Create a Destination Wedding without the Travel Expenses.

Start your life together in an enchanting, historic river town, just minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul on the MN/WI border, yet feels a world away. As a top Minnesota wedding destination (and one of America’s Most Picturesque Towns), each year Stillwater fulfills romantic dreams providing all the details you desire. Set on the St. Croix River with a historic downtown district,  couples celebrate winter, spring, summer, or fall wedding ceremonies and receptions.

We have over 20 unique venues for weddings including a rustic country garden, hip loft spaces, historic ballrooms, and riverboats for events from 20 to 700. View venues list below, view 360 venue tours or print out this quick list.  Stillwater has everything you need for your event including nearby lodging for your guests with new downtown hotels and vacation home rental options. Marriage equality is happily celebrated in Minnesota with legal same-gender marriage, so choose the Birthplace of Minnesota for your historic moment!

—Voted Best Small Town Charm Wedding by MN Bride Magazine —
—Seen on Best of Minnesota Venues by The Knot
—Mentioned as Top Spots to Host a Bachelorette Party in Twin Cities by MN Bride—

Host your mini-wedding, grooms dinner, bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette party, or engagement party in Stillwater! Spend your wedding night or mini-moon in a romantic bridal suite. Don’t forget about your Honeymoon or Anniversary – they are best celebrated with fun things to do in this picturesque city, so visit us then as well! Your romantic escape will create loving memories. Think of Stillwater, Minnesota for Year-round romance (watch this video for winter inspiration)!

If you book a Stillwater venue or hotel and would like complimentary Stillwater Visitor’s Guidebook/Map for your guest’s welcome packets? We will mail you as many as you need, just email us at least two weeks prior.

Tell us about your wedding – Post on our Pinterest boards or reviews on The Knot (search “discover stillwater”).

Downtown Hotels with Ballrooms


102 N. 2nd Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

# Lodging Rooms: 35
Max. Attendees: 20-220
Historic Inn with 3 dining/event rooms, an outdoor patio, event center ballroom, and adjacent parking ramp.


101 S. Water Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

# Lodging Rooms: 62
Max. Attendees: 300

Historic Inn on the St. Croix Riverfront featuring event center ballroom with riverfront patio, Victorian dining room, and Irish pub on site with outdoor covered patio. Guests can enjoy the convenience of a 61 room hotel with a 20-room hotel expansion, new lobby, river view conference rooms, and rooftop restaurant added in 2019.

Ceremony & Reception Venues


14587 30th St N
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 200

Outdoor wedding Ceremonies & Receptions.  The Farm has a private, personal appeal. You’ll feel at home here – from dressing in the 1950’s cottage, walking down the aisle flanked by gardens and classic statuary, to standing in front of a vine covered gazebo for your ceremony.   The Pavilion serves as a covered space in case of rain. It’s a 3 -sided building with a roof draped with vines. The Paddock is an informal gathering place after the ceremony to serve sparkling water or lemonade. Rustic, elegant charm describe the space – nestled next to the 1880 dairy barn.

Forge & Foundry Distillery

223 Main St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Host your event at a small craft distillery right downtown Stillwater. Main tap room and upper floor space as well as river view rooftop deck available for small events.


APPLEWOOD HILLS GOLF CLUB – 11840 60th St. N, (651)439-7276,   capacity:  200
– 1599 McKusick Rd, (651) 439-6981 , capacity:  175-400
– 6667 Keats Ave. N, (651)-770-2301. capacity:  200
STONE RIDGE GOLF CLUB – 13600 N. Hudson Blvd, (651) 436-GOLF, capacity:  325
– 1421 N. 4th St, (651)439-7979, capacity:  175


301 S. 2nd Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 380

Elegant historic downtown ballroom with large stained glass feature on the ceiling and entryways, wood dance floor and adjacent antique bar. On-site catering company and on-site ceremony possibilities.

JX Event Venue

123 2nd St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 500 seated/720 standing

Built in 1905, the Connolly Shoe Factory was renovated in 2016 to become JX Venue, one of the largest event venues in Minnesota. JX Venue boasts 14,000 sq feet of event space and has a capacity of up to 720 guests. The venue is perfect for large weddings, small celebrations and everything in between. Purposely ambiguous, the name “JX” is defined by the first class events that are hosted within the exposed brick walls. Clients have access to an unparalleled multimedia experience, optical illusion photobooth and a state of the art sound and light system. The space is dynamic, bursting with modern luxuries, while still celebrating the historic charm of the building. Every celebration feels intimate as the space is customized to match the exact vision and needs of the client.

Lady Chateau Private Yacht

422 Mulberry St. E.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 50

For small wedding celebrations, charter your very own yacht on the St. Croix River. The Lady Chateau is the Midwest’s premiere charter yacht. This million and a half-dollar vessel cruises the beautiful and historic St. Croix River. From the moment you board, you are surrounded in the unparalleled luxury of warm teak interiors, leather furnishings, and beautiful art.

Lift Bridge Brewery

1900 Tower Drive W
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
1-888-430-BEER ext 3.,

Max. Attendees: 150 Seated

We love hosting private events. We love them so much we want to marry them, and we can, and do. Yep, we have rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and even wedding ceremonies at Lift Bridge Brewery! We make it super easy for you and your guests to have the most unique, laid back, cool and memorable life event! We have some preferred caterers but we can work with anyone. We will take care of setup, decorations for you, entertainment, all the nitty gritty details. Lift Bridge Brewery was even featured in Minnesota Bride Magazine for top brewery weddings! We’d love to celebrate with you!


various locations
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 150, but varies depending on location

Stillwater has a few parks that couples enjoy getting married in from elopements to ceremonies.  You need to contact the city direct to book and find out more. The most popular parks located downtown Stillwater are Lowell Park (North of historic lift bridge: riverfront gazebo (45 max), South lawn area, or open air amphitheater) or Pioneer Park (upper bluff with stunning views of downtown with 3 sections of the park and a band shell available for private rental. The City of Stillwater parks department opens their calendar for bookings the following year on October 1st. Rental fees vary. Washington Square Park in town also has a gazebo that is very pretty for photos.


317 S. Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 40-400

Private dining area with window views great for intimate wedding, rehearsal dinner, or bachelor/bachelorette parties.   Your Celebration Destination.  Full bar.  Extensive menus to fit your budget. Wifi. A/V equipment.

River Siren Brewing

225 Main St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 150inside, 200 with patio/40 Mezzanine

Downtown tap room available for private rental for events – main room, upper small mezzanine, patio.

Rivertown Inn

306 Olive Street West
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

# Lodging Rooms: 9
Max. Attendees: 36

Enjoy a simply elegant ceremony surrounded by your family and friends. Rivertown Inn wedding packages include a one-hour rental for an intimate or romantic ceremony with up to 36 guests (includes wedding party). Couples have the option to add additional amenities, such as appetizers or a champagne toast. Couples may also choose to extend their celebration with a luncheon or dinner reception, an overnight stay in one of Rivertown Inn’s luxurious guest rooms or reserve the entire inn for your friends and family with our Exclusive Inn Rental.

Stillwater Event Center

1910 S. Greeley St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 225

The Stillwater Event Center has been hosting weddings and special events for over 32 years. We pride ourselves in excellent service and beautiful facilities.  Let us take the stress and worry out of the planning process. We are able to host both your ceremony and your reception at the same venue.

Stillwater Riverboats: Authentic Paddlewheel

525 S. Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 75-675 seated

Get married on the St. Croix River departing right from downtown on your choice of five charter boats with classic red paddlewheels and Americana charm. These authentic paddlewheel boat accomodations range in size from 75-500 guests and give couples the option of outdoor wedding ceremonies on the top deck or enclosed inside. Each boat has unique features like tin ceilings, wood interiors, twinkling sconces, Victorian decor, a stained glass bar, separate levels for cocktail bars, dancing or dinner. Consider partying the night away on the largest paddlewheel boat in the Midwest, the Avalon, the guests will love both inside and outside decks for your unique celebration. In addition to weddings and receptions, consider Stillwater River Boats for Grooms dinner, or Bridal shower, anniversary, or Rehearsal dinner.

Stillwater Riverboats: Majestic Star Cruiseliner

525 S. Main St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 300

What better way to capture the romance of your wedding? Cruise the St. Croix River on the largest yacht in the Midwest, the Majestic Star! Comfortable, with a first level lounge, second level dining deck, third level large bar and dance floor, and a fourth outside deck for viewing the entire St Croix River valley. Ceremonies and receptions can be held while docked or cruising. The enclosed levels are comfortable and climate controlled.

The Dock Stillwater

425 Nelson St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 55

Beautiful views of the St. Croix River either indoors or out.


214 S. Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 250 seated/330 standing

Built in 1895, this building was renovated in 2013 to become the Loft at Studio J, one of the most unique, rustic and charming venues in Minnesota. With the intentionally chic rehabilitation of the building, the Loft at Studio J boasts 4,000 square feet of event space and has a capacity to hold up to 300 guests. The venue is perfect for weddings, intimate concerts and small functions.


11661 Myeron Rd N
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
(651) 439-9747

# Lodging Rooms: 7
Max. Attendees: 300

Historic Georgian-style country manor in a wooded 300 acre park just north of Stillwater featuring outdoor and indoor ceremony and reception spaces. The Outing Lodge can be your private location for rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and lodging.

The Stills

217 2nd St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

# Lodging Rooms: 55
Max. Attendees: 50 seated, 80 standing (whiskey lounge), 20 (bridal ready room)

Catered by Matchstick at Hotel Crosby this beautiful space is available to host events in the upper whiskey lounge and the convenient main level bridal ready room with multiple mirrors with the perfect make-up lighting. This modern space is located downtown just behind Hotel Crosby so your guests have easy access to the hotel or other downtown venues.

TRELLIS OUTDOOR Wedding Ceremonies

12125 80th St. North
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: 50-250

All-inclusive outdoor wedding ceremony venue – Imagine your wedding ceremony in a beautiful garden setting with a tree covered pathway, lush gardens, white canopy tent, flowering urns and tranquil scenery. Trellis specializes in large canopy weddings, intimate gazebo ceremonies or elopements.



415 E. Nelson Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Max. Attendees: call

A fun, historic and romantic way to transport wedding parties and guests.  Call for rentals.

Valet, Carriages, Limos & More!

Horse-Drawn Carriage rides: Johmar Farms 651.433.5312
Authentic Venetian Gondola Boat: Gondola Romantica 651.439.1783
Limos & Party Buses:
 Ace Limo 651.223.5466,   Total Transportation Corporation 800.387.5668, Party Bus  612.750.6999, 612.269.8513 Twin Cities Car & Limo Serivce  763.843.9414
Ace Limo 651.223.5466, Total Luxury Limousine  651.770.5668, Buttered Toast Productions 612.865.4852
Shuttle Van:  Eric’s Wedding Shuttles 651.270.1561
Taxis: See list on Directions & Parking page
13 Person Pedaling Pub: Biercycle Adventures 651.300.2202
Private Valet Parking Service: Your Valet Guys at Unparalleled Parking  Valet Service 651.300.1515

Wedding Services

Bachelorette, Bachelor Parties & Bridal Showers

Destination…Stillwater! There are tons of ideas for small groups and most within walking distance/short taxi ride from your hotel. Try wine/beer tasting at local vineyards or brew pubs, private culinary experiences and tours, craft classes working with yarn, paint- Kari’s Create & Paint or  heirloom jewelry and craft projectspole dancing/silks parties, pedicures, massages and spa packages or yoga/henna/tarot reading classes at Kali or medicinal blends, pubs/nightclubs with live music, boat cruisespontoon boat rental, Biercycle adventures, trolley tour, boutique shopping along historic Main Street, Private shopping experience at Enchante’, kayaking/biking/canoeing/geocaching with Wahoo Adventures or Diro Outdoors, and 30 downtown restaurants, and more Things to Do ideas here.

Top Spots Around Minnesota to Host a Bachelorette Party – Stillwater mentioned in MN Bride Article!

Ceremony Officiants

Gifts & Favors

CandylandPour Wine Girl personalized bottles. Browse complete list of shops for more ideas like local wine or Minnesota themed items or custom items created together.

Guest Activities

Keep ALL of your guests entertained while in town for the wedding by directing them to browse on Main Street, walk the riverfront, or find a fun activity to do on! We can also provide complimentary Stillwater visitor guides to all your overnight guests. Email the address and quantity you need at least 2 weeks prior to your event and we’ll ship what you need for their welcome baskets.

Invitations, Stationery & DIY Decor

Jewelry & Accessories – Engagement Rings, Wedding Bands, Custom Designs

Head to Stillwater to find your engagement ring, wedding band, or jewelry for wedding party or family gifts. 
Stoke’s JewelryAllure by GreatonsDiamonds on Main

For accessories like veils, shoes, purses or custom pieces, visit: Marquess Studios,

Lift Bridge Cowork – The Victorian

109 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

# Lodging Rooms: 2
Max. Attendees: 22

Let us host you for all of your wedding day details from bridal showers, intimate cocktail hours, and bride/groom ready room.

Photographers & Videographers

Stillwater area professional wedding photographers:,,,, , Lauren B Photography, The Lemon Rose Photography, Judd Sather & Studio J Photography

Stillwater area professional video production for weddings:
Studio J Videography,  Storyteller Videography,  WedPhoria, Mediamazing

Need a Photo Booth?
Flicker’s RentalsWedPhoria

Boudoir Photo Studio: The Hive House is located in the upper floor of a historic sawmill and is a modern in-home photo studio. Built by photographers for photographers, every space in this home is beautiful and photogenic with great natural light.

Rehearsal Dinners

Check out our Dining/Entertainment page for the perfect spot. With over 30 restaurants downtown many with private dining space, outdoor dining, or within walking distance of your venue. The 360 tours also show all of these private dining spots as well.

Seeking something different or perhaps an activity for the night before, consider renting your own private yacht  (The Lady Chateau , capacity 50) or paddle-wheel riverboat dinner cruise (, or find more ideas on our 50 groups experience ideas page.

Rentals – Tent, Chairs & Decor

Action RentalTy’s Wedding Rentals, and Old Things New (unique rental furniture, creative wedding arbor pictured).

Salons & Spas – Hair, Make-up, Tanning & Massage

Make-up: A’Salonna, Alluring Lash & Spa,Make Up by MindieIcon Lashes, Local Luxury Medspa Stillwater, Cristina Ziemer Beauty,

Hair Salons & Spas: Click here for a full list. Just for Me Spa and Retreat
Salon Mintee – new partnership with Hair by Theresa  and Make Up by Mindie in Grand Garage
Just Cuz Beauty Boutique & Styling Salon – located in the new JX Venue space
Cristina Ziemer Beauty – on-site hair & make-up stylist
A’Salonna – located downtown within walking distance to many venues
Local Luxury Med Spa– on-site spa at Hotel Crosby and adjacent bridal suite in The Stills

Tanning: Dee’s Spray Tan

Massage : Brick Alley StudioJust for Me SpaLocal Luxury Med Spa in Hotel Crosby, Stillwater’s Healing (on-site chair massage great for bridal showers)

Nails: JJ Nails, Just for Me Spa

Valet, Carriages, Limos & More!

Horse-Drawn Carriage rides: Johmar Farms 651.433.5312
Authentic Venetian Gondola Boat: Gondola Romantica 651.439.1783
Limos & Party Buses:
 Ace Limo 651.223.5466,   Total Transportation Corporation 800.387.5668, Party Bus  612.750.6999, 612.269.8513 Twin Cities Car & Limo Serivce  763.843.9414
Ace Limo 651.223.5466, Total Luxury Limousine  651.770.5668, Buttered Toast Productions 612.865.4852
Shuttle Van:  Eric’s Wedding Shuttles 651.270.1561
Taxis: See list on Directions & Parking page
13 Person Pedaling Pub: Biercycle Adventures 651.300.2202
Private Valet Parking Service: Your Valet Guys at Unparalleled Parking  Valet Service 651.300.1515

Wedding Dresses, Tux Rental & Bridal Party Attire

Not in the wedding party, but need to look stunning? Stop by our fashion boutiques, many  who carry cocktail dresses.

Preserve your beautiful gown immediately after your wedding with local experts at St. Croix Cleaners. They offer wedding dress preservation as well as alternations. They have a Wedding Gown Specialist trained in Wedding Gown preservation and inspection at this location.  Visit the Wedding Gown page for more information or call 651.351.1656.

Wedding Planner

Party On St. Croix provides personalized services and products serving the St. Croix Valley and Twin Cities. Their services include: Wedding & Event Planning, Party Rentals, Customized Gift Baskets, Promotional Products for Events and Businesses.


Honeymoon Suites

Honeymoon Suites

Find lodging in Stillwater for YOU or your GUESTS.  Preview the lodging page on this site to see a complete listing: 4 downtown hotels, 7 romantic B&B’s, 5 contemporary hotels just minutes from downtown and 20+ home/loft rental options.

Stay in style with beautiful unique romantic properties and suites:
Bed & Breakfast Inns with Suites: Rivertown Inn, Aurora Staples InnAnn Bean Mansion, Cover Park Manor, James Mulvey Carriage House
Downtown Hotels with Suites: Water Street Inn, Lowell Inn, Hotel Crosby, Lora
Hotels with fireplace or whirlpool suites: AmericInn, Comfort Inn, GrandStay
Main Street lofts or whole-house rentals for wedding party/family:  Find all options here.

For a complete list of lodging, visit:

Discover Stillwater