Minnesota Wedding Venues: Discover the Perfect Venue for You

March 13, 2024

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I have to admit that it is a daunting and overwhelming task to sift through Minnesota wedding venues, so I’ve done the dirty work for you. I’ve compiled a collection of photos from each venue, along with links to their websites, and a brief summary of each. This way, you can have a simpler, more straightforward start to your venue search. I hope this helps you find the perfect place to celebrate your wedding!

The Best Indoor Wedding Venues in Minnesota

Photos by Cameron & Tia

Urban Daisy

Minneapolis, MN
website // reviews
  • The venue boasts large windows, 17-foot ceilings, gloss cement floors, a column-free layout for unobstructed views, and a bar with quartz countertops.
  • Unique amenities include two luxurious preparation suites, a cocktail space with custom glass garage doors and lounge areas, and distinctive decor elements like a live moss wall and a daisy photo wall, offering endless photo opportunities and a memorable experience.

The Whim

Minneapolis, MN
website // reviews
  • located in Northeast Minneapolis, the Whim a design-ready space characterized by 1920s industrial beauty, white brick walls, and elevated timber ceilings, providing a versatile backdrop for personalized styling.

Photos by joe and jen photo

The Hutton House

Plymouth, MN
website // reviews // galleries
  • located minutes from downtown Minneapolis near the lake, offers a luxurious and elegant space with personalized service, ideal for both intimate and large-scale weddings.
  • Features include 12,500 square feet of indoor space, a beautiful outdoor courtyard, capacity for up to 300 guests, and comprehensive amenities such as a large bar, fireplace, dressing rooms, and ample parking.

The Garden

Duluth, MN
website // reviews // galleries
  • Moody, contrasted interior design with a super versatile open floor plan.
  • It features diverse spaces including the Main Floor, Upper Bar, Bayview Room, and Lift Bridge Lounge & Crystal Terrace.

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Como Zoo Conservatory

St.Paul, MN
website // reviews
  • Provides a variety of unique spaces, including the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and the Visitor Center, along with outdoor spaces and themed gardens like the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden.

The Jerome Event Center

Delano, MN
website // reviews // galleries
  • Modern industrial design, the venue features reclaimed timber beams, exposed brick walls, soaring ceilings, restored hardwood floors, and dramatic light fixtures, providing an open atmosphere for up to 275 guests.
  • Positioned as an all-inclusive wedding venue, The Jerome is dedicated to creating memorable experiences for those who value authenticity and aim to impress their guests with a distinctive setting.

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The Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Minnesota

Pinewoods Weddings & Events

Cambridge, MN
website // reviews // galleries
  • This venue is truly a stunner. Designed and created by retired photographers, every detail has been thought through and every corner of the property is picturesque.
  • Features include a newly constructed event center, two distinct ceremony sites (indoor and outdoor), separate reception room, getting ready suites, and comprehensive bar services, set on a stunning 10-acre property.

Canon River Winery

Plymouth, MN
website // reviews
  • Offers stunning views of a secluded vineyard.
  • Venue boasts a historic venue with original hardwood floors and exposed wood ceilings.
  • They provide an on-site team to ensure a smooth experience.

View more on my blog here.

Backyard Wedding

Anywhere, MN
  • Ask around and you might happen to know someone willing to let you use their property for your wedding!
  • Then you can fully customize it by renting chairs, getting a food truck, having it dog and kid friendly, adding yard games.. honestly the possibilities are endless.
  • I personally have a soft spot for photographing backyard weddings.

Google Map of 50+ Minnesota Wedding Venues

Budget-Friendly Minnesota Venue Options: Where to Look

State Parks and Recreational Areas

  • Minnesota’s state parks are beautiful, especially along the North Shore of Lake Superior, in the forests, or near its many lakes. Many parks have picnic areas, pavilions, or visitor centers that can be rented out for events at a lower cost than traditional venues.

Community Centers and Historic Buildings

  • Look into local community centers, historic homes, or halls within your area. These locations often have lower rental fees and provide a unique backdrop for your wedding. A historic building in the off-season can provide elegance at a fraction of the cost.

Local Farms and Vineyards

  • While they might be popular in the summer and fall for weddings and events, many farms and vineyards offer discounted rates in the late fall, winter, and early spring. Hosting an event in a rustic barn or amid the vines can offer a memorable experience for guests.

University Campuses

  • Many universities and colleges have beautiful spaces for rent, from art galleries to ballrooms and outdoor gardens. Off-season, when students are on break, these venues can be more affordable and available.

Public Libraries and Museums

  • Some public libraries and museums have event spaces that are available for rent. These venues can be both affordable and unique!

Ice Rinks or Ski Lodges

  • For a truly Minnesotan experience, consider an ice rink in the winter or a ski lodge. These venues can be very atmospheric in the off-season and offer a unique setting for an event.

Breweries and Distilleries

  • With the booming craft beverage scene in Minnesota, many breweries and distilleries have event spaces that can be rented out. These spaces often have a cool, industrial vibe and might offer off-season discounts.

Art Galleries and Studios

  • For a chic and creative atmosphere, explore local art galleries and studios. These spaces are often open to hosting events and can provide a vibrant and inspiring setting.

Airbnb or VRBO Properties

  • For smaller, more intimate gatherings, consider renting a large house or property through Airbnb or VRBO. Some properties are very unique and can offer a personal and cozy setting for your event at a lower cost than traditional venues. Always make sure to check that the property is approved to be used for a wedding day and follow their guest count rules. This most commonly used for smaller guest count weddings. Then you can hire in a chef to cook the meal for everyone!

A Quick Note

When planning, remember to consider the additional costs that may be associated with each venue type, such as catering, rentals, and decor, to ensure it fits within your budget. Booking during the off-season, being flexible with your date, and directly negotiating with the venue can also help in securing a better price.

How to Make A Final Venue Choice:
Touring, Questions to Ask, Contracts

Navigating the final choice of a Minnesota wedding venue involves several critical steps. Here’s a more detailed approach to help you make an informed decision:

Read Reviews Carefully

  • Diversify Your Sources: Don’t rely solely on the venue’s website; check out wedding forums, social media, and other wedding planning websites for reviews.
  • Look for Patterns: Pay special attention to repeated compliments or concerns. Consistent issues mentioned by multiple reviewers might be a red flag.
  • Consider the Date: Take note of the dates of the reviews. Recent reviews are more indicative of the current state and management of the venue.

Visit In Person

  • Schedule a Tour: Contact the venue to arrange a guided tour. This is a chance to see everything up close and ask questions.
  • Visit at the Right Time: If possible, visit around the same time of day as your planned wedding. This will give you a better sense of the lighting and ambiance.
  • Check Accessibility: Ensure the venue is accessible for all guests, including those with mobility issues.

Ask About Inclusions

  • Get a Detailed List: Request a comprehensive breakdown of what is included in the venue hire cost. This should cover aspects like furniture, AV equipment, and any restrictions.
  • Understand the Catering Options: Some venues require you to use their in-house catering, while others allow external vendors. Clarify this upfront, as it can significantly impact your budget and choices.
  • Ask About Setup and Cleanup: Confirm who is responsible for setting up and cleaning up the venue. Some venues include this in their package, while others may charge extra.


  • Be Upfront About Your Budget: Let the venue know your budget constraints. They might be able to tailor a package that fits your needs.
  • Flexibility Can Save Money: If you’re flexible with your date, you might get a better rate. Weekdays and off-peak seasons usually offer significant savings.
  • Request Extras: If the venue is not budging on price, see if they can include add-ons (like additional hours, upgraded chairs, or a bridal suite) at no extra cost.

Consider Your Guests

  • Accommodation: If many guests are traveling from out of town, consider the proximity of accommodations or if the venue offers on-site lodging.
  • Transportation: Think about how your guests will get to and from the venue. Is there ample parking? Is it easily accessible by public transport?

Reflect on the Venue’s Feel

  • Match Your Theme: Ensure the venue complements the theme and style of your wedding. A rustic barn may not suit a black-tie affair, for instance.
  • Visualize Your Day: Can you picture your wedding there? If you can easily imagine your dream wedding in the space, it’s a good sign.

Read the Contract Thoroughly

  • Understand the Cancellation Policy: Life is unpredictable. Understand the terms if you need to cancel or reschedule.
  • Look for Hidden Costs: Be wary of additional fees for services like cutting the cake, extending the event hours, or cleanup charges.

Frequently Asked Questions About Finding A Wedding Venue in Minnesota

How far in advance should I start looking for a wedding venue?

Start at least 12 to 18 months before your wedding date to ensure the best selection of venues and dates.

What factors should I consider when choosing a wedding venue?

Consider location, capacity, availability, cost, type of venue (indoor/outdoor), amenities (catering, parking, accessibility), and the overall style or theme of your wedding.

How do I determine if a venue fits my budget?

Request a detailed quote including rental fees, catering costs, additional charges (like setup and breakdown fees), and taxes. Compare it to your total budget for the venue and catering.

What are some unexpected costs I should ask about?

Inquire about service charges, cleaning fees, overtime fees, and any required insurance or security deposits. Knowing these upfront can help you stay within budget.

How can I get an idea of how my wedding will look at the venue?

Ask to see a portfolio of past weddings held at the venue, and visit during the season your wedding will be to get a sense of the ambiance and potential decor.

What’s the difference between a full-service venue and a non-full-service venue?

Full-service venues typically offer everything from catering, tables, chairs, and staff to coordination services, while non-full-service venues may only provide the space, requiring you to rent other necessities and hire outside vendors.

Can I negotiate the price with the wedding venue?

Yes, negotiation is often possible. Venues may offer discounts for off-peak dates, Sundays, or Fridays. Don’t be scared to ask about package deals or ways to lower costs.

Well you’ve come to the right place! Hi I’m Caitlyn Kloeckl, a Minnesota Wedding Photographer. I have a large range of experience shooting at many of the venues listed above along with state parks, backyard weddings, and out of state weddings. I take a hybrid approach of film and digital photography along with my style of documentary mixed with editorial photography. If this is what you’re looking for, reach out to me for more information!

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