SweetFruity

WEDDING DATE:

Aug 19, 2008

SweetFruity
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Sculpture Garden Gazebo
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I knew we were taking a bit of a risk having the wedding ceremony in the park, but this was what Dan and I wanted. We really like nature, and I think the park has a really great atmosphere. The background noise was children laughing, what could be better? The cost of renting the bandstand, which would have provided cover if it did rain, was $800. We needed to pay in full at the time so we needed to be sure this was where we wanted it to be. We also took the cue from a past wedding we went to and paid extra to have a sound system put in so that everyone could hear us. I had been to weddings outside and couldnt hear the vows, and if everyone was coming to my wedding, I wanted them to hear my vow! Finally, my last suggestion is to not worry so much about flowers and decorations. The park and the bandstand is beautiful enough, and that beauty speaks for itself in a simple and elegant manner.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Twin Cities Wedding Association
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Five stars for entertainment! I couldnt believe all that was going on in the convention center! My best friends thought it would be fun to take me there, and I went along even though at this time the reception venue and ceremony site had already been chosen, as had most of the vendors. I think we went mostly for one of my friends, who did get engaged that following Valentines Day. Every kind of vendor you can think of is there, including stationary and favors and lots of local businesses that I did even know existed. There were also lots of wedding planners, and lots of free samples, too! Its not only brides-to-be that go, either, I saw lots of husbands to be! Which is good, and even though Dan didnt go he looked through all the business cards and flyers with me afterwards. This is a great place to get ideas, but its also good if you know what your budget is before you go in!
Services used: Unique Services

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Beaujo's Wine Bar & Bistro
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Bridal Shower: This place is great, its one of the many small restaurants that shows that the Twin Cities is cool and trendy. My friends and I are big fans of wine, and we always have wine at our parties. It was great at Beaujos because we were able to have a private party with a wine tasting. I liked it, because even though I was the bride I didnt want all the attention on me. So we did presents and speeches, and then we tasted wine and ate really delicious food and enjoyed each others company. The place has a great atmosphere and is really classy, and is worth checking out even if youre not a bride! Go if you love wine!
Services used: Unique Services

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Radisson Blu Minneapolis
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
For Dans family, who were traveling down from St-Cloud, along with many of Dans friends from high school, we booked a section of rooms at the Radisson Plaza downtown. We chose that place because it would be fun for most people who are out of town to see the downtown area. The hotel is connected to the Minneapolis's skyway system, which I thought would also be fun to check out and walk above the city. It was really easy to book the rooms, though I did this in person rather than over the phone because I work right by it. We got a good deal, and all the rooms were booked up! People made the most of the wedding weekend and turned it into a small vacation! Everyone loved their rooms, they had great service, and parking was no problem.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I had hoped that we all would have been able to get dresses from the same place, but once I went ahead and ordered a very non-conventional dress, we all knew that it would be hard to match the bridesmaids dresses. My best friend suggested Flutter, because it was right by her work and she had already been in there a few times by herself to get catalogues and an idea of what they sell. The girls chose these long beautiful and really sexy bridesmaids gown from the brand Thread. They looked just like dresses from the seventies, real low cut in the front and long. A deciding factor was that the material, light blue, was the color that we wanted for our wedding theme. From there it was easy to pick out the flower girl dresses, which they sold there. We made a second and a third appointment with fittings, and my nieces were able to pick cute dresses that werent expensive.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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20*21 Restaurant & Bar
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
Dan and I are Walker Art Center members, so we get 10% off at 2021, which is rather nice considering how expensive it is. Seeing as my parents are Top Chef fans, and how popular the show Hells Kitchen was all summer, we had the idea of bringing our out-of-town friends and family to 2021 for dinner on the Thursday night. The restaurant has a chic atmosphere, but the staff is really nice and friendly, and even though the menu can look scary, its really tasty, good food. I think that its a little overpriced, or rather, that were paying money to eat at a famous Chefs restaurant. You go for the experience, not necessarily for the food! Its fun to do, but I wouldnt make it a must for all the guests coming in to Minneapolis. We did it for fun!
Services used: Unique Services

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Science Museum of Minnesota
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Dan and I did a his/her bachelor party, but we also did a family and friends party, too! Our best friends have young children now, and Dan has nieces, were used to having children around when our friends meet and hang out. We thought it would be fun, especially for the kids that would be coming from out of town with their parents, to go to the museum. Dan and I are huge museum fans, its one of the reasons we love living in the Twin Cities, and weve gone on our own sometimes to the science museum when theres a special exhibition. You have the option of having a private party there, but we just got the group rate and then took our time going through each exhibit. I think its important, also, for our friends to see us as a healthy functioning couple before we get married!
Services used: Wedding Venue

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I Do & Baby Too
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I wanted something special, and I knew of this store because I had once been in the Village Shoppes and had popped in to see what dresses they had. I knew this was where I was going to buy my dress. It is about a 30 minute drive from downtown St-Paul, but really easy to get to. You need to make an appointment, which is what I found out the day I just popped in. They are very busy. I tried on several styles from various designers, and because I was comfortable getting a beautiful dress instead of just a wedding dress, they suggested the designer Nicole Miller. Her dresses fit me perfectly! So we went ahead and ordered one of her dresses, which arrived about a week later. It was great because there were no alterations needed, and it is probably the best looking dress I have ever owned. Everyone at the store made it really easy to go shopping there, the whole experience was really great.
Services used: Unique Services