19 Benefits to Hosting Your Wedding at the DECC

Congratulations, You’re getting MARRIED!

When you’re ready to embark on the planning process, remember – take your time and enjoy the process. Wedding planning is full of seemingly endless decisions that can cloud your vision and confuse even the most organized couples. Have no fear, we’re here to help.

First step: Select a season and a generic location. Duluth is the perfect backdrop for a beautiful wedding no matter the season. Winter ice, spring waves, summer sailboats, and fall colors.

Second step: Proceed with date and venue. What better place to enjoy this region’s natural magnificence than hosting your Duluth wedding at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center? The DECC is a unique venue boasting plentiful opportunities for easy planning and great memories.

Alas, allow us to tell you:

19 Benefits to Hosting Your Wedding at the DECC


1)   That view, though

Our Harbor Side Ballroom and Horizon Room foyer both offer spanning windows overlooking the harbor and Duluth’s iconic Aerial Lift Bridge. You’ll truly achieve that Duluth wedding “WOW” factor as your guests (and you, of course) enjoy the view of ships, waves, and beauty.

Harbor Side Ballroom – Anne Victoria Photography

2)   Customer service

The DECC has been home to a variety of events for more than 50 years. We’re good at what we do, which means our customer service for your wedding will be unmatched. From set up assistance, to answering questions, to helping your guests navigate the building, our staff serves as an extension of our hospitality.

3)   Perfect for large weddings of 150-450+ guests

Okay, 6,000 guests is an exaggeration. Nonetheless, big is our expertise. We will always work to fit your guests comfortably in our rooms to ensure the party flows seamlessly throughout your night.

Braden Doucette


4)   Stunning rooms

Here, the pictures will do the talking:

Shane Long Photography
Braden Doucette
Amy Mae Photography
Shawna Vine Photography


5)   Transparency in pricing

Budget is a major factor when wedding planning. You can trust that we maintain total transparency in our prices, from room rental (and everything included), to menu prices, beverage prices, and gratuity. All prices may be found on our website or speak with an Event Planner.



6)   Ceremony rooms

We got ‘em. If a church wedding isn’t your thing, ask our event planners about adding a room for your ceremony in addition to your reception.

Max Caven Photography

7)   Easy, in-house catering

Our commercial kitchen and talented staff, lead by Executive Chef Peter Dingmann, are well equipped for large catering. You may check out our full menus online, or chat with one of our great event planners.

Amy Mae Photography


8)   Dance floor is included in room rental

You read right, dance floor is included in room rental and with size customized to your guest count.

Max Caven Photography


9)   Also complimentary:

  1. Your choice of black, white, or ivory linen tablecloths
  2. Variety of colored linen napkins
  3. Skirted tables for DJ, gifts, cake, and guest book
  4. Elevated head table
  5. Cake cutting
  6. Background music
  7. Microphone for welcome, speeches, and toasts

Need we say more? Oh, but wait:



10) Easy walking distance (plus indoor skywalk!) to many hotels, restaurants, and shops


11)   Centrally located for out of town (and in-town) guests

There are many great spots for Duluth weddings. Another unique benefit to hosting your Big Day here at the DECC is its central location on the shore of Lake Superior with easy access to hotels, plenty of shopping, eating, and entertainment around the Downtown and Canal Park area.


12)   Professional event planners that will stay with you throughout the planning process

No jumping from contact to contact. Our event planners are organized, enthused, and always very helpful with questions until the day of your event.


13)   Great worksheets to navigate and organize your planning

Our wedding worksheet will guide your decision making and keep you on track. You don’t even need to be a DECC Bride to use it. Click here: https://decc.org/wp-lib/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/wedding-worksheet071818.pdf


14)   Sustainable practices campus-wide

No corners are cut; the DECC staff works hard to compost, recycle, and donate all applicable waste before it enters the landfill.


15)   Great working relationships with many wedding vendors for seamless organizing

Ease of communication between vendors (think florist, your decorator, your DJ, your baker) makes for a stress-free day. You deserve it.


16)   Accommodating to your vision

Realizing wedding dreams since 1966.

Braden Doucette


17)   Competitive bar prices

Keg, open bar, Campaign toast, wine; you and your guests don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy a nice alcoholic beverage. We maintain reasonable bar prices which may all be found on our website.

Shane Long Photography


18)   No bartender fees, no security fees, no labor fees

We’re serious about price transparency.


19)   Why wait? Perfect 2019 dates still available!

Anne Victoria Photography


Are you ready to take the plunge?

Give Kimberly a call.
(218) 623-1232
Or email kcarr@decc.org.

Don’t allow all those decisions to get you down. We are happy to show you around with a site tour, discuss your vision, and answer your questions. Of course, all obligation free. You may also read more on our Wedding Page. Here, you’ll find pricing details, catering menus, FAQs, available dates, and more.

Congratulations on your engagement. Enjoy the memorable ride.