10 Unique Minneapolis Wedding Venues
From castles to urban ruins, forgo the traditional wedding experience with one of these Minneapolis wedding venues.
American Swedish Institute
No matter the size or style of your event, the American Swedish Institute offers many Nordic-inspired venues to fulfill whatever your little heart desires. The Turnblad Mansion, a 33-room castle completed in 1908, features a three-story fireplace and intricate stained glass windows. If you want a more contemporary atmosphere, the sleek design and rooftop deck of Larson Hall make it an ideal spot for your event. Between these contrasting buildings sits a beautiful garden courtyard.
Minneapolis City Hall & Hennepin County Courthouse
Typically, city halls are associated with spur-of-the-moment nuptials. While that’s definitely an option here, Minneapolis City Hall & Hennepin County Courthouse also happen to host some of the grandest wedding celebrations we ever did see. With a clock tower that rivals Big Ben and the “Father of Waters” sculpture, reminiscent of Michelangelo’s artwork, your event (or elopement) will have quite an unbeatable setting.
Nicollet Island Pavillion
Nestled on the Mississippi Riverbank, Nicollet Island Pavillion‘s open air atmosphere and industrial-style architecture make it a fantastic location for a modern wedding. Originally built in 1893, this restored Minneapolis wedding venue still has its historic charm along with some amazing views of the skyline that are unlike any other location in the area.
Located a short distance from Nicollet Island in the Riverfront District, the Guthrie Theater provides three unique theater spaces with views of the Mighty Mississippi. It’s a convenient location and setting for an offbeat wedding, but keep in mind it’s only available a few weekends during the year.
Walker Art Center
If you want your event to make a statement without taking on a style that’s too dramatic, consider Walker Art Center. Choose from various modern art galleries to provide the backdrop for your ceremony, while views of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden set the scene for your terrace reception.
Mill City Museum
While it doesn’t share the history and culture of ancient Roman architecture, this is probably the closest thing in Minnesota to Colosseum ruins. Once the largest flour mill in the world, all that remains of this historic structure are a few bare walls along the Mississippi River. Throughout restorations over the years, this Minneapolis wedding venue manages to boast a modern industrial feel and retain its original design.
Minnesota History Center
Technically, this venue is located in the other Twin City, St. Paul, but there are several aspects that make the Minnesota History Center a unique spot to exchange vows. Along with multiple collections of state artifacts, panoramic city views and its towering structure made of Minnesota granite and limestone, the name of this site already implies it’s the perfect wedding setting for history buffs and locals alike.
The Museum of Russian Art
A cultural venue unlike any other, this Minneapolis wedding venue combines modern style with 20th-century Russian artifacts. Housed in a renovated 1935 Colonial Revival church, The Museum of Russian Art includes peaked ceilings and rich oak floors to set the scene for cozy, intimate events.
Minneapolis Central Library
If you consider yourselves just a couple of bibliophiles, why not get married in a library? With its five-story windowed atrium and sustainable design, the Minneapolis Central Library provides five one-of-a-kind spaces fitting for weddings that take on a more contemporary style. As a fun fact for all the book lovers (and just another reason that makes it such a unique venue): it happens to be the center of the third largest per capita public library collection of any major city in America.
International Market Square
It could be the sunlight flooding through the glass roof, or the hints of greenery that adorn the space (or easily the combination of both) that emphasize a garden-esque vibe of the International Market Square’s indoor setting. Located on the edge of downtown, this Minneapolis wedding venue is Minnesota’s largest renovated building and home to more than 70 inspiring design showrooms. With its expansive layout, it’s ideal for larger events of any style. Along with these Minneapolis wedding venues, you can find more where these came from.