Weddings FAQ

Below are a list of frequently asked questions. If you have questions that are not addressed in the list below, please feel free to contact our Group Sales Team by completing the form to the left.


  • What is the maximum capacity for a wedding event?

    Generally speaking 175; however different maximums apply for each specific location; therefore maximums for each group will depend on the spaces they select to use for their event. These maximums will be laid out in the contract.

  • Does Lutsen Resort provide a covered back up in case of rain?

    Yes. Lutsen Resort provides a covered back up location for all outdoor ceremonies and all outdoor meals. Back up locations depend on the size of the group and are assigned at time of booking and are included in the contract. Please note that Lutsen Resort does NOT provide a private indoor back up for bonfire receptions.

  • Can I come to the resort for a site visit?

    Yes! We encourage potential clients to come to the resort and meet with an Event Coordinator to discuss options for their event and tour our facility. Due to the nature of the business, our schedules can be quite busy with onsite events or meetings so we do require advanced appointments for all site visits. Couples who are not able to visit the resort in person can certainly do all of their contracting and planning via telephone or email. We also host several onsite “VIP Wedding Shows” throughout the winter months for our booked clients.

  • Does Lutsen have someone to assist me with planning on site?

    Yes. Once you have booked your wedding with us, you will be assigned to one of our Lutsen Resort Event Coordinators who will coordinate all of the resort planning related to your event.

  • What does my Event Coordinator do?

    Your Event Coordinator will help you decide on menu selections, beverage choices, provide basic contact information for local vendors, coordinate set up details, manage all deposits/payments, and answer any other questions you may have. They will also be present the day of your event to manage set-up and ensure that things run smoothly. Keep in mind that your Event Coordinator is not responsible for booking outside vendors such as photographers and florists, and is not responsible for décor set-up at the ceremony site or in the ballroom the day of your event.

  • Is there a fee for my onsite Event Coordinator?

    No. Customer service is of the utmost importance to Lutsen Resort; therefore, Lutsen Resort supplies an onsite Event Coordinator free of charge to all of our bridal couples. Event Coordinator gratuity is not required; however it is greatly appreciated!

  • We live far away, how can we book vendors on the North Shore?

    Lutsen Resort has a resource room in the Main Lodge with contact information and samples of local vendors work. This room is available seven days a week for guests to collect information and browse. The resort also hosts our signature “VIP Wedding Shows” during the off season. This event gives our booked clients the opportunity to taste banquet menu items, banquet wines and tap beer, as well as meet with their Event Coordinator, and attend our local vendor showcase. Please note that because we treat this as a planning weekend these events are not available to general inquiries only our booked clients. In addition, we have compiled a list of vendors that couples have used and had positive experiences with them that can be sent out.

  • What is Lutsen Resort’s decorating policy?

    Couples are responsible for all of their own decorating, but Lutsen Resort does have a few items for rent. (photos and fees available upon request)

    Additional Decorating Stipulations:
    -We do not allow confetti, glitter or rice in any of our rental spaces.
    -Outdoor Ceremony Sites: Real petals are allowed to be spread on the ceremony site since they are biodegradable; however, fake petals are not allowed outside.
    -We do not allow any glass on the beach. ALL décor/centerpieces must be non-glass options if you plan to decorate the beach.

  • Can we use candles?

    Yes, but Lutsen Resort DOES NOT allow tea lights. All candles must be properly contained to minimize fire hazards.

    Additional Decorating Stipulations:
    -We do not allow confetti, glitter or rice in any of our rental spaces.
    -Outdoor Ceremony Sites: Real petals are allowed to be spread on the ceremony site since they are biodegradable; however, fake petals are not allowed outside.
    -We do not allow any glass on the beach. ALL décor/centerpieces must be non-glass options if you plan to decorate the beach.

  • Does Lutsen Resort provide linen?

    Yes. The following equipment is included when renting any of our catered spaces. Lutsen Resort staff is responsible for the set-up and take-down of these items:

    -White linen (table clothes and skirting)
    -White napkins
    -China and glassware
    -Chairs and tables

  • What is the Family Style meal service?

    Our most popular meal service option is Family Style. The couple pre-selects one or two entrees, a salad and starch and includes the Chef’s seasonal vegetable. A final head count is turned into the Event Coordinator two weeks prior to the event and the couple is charged based on this number. During the meal, salads are individually plated and served but the entrees, starch, and vegetable are served to the table on large platters that you and your guests pass around the table. This ensures everyone can have everything and not be limited to one specific item. The portions are unlimited! *Beach BBQs and Nelson Suite Meals are limited to buffet style service.

  • Are there vegetarian options?

    Yes, we offer vegetarian options. If you select a Family Style meal service, vegetarian prices are the same as the regular entrée options you choose. Each vegetarian will then receive a plated entrée but will be able to eat the same Family Style sides as the rest of the guests.

  • Do you cater to special dietary requests or allergies?

    Yes! We offer several gluten-free options as well as vegetarian options on our standard banquet menu. These options are available at menu price. If you are interested in having a “specialty plate” customized for a guest with allergies or dietary restrictions we would be happy to do so! There is a minimum $5.00 up-charge for all “specialty plates.”

  • Do you have a children’s menu?

    Yes! We have a “kid friendly” menu for children 12 and under. The couple pre- selects which children’s meal they would like to be served at their dinner. All children 12 and under will receive the item that has been preselected by the couple. Final head count for children’s meals need to be turned in to your Event Coordinator two weeks prior to your wedding, along with all other final menu selections.

  • Can we bring in our own alcohol?

    In any staffed setting, per our license, all alcoholic beverages must be purchased or provided by Lutsen Resort. This means you or any of your guests MAY NOT bring in any outside alcohol to any hosted Lutsen Resort function.

  • Will there be enough room for my guests to stay at Lutsen Resort?

    Yes! We will set aside a block of rooms for your group. Each block includes a variety of lodging styles so individual guests can call in ask for the group by name and select the room style of their choice.

  • Does Lutsen Resort have a minimum lodging requirement?

    Yes, standard resort policy is that there is a two night minimum stay on all reservations. In addition, all groups hosting a wedding event here at Lutsen Resort are required to meet a group lodging minimum. Due to the fact that we have a large variety of styles, Lutsen Resort has the minimum laid out as a required dollar amount rather than requiring groups to book a certain number of rooms.

  • What is the lodging minimum for premium weekends?

    $7,000 lodging minimum is required regardless of spaces used or group size.

  • What is the lodging minimum for all other dates?

    $3,000 lodging minimum is required for groups less than 70 people. For groups of 71-200 people the lodging minimum is $5,000. Minimums will be clearly laid out in each group’s contract.

  • How difficult is it to meet the lodging minimum?

    The group lodging minimum easily attainable. To this day, we have never had a group that was not able to meet the minimum. Groups usually tend to surpass the minimum by quite a bit because all lodging that is brought to Lutsen Resort for your event is included. This includes extended stays… if individuals decide to check in early or stay a few additional days after your event!

  • Does Lutsen Resort have a honeymoon suite?

    Yes, we do have honeymoon suites available in our Poplar River Condos.

  • How much does a beach bonfire cost?

    There is a $75 reservation fee. You must reserve a bonfire pit through your Event Coordinator. Groups must have 25 or more guests that are lodging onsite in order to reserve a bonfire pit. Lutsen Resort provides wood (see above fee), a trash can and limited seating for bonfire functions. We DO NOT provide a private indoor backup space, and we DO NOT staff this function. – This means you may bring in your own snacks & canned beverages. Groups under 25 are more than welcome to use one of our other pits that are available for general guest use. Wood is included in your reservation fee.

  • What are premium weekends?

    We have five weekends during our peak season that are considered premium weekends. Please inquire with our Group Sales team for rates and availability.

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