Weddings

Break out of the ballroom and experience the freshwater elegance of hosting after hours celebrations at Great Lakes Aquarium! We can accommodate all your needs, from the wedding shower through the Big Day.  We offer space for indoor and outdoor ceremonies, room for seated receptions for up to 160 people, and a sparkling 24-foot water wall as a backdrop for the first dance through the last call.  Learn more about all the ways we can make your celebrations special!

Download our complete Wedding Planning Guide here.

Contact Event Coordinator, Alexis Berke for additional information by calling: (218) 740-2013 or emailing: aberke@glaquarium.org

 Wedding Showers, Rehearsal Dinners and Gift Opening

With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Harbor and Aerial Lift Bridge, the Harborview Room is a stunning setting for intimate wedding celebrations.  This space can seat up to 40 people for brunch, appetizers or dinner. Basic tables and navy blue folding chairs are provided with room rental.

Options are available for daytime rentals two hours or less, and evening or full day rentals.  Refer to the Harborview Room Flyer below for pricing details.

Download Harborview Room Flyer here

Ceremonies

Wedding only packages:

An outdoor ceremony with piece of mind! Don’t worry about the weather. There is backup indoor set up at the same location.  Wedding ceremony packages are two hours total for the ceremony and exhibit exploration afterward.

Ceremony and Reception:

Stress free planning! Interested in hosting a reception here?  Add your wedding ceremony for no additional fee.  Guests have time to explore exhibits during transition time before dinner.

 Receptions

Host up to 160 for a seated dinner, and even more for appetizer service, throughout our exhibit floor.  Event highlights include a head table in front of the Baptism River, seating throughout the second floor, drinks and mingling by tanks of lake trout and sturgeon, and dance the night away in front of the light 24-foot water wall.

Setup begins at 6 p.m. Events occur from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

A full facility rental includes exclusive access to the building for you and your guests, parking, and on-site aquarium staff.

 Catering

Great Lakes Aquarium offers you choices when it comes to catering.  Our preferred caterers are Savories and Blackwoods, but we can approve other licensed caterers upon request.  Your caterer must posses a valid liquor license to serve alcohol. You can also contract with one of our approved caterers for bar set up.

 Savories Catering

 Black Woods Banquet and Catering