The Van Dusen Mansion and Event Center
The Van Dusen Mansion is an amazing venue to have a wedding at or just the reception. Jennifer and Matt are an amazing duo and they made my friends wedding go off without a single issue. They took care of everything, getting vendors in and out, keeping guests happy, getting coffee, whatever you needed they were there. Food from Mintaho was awesome as well. They decorate to perfection, I'm confident that if you didn't have any budget for decorations this place would still be beautiful for dinner. They have their own security staff which is awesome, when we were wrapping up the security guard walked a friend to her car and gave her his jacket because hers was in the house. Nicest staff ever! All in all an amazing day for my friends thanks to the Jennifer, Matt, and staff.
The Van Dusen Mansion is the most beautiful and unique wedding venue I have seen. If you are still looking for a venue, call up the Van Dusen. My husband and I had looked into about 10 wedding venues before our photographer suggested the Van Dusen Mansion. After meeting with Jennifer and touring it, we cancelled all our other tours!
Besides being absolutely beautiful and having delicious food from Mintahoe, the best thing about the Van Dusen Mansion is the service. Our wedding day was so easy and stress-free. They set everything up for us, coordinated all the transitions, and we got to spend the night at the mansion.
Jennifer and Matt are also so nice that every other vendor who works with them loves them. This means that they can recommend you a reliable vendor for any service (they even set us up with our travel agent) and often these vendors give you huge discounts because they are so happy to be working at the Van Dusen.
Some other reasons that the Van Dusen Mansion is a great wedding venue: They have an amazing basement, that has a pool table and an X-box, for the men to get ready in. Jennifer let me ring the gong to signal the end of cocktail hour. The two floors of the carriage house allows guests who do not want to dance to actually have conversations without shouting at each other, while the music downstairs is loud enough for everyone to dance. There is a hot tub in the jewel...
Overall it wasn't bad. The photos turned out amazing and guests had a wonderful time. Unfortunately, the exclusive caterer made planning a horror by changing her mind on what we could or couldn't do every time we met with her.
They have been doing weddings for a long time, but there were some suggestions of things that I would have preferred to do and they said that their way was best; they knew their venue and had done weddings before, so I went with their judgment. Let me say, it was a fail. If you go with this venue, know what you want fully and be willing to fight for that, or don't care completely so whatever they do doesn't upset you.
Most tacky: The day of my wedding, the wedding planner brought a bride and her family through the mansion to tour and didn't even ask ahead of time!! So I'm looking all over for the planner and she is no where to be found because she's with the next bride! The other head event coordinator was caught talking about some extremely unprofessional things as we were loading up our cars to leave in the morning.
Overall, I would have to think really long about whether I would do the wedding there again...which is too bad because I really fell head over heels in love with the space when we first started the...
I would HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend choosing the Van Dusen Mansion for your wedding venue!!! Our wedding was perfect!! We had to worry about nothing! They are so helpful and so caring! I LOVE the Van Dusen service team, especially Matt and Jennifer!!! They are highly qualified to do weddings and treat you like you were their only customer! The venue itself has EVERYTHING! The guys get ready in the man cave while the girls get pampered in an amazing room! Everything is in one place! So perfect!!
A lot of things went wrong at the last minute with my wedding, but I would never ever have wanted to have my wedding elsewhere. Jennifer and the whole staff at the Van Dusen did everything that they possibly could to make things easier on me and make the day wonderful. Not only is it a beautiful building, but the staff takes such great care of you.
Where do I begin? The Van Dusen is more than what I ever could have dreamed my wedding day to be. I can't begin to count how many compliments we received on that day, follow up phone calls and emails, and in person comments about what a tremendous venue the Van Dusen was and the comment was always, "We've never been to a venue like this. It's amazing!" From getting ready in their bridal suite and professional makeup room all day, my groom and his guys got ready in the man cave, to having lunch brought to us (my favorite being the PB&J's I requested cut into little hearts)and that was just before the ceremony. We fully utilized every area the mansion had to offer for different components of our event. When I wasn't busy in the two-story carriage house cutting a rug, I went outside and saw my guests chatting outside in the courtyard, under these glowing lights (and heaters - perfect!) chatting by our dessert bar I almost began to cry for about the 50th time that day. I almost forgot we were in Minneapolis, and not somewhere in Italy or something. I am really sad this day is over and it went so fast. I will miss talking with Jennifer and Matt whenever I needed something. They really spoiled my new husband and I with so many details its hard to even remember them all. I can't speak highly enough of the venue and any Bride & Groom would be lucky to get married here.
Absolutely beautiful and unique venue with exceptional staff! You can't go wrong at the Van Dusen!
Oh my goodness, do I love working with The Van Dusen Mansion. Jennifer and Matt are fantastic and the venue is simply gorgeous!
One of my very favorite venues!!! Posh brides love this location because everyone is so easy to work with and the catering is fantastic.
SEBC loves working at The Van Dusen Mansion!
If you are looking for a spectacular place for your wedding and/or reception in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area, The Van Dusen Mansion simply cannot be beat. Their staff is amazing, the location incredible, and they are attentive and ready to help with absolutely everything. It is one of our favorite venues, and will continue to be!
We have to say The Van Dusen Mansion is a one of kind premiere location to have your entire wedding celebration. The staff here is so accommodating not only to the brides, grooms, & family but go way over and above and out of their way in helping out vendors and wedding professionals like us in creating a special wedding experience. Thank you for being so welcoming and delighted on having us any time we are a part of any celebration. Sincerely, Silver Sound Entertainment
Located amidst a modern metropolis, The Van Dusen Mansion evokes a Richardson Romanesque style, complemented by spires and turrets of French Renaissance. It is a stone mason's masterpiece, made entirely of hand-carved pink Sioux Quartzite. When guests enter through the Porte Cochere, they will be immersed in a lavish interior world adorned with rich woodwork, Persian rugs, stained glass windows and glistening chandeliers. Beyond the Mansion, we have several engaging spaces: a two-tiered Carriage House, a spacious Grand Event Center and an iron-gated courtyard graced with oriental lilacs, birch clusters and a dry stack stone wall. Please contact us today to schedule a private viewing.