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Semple Mansion

Minneapolis , MN
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100 West Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404 US (map)

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612-290-4448

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The perfect setting for Ceremonies and Receptions, Dinner Dances, Bar Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Holiday Parties and Corporate Events. Encounter majestic halls and intimate... Read more
The perfect setting for Ceremonies and Receptions, Dinner Dances, Bar Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Holiday Parties and Corporate Events. Encounter majestic halls and intimate spaces in this gorgeous mansion, beautifully restored to its original 16th century Italian Renaissance style and opulence. Descend our masive mahogany staircase into a 2500 sq ft Grand Foyer, enjoy dinner and dancing in the majestic Grand Palladian Ballroom, and break for conversation in the most unique wine cellar and gathering space in Minnesota. Grand Palladian Ballroom seats 250, Fresco paintings throughout, Wine Cellar and Grotto, Gorgeous Bridal Suite, Grooms Room and Event Space. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1899
When was your venue last renovated?
2004
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
City, Glamorous, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
2500
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

4.6
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4.6/5.0
4.6/5.0
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.6/5.0
I will give this place 5 stars for the beautiful venue, and all the character in the mansion that lend to gorgeous pictures with the bridal party.

If I could give negative stars for the rest, I would. The day that we showed up for my little sister's wedding we found that the refrigerator was broken. When we told the lady running the venue she said "Oh, yeah it was out last weekend and we had someone come fix it... guess it's broken again." From that point on no one from the venue did anything to help with the refrigeration issue from calling any contractor in the area to helping get ice or anything. It would have at least been nice for them to put forth an effort since we had a lot of food/drinks that needed to be kept cold the day of and had to get creative and make several ice runs.

There was a sparkling grape juice toast directly after the wedding and the venue was providing all the champagne flutes. One of the ladies helping with the wedding decided just to pull a few of them out of the dish washing trays to ensure they were clean. We had an entire tray's worth that had food in them (not just water spots) as well as lip stick and lip marks. When I brought this to the attention of the second lady to show up that day to run the venue, she said it was impossible to get lip stick/lip marks off of glasses (excuse me??) and that I should just take a paper towel and wipe them off. When she asked my oldest sister what was wrong, she said she didn't have time to get all the glasses cleaned and the lady from the venue said, "well, do you have anyone else that can help?" Never once did she offer to help us with anything at the event space until she heard us arguing about it, stormed over to the bar area and yelled at everyone to leave
I will give this place 5 stars for the beautiful venue, and all the character in the mansion that lend to gorgeous Read more...
I will give this place 5 stars for the beautiful venue, and all the character in the mansion that lend to gorgeous pictures with the bridal party.

If I could give negative stars for the rest, I would. The day that we showed up for my little sister's wedding we found that the refrigerator was broken. When we told the lady running the venue she said "Oh, yeah it was out last weekend and we had someone come fix it... guess it's broken again." From that point on no one from the venue did anything to help with the refrigeration issue from calling any contractor in the area to helping get ice or anything. It would have at least been nice for them to put forth an effort since we had a lot of food/drinks that needed to be kept cold the day of and had to get creative and make several ice runs.

There was a sparkling grape juice toast directly after the wedding and the venue was providing all the champagne flutes. One of the ladies helping with the wedding decided just to pull a few of them out of the dish washing trays to ensure they were clean. We had an entire tray's worth that had food in them (not just water spots) as well as lip stick and lip marks. When I brought this to the attention of the second lady to show up that day to run the venue, she said it was impossible to get lip stick/lip marks off of glasses (excuse me??) and that I should just take a paper towel and wipe them off. When she asked my oldest sister what was wrong, she said she didn't have time to get all the glasses cleaned and the lady from the venue said, "well, do you have anyone else that can help?" Never once did she offer to help us with anything at the event space until she heard us arguing about it, stormed over to the bar area and yelled at everyone to leave Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Best location ever! They don't require to pick any specific caterer, nor do they have a minimum cost on food, drinks, etc. Katherine is such a delight to work with and very flexible with a bride's ever changing mind/details. All our guests said it was the best and most elegant wedding they have ever been to (and no alcohol was served - all reviews were sober :) ) and we did not have any decorations added to the Mansion, minus centerpieces. Piece of cake for any less creative bride like myself.
Best location ever! They don't require to pick any specific caterer, nor do they have a minimum cost on food, drinks, etc. Read more...
Best location ever! They don't require to pick any specific caterer, nor do they have a minimum cost on food, drinks, etc. Katherine is such a delight to work with and very flexible with a bride's ever changing mind/details. All our guests said it was the best and most elegant wedding they have ever been to (and no alcohol was served - all reviews were sober :) ) and we did not have any decorations added to the Mansion, minus centerpieces. Piece of cake for any less creative bride like myself. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/7/2014
2.2/5.0
The venue is of course stunning. Our reception was lovely. However, the "Wedding Coordinator" did not coordinate anything except the fees we needed to pay. She responded to half of our emails, asked the same questions numerous times, and provided us with no services.

We were expecting her to help us the day of the wedding, but she did not. We asked for a specific amount of tables for our cocktail hour because that was how many centerpieces we ordered, and she decided the space needed more tables, so we did not have enough centerpieces for all of the tables. We asked for her to simply help place centerpieces on the tables and she said that was not a service she could provide. Lighting candles- not a service she could provide. Her services for us included keeping the bathroom stocked.

Overall, just know what you are paying for- the space and not services.
The venue is of course stunning. Our reception was lovely. However, the "Wedding Coordinator" did not coordinate anything Read more...
The venue is of course stunning. Our reception was lovely. However, the "Wedding Coordinator" did not coordinate anything except the fees we needed to pay. She responded to half of our emails, asked the same questions numerous times, and provided us with no services.

We were expecting her to help us the day of the wedding, but she did not. We asked for a specific amount of tables for our cocktail hour because that was how many centerpieces we ordered, and she decided the space needed more tables, so we did not have enough centerpieces for all of the tables. We asked for her to simply help place centerpieces on the tables and she said that was not a service she could provide. Lighting candles- not a service she could provide. Her services for us included keeping the bathroom stocked.

Overall, just know what you are paying for- the space and not services. Read less
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Jennie
Wedding:
4/12/2014
4.8/5.0
My husband and I have nothing but glowing reviews for our experience working with Katherine and having our wedding and reception at Semple Mansion. Everything from start to finish was incredibly smooth, and our guests continued to talk about how beautiful the wedding was, and what a wonderful time they had, for several months after our wedding. The venue provided the exact ambiance we were hoping for.

For the most part we used vendors (caterer, photographer, DJ, hotel/shuttle) that had previous experience working at Semple, which made things very easy. Our florist/decorator had not previously done an event there, and Katherine and the other staff were very accommodating to allow us to come view the space a few different times to try some flowers and pieces out. Katherine was also incredibly responsive and offered various suggestions as we considered different options for tables and seating arrangements.

We would highly recommend this venue to anyone, and overall had a very pleasant experience.
My husband and I have nothing but glowing reviews for our experience working with Katherine and having our wedding and Read more...
My husband and I have nothing but glowing reviews for our experience working with Katherine and having our wedding and reception at Semple Mansion. Everything from start to finish was incredibly smooth, and our guests continued to talk about how beautiful the wedding was, and what a wonderful time they had, for several months after our wedding. The venue provided the exact ambiance we were hoping for.

For the most part we used vendors (caterer, photographer, DJ, hotel/shuttle) that had previous experience working at Semple, which made things very easy. Our florist/decorator had not previously done an event there, and Katherine and the other staff were very accommodating to allow us to come view the space a few different times to try some flowers and pieces out. Katherine was also incredibly responsive and offered various suggestions as we considered different options for tables and seating arrangements.

We would highly recommend this venue to anyone, and overall had a very pleasant experience. Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
It was a dream wedding! Katherine was wonderful to work with and made it so easy for us! The mansion is gorgeous and has so much character that we didn't feel that we had to over decorate. The architecture is beautiful, so less is more. We loved that there were so many areas for our guests to see...main floor, wine grotto, lounge area and the ballroom. We took advantage of the grand piano and hired someone to come in and play for our cocktail hour. It was a magical night!
It was a dream wedding! Katherine was wonderful to work with and made it so easy for us! The mansion is gorgeous and has Read more...
It was a dream wedding! Katherine was wonderful to work with and made it so easy for us! The mansion is gorgeous and has so much character that we didn't feel that we had to over decorate. The architecture is beautiful, so less is more. We loved that there were so many areas for our guests to see...main floor, wine grotto, lounge area and the ballroom. We took advantage of the grand piano and hired someone to come in and play for our cocktail hour. It was a magical night! Read less
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Priya
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.5/5.0
Ever since my first visit to the Semple Mansion I knew it was a venue I could see myself getting married in. It is very unique and has so much character built into it. It was a little bit pricier then some of the other options that we were looking into but other than flowers we didn’t need any additional decorations, which made it a little bit more reasonable. We were looking for a place where we could have both our ceremony and reception in the same place so that our guests wouldn’t have to travel between the two. It turned out gorgeous and we were very happy with how our entire wedding day went! It was nice to have an area for the girls to get ready and for pictures the opportunities are endless. Multiple guests commented to us on how it was such a unique site for our wedding and on how pretty it was.
Ever since my first visit to the Semple Mansion I knew it was a venue I could see myself getting married in. It is very Read more...
Ever since my first visit to the Semple Mansion I knew it was a venue I could see myself getting married in. It is very unique and has so much character built into it. It was a little bit pricier then some of the other options that we were looking into but other than flowers we didn’t need any additional decorations, which made it a little bit more reasonable. We were looking for a place where we could have both our ceremony and reception in the same place so that our guests wouldn’t have to travel between the two. It turned out gorgeous and we were very happy with how our entire wedding day went! It was nice to have an area for the girls to get ready and for pictures the opportunities are endless. Multiple guests commented to us on how it was such a unique site for our wedding and on how pretty it was. Read less
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Hannah
Wedding:
10/18/2013
4.7/5.0
My fiance and I walked through five venues a year ago, and the instant we walked into the Semple, I knew it was the one. It was breath taking walking from one room to the next. The venue was out of budget-but I knew it was my dream venue, so I worked alot of overtime! lol The Semple Mansion does not come cheap, and beware they have a rental fee and a bar fee (and this bar fee does not cover the liquor, it is literally just to use the bar). But after my wedding last week, there is no other venue I would have chosen, it was worth the extra overtime and worth every dollar.
As mentioned-the venue is so amazing the decor you need is minimal. We used candles, flowers and votives and it was beautiful. the chairs are amazing-so don't stress about chair covers. The bridal suite is a little small-but gorgeous, and there is a huge room in the basement with couches and a pool table for the groom/groomsmen-my husband LOVED that!!
There is a coordinator onsite which I know some people in their reviews didn't so much care for and I cannot comment on that as I used with a private wedding planner who dealt with all the details (thank god). FYI the wedding planner was the best choice I made-Simply Elegant Bridal Consults.
The only negative comment I have is the elevator. There are A LOT of stairs at the Semple Mansion and several of my guests really needed the elevator but it was acting up the night of the wedding so they couldn't use it, and it was very hard for them to climb all the stairs, I was disappointed as the elevator was a selling point for me.
But overall, if you are looking for an amazing venue to hold the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at-this is the place. I do no have one regret about having my wedding at the Semple Mansion, it was the wedding of my dreams held at a perfect venue.
My fiance and I walked through five venues a year ago, and the instant we walked into the Semple, I knew it was the one. Read more...
My fiance and I walked through five venues a year ago, and the instant we walked into the Semple, I knew it was the one. It was breath taking walking from one room to the next. The venue was out of budget-but I knew it was my dream venue, so I worked alot of overtime! lol The Semple Mansion does not come cheap, and beware they have a rental fee and a bar fee (and this bar fee does not cover the liquor, it is literally just to use the bar). But after my wedding last week, there is no other venue I would have chosen, it was worth the extra overtime and worth every dollar.
As mentioned-the venue is so amazing the decor you need is minimal. We used candles, flowers and votives and it was beautiful. the chairs are amazing-so don't stress about chair covers. The bridal suite is a little small-but gorgeous, and there is a huge room in the basement with couches and a pool table for the groom/groomsmen-my husband LOVED that!!
There is a coordinator onsite which I know some people in their reviews didn't so much care for and I cannot comment on that as I used with a private wedding planner who dealt with all the details (thank god). FYI the wedding planner was the best choice I made-Simply Elegant Bridal Consults.
The only negative comment I have is the elevator. There are A LOT of stairs at the Semple Mansion and several of my guests really needed the elevator but it was acting up the night of the wedding so they couldn't use it, and it was very hard for them to climb all the stairs, I was disappointed as the elevator was a selling point for me.
But overall, if you are looking for an amazing venue to hold the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at-this is the place. I do no have one regret about having my wedding at the Semple Mansion, it was the wedding of my dreams held at a perfect venue. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Was a dream cone true. The bridal suite was lovely. The men were three floors down so there was no chance of my husband seeing me vefore the ceremony. The stairs were scary but so worth it.
Was a dream cone true. The bridal suite was lovely. The men were three floors down so there was no chance of my husband Read more...
Was a dream cone true. The bridal suite was lovely. The men were three floors down so there was no chance of my husband seeing me vefore the ceremony. The stairs were scary but so worth it. Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
9/13/2013
4.9/5.0
We loved our reception at the Semple Mansion. Katherine was wonderful to work with, quick to answer any questions we had and happy to set up additional walk-throughs as the wedding day approached. It was great to get ready at the mansion in the bridal suite, and she popped in a couple of times to see if we needed anything. We wanted a historic venue that fit all of our guests in one room for dinner rather than splitting them up into separate spaces, and we loved how the Semple Mansion is set up for that. We also liked giving our guests the flexibility to stay up on the third floor for dancing after dinner or explore the mansion's first floor (where we had cocktail hour) and the wine grotto in the basement. We were very happy with the Semple Mansion and its staff, and we recommend it highly.
We loved our reception at the Semple Mansion. Katherine was wonderful to work with, quick to answer any questions we had Read more...
We loved our reception at the Semple Mansion. Katherine was wonderful to work with, quick to answer any questions we had and happy to set up additional walk-throughs as the wedding day approached. It was great to get ready at the mansion in the bridal suite, and she popped in a couple of times to see if we needed anything. We wanted a historic venue that fit all of our guests in one room for dinner rather than splitting them up into separate spaces, and we loved how the Semple Mansion is set up for that. We also liked giving our guests the flexibility to stay up on the third floor for dancing after dinner or explore the mansion's first floor (where we had cocktail hour) and the wine grotto in the basement. We were very happy with the Semple Mansion and its staff, and we recommend it highly. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Absolutely in LOVE with everything about this venue! My guests all felt the same way! I had an amazing experience with Katherine and everyone at the Semple. Katherine kept in contact with me throughout the months, answered all of my questions efficiently, and allowed me to do drop by visits with barely any announcement! Don't let the cost scare you away, it is completely worth it! My one gripe is that only one bar service is allowed in to the mansion, Common Roots Catering, and we did not have a good experience with them. The alcohol provided was all local and we did not know any of it. We ended up being given the choice to pay outrageous stocking fees ($175 per beer!) to have Bud Light, Mich Golden, etc. and we weren't even guaranteed not to run out or pay for kegs ($400 per keg!). We weren't happy about that, hopefully Semple will allow other bars to cater in so that people have choices who to hire.
Absolutely in LOVE with everything about this venue! My guests all felt the same way! I had an amazing experience with Read more...
Absolutely in LOVE with everything about this venue! My guests all felt the same way! I had an amazing experience with Katherine and everyone at the Semple. Katherine kept in contact with me throughout the months, answered all of my questions efficiently, and allowed me to do drop by visits with barely any announcement! Don't let the cost scare you away, it is completely worth it! My one gripe is that only one bar service is allowed in to the mansion, Common Roots Catering, and we did not have a good experience with them. The alcohol provided was all local and we did not know any of it. We ended up being given the choice to pay outrageous stocking fees ($175 per beer!) to have Bud Light, Mich Golden, etc. and we weren't even guaranteed not to run out or pay for kegs ($400 per keg!). We weren't happy about that, hopefully Semple will allow other bars to cater in so that people have choices who to hire. Read less
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