Meadow Brook Hall is a historic banquet hall and wedding venue in Rochester, Minnesota. Matilda Dodge Wilson (widow of American auto mogul John Dodge) had a vision of elegance, social prowess, and luxury when she built Meadow Brook Hall in 1926.Since then the estate has served as a historical landmark and place or beauty for the Rochester community. It’s stately brick exterior, picturesque gardens, and dedicated event staff makes Meadow Brook Hall a truly spectacular place to host weddings and receptions alike. Whether you’re planning an intimate elopement or a formal affair with hundreds of loved ones, Meadow Brook Hall is a fantastic place to celebrate the start of your lives together.
2019 available dates: Fridays: September 13, October 25, November 1, 8, 15, & 29 & December 13
Saturdays: November 9 & 16 and December 7 & 14.
Facilities and Capacity
Meadow Brook Hall offers both indoor and outdoor event spaces to suit weddings of every size and style. Meadow Brook Hall is a brick building with elegant gardens surrounding the estate. The gardens are often used for intimate ceremonies, or for an al fresco cocktail hour for smaller parties. The main level of Meadow Brook Hall features a spacious event room for mingling and enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Formal dining is typically hosted in the Christopher Wren Dining Room, which can seat up to 100 guests. The main dining space in the Christopher Wren Room can seat 94. An additional six guests, either the wedding party or select honored guests, can enjoy a more private experience in the adjacent Breakfast Nook. Guests will marvel at the plaster ceilings and detailed woodwork on the walls as they eat, drink, and enjoy your special day.
Meadow Brook Hall offers complimentary wedding coordinator services to ensure you can enjoy your wedding day stress-free. The wedding coordinator will meet with you in-person to familiarize themselves with your plan, coordinate with your vendors, and provide complete assistance on the big day to ensure everything flows seamlessly. Other rentals and services include:
Meadow Brook Hall has an onsite caterer to prepare an elegant wedding meal for any size group. They design custom menus using fresh, local ingredients including herbs from the Meadow Brook gardens. The culinary staff can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, and other special dietary needs. White glove service is included.
Recommended by 95% of couples
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Sonia · Married on 08/18/2017
Amazing venue! Meadow Brook is by far the most beautiful place for weddings - especially in August when all the flowers are in full bloom. It's expensive but the service and quality is excellent. Our guests were wowed by the elegant setting but the wedding tent reception gives it a fun aspect instead of a stuffy one. The food is top notch - from the yummy appetizers to the cucumber bow wrapped salad to the melt in your mouth beef and salmon and the wait staff was professional but very friendly.. I loved that they served the wedding party champagne and appetizers in the dining room right after the ceremony so they could have a quick private celebration. I loved the outdoor ceremony in the Pegasus garden - we added flowers but they were really not needed because there were so many there anyway!Sent on 08/21/2017
The thing that really makes the difference is the Meadow Brook planner that you work with before the wedding and the day of. Alexis was the what made the day over the top special. She gave such great advice on all aspects of planning and we didn't have to worry about anything the day of the wedding. She even caught my mistake with the seating arrangements and instead of having me change everything she changed her table numbers to match mine. My daughter had some strong opinions about the reception order and timing that Alexis was unsure about but agreed to try - when they ended up not working so well during the event Alexis just moved seemlessly back to the original plan. She was so professional but also nice and accommodating.
One thing to keep in mind is the additional expense needed to decorate the tent - not just flowers but linens, chairs, lighting, etc. - it's a big white tent!
Andrew Simon · Married on 07/19/2019
Our experience with Alexis and Meadow Brook Hall was incredible. From start to finish, Alexis was so helpful getting everything straightened out and together and keeping track of our vendors. The day of went so smoothly, all thanks to her and the rest of the staff at Meadow Brook. Despite scattered thunder storms and almost having to evacuate the tent as dinner was being served (not joking!), Alexis made sure everything was handled and let us enjoy our night as much as possible. The grounds at Meadow Brook are absolutely beautiful and so well kept and manicured. The food is also incredible. I’ve been to many weddings where the food was adequate at best, but all night our guests kept coming up to us commenting on how good the food was, from the salad to dessert. Thank you again for everything you’ve done to keep our wedding day as special and worry free as it could be.Sent on 07/24/2019
Amanda Butcher · Married on 06/01/2019
THANK YOU for our dream wedding!
Meadow Brook Hall was the perfect place for our wedding. My husband and I live out of state, so this was a destination wedding for us. Communication was key, and our wedding coordinator, Alexis, was fantastic. She was incredibly helpful, offering her opinion on things when we asked, and was very responsive throughout the whole process. We were supposed to have our ceremony outside, but it had rained earlier in the day, which would have made for a soggy walk down the aisle, ha ha. The staff had everything setup and ready to go for an indoor ceremony and it went perfectly. Taking pictures with a bridal party consisting of 18 people is no easy feat, but Alexis kept everyone moving and on schedule before we headed into the reception, which we greatly appreciated. The venue is stunning (both inside and out), the staff is wonderful and the food was amazing - everyone raved about it. We highly recommend Meadow Brook Hall and Alexis!Sent on 06/26/2019
Meadowbrook Hall is America's castle; the most romantic location for your event! Stunning architecture and history on landscaped grounds. The paved brick circle drive, gated entrance, garden wall doorway and exquisite building exteriours make lovely backdrops for your wedding. The helpful, organized staff take care of your every need. We love photographing weddings and events at this stunning location.