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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

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
5
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Historic, Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
City, Glamorous, Vintage
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Outside Vendors OK
What food and beverage items are available?
Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Caitlin
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
Katherine was so accommodating to us and always willing to answer any silly questions at any time! She and her team made the entire booking, planning, and day of process for our wedding absolute perfection and easy as good be! The semple mansion is so breathtaking and the staff was so excellent I wish we could get married over and over again!!
Katherine was so accommodating to us and always willing to answer any silly questions at any time! She and her team made Read more...
Katherine was so accommodating to us and always willing to answer any silly questions at any time! She and her team made the entire booking, planning, and day of process for our wedding absolute perfection and easy as good be! The semple mansion is so breathtaking and the staff was so excellent I wish we could get married over and over again!! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
The Semple Mansion was the most beautiful venue for my fall wedding, I couldn't imagine it anywhere else! Katherine was incredible and easy to work with! She was responsive, kind, and thoughtful throughout the entire planning process, as well as the day of. The bartenders the mansion supplied were also incredible and went way above and beyond to help serve guests and clean up at the end of the night.
The Semple Mansion was the most beautiful venue for my fall wedding, I couldn't imagine it anywhere else! Katherine was Read more...
The Semple Mansion was the most beautiful venue for my fall wedding, I couldn't imagine it anywhere else! Katherine was incredible and easy to work with! She was responsive, kind, and thoughtful throughout the entire planning process, as well as the day of. The bartenders the mansion supplied were also incredible and went way above and beyond to help serve guests and clean up at the end of the night. Read less
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Kelsey
Wedding:
6/6/2015
4.2/5.0
The venue is very beautiful and was the best location for us--close to our ceremony and many hotel options just down the road. Their contract is straightforward and they will not hide costs from you. Essentially Semple Mansion provides the space and tables. They will not hang around to help set up anything else (just something to consider during your day-of planning).

One thing that was upsetting: there was a giant "For Lease" sign in front of the building the entire day of our wedding. Going through guest's photos and seeing that thing is frustrating for how much we paid (we paid for all areas of the reception space for the entire Saturday). The door knob to the bridal suite also kept falling off, and it's the only room you can lock to protect any valuables.
The venue is very beautiful and was the best location for us--close to our ceremony and many hotel options just down the Read more...
The venue is very beautiful and was the best location for us--close to our ceremony and many hotel options just down the road. Their contract is straightforward and they will not hide costs from you. Essentially Semple Mansion provides the space and tables. They will not hang around to help set up anything else (just something to consider during your day-of planning).

One thing that was upsetting: there was a giant "For Lease" sign in front of the building the entire day of our wedding. Going through guest's photos and seeing that thing is frustrating for how much we paid (we paid for all areas of the reception space for the entire Saturday). The door knob to the bridal suite also kept falling off, and it's the only room you can lock to protect any valuables. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
The second we walked into the Semple Mansion, I knew that this was the venue for our wedding!! It is simply stunning and has so much character that you dont need much more than that!! We really enjoyed working with Katherine the venue manager. She made the whole experience a lot of fun !! She was very easy to work with, and also provided great insight on things that people have done or different things that we could try. We had our ceremony and reception at the venue and it worked out PERFECTLY !!! we used the grand ball room upstairs for the ceremony and used lots of candles for decoration and then had the reception on the main floor. I really cant say enough great things about this venue.. If could do my wedding all over again , I would still chose the semple. It just creates such a unique atmosphere that you just dont want to leave :) !!
The second we walked into the Semple Mansion, I knew that this was the venue for our wedding!! It is simply stunning and Read more...
The second we walked into the Semple Mansion, I knew that this was the venue for our wedding!! It is simply stunning and has so much character that you dont need much more than that!! We really enjoyed working with Katherine the venue manager. She made the whole experience a lot of fun !! She was very easy to work with, and also provided great insight on things that people have done or different things that we could try. We had our ceremony and reception at the venue and it worked out PERFECTLY !!! we used the grand ball room upstairs for the ceremony and used lots of candles for decoration and then had the reception on the main floor. I really cant say enough great things about this venue.. If could do my wedding all over again , I would still chose the semple. It just creates such a unique atmosphere that you just dont want to leave :) !! Read less
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Hannah
Wedding:
10/18/2014
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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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:
1+ year ago
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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