Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Minnesota Wedding Venues – Some of The Coolest & Most Beautiful Options in Minneapolis – St. Paul

Selecting the proper wedding venue is one of the most important pieces in planning your wedding. It will affect everything from the theme of your wedding to your budget as well as determine how many guests you can invite. Not just any place will do. Here’s our list of some of our favorite Minnesota wedding venues that will hopefully spark some ideas and help take away some of your stress. So let’s check ‘em out (in no particular order)…
Minnesota Wedding Venues Near Minneapolis

1. The Gale Mansion
The Gale Mansion is a beautiful, historic mansion located just south of downtown Minneapolis. Built in 1912, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After an extensive renovation in 2010, the Gale Mansion offers an elegant ballroom equipped with a new audio/visual system, stage, dance floor and grand piano. The ballroom accommodates groups up to 190 people for a seated meal. For a more intimate setting, you can hold your event on the main floor of the mansion, which can accommodate up to 100 guests for a seated meal. Or choose a cocktail-style evening (i.e. no seated meal), which combines both floors of the mansion (up to 250 guests). Book this venue and get exclusive access to the mansion on your event date from noon to midnight. Gale Mansion also has on-site event planners, full-service caterers and serving staff to handle every detail of your event.

2. Aster Café
For a unique spot, the Aster Café is where it’s at. The Aster sits on one of the prettiest streets in Minneapolis, under the trees along the Mississippi river, and it guarantees skyline views. City Pages calls the Aster “the best place to go on a first date” and hails it as one of the most romantic places in Minneapolis, making it a wonderful and cozy place to have your wedding. The café has the best of all four seasons – the trees outside drop snow-like seeds in the spring, the summer offers a refreshing breeze off the river, the wood-burning stove is fired up in the fall, and the café is always warm and inviting in the winter. The Aster has bartenders, wait staff and food your family and friends will rave about. It has five spaces for you to pick from that can accommodate anywhere from 70 to 160.

3. American Swedish Institute
The American Swedish Institute offers spectacular indoor and outdoor spaces for weddings. This vibrant museum and cultural center is a Minnesota landmark and the Twin Cities’ only castle. Built in 1908, the ASI first served as a home to Swan and Christina Turnblad. With its magnificent wood carvings, elaborate Swedish tile stoves and 33 ornate rooms, the Turnblad Mansion rivaled the castles of the Old World. Now it can serve as a fairytale-like wedding venue. ASI's in-house catering and events team, Slate & Stone, is ready to help you personalize and plan the perfect celebration. Weather permitting, you can even dance the night away under the stars!

St. Paul Wedding Venues

1. The University Club
The University Club and its sister property, the Saint Paul Athletic Club, have more than a dozen event spaces between them, so you have ample selection for your wedding. At the Club, weddings are both grand and intimate, enveloped in the historic opulence of swirling staircases, shimmering chandeliers, sweeping views and ornate architectural design. And if you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you can book Lookout Park, adjacent to University Club, where your guests will enjoy stunning views of downtown Saint Paul and the river valley. The properties offer hands-on planning services and gourmet food and have a dedicated, professional catering staff that is ready to attend to every detail. You do not need to be a member to hold a private event at University Club, but members do receive special benefits.

2. Midpointe Event Center
The Midpointe promises to deliver the Wow Factor to your wedding. You can customize your event in a stunning, versatile space that will be on point. Included in your package is: Free parking for all of your guests

  • Set-up access starting at 9 AM the day of the event
  • Up to 8 hours of event time (1 AM cutoff)
  • Customized theatrical lighting
  • Access to microphone, podium and in-house sound systems
  • Flexibility to use its preferred caterers or to choose your own

3. James J. Hill Center
The James J. Hill Center is a non-profit business center, and it is a Saint Paul landmark. It will awe and inspire you and your guests with its historical intrigue and stunning architecture. Constructed of Tennessee marble and Minnesota sandstone, it is situated on picturesque Rice Park in the heart of downtown. The Center offers an unbeatably grand space that accommodates up to 200 attendees for ceremonies with a reception and up to 250 guests for a reception only. It offers an event manager and a list of trusted, preferred caterers, and you will be granted seven hours of event time along with three hours of setup time.

If you’re looking for a wedding florist, consider Chez Bloom. We’re an independently owned and operated full-service florist located near the beautiful Chain of Lakes and Uptown area of Minneapolis, Minnesota. We strive to deliver the perfect arrangement that will be a reflection of you and the journey you’re about to take with your partner. At Chez Bloom we believe "Life is Happening, We Sweat the Small Stuff!"