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The Best Wedding Venues in Minneapolis

by Alexandra Wolf
Last updated on November 4, 2020

Minnesota is home to 10,000 lakes — and two neighboring cities filled with vibrant culture, history, and art. The Twin Cities are nationally recognized for the high quality of life, and their amenities make it a great travel destination. The Cities have garnered attention for the dynamic music scene, creative chefs, exciting theaters, and excellent art museums. The area is also noteworthy for its many lakes, parks, and greenways, offering urban and nature experiences altogether. Mall of America in Bloomington draws visitors from around the world, not only to shop but for entertainment including an amusement park, aquarium, dining, and nightlife. You also can’t miss the vast wilderness just outside the cities. Want to host your wedding in Minneapolis? We’ve got you covered here with the best venues! 

Best Big Guest List Venues

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory 

Enjoy the tropical ambiance offered in the indoor gardens year-round, or take advantage of warm weather and plan your gathering in the memorable outdoor event spaces for your wedding. Choose from one of the beautiful gardens for your ceremony and reception. The Sunken Gardens are breathtaking — you can hold either your ceremony or reception in the vintage-style glass greenhouse, which boasts a Neoclassical water feature and ever-changing displays of seasonal flowers. The Japanese Garden features a tranquil koi pond and traditional ornamental work, while tropical flora and a peaceful waterfall delight guests in the North Garden. Truthfully, there are too many wonderful venue options to list! You can even have an “animal ambassador” pop in for a visit with your guests, and some truly memorable photos.

Nicollet Island Pavilion

Nicollet Island Pavilion is an award-winning venue in the Twin Cities, nestled on the Mississippi Riverbank. This Minneapolis landmark is a gem in the community, rich with history. The exposed brick walls and tall industrial ceilings provide an open atmosphere with charm and character. The Island Pavilion has the best views in town, looking over the Minneapolis bridges and skyline. Built in 1893 as William Brothers Boiler Works, Nicollet Island Pavilion was restored to the beautiful space you’ll see today after 1976. All events are professionally managed by the world-class catering, Mintahoe Catering & Events, which always ensures delicious food and superb service.

Best Barn Venues

Creekside Farm

Less than one hour north of the metro, this convenient venue sits beautifully secluded on 50 acres with rolling hills, old trees, open fields, and the sound of running water. The tunnel effect of the romantic maple trees will blow your guests away as they enter the farm. The tranquil scene of Rush Creek will welcome you — as you cross over “The Bridge,” the yard opens up to a beautiful park with lush gardens and mature forest. The barn boasts charm and beauty with modern facilities: the bridal suite has anything a bride could ask for, while the groom’s room is the perfect spot for the guys to hang out! Creekside Farm is open year-round; the space is utterly gorgeous and can work for the winter or summer wedding of your dreams.

The Barn at Stoney Hills

The Barn at Stoney Hills is a new and beautifully rustic wedding venue. Their inaugural year was 2019, and the couples loved it! The entire venue is yours for the whole weekend, and the farmhouse can sleep up to 20 of your loved ones. Choose from 5 gorgeous ceremony spaces that can be made to accommodate any weather. The staff will provide tables and chairs for both ceremony and reception spaces, and the onsite coordinator will help you pick between colors and decor. The option to choose your own vendors and caterers within your budget is extremely helpful for a reasonably-priced barn wedding, and the prep kitchen and pizza ovens are yours to enjoy! 

Best Intimate Venues

Stillwater Riverboats

Dubbed one of the most romantic towns in the U.S., the Stillwater riverfront is a picturesque spot complete with an array of tasty restaurants, bars, and small shops. What better way to explore it than on a boat? Stillwater Riverboats is the perfect on-the-water venue; take your wedding party to sea on the charming paddlewheel, Anastasia, named after the last Grand Duchess of Russia. This unique vessel features an open-air covered second deck with an alfresco bar, as well as indoor seating. Thanks to the picture-perfect harbor, coastal, and skyline views, (not to mention the stunning sunsets) getting married on the water is a visual treat. You will have some fantastic wedding photos, and your guests will never forget that panoramic ceremony backdrop. If you time it right, you can exchange vows during the infamous golden hour, or serve cocktails to your enthralled guests as the sun slips below the horizon.

The Gale Mansion

Imagine hosting your wedding surrounded by eight unique and historic fireplaces, or gazing up at the ornate ceilings in this gorgeous full-service venue! Just south of downtown Minneapolis, the Gale Mansion offers the perfect atmosphere for a sophisticated event. Your ceremony can be held inside year-round, and outdoor ceremonies can be held May through October (don’t worry, Plan B is inside!). Built in 1912, this extravagant mansion boasts a black walnut staircase and even a pipe organ! The famous “Duck Boy” sculpture by F. McMonnies was a part of a garden fountain. The iron gates, which are now part of the Gale Mansion signage, graced the north portion of the garden. Lead your guests through French doors in the Great Hall to a terrace and curved staircase, and descend into a lovely Italian garden for cocktails. The main mansion level can seat up to 100 guests in two adjoining rooms, and you are sure to get the best service from their dedicated and experienced event planner. From start to finish, you’ll be at ease knowing your planner will be onsite to coordinate every detail.

Best Affordable Venues

The Hewing Hotel

Situated in the historic North Loop neighborhood, this century-old brick and timber warehouse has been transformed into a uniquely luxurious hotel, perfect for your intimate celebration. With exceptional service, delicious regionally-inspired dining, and incredible accommodation, the Hewing Hotel is an amazing place to host the wedding of your dreams in the heart of the Twin Cities. The Hewing Hotel can accommodate up to 176 for a seated dinner or 250 cocktail reception in its indoor event spaces. Once manufacturing farm implements, the newly-refined hotel features exposed timber and brick, tall ceilings, and original industrial elements combined with high-end decor. The Andrews Ballroom is the perfect location for grand gatherings, featuring large windows along an original brick wall and modern amenities. The Private Dining Room is ideal for both intimate and large celebrations, like rehearsal dinners or family-style receptions. The Hewing Hotel’s masterpiece is its Rooftop Experience, which was inspired by the Nordic sauna tradition with a modern twist. The hotel offers a myriad of services to you while planning your wedding: hotel rooms, event planning, event rentals, in-house catering and bartending, and Wi-Fi. On your wedding day, the Hewing Hotel event team will be on hand to assist you with setup and cleanup before, during, and after your celebration! 

Varsity Theater

The crown jewel of Minneapolis’ thriving Dinkytown district, the Varsity Theater is one of the most exciting wedding venues in the Midwest. There is no other venue in the Twin Cities with the look, character, or adaptability of Loring’s event spaces. With eclectic décor, historic details, and an open, architecturally innovative layout with a stage, Loring’s atmosphere is unmatched. With multiple spaces to choose from, our venue can accommodate groups both large and small, making us the perfect place for your funky and fun ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, after-party, or all of the above. Book Loring event spaces with the Varsity Theater; for the ultimate dream wedding, host your ceremony at the Loring, then move around the corner to the Varsity for your reception! They offer the whole package: award-winning chef, and an experienced catering team; not to mention a stage, sound system, custom lighting, projectors, and screens. With separate bars, private rooms, and more, the possibilities are endless for your eclectic Minneapolis wedding!

Best Restaurant Venues

Café & Bar Lurcat

The famous Café & Bar Lurcat is a hip, Euro-chic venue boasting serious food and voguish design. The historic property features beautiful brickwork, checkered tile floors, and nine crystal chandeliers. You and your guests will love the floor to ceiling windows with breathtaking views overlooking Loring Park! The bar and lounge is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony and reception: they can accommodate seated meals for up to 180 guests, and cocktail style receptions for up to 200. Additional options are available for smaller wedding events too! The private dining room seats 50-55 guests and includes a beautiful back patio space. The menu is easy, but upscale and delicious! Café & Bar Lurcat will lend the perfect blend of classic old-world style to your wedding, with a Noveau twist.

The River Room at the Aster Café

This historic café is in one of the coolest urban locales in Minneapolis — it’d feel right at home in Paris. Situated on a charming cobblestone street just steps from the Stone Arch Bridge over the river, this entire area is one big wedding photo op. The magical outdoor space redefines tented events. Designed by local craftsmen, Shasta Tent’s artistic ironwork, hand-wrought gates, glass ceiling, and chandeliers provide a unique ceremony site. Then, Old World meets hip ambiance as you move to the romantic River Room for your reception. Panoramic river and skyline views are on display, while the original whitewashed-stone walls and copper-top bar bathe in a soft, vintage light. Retreat into the soft warmth of the elegant Hepburn Bridal Suite while you prepare for the Big Day. They call their wedding planner the “Event Goddess” — if that doesn’t describe the Aster Café, we don’t know what does! The one-of-a-kind spaces located on the prettiest street in Minneapolis are guaranteed to impress your up to 130 guests! The best part: to house your wedding party, rent Flash Electric, the most unique private residence in downtown Minneapolis. Host your guests in rockstar style for the weekend with a gated entry, multiple balconies and roof decks, and 5 historic bedrooms

Best Urban-Chic Venues

Brick x Mortar

Overlooking downtown Minneapolis, Brick x Mortar will lend a sophisticated atmosphere to your momentous event! The exclusive space spans over two stories of a historical brownstone, located steps away from the North Loop. Iconic city views, a rooftop bar, and a fire pit only begin to encapsulate this elite venue. Every detail of this space was designed to create a relaxing and elegant atmosphere with a luxurious feel. Enjoy the rooftop’s panoramic views while you are surrounded by captivating architecture, historic structures, and exciting nightlife. This club combines a private setting with a convenient location: Brick x Mortar is now a distinctive feature of the downtown horizon in the historic Warehouse District of Minneapolis. The venue’s functional versatility will allow you to personalize the space with your own distinctive style. The bright city skyline provides an ideal backdrop for shared romantic moments and unforgettable photoshoots. Guests are drawn into the cozy lounge upon entry, where exposed brick contrasts with the heavy wooden beams. The lounge offers a breathtaking view where you can tie the knot in front of up to 250 of your loved ones. You and your guests will be welcomed to the deck by the soft glow of twinkling lights draped over the free-standing portico. And, both an indoor and outdoor bar are available to use during your wedding party! 

Minneapolis Club

From high-ceilings and stained-glass windows of the Grand Main Dining Room to the rich woodwork and nooks of the Library, Fireplace Lounge, and outdoor patio, the Minneapolis Club offers incredible spaces to enjoy. Combining exceptional service, elegance, and creative cuisine in a stunning setting in the heart of downtown will make your big day memorable and unique. Start your day in a luxurious bridal suite to pamper, and end on the dance floor of your reception seamlessly — you never have to leave the building! The event staff of experienced wedding professionals provides expert consultation to bring the nuances of your wedding style to life and help plan a wedding that reflects your unique desires and tastes. The Chef, Håkan Lundberg, and his extraordinary staff are renowned for their incredible cuisine; it’ll distinguish your wedding from any other. Complemented by masterful presentations, attentive service, and an extensive wine list, choose from plated dinners, buffets, or food stations. Your whole wedding weekend can happen here: the groom’s dinner, ceremony, reception, and dancing with so many spaces to choose from. Suites are always available for the bridal party and select guests for the weekend!