Unique Wedding Venues in the Twin Cities
From sports arenas to art museums to local breweries, there’s a wedding venue that fits the personality of each bride and groom in the Twin Cities
By Claire Noack
If there’s a place you love in the Twin Cities, chances are you can get married there. With a multitude of venues from museums to sports stadiums to outdoor venues, there is space that fits every couple’s personality and wedding needs. Check out some of the most unique spaces to get married in Minneapolis and St. Paul for a truly extraordinary wedding.
Host a storybook wedding, surrounded by the musings of great writers through the ages. The James J. Hill Reference Library creates a dramatic ambiance among the stacks with library tables, lamps, chairs and books serving as simple décor. The spacious Minnesota Central Library in the heart of downtown Minneapolis offers a more modern take on the bookish theme with high ceilings and natural light pouring in through the glass exterior.
Make history by tying the knot in an iconic Minnesota building. Built in 1885, the Lumber Exchange Event Center was the first skyscraper in Minneapolis. The building touts grand archways, vaulted ceilings and elegant chandeliers. Start your marriage on a romantic adventure by having your wedding in the St. Paul Union Depot, a historic 1920s railway station. The marble and stone staircase in Minneapolis City Hall makes for a grand entrance on your special day. Add a dash of '30s flair to your wedding by hosting at the speakeasy-turned-underground-nightclub Wabasha Street Caves.
Get hitched in the building that made Minneapolis the city it is today at the Mill City Museum. The ruins of the old mill make for a beautiful outdoor ceremony filled with history. Or celebrate your wedding in the architecturally stunning Minnesota History Center. Combine an elegant banquet hall, the Twin Cities’ largest outdoor terrace overlooking the Mississippi River and vintage “décor” from millions of years ago for an unforgettable reception at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
For a picturesque wedding that will have you feeling one with nature, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a prime choice with more than 1,100 acres of gardens and rural landscapes. At the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, luscious flowers and plants surround the wedding party in a gorgeous glass greenhouse. Just a stone’s throw away from downtown Minneapolis, couples can transport their guests to the countryside for a rustic barn wedding at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. Cruise around the Mississippi River for a spectacular wedding on the water with Paradise Charter Cruises.
Wineries and Breweries
Beer-lovers and wine enthusiasts can host their fantasy wedding featuring great local spirits. Lakes and Legends Brewing Co. has a spacious, modern taproom perfect for a laid back celebration. With two event spaces and 20 beer selections on tap, Surly Brewing Co. is a dream come true for couples who are passionate about local brews. The industrial-chic Warehouse Winery is a working winery ideal for a couple looking for a unique wedding venue.
If you want your special day to look like it came straight out of a masterful painting, Minneapolis is the place to be. Surround yourself with incredible artwork at one of many art museums in the city. The Minneapolis Institute of Art has multiple event spaces that are as beautiful as the art that adorn the walls. Couples can customize their venue from modern and quirky to classic and romantic in the flexible event spaces at the Walker Art Center. Just outside the Walker is a unique gem of the Twin Cities, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The green space, which houses numerous art pieces including the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry statue, is currently being remodeled, but is set to reopen with all new installations at the beginning of summer.
Fairs and Festivals
Looking to up the entertainment value on your special day? Fun-loving couples can host their whimsical wedding at the Minnesota State Fair, with games, rides, fair food and romance to boot. And the Minnesota Renaissance Festival is the perfect location for hosting a medieval style celebration.
The Twin Cities is also home to one-of-a-kind venues that are sure to make memories to last a lifetime. Minnesota sports fans will revel at the chance to get hitched at the new U.S. Bank Stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings, event space or have a wedding venue that knocks it out of the park at Target Field, where the Minnesota Twins step up to the plate. Or say “I do” at the zoo with a wedding reception that looks out over the animal kingdom at the Minnesota Zoo. Music loving couples can embrace the rock-and-roll vibes at Varsity Theater and see their names on the famous marquee outside.