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!

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To begin planning, consider the wedding packages below and submit a wedding information request form.

For additional information, contact Events Coordinator Danielle Tikalsky at events@glaquarium.org or (218) 740-2015.

 

 

Full Facility Package

Seated Dinner - Exhibit Floor

 

Dine alongside a splashing river, witness stunning panoramic harbor views, carry cocktails through a shipwreck, and dance below a 24-foot lighted water wall. The full facility package provides flexibility, immersion and entertainment as the only package to allow exclusive access to the full Aquarium exhibit floor.

Capacity: Up to 160 seated guests; up to 300 strolling guests.

Timing: Available for rental 7 pm – 12 am

Also Included:

  • Up to 20 5-foot round tables and 160 molded black chairs as well as options for rectangular tables for buffet, bar, gifts, and head dining table,
  • Exclusive access to the full exhibit floor, including sturgeon touch tank access until 10:30 pm
  • Free parking for all guests (while space is available)

Pricing:

 Sunday - ThursdayFriday - Saturday
January 1 - May 10, 2018$2,000$2,500
May 11 - September 5, 2018$2,500$3,000
September 6 - December 31, 2018$2,000$2,500

Ask for more information.

 

Discovery Center Package

Discovery Center Banquet Hall

 

With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Harbor and Bayfront Park, the Discovery Center Banquet Hall is a stunning setting for intimate wedding celebrations.

Capacity: Up to 100 guests.

Timing: Available for 4-hour daytime rentals (between 8 am and 5 pm) and 5- or 7-hour evening rentals (beginning at 5 pm)

Also Included:

  • Round or rectangular tables with black molded chairs for seating up to 100 guests as well as table options for buffet, bar, gifts and head dining table
  • Complimentary dancing space in front of the lobby’s 24-foot lighted water wall
  • Separate space for out-of-sight catering setup and staging
  • Free parking for all guests (while space is available)

Pricing:

 4-Hour Daytime Rental
(8 am - 5 pm)
5-Hour Evening Rental
(5 - 10 pm)
7-Hour Evening Rental
(5 pm - 12 am)
1 - 40 guests$300$500$800
41 - 80 guests$600$800$1,200
81 - 100 guests$900$1,200$1,800

*Add $200 to include Aquarium admission (and the freedom to explore the full exhibit floor) for all guests.

Ask for more information.

 

 

Ceremony-Only Packages

Enjoy one of a variety of locations, and treat your guests to free exploration throughout the Aquarium after your ceremony! Ceremony-only rentals include two hours of flexible ceremony time, plus unlimited exhibit exploration time following the main event.

Or, select any of these ceremony options as an addition to any Discovery Center or Full Facility reception package (details above) at no extra charge.

 

Outdoor CeremonyOutdoor Harborside Ceremony

An outdoor ceremony with peace of mind! Don’t worry about the weather. A backup indoor setup is available onsite at the Aquarium.

Capacity: Up to 100guests.

Timing: Two-hour rentals available during Aquarium business hours*

Price: $750 during peak season (May 11 – September 5, 2018); $500 during off-peak season (January 1 – May 10 & September 6 – December 31, 2018)

Discovery Center Ceremony

With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Harbor and Bayfront Park, the Discovery Center Banquet Hall is a stunning setting for intimate wedding celebrations.

Capacity: Up to 100 guests

Timing: Two-hour rentals available during Aquarium business hours*

Price: $750 during peak season (May 11 – September 5, 2018); $500 during off-peak season (January 1 – May 10 & September 6 – December 31, 2018)

Water Wall Lobby Ceremony

Take your vows in front of Great Lakes Aquarium’s stunning 24-foot glass water wall!

Capacity: Up to 135 guests

Timing: Two-hour rentals available after daily business hours*

Price: $750 during peak season (May 11 – September 5, 2018); $500 during off-peak season (January 1 – May 10 & September 6 – December 31, 2018)

* Aquarium business hours are 10 am – 7 pm daily during the months of April – October; business hours are 10 am – 5 pm Monday – Thursday and 10 am – 7 pm Friday – Sunday during the months of November – March. The Aquarium is not available for events on December 25th, January 1st, July 4th, the weekend of Grandma’s Marathon (rotating annually in June), or the weekend of Bluesfest (rotating annually in August).

Ask for more information.

 

 

Add-On Services

Catering

Seated Dinner - Exhibit Floor Great Lakes Aquarium offers you choices when it comes to catering.  Our preferred caterers are Duluth Grill Catering and Black Woods Banquet and Catering, but we can approve other licensed caterers upon request.  The Aquarium provides exclusive bar service for all on-site events serving alcoholic beverages.

 

SCUBA Diving

Looking to add a stunning surprise to your evening event? Schedule SCUBA divers to jump into the Aquarium’s largest tank and feed the fish.

Price: $150.

 

 

Ready to dive in? Ask for more information.