Duluth is a beautiful port city located along the banks of scenic Lake Superior, named in honor of European explorer Daniel Greysolon. The picturesque city, which is one of Minnesota's largest cities, is home to waterways that are accessible as far away as the Atlantic Ocean, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes Waterway. Couples in the region can marry at lovely full-service venues such as the Black Woods Event Center and the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, which offer in-house catering and full event coordination services. Wedding charters are also offered aboard the cruise ships of the Vista Fleet, which can marry couples directly on the waters of the lakefront.
1.Black Woods Event Center
Black Woods Event Center is a spacious modern event venue that is connected to the AmericInn Duluth South hotel, offering flexible wedding venue options to meet each couples' individualized event needs. The event center is centrally located near many popular Duluth-area wedding photography spots, including beautiful Leif Erickson Park and the picturesque Enger Tower. The venue can work within the budget needs of all couples to create memorable events on larger or smaller scales. Catering is offered by the venue's award-winning culinary team at its Black Woods Bar and Grille, which can be configured to suit simple buffet events or fine dining-style receptions. After the wedding, couples and their wedding party can stay at the adjacent hotel for a discounted rate.
195 US-2, Duluth, MN 55810, Phone: 218-624-3454
2.Clyde Iron Works Restaurant and Bar
© Clyde Iron Works Restaurant and Bar
Clyde Iron Works Restaurant and Bar is located within a refurbished 1889 steel foundry that once manufactured machinery and parts for iconic American engineering projects such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Empire State Building. Today, the space has been transformed into a hip industrial-chic event venue and restaurant that can accommodate up to 2,000 guests or be divided off into smaller spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Exposed beams and high ceilings make for stunning backdrops for wedding photography and allow for a wide range of event decorating possibilities. Catering is available from the venue's onsite restaurant, ranging from appetizers for cocktail receptions to formal, sit-down multi-course meals.
2920 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55806, Phone: 218-727-1150
Countryside Rides is a lovely farmstead venue in Duluth that can accommodate up to 225 guests at its rustic-chic barn venue. The gorgeous venue, which is set on a landscape of beautiful rolling farmland, can be rented for 48-hour blocks for private wedding special events, including ceremonies, receptions, rehearsals, and engagement party events. Rented tents are available for use on the venue's outdoor lawn to accommodate additional ceremony and reception guests. All couples receive access to the venue's luxurious bridal suite and wedding party room, which offers hair and makeup areas and restrooms for immediate family member use. Additional services offered by the venue for weddings include hay wagon or carriage rides to ring in the happy couple's nuptials.
4488 W Lismore Rd, Duluth, MN 55803, Phone: 218-340-4418
4.Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is a multipurpose waterfront event and convention center located near the city's famed Aerial Lift Bridge. The venue is one of Duluth's most popular sites for wedding ceremonies and receptions due to its central downtown location and multiple flexible venue options. Its lovely Lake Superior Ballroom boasts striking views of downtown Duluth and can accommodate up to 450 guests, while both the 425-guest Harbor Side Ballroom and the more intimate 200-guest Horizon Room offer stunning lake views and flexible configuration. In-house catering available from the center's culinary team, which is led by executive chef Peter Dingmann and crafts delicious menu options from locally-sourced produce and meats. Beverage services can be provided by area companies such as Bent Paddle Brewing Company and Arco Coffee.
350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802, Phone: 218-722-5573
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Vista Fleet lets couples marry directly on the sparkling waters of Lake Superior aboard their choice of beautiful elegant cruise ships. The fleet's two boats offer options for weddings both large and small, accommodating wedding ceremonies and receptions directly on the water. The spacious Vista Star can accommodate up to 220 guests or be reserved for smaller events for as few as four travelers, offering three beautiful open-air decks with gorgeous views of the lake's panoramas. The more intimate Vista Queen can accommodate up to 50 guests across its two deck levels. The top level of both ships lets couples say their vows on an open-air observation deck, a perfect vantage point for unique wedding photography.
323 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802, Phone: 218-722-6218
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Fitger's Inn is a unique luxury inn located within a restored 1885 brewery overlooking the banks of lovely Lake Superior. The spacious property is home to a museum, shopping center, nightclub, and multiple dining and nightlife options throughout its resort campus. The onsite Boat Club Restaurant and Bar, which opened in 2017, can double as a venue for wedding festivities such as receptions, rehearsal dinners, and engagement parties. Multiple rooms throughout the restaurant are perfect sites for intimate events, showcasing unique decor and design accents that create a romantic ambiance for any wedding. Restaurant catering menus showcase fine steaks, fresh-caught fish, and wild seafood entrees, complemented by a drink menu highlighting craft beer and classic cocktails. For outdoor weddings, couples can also choose to get married within the inn's courtyard or along its beautiful lakeshore area.
600 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, Phone: 218-722-8826
7.Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods
© Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods
Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods is a beautiful historic venue located within the city's former 1925 Duluth Hotel. Today, the space has been converted into a grand ballroom that is known for its striking interior ambiance, which makes a perfect backdrop for romantic wedding ceremonies and receptions. Elegant chandeliers and hand-painted ceilings can serve as accompaniments for couples' decor scheme of their choosing, flanked by stunning views of neighboring Lake Superior. The building is also home to the lovely Moorish Room and the sophisticated Black Water Lounge, which can accommodate up to 150 guests apiece. Catering is offered by the venue's Black Woods culinary team, which is known for its affordable, elegant menus.
2165, 231 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, Phone: 218-722-7466
8.Kitchi Gammi Clubhouse
© Kitchi Gammi Clubhouse
Kitchi Gammi Clubhouse is an historic Jacobean Revival-style building that serves as the home for the Duluth chapter of the Kitchi Gammi Club, founded in 1913. Today, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered one of Duluth's most notable landmarks for its unique architecture and historical importance. It is constructed of brick and stone and showcases standout elements such as steeply-pitched roofs and rounded arch doorways. The unique venue can provide experienced event planners to help couples set every detail of their dream day. In-house catering and bar services are provided by the venue's culinary team. After the wedding, couples can stay at their choice of four romantic honeymoon suites.
831 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, Phone: 218-724-8589
9.Northland Country Club
Northland Country Club has been voted as one of Minnesota's top five golf courses, located directly on the banks of Lake Superior. The venue offers options for both indoor and outdoor weddings in settings such as its stunning grand ballroom, which can accommodate up to 350 guests. Stunning views of the golf course's fairways and nearby Lake Superior shoreline are offered from the venue's two beautiful outdoor verandas, which can be used for outdoor cocktail receptions. Catering is provided by the venue's in-house culinary team, which can craft customizable menus to suit any type of reception the couple has in mind. Staff at the club can handle all details of wedding planning, including setup and cleanup, and can work with couples to secure all vendors, from decorators to audiovisual and entertainment services.
3901 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55804, Phone: 218-525-1941
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10.Park Point Beach House
Park Point Beach House is a spacious building located in Duluth's popular Park Point Beach, managed by the Duluth Area Family YMCA. The beach house is available for special event rentals for up to 200 guests, with additional space offered within the venue's nearby beachfront pavilion. Limited kitchen amenities for catering of couples' choosing is offered within the beach house for special event rentals, along with electrical hookups and guest restrooms. Outside vendors of couples' choice are permitted for all aspects of wedding ceremonies and receptions, with coordination services offered through the building's manager. Couples should note that in order to serve alcohol at the beach house, they will need to obtain permits from the City of Duluth.
5000 Minnesota Ave, Duluth, MN 55802, Phone: 218-722-4745
11.Sacred Heart Music Center
Sacred Heart Music Center is an historic 1896 Neo-Gothic cathedral in Duluth that has been preserved as a landmark for significant architecture and artifacts, including an 1898 Felgemaker organ. Today, the cathedral serves as a music venue and event space, with a focus on working with the local community and at-risk youth. The striking venue showcases romantic design and decor elements, making it one of the Duluth region's most popular wedding venues. Up to 330 guests can be seated at the center, which can be rented for both non-denominational ceremonies and reception events. All ceremonies include use of the venue's historic famed organ, as well as two modern pianos and a sound system that highlights the building's wonderful acoustics. Professional wedding planners work with couples to select vendors and finalize every detail of their event.
201 W 4th St, Duluth, MN 55806, Phone: 218-723-1895
12.The Sports Garden Canal Park
© The Sports Garden Canal Park
The Sports Garden Canal Park is a casual family-friendly space known for its lively atmosphere, which is home to large-screen televisions, games, a specialty burger menu, and a full-service bar. A flexible space within the venue's sports garden can be used to host events both large and small, accommodating up to 800 guests throughout the venue's main floor. Two smaller rooms can host up to 200 guests, including the Bayview Room, which showcases lovely views of the St. Louis Bay, and the intimate 80-seat Armchair Quarterback lounge, which offers a private bar and a terrace overlooking the venue's main floor. Catering can be provided by the facility's in-house culinary team or by partner organization Bellisio's Catering, depending on the couple's desired menu.
425 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802, Phone: 218-722-4724
12 Best Wedding Venues in Duluth, Minnesota
- Black Woods Event Center, Photo: Dragica/stock.adobe.com
- Clyde Iron Works Restaurant and Bar, Photo: Clyde Iron Works Restaurant and Bar
- Countryside Rides, Photo: Nadtochiy/stock.adobe.com
- Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Photo: Angelov/stock.adobe.com
- Vista Fleet, Photo: Vista Fleet
- Fitger's Inn, Photo: Gordana Sermek/stock.adobe.com
- Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods, Photo: Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods
- Kitchi Gammi Clubhouse, Photo: Kitchi Gammi Clubhouse
- Northland Country Club, Photo: ShalenaOlena/stock.adobe.com
- Park Point Beach House, Photo: Yevhenii/stock.adobe.com
- Sacred Heart Music Center, Photo: sonyachny/stock.adobe.com
- The Sports Garden Canal Park, Photo: The Sports Garden Canal Park
- Cover Photo: Ulf/stock.adobe.com