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Experience a wedding’s natural beauty
at Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve

Welcome to The Lodge.

Celebrate with the beauty and elegance of a natural, outdoor wedding in the premier Northeast Wisconsin landscape of Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve. The Lodge welcomes your guests with the same warmth and comfort that you would expect in a serene, Northwoods venue. You and your guests can enjoy the tranquil feeling of the outdoors inside, with added convenience of amenities and tasteful presentation for the most nurturing environment imaginable.

Situated on more than 700 acres of diverse habitat and blissful backdrops, the Lodge is conveniently located just north of Appleton, only minutes from award-winning hotels and shopping districts. Although we don’t provide overnight accommodations at The Lodge, the variety of options nearby are nearly endless.

The Perfect Venue:

Enjoy all the amenities of a traditional ceremony with the pure beauty of nature. Take a deep breath of fresh air and know that your wedding plans will come together as naturally as the two of you did.

  • Great Blue Heron Hall | Atrium | Timber Top Terrace | Seats 240

  • Black Bear Den Auditorium | Exhibit Hall | Timber Bottom Platform | Seats 160

Ceremony Locations:

If the beauty of nature beckons you, the preserve offers two outdoor settings for creating your perfect ceremony.

  • Outdoor Amphitheater | Aldo Leopold bench seating for 75 | Includes: Gazebo, outdoor fireplace, built-in stone seating, and electricity

  • The Pines | Aldo Leopold bench seating for 75 | Includes: Gazebo, fire ring, and electricity

For more information, email [email protected], or please call (920) 731-6041.


June 23, 2018 – Hillmer/Gersmehl Wedding
We just wanted to send you a special thank you for all your hard work with our wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. It was so nice to not have to be bothered about things and to know and trust that you would get everything done for us! We truly got to enjoy our day because of you! I hope you enjoyed the flowers we brought for you yesterday.

Everything was exactly as we wanted it and even exceeded our expectations. The Blue Heron Hall was gorgeous and held all our guests so comfortably. Our guests enjoyed all the outdoor decks and said the bar staff was efficient and friendly!

With all my worries about the solar panels the ceremony area in the pines ended up looking perfect and I am sure the photos are all going to be beautiful! The pines really embodied everything Jordon and I had pictured for the place we would exchange our vows. I had a few people even tell me that it truly felt like you were in the middle of the woods without having to go on a hike to get there.

Thank you for accommodating and allowing us to have scooters and things picked up on Sunday so we could ensure all our guests could get to the ceremony area safely.

Again, thank you for everything. We can’t say that enough. It was a special day that us and our families, and we will cherish the memories for the rest of our lives. You and all the staff at Bubolz should be proud of all your hard work!

With love,
Jordon & Tessa Gersmehl

May 27, 2018 – Notzen/Rashid Wedding
Thank you for everything you did to make our wedding what it was! We couldn’t have wished for anything better. You were wonderful to work with. Good communication, quick responses, and we appreciated all your suggestions. We received so many compliments on how beautiful the venue was, and we thought it was a fair price for the added rehearsal, too. We loved that the beautiful white chairs were included. Thank you again:)

Jaime (bride)

May 18, 2018 – Morelock/Miller Wedding
– Our experience with the staff was quite excellent, I would say. Everyone we dealt with was very accommodating and quick to answer our questions with speed and clarity. It really made it a stress-free experience knowing we could ask a question and get a quick response. You’ve compiled a top-notch staff.
– I’m not sure there is too much I could improve with the venue, to be honest. All we’ve heard are compliments about the space and the venue as a whole; it was a really good experience for us and for all our attendees. An excellent atmosphere and mix of indoor and outdoor spaces really made people feel at home, and I’m not sure there’s anything I could suggest that would improve on that.
– Yes, we definitely got our money’s worth. I would be surprised if we could’ve found any other venue of that high quality for that price. The price of the venue in combination with how willing you guys were to work with us on the beverage fees impressed us to no end.
– Absolutely we’ll be recommending Bubolz whenever applicable. I don’t think we could’ve asked for a better experience for our wedding, and have no reason why we wouldn’t recommend you to others.

Kindest Regards,
Josh and Stephanie Miller

May 12, 2018 – Maurer/Romenesko Wedding
I just want to start off by saying THANK YOU. You succeeded all my expectations for making my wedding day perfect. Thank you for being patient and understanding with my family too. I know sometimes they can be overwhelming and demanding. But overall Yes, I had a great experience with the preserve staff. Very welcoming and helpful with anything that I needed. You did a great job with everything.

Thanks again for everything,
Haelee Maurer (bride)

Looking to have your wedding at the most naturally beautiful spot? Great! Here are a few frequently asked questions:

  1. What time can my wedding ceremony or reception begin? Indoor spaces may be used starting at 5:00 pm Monday – Saturday, and any time on Sunday, based upon availability. Outdoor ceremonies are available at your preferred time and based upon availability.
  2. What does the rental fee include? Your rental fee includes the use of the room(s) and/or ceremony location during your rental time slot, a facilities employee for your event, bridal suite for preparations (for ceremony rentals), photography locations, parking, and use of the trails for all guests. The reception rental fee also includes tables, chairs, and black or white linens.
  3. Is there a discount for having my ceremony and reception at Bubolz? Yes! We offer a 50% discount off the ceremony price when also having your reception at the preserve.
  4. Do you have an approved caterer(s)? Our exclusive catering partner is The Marq by Festival Foods. Contact the caterers directly at (920) 532-4811 for pricing information. You may select the vendor of your choice for the cake/dessert.
  5. Who supplies the bar service? GBNP Events Inc., a subsidiary of the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, supplies and services all bars. There is a minimum beverage purchase on certain rental dates. Please check with the Event Coordinator for more information. Per Wisconsin statutes: No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed.
  6. How many guests may I invite? Our Great Blue Heron Hall has a maximum capacity of 240 people seated at round tables of 10, and including a head table for 10. Our Black Bear Den Auditorium has a maximum capacity of 160 people at banquet style tables of 8.
  7. May I have music at my event? Yes, you may hire a band or D.J. You may also use our sound system to play CDs or an electronic device.
  8. Where are my guests allowed to park? Guests will be provided with onsite parking at no additional cost for your event
  9. Is there a dance floor? The floor in both the Great Blue Heron Hall and the Black Bear Den Auditorium is a hard surface, providing a built-in dance floor.
  10. What forms of payment are accepted? Checks made payable to Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve and/or GBNP Events Inc. Credit cards are accepted (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover) with an additional 3% service fee added to total invoice.
  11. What time can vendors arrive to set up for my reception? Your room will be available for set-up four hours prior to your scheduled start time for decorating, cake delivery, etc. All items must be removed at the end of the event to avoid additional cleaning charges. We do not permit items to be stored for days leading up to your event. We are not responsible for any items left behind.
  12. What does your staff take care of the day of the event? Bubolz Preserve staff maintains the facility’s cleanliness throughout the event, assists vendors with questions, controls the lighting and temperature of the building, manages the bar for the evening, clears barware, and assists with wedding ceremony procedures. We are not responsible for décor set up and takedown. We suggest a personal attendant or wedding planner to assist with these details.