Minneapolis. Culture, food, and enough parks to make any fresh air loving local happy. But what does this have to do with planning a wedding? It’s simple. The Twin Cities’ social depth and natural wonders, not to mention its collection of landmark historical buildings, provide a number and variety of ceremony and reception event spaces to compliment any bride’s Minneapolis wedding planning endeavors – in the best way possible. And the tasty local fare? That’s the icing on this particular wedding cake.
Aria at Jeune Lune
Part of the Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District – which is nationally recognized as a historic place – the Aria at Jeune Lune was born a warehouse, raised a theater, and renovated in 2010 to become the modern Minneapolis wedding venue it is today. The structure has character all of its own with old exposed-brick walls, high ceilings, and open space to spare. Still, its combination of rustic historic weight and elegant bones mean one thing: this building dresses up pretty.
Nicollet Island Pavilion
Another historic landmark, this time right on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Nicollet Island Pavilion also features exposed brick and wide-open rooms. The venue has indoor and outdoor options with an inside pavilion as well as an outdoor stone terrace, and a covered outdoor patio on the riverfront. The patio’s view of the Minneapolis skyline is one of the best around.
Mill City Museum
From the ruins of what was once the largest flour mill in the world, the Mill City Museum has been rebuilt as a milling museum, an education center, and an ideal urban location for a wedding of any size. The building was burned nearly to the ground in the early 1990s, but the brick-lined structure and open-air courtyard that remain combine a unique backdrop and interesting conversation piece in one.
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