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WHY GET MARRIED IN ROCHESTER

Keep Active Anytime

Rochester is known for having 82 miles of bike paths and trails. This is perfect if you like to stay active.

Unique Venues

Rochester, Minnesota has some very unique venues to choose from, like the Mayowood Stone Barn, The Rochester Art Center, Peace Plaze and more.

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Dishing Up Local Delights

With abundant surrounding farmland, the Rochester, Minnesota culinary scene is built upon a commitment to fresh, locally sourced produce, meats, and fish. Pair that with a dining mentality that values both innovation and comforting classics, and you’re guaranteed to taste the homegrown difference in each meal.

CITY SATISTICS

Learn a little more about Rochester, Minnesota.

Population: 114,402

Venues: 54

Vendors: 126

Weddings Per Year: 1,138

Avg. Wedding Cost: $30,153

Peak Seasons: May-Sep

PRE-WEDDING CHECKLIST

Before you get started with planning your wedding, here is a checklist to help you stay on task.

Get engaged

You're getting married! Take a moment and celebrate before you let the questions roll in. Talk with your partner about your vision for your wedding day. Grand gala or small shindig? Dream it up together before the to-do lists (and opinions) takeover.

Plan your engagement party

It's time to celebrate! Traditionally, engagement parties are hosted by the bride’s family but these days, they can be hosted by the groom’s family, a group of friends or other relatives.

Schedule an engagement photo shoot

Your engagement shoot is an opportunity to show your personality as a couple. Take our engagement photo quiz to find the best location for your photo shoot.

Figure out your budget

Determine what you're willing to spend and who is paying for what. Our Budget Calculator helps estimate how much you should spend on each vendor.

Estimate your guest count

Finish up those family negotiations and get a solid guest count estimate. You'll need it to find your venue.

Select your wedding date

Consider a few wedding dates before you start visiting venues. Being flexible will ensure you find the best spot for your wedding!

Select your wedding party

It’s an honor to be included in your wedding party. Think carefully about who to invite as your maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer or flower girl.

GUEST ACTIVITIES

Offering so many different elements, the Rochester is perfect for entertaining your guests between wedding festivities. Whether you’re looking to head outdoors for some hiking, biking, or lazing on the water or are partial to exploring inside some of the city’s best museums, galleries, and theaters, the Rochester has something for everyone. Check out TripAdvisor’s list of top 30 things to do in Rochester for some inspiration.

Places To Visit
Douglas Trail

The Douglas State Trail is a 12.5 mile paved trail that runs from northern Rochester to Pine Island, Minnesota. The trail was built on an old rail bed and is a flat and easy biking trail. This trail goes through the small town of Douglas and the trail gets its name from this place. There is also an unpaved horse trail that runs next to the paved trail but it seemed overgrown and unused.

Escape Challenge

The Escape Challenge is a real-life room escape game based on the popular computer and mobile phone escape games. After entering a room with your team, the door is locked behind you. 60 minutes are on the clock! You must work together in order to find clues and solve puzzles that will lead you to your escape.

Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo

Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo are a campground and zoo located in Olmsted County, Minnesota north of the city of Byron, and about 4.5 miles west of Rochester.

Quarry Hill

Quarry Hill Nature Center is located in 320-acre Quarry Hill Park, often referred to as the “Jewel” of the Rochester Park system.

Silver Lake

Enjoy biking, rollerblading, jogging, observing the Giant Canada geese, and strolling around Silver Lake. Paddleboat, canoe, tandem bikes, bicycle strollers, and more rentals are available.

Plummer House

The Plummer House is the former residence of Dr. Henry Stanley Plummer and Daisy Berkman Plummer.

RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS

With some of the freshest ingredients at its fingertips and talented chefs to match, Rochester boasts an unparalleled culinary scene. Nearly every restaurant will blow your socks off.

Trust Us: Dine Here
Chesters

“Why Chester’s?” We get asked this often and the answer is quite simple…it’s a friendly, comfortable and traditional name. This is a direct reflection of how we want you to feel in our restaurant. The other connection we made is a tribute to the city, Ro-Chester’s! We love Rochester and we’re glad to be a part of this community.

Canadian Honkers

Located in Rochester, Minnesota directly across the street from Mayo Clinic and St. Marys Hospital, the Canadian Honker Restaurant is known for providing a friendly and comfortable home away from home atmosphere with exceptional customer service and outstanding homemade meals.

Terza

Terza was created in the spirit of Dell’ Anima which means “soul of the pasta” and celebrating the bountiful flavors of Italy with friends & family.

Pescara

In the very heart of downtown Rochester MN, just a short walk from the world-famous Mayo Clinic, you will find Pescara. Our name—derived from the city of Pescara, Italy—translates to “abounding with fish” and describes exactly what we strive for.

Five West Kitchen + Bar

Five West offers a large variety of menu options, from salads and sandwiches to
pizza and main dishes such as the salmon, we have something for everyone!
Discover their menu to find what appeals to you.

ZZest Cafe & Bar

Here, the chefs can cut loose with creativity and passion, putting out our truly amazing modern plates. We flip grass fed beef burgers, mix together foie gras meatballs and create three-course chef tastings every night.

YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION

For your Rochester engagement session, the possibilities are endless to snap some amazing photos with your partner. With lakes, riverside views, urban rooftops, and theaters galore, Rochester can offer the perfect backdrop for any kind of couple. Check out some of our favorite Rochester locations and prepare to be inspired.

Local Engagement Shoot Locations
Quarry Hill

Quarry Hill Nature Center is located in 320-acre Quarry Hill Park, often referred to as the “Jewel” of the Rochester Park system.

Mayowood Stone Barn

The history is in every stone, the craftsmanship is evident.
The beauty is in the arches and windows; boasting the character achieved only by thoughtful design, hard work and the passing of years.

Plummer House

The Plummer House is the former residence of Dr. Henry Stanley Plummer and Daisy Berkman Plummer.

The Bachelorette Party

For your last hurrah before your big day, there’s no place you’d rather be than Rochester. With so much to do, your bachelorette party can take nearly any form. Get creative with a day on the water, plan a DIY tour of some local breweries, or enroll the girls in a cooking class from one of the city’s finest chefs. The possibilities are endless!

Local Bachelorette Party Ideas
Quarry Hill

Quarry Hill Nature Center is located in 320-acre Quarry Hill Park, often referred to as the “Jewel” of the Rochester Park system.

Canvas & Chardonnay

Canvas & Chardonnay is Rochester’s locally owned, top venue, for art and wine entertainment. Bring your friends, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and follow our instructor step-by-step to recreate a featured painting. It’s stress-free and absolutely no experience is necessary!

Pedal Pub

The PedalPub™ is a party on wheels! Pedalpowered by eight to sixteen people, its 5-mile an hour speed is perfect for sharing good times with your friends as you tour scenic routes or visit neighborhood pubs.

The Bachelor Party

Looking for fun ideas for your bachelor party? You name it, Rochester has got it. Grab the boys and take advantage of the city’s deeply rooted outdoor culture (hiking, biking, kayaking, anyone?), their thriving culinary scene, or the city’s bustling urban nightlife. One thing is for sure: there’s no lack of ideas for your Rochester bachelor party.

Local Bachelor Party Ideas
Quarry Hill

Quarry Hill Nature Center is located in 320-acre Quarry Hill Park, often referred to as the “Jewel” of the Rochester Park system.

Escape Challenge

The Escape Challenge is a real-life room escape game based on the popular computer and mobile phone escape games. After entering a room with your team, the door is locked behind you. 60 minutes are on the clock! You must work together in order to find clues and solve puzzles that will lead you to your escape.

Pedal Pub

The PedalPub™ is a party on wheels! Pedalpowered by eight to sixteen people, its 5-mile an hour speed is perfect for sharing good times with your friends as you tour scenic routes or visit neighborhood pubs.

Most Popular Wedding Styles in Rochester

Classic Weddings

With all of it’s grand venues, there’s no better place to plan a stunning wedding than Rochester. Local and destination couples know this little secret best, filling our pages with countless celebration that take advantage of timeless beauty and polished details.

Rustic Weddings

With Their design schemes of reclaimed wood and glass, found natural objects, and loosely arranged flowers and greenery, rustic weddings provide the perfect stage for your folksy style.

Religious Weddings

Religious ceremonies, with their time-honored rituals and spiritual significance, are the most traditional way for devout couples to wed.

Featured Vendors near Rochester, MN

Rochester Trolley & Tour Co.

972 14th Ave SW, Rochester, MN, United States
Your special occasion deserves unique transportation provided by the Trolley! Have fun cruising around town with your friends and family after your wedding

Things Remembered

414 Apache Mall, Rochester, MN, United States
Things Remembered is the nation's largest and most prominent retailer of personalized gifts. For over 40 years, we've helped people celebrate life's moment

Top Tier Delights

7333 Airport View Drive Southwest, Rochester, MN, United States
In addition to the more traditional tiered cakes, Top Tier offers a variety of other dessert options that include cupcakes, cake pops, and the newest fad..

Ambient House Productions

Rochester, MN, United States
We love storytelling. It’s the driving force behind everything we create. We pride ourselves in giving you more than just a recap or highlights.

Steeplechase Event Center

59468 423 Avenue, Mazeppa, MN 55956, United States
Steeplechase is unlike any other wedding venue in Minnesota. It will make your special day one that you and your guests will always remember!

Rochester International Event Center

7333 Airport View Drive Southwest, Rochester, MN, United States
As southeast Minnesota's s largest and most experienced caterer, you can count on Rochester International Event Center to provide you with unmatched ...

Plummer House

1091 Plummer Ln SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55902, United States
The Plummer House is the former residence of Dr. Henry Stanley Plummer and Daisy Berkman Plummer.

Four Daughters Vineyard

Spring Valley, MN, United States
Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery is a charming event space located on more than six sprawling acres of land in Southeastern Minnesota's farm country in Spr

Apollo Music Group

Rochester, MN, United States
Apollo Music Group focuses on satisfying our clients and their guests with top-notch, tailored Mobile DJ services for any and every occasion.

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