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My Favorite Dubuque Wedding Venues

There are numerous choices, but a few stand out from the rest and each have their own unique qualities.

The Meadows, 15766 Clover Lane, Asbury.  

Who to Contact:  Lindsay Theisen, 563-583-7385.



The Meadows can accommodate up to 300 guests in their banquet room, which overlooks the club golf course.  Right behind the venue, there is a beautiful pond and giant tree that make a perfect backdrop for your wedding images.  The layout of the room is perfect for your small to medium sized reception and there is a great wraparound deck for your guests to enjoy the amazing scenery.  You will be surrounded by lush greenery, trees and beautifully manicured grounds.  Autumn would be an ideal time to photograph a Wedding at the Meadows because of the gorgeous trees and reflective pond.  You can have your favorite meal catered by area vendors and decorate the room up to 2 days before your event on most dates.  A shining star of the Meadows is Lindsay Theisen.  She is super friendly, professional and completely dedicated to making your dreams a reality.  I guarantee you will want her to be your friend long after your wedding day has passed.  Another great attribute about this venue is that there is only one wedding happening at a time, so you are literally the center of attention for the entire day.

The Hotel Julien Dubuque, 200 Main Street, Dubuque.

Who to Contact:  Mary Kay Hurm 563-588-5568



If you long to visit an era of  grand style and charm, The Hotel Julien Dubuque is the clear choice!  After completing an impressive $32 million renovation, the hotel has been restored to the original splendor of 1915.  Every detail of the lobby, including the moulding and lighting was replicated in great detail.  The Hotel Julien Dubuque is rich with heritage and history and an absolute dream for your Wedding.  The downtown location is wonderful and surrounded by numerous photographic opportunities to create stunning Dubuque themed images.  There is a full service spa, Potosa, to accommodate any wedding morning salon services needed.  Several rooms are available for your event, all equally beautiful and full of character.  For your meal, the Hotel Julien Dubuque has a Culinary Chef who offers numerous selections for your menu and will even entertain custom requests.  Martha Stewart Weddings selected the Hotel Julien Dubuque as the #1 Reception Venue in Iowa in the magazine’s 2010 Travel Issue.  Couples are provided with a complimentary Suite for the evening of their wedding and your guests can enjoy luxurious accommodations as well.  In addition to the Reception, Mary Kay can help plan space for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and gift opening.

Grand River Center, 500 Bell Street, Dubuque

Who to Contact:  JoAnn Lavenz, 563-690-1345



Located along the banks of the Mississippi River, stands the majestic Grand River Center.  This modern structure provides an elegant backdrop to your Wedding Day with several room options available.  The River Room is probably the most well known with its 30 foot glass walls and floor that extends over the Riverwalk and towards the Mississippi.  Grand River Center has Award-Winning Chefs dedicated to providing your guests with a meal to remember.  The Grand River Center is connected via skywalk to the Grand Harbor Resort, so overnight accommodations are only steps away.  Grand River Center was recognized with a 2011 Bride’s Choice Award from WeddingWire.  Winners are are determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds.  JoAnn has been with Grand River Center since it opened and is an expert at coordinating all aspects of your wedding to create the perfect event.  Grand River Center can service any sized wedding, all the way up to 3000 guests in the Exhibit Hall.

With amazing venues like this, you just need to pick your date and enjoy the ride!

~Sindi Mueller, Luxe Photography

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