and St. Paul sites are all gorgeous mansions that are available to
rent for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Saint Paul
mansions are all on gorgeous Summit Avenue, and the Minneapolis
mansions are in South Minneapolis, just south of downtown.
Like all the premier wedding ceremony and reception sites in the
Twin Cities, you are either required to use their catering, or in
some sites you are required to use one of their approved caterers.
All these premier Twin Cities wedding venues have the pretty
standard $8-10K food and beverage minimum if you are having your
wedding on a Saturday in the summer (prices are much more flexible
on other dates), plus their rental fee.
The wedding sites reviewed are as follows:
St. Paul mansions:
- University Club on Summit Avenue
- St. Paul College Club
- Summit Manor
- Semple Mansion
- Van Dusen
- Gale Mansion
- Blaisdell Manor
- Harrington Mansion (now closed)
100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404 - (612) 290-4448
Semple Mansion (the Grand Palladian Ballroom)
The award-winning Semple Mansion is
located just south of downtown Minneapolis.
The lobby of the Semple Mansion and the
grand staircase, which leads up to the Grand Palladium
New! The Semple Mansion has newly
restored their bar, called the Copper Lounge, with beautiful
woodwork, a working fireplace & working kegs for
Palladium Ballroom at the Semple
For wedding receptions at
the Semple Mansion
the head table is usually placed by this marvelous stained
glass, the centerpiece of the ballroom. The stained glass
is in-between the two entrances, which are at the top of
the grand staircase.
The lobby of the main floor at the Semple
(also pictured to the left) may either be
set up for wedding ceremonies, or set up for your cocktail
hour or even reception.
right next to downtown Minneapolis, close to the Uptown
neighborhood. The mansion is also known by its largest and most
famous room: the Grand Palladium Ballroom, which is the only
original ballroom left in Minneapolis. Built in the style of the
Second Renaissance Revival, the Semple
has a classy old-world feel to it. The breathtaking
lobby has a large, three-tiered Swarovski crystal chandelier
encompassing 36 candle-shaped crystals. The amazing Grand Palladium
Ballroom is on the third floor. While most other wedding reception
halls are rather plain,because the reception hall is a latter-day
addition to the mansion, the Semple
is different from other Minneapolis and St. Paul
mansions because its ballroom is period, too. Rather than the dark
woodwork of most of the mansion rooms, the ballroom has large white
columns with gold leaf and a Renaissance-style painted, curved
ceiling. The terrace off the ballroom has a beautiful view of
downtown Minneapolis. Built-in seating around the edge of the
ballroom provides fun and cozy places for guests to sit.
You can choose from nine caterers at the Semple Mansion
which can bring down costs. Common Roots provides all alcohol
services, and are happy to work with you to find a beverage service
that fits your budget (no minimums).
Great place for a rehearsal dinner: The award-winning Rudolph's
, about three blocks away, which offers private
Closest hotel: The 3.5-star downtown Minneapolis Convention Center's
is six blocks away.
Capacity: 250 guests
Site Rental: $4,400 for a Saturday
Food/Beverage minimum for a Saturday: No minimum.
Phone Number: 612-290-4448 (Ask for Katherine Hendrickson or Britty
Glenn - both are very friendly and easy to work with - you'll love
420 Summit Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105
- (651) 290-7135
Imagine having your wedding reception at the same place where the
author F. Scott Fitzgerald hung out! The University
on Summit Avenue
in St. Paul, MN, is a gorgeous mansion/club
at the top of Ramsey Hill with an amazing view of the Mississippi
River Valley. Fitzgerald lived right down
, partied at the University
, and wrote of the 1920s flappers in one of the best
American novels of all time - The
This is the University
Club's main Summit Room, which is much bigger than this
When you add Terrace Room (below right), it can hold 160 guests.
The main lobby of the University
on Summit Avenue, which has the longest stretch of
Victorian homes in the world.
The Terrace Room at the University
, one of the rooms adjacent to the main Summit Room.
Guests love this one because it overlooks the Mississippi River
Sometimes wedding ceremonies at the University
are held in front of the fireplace of the Summit
, with the reception in the other rooms.
Outdoor wedding ceremonies can be held across the street at the
gorgeous Summit Lookout Park,
which overlooks the Mississippi River valley.
In addition to the larger rooms at the University
, the Fireplace Room
is sometimes set up for receptions. Also, the Fireplace Room is
used for (very) small wedding ceremonies.
This downstairs room of the University
is sometimes used as an informal area for the Groom
and his attendants to prepare before a wedding ceremony.
The University Club in St. Paul
has two locations, and this review is for the Summit
location on the top of Ramsey
(the other location is in downtown Saint Paul). The food
is by the same people who run the award-winning W.A.
in St. Paul.
Wedding ceremonies at the University
on Summit Avenue can be held in any of several rooms,
depending on the size of the wedding (from 5 to 200). Most of the
wedding receptions (dinner, dancing, etc.), though, are held in the
, which has a gorgeous view over the Mississippi River
Valley. Food tastings are complimentary, plus, you can get a wedding
cake through them via the award-winning Buttercream
Note - usually there's no incentive for you to let a venue know
that you found their venue through my website, so often a venue
doesn't know that it's my site that recommended them. So, for a
- If you contact the University
Club in St.
Paul, MN , please let them know Rev. Tomkin sent you (even if
you don't use my services).
- If you do book the University
Club for your wedding reception (again, even if you do
not use my services), let me
know and I will send you a FREE bottle of champagne--right to
your home. You can use it to celebrate booking such a fabulous
wedding reception venue!
hotel: The 5-star Helmsley Saint
Paul Hotel is about
a mile-and-a-half away.
Capacity: 160 guests. While the club doesn't offer valet parking,
they can help coordinate this service with a vendor.
Note: Smaller weddings of 5-80 guests may use one of their other
rooms - one has a fireplace, others have the amazing view of the
Site rental fees vary greatly depending on the day, the room, and
the season. For instance, for a Saturday in the summer, the fee
would be $2000, and food/beverage minimum $5,000, or $1500 on rental
and $2100 food/beverage minimum on non-Saturdays...or even less,
depending on season and day. The University Club asks that you
please contact the management to get specific quote because the
price varies so much, it really varies on the circumstances.
Phone number: (651) 222-1751 (Julia Struve). The fastest, easiest,
and best way to contact her, though, is via e-mail at email@example.com
990 Summit Avenue, St Paul, MN ?55105 - (651) 227-4477
The Georgian Revival St. Paul College Club is
on historic Summit Avenue, which has the longest stretch of
Victorian mansions in the world.
Paul College Club
is one of the few sites that
offers an outdoor wedding ceremony location as well as an
indoor one. This is a small shot of the beautiful
backyard. Here's another picture of one of the outdoor
The reception hall of the St.
Paul College Club , called the Great Hall, can be
set up ahead of time because the wedding ceremony is
usually held in another room.
College Club offers
a very reasonable price for such a large, gorgeous mansion.
It's one of my favorite wedding spots in town. The club is
located next to the Governor's Mansion on prestigious Summit
Avenue. The St. Paul College
Club has a lovely and spacious living room with soft
light (perfect for photographs). They have several rooms for
congregating and mingling and many fireplaces throughout,
which can be lit for wedding guests to enjoy. There is also an
adjoining reception hall, pictured above (on the left). The
club offers both indoor and outdoor weddings, which makes this
venue very versatile. Their lovely garden blooms throughout
the spring and summer, adding to the enchantment of outdoor
wedding ceremonies at the St.
Paul College Club are held in this Living Room in front
of the fireplace (pictured to the right). The Living Room has
changed quite a bit in the last few months, which you can't see in
this picture, but it has new floor-to ceiling-curtains, two new
chandeliers, new fireplace decor, wood flooring, new carpet for
the staircase, and new curtains in the sun-room.
receptions at the St.
Paul College Club are held in the
neighboring ballroom called the Great Hall, and two rooms upstairs
are specifically designated for the bride and groom as dressing
rooms, providing ideal private locations for wedding preparations
and photo opportunities.
Paul College Club is unique among St Paul and
Minneapolis venues in that it charges an hourly rental fee
instead of a pre-set fee, which makes it one of the most
reasonable prices for these large, grand Minnesota wedding
sites. The hourly rate is from $220-$275, and as far as I can
tell, the St. Paul College Club is the only
Minnesota wedding venue that works this way. The club includes
table linens, linen napkins, and rose centerpieces for every
one of your guests' tables. Their personal French chef caters
all of their weddings, lending variety to their menu choices.
Their staff is very professional, experienced, and friendly -
they ensure that your guests' needs are always taken care of.
You can bring your own liquor for the bar, which is amazing
and basically unheard of at reception halls - stocking the bar
on your own can save you thousands of dollars at your
Paul College Club is on Summit Avenue, a block from
the parallel-running Grand
Avenue, which has many great restaurants for a rehearsal
dinner, including the Lexington
restaurant (old-school American). Or you could venture
downtown to Meritage
(a French Brasserie), which is located on St. Peter street.
hotel: The 5-star Helmsley Saint
Paul Hotel and the is about
a mile-and-a-half away.
250- 325 guests
Site Rental Fee: Hourly
rate, which is from $220-$275
Food and beverage
minimum May-December: $3,500
Phone Number: 651-227-4477
(Ask for Katie Hanafin or Beata Vanderzee.)
1900 LaSalle, Minneapolis, MN 55403 - (612) 253-0255.
Looking almost like a castle, the Richardson Romanesque Van
is one of the most beautiful sites for
weddings in Minneapolis.
This elegant room on the main floor of the Van Dusen
is sometimes used for the receiving line after
the wedding ceremony.
Top picture - Van Dusen Mansion
on left, carriage house on right.
Bottom picture - The courtyard between the two buildings (perfect
for outdoor weddings).
Interior of the Van Dusen
carriage house. Used for wedding ceremonies or
small receptions (or great for dancing!)
One of the 3 upstairs overnight suites you can rent for the night
after your wedding, or you may use it as a posh dressing room.
The Van Dusen annex (Event Center) is used for large wedding
ceremonies, and for large receptions.
was closed for a couple years,
but has now been remodeled and is once again open for weddings. The
intricate woodwork and warm light of the chandeliers creates a cozy
feel, even though the adjoining reception hall is quite large. The Van
has several small rooms for congregating or
for small wedding ceremonies, the large reception hall next door, a
carriage house in back for small weddings, plus an outdoor
courtyard. Located right next to downtown Minneapolis, the Van
is close to the Uptown neighborhood, as well.
Mintahoe provides the catering.
Great place for a
rehearsal dinner: The award-winning Rudolph's
Ribs, about four blocks away, which offers private
Closest hotel: The 4-star Hyatt
Regency is about six blocks away.
- Rental fees and capacity (for a Saturday afternoon/evening):
- Mansion, both floors - $2,000. Seated - 75, cocktail reception
- Event Center - $3,000. Seated - 200, cocktail reception - 200.
- Carriage House - $2,000. Ceremony - 100, cocktail reception -
- Courtyard - $500. Ceremony - 150.
- Overnight suites - $325, must be rented with an event space.
- Food and beverage minimum for a Saturday: $8,000
- Phone Number: 612-253-0255, ask for Lisa Brenna.
2115 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN ?55404 - (612) 870-1662?
When wedding ceremonies are held outside at the Gale
wedding is usually set up on this south-side porch (with the
one-story columns on the right side). Guests are seated in rows of
chairs facing the mansion.
This is the main room set up for a wedding reception inside the Gale
. If the wedding is indoors, it is usually held
here, with the bride and groom standing in front of that far
Here is the bride's dressing room at the Gale
. The groom and his attendants get a more
The Gale Mansion
the beautiful Washburn Fair Oaks Park, where kids can run and play
, which hosts both indoor and
outdoor weddings, is located close to downtown Minneapolis. Built in
the style of the Italian Renaissance Revival, the mansion - a
favorite spot for Minnesota weddings - overlooks the beautiful Fair
Oaks Park and the Minneapolis
(a fun and convenient place for guests to visit). Gale
has many indoor rooms for congregating, all of
which have hardwood floors, Oriental carpets, and fireplaces (eight
fireplaces in all). Upstairs there are changing rooms for men and
women, which are designed to look like living rooms. The Gale
is smaller than other wedding reception sites
listed on this page, but the location (right next to downtown
Minneapolis) makes it ideal.
place for a rehearsal dinner: The award-winning Rudolph's
Ribs, about a mile away, which offers private
Closest hotel: The 3.5-star downtown Minneapolis Convention
Hotel is six blocks away.
Stevens Ave., Minneapolis
Capacity: 120 guests for an indoor ceremony; 220 guests for an
Site Rental Fee: $1,700. They provide the catering, and the food
minimum varies depending on the time of year.
Food and beverage minimum for a Saturday: $4,500
Phone Number: 612-870-1662 (Ask for Angela.)
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2322 Blaisdell Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404 - (612)
is a beautiful mansion in South Minneapolis
that is warm, inviting, and full of old world charm. The
Georgian-style manor was built in 1915 by railroad tycoons. For
over 80 years, brides have been sashaying down the grand staircase
in the foyer to greet on looking loved ones.
Blaisdell Manor can be rented as a whole or by the room,
accommodating a variety of budgets and wedding designs. The Manor
boasts a 2-story Grand Ballroom, complete with a ceiling fresco
and tiered lighting to set the mood for any event. Blaisdell
Manor is the only mansion in the Twin Cities with an attached
ballroom that accommodates more than 300 guests. The Bovey and
Windus Rooms are named for the original owners. Both rooms are
wonderful options for bridal showers, grooms dinners, intimate
receptions, and smaller ceremonies. They are both furnished with
wood-burning fireplaces, bay windows, and offer plenty of mingling
space. If your wedding is smaller (less than 50 guests), they have
outdoor space, as well.
Three Sons Signature Cuisine is the exclusive caterer at Blaisdell
Great place for a rehearsal dinner: You can have your rehearsal
dinner at Blaisdell
, or at St.
Anthony Main Event Center
catered by Three Sons Signature
Cuisine (about 5 miles away), or at Buca
, an informal Italian restaurant that serves
Italian meals family-style and can accommodate large groups of
people (about 1 mile away).
Closest hotel: The 3.5-star downtown Minneapolis Convention
is about a three miles away.
Capacity: 10 to 400 guests
Blaisdell Avenue South
, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Site Rental Fee:
fee for the Ballroom, Bovey, and Windus for a Saturday is $2,000,
plus a $350 ceremony fee and other variable fees, such as
bartender, security guard, servers, and cleaning. Aaron at
Blaisdell asked me to point out that like all site rentals,
Blaisdell's fee does not include food for the reception ($7,500 is
the Saturday/holiday food/beverage minimum, plus 18% service
charge and 7.775% sales tax). Blaisdell Manor can be rented as a
whole or by the individual room. A link to their pricing sheet
may be found on
. Please contact the team via
at Blaisdell Manor directly for detailed pricing
Phone Number: 612-874-0880.
275 Summit Avenue, St Paul, MN 55102 - (651) 387-3283.
is perfect for smaller weddings.
Many other sites will not accommodate
30 to 100 guests very well.
Outdoor weddings at the Summit Manor
on this front lawn, with the bride and groom standing on the
porch, and the guests seated on rows of chairs in the yard. The
processional comes up this walkway.
Wedding ceremonies at Summit
are often held indoors, too. The rich woodwork
makes an intimate, cozy setting.
For an indoor wedding ceremony at Summit
, the bride usually gets ready upstairs, then comes
down this grand staircase for the processional.
(Summit Mansion) on
beautiful Summit Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota, is one of the
smaller mansions in town, making it perfect for more intimate
weddings. There are very few sites that are good for 30 to 100
guests, which makes Summit Manor
even more special. I am very fond of this this little gem. You can
have your wedding outside on the beautiful grounds or inside in
the big room in front of a fireplace. The stairway pictured above
(to the right) works well for the bride's grand entrance.
Manor asks that visitors call the manager directly at
651-387-3283 to inquire about rental fees. Basically, on a
Saturday in the summer, the rental fee is $275/hour with a 4-hour
minimum (totaling $1100), and $20-$35/person for food with 100
person minimum, (about $2,000-$3,500) but rates are much more
flexible when it's a Friday or Sunday, or in cooler weather.
Capacity: 150 guests
Location: 275 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Phone Number: 651-387-3283