An outdoor wedding in Minnesota? Well, sure, you probably don’t want to have one in January, but for the warmer months, an outdoor wedding in the Twin Cities can be perfect. With all the beautiful lakes, parks, and views of the skyline, why not take advantage of the natural setting?
Here are some suggestions for where to hold an outdoor wedding in Minneapolis or St. Paul.
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis). Located outside of the Walker Art Center on the outskirts of downtown Minneapolis, this beautiful and somewhat eccentric collection of sculpture includes the iconic Spoonbridge with Cherry fountain (otherwise known as “that giant cherry on a white spoon”). A permit to use the facilities costs $200 for a 1 1/2 hour time frame. In case of rain, ceremonies can be moved to the The Palm Room in the Cowles Conservatory, a sun-filed glass structure located on the Sculpture Gardens. Receptions can only be held in the conservatory, which can only accommodate 150 people standing or 75 people sitting, but receptions can be booked separated at one of several spaces in the nearby Walker, which can accommodate up to 450 people. For more information, call 612-370-4929.
Lyndale Park Rose Garden and Peace Garden. (4125 East Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis) Located next to Lake Harriet, the two adjoining parks are the most popular wedding sites in Minneapolis. The Rose Garden, which can accomodate about 80 guests, is the second largest rose garden in the United States, and the roses usually start to bloom around mid-June. The secluded Peace Garden is for smaller, intimate weddings with no more than 20 guests. Ceremonies here often take place by a waterfall that cascades from the elaborate rock garden. Permits to use either facility (for ceremonies only) cost $200 for a 1 1/2 hour time frame. For more information, call 612-230-6400.
Minnehaha Falls. (4801 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis.) Located in southwest Minneapolis, the spectacular falls are one of the most memorable sites in the Twin Cities. Couples can get married at a number of different locations throughout the adjoining park, or at the Minnehaha Falls Pergola Garden, and some couples choose to have picnic receptions in the park as well. Outdoor weddings in Minnesota aren’t common, but if you want one, this is the place to go because the frozen falls are an amazing backdrop. There’s a $200 rental fee for a 1 1/2 time frame. Call 612-230-6400.
Lake Como– Black Bear Crossings. (1360 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul). This large hall overlooks beautiful Lake Como and can accommodate about 200 people. A big advantage to oudoor weddings here is that they take place on an outdoor pavillion that’s covered, but still has a spectacular view. Receptions can be held in several rooms in the hall. Between the lake, the park, and the nearby zoo, Como gives couples a wide range of photography options. The rental fee is $900. For more information, call 651-488-4920.
Irvine Park. (281 Walnut Street, St. Paul). Irvine Park—the most popular location for outdoor weddings in St. Paul–is located just west of downtown, which puts it in close proximity to reception sites throughout the downtown area. Weddings here have a quaint feel. The park is surrounded by Victorian homes, and its centerpiece is a historic fountain. About 200 guests can be accommodated in the park. Rental fees are $100 per hour with a 1 1/2 hour minimum.
Twin City Indoor Wedding Venues
Looking for an indoor ceremony or reception site for your Twin Cities wedding? Here are some of the most memorable and elegant places to get married in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Landmark Center. (75 West 5th Street, St. Paul). Located in the center of downtown St. Paul, this majestic hall was built in 1902 and has been renovated extensively. Large weddings can be held in the Musser Cortile, the four-story first floor atrium, and can accommodate up to 400 guests for the ceremony and reception. Rental fees are $2000 for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday evening weddings. Smaller weddings can be held in a variety of elegant courtrooms throughout the building for about $400. For more information, call (651) 292-3228.
Marjorie McNeeley Conservatory. (1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul). A tropical wedding in Minnesota– who knew? The Conservatory is a grand glass structure filled with exotic flowers and plants of all kinds. The facility is located in Como Park and adjacent to Lake Como and the Como Zoo, which gives couples many photography options. Most weddings are held in the Sunken Gardens, which can accomodate 80-90 people for the ceremony, and there are some smaller areas that can hold 30-50 guests. Appetizer and cocktail receptions can be held at the Conservatory, and larger receptions can be held at the nearby visitor’s center. Rental fees vary. For more information, call 651-487-8250.
Minnesota History Center. (345 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul). Located in downtown St. Paul, the History Center is one of the most spectacular buildings in the city. Most weddings are held in the three story Capital Concourse, where a huge window overlooks the State Capitol and serves as a backdrop for ceremonies. The Concourse can accomodate up to 250 guests. There are a number of elegant rooms in the museum for receptions, which can accomodate about 400 guests. Rental fees are typically $2000. For more information, call 651-259-3030.
Blaisdell Manor. (2322 Blaisdell Avenue South, Minneapolis). Located in a residential neighborhood just south of downtown, this elegant Georgian mansion has been hosting weddings since the 1930s and can accommodate up to 400 guests for ceremonies and receptions. Weddings often begin with the bride descending the grand master staircase. The mansion will also host small outdoor weddings with no more than about 50 guests. Rentals run approximately $500 to $1000. For more information, call 612-970-7875.
Mill City Museum. (704 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis). Located in downtown Minneapolis on the Mississippi River, this new museum is built in the oldest section of Minneapolis on the site of the historic Pillsbury A mill, a fixture of the city’s milling history. The museum offers views of the historic Stone Arch Bridge and the river. Indoor weddings and receptions are held in the grand entrance hall, and outdoor weddings and receptions are held in the museum’s courtyard. The facility can accommodate about 220 guests. Rental fees are $1500, plus an additional $350 for the courtyard. For more information, call 612-238-4012.
The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum. Located on the University of Minnesota campus, this stainless steel art museum on the Mississippi River is a Minneapolis architectural landmark. The museum offers some of the best views in town of the Mississippi River, the downtown Minneapolis skyline, and the university campus. The facility can host weddings of up to about 400 guests and receptions of up to about 200 guests. Rental fees are around $3400. For more information, call (612) 625-9683.
Chapel of Love. (Mall of America, Bloomington). Getting married at a mall may not be the most traditional choice, but it’s affordable and very convenient.
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