McNamara Alumni Center 200 Southeast Oak Street , Suite 100 • Minneapolis • MN 55414


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • The stunning architecture offers a variety of backdrops for beautiful wedding photos. Shaped like a geode, the unique building draws inspiration from the Minnesota landscape, and features wood and copper interiors as well as a 150-foot indoor water feature.
  • The center can accommodate weddings of almost any size. Event spaces include the massive Memorial Hall, the window-lined University Hall, the intimate Johnson Great Room, a fireplace lounge, a wedding party room, an outdoor patio, and the Heritage Gallery museum.
  • In-house catering makes planning seamless. Award-winning D'Amico Catering, the exclusive on-site caterer, provides a delightful selection of hors d'oeuvres, plated dinners, and buffet options. Additionally, white linens, and all silverware, glassware, and flatware are included in their wedding packages.


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Labor Day Weekend Wedding Promo!
Book a University Hall or Memorial Hall wedding package over Labor Day weekend and receive $500 OFF your venue package!

Availability for all dates between Friday September 1 and Monday September 4, 2023.

Micro Wedding Package: $3,000

  • 3-hour rental—ceremony and meal service for up to 50 people
  • Built-in AV for vows, toasts, and background music for a first dance
  • Gorgeous photo opportunities within the building and outside on the landscaped patio & plaza
  • 1-hour rehearsal the week of the wedding
  • 1 wedding party room

Food & beverage to be provided by D’Amico Catering (additional charges will apply). Valid for weddings on Friday & Sunday daytime or evening, or Saturdays before 2pm or evenings November–March (some restrictions apply).

July 2023 Wedding Promo!
Book one of the following July 2023 dates and receive $500 OFF your venue package and complimentary sparklers for your sendoff:

  • Saturday, July 15
  • Saturday, July 22
  • Saturday, July 29

Life members of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association receive $300–500 off their wedding package. Life members also receive a $100 gift card from D’Amico Catering. The life membership must be paid in full at the time of making your reservation.

Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $4,000–7,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
    • Space reserved
  • Rental includes:

    • 7 hour rental with room access 3 hours prior
    • Tables and chairs
    • Built-in terrazzo dance floor
    • Wireless microphone for toasts
    • House music with 20 channels
    • Audio connection for a custom playlist
    • Wedding party room
    • Storage the day before
    • On-site event staff
    • And more!
Package Prices
  • $60–105/person
  • Package prices vary depending on:
    • Guest count
    • Package chosen
  • Packages include:

    • Hors d'oeuvres
    • Plated dinner
    • Wedding cake
    • White standard linens, china, and flatware
    • Coffee and tea
    • Tax and service charge
    • And more!

    Some packages also include a 1-hour hosted bar with beer and wine.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 400 0
Cocktails, etc. Standing 400 100
Reception Seated 400 0
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 500.

Memorial Hall seats up to 400 guests, and University Hall accommodates up to 150.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Elopement Packages
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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Provided by D'Amico Catering.



Provided by D'Amico Catering.

Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • College Campus / School
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Unique
  • Museum

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Landscaped Grounds

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

An adjacent 500-car parking ramp and boutique-style hotel are easily accessible from the venue through a connecting tunnel.


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