Minnesota Brides Unite!

posted 8 years ago in Minneapolis-Saint Paul
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hi! I’m a Minnesota Bride too! We’re getting married next September. Our ceremony is at the University of St. Thomas and then the reception is at the Minneapolis Golf Club. Both places have been great to work with so far. I don’t have a dress or a photographer yet but we do have a DJ–Midwest Light and Sound. I’ve been really impressed by how quickly they respond, how informative their reps are, and their prices. Plus, my FI’s brother used them for his wedding and they were really good! I’m excited to hear from everyone else.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Yay Minnesotan here too!  I got married on Nov 7th – our church is Bethlehem Lutheran in south Minneapolis and our reception was at Jax Cafe in northeast Minneapolis.  Everything was totally awesome – ESPECIALLY our DJ, Neon Express.  I was so thrilled with the job he did!  I’ve never seen as many people dancing at a wedding as I did at ours 🙂 They were really really budget friendly too, so that was even better.

Also, Deven Nelson for flowers – incredible!  And really affordable.  I can’t say enough good things about her.  I’ll post some pictures when I have some! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m a Minnesota Wedding Planner. If any brides are considering using a planner or DOC, please let me know. I am very flexible with budgets and I love weddings!

You can email me at [email protected]

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Hello to my Minnesota Brides out there!! I recently moved from North Carolina to Minnesota (I’m originally from here). We’re planning a June 12, 2010 wedding!! Here’s a breakdown of my vendors –

Ceremony and Reception – Centennial Lakes Park in Edina
Catering – Campion Rose Burns (LOVE THEM!! SOOO personable, and design a menu around what you want. VERY resonable on $)
Floral / DOC – Simplicity Floral, Cerie – from Owatonna, MN
Dress – The Wedding Shoppe in St. Paul
DJ – Soundquest Entertainment
Officiant – Father Steve Prokop (Old Catholic pastor, does all denominations)
Photography – Krystle Wold – from Owatonna, MN
– she also too our e-photos at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. LOVE them!!

I’m so excited to meet fellow Minnesota brides!!!

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Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Miss Love Bird, Try Complete Music & Video.  Talk to one of the Sherry’s and let them know Lara sent you.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hello Minnesota brides! We’re getting married in August next year, at St. Stanislaus Church in St. Paul with a park reception in my parents’ suburb in the west metro. Our wedding is going to be a crafty, DIY effort, except for my dress. 🙂

Gown: I got my gown from Macy’s Bridal Salon in downtown Minneapolis (I had a great experience there, btw), and we’re still looking for a dress for my MOH.

Pics: My brother is a photographer, so he’s taking pictures, of course.

Flowers: We’re going to do flowers from the farmers market.

Food: Food is going to be a combination of homemade and catered from local Vietnamese restaurants.

Music: we’re making our own playlist. Fiance is an artist, so he loves music stuff and we might  get one of his local musician friends to perform too.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

@jduck84 – sounds like an AMAZING DIY/hometown wedding. I LOVE your ideas!!!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Does anyone have any cake/cupcake recommendations?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Minnesota Bride as well, I am also getting married in Buffalo, MN at St. Johns

Reception: The Carousell Works in Big Lake

Flowers: Delano Floral, VERY HELPFUL and budget friendly.

Dj: Bellagala in the cities and the same company is coming to my house to do hair and make up.

Caterer: is A Catered Event, they are VERY reasonable and I have heard they have phenomenal food, so i’m very excited for that.

Photographer: Vetriano.com they have great deals year round and she is awesome to work with!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hi MN Brides!

 

My FH and I live in Plymouth, but are getting married in my (tiny) hometown in WI July 31, 2010.  We’ll be utilizing a lot of Metro vendors, so very happy to see this post, especially the rave about the dress shop in Plymouth – need to start dress shopping SOON.

Wedding will be very “us”.  Light-hearted, laidback, fun, and hopefully we can manage to pull off something that comes off as effortlessly chic.  Outdoor non-religious park wedding officiated by a good friend (which we wrote ourselves), indoor reception at local banquet hall.  Lots of DIY touches – FH is an artist/graphic designer, so he’s doing the invitations, photo trivia cards for each place setting, and our website.  

Miss Chirpie – I would LOVE to find out who your photog is.  What a great picture – love the lighting!  And the fact that they are reasonably priced is even better!  Can you message me the details??

Congrats all MN Brides!  

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hi MN brides.  I got married in Rochester MN this past October.  I used several vendors from the Twin Cities area.  Scott Bacon was a great photographer and produced high-quality photos for a lower price because he was just starting his business.  I used Cafe Latte in St. Paul for some delicious chocolate turtle cakes at my reception.  They also have beautiful cupcakes and other flavors of cakes.  My guests loved it.

Louise Kegley is the best seamstress.  Such a nice lady!  And she has the lowest prices I have seen for bridal alterations.  Plus, she is in St. Paul and is located conveniently for a lot of the MN brides.  She wasn’t located conveniently for me but I was happy to drive the 1.5 hours there and back for my 3 appts with her.  She was the best vendor I dealt with during the whole process.

I used a number of vendors from Rochester whom I would recommend:

Catering by Design (expensive but very able to accommodate your requests and fairly professional)

Hyvee Barlow Bakery (for our larger wedding cake)

Le Jardin Floral (the flowers were gorgeous but there were some problems with the construction of the items and the selection of the flowers)

Church of St. John the Evangelist (obviously I can’t knock down a church, but we did have some problems with the priest backing out on us and them not telling us about the music costs up front.)

Star Limo (great service, low cost if you book at the last minute – we booked a limo only 9 days before our wedding)

Jenny’s Bridal (got our tuxes and bridesmaid dresses here and the staff was so friendly and accomodating.  A whole different world compared to Mestads, DB’s, or The Wedding Shoppe)

And some whom I would be more hesitant to recommend:

Rochester Art Center (extravagant fees and terrible management who thinks they can change signed contracts by threatening you)

J-Sun Entertainment (DJ – was cheap, but original DJ backed out on us at the last minute and we had a signed contract with him!  What can I say, you get what you pay for with them)

Mestad’s (got my dress here and they sucked big time, I hated going into their store every time.  PM me if you need more info.  I have wrote extensive google reviews about their terrible service and mistakes.)

The Doubletree and the Hilton Garden Inn in Rochester – I definitely do not recommend them for a group block of hotel rooms.  They did nothing but mess up our block multiple times.  This lead to me getting many phone calls and emails from guests who weren’t able to book under our block.  They also didn’t hand out the welcome bags that I had left for guests.  I was with when my mom checked in and I had to remind the staff to hand the bags out – they didn’t even know they existed.  And they had them thrown all over the floor – gross, I had food in those bags for the guests! They also made a lot of promises to us about the free shuttle service but when it came time to book it they changed their time limits of the shuttle a lot.  What was supposed to be a 4 hour shuttle turned into only 1.5 hours of use in the end.  They also didn’t provide any great deals for the bride/groom room.  They would only give you a free standard room or a suite for $200/night.  Not really a great deal for someone who just brought your business 50 plus guest rooms.

 

Hair Studio 52 – I would not recommend this place period for your hair, makeup or salon service.  I had 3 hair trials here because the first two with the same stylist were so terrible and that stylist was a rude biatch.  Then I had a makeup trial here that made me look like a geisha because the artist was trying to push her more expensive airbrushing service instead of listening to what I actually wanted.  In the end I did my own makeup on my wedding day after doing a free trial at Sephora that turned out great and buying makeup from their store.  I did do my hair at Hair Studio 52 on my wedding day, but with a different stylist.  It wasn’t the best situation and I didn’t feel that great walking in there on my wedding day but I just had to blow it off and deal with it.  I will never go back there again and I don’t recommend them for any bridal party or bride.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ohh Minnesota how I miss you! The FI and I met in the Military, I just recently got out due to injury. The wedding is going to be back in MN even though we are both still out and will be staying in Washington state.

So July 3rd, 2010 MINNESOTA HERE WE COME!!!!

We are getting married in St. Cloud, Reception is at Mulligans. so excited and yet scared that it is coming so soon!!!!

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