Customer Service

Phone: 612-230-6400 Emailpermits@minneapolisparks.org

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Minneapolis parks make picturesque backdrops for your cherished event. Breathtaking views of the Minneapolis skyline, tranquil gardens, and a beautiful urban forest are just some of the unique settings available for your wedding ceremony.

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Reception Sites

From a Swiss Chalet fireplace room to a formal chandeliered banquet hall, we offer several sites for your reception. Many sites offer event planners and food and beverage services to make your reception a special and memorable occasion.

The following sites are available for receptions, or wedding ceremonies with receptions.

Columbia Manor Reception Hall

Nicollet Island Park Pavilion

Wirth Chalet Fireplace Room

Wirth Pavilion

The following sites are available for wedding ceremonies, receptions, or both.

Loring Community Arts Center

 

Chairs, amplification, tents, archways, and other wedding extras are available to rent for an additional fee through our preferred party rental vendors.

Festivities

Contact: Audra Magel
Phone: 763-682-4846
Email: audra@festivitiesmn.com
Website: www.festivitiesmn.com

Apres

Contact: Karla Vitez
Phone: 952-903-4241
Emailkvitez@apresparty.com
Websitewww.apresparty.com


Linen Effects

Contact: Emily James or Russ Mohr
Phone: 612-355-2500
Email: sales@lineneffects.com
Website: www.lineneffects.com

  • Ceremony Permits are required and issued for either three or six hours, including setup, rehearsal, photos, etc.
  • Ceremony Permits guarantee that no other ceremony or event is scheduled at the same time in the same location. A permit does not guarantee exclusive use of a park area for a private event. Other park visitors may still use the park, but are usually considerate of permit holders’ needs and move out of the immediate area. On-site event attendants assist.
  • Permits are issued for ceremonies only. Food and receptions are not allowed at ceremony sites. (We have separate Reception Venues to choose from).
  • Battery powered amplification systems are allowed only in specified areas (no electricity available). Amplification systems are limited to microphones, CDs and iPod/MP3 players. Permit holders must rent amplification equipment from one of our preferred vendors.
  • We only allow chairs in specified areas. Permit holders must rent chairs from one of our preferred vendors.
  • Flowers or any other vegetation may not be moved, cut or removed from any park in the Minneapolis Park System. (Park Board Ordinance 2.2).
  • Littering is not permitted. Rice, confetti or birdseed is not permitted. Any flower boxes or other rubbish must be disposed of properly by the permit holder. Frequently, there are numerous weddings scheduled consecutively at the same park area in one day. Clean up should not be left to the next group, neighborhood residents or the park keeper.
  • Tents or canopies are not allowed.
  • We allow held chuppahs or chuppahs that rest on the ground surface. We do not allow staking or pounding due to potential damage to underground security, electric and irrigation systems.
  • Alcohol is not permitted. Ceremonies which normally use wine must substitute with a non-alcoholic beverage.

Process

  1. Choose a Facility, Location and Date for your event. Please note that most facilities are permitted in 3 hour and 6 hour increments. Additional hours are available at an additional charge.
  2. Complete all sections of this Wedding Ceremony Permit Application (pages 3-4). This form is for informational purposes and is required to create an accurate cost estimate. Completion of form does not constitute permission to use the Facility.
  3. Submit your application by email, mail, delivery-in-person, or by facsimile to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Customer Service. All applications, proposed activities, and event features are subject to review and approval of the Park Board.
  4. Payment is required to guarantee the reservation of the facility and varies depending on the facility being requested. You will be notified if the proposal is not approved or the facility is not available.
  5. Once payment is received, the Park Board will email, mail or fax a permit agreement and receipt to the Event Coordinator with further instructions and contact information.

Items to Keep in Mind

  1. During the Minnesota seasons: April, May, September and October all Gardens cannot be guaranteed flowers, or water in fountains (cold/freezing). Gardens do not get planted until the end of May weather permitting. Specific garden sites: Minnehaha Longfellow and Pergola, Peace Garden, Turtle Fountain, Heffelfinger Fountain, Thomas Lowry and Sculpture Garden Arbor.
  2. A Park Board event site attendant will be on site for all wedding reservations.
  3. Reservation time frame of 3 or 6 hours includes set-up, ceremony and tear down.
  4. We cannot guarantee your rehearsal time. We will work around the events scheduled the day or week before your wedding to try & coordinate your rehearsal.
  5. AMPLIFICATION IS BATTERY POWERED (NO ELECTRICTY AVAILABLE) – MUST RENT FROM OUR PREFERRED PARTY RENTAL VENDORS

Rules for Outdoor Wedding Permits

  1. Wedding permits are issued for 3 or 6 hours only. This includes: set-up, rehearsal, photos, etc.
  2. Food and receptions are not allowed at wedding sites. Permits are issued for wedding ceremonies only. (MPRB has sanctioned Reception Venues).
  3. Sound amplification systems are allowed only in specified areas. Amplification systems are limited to: microphones, cds & iPod/MP3.
  4. Chairs are only allowed in specified areas. Any chairs must be rented through the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Preferred Party Rental Vendor.
  5. Flowers or any other vegetation may not be moved, cut or removed from any park in the Minneapolis Park System. (Park Board Ordinance 2.2).
  6. Littering is not permitted. Rice, confetti or birdseed is not permitted. Any flower boxes or other rubbish must be picked up by the permittee and disposed of properly. Frequently there are numerous weddings scheduled consecutively at the same park area in one day. Clean up should not be left to the next group, the neighborhood residents or park keeper.
  7. Tents or canopies are only allowed in specified areas. Any tents or canopies may only be rented through the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Preferred Party Rental Vendor. If tents are being rented, a six hour permit is required
  8. Hand held chuppahs or chuppahs that rest on the ground surface are permitted. Staking or pounding is not permitted due to potential damage to underground security, electric and irrigation systems.
  9. Alcohol is not permitted. Ceremonies that normally use wine must substitute with a non-alcoholic beverage.
  10. Parking Notice: The cost to park is not included in the cost of the wedding permit. If you do not already have a Minneapolis Park Board annual parking permit, you may purchase parking at the prevailing hourly rate wherever a parking station machine or an individual parking meter is located. Daily parking vouchers for pay parking lots can be purchased for your guests in advance through Customer Service at 612-230-6400.
  11. Water Power Park – location is only available May 15th – October 30th. Long haul fees for rentals apply. (Dates can vary because of weather)

Permit Application

You will need to apply for a permit to reserve this location for your outdoor wedding or other ceremony. We accept applications up to 12 months in advance on a first paid, first served basis.

Permit Application Process

  1. Download and review the appropriate application:Wedding Ceremony Application [PDF]Memorial Service Application [PDF]
  2. Complete and submit your permit application:Emailpermits@minneapolisparks.orgMail or In Person:
    Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
    Wedding Permits
    2117 West River Rd N
    Minneapolis, MN 55411

    Fax: 612-230-6504

  3. Permits will be reviewed no more than 335 days (11 months) prior to your event date. If available, we will reserve the site for your preferred date and time.
  4. We will contact you to discuss your application and to arrange payment
  5. Upon receipt of payment we will issue your permit