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Venues in Minneapolis, MN,
(612) 362-6630

About Us

Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Graduate Minneapolis is a professional hotel where intellectual curiosity meets a favorite place to stay. This sought-after venue has been part of the wedding industry since 2013. The industrial venue specializes in unique weddings, making them memorable for each couple and all guests.

Facilities and Capacity
The venue’s lush lake house landscape is complemented by dottings of forest green, woodland toile, and details of plum paisley and Corvette red to bring guests’ home. The lobby is usually a lounge-central for students to compete in serious air hockey tournaments or eat from the roving food carts serving local flavor. Whether guests are mingling amid the cozy communal tables or by the dramatic fireplace, the venue and its woodsy backdrop offer a unique atmosphere perfect for a joyous occasion. From the Graduate’s grand Meridian Ballroom to the intimate and elegant Pinnacle Ballroom, the hotel has the perfect spaces for couples to host their wedding. The Meridian Ballroom, their most spacious event location, is ideal for bigger celebrations, accommodating up to 350 guests. The grand and elegant room is located in the east wing of the mezzanine level, offering a large pre-function area to greet guests, along with access to a private outdoor terrace. Ideal for smaller gatherings, the Pinnacle Ballroom, located in the west wing of the mezzanine level and also offering pre-function space, can host up to 150 guests and can continue the fun outside on the outdoor terrace. The hotel also boasts the Pathways Room, ideal for meeting or pre-function gatherings, the Focus Room, several breakout rooms, and the Primp Room, featuring an elegant lounge area complete with a luxe sitting space and grand mirrors to get ready in.

Services Offered
Whether couples are celebrating their special day as an intimate ceremony or an over-the-top bash, the Graduate Minneapolis is guaranteed to make the occasion unforgettable. From setup and cleanup to event planning, the Graduate offers numerous services so couples can enjoy their special day. Couples also receive in-house catering, lighting and sound, and event rentals, including decorations, furniture, linens, and china. Other accommodations provided include:

  • Bridal suite
  • Liability insurance
  • Wireless Internet
  • Outside vendors
  • Pet-friendly attitude
  • Chairs, tables, and dancefloor
  • Barware, flatware, and glassware
  • Parking with optional valet, wheelchair access, and a shuttle

The Graduate’s creative culinary team will work with couples to concept custom menus and recipes that perfectly reflect each soon-to-be-wed couple. They offer full-service banquets and their signature food carts, providing a delicious touch. From Middle Eastern to Caribbean cuisine, the team offers a wide range of regional food in different presentations, including buffets, stations, family-style, hors d'oeuvres, and plated meals. The venue can also accommodate dietary needs with vegetarian/vegan options and lactose, nut, and gluten-free meals. Their other catering abilities include:

  • Cocktail receptions
  • French service
  • Dessert
  • Outside cake
  • Servers
  • Tastings
  • Organic or pork-free cuisine

Nestled in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus between Coffman Memorial Union and a stone's throw from the Gopher’s stadium, Graduate Minneapolis is just a short walk from local businesses, the Mississippi River, and beautiful parks. The gorgeous venue is only two miles from the magic of downtown Minneapolis and 12 miles from the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport, making all occasions easily accessible and close to plenty of entertainment and activity options.

Sarah Lauber

4.6 out of 5
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  • We had our wedding block at the Graduate Hotel a couple of weeks ago. We got a room with an attached “parlor” which was perfect for the groomsmen to get ready and it has an extra bathroom too. The hotel is super clean and has a fun style with lots of eye candy. Our room was very comfortable. It was just a couple blocks from our wedding venue which was convenient for us and for guests. Loved it!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 500.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 500.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Cake Cutting, Server(s)

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 12.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s), House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar, Specialty Beer

    What is the maximum capacity of your venue?


    What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?


    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Hotel

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Accommodations, All Inclusive Packages, Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What event items are available?

    Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    May, June, July, August, September, October

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March, April, November, December

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