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 emailing weddinginfo@decc.org.

 

Rates & Services

Reception Venues & Available Dates

Ceremony Rooms

FAQ

 


2020 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. Room rental listed is valid for 2020 weddings.

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

Horizon Room $1,300
Lake Superior View
Required Dinner for 150-200 Guests

Harbor Side Ballroom $1,600
Lake Superior View
Required Dinner for 250-425 Guests

 

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 The Exchange Bakery, 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

For more photos, visit our Pinterest page.


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

2020 Available Dates

  • January 4, 18
  • February 15, 22, 29
  • March 7
  • April 4, 11
  • May 23, 30
  • June 6, 13, 27
  • July 18
  • August 1, 8, 22, 29
  • September 5, 12, 19
  • October 3, 10, 31
  • November 14, 21, 28
  • December 5, 12, 19, 26

Last Updated: October 14, 2019


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

2020 Available Dates

  • January 4
  • February 15, 22, 29
  • March 7
  • April 11
  • May 23, 30
  • June 27
  • July 18, 25
  • August 1, 22, 29
  • September 5, 12, 19, 26
  • October 3, 10, 17, 31
  • November 14. 21, 28
  • December 5, 12, 19, 26

Last Updated: October 14, 2019


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

2020 Available Dates

  • January 4, 18
  • February 22
  • March 21, 28
  • April 11
  • May 23
  • June 6
  • July 18
  • August 1, 29
  • September 5
  • October 3, 10, 17, 31
  • November 28
  • December 5, 12, 26

Last Updated: October 14, 2019


Ceremony Rooms

The DECC offers separate rooms available to rent for ceremonies. The rental fee for a ceremony room is $600 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?
Parking at the DECC is $5 per car, per day. You have the option to pay for your guests’ parking but are not required to do so. Parking availability is not guaranteed.

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 $600 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?
Receptions are six hours and are required to end by midnight. A fee of $295 per hour will be assessed for each hour over the six hour limit. The reception period includes social hour, dinner, and dance.

8. Are there decoration restrictions?
In most cases the room can be made available for decorating by 10:00am on the day of the wedding. Crepe paper, rice, glitter, confetti, and helium balloons are prohibited. Candles are allowed if flame is enclosed.

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:
2020 Wedding Brochure

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact our professional event planning staff for more information or a free site tour by calling 218-722-5573 or emailing weddinginfo@decc.org.