require that you be a member if you want to use their church for a
wedding, but a few churches and chapels will rent their space to
non-members and let you use your own minister.
I have performed wedding ceremonies at dozens of churches around
town, and I highly recommend the following sites, which allow
non-members to rent them for weddings. Contact information, chapel
site rental fees and other costs, plus notes about their use as a
wedding site are listed for each chapel.
The Minnesota wedding chapels reviewed here are:
* Lake Harriet Spiritual
Community in South Minneapolis, MN
* Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel,
between Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN
* Nazareth Chapel at
Northwestern College, just north of St. Paul, MN
* Wesley Church in
downtown Minneapolis, MN
* Unity South Church in
* Little White Church in the
Valley (only for small weddings) in Golden Valley, MN
3003 Snelling Avenue North, St Paul, MN 55113 - (651) 631-5388.
at Northwestern College
is spacious and gorgeous - perfect for
a grand, elegant wedding. The chapel has marble columns, stone
walls, and wooden pews. To get to the chapel, visitors drive through
the college's beautiful tree-lined campus. This wedding chapel books
up faster than any other in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, area,
because of its striking beauty. The grounds are amazing, too - even
though it's in the middle of the Twin Cities, you feel like you're
really away from it all because the campus is so lush and isolated.
If you are looking for a rehearsal
dinner location, the upscale Jax
Cafe in nearby northeast Minneapolis has five
private dining rooms.
Note: If your wedding is on a Friday
evening, or Saturday afternoon evening, you must book their adjoining
reception hall. (If your wedding ceremony is on a
Saturday morning, or on a Sunday, renting the reception hall is
Chapel is located in Roseville, Minnesota, off of
Snelling Avenue, just south of I-694. The site rental fee for
weddings at the Nazareth Chapel is
about $800-$900. The chapel seats 300 people. Call 651-631-5388
and talk to Debbie Bock.
4401 Upton Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55410 - (612) 922-4272
Harriet Spiritual Community
historic church in South Minneapolis just west of Lake Harriet in
the Linden Hills neighborhood. Lake
Harriet Spiritual Community
is is very accommodating about
welcoming non-members, interfaith marriages and commitment
ceremonies. This church has an extremely charming round sanctuary
with large stained glass windows and a round stained glass dome.
The beautiful stained glass windows are 25 feet high, and the dome
is 40 feet high. They have a grand piano available for your use at
no extra charge.
Linden Hills offers several restaurants that would be appropriate
for a rehearsal dinner. Also nearby is the upscale Amore
in Uptown Minneapolis,
where you can rent a private room. Lake Harriet Spritual
is also only a few blocks from several
excellent sites for wedding photos including Lake
(aka Lake Harriet Rose Garden).
The office manager of Lake Harriet
is Nancy Couné, who is fun, very warm,
and outgoing. She will help you reserve the site and answer all your
questions. Nancy can be reached at 612-922-4272. Leave a message if
you have to - she's very good at returning calls. Lake
Harriet Spiritual Community
has three tiers of wedding
packages, starting at $700. The sanctuary seats 170. Email email@example.com
for more information.
1 Federal Drive, Fort
Snelling, MN 55111 - (612) 970-7866.
Right between Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
The Fort Snelling Chapel
is set aside from the rest of
Fort Snelling State Park, so there is plenty of privacy for your
wedding. You can hardly tell that you're in the middle of a big
Flags are set up at the Fort Snelling Chapel,
doesn't have a military appearance in person. The chapel has more
of an old-fashioned, cozy feel to it.
Fort Snelling Chapel
is perfect for smaller weddings
because it's not as tall and spacious as many churches.
During a wedding ceremony at Fort Snelling Chapel,
minister stands with the couple in the middle of the altar, and
any readers come up this lecturn off to the side to read.
Snelling Memorial Chapel
is a beautiful old stone chapel
between Minneapolis and St. Paul, off of Highway 55, close to the
Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. This chapel is a smaller, special
space and was one of the first churches built in the state. While it
is easily accessible because it's close to the highway, it's in the
middle of the very large Fort Snelling State Park. But you get the
whole chapel to yourselves for the afternoon. Fort
Snelling Memorial Chapel
is non-denominational, so people
of any faith can marry here. If you have musicians, they usually sit
by the rear entrance (in the top right-hand picture, that entrance
is on the far right) or in the balcony (in the top right-hand
picture, the balcony is on the top left). You can see the interior
better on this virtual
The complex at Fort Snelling is also
home to the Fort Snelling Club (612-725-2272, $700, seats 300),
which is available for wedding receptions. One advantage of using
this reception site is that they do not charge sales tax, city
tax, or state liquor tax on their liquor (which can total up to
15%). Note that the Fort Snelling Club (Building 89) is not the
same as the Officer's Club.
Snelling Memorial Chapel is about 1/2 mile from Buca
di Beppo, which is a great Italian restaurant
that serves everything "family style" (portions for 3-5 people).
It's perfect for a rehearsal dinner.
The cost of renting the Fort
Snelling Memorial Chapel is about $600 for a wedding
ceremony, with two options for Saturdays: either 11:00am-2:00pm or
4:00-7:00pm. Call 612-725-2390 to talk to the chapel secretary,
Barb. She is very efficient, and if you have to leave a message
she will get right back to you. Also, the site manager, Darrel, is
a wonderful guy who has worked there for years; I have worked with
him for many wedding ceremonies. The chapel seats up to 300
people, but it has a small, cozy, intimate feel, and I've
performed wedding ceremonies there with just 20 guests, and it
worked just fine.
101 E. Grant St, Minneapolis, MN 55403 - (612) 871-3585.
Wesley Church is a gorgeous stone church in the Nicollet
Avenue/Convention Center area of downtown Minneapolis, MN. The
church is very community-oriented and permits non-members to rent
the space for wedding ceremonies. Not only is the exterior
beautiful, with gorgeous red stone, the interior is stunning, too -
it has carved wood and rich upholstery. Even though most weddings
don't use the church's balcony, it gives the space a grand,
magnificent feel, while the main floor seems intimate and
friendly. So Wesley Church
is beautiful, romantic, and cozy, yet spacious enough to accommodate
the largest of weddings. The cherry color of the wood really warms
the whole place up. The bridal staircase can provide a unique
entrance for the bride, but most brides and grooms choose to come
down the center aisle.
great nearby rehearsal dinner option is the Ichiban
Japanese Steakhouse, which is two blocks away on Nicollet
Church is located in downtown Minneapolis, across the
street from a small, well-kept park, which is perfect for wedding
pictures. While most wedding ceremonies at Wesley
Church have 150-200 guests (a size that works quite well
in the space), the bottom floor of the sanctuary easily seats 500
people, and the top can fit another 400 to 500. So the site can
actually accomodate almost 1,000 people. The rental fee for Wesley
Church is about $1,650, and they're very generous about
what they include: 5 hours on the wedding day, 1-1/2 hours for the
rehearsal, the sound tech, the custodian, and the services of
either John or Marcia, who helps set things up. You can call
either John or Marcia about renting the church for weddings at
7950 1st Ave S Bloomington, MN 55420 - (952) 884-6656
Unity South Church
located in Bloomington, MN. Unity
has a capacity 120 guests. The rental fee for
Unity South Church
$600, including 5 hours on the wedding day, 1-1/2 hours for the
rehearsal, the grand piano, dressing rooms, and the services of
their wedding coordinator. You can call Gayle Ann Hubert about
renting the church for weddings at 651-246-7707.
6731 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427 - (763) 588-8578.
In the first-ring western suburb of Minneapolis named Golden Valley,
there is a beautiful historical chapel run by the Golden Valley
Historical Society. If you have a SMALL
wedding ceremony (less than 80 guests), this chapel can be perfect.
Many couples find that if they have an intimate ceremony, a lot of
churches just seem huge. Even if a church only has pews that hold
200, a wedding with 20 guests can seem pretty small. Not at this
Church in the Valley"
, as it is sometimes called, was built in
1882, and has been lovingly restored. This historic church pews will
seat up to 80 persons. There is a private bride's preparation room
and separate prep room for the groom and his attendants. For music,
the chapel has a 1941 Chickering upright piano and 1950's vintage
Conn church organ ( both in mint condition). The chapel does have an
iPod and laptop computer connection wire which will put the music
through the speakers in the ceiling.
Rental fee: $350. Note that if you want the chapel for a rehearsal
the day before, there is an extra $200 charge.
Capacity: 80 guests - suitable for SMALL
Contact Don Anderson at 763-588-8578 to inquire about availability.
Wedding chapel question:
Dear Rev. Coleman,
have been using your site as a great reference trying to plan a MN
wedding from Chicago. We have booked the James
Hill Library for a reception in October (25th) but are
having some trouble finding a wedding ceremony site for about 200
people. We would like for our ceremony to be non-denominational
but to still feel spiritual.
Can you suggest any venues? We'd like it to be indoors. We love
LOVE the Nazareth Chapel but it is
already booked for our date. Something similar would be wonderful.
I'm sure you get a lot of emails everyday - but I thought I'd give
it a shot.
Thank you in advance for your time.
Hmm...a spiritual wedding, but non-denominational. Let's see -
first of all, have you thought about having a minister perform a
wedding ceremony at the Library? It's a wonderfully grand site,
and can work well for the wedding ceremony. Then, during the
cocktail hour, the staff sets it all up for the wedding reception.
As we talked about, most churches won't rent to non-members, and
the ones that do usually charge a premium. For instance, Hennepin
Avenue United Methodist Church is $2,500; and the Basilica
I have performed several wedding
ceremonies at the Diamond Lake
Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, and they might be worth
checking out. (I'm really searching here, because I don't know
their fees...I just know that I've performed wedding ceremonies
there.) Diamond Lake Lutheran Church's phone number
If you haven't seen it already, here
are pictures and info for Concordia
chapel in St. Paul, which is available for wedding
ceremonies. The chapel is named Graebner
Rev. Tomkin Coleman