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10 Best Minneapolis Wedding Venues 2023

March 17, 2023

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Congratulations on considering, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places to get married, Minneapolis! I love Minneapolis weddings, the gorgeous venues, beautiful skylines, and breathtaking surrounding scenery. They all make for breathtaking wedding photography, if you’re new around here that’s my specialty!

If you’re searching for wedding venues, sit down with a nice glass of wine and enjoy this blog that is packed with everything you’ll need to know to find your dream venue. Bonus! I’m going to share some incredible photos to help you really visualize the space.

Okay, you got your glass of wine? Let’s start!


Urban Daisy Events

Dreaming of being surrounded by nature, romantic lighting and stunning high ceilings? Let me introduce you to Urban Daisy Events! It’s a 12,000 square foot space with stunning large windows, 17 foot ceiling and they are column free to help you get those dreamy wedding photos.

This Minneapolis wedding venue is located at 1621 E Hennepin Ave and includes a large parking lot (202 spots) on site! Urban Daisy allows pets (for those couples with furry family members) and is a truly gorgeous open concept space with a shared reception and ceremony space (it’s huge!). It can accommodate 275 guests and they offer farmhouse tables as one of your selections for rustic wedding vibes. This space includes 2 private dressing suites, common areas and multiple bathrooms.

When it comes to food and drinks, Urban Daisy works with you to fit your budget and vision! They have an exclusive bar caterer who works with you to create a bar menu and they have preferred catering options to provide you with. They do require a professional day-of-coordinator to be on site for your wedding date, and security is provided for your wedding. This space is a large space perfect for a customizable wedding to make it truly perfect for your wedding day!

You can learn more about Urban Daisy Here!


Mosaic

One of my favorite Minnesota wedding venues is Mosaic. Why? What makes them a truly unique wedding venue is they provide spaces that can be adapted to celebrate individualism. This means you can bring vendors of your choice and they can accommodate two caters with their extra-large kitchen to provide you with merging two cultures in one event.

Mosaic is brand new in that they opened earlier this year (Jan 2023), located at 817 5th Ave S, Suite 300. The opened with a mission to disrupt the event venue space, allowing accommodations and choices for clients to see themselves in their events! The space allows up to 450 people and has an indoor ceremony site. There is an attached boutique hotel for those guests who want to stay and celebrate with you late into the night. Mosaic also has underground parking with direct elevator access, and 2 furnished getting ready suites with equally great lighting — this is highly unusual and AWESOME! Rentals fees for this space range from $2000-$10,000. This space is perfect for art lovers and is ideal for large weddings! Did I mention the stunning views of Downtown Minneapolis from the oversized windows?

Curious about learning more about this breath-taking space? Check out Mosaic’s venue info here!


Watson Block

Dreaming of a glamorous atmosphere for your wedding day? Enter Watson Block, a historic wedding venue! It’s the most charming wedding venue and includes modern renovations to this old 1920’s office building turned event space! This space includes beautiful chandeliers, large windows, and can accommodate 120 guests for the reception and if you’d like a cocktail style then up to 150 guests. This twin cities venue includes nearby hotels for guests and is a gorgeous choice for your elegant wedding day. If you dream of beautiful, exposed brick then this is the best Minneapolis event space for your wedding day.  

This MN wedding venue is located at 256N 1st Ave. Watson Block works with a preferred group of caterers that can accommodate your needs; the venue manager can provide additional information if needed. This wedding venue does not include parking on site, however, there are nearby parking lots and hotels for guests. 

Want to learn more about Watson Block? Check out this website here!


Elm Creek Park Reserve

Calling all nature lovers! This is truly the best place for a wedding reception if you’re wanting an outdoor wedding venue that overlooks the beautiful Elm Creek Park Reserve. This park includes 4,900 acres and it’s the largest park in Three Rivers! The Elm Creek Chalet which is available from April -October each year is located at 12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove, just 20 minutes northwest of Minneapolis.

This naturally beautiful space includes a fully enclosed building (heated and air-conditioned), a large dressing room, event assistants, a fireplace, indoor and outdoor furniture options, and free onsite parking. Ceremony chairs are available for rent for $2 per chair plus tax. For those who want to include some unique intimate moments with loved ones, this also includes a projection screen — cue the cute childhood photos — and a built-in sound system!

They are a zero-waste facility, perfect for eco lovers, and great for those planning a more sustainable MN wedding! Three Rivers partners with a variety of local caterers and include an approved caterer list for couples to choose from. Rates for the space vary from $950 to $1,900 and require deposits. Truly an ideal outdoor ceremony space for couples dreaming of that outdoor wedding. To learn more about Elm Creek Park Reserve as one of your possible wedding venues in Minnesota click here!


Aster Cafe’s Hall of Kings

This is one of the most stunning wedding venues in Minneapolis! it has the vibe of a historic riverfront event space. If you want dreamy views, they’ve got it! The Mighty Mississippi, Minneapolis skyline, trees, cobblestone streets, and more! Need I say more about why this is one of the popular wedding venues in Minneapolis? This one-of-a-kind space has something for everyone and you can’t beat the iconic views of Minneapolis.

Within this wedding venue, they include indoor parking with tunnels to access all the venues (talk about not having to worry about the weather ruining your guest’s wedding looks!). They have a beautiful space that can fit between 50-200 guests. This space has Pinterest-worthy décor with stone walls, high ceilings, custom lighting, and great menus. Located in St. Anthony Main at 125 SE Main Street, it is the perfect space if you’re looking for that naturally beautiful view in every aspect of the venue. Check out more here and inquire for information on pricing and event spaces availability.  


Bakken Museum

Well, it’s a museum! Okay, okay, here’s some more for you! This truly is such a creative wedding reception venue in the heart of Minneapolis! It’s located on the shore of Bde Maka Ska, the exact location for those of you who want to scout it out is 3537 Zenith Avenue South.

The gardens are magnificent for an outdoor wedding and include tons of variety in their event spaces! For those out of town guests, this doubles as a unique experience as well to add to your wedding! Bakken offers 2 different event spaces, as well as an outdoor wedding ceremony area. The capacities for each space vary but go between 42-100. 

To learn more about the alluring Bakken Museum for your wedding click here!



The APT

Searching for a stunning space perfect for a small and intimate wedding? The APT might be the perfect space for you and it’s got a gorgeous open floor plan with so much potential for all your amazing Pinterest wedding-worthy ideas! The capacity for weddings is 30 guests seated, and 22 for dinner. You’re provided with a getting ready room, ceremony, happy hour, and dinner/reception. This is the perfect space for an elopement and is even a beautiful space for wedding showers and rehearsal dinners.

The APT is located at 511 Central Ave NE #5 and metered street parking is available around the neighborhood. For larger events, there is a parking structure 2 blocks away. This space includes a Bluetooth music system, WIFI, and TV. They have a $60 cleaning fee, and a $100 room flip fee and their wedding packages go from $3,425 to $7,750. Included in these costs are a lighting package, furniture (table, chairs, mirrors, linens), and kitchenware. Want to see more about the APT – check it out here!


Machine Shop

Looking for a truly special wedding venue? The Machine shop is a venue with an upstairs and downstairs that is so customizable for your wedding day! This space is great for large weddings and has enough space for you to create elaborate décor and make it your own! The main level includes an elevator (yay accessibility!), a coat check room, a kitchen, and restrooms. While on the second level, there are 2 dressing rooms and washrooms and this overlooks the first level – talk about some amazing aerial shots of your day!

Included in the Machine Shop space is a variety of table sizes, 300 chairs, security, bar set up and staff, portable bars, a break room, concert-grade in-house sound system and lighting, and movable wood walls. The Machine Shop Minneapolis wedding venue is located at 300 2nd St E and includes an on-site parking lot. This space has tons of variety and options and is ideal for large weddings! Want to learn more – check out more about Machine Shop here


PAIKKA

Paikka is great for couples looking for more sustainable weddings and is beautiful with natural décor scattered around the space! I dare say, ideal for plant lovers looking for a fantastic MN Wedding Venue! This space includes indoor spaces and an outdoor courtyard. It’s a 5,000 square foot space with 1940’s steel vaulted ceilings with exposed brick walls. Paikka’s capacity for guests is 200 seated and 275 for standing cocktail reception style. It is located in Vandalia Tower at 550 Vandalia St #165.

There is an in-house sound system and two wireless microphones, as well as a portable outdoor sound system with wired microphones. Included in renting the space is a custom table and chair setup for up to 200 people and 12 cocktail tables. There is a mobile bar that can be moved around the floor and 4 custom plant walls.

This is ideal for couples wanting a naturally beautiful space that is basically ready to go! Paikka includes several ways they’re reducing waste in their event space such as compost and recycling on-site, going digital with communication and marketing, and harvesting rainwater for plants. They support local shops for in-house supplies and encourage couples to go sustainable too, offering a 10% discount for promoting sustainable practices! Want to learn more about Paikka? Check out more of info here!

Image of PAIKKA a Minneapolis Wedding Venue.

The Blaisdell

Looking for elegance? The Blaisdell is a gorgeous mansion that has been retrofitted, but has all the charm of its 1915 build. This Minneapolis wedding venue includes a range of indoor and outdoor space and is customizable to help you create your dream day!

This space can accommodate up to 225 guests and you get a 12-hour rental of the space. Spaces included are the Ballroom, Parlor, Luxury Suite, Billiard Room, Great Room, and Courtyard! Their wedding packages include a variety of tables, 225 chairs, security (as needed), lounge furniture, lighting and AV, venue coordinator, access to a digital wedding planner, and parking lots located within close proximity. The cost of the space goes between $3,995 – $5,995.

The Blaisdell is the perfect venue for couples looking for elegant wedding vibes and that fairy-tale wedding day! This space includes copious photo spots to capture your dream wedding photos, with lots of natural light in the Parlor in case of bad weather. Dreaming of a photo of your wedding dress trailing behind you as you walk up a grand staircase? The Blaisdell is perfect for those beautiful shots of your dress. Want to learn more about The Blaisdell Mansion – check it out here!

Image of a couple smiling and holding hands at The Blaisdell Mainson a truly romantic Minneapolis Wedding Venues. This room is white with grey arm chairs in the background facing a fireplace behind the couple.

Summary

Are you still with me? Awesome! I hope this blog gave you some ideas of some truly stunning Minneapolis wedding venues for you to consider for your big day! If you love the above photos and are dreaming of your wedding photos looking just as beautiful then reach out! Let’s chat and see if we are a great fit for your dream day

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