12 Stunning Small Wedding Venues in Minnesota

These venues are small in size but big on wow factor.
Jessica Estrada - The Knot Contributor.
Jessica Estrada
Jessica Estrada - The Knot Contributor.
Jessica Estrada
The Knot Contributor
  • Jessica contributes wedding planning, wedding etiquette and relationship content to The Knot.
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Updated Aug 04, 2023

There is something super special about planning a small wedding with just your closest friends and family members in attendance. However, finding a small wedding venue that can accommodate an intimate group may be tricky. Thankfully, Minnesota has a lot to offer in that department. Small wedding venues in Minnesota come in different sizes and styles, and cater to different budgets. So couples opting for an intimate Minnesota wedding are sure to find a small wedding venue that makes their heart skip a beat. Think of panoramic city views, lakeside ceremonies and all-inclusive packages that take care of everything for you. Whatever small wedding ideas you have, there's a small intimate wedding venue in Minnesota that can bring it to life. Here are some standout options.


Add A'Bulae to your list of small wedding venues in St. Paul, MN. The space is beautiful, and the wedding venue takes the stress out of the planning with its all-inclusive packages. In particular, look into the petite wedding package, which is perfect for small weddings of 25-50 people. The package includes a rooftop or indoor ceremony, day of coordination, a professional photographer, floral arrangements, a licensed officiant, ceremony music, dessert and champagne. It's your one-stop shop for a dreamy wedding. You can also opt for add-ons such as a videographer and photo booth.

Larsmont Cottages

Located on the North shore of Lake Superior in Two Harbors, Minnesota, you'll find the stunning Larsmont Cottages, which serve as the most picture-perfect backdrop for a small wedding. The venue's wedding package covers everything you need, including a space for the rehearsal dinner, a lakeside ceremony, a reception and a post-wedding brunch. The private dining room, for instance, can accommodate up to 50 guests, plus space for a dance floor. You can also add signature experiences, such as guided hikes and kayaking, to make your wedding weekend memorable.

Aster Cafe's The River Room

Looking for a small Minneapolis wedding venue? Say "I do" to the historic River Room. There's a reason it was named one of The Knot's Best of Weddings for 2022. The space features panoramic views of the river and skyline and is drenched in Parisian cabaret vibes, making it perfect for hosting every wedding-related event, including the ceremony, reception, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and post-wedding champagne brunch. It can accommodate 40 or more guests, depending on your chosen configuration. Overall, it's a beautiful, cozy wedding venue that feels intimate yet grand.

Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts

The Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts in Tofte, MN, encompasses three resorts: Bluefin Bay, Surfside and Temperance Landing, each with luxe accommodations and stunning views. For an intimate wedding, various spaces throughout the resorts can host 20-80 guests. For instance, you can exchange views in a private cove by the Lake Superior shoreline or on a stunning beach patio and have your reception in a private room or ballroom. Pro tip: It's also an excellent spot for a honeymoon or mini-moon relaxation after the wedding.

Bavaria Downs

Bavaria Downs features two venues for small weddings in Chaska, Minnesota: Edward Anne Estate and Equestria West. The Edward Anne Estate sits on lush, rolling hills surrounded by wildflower meadows, rose gardens and a private lake. Equestria West can only be described as an opulent equestrian barn with chandeliers and herringbone wood floors. Both spaces offer a petite wedding package that makes it easy to plan a romantic wedding in one fell swoop. It includes an indoor or outdoor ceremony, day-of coordination support, a photographer, florals, an officiant, ceremony music, light snacks and champagne for 25-50 guests.


Situated in Otsego, Minnesota, Rockwoods can accommodate weddings and events of different sizes. The Four Seasons Room is an excellent option for an intimate wedding of 20-60 guests. Booking the space includes planning assistance, custom room layout options, complimentary decor and centerpieces, and custom linen colors. And the space itself sets the scene for a romantic celebration thanks to its fireplace and outdoor patio with a bonfire. For the ceremony, you can have it indoors or on the outdoor courtyard.

Northern Lights Ballroom and Banquet Center

Crowned as one of The Knot's Best of Weddings for 2023, the Northern Lights Ballroom and Banquet Center in Milaca, Minnesota, is a standout small wedding venue. The private dining room is ideal for an intimate celebration. It seats 40 to 80 guests for dinner or up to 50 for a formal ceremony. The best part? The venue takes care of everything, making it a stress-free planning process. The room rental fee also includes set up, clean up, tables, chairs, table linens, dinnerware, a sound system and professional service staff for the event.

Pinstripes Edina

Pinstripes Edina is the way to go for a fun, small wedding venue for a ceremony and reception, especially for foodie couples. The venue serves up an Italian-American menu made in-house with locally sourced ingredients. Think of dishes like fettuccine alfredo, parmesan-crusted filet mignon and caramelized cheesecake for dessert. The venue offers various event spaces, including the ballroom, which seats up to 60 guests, or the Regusci Room and Italian Wine Room for 30-40 guests. And did we mention you and your closest loved ones can play late-night bowling or bocce after the celebration?

Windows on Minnesota - Marquette Hotel

This luxury Minneapolis wedding venue is known for its stunning ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows on the 50th floor, but the venue also has various event spaces for different-sized celebrations that are just as impressive. For an intimate reception, capacity ranges from 20 to 70 guests. Whatever room you choose, the downtown views will delight you and your guests. Windows on Minnesota also offers a getting-ready package for the morning of to ensure you and your wedding party get pampered in style.

Black Woods Event Center

Nestled in Proctor, Minnesota, just five minutes from downtown Duluth, the Black Woods Event Center is a no-brainer small wedding venue option for couples looking for a modern, stylish space for their wedding. The Highland Room is ideal, with a capacity of up to 50 seated guests. It features a full-service bar and catering. Or, if you want a bit more space, opt for the Skyline Room, which accommodates up to 80 seated guests and features a built-in dance floor. The star of the show is the catering, offering gourmet plated meals and custom buffets, and they'll work with your budget and theme.

Lowell Inn

This small wedding venue in Stillwater, MN, has event spaces that can accommodate affairs of different sizes. The Garden Room is wonderful for an intimate wedding reception. It has a maximum capacity of 60 people and sets the scene for a memorable celebration thanks to its aesthetically pleasing design, complete with stained glass windows overlooking an outdoor patio, stone floor and waterfall. The Lowell Inn also makes an excellent space for a bridal shower. Or, go with a completely different theme with the Matterhorn Room, perfect for weddings of up to 50 people. The vibe? It's an ode to the art of Swiss woodcarving and features Swiss fondue on the menu.

Minnestay's The Guest House Estate

Planning a Minnesota micro wedding? You can't go wrong with a Minnestay event space rental set in luxury homes. You can host your event and stay on the property for a couple of days, which makes things so much easier. The Guest House Estate, in particular, makes for a dreamy small wedding venue. Located two blocks from Lake Minnetonka, the 1858 Victorian Italianate sleeps 23 people. And you can opt for premium accommodations such as catering, staff, a private chef, massages, a chauffeur and more.

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