As a former history teacher, historic wedding venues will always and forever have a place in my heart. Historic Minneapolis wedding venues get an extra special corner in there, as so much of Minnesota’s past has been shaped by these properties; it is an amazing chance to let your future begin in the relics of such an amazing, inspiring past.
MILL CITY MUSEUM
What was once the old Washburn A Flour Mill is now, as expected, a museum that moonlights unexpectedly as a chic, eclectic wedding venue. After award-winning architectural renovations in 2001, this historic Minneapolis venue can now charm up to 1000 guests in this contemporary, industrial, historical space. Learn more (and take a virtual tour) here!
THE VAN DUSEN MANSION
George Washington Van Dusen opened Minnesota’s first and most prosperous grain firm, and clearly he needed the home to prove it. In 1892, he and his wife Nancy called this place home. 102 years later, after decades of use, abuse, and abandonment, it was saved from demolition by an amazing investor who restored it to its former splendor, giving the city of lakes yet another historical Minneapolis wedding venue. Couples can say say “I do” in this castle-like structure in the heart of the Mini Apple. Visit their website to learn more.
NICOLLET ISLAND PAVILION
The Nicollet Island Pavilion started life in 1893 as William Brothers Boiler Works, it was acquired by the Minneapolis Parks Board in 1976. That organization restored it, and it is now a historic Minneapolis wedding venue that offers all the things: Close proximity to water and amazing structures (hello, Stone Arch Bridge!), capacity up to 660 seated/1,500 cocktail/free-flowing style, and year-round availability). Contact that amazing crew at Mintahoe to find out even more good things that come with this property.
Renaissance Minneapolis started life as the Old Milwaukee Road Depot, which was built in 1899 to serve the Milwaukee Road rail line. The property was acquired for development in 1998, and by 2001 is had become two hotels and an even center that has many an option for anyone looking for a historic Minneapolis wedding venue.
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer (and handcrafter and designer on the side). She serves elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest! See more about the KLP Wedding Experience!