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    Why get married in Minneapolis-St. Paul

    The Land of 10,000 Lakes

    Every city has impressive skyscrapers, but only the City of Lakes can offer views of shimmering lakes and the magical Mississippi riverfront as part of its urban skyline.

    Keep Active Anytime

    Minneapolis-St. Paul maintains a thriving outdoor culture year-round — even when the cold hits. From hiking and kayaking to skiing and ice skating, there’s a way to enjoy city’s natural landscape in every season.

    Two Cities in One

    The Twin Cities offer not one, but two metropolises as well as a handful of charming towns just outside the city limits. From cheering on the major league teams to exploring the neighborhood treasures that make the Midwest so sweet, you could explore this region for days and there’d still be more to see.

    An Area for the Artsy

    Home to the world-renowned Minneapolis Institute of Arts as well as Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis is a vibrant hive for artistic life. Rivaling even the biggest entertainment meccas, the Twin Cities claims the most theater seats per capita than any other US city outside of New York.

    Dishing Up Local Delights

    With abundant surrounding farmland, the Minneapolis culinary scene is built upon a commitment to fresh, locally sourced produce, meats, and fish. Pair that with a dining mentality that values both innovation and comforting classics, and you’re guaranteed to taste the homegrown difference in each meal.


    With toasty summers and frosty winters, the Twin Cities have the most drastic weather variance of any city in the US.


    The season begins with temperatures below freezing and ends with days in the mid to upper 60s.


    Warm, wet and relatively humid. Average temperatures span from the mid 70s to mid 80s.


    The Twin Cities cool down quickly, with fall temperatures starting in the 70s and ending in the low 40s.


    Brutally cold and snowy, with over 55 inches of snow and lows in the single digits and teens.

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    Your Wedding Ceremony

    Don’t leave your ceremony planning to the last minute! It’s the heart and soul of your wedding day, so be sure to set aside ample time to meet with local Minneapolis officiants and find someone that you and your partner really connect with. Don’t forget to also work with ceremony musicians to choose processional music that fits your style and personality. With Minneapolis professionals on hand, planning your ultimate wedding ceremony should be a piece of cake.

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    Your Wedding Reception

    If you’re planning your wedding in the Twin Cities, consider yourself lucky! You have some of the best vendors in the industry at your service. As you pick out floral arrangements with your local florists, decide on a song list with your Twin Cities DJ, and select a decadent meal with help from your caterers, you’ll realize just how easy planning your wedding reception can be. We promise, this will be a day you and your guests will not soon forget.

    Minneapolis-St. Paul Reception Vendors

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    Your Rehearsal Dinner

    Wow your guests even before your wedding begins with a fabulous rehearsal dinner. With the emphasis on locally sourced fare — not to mention the incredible chefs that call the Twin Cities home — you can rest assured that virtually any rehearsal dinner venue you choose will be top notch.

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    Your Farewell Brunch

    The hardest part is always goodbye. Why not prolong the party and enjoy a day-after brunch with your guests to make a few last toasts before the festivities are officially over? The Minneapolis-St. Paul makes it easy, offering up some of the best brunch places out there.

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    Wedding Welcome Bag

    Give a warm welcome to your out-of-town guests as soon as they arrive with the ultimate Minneapolis wedding welcome bag. It’s the perfect place to get creative and share a little bit of the city’s local flavor! From salted nut rolls to local craft beer to some advice for fun activities in the area, a welcome bag will make sure their weekend is unforgettable.

    Wedding Favors

    Put some thought into your wedding favors as a way to genuinely thank your guests. Choose a gift that nods to Minneapolis’s unique landscape, thriving arts community, or even its culinary scene with a treat from a local chocolatier. With so much local inspiration, the possibilities are endless!

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    Guest Activities

    Offering so many different elements, the Twin Cities are perfect for entertaining your guests between wedding festivities. Whether you’re looking to head outdoors for some hiking, biking, or lazing on the water or are partial to exploring inside some of the city’s best museums, galleries, and theaters, the Twin Cities have something for everyone. Check out TripAdvisor’s list of top 30 things to do in Minneapolis for some inspiration.

    Places to Visit

    Restaurant Recommendations

    With some of the freshest ingredients at its fingertips and talented chefs to match, Minneapolis boasts an unparalleled culinary scene. Nearly every restaurant will blow your socks off, so don’t miss eating out in the Mill City. From the seasonal plates at Piccolo to the refined American fare at Borough, this city is primed for culinary exploration and epicurean discovery. Here are some of the absolute best of the best restaurants in the city as told by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

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    Accommodations Recommendations

    Searching for the perfect place for you and your guests to stay? The City of Lakes is as versed in urban high rises as it is in riverside bed and breakfasts, making it the perfect city for your home away from home. With top-notch accommodations, you and your guests will never want to leave!

    Your Engagement Session

    For your Minneapolis engagement session, the possibilities are endless to snap some amazing photos with your partner. With lakes, riverside views, urban rooftops, and theaters galore, the Twin Cities can offer the perfect backdrop for any kind of couple. Check out some of our favorite Minneapolis-St. Paul engagement shoot locations and prepare to be inspired.

    The Bachelorette Party

    For your last hurrah before your big day, there’s no place you’d rather be than the Twin Cities. With so much to do, your bachelorette party can take nearly any form. Get creative with a day on the water, plan a DIY tour of some local breweries, or enroll the girls in a cooking class from one of the city’s finest chefs. The possibilities are endless!

    The Bachelor Party

    Looking for fun ideas for your bachelor party? You name it, Minneapolis has got it. Grab the boys and take advantage of the city’s deeply rooted outdoor culture (hiking, biking, kayaking, anyone?), their thriving culinary scene, or the city’s bustling urban nightlife. One thing is for sure: there’s no lack of ideas for your Twin Cities bachelor party.

    Major Annual Events to Consider

    The good news is that you’ve chosen a vibrant, scenic, and seriously fun location to gather your nearest and dearest on your big day. Congrats! The bad news? Your wedding location is so awesome that it draws a crowd for reasons other than your nuptials all year long. When selecting your wedding date, be sure you know what other activities are happening in the area that might put a cramp in your party’s style. We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, so check out the annual calendar of major Minneapolis-St. Paul events and add them to your radar.

    Local Online Resources

    Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Minneapolis-St. Paul, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry:

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