~Black Lantern Venue
   ~Black Lantern Venue 

Wedding Venue Prices

2018 dates: Still accepting "ceremony only" weddings, all other weddings that book the entire place privately are taken. 

INDEPENDENT, SERVICED, or CEREMONY ONLY - We offer three different types of weddings, each priced out below: The first is a "CEREMONY ONLY" which you must call for custom pricing because they are not as lengthy, involved and drastically cheaper. The second is for a smaller wedding that doesn't really need us, and has 40 people or less, we call it an "INDEPENDENT WEDDING", and the third is for weddings that must rely on more of our services to pull off their wedding due to the size of the guest list and additional services, this wedding is referred to below as the "SERVICED WEDDING". Each is very different and priced very differently so please see both.


It is important that wedding parties have their special day regardless of finances. We offer great payment plans so you can get what you want. Please use the chart as a guide and call us to see where we can help. If the download isn't working properly, just call and we can send you one.

Ceremony Only:

These we price individually based on the amount of time spent here and the number of people and how involved it will be on our end. We have had ceremonies with 5 people that lodged with us that cost zero $ beyond the cost of lodging. We have had ceremonies with 30 people that ran $500 based on their needs. The spectrum is wide, so just give us a call and we can toss around your needs and get you a price. Also, imprtant to note, these weddings have the venue area privately to themselves for their ceremony but the rest of the grounds may have other guests enjoying their vacations at the same time. Call anytime with questions.

Independent Wedding:

We introduced this wedding because our regular price list did not offer to any of the brides that just did not need us. This type of wedding can be had on any day of the week, arrive anytime in the morning, and depart at sundown which varies throughout the Summer. We can price it cheaper by the smaller guest list (40 people or less), not going into the evening, and by not having to be on site with workers. So many brides call and want to do (and are fully capable of doing) all their ideas on their own. This is for them! 

PERKS: use of a 25 X 36 foot pavilion with electricity on top of a boulder landscaped hill, all beautifully concreted , picnic tables for your guests, garbage cans, you may bring in your own food/caterer/potluck/pig roast, whatever you'd like, you may bring your own liquor/beer (no glass bottles) to a designated liquor area (also chosen by you) and a bartender is not required, use of our grounds for adventuring during the day or photography, the playground, the boats at the dock, an arched area to have your ceremony, and a tiny rustic cabin to get changed in with a full length mirror, a CLEAN outhouse will be provided to your guests as well. Every area used for your day must be cleaned and left free of debris and litter. At sun down the husband and wife can whisk themselves away to their special honeymoon spot with an evening alone still left to enjoy alone and married. If you want lodging it is priced separately at regular cost per night for the cabin or RV/Tent sites. ATVs and pets are welcome, we also rent golf carts for getting around. This is a wonderful option, and provides a great day for a family/friends gathering. The cost is $1,000 for the Independent wedding.    

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Serviced Wedding: 500 max capacity



Want us to Provide?

Total $


Wedding Venue- Thurs- Fri. Set up, Sat. Wedding/Recep, Sun. Take Down. Fri. and Sat. Night Lodging

See below this chart for a description/explanation of

BASIC FEE $2,600.00



Ceremony Only- call for custom price since ceremony sizes vary.




Lodging for the RV/ Tent Sites on Fri. & Sat. nights- this is included in the base fee, since the property is strictly yours. Except when over 46 people spend the night.

under 39 people covered by


40 + people lodging add $100

70 + people lodging add $150

100 + people lodging add $250

Yes     No


Rustic Cabin - Fri. & Sat. nights included in Basic fee. Electric only & water spigot & privy outside

For additional nights beyond the included Fri. & Sat. nights is: $60.00/night. 2 person capacity.

Yes    No 


Bonfire to last till bar close  (1am)

$150/Bonfire, Fun Custom Shaped

Yes     No


Cabin Eleanor (Fri. & Sat. nights are included in basic fee as well) Additional nights are $125.

$125/ For each night, beds include 1 queen & 1 bunk for a total of 4 people.

Yes     No


 Tables Only- (seat 8/table)

13 rectangle & 12 round available


5’ diameter &  30’’x8’ rectangular

Yes    No

How Many


Greeter/Guard At Check In (2 hrs surrounding ceremony included in basic fee)

$20/Hr. For additional hours For welcoming guests at entry, and chauffeuring those in need.

Yes     No


Extra Chauffeurs with Golf Carts

$20/Hour, Fun for the guests.

Yes     No


Golf Cart Rental 

Inquire to see if we have enough.



Bouncy House


Yes     No


Helpers for Anything!


Yes     No




Yes     No


Use of Big BBQ

$60 for 2 – 20lb lb tanks & BBQ

Yes     No


Refuge Cabin- not included in base price, but must be rented by somebody Fri. & Sat. nights.

$275/night max 10 people. 3 queen beds, 2 full futons. have renter call and make reservation

$550 plus tax paid by renter














All prices are subject to change.


Tax 6.875%


We do payment plans too!

Have an unusual idea? Just Ask!!!!!



What the $2,600. “Base Fee” means and includes: 


Lodging: Having cabin “Eleanor” for the newlyweds Fri . & Sat. nights. with a personal stone landscaped fire pit area. A full length mirror and additional easel with a mirror for getting ready. Afull Kitchen to keep cupcakes and flowers:) Sometimes the bridesmaids and bride take the cabin over on Fri. night and prepare there Sat. morning. All of our RV/Tent sites are available to your party since the property would be exclusively and privately yours, the RV/Tent sites are equipped with water, electricity, a fire pit, firewood and a central RV dump. There are also picnic tables about. 2-3 RVs can fit easily on each site and any number of tents. There is also one very cute tiny cabin with a full sized bed, TV/DVD, little stove and mini fridge and microwave, a loft and a porch. It has a water spigot outside and water jugs inside, as there is no indoor plumbing. A privy is used for the cabin.- We provide maintained outhouses for the RV/Tent site guests. The wedding Party and RV/Tent site guests can stay till 2pm on Sunday. Many guests arrive early and stay later to make a longer event of it- sometimes morphng into family reunions and potlucks:) We have had guests set up pop up canopies in the camping area with full bloody mary bars, powder rooms and some very creative gaming such as a kick ball area or corn hole and ladder games for their camping guests. Lots of additional lodging is available in the surrounding area in both hotel and rental cabin styles. 

Lake/Dock/Property: Your party has access to all boats & dock absolutely free of charge. There is a little dock shed with life jackets, paddles and random fishing gear. There are paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, and a john boat to float around on. The banks to the lake are steep so there is no access for putting in boats brought from guests. There is a lake 1 mile down the road that has an access but can't take big boats. Enjoy lots of walking, hiking and trails to ATV on. We encourage guests to bring their ATVs or golf carts as the property is large. Cruising around on golf carts is a ton of fun too. 200 acres to roam and adjoining county forest provides 100's more acres. 

Lighting: All the Tiki torches ablaze on Sat. night (we provide the fluid & fill) and light as the sun falls, the tikis will last the entire evening. The pavilion is illuminated with strings of white lights.

Tables: 7- 8 foot pic-nic tables & 4 children’s picnic tables total seats 70ish. The wedding party can move the picnic tables wherever they wish.

Maintenance: All garbage cans/bags/servicing of garbage will be completely taken care of. Your party can start setting up as early as Thurs. for wedding and may stay as late as needed on Sunday to pack up. Wedding parties are responsible for picking up all of their own decorations and items they have rented.

Areas to Highlight:  Use of our 25x36 foot pavilion with electricity, great for DJ's to set up under for shelter this area has the most suitable dance floor for heels; it is also great for Sunday gift opening for guests to meander up to as they start to wake up to grab brunch. Some parties have had a potluck brunch there in the shade. The outdoor stage is at the base of the big boulder hill, caterers can use its electricty if needed and a band can set up there as well. The ceremony site/arches can be used if chosen for the ceremony and can be decorated to your liking. A greeter at the front gate at a little building to welcome & aid your guests arriving for the ceremony or reception by giving rides to those unable to walk, assisting with heavy gifts to the gift table, answering questions etc. There is a playground for the children. We also have some back up freezers in case you need help storing ice or leftovers.

Us: We will stay out of sight come ceremony time so we distract in any way. But stay close enough in case we are needed. We cherish being a part of such an important time and are grateful to our wedding parties. 


$500 Non Refundable Down Payment:

Due January 31st the year of your wedding.


"Save the Date Fee"- Only applies to those holding dates over 8 months in advance from their desired date.

$100 "Save the Date Fee"  Due at the 8 month mark prior to your date.

****this fee is waived if the $500 down payment is made at the 8 month mark instead****  At your 8 month mark, you can choose to pay your down payment and be done and lock in your date OR choose the "save the date fee" for us to hold the date if you are still unsure about your wedding venue decision and buy yourself till January 31st to make your decision and down payment. So if your event date is June 20th 2019- your eight month prior mark would be Oct. 20th 2018. 


Please Note Explanation: Events typically inquire about their specific date wanted 1-2 years in advance. VERY FEW people book a date under 8 months away from their desired date. Since the majority of people all book 1-2 years out, if someone cancels within 8 months of their date it is nearly impossible for us to recover and rebook the date. Last minute wedding bookings are a rarity for us, there are just not a lot of them - maybe one a year or none. Last minute weddings ARE my absolute favorite though and 100% doable. Because of the lack of couples booking last minute weddings (within 8 months of their wanted date) it is IMPERATIVE that we collect a "save the date fee" 8 months out to hold the date you want. The "save the date fee" is non refundable.


Other POSSIBLE financial considerations/vendors to hire outside of the Black Lantern:

DJ/Live Band/Stereo, etc. must stop by 12:45am- $___________________________________

Food caterers, pot luck, pig roast, any vendor you want to hire- your choice as well – $___________________________________

Bar with Bartenders if needed- We know a GREAT businesses that will get it done around $500. Many options here, you can provide your own as well, there are just a couple rules we have to follow to ensure safety so inquire. They provide a full bar with tenders, all liability, great people.

Party Tent /Tables/Chairs Rental- A party/event tent is a great place to dine in the shade for the party, great for a back-up space in case of a little or a lot of rain too. If you require tables and chairs beyond what we can provide with our picnic tables, the local tent rental companies provide these as well.  -$___________________________________

Outhouses & Water @ the Venue – Down in the venue area we have no plumbing besides a hose to extinguish a bonfire. If water is needed for coffee and such, parties use water jugs, which can be filled right in the RV sites. We have a certified, tested public water source. All caterers we have had, have been able to easily plan accordingly, and providing water bottles for guests goes a long way too, whether provided by you or the caterer/bartender. Due to the different sizes of each party, outhouses must be rented each time for the venue area. Port-Able John in Bemidji is the company we love, they have regular outhouses, handicapped accessible, and they even have pretty ones that are fully equipped bathrooms! Just provide them with the number of guests and length of stay – even ballpark, and they will figure on a price. Their number is 218-751-9453, you are also free to choose a different vendor as well. 2 to 4 outhouses are typical depending on the size of your party.




These above items should complete a HUGE chunk of a wedding checklist.

We hope this helps! Call with any questions, anytime. -612-812-7309

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