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The Carlson Towers Rotunda & Amphitheatre

Minnetonka , MN

LOCATION

701 Carlson Parkway
Minnetonka, MN 55305 US (map)

PHONE

763-212-1448

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Elegant. Modern. Electric.

A breathtaking site, The Carlson Towers is the epitome of "distinctive elegance." The two-level venue features a cathedral ceiling, marble floors,... Read more
Elegant. Modern. Electric.

A breathtaking site, The Carlson Towers is the epitome of "distinctive elegance." The two-level venue features a cathedral ceiling, marble floors, majestic fountain and a spectacular outdoor Amphitheatre. Menus by Bon Appétit are known for made-from-scratch catering using local ingredients and sustainable practices. After visiting The Carlson Towers, you will not experience anything like it again.

For more information please contact Dawn or Kirsten at carlsonevents@carlson.com or 763.212.1448. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1990
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
330
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
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?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1500
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
32
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The Carlson Towers Rotunda and Amphitheatre made my dream wedding come true.. even better than I could have ever imagined my wedding day to be! It was perfect. Kirsten and Dawn made the planning part of the wedding so much fun, and were so prompt with answering any questions that I had. They made my entire event run smoothly from the ceremony through the end of the reception. They had every detail planned and timed out so perfectly, and I'm so grateful that Kirsten made my event run ever so perfectly... it was so much I didn't have to deal with and worry about on my wedding day! Everyone loved the venue and were so amazed by everything. Thank you to Kirsten and Dawn!!!!!!
The Carlson Towers Rotunda and Amphitheatre made my dream wedding come true.. even better than I could have ever imagined Read more...
The Carlson Towers Rotunda and Amphitheatre made my dream wedding come true.. even better than I could have ever imagined my wedding day to be! It was perfect. Kirsten and Dawn made the planning part of the wedding so much fun, and were so prompt with answering any questions that I had. They made my entire event run smoothly from the ceremony through the end of the reception. They had every detail planned and timed out so perfectly, and I'm so grateful that Kirsten made my event run ever so perfectly... it was so much I didn't have to deal with and worry about on my wedding day! Everyone loved the venue and were so amazed by everything. Thank you to Kirsten and Dawn!!!!!! Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
10/4/2013
5.0/5.0
Our ceremony and reception were at The Carlson Towers. Everything was absolutely amazing! The staff was so incredible and the venue looked absolutely gorgeous!!! The food was also delicious! My wedding was as close to perfect as it could have possibly been thanks in large part to the wonderful staff at The Carlson Towers. Thank you so much!!!
Our ceremony and reception were at The Carlson Towers. Everything was absolutely amazing! The staff was so incredible and Read more...
Our ceremony and reception were at The Carlson Towers. Everything was absolutely amazing! The staff was so incredible and the venue looked absolutely gorgeous!!! The food was also delicious! My wedding was as close to perfect as it could have possibly been thanks in large part to the wonderful staff at The Carlson Towers. Thank you so much!!! Read less
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Abby
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Highly recommend them. They were wonderful from the start. Beautiful rotunda with high ceilings and windows. Staff we're extremely flexible and on top of everything down to every detail. They made the day run so smoothly!
Highly recommend them. They were wonderful from the start. Beautiful rotunda with high ceilings and windows. Staff we're Read more...
Highly recommend them. They were wonderful from the start. Beautiful rotunda with high ceilings and windows. Staff we're extremely flexible and on top of everything down to every detail. They made the day run so smoothly! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
6/14/2013
5.0/5.0
The team at Carlson were wonderful! They clearly had everything organized and have 'seen it all'. They helped to ensure my husband and I saw little to no 'wedding drama'. The food and atmosphere were the talk of our guests.
The team at Carlson were wonderful! They clearly had everything organized and have 'seen it all'. They helped to ensure my Read more...
The team at Carlson were wonderful! They clearly had everything organized and have 'seen it all'. They helped to ensure my husband and I saw little to no 'wedding drama'. The food and atmosphere were the talk of our guests. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Ashley
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have been happier that we chose the carlson center for our wedding. We didn't have a wedding planner, so working with the wedding planners at the site made things alot less stressful than they could have been. Even though I was planning this wedding from out of state, Dawn and Kelly were both accommodating and quick to respond to my emails. Having the on site catering also helped make things alot less stressful, not to mention the fact that the food and service was incredible :) We also had our ceremony at the site, and it was very reassuring to know that, while the ceremony would normally be outside, if it were to rain we had a definite (and still beautiful) plan B to have the ceremony in the rotunda.
The Carlson Center was beautiful! We had our ceremony and reception there, and had so many comments from people on how amazing the venue was. The gardens around the grounds made for a great place to take pictures, to where we didn't have to leave the grounds all day! We also had the "wall of lights" running down the walls, and that coupled with the fountain made for a beautiful scene in the evening.
I would definitely recommend the Carlson Center.
I couldn't have been happier that we chose the carlson center for our wedding. We didn't have a wedding planner, so Read more...
I couldn't have been happier that we chose the carlson center for our wedding. We didn't have a wedding planner, so working with the wedding planners at the site made things alot less stressful than they could have been. Even though I was planning this wedding from out of state, Dawn and Kelly were both accommodating and quick to respond to my emails. Having the on site catering also helped make things alot less stressful, not to mention the fact that the food and service was incredible :) We also had our ceremony at the site, and it was very reassuring to know that, while the ceremony would normally be outside, if it were to rain we had a definite (and still beautiful) plan B to have the ceremony in the rotunda.
The Carlson Center was beautiful! We had our ceremony and reception there, and had so many comments from people on how amazing the venue was. The gardens around the grounds made for a great place to take pictures, to where we didn't have to leave the grounds all day! We also had the "wall of lights" running down the walls, and that coupled with the fountain made for a beautiful scene in the evening.
I would definitely recommend the Carlson Center. Read less
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Christie
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
As a bride who is also a member of the Twin Cities wedding industry, my biggest concern in planning my own wedding was finding a place that would live up to both my and my guest's expectations as well as allow me the creativity and flexibility need to customize the event.

Throughout the entire planning process, the whole team at Carlson (Dawn, Carol & John) were absolutely incredible! From offerings ideas and advice on what works best in their space to making themselves available within moments of an email/call, their services were imperative in bringing our big day together.

My biggest fear for the wedding day was that my vision wouldn't be exactly as I had pictured it in my head. Walking into the Rotunda that day, I realized that my biggest fear had come true--in the best way possible. The Rotunda was not what I had pictured but BETTER than anything I could have imagined. The work that the Carlson staff had put into the day was so apparent and I still hear on a regular basis how stunning the space was.

Beyond a lovely setting, the food and service by Bon Appetit were perfection. Dozens of comments were received the evening of that guests had NEVER had such fantastic food, not only in an event setting but in general. These great dishes were served by a professional staff that anticipated each of our guests needs and went above and beyond to ensure that each person was having a relaxing, enjoyable meal.

The team at Carlson gave us a perfect and relaxed planning process followed by a wedding that exceeded both my personal & professional expectations--there is no doubt in my mind that they will do the exact same for you. :)
As a bride who is also a member of the Twin Cities wedding industry, my biggest concern in planning my own wedding was Read more...
As a bride who is also a member of the Twin Cities wedding industry, my biggest concern in planning my own wedding was finding a place that would live up to both my and my guest's expectations as well as allow me the creativity and flexibility need to customize the event.

Throughout the entire planning process, the whole team at Carlson (Dawn, Carol & John) were absolutely incredible! From offerings ideas and advice on what works best in their space to making themselves available within moments of an email/call, their services were imperative in bringing our big day together.

My biggest fear for the wedding day was that my vision wouldn't be exactly as I had pictured it in my head. Walking into the Rotunda that day, I realized that my biggest fear had come true--in the best way possible. The Rotunda was not what I had pictured but BETTER than anything I could have imagined. The work that the Carlson staff had put into the day was so apparent and I still hear on a regular basis how stunning the space was.

Beyond a lovely setting, the food and service by Bon Appetit were perfection. Dozens of comments were received the evening of that guests had NEVER had such fantastic food, not only in an event setting but in general. These great dishes were served by a professional staff that anticipated each of our guests needs and went above and beyond to ensure that each person was having a relaxing, enjoyable meal.

The team at Carlson gave us a perfect and relaxed planning process followed by a wedding that exceeded both my personal & professional expectations--there is no doubt in my mind that they will do the exact same for you. :) Read less
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BLawson10
Wedding:
7/17/2010
5.0/5.0
The food was amazing!!!!! Very professional staff and couldn't have been happier with the service:)
The food was amazing!!!!! Very professional staff and couldn't have been happier with the service:)
The food was amazing!!!!! Very professional staff and couldn't have been happier with the service:) Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
Great place for a wedding and reception. Took great pride into making my wedding perfect. Family loved the classic look and comfortable feel. I liked that it was high class but yet affordable.
Great place for a wedding and reception. Took great pride into making my wedding perfect. Family loved the classic look Read more...
Great place for a wedding and reception. Took great pride into making my wedding perfect. Family loved the classic look and comfortable feel. I liked that it was high class but yet affordable. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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lth
Wedding:
8/3/2008
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were not looking for a spun sugar and cotton candy adventure. As professionals with more to do than plan a wedding, we wanted someone who could work quickly and efficiently with us. We initially chose Bon Appetit and the Conversatory because of their proximity to our home and the Country Inn Suites. We could not have made a better decision.

It look 3 short meetings with Dawn and Bon Appetit to plan a lovely event. Our food was exceptional, the service was topflight without being overbearing or intrusive and our hostess for the evening, Bev, did an amazing job. She was light, easy going, completely on top of everything and helped make our evening a blast!

Initially I was concerned that the Conservatory would look like a cafeteria regardless of decoration. I had nothing to fear. We did not spend the extra $900 to have the ceiling draped and the room looked lovely. It was a gorgeous day and the room was bright and airy. It was not the least bit hollow sounding or cold. We had flowers on the tables but no other decorations in the dining room

We also felt Bon Appetit was a great value. The prices for food and liquor were VERY reasonable and the quality was like that of a very good restaurant. We chose an open bar plus poured wine all evening and when we compared the price of our event to other locations, it was a very simple decison.

Lastly,the location is really great. It's away from the expense of downtown but not so far away that out of town guests can get lost. The Conservatory is sufficiently sophisticated without being stuffy and overbearing.

I can't recommend it highly enough...
My husband and I were not looking for a spun sugar and cotton candy adventure. As professionals with more to do than plan Read more...
My husband and I were not looking for a spun sugar and cotton candy adventure. As professionals with more to do than plan a wedding, we wanted someone who could work quickly and efficiently with us. We initially chose Bon Appetit and the Conversatory because of their proximity to our home and the Country Inn Suites. We could not have made a better decision.

It look 3 short meetings with Dawn and Bon Appetit to plan a lovely event. Our food was exceptional, the service was topflight without being overbearing or intrusive and our hostess for the evening, Bev, did an amazing job. She was light, easy going, completely on top of everything and helped make our evening a blast!

Initially I was concerned that the Conservatory would look like a cafeteria regardless of decoration. I had nothing to fear. We did not spend the extra $900 to have the ceiling draped and the room looked lovely. It was a gorgeous day and the room was bright and airy. It was not the least bit hollow sounding or cold. We had flowers on the tables but no other decorations in the dining room

We also felt Bon Appetit was a great value. The prices for food and liquor were VERY reasonable and the quality was like that of a very good restaurant. We chose an open bar plus poured wine all evening and when we compared the price of our event to other locations, it was a very simple decison.

Lastly,the location is really great. It's away from the expense of downtown but not so far away that out of town guests can get lost. The Conservatory is sufficiently sophisticated without being stuffy and overbearing.

I can't recommend it highly enough... Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Tootsie
Wedding:
8/24/2007
5.0/5.0
Excellent staff! Beautiful location!!!
Excellent staff! Beautiful location!!!
Excellent staff! Beautiful location!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue

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