Monday, May 9, 2011

My Top 10 Venues

There's a lot of locations in Minnesota for a wedding ceremony and reception, sometimes its hard to narrow down your search. Here's my top 10 wedding venues in Minnesota (in no particular order)... with a few pro's and con's about each location.

1. Oak Ridge Conference Center, Chaska, MN
PRO: There's a hotel attached for the convenience of guests
CON: Depending on your budget some brides might consider this place expensive

(photo from minneapolisweddingvenues.com)

2. The Woods Chapel, Orono, MN
PRO: Beautiful "powder room" for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready
CON: The ceremony cost is very expensive and the drive for guests is quite long

3. Olympic HIlls Golf Course, Eden Praire, MN
PRO: Wedding and Ceremony combination packages, also has a beautiful waterfall which is great for pictures
CON: Venue only holds up to 280 people, it's a tight fit with more than 200 people

4. Carlson Center, Minnetonka, MN
PRO: Highly experienced staff members who make sure everything goes flawless, this locations has an indoor and outdoor option incase weather isn't on your side. (Voted Best by TheKnot.com in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011)
CON: No outside catering is allowed, all catering must be provided by the Carlson itself

5. Renaissance Festival, Shakopee, MN
PRO: Very quirky and different for a bride who wants an original venue
CON: It could get pretty dirty and muddy for your guests considering the whole grounds are grass and dirt

6. TFC Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
PRO: A great location for a groom to put his football spin on things, also great if the couple went to the U of M
CON: Might get a little overwhelming to have a big Minnesota "M" in all your photos

7. Minnetonka Orchards, Minnetrista, MN
PRO: Beautiful location with lots of special add on options like a bon fire pit, a hay ride and even a custom dance floor provided by the orchard
CON: Only available May-November

8. Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club, Prior Lake MN
PRO: Perfect location for the "rough around the edges" type of bride. It has a very old time country feel to it.
CON: This location definitely is cool, but far from classy

9. Minnesota History Center
PRO: This location looks out over the State Capitol, it has amazing views from each angle
CON: Very, very spendy

10. Como Zoo Conservatory, St. Paul, MN
PRO: Amazing photo opportunities, with the option to get married inside a green house with flowers all around
CON: If you do get married in the conservatory it may be hard for guests to see you perfectly, there's a lot going on inside the green house

I'd just like to note it was very difficult for me to find any bad things about these locations. These are strictly just my personal opinions about each venue. I know every bride is different, and each will have their own opinion about what they'd want for their wedding.
For more information on other venues and more photos go to theknot.com

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