Weddings

Duluth wedding. DECC celebration.

The DECC has long been a much sought-after Duluth destination for receptions. With an in-house catering department and spaces that can be formed and designed to fit your vision, both our Harbor Side and City Side Convention Centers offer sprawling and scenic venues made perfect for your big day.

Our venue is also centrally located for in-town and out of town wedding guests. The DECC is within walking distance to many destination hotels, including indoor skywalk access to Downtown. Each wedding party is partnered with one event planner that will help you from beginning to end. Contact our professional event planning staff for more information and a free site tour by calling 218-722-5573 or by filling out our wedding inquiry form.

 

Rates & Services

Reception Venues & Available Dates

Ceremony Rooms

FAQ

Wedding Inquiry Form

 


Rates and Services

The DECC understands the importance of keeping your day all about you. There is no one-size fits all. That’s why we are proud to customize your wedding to your fit your vision, and remain transparent in pricing every step of the way.

Lake Superior Ballroom $1,000
City Side View
Required Dinner for 150-450 Guests

Horizon Room $1,400
Lake Superior View
Required Dinner for 150-200 Guests

Harbor Side Ballroom $1,700
Lake Superior View
Required Dinner for 250-425 Guests

Ceremony Room $750
Includes two dressing rooms.

 

Included with reception room rental:

White, Black, or Ivory Linen Tablecloths
Variety of Colored Linen Napkins
Dance Floor
Microphone for Welcome and Toasts
Skirted Tables for DJ, Gifts, Cake, and Guest Book
Elevated Head Table
Cake Cutting Service
Background Music

 

Catering and Liquor Services

The DECC’s in-house catering department is headed by executive chef Peter Dingmann and focuses on serving food created with ingredients that are as locally sourced as possible. Some of the local vendors we work with include Upper Lakes Foods, Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Arco Coffee, and more. To stick with our sustainable goals, we donate or compost all leftover food and use compostable items whenever possible.

Our catering operation is part of the DECC and not contracted out, which saves you money and means a professional and impressive spread every time. All food is provided exclusively by the DECC, with the exception of a decorated wedding cake or decorated wedding cupcakes. See menus for options and pricing.
Dinner Menu   |   Hors D’oeuvres Menu   |   Dessert Menu
Beverage Service   |   Wine List

 

Click here for our comprehensive Wedding Worksheet

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Reception Venues

Harbor Side Ballroom

A bride’s favorite, the 12,000 square foot Harbor Side Ballroom overlooks Lake Superior with unparalleled views Duluth landmark Aerial Lift Bridge.
Hosts: 250-425 Guests
Third floor of the Harbor Side Convention Center

2021 Available Dates

  • January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • February 6, 20
  • March 6
  • April 3
  • May 29
  • June – No Dates Available
  • July 3
  • August 7, 21, 28
  • September 4
  • October 9, 23, 30
  • November 6, 20, 27
  • December 11. 18

Last Updated: August 4, 2020


Horizon Room

A large and classy ballroom with Lake Superior views in the foyer.
Hosts: 150-200 guests
Second floor of the Harbor Side Convention Center

2021 Available Dates

  • January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • February 6, 20
  • March 6
  • April 3, 10
  • May 22, 29
  • June 5
  • July 3
  • August 7, 28
  • September 4, 11, 18, 25
  • October 9, 16, 23, 30
  • November 6, 20, 27
  • December 11, 18

Last Updated: August 4, 2020


Lake Superior Ballroom

A sprawling ballroom that can be transformed to your tastes.
Hosts: 150-450 guests
Second floor of the City Side Convention Center

2021 Available Dates

  • January 2, 16
  • February – No Dates Available
  • March 13
  • April 3
  • May 1, 8, 22, 29
  • June 5
  • July 3, 10, 24
  • August 28
  • September 4, 11
  • October 9, 16, 30
  • November 20, 27
  • December 11

Last Updated: August 4, 2020


Ceremony Rooms

The DECC offers separate rooms available to rent for ceremonies. The rental fee for a ceremony room is $750 and includes two dressing rooms, chairs, one wired microphone and tables for the gifts, guest book and music. Rental of a reception room does not guarantee availability of a ceremony room.

French River Room
An intimate room with large windows that keeps the focus on you
Hosts: 150-200 guests
Second floor of the City Side Convention Center

Gooseberry Falls Room
A larger space with hard wood floors
Hosts: 200-300 guests
First floor of the City Side Convention Center


 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much will a wedding reception at the DECC cost?
The cost of a wedding reception varies greatly. Rent, food, hosted beverages and taxes/gratuities will make up your final total. Please see our brochure and catering menu for current prices.

2. What is included in the rental fee?
The rental fee includes a six hour reception, all dining tables and dinnerware, linen tablecloths and napkins, dance floor, cake cutting, one microphone for toasts and skirted tables for: gifts, place cards, guest book, DJ, and cake. The DECC does not require you to hire security. Food and beverages are not included in the rental fee.

3. Can we bring in our own food or beverages?
All food and beverages, including alcohol, must be provided through our in-house catering department, with the exception of a decorated wedding cake or decorated wedding cupcakes. Our current catering menu can be found at www.decc.org/venues-facilities/catering

4. Does the DECC offer food tastings?
As a convention center, our kitchen is set up for large catered events and is in use daily due to our full schedule. Therefore, we are unable to offer food tastings. Our Event Planners are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the menu options.

5. Is parking available for our guests?
On-site parking is available for $5 per car.  Arrangements can be made for the host to pay for parking fees.  Parking rate is subject to change.

6. Does the DECC have ceremony rooms available for rent?
Yes. We have separate rooms available for rent for ceremonies. The rental fee for a ceremony room is $750 and includes two dressing rooms, chairs, one wired microphone and tables for the gifts, guest book and music. You are not required to have your ceremony at the DECC. Rental of a reception room does not guarantee availability of a ceremony room.

7. What are the reception hours?
Room rental includes a six hour reception to end no later than midnight. An additional hour may be added with advance agreement for a rate of $295.  The reception period includes the social hour, dinner and dance.

8. Are there decoration restrictions?
Ballrooms can be made available for decorating by 10:oo am. on the day of the wedding.  Candles are allowed if flame is enclosed.  Crepe paper, rice, glitter, confetti and helium balloons are prohibited.

9. How do we make a reservation?
Please call one of our Event Planners at 218-722-5573 to reserve the room of your choice. To guarantee your date and space, we require payment of the entire room rental fee as well as a signed contract. The room rental fee is non-refundable.

10. Do you have any printable information?
Yes! Print our Wedding Brochure here:
Wedding Brochure

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact our professional event planning staff for more information or a free site tour by calling 218-722-5573 or by filling out our wedding inquiry form.