A couple of years ago, we wrote about a Big Sandy Lodge & Resort specialty: fall weddings. We briefly discussed ceremony possibilities, autumn-focused receptions, and on-site lodging. This time around, we’re going to dive a little deeper into what makes our particularly picturesque slice of the Midwest one of the premier Northern Minnesota wedding venues. Below, you’ll find a brief overview of the property, 10 on-site photo ideas, a look at the four seasons, and a handful of ways to start your long-overdue honeymoon!

The Best Northern Minnesota Wedding Venues

Big Sandy Lodge & Resort has evolved into one of the top-reviewed Northern Minnesota wedding venues, primarily because of three distinct reasons: affordability, flexibility, and natural beauty. Also, our talented wedding staff specializes in effortlessly creating an authentic “Up North” ambiance. Being located along the edge of peaceful Big Sandy Lake is obviously a major plus. That being said, our two rustic yet elegant reception halls rival the region’s best post-ceremony spaces. Most couples choose a beachfront, lakeside ceremony, but we’re entirely flexible! We guarantee perfection, whether you’d like to make all of the important aesthetic decisions or leave all of the heavy lifting to us.

10 Fun On-Site Photograph Ideas

With a seemingly endless natural wilderness (as well as over 6,500 acres of water) at your disposal, your much-anticipated pre- and post-ceremony photography sessions are bound to be one of the day’s most memorable highlights. After all, very few outdoor wedding venues in Minnesota can match our acreage. Here are 10 unique photograph ideas that are bound to be keepers:

  1. Northern Minnesota Wedding VenuesThe Canoe Paddle
  2. After-Dark Sparklers
  3. The Wedding Party Dock Shot (as seen on the right)
  4. A Fireplace Embrace
  5. Fun with Mirrors (#10)
  6. Post-Ceremony Pontoon Ride
  7. A Golf Course Stroll
  8. Bonfire Kiss
  9. Autumn Wilderness Poses
  10. The Tree Climb

Four Seasons of Love

It’s not easy to find outdoor wedding venues in Minnesota that are open year-round. Luckily for you, Big Sandy Lodge & Resort gleefully urges couples to consider a winter or spring wedding! Summer is the most popular season; thus, availability shrinks and prices increase. Autumn is the prettiest time of the year, but peak fall foliage can be quite hard to pinpoint. Winter is the most underrated wedding season here in Minnesota, especially during snowfall or preceding a shimmering hoarfrost. Spring, meanwhile, is the best bargain, and you’ll practically have the entire resort to yourself. The choice is yours!

Start Your Honeymoon on Big Sandy Lake

Among the many perks of choosing one of the most affordable outdoor wedding venues in Minnesota is that you’re always just a short stroll from the lake. Before flying to some exotic location, don’t forget to explore this secluded, undeniably beautiful landscape. We encourage couples to briefly read up about fall colors, winter activities, pontoon rides, midsummer lake fun, and hiking destinations.

Please give our dedicated event team a call today at 218-426-5040 to schedule a visit. Upon arrival, you’ll quickly understand why we’re one of the top-reviewed Northern Minnesota wedding venues on The Knot and WeddingWire. For an insider look at a fall wedding, please browse through Beau Petersen’s lovely photo album.