The Lumber Exchange Event Center is a historic wedding venue located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Constructed in 1885, the Lumber Exchange Building was the first skyscraper built in Minneapolis and at the time was one of the most grandiose and expensive buildings in the area. Designed with the old-world elegance and charm, the building boasts grand arch entries, romantic chandeliers, lofty ceilings and dazzling marble floors. Our original exposed brick combined with modern accents create an industrial feel sure to stun you and your guests. No matter the size or budget, we can turn your dream wedding into a reality.
There are several great photo locations in and around our building - from the revolving door originally from Grand Central Station to our beautiful marble entry way. Most couples stay onsite for all their photos!
Facilities and Capacities
Lumber Exchange Event Center has a variety of event spaces available for your special day. The Fountain Room is ideal for those looking to have a lavish wedding. This nine-story atrium offers natural lighting, a descending waterfall, sparking chandeliers and vintage lamp posts give The Fountain Room the ambiance of a breathtaking courtyard.
Sawyers on 5th is our newest premier wedding venue and perfect for couples looking to have a picturesque urban wedding. Overlooking the popular Bob Dylan mural, this space offers a rustic atmosphere with exposed brick columns and floor to ceiling windows with magnificent views of the city.
Each venue is complete with two private suites as well as a designated cocktail hour space (alternative cocktail hour spaces also available).
Our venues are uniquely designed and positioned to allow for guest counts large and small.
Services Included and Offered
Lumber Exchange Event Center can provide a variety of services for your special day. From setup to teardown, our team will ensure your wedding is flawless. A number of items are included in the venue rental – including but not limited to tables, chairs, linens, servers, bartenders, a wireless microphone, surround sound, two private suites and liability insurance.
The Lumber Exchange is connected via skyway to two hotels and a 700-stall covered parking garage, making travel and lodging convenient and stress free for you and your guests.
Our extensive offerings allow you to design a menu based on your personal favorites. Have dietary restrictions or don’t see something you love? Our in-house chef can work with you to create a custom menu for your special day.
41 Reviews for Lumber Exchange Event Center
Recommended by 91% of couples
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Amanda D. · Getting married on 05/02/2022
Wonderful, Unforgettable Wedding
We had our wedding here in February and it was an absolute dream. Our coordinator Will was wonderful to work with, and the staff on the day of our wedding was also great. If something went wrong, I never found out about it. They were willing to work with us on a tighter budget and helped us cut corners where we could. Everything went so smoothly and I couldn't have imagined a better place to have our wedding. For all the right reasons, it is definitely a day I will remember forever! Thank you so much to everyone at the LX for such an amazing wedding day!Sent on 07/01/2020
Lumber Exchange Event Center's reply:Thank you so much for your kind words, Amanda! Hards down, the best part about our job is hearing from our couples about how magical their day was!
Lauren · Married on 11/07/2020
Amazing Wedding - Even during a pandemic
We cannot express how thankful We are that we got married at the lumber exchange! My husband and I were planning our wedding before the pandemic happened and when it hit we didn’t know what our wedding day would look like. Sara was on top of all of it! She already created about three back up plans so We were ready for our wedding day! Because of Sara and the staff they made us feel super safe having a wedding during a pandemic, they followed all protocols with covid and we had a covid free wedding! The wedding day was better than I ever expected. The staff was on top of everything and We did not have to worry at all! So many guest came up to us and loved the look of the venue and how amazing the staff was!Sent on 11/12/2020
I would 100% recommend this place to anyone. Amazing food, service, everything!! I cannot thank Sara enough for all the hard work she put into helping us plan everything out!
Lumber Exchange Event Center's reply:Lauren & Travis,
Rylie W. · Married on 10/12/2020
The most magical venue
We got marred here the weekend before Christmas 2019, and we have been hearing one word to describe our wedding from our guests- MAGICAL! And this is 100% due to the LX team. Hannah was a dream to work with during the planning process, very detail oriented, kept me on track, always had fast responses and helped me when I needed a different perspective.
Kelsey and Crystal were also spectacular as day of contacts. Kelsey helped us walk through our rehearsal to get over any day-before jitters. Crystal was like an old friend on the day of, keeping me sane, helping my bridal party with any questions we had and making sure we stayed on our timeline, while still getting to have fun and enjoy ourselves. I do want to also note that every single member of the service staff was friendly and answered all questions with a smile.
Lastly, I feel like I have to address how absolutely BEAUTIFUL the space was. We needed very little decor and the space was so natural with the exposed brick, large windows and charming chandeliers.
I cannot recommend this space enough, not only because of the visually appeal it provides but all of the people who helped make our day THE BEST EVER!Sent on 01/01/2020
Lumber Exchange Event Center's reply:Rylie & Eric,
Team of Lumber Exchange Event Center
Event Sales Manager
I just LOVE working with couples planning their Big Day! I feel so honored out of all of the great venues there are to choose from that they picked us. It is really important to me that my couples enjoy the planning process and that I take as much off of their plate as possible. This should be FUN! Let's make it that way. I enjoy working ahead and staying very organized so that your special day runs flawlessly.
When I am not working, I am at home with my family. My husband Nik of 10 years (yikes I'm old!) along with my daughter, Bradlee and my son, Nolan. My kids are old souls, so luckily they like to watch some great classics.
Nik and I enjoy watching a good scary movie once the kiddos are asleep and it pairs nicely with a good bourbon drink;) YUM!