal rental fee of the weather backup space will be charged no matter which space is utilized. A weather backup room should be rented, unless you have an alternate space available at your reception site.

Can my DJ or band play music on the rooftop for my reception?2022-03-09T05:35:42+00:00

Yes; however, the music must end by 9 PM.

Are there hotels near Monona Terrace?2023-02-08T18:31:30+00:00

Yes, there are many nearby hotels within close walking distance. The Hilton Madison Monona Terrace is connected to Monona Terrace by an indoor climate-controlled skywalk. Please call the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace sales office at 608-255-5100 for availability and rates. Hilton Madison Monona Terrace is owned and managed by Marcus Hotels and Resorts.

Does Monona Terrace have a food and beverage minimum?2023-02-08T18:29:15+00:00

Monona Terrace does not have a food and beverage minimum. In fact, the amount spent on food and beverage (including hosted or cash bars) will reduce your room rental fee. When two or more spaces are rented, one rental will be reduced first. If the first room rental is eliminated, the remaining food and beverage amount will start reducing the next rental. Please view the Wedding Brochure for details.

Does Monona Terrace allow outside catering to be brought in?2023-02-08T18:47:30+00:00

Monona Catering is our fabulous (and exclusive) in-house catering company and will provide all of your food and beverage. One exception is a tiered wedding cake, along with matching sheet cakes, which can be provided through a Wisconsin-licensed bakery. Monona Catering is dedicated to customization of all aspects of your service and menu planning, which includes organic and local products, all manners of ethnic and cultural needs and, when possible, adaptation of favorite family recipes for your special occasion. Check out our menus here.

What AV/Lighting equipment can my DJ or band provide?2023-02-08T18:37:34+00:00

Your DJ/band is welcome to provide music equipment and lighting to accent the dance floor. Audiovisual equipment used for a slide show or lighting to enhance the room will need to be rented and provided through Monona Terrace and may not be provided by your band or DJ. You can find more details in our Wedding Brochure.