As a photographer based in the heart of Minneapolis, I’ve had the privilege of capturing countless moments of love and joy on camera in Minnesota. From intimate gatherings to grand celebrations, Minnesota offers an array of stunning wedding venues that set the perfect stage for couples to say “I do.” It is a treasure trove of stunning locations that set the perfect stage for your special day. If you’re on the hunt for the ideal wedding venue, look no further. I’ve curated a list of the 10 wedding venues in Minnesota, that I’ve covered, and I promise, it will transform your celebration into an unforgettable masterpiece.
Ten Wedding Venues in Minnesota
So, there’s this awesome wedding spot called The Whim, right in Minneapolis, MN. It is woman-owned and it is located in the middle of the artsy part of the town so, guests can explore restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques situated near the place, and let me tell you, The Whim’s got that super cool 1920s industrial vibe with tons of natural light. The space is huge, over 15,000 square feet, so you’ve got plenty of room to celebrate your big day. The main room is seriously impressive with high ceilings – 14 feet high! The vibe is all chic and stylish thanks to the old-school white brick and fancy timber ceilings. The Whim crew is totally on the ball. They’ll be there with you every step of the way, from planning to party time. Parking? Covered. There are 89 spots right there, and if you want to go all VIP with valet service, they’ve got you covered there too. Visit their website HERE to inquire about the services they offer.
Take a look at the blog I’ve posted before about Samantha and Cody, and their wedding at The Whim.
The Machine Shop
The Machine Shop is situated at 300 2nd Street Southeast Minneapolis, MN 55414. Whether you’re planning for a ceremony, a wedding reception, or a business function/meeting, the total capacity for this venue is 350. The venue is LGBTQ+ friendly and also wheelchair accessible. The Machine Shop is a historic, unique, and bright venue in the heart of the vibrant St. Anthony neighborhood of Minneapolis, so make sure to visit their website HERE to inquire about the services they offer and their pricing information.
I’ve covered Hana and John’s wedding at The Machine Shop and published a blog about it. Click here to read more about their wedding and how majestic The Machine Shop was as a wedding venue.
Minneapolis Event Center
Get ready for something unique at Minneapolis Event Centers in Minnesota. This historic wedding venue is a real standout, guaranteed to wow your guests. The place was built in 1858, but they’ve totally revamped it to give you a mix of elegance and industrial vibes for your big day. They’ve got three awesome spaces to choose from: The Grand 1858, The Riverside, and The View. And guess what? Each room can handle up to 500 guests!
The Grand 1858 is all about that classy city feel, with cool touches like mahogany Chiavari chairs, wood beam ceilings, and seriously stunning modern chandeliers. Then there’s The Riverside Room – picture a 65-foot crystal chandelier, with brick and stone accents that totally rock. And don’t forget The View, another rad space with wood paneling, awesome ceiling beams, modern industrial chandeliers, plus an outdoor patio for good measure. Visit their website HERE to inquire about the services they offer and their pricing information.
Maddie and Nick got married and had their reception here, and I happened to publish a blog post about their wedding. Click here to read about that blog.
Pinewood Weddings and Events
Pinewood Weddings and Events is a chic, modern wedding venue amidst tall northern pine trees, just an hour from Minneapolis. Spread across 11 acres, this pet-friendly venue is surrounded by wood forests and iconic Northern pine trees. They’ve got a sprawling outdoor area that’s perfect for ceremonies, receptions, showers, and more. You’ll find a gorgeous handmade wedding arch, a tranquil spot for saying your vows. Indoors, there’s a banquet hall for your event and a bridal suite to get ready in peace. This venue can accommodate up to 300 guests so there’s really enough room for everyone in your guestlist.
Nestled among charming pine trees and vast open fields, Pinewood offers an awe-inspiring backdrop for weddings so you can either choose between exchanging vows outdoors with a view of the lake or having an indoor event in their roomy upstairs ceremony space. Both options deliver stunning beauty and plenty of room to customize. Visit their website HERE to inquire about the services they offer and their pricing information.
A lovely client of mine had their wedding here. Read more about Kierra and Cedar’s wedding blog post here.
Following Pinewood, we have Silverwood Park is located by the edges of Silver Lake. Just a short drive away from downtown Minneapolis, the trails at Silverwood provide breathtaking glimpses of Silver Lake, revitalized prairie land, and well-established oak savannas. Regarding event venues, Silverwood Park presents captivating and exclusive options like the Great Hall, Classroom, Amphitheatre, and Island Shelter, all of which are available for reservation for occasions such as weddings, corporate gatherings, and other noteworthy events. Visit their website HERE to inquire about the services they offer and their pricing information.
Click here to read about Lydia and Tyler’s wedding at Silverwood Park.
JX Event Venue
The JX Event Venue is one of the largest event venues in Minnesota. It is located in Stillwater, MN and they’ve decked out this place big time – 14,000 sq feet of event space that can handle up to 720 guests so whether your wedding is big, small, or somewhere in between, they’ve got you covered. The place rocks exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and this amazing theater-style curtain that unveils a magical dinner setup. The whole vibe is industrial-modern with wood beams and steel touches, so it is totally perfect for your wedding. They’re not just about the looks – their event planning and rentals are on point. From prep assistance to decor like drapes and lights, they’ve got your back. Also, don’t worry about the drinks, they’ve got that sorted too. Think premium liquor, bubbly toasts, special wines, house beer, and awesome signature drinks. Your wedding dreams are in good hands at JX Event Venue so don’t forget to visit this website HERE to inquire about the services they offer and their pricing information.
Click HERE to read about Emily and Alex’s wedding blog post. They had their wedding at JX Event Avenue.
Camp Fire Minnesota
Camp Fire Minnesota offers a stunning natural backdrop for all sorts of group gatherings – think meetings, retreats, weddings, galas, and special events. They have a 103-acre spot in Excelsior by Lake Minnewashta. It is nestled in the southwest metro, right by Lake Minnewashta Regional Park so your guests will feel like they’re in the northern wilderness, surrounded by nature. Whether it’s a quick half-day meeting or a longer multi-day event, they got you covered. You can rent specific facilities, camp areas, or even have the whole place to yourself. Just keep in mind that Camp Fire is available for rentals from September to May, due to their summer camp season. Visit their website HERE to inquire about the services they offer and their pricing information.
Elizabeth and Trevor’s wedding was held at Camp Fire Minnesota. It truly served as a great backdrop for their Fall Wedding Photos. Read more about their wedding blog post here.
The Minikahda Club
Located in the charming southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Minikahda Club stands as a distinguished private country club. They are also open to cater your events needs, whatever event you may have in mind. Perched upon an elevated hill, the clubhouse offers a commanding vantage point, granting breathtaking views of the nearby lake, the picturesque surroundings, and even the iconic Minneapolis skyline. This elevated position provides a unique sense of grandeur and a remarkable atmosphere for all who visit. Visit their website HERE to inquire about the services they offer and their pricing information.
Read about Paige and Blake’s wedding at the Minikahda Club here.
Schram Vineyards – where rustic chic meets awesome vibes. It’s the ultimate spot to throw your company outings, holiday bashes, small intimate weddings, or any events, really. Step into their tasting and taproom – it’s like a big warm hug, with these huge windows giving you killer views of the vineyard and Reitz Lake. When hosting events, they’re all about their hand-crafted wines and brews, all made right in their premises. Quick heads up – they don’t do big group bashes in the tasting room during regular hours, but don’t sweat it. Just inquire with them and they’ll sort you out with some private space.
Oh, and a friendly FYI: They’re all about those small, intimate weddings, max 30 people, and only on weekdays. Weekends are chill times, so they keep the weddings to the weekdays. Visit their website HERE to inquire about the services they offer and their pricing information.
Madi and Alex had their wedding here and I’ve published a blog post about it. Click here to read more about their wedding here.
Parley Lake Winery
Following the Schram Vineyards, get ready for pure magic at Parley Lake Winery events! With stunning landscapes and a historic barn, you and your guests are in for an enchanting time at Minnesota’s most picturesque boutique winery. Hosting up to 200 guests, they’re all about tailor-made experiences, from intimate vineyard ceremonies to full-on barn receptions. Tucked in Waconia Wine Country, their winery is indeed a gem, with views of Itasca Vineyard and Parley Lake that’ll take your breath away. Their historic tasting barn is where the parties at, available for events from May to December. Also, speaking of “I do,” you’ve got four stunning spots to choose from: The Lakeview Stage, Itasca Vineyard, The Big Woods, and the charming Historic Apple Barn. Your big day just got bigger so make sure to visit their website HERE to inquire about the services they offer and their pricing information.
I’ve recently published a blog post about Reid and Christa’s wedding here this year 2023 so click here to read about it.
Your Wedding Photographer for Your Wedding Day
Choosing the perfect venue is just one step on the path to your dream wedding so I made these top 10 wedding venues in Minnesota that are a testament to the state’s diverse charm and vibrant spirit. Each location offers a unique ambiance, ensuring that every couple’s love story is beautifully told through stunning photographs. As a Minneapolis-based photographer, I am dedicated to not only documenting your special day. I’m also into weaving the story of your love into every image. I can’t wait to be a part of your special day! Let’s capture the magic of your love in these incredible venues. Let’s work together to create timeless memories that you and your loved ones will cherish for generations.
Your wedding day is an extraordinary chapter in your love story, and choosing the right venue is key to creating lasting memories. Whether you’re drawn to urban elegance, historic charm, or modern opulence, Minnesota has venues that speaks to your unique style. As a passionate photographer with a deep connection to this city, I’m excited to be your visual storyteller.
Let’s connect and discuss how I can capture your wedding in the backdrop of one of these remarkable venues. Contact me today by visiting our website or email us at email@example.com so we start planning the photography journey that will perfectly encapsulate your special day.