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Ambiente

Minneapolis , MN
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Minneapolis, MN US 55410 (map)

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612-285-2955

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ABOUT US

Joan Nilsen, president of Ambiente, has been providing wedding planning, corporate event planning, and incentive group travel for 30 years.

Prior to founding Ambiente, Joan... Read more
Joan Nilsen, president of Ambiente, has been providing wedding planning, corporate event planning, and incentive group travel for 30 years.

Prior to founding Ambiente, Joan was National Event Coordinator for a leading Twin Cities corporation and a Marketing Coordinator and Event Planner for several Twin Cities companies.

Joan is passionate about creating flawless and exquisite weddings, no matter what size the budget. Clients of Ambiente rave about the company's great taste, attention to detail, personalized service and ability to create a meagical, memorable ambinece for the birde and groom, as well as every one of their guests.

Ambiente offers a complimentary consultation to all couples/their families! We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your most special day!



joan@ambientegroup.com

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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning

REVIEWS

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Sarah
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We just adore Joan and working with her on our wedding. This was a seconc marriage with a large blended family and the complexities that come with that. Joan had great advice for each question. She also is terrific on details. As two professionals, our standards are very high and Joan was the perfect team member!
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Ceremony Music, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Transportation
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Kaitlin
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
I so enjoyed working with Joan for my wedding! She was fun, professional, informative and on top of every little detail. A definite go-to for throwing any party!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Kim
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Joan was very helpful in the planning and implementation of my daughter's wedding, even though we brought her in fairly late in the process. She was very flexible to provide just what we needed and helped the event flow smoothly.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Joan was a blessing to work with. She was very responsive to our inquiries and always available. She allowed us to express our ideas and our personality in our wedding and used her professional experience to help steer us in the right direction. She is very creative and prompted us to add personal touches which really added to the whole experience. Joan helped create a beautiful wedding and wonderful experience. I would highly recommend Joan!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Dustin
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Joan was a real asset to us during our planning process. She provided connections to vendors whom we ended up choosing for our special day, and she was invaluable the day of the wedding. She kept the day on pace and ensured that we were comfortable during each phase of our wedding. We're so grateful to have had Joan at our side.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Lizzie
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
From the moment my mom and I met Joan, we were attracted to her enormous heart and calming demeanor. We felt like we had known her for years and instantly formed a friendship that has made this process such a joyful time. Joan was a godsend in our wedding planning process and we can't thank her enough for meticulously finding the perfect vendors for our big day and walking us through this process. Her attention to detail and incredible planning calmed our nerves and worries about this overwhelming time.

On the day of our wedding, she was the glue that held the day together as she gracefully guided us through each moment and took the stress away. Because of her amazing organization skills and calming personality, we actually enjoyed EVERY moment of our magical day! Joan is a lovely person inside and out and we are lucky to call her a true friend!

Lizzie, bride
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Erin
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Having Joan (Ambiente) plan our wedding was by far the best decision we made throughout the entire planning process. She was actively involved in the entire process, giving us recommendations to vendors and helping us with ideas when we requested it. You can tell in the way that she communicates that she is extremely experienced, yet comes with such a friendly and fun personality. We had a few challenging situations with vendors and reservations during the months prior to our wedding, and Joan did an outstanding job of working through these and helping our vendors understand exactly what we wanted. Our rehearsal was a breeze, as Joan had already done so much pre-work ahead of time. The day of our wedding was so carefree for us, as well as our parents, as Joan handled everything from set up to tear down at the end of the night. I truly don't know what all even went into the day behind the scenes because it was so perfectly planned and timed out. I would recommend Ambiente to anyone and everyone planning a wedding!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Carson
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Joan/Ambiente was AWESOME! By far the best decision we made in the entire wedding planning process was asking Joan for her help. As a groom, it was daunting to begin planning a wedding, but she made it so much easier. She was very good at giving us options and making suggestions, but then would let us decide on our own. Since neither of us had ever planned a wedding before, many times we simply didn't know what to choose or how to think about it. Joan added great expertise and was able to give fantastic recommendations when we didn't know, but still made it feel like we were making all of the decisions. When it came to the wedding week itself, Joan took the reigns on everything and was our point-person for everything that needed to get done. She really allowed us to enjoy the week with each other and our family and friends, which was definitely a highlight for us. On our wedding day itself, she was the ultimate rockstar. I knew she would have everything covered and she totally did. We showed up at both the ceremony and reception venues to them perfectly decorated and we didn't have to figure out how it got done. Joan simply took care of it. Hiring Joan/Ambiente was hands-down the best decision we made with our budget in the entire wedding planning process. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Sara
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Joan made our wedding day perfect!!

Joan was simply delightful to work with. She knows so many people in the wedding industry that it made it easy to pick great vendors for our wedding. She has such a professional and classy way of handling all situations and keeping everyone where they need to be and everything right on time. I truly could not have done it without her. She went above and beyond to help me with every detail. Even when I had to make some big changes 2 days before my wedding she helped me with all of the vendors and made sure everything was handled so I could enjoy time with my family and guests. Joan is superb! I recommend Joan be your only call if you are in need of a wedding planner.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
I have no idea how anyone gets married without Joan! She was a lifesaver throughout the entire process, but her efforts were most appreciated on the actual day when I could relax and have fun without worrying about any of the details.

We hired Joan at Ambiente as a “Day Of” coordinator, but in reality she gave us so much more than that. She recommended great vendors throughout the entire process, met with us multiple times in person to check up on our progress, and kept us on task with our planning schedule.

Initially, we interviewed several wedding planners before deciding to move forward with Ambiente. When we met with Joan, it was clear almost instantly that she was going to be the one. Her attention to detail, her experience, and her wonderful personality were all exactly what we were looking for.

Joan was helpful with things I didn’t initially even anticipate. Her close relationship with many vendors helped us score free add-ons and also ensured we got the best service possible. But the best part about working with Joan was how smoothly things ran on the actual day of our wedding. Joan kept a strict timeline and made sure everyone knew exactly where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Joan is a such an infectious person to be around that I am actually sad to be done wedding planning because it means I will be talking to her less.

Joan at Ambiente went above and beyond for us in every possible way, and was able to flawlessly execute everything I was looking for. If a friend or family asked me for a wedding recommendation, the very first thing I would tell them would be to hire Joan.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Steve
Wedding:
7/6/2013
4.7/5.0
Joan was wonderful and made our wedding a huge success. I would recommend her to absolutely anyone looking to get married or for any large scale corporate planning. Simply the best!
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
Joan really made sure that our wedding came together and that my husband and I were able to enjoy every moment of our amazing day!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Krista
Wedding:
12/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Joan took on the task of planning and producing our wedding event on a 30 day and tight budget. She came through flawlessly. She came up with fantastic and creative ideas and when it was go time she was the calm in the storm. Not only did she create a beautiful memory for us - but we got the bonus of her friendship. Truly a wonderful human and I would absolutely recommend/work with her again.
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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Scott
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Joan made our wedding planning process and wedding day absolutely flawless. She was always responsive when we had questions and at all times wanted what was best for us. She was great in balancing her expertise with our requests to create an event that we couldn't have pulled off without her. We would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a planner in the future.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Whitney
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Joan was absolutely amazing to work with as we planned our wedding - I could not have imagined doing it without her help; she has the most amazing, perfect vendor recommendations for everything on our list and I know we had the perfect day/weekend because of her vendor suggestions. Joan was so detailed when it came to our weekend, everything was on schedule and went off without a hitch! Not only did Joan make our day perfect she has become such an amazing friend and we are sure to share her name with all newly engaged couples we know! :)
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Joan helped to make our wedding absolutely amazing. She listened to everything we wanted and was able to recommend the best vendors for us and our venue. She was very detail oriented and had a great timeline to help keep everything (and everyone) on track.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Colleen
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
We were thrilled to use Joan's services for our wedding. As we planned our event from out of state, Joan's attention to detail and knowledge of the industry made our planning process easy, enjoyable, and ultimately more affordable. Joan had several suggestions that helped us stay on budget, and she helped us problem solve any challenges related to our venue restrictions or guests' needs creatively and efficiently, both leading up to the big day, and during our celebration. We would recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding or event planner!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Ann
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
It was such a pleasure to work with Joan of Ambiente. She thought of everything and made the week of our daughter's wedding so completely easy and stress-free for us so that we could focus on fun and family, and not on running around to complete tasks. Love Joan!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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jeff
Wedding:
5/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Ambiente is a professional and spot on wedding planning service!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Joan made our wedding run efficiently and flawlessly. She listened to our wants and also had wonderful suggestions of her own. Our wedding was perfect and it was, in a large part, thanks to Ambiente.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Bonnie
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Ambiente made our daughter's wedding a stressfree event. We think Joan anticipated all of our needs and provided us with wonderful vendors. The event was fabulous.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Kristina
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Best experience with a event planner I have ever had. The process was so smooth and my wedding day was perfect!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Andrea
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Joan is an amazing wedding planner! Looking back I could never have done without her expertise. She saved me hours of time because she was so knowledgeable about the vendors in every area of the planning. She was professional in every situation and always had time for phone calls and meetings. I was able to truly enjoy the preparations for our daughter's wedding and most of all even the wedding day knowing that Joan's planning was always of the highest quality and her attention to detail was excellent.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Dave
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Joan is an exceptionally competent event planner for all aspects of a wedding while at the same time a person of grace and genuine care. Our daughter's wedding day and all of the activities leading to it were perfect. Ambiente and Joan are highly recommended, without reservation! You will not be disappointed.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Catherine
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Joan is absolutely amazing! She is very personable and I knew I could trust her with every detail of the wedding. Thanks to her, everything was perfect on our wedding day!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Tena
Wedding:
7/26/2010
5.0/5.0
Joan made our day so much fun!! She provided the support that we needed in order to truly enjoy our day. She took care of every single detail from the very beginning. We could not have done it without her! We have stayed in touch with Joan and talk with her often. She is the perfect person to have for any wedding--large or small!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/3/2010
5.0/5.0
Joan played a pivotal role in making my wedding day special. I couldn't have done it without her and would recommend her to everyone!!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Tama
Wedding:
8/15/1999
5.0/5.0
We were honored to have Joan a part of our wedding planning for our special day on the lake in northern Minnesota. The day would not have gone as smoothly as it did nor would it have been as beautiful without her touches--things we would never have thought of that made the afternoon and evening event breathtakingly beautiful. As the bride, I was able to relax the "day of" because I had witness through the planning process Joan's ability to know what I wanted, share her ideas and execute it seamlessly. Years later she still helps me plan events for non-profits and even my husband's company. The friendship I got out of it has been the icing on the cake.
Services Used: Wedding Planning

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