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Venue Spotlight: Veteran’s Terrace – Burlington

Consider Veteran’s Terrace in Burlington if:

  • you want a reception hall with a view
  • need options for room capacity
  • want interesting grounds outside the venue to view and explore

This past weekend I had the privilege of filming a wedding at Veteran’s Terrace on Echo Lake in Burlington, WI. I would definitely say this place is a hidden gem you might want to check out if you’re looking for a unique reception venue and don’t mind it being a short drive outside of Milwaukee.

The terrace on Veteran's Terrace

The terrace on Veteran’s Terrace

One of the first things that probably pops into your head when you hear the name ‘Veteran’s Terrace’ is that its nothing more than some retro, fish fry-type American Legion supper club. Far from it! With large windows overlooking the park and the lake, military displays and modern styled rooms the Terrace is sure to be a destination that will suit your tastes.


inside vt

Inside Liberty Hall

The Terrace has three indoor entertainment spaces, each a different size, so you can rent more specifically to how big your party will be. The main reception area, Liberty Hall, can hold 400 all together or be divided into two smaller spaces with a capacity of 200 each. One side of the hall will have a view of park while the other will face the river flowing from Echo Lake. Liberty Hall has large windows that will show off the natural beauty outside and doors out to the second level balcony.

The next, smaller area available is the Patriot Hall which has a room capacity of 125. This hall is on the lower level of the building and is a smaller more enclosed room. It doesn’t really have space for a dance area but makes up for it with a fireplace for a touch of character. The smallest area available is the Stars and Stripes room which is more of a pre- reception drinks and conversation pit. It leads out to a wider patio space so guests can talk and relax either inside or out. One the first level is the Memorial Terrace, an outdoor ceremony space available from May to September. This is convenient for those looking for the option of an outdoor wedding and an indoor reception, or visa versa, in one venue.

For more information on Veteran’s Terrace in Burlington visit them HERE

4 Decisions Before Your Catering Consultation

Presentation is everything – be sure it’s part of your consultations!

You might remember the vows or the kiss as the highlight of your wedding for years to come – but your guests will remember the food! No pressure or anything, right? Here we’ll narrow down the four most important decisions you’ll need to make in the early stages of catering consultation. You’ll want to start getting ideas as you shop around for caterers, and you’ll finalize these decisions around the time you book your caterer.


1. How does our budget inform the big picture?
This decision will influence the service, style, and layout of your catering. To accommodate a very limited budget, you may want to minimize staff or opt for a buffet. My husband and I chose to serve a buffet of hearty hors d’oeuvre to fit our small budget, and we were quite happy with it! However, there’s much to be said for the convenience of plentiful staff and the elegance of a plated meal. Decide what your priorities are, in light of your budget, and stick to it. If you want a lavish affair and you can afford it, don’t let anyone talk you out of the best service and most elegant presentation you can find. And if you have to sacrifice something, don’t let it be the quality of the food itself! You should be able to get delicious fare for any budget by strategically cutting other aspects of your wedding spending.

2. What’s our cuisine?
Do you want a traditional meat-and-potatoes meal? 

Also consider serving your meal family-style – especially if you choose Indian cuisine like this!

Or would you rather send your taste buds to Mexico, India, or Japan? Many caterers now offer international cuisine options. In addition, creative presentation is on the rise, and you should be able to find a caterer who offers hibachi, carving stations, or other ways of creating a more lively dining experience. If you make a decision about this before booking a caterer, you’ll be able to narrow your search to those caterers who offer the cuisine or serving style you want at your wedding.

3. How will we accommodate guests’ dietary restrictions? 
My husband’s cousins have celiac disease, so it was important to us that we offered gluten-free options. While you may not have RSVPs back at this stage, you’re probably aware of one or two dietary restrictions you can expect to see – if dad has diabetes or Aunt Ruth is a strict vegan, for instance. The sooner you plan for these, the friendlier your menu will be for your guests.

4. What do we need our caterer to do besides cook food?
I’d suggest grabbing a pen and brainstorming a few answers to this question. Okay, you’re back? Did you start to realize that you needed to know a lot about your venue, vendors, and overall reception style in order to answer this question? I hope you did! Some answers are pretty universal – someone will need to set up and tear down the table settings and buffet or serving stations, for instance. But what about setting place cards? Serving other vendors? Cake cutting? Planning with the venue in advance? Non-standard decor needs? Keep brainstorming about this, and use both the Internet and your caterer as resources.

These are, of course, only a few of the many decisions you will make along the way. But once you have these in place, everything else is, well, icing on the cake.