Forever Begins in Cook County, Minnesota
Imagine the sound of waves crashing, the smell of wildflowers and the feeling of fresh air as you exchange the wedding vows of “I Do.” These feelings, along with the variety of resorts and venues, make Lutsen-Tofte-Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail, and Grand Portage the most uniquely special wedding destinations in Minnesota. From small family-operated lodges to high-end venues that accommodate hundreds, you’ll be able to find the location to suit your needs.
A remote chapel located in the pines, or an alcove chapel made from pine boughs? A rocky, windswept beach or a sheltered, cobblestone cove? Waterfalls and people wearing buffalo plaid attire, or a wedding party dressed in vintage silks and lace in a rustic log lodge? You decide. It’s your day. Your wedding can be on the shores of Lake Superior or and inland lake setting, both are surrounded by the natural beauty of the boreal forest creating a gorgeous destination event!
Our area is unquestionably made for picturesque weddings and ceremonies with secluded areas and romance. There are naturally stunning backdrops of river filled state parks, wilderness hiking trails, Lake Superior’s rocky shoreline, and the mossy green forests. And, we have ceremony officiants, churches, caterers, florists, restaurants, lodges and locations to accommodate your guests and celebration.
Low key in high heels? Hiking boots at your hoopla? A bouquet made of fishing lures and arrival to the ceremony in a fishing boat, cupcakes delivered in a canoe? Weddings in the woods can run the gamut from large and lovely traditional white organza ceremonies in luxurious resorts to grooms wearing Stormy Kromer hats with mukluks and brides donning woolen winter capes on an icy, remote lake located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. While summer is the most popular time for weddings, there is splendor in all seasons in Cook County. Spring brings rushing waterfalls and rivers and fresh wildflowers. Fall is a time of tumultuous beauty with cooler, crisp air and a palate of goldenrod, pumpkin orange and firetruck red, the colors won’t cease to amaze. Plan a winter wedding for the opportunity to get married inside a snow globe. The winter season in all of our communities is straight out of a fairy tale.
Due to our remoteness, we may not have the large roster of wedding-driven business vendors an urban area has, but that does not mean that the local vendors are not great at what they do! Our photographers are experienced with our weather and terrain, our bakers can deliver wedding cakes via a Dopplemeyer Gondola and our florists know just how to accent the natural character of your chosen location. Contact our Visitor Information Center staff for a list of our vendors.
Families and large wedding parties can book anything from a wing of a chic lodge to cabins and hotel rooms for a memorable experience and the opportunity to return in future years to celebrate anniversaries and more milestones!
NOTE: You do need a Marriage License. This can be applied for here in our Recorder’s Office in the County Courthouse in Grand Marais, MN or your home county in MN.
Find inspiration for planning your special day by viewing photos submitted by couples who decided to take the plunge in their favorite place: Cook County Minnesota!