What if you need a very small wedding site, for perhaps two to fifty
guests? A restaurant can be the perfect choice.
I've chosen the following intimate wedding sites in the
Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, area for their beauty, class, and
their experience hosting small wedding ceremonies and receptions.
The image at the right is on the rooftop of Stella's
in Uptown Minneapolis, MN.
Photos, site information, and reviews for:
- Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis, MN
(different from the Nicollet Island Pavilion, which is
- Forepaugh's Restaurant in St. Paul, MN
- W.A. Frost Restaurant in St. Paul, MN
95 Merriam Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 - (612) 331-6528
The Nicollet Island Inn in downtown Minneapolis, MN, right along the
Mississippi River, is perfect for small wedding ceremonies and
receptions, but you can also
rent the entire building or a large wedding.
you ever been to a charming Bed and Breakfast? The historic Nicollet
on the Mississippi River right in downtown
Minneapolis, MN is like that, but a bit larger, with 24 rooms. This
inn is romantic,gorgeous, intimate, and yet large enough for a big
wedding reception, too. Voted "Most Romantic Getaway" and "Best
River Views of the City",the 100-year-old Nicollet Island Inn is
right in the heart of downtown, yet has an old-world, historic feel
to it. This family-owned inn, newly remodeled by owners Larry and
Caryl Abdo, focuses on personal attention, and whether you're the
bride, groom, or mother of the bride, the staff really gets to know
you and your needs. As Special Events Director Erin Brunelle puts
it, "The people who are here, we coddle!" The
Nicollet Island Inn
ha s a concierge available at all
times, and free valet parking during busy hours (regular free
parking the rest of the time). Horse
and carriage rides
, while not directly associated with the
Inn, are available, and those rides exemplify the historic,
old-world-elegance and charm of the place.
About half the wedding ceremonies and/or receptions at the Nicollet
are small, with perhaps 10+ guests, and thus
are held in one of their gorgeous little ballrooms. The Island
Ballroom has an outdoor patio, shown to the right. If you have a
larger wedding (either at the Inn or another venue), you might have
our rehearsal dinner in one of these smaller ballrooms, catered by
with their award-winning
French European world-class cuisine, created by executive chef Adam
Large wedding ceremonies at the Nicollet
- With larger wedding ceremonies, the Inn sets up a cathedral
tent and flooring outside which holds up to 150 guests.
Large wedding receptions at the
Nicollet Island Inn:
- If you rent the entire building for your reception, the Inn
can hold 240 guests.
- If you'r renting the entire building, the wedding reception is
usually set up in the following way:
- The upstairs bedrooms go to wedding party, parents, etc.
- The main floor is set up for the cocktail hour (note: a
lounge singer works really well with their baby grand).
- The dance band or DJ sets up downstairs.
The Nicollet Island Inn
has an amazing historic past, and lies right at the heart of the
founding of Minneapolis. Originally the "Twin Cities"referred to the
two cities of Minneapolis on the west bank of the Mississippi, and
Saint Anthony on the east bank (thus the name of thenearby building,
Saint Anthony Main). Steamboats started docking on Nicollet Island,
right by where Native Americans had harvested mapletrees. As
Minneapolis expanded to encompass Saint Anthony, the island stayed
wooded, with only a few select buildings. Now, the Nicollet
is the only inn on the whole length of the
Mississippi, and is a unique and special wedding venue.
My favorite part of the Nicollet
(besides the world-class restaurant that preares
your food?) You and your guests may stay there, if you like, intheir
individual, classically-decorated rooms with hand-refinished
antiques. The bride and groom stay in a complimentary cornersuite,
with free champagne and petite fours. It's a really big deal to have
your wedding party and parents stayingat the same place that you're
having your ceremony and reception. Everyone gets to enjoy the whole
weekend together, and they don't haveto waste any time traveling.
Weddings are all about people, and at a wedding venue like the
Nicollet Island Inn, the most important peoplein your lives can
spend the whole weekend together, growing closer and celebrating
Amazingly, there is no rental fee per se at the Nicollet
you just have to make the$4,000 food and
beverage minimum. Note that right across the street on Nicollet
Island is theNicollet Island Pavilion, which is a completely
separate venue (reviewed below). While the Inn is great for small
weddings(10+), you may also rent the whole building, which
accommodates up to 240wedding guests. Contact Erin Brunelle at
612-331-6528 for more info.
in St. Paul is very
accommodating for small wedding ceremonies and receptions.
A musician playing during a wedding
at Forepaugh's Restaurant
usually sets up just
to the left of the fireplace. At this wedding, Joel
A small wedding ceremony at Forepaugh's Restaurant
is usually set up around the fireplace in the Olson Room (tables
are removed). Guests usually stand during the ceremony.
On the top porch (the Terrace) is the outdoor second-story at Forepaugh's
. The Terrace is perfect for a warm-weather
cocktail hour. From that porch, you can look out over Irvine
For a very small wedding (often less than 10 guests) I highly
recommend the gorgeous St. Paul mansion/restaurant Forepaugh's
If your wedding ceremony is somewhat small, you can have both your
wedding ceremony and reception in one of their newly redecorated
Victorian rooms. If you are looking for a wedding reception venue
(without a ceremony), much larger groups
(up to 150) can be accommodated on Saturday afternoons until 4:00
pm. Irvine Park
from the St. Paul Parks Department
for $150, and then having the wedding reception at Forepaugh's
Wedding Ceremony (and Reception)
Capacity: Up to 30 guests
Room Rental Fee:
- $250, if the ceremony and reception are in different rooms.
- If the wedding ceremony and the reception can be in the same
dining room, and if you'd like that option, then only the food
and beverage minimum is required for that specific room. Guests
would sit or stand around the tables in the room to witness the
Wedding Reception (no Ceremony)
- The Parlor on the first floor is an ideal room for a casual
wedding ceremony for 15 people or less
- The Olson Room on the first floor accommodates up to 30
people. Brides can make their grand entrance walking down the
staircase into the Olson Room.
- The Terrace on the second floor is a lovely area for a wedding
ceremony, weather permitting. The Terrace accommodates up to 30
- The second-floor Lanpher Room is a also great room to have a
ceremony and dinner in, if 22 people or less.
Capacity: 2 to 150 guests.
Timing: Wedding ceremonies must be no later than 3:00 pm.
Location: 276 Exchange St. S., St. Paul, MN
Site Rental Fee: See above.
Food and beverage minimum for a Saturday: It really depends, but
often $1,000-$1,500 (depending on the room) unless it's a really
Phone Number: 651-224-5606. Ask for Joni.
Cathedral Hill district of St. Paul is one of the classiest places
in the Twin Cities, and it's a wonderful location for small
weddings. W.A. Frost
rent out a small room for between $25 and $100, depending on the
time of day. You may reserve a room from either 11:00am to 4:00pm or
from 5:00pm to midnight. W.A.
doesn't have space for a ceremony with more than 10
to 15 guests, but a small, intimate wedding and reception works very
well here. Check out the garden patio in the back - it's one of the
best outdoor dining spots in the Twin Cities. Wedding ceremonies are
occassionally held there, as well.
Capacity: 2 to 15 guests (up to 40 for receptions)
Location: 374 Selby Ave., St. Paul
Site Rental Fee: $100 to $150, depending on which rooms are rented
Food and beverage minimum: $500 or $1000, depending on which rooms
Phone Number: 651-224-5715