(Closed) Venue Selection Frustration

posted 7 years ago in Minneapolis-Saint Paul
Post # 3
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31 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@KatieJean: Im not sure how you feel about casino’s and what not, but we are getting married at Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN and I was shocked at how affordable it was. We are paying about 700 in room rental and that is for 2 rooms. One is for the ceremony and one if for the reception. We have the rooms from 8am-12am. The food is resonable (16.95 pp for chicken) and you can also be married outside in the gazeebo but you have to rent chairs. Hope this helps let me know if you have any questions about Grand Casino. GOOD LUCK!!!

Post # 4
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14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

How many people?  I have a few that we used when I did events there that were really pretty, some were smaller 50-60 and a few were larger 100-200

Post # 7
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31 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@KatieJean: When we went to see the event center(where they do the weddings) it is set pretty far away from the casino floor and I didn’t notice any smokyness(sp), next time your at your cabin take a stroll through, you can go in without being with staff. I would let you know how it goes but you will be married 2 months before me 🙂

Post # 8
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352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m not sure what area you’re in  but I’m going to check out Cindyrella Wedding Gardens in Rosemount on Sunday. The maximum you can have at the ceremony is 120, seated. They have all sorts of packages that include everything, and they have a beautiful layout. That will run us about $995, give or take a bit because they can customize any package to your liking. That includes garden rental for 3 hours, chapel use as a backup, officiant, 120 chairs, sound amplification, and your 5 year vow renewal!

We’re also going to look into Rosemount Community Center for the reception since they allow any vendor of your choosing. I’ve seen that community centers are a great way to go, because you can bring in your own food of your choice, and especially if you can find a resident in that community who will book it for you since they will get a discount.

Post # 10
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352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@KatieJean:Ohhh please don’t let him! As much as he may want to, let him enjoy his day with you. This is the day for both of you to enjoy fully and I just don’t think he could while catering to his guests! Please talk him out of it……Or let him cook something, maybe some desserts or snacks for mid-evening munchies.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

My daughter had the same problem with her venue selection. She and her fiance chose a botanical garden. Since your wedding is in August this might be an option for you, if there is one in your area. My daughter got married at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Although her wedding ceremony was in a church, they had a ceremony space available. She had her reception outside but there was a great indoor space in case of rain. It was the most affordable option they found.

This venue never showed up in her internet searches for wedding venues. A coworker told her about it. Ask coworkers, friends, etc and think outside the box. Good luck!

 

Post # 14
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Newbee

Is there a specifc area that you are looking for?  What were the 2 venues you liked that were too expensive so we can get an idea of the style you’re going for?

Have you checked out the 3 Rivers Parks Sites (Elm Creek, Silverwood, Gale Woods, etc.)  They should all be under $2000.  Also- Minneapolis parks has some nice sites as well (Columbia Manor is one of my favorites and is $1050 + tax for a Saturday night during the summer.)  Jax Cafe is NE Mpls also has a room that will seat up to 300.  PNA hall in NE might let you bring your own caterer.

For St. Paul, I think Black Bear Crossings in Como park is fairly reasonable. Dakota Lodge is the south metro is also fairly reasonable.

 

 

Post # 15
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352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@KatieJean:ohhh man :-/ I just don’t see that “set it and forget it” kind of thing happening either. Like I said, maybe he can jsut do desserts or something??????? Those are foolproof and a definitely “set it and forget it” type of thing.

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