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10 Most Talked-About Minnesota Wedding Venues

You've heard the hype -- now get the scoop on these top Minnesota wedding reception sites.

Photo: Olive Juice Studios

Black Bear Crossing

Dance beneath the twinkling lights of Black Bear Crossing's covered open-air promenade without worrying about the elements (holds up to 300). If you'd rather, take it inside the Historic Como Lakeside Pavilion for picturesque views through the large windows encircling the banquet room. (651) 488-4920, BlackBearCrossings.com

Carlson Towers Rotunda

If you're looking for the big wow-factor, consider Carlson Towers Rotunda, with opulent details, like cathedral ceiling, grand piano, marble floors, majestic fountains and an amazing outdoor amphitheater. The spectacular views along with the fragrance wafting in from the English gardens will surely impress up to 330 guests. (763) 212-1448, CarlsonCenterEvents.com

Gibbs Museum

Conveniently located between Saint Paul and Minneapolis, historic Gibbs Museum is a cozy respite away from the city. Invite up to 82 people to a rustic wedding inside the Red Barn, or rent a canopy and combine the barn and Courtyard for larger parties, up to 200. (651) 646-8629, RCHS.com/gbbsfm2.htm

Lafayette Club

Local Knottie favorite, Lafayette Club is located just 20 minutes from Minneapolis on the shore of beautiful Lake Minnetonka. Expecting a large crowd? You can fit up to 350 in the Crystal Ballroom, with polished hardwood floor, crystal chandeliers and an amazing sun porch overlooking Crystal Bay. They also have lovely lakeside rooms more suitable for smaller guest lists. (952) 471-8493, LafayetteClub.com

The Le Meridien Chambers Hotel

A unique environment that mixes the luxury of a chic hotel with the culture of an upscale art museum -- The Le Meridien Chambers Hotel is the nation's first luxury art hotel. With more than 200 original contemporary sculptures, paintings and photographs, there's no need for decor. With a variety of unique spaces, like the Rooftop Lounge with a wrap-around balcony, this venue can handle up to 350. (612) 238-4444, ChambersMinneapolis.com

The Lodge on Lake Detroit

The Lodge on Lake Detroit is perfect for an all-inclusive wedding experience. Celebrate with up to 100 people at an on-site catered reception after exchanging vows in a lakeside ceremony. Not only is this a beautiful luxury resort, it's also sustainable with efficient lighting, heating and cooling and organic products. (218) 847-8439, TheLodgeonLakeDetroit.com

Paradise Charter Cruises and the Minneapolis Queen

Who says you have to get married on dry land? Not us! Paradise Charter Cruises and the Minneapolis Queen will set sail with you and your wedding party for a unique celebration out on Lake Minnetonka or the mighty Mississippi River. Vessels accommodate up to 145 people. (952) 474-8058, TwinCitiesCruises.com

Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain is another hot spot for Minnesota brides no matter what season. They've recently added a new banquet space called The Slopeside Saloon overlooking the St. Louis River. Serve dinner from their home-cooked menu (the largest room fits 385) after saying "I do," on the outdoor cedar stage with views of Lake Superior. (218) 624-8531, SpiritMt.com

317 on Rice Park

For old-world charm spiced up with sophisticated cuisine, 317 on Rice Park in Saint Paul has a rich club feel, with details like the exquisite mahogany woodwork, 16' ceilings and the wood-burning fireplace in The Parkview Room and ornate Italian plaster ceilings and large arched windows in The Riverside Room. This venue can accommodate up to 500 people or 250 for seated meals. (651) 726-8810, WildsideCaterers.com

Trellis

Planners call Trellis, located in Stillwater, a hidden gem with its heirloom gardens, historic limestone pathways, stone benches and trickling fountains. Gather up to 250 of your guests beneath the large canopy adorned in vintage chandeliers, or, for intimate ceremonies, exchange vows inside the gazebo. (651) 439-9039, TrellisEvents.com

-- Carrie Chambers