Memorable Minnesota Wedding Spots
It’s the most important day of a couple’s life together: their wedding day. For many, the more traditional the better – after all, they’ve been dreaming of this day for years, and they want it to match a very specific plan. For others, though, this is the ultimate opportunity to express themselves as a couple.
Finding a unique and memorable wedding spot could mean the site of your first date, a landmark that shows off your home state, a beautiful spot for top-notch wedding photos, or a place that showcases the way you have fun together – particularly if you love golf. We’re partial to the golf idea, but we put together a well-rounded list of other places – in addition to Hazeltine - for a unique and memorable Minnesota wedding or reception:
Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery
The bride and groom can walk down the aisle surrounded by trellised grapes at this Southeastern Minnesota vineyard. Guests can enjoy the view with Minnesota-oak barrels and the vineyard as a backdrop to the special event. Finding some delicious wine for the reception should be easy, as well.
American Swedish Institute
Maybe an old mansion is more your style. This gathering place for people to share in culture, migration and the arts can make a magical place for a wedding – especially for Minnesotans with Swedish roots. The historic building offers traditional early 20th century architecture, painted glass windows and porcelain stoves alongside geothermal technology.
Spoonbridge and Cherry
A bride and groom can get married with the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture as the backdrop. Yes, the Walker Art Center's famous Spoon and Cherry – seen in so many picture postcards – could be in your wedding photos. Choosing an outdoor ceremony near this iconic sculpture is sure to be unforgettable for both the couple and their wedding guests.
Mayowood Stone Barn
This historic gem in Rochester isn’t your average barn. It has unique architecture of stone walls with grapevines, making it a beautiful site for ceremonies and photos. Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of Mayo Clinic, built the barn in the early 1900s on a 3,000 acre piece of farmland.
For avid Twins fans, what could be more exciting than exchanging vows at home plate at Target Field? Guests could enjoy the ceremony from a ballpark suite. The bride and groom could show their wedding slideshow on the scoreboard, and maybe get matching His and Hers jerseys. Packages start at $5,000.
Mill City Museum
Imagine starting a marriage at a National Historic Landmark, the renovated flour mill along the Mississippi River. Greet guests in the courtyard surrounded by masonry walls, where old architectural designs meet a contemporary industrial space. The museum was built amid the ruins of the Washburn A Flour Mill, a National Historic Landmark.
Legacy Hill Farm
Another wedding option would be on a historic farm that combines classic French country with a rustic touch. Picture wooden church pews, operational farm buildings as a photographic backdrop and a countryside pavilion for the ceremony. The Legacy Hill Farm near historic Red Wing provides a country setting for weddings with five original farmstead buildings.
James J. Hill Library
Books, books and more books. A quiet and serene setting for a wedding and reception could be a place that’s known for its quietness: A library. The grand space with its historic architecture was constructed in 1921 and made of Tennessee marble and Minnesota sandstone.
The North Shore
For a gorgeous backdrop to your wedding ceremony, look no further than the North Shore of Lake Superior. The landscape offers so many memorable spots to exchange vows, including mouths of rivers, jagged cliffs and thick forests. For guests, the area is also surrounded by hotels and resorts.
It’s hard to get more memorable than the site of the 2016 Ryder Cup. Couples and their guests can enjoy a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception in the clubhouse, with glorious panoramic views of our world-renowned golf course and Lake Hazeltine. Our elegant ballroom can accommodate more than 400 guests to help couples celebrate their special day.
Hazeltine National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Chaska, Minn., about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The club opened in 1962 with a mission to build and maintain a golf course suitable for the conduct of national championships. Hazeltine is one of only two courses in the United States to have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur, and Ryder Cup. Hazeltine’s meeting and event space, golf shop and specified services in the learning center are open to the public. More information about becoming a member at Hazeltine is available at www.hazeltinenational.com.