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The Carousell Works

Big Lake , MN
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LOCATION

160 Lake Street North, PO Box 87
Big Lake, MN 55309 US (map)

PHONE

763-263-7779

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The Carousell Works Historic Event Center carries on a tradition of hospitality that began in 1907 when the Big Lake Amusement Park entertained thousands of visitors and the community’s... Read more
The Carousell Works Historic Event Center carries on a tradition of hospitality that began in 1907 when the Big Lake Amusement Park entertained thousands of visitors and the community’s crystal clear lake and sandy bathing beach drew visitors from miles around. Located in the historic brick schoolhouse in the heart of Big Lake, within easy distance of Elk River, Monitcello, St. Cloud and the Twin Cities, the Carousell Works is the perfect place for your gathering: a charming, vintage setting at an affordable price. One of the largest wedding and event venues in central Minnesota, the Carousell Works has a seating capacity of up to 325 and is a private event venue. Flexible room arrangements offer infinite possiblities for your wedding, event, or tradeshow. Vintage brick and polished maple floors (dating to the 1930s) offer a sophisticated beginning for your wedding or event decorating scheme. Smaller spaces at the Carousell Works are well suited for business retreats, meetings or more intimate parties, such as groom’s dinners, anniversary parties and birthday parties.

Dining at the Carousell Works is reminiscent of some of the best country clubs and restaurants in Minnesota. Our in-house caterer, A Catered Event , will surely make your celebration one to remember. Schedule a viewing today and experience the Carousell Works for yourself. We look forward to serving you. 763-263-7779. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1935
When was your venue last renovated?
1990
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Country, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
3251
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?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
0
Number of suites
0
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1150
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar 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?
18
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house
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

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Martin
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Diane was very easy to work with for our wedding reception. We loved the layout of the rooms at the reception giving our guest options to hang out away from the music or stay close to the action. We had lots of compliments on the food which was wonderful. The option to bring in our own alcohol saved us money and allowed us to provide drinks for our guests for the night.
Diane was very easy to work with for our wedding reception. We loved the layout of the rooms at the reception giving our Read more...
Diane was very easy to work with for our wedding reception. We loved the layout of the rooms at the reception giving our guest options to hang out away from the music or stay close to the action. We had lots of compliments on the food which was wonderful. The option to bring in our own alcohol saved us money and allowed us to provide drinks for our guests for the night. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Diane is great to work with. She helped make my wedding reception beautiful and very memorable! Thought everything turned out wonderfully!
Diane is great to work with. She helped make my wedding reception beautiful and very memorable! Thought everything turned Read more...
Diane is great to work with. She helped make my wedding reception beautiful and very memorable! Thought everything turned out wonderfully! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Pam
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Diane at Carousell Works was wonderful to work with!! She helped us plan the reception and worked with us within our budget, and the wedding and reception were absolutely perfect!! I definitely recommend Diane and The Carousell Works to everyone!!! And the guests at our reception are still raving about A Catered Event's food...absolutely delicious!!!
Diane at Carousell Works was wonderful to work with!! She helped us plan the reception and worked with us within our Read more...
Diane at Carousell Works was wonderful to work with!! She helped us plan the reception and worked with us within our budget, and the wedding and reception were absolutely perfect!! I definitely recommend Diane and The Carousell Works to everyone!!! And the guests at our reception are still raving about A Catered Event's food...absolutely delicious!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Katelyn
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Diane was absolutely amazing to work with. Everything turned out beautifully and my husband and I are really pleased with the outcome of it all.
Diane was absolutely amazing to work with. Everything turned out beautifully and my husband and I are really pleased with Read more...
Diane was absolutely amazing to work with. Everything turned out beautifully and my husband and I are really pleased with the outcome of it all. Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
5/19/2012
4.7/5.0
The Carousell Works in Big Lake was a great place for us to have our reception! Diane and her staff were very attentive to detail and very flexible with the planning and the day before/day of activities.
The Carousell Works in Big Lake was a great place for us to have our reception! Diane and her staff were very attentive to Read more...
The Carousell Works in Big Lake was a great place for us to have our reception! Diane and her staff were very attentive to detail and very flexible with the planning and the day before/day of activities. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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JB
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
The Carousell Works was the PERFECT place for a wedding reception! From the moment we initially signed the contract we were taken care of. The staff was very helpful in determining the meal, the table linens, and other details that are often overlooked. The food was AMAZING!! We are still getting compliments on the overall atmosphere and catering. The building gives a unique space for a reception with a very affordable price. Thank you to the staff for making our day so special!!!
The Carousell Works was the PERFECT place for a wedding reception! From the moment we initially signed the contract we Read more...
The Carousell Works was the PERFECT place for a wedding reception! From the moment we initially signed the contract we were taken care of. The staff was very helpful in determining the meal, the table linens, and other details that are often overlooked. The food was AMAZING!! We are still getting compliments on the overall atmosphere and catering. The building gives a unique space for a reception with a very affordable price. Thank you to the staff for making our day so special!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Brie
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Diane was a great help. She and her in house caterer (Kevin with "A Catered Event") were very nice to work with. They are creative and helped us to put together the rooms in a way that suited our needs. The building is an old historic school building with wood floors and very high ceilings. It was not necessary to decorate much besides our table center pieces. They worked with our wedding planners' schedule to make sure the tables had all the linens on in plenty of time for them to put together the center pieces.

One big plus was the fact that they do not have a license to sell liquor. They allowed us to bring in our own alcohol (we paid $100 per keg from the liquor store and you'll never get that kind of price at a typical reception venue) and they provided the bar tenders. We did have to pay the bar tenders but that was a minimal cost when considering how much money we saved on alcohol.
Diane was a great help. She and her in house caterer (Kevin with "A Catered Event") were very nice to work with. They are Read more...
Diane was a great help. She and her in house caterer (Kevin with "A Catered Event") were very nice to work with. They are creative and helped us to put together the rooms in a way that suited our needs. The building is an old historic school building with wood floors and very high ceilings. It was not necessary to decorate much besides our table center pieces. They worked with our wedding planners' schedule to make sure the tables had all the linens on in plenty of time for them to put together the center pieces.

One big plus was the fact that they do not have a license to sell liquor. They allowed us to bring in our own alcohol (we paid $100 per keg from the liquor store and you'll never get that kind of price at a typical reception venue) and they provided the bar tenders. We did have to pay the bar tenders but that was a minimal cost when considering how much money we saved on alcohol. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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MrsOlsonToBE
Wedding:
4/30/2011
5.0/5.0
We have nothing but good things to say about the carousell works and a catered event foods! We were able to set up the day before and when weather ruined our plans of getting married outside, we had no problems getting the ceremony moved to the carousell works. The staff was very helpful in making sure everything turned out great for our big day! They helped our ceremony and our reception run as smooth as possible! The food was outstanding and we heard about it all night long!! At least a dozen people said it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding! Kudos to Kevin and his team on that!
We have nothing but good things to say about the carousell works and a catered event foods! We were able to set up the day Read more...
We have nothing but good things to say about the carousell works and a catered event foods! We were able to set up the day before and when weather ruined our plans of getting married outside, we had no problems getting the ceremony moved to the carousell works. The staff was very helpful in making sure everything turned out great for our big day! They helped our ceremony and our reception run as smooth as possible! The food was outstanding and we heard about it all night long!! At least a dozen people said it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding! Kudos to Kevin and his team on that! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Jamie
Wedding:
1/1/2011
5.0/5.0
we had so many compliments on how beautiful everything was - it is truly a gem of a location and the entire team made us feel comfortable and took care of everything for our special day!
we had so many compliments on how beautiful everything was - it is truly a gem of a location and the entire team made us Read more...
we had so many compliments on how beautiful everything was - it is truly a gem of a location and the entire team made us feel comfortable and took care of everything for our special day! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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AmandaCody
Wedding:
10/23/2010
5.0/5.0
An amazing place to have your reception! A building that has a lot of history and is very romantic and elegant! The staff is wonderful and very professional! Every bride wants that "magical" night... It is very easily created at the Carousell! Amazing food! Cost is very reasonable and we were able to set up all our center pieces for the tables the day before which helped a lot with our busy schedule! I would recommend the Carousell to any couple that is planning their big day!!!
An amazing place to have your reception! A building that has a lot of history and is very romantic and elegant! The staff Read more...
An amazing place to have your reception! A building that has a lot of history and is very romantic and elegant! The staff is wonderful and very professional! Every bride wants that "magical" night... It is very easily created at the Carousell! Amazing food! Cost is very reasonable and we were able to set up all our center pieces for the tables the day before which helped a lot with our busy schedule! I would recommend the Carousell to any couple that is planning their big day!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue

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