"A gage is an item deposited as a sign of good faith, and, just like it's namesake, you can have full faith that your event will be nothing less than remarkable." -- www.thegagemke.com
The Gage is the newest wedding venue in the heart of West Allis (just outside Milwaukee), Wisconsin. Located off of 70th Street, it is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2020.
Ashley and Nina gave me an in progress tour of the space and some background details of the history. Keep reading for current pictures and the renderings.
Y'all this venue is going to be stunning! I suggest touring and booking ASAP. Dates here will fill up FAST!
Imagine the double deck in progress and then see what it is going to look like... yes please!
Born out of the desire to take what they learned in the restaurant and catering industry and bring events to life, The Timber Family (yes, it is family business!) decided to find the perfect spot to open a wedding venue in West Allis, Wisconsin. Which is a perfect location, 10 min. outside of the city of Milwaukee.
West Allis is being renovated all around The Gage. Including a hotel to be built across the street for easy guest access and accommodations. Not to mention, some amazing photo spots nearby, not only in West Allis, but because the venue is just off the highway, you can easily get to the lake, Third Ward, Walker's Point and the Milwaukee Riverwalk for photos.
The Timber family actually started and owns a restaurant a couple blocks away - Double B's Barbecue. Can you say YUM!? Side note: A wedding I photographed in December 2019 hosted with their food, and the guests drooled over it. Collectively, they have 30 years of experience in the wedding and event industry.
The Gage is set to be completed in Fall 2020 and already have bookings for the future. After touring the space, seeing the progress on their Instagram and the intended renderings, you can see why the space will surely be in high demand.
About the space:
"A little modern and a little historical, The Gage is a unique modern industrial venue located in the heart of West Allis. Featuring classic cream city brick, this 10,000+ square foot event space can easily host up to 300 guests between its lower level ballroom and loft. A stunning setting for any occasion, The Gage also includes bride and groom suites, a large catering kitchen and a 28-foot handcrafted bar." " -- www.thegagemke.com
The picture below is a view of the space from where the staircase ends. This is what your guests will walk into after the ceremony or cocktail hour on the upper floor. WOW!
A view from the head table during construction, and see below for the anticipated view. I am in love with the skylight!
Interview with The Gage Team: Nina and Ashley
How did The Gage come to be?
Nina: LOVE. I adore when two families come together and we get to be part of that. It is so beautiful and we are always honored to share in the moment with our food, and now with our venue. I tell couples all the time, our venue it the shell of your relationship, and we are honed to have it as your backdrop for the most perfect day.
Ashley: I always watch the groom to see his face for his first view. It gets me every time.
What is your favorite aspect of The Gage?
Ashley: The skylight. I love the natural light that it brings in the spaced then it almost feels as though our space is open air at night. It brings the entire space together.
Nina: I love that we are bringing the history back to this building. It was once a tractor show room for Allis-Chambers. We are working hard to preserve the space and even came up with the name The Gage after a tractor part to honor the history and tradition of this space. It is a true honor to be in such a unique space to West Allis and Milwaukee
What is your best piece of advice for couples?
Ashley: Do not stress about the little stuff.
Nina: Breathe, take it all in. You are getting married. You are not getting married to the venue, to the catering. You. You are getting married and that is the most important aspect of the day.
Overall, the photos of construction and renderings will speak for themselves. Stay tuned for final images of the space in a new blog post once construction is complete.
Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to see rental information and be sure to reach out to Nina and Ashley for more information. I promise you you won't be disappointed.
The picture of the upstairs didn't even do this photo justice, so I am going to just leave this rendering here:
Check out this staircase leading up the the balcony... I am just drooling and picturing a long train and or veil cascading down the steps. And, how perfect is this for rainy day or family photos when it might be a bit too steamy out. I can picture it now...
See more on their web page: www.thegagemke.com
Off-Peak Pricing (November - April)
Friday Reception: $3500
Saturday Reception: $4500
Sunday Reception: $2500
Plus 5.6% Sales Tax *Additional Fee For Holidays
Peak Pricing (May - October)
Friday Reception: $4000
Saturday Reception: $5000
Sunday Reception: $3000
Plus 5.6% Sales Tax *Additional Fee For Holidays