We had our reception at the Carlson center in Minnetonka. The package included a set price for drinks per person. You can choose from different packages that work best for you and they have many entree choices as well. We received many compliments on our reception venue and food and definitely felt we got our moneys worth. We also loved all the people we worked with and everything went perfectly that day. It was exactly what we had planned and completely stress free on the big day.
I am having my wedding (ceremony and reception) at The Depot Minneapolis, and they offer 3 levels of packages at different price points, with multiple food options in each package. They also have a number of a la carte options to add to your package, or if you want to design everything from scratch. I also like that they have 2 separate spaces for the ceremony and reception, so you don't have to worry about turning over a room.
Almost all reception locations, hotels, golf clubs, Como Park Conservatory, Landmark Center, etc. have a location for ceremonies. Sometimes it's the same room with the guests at their reception dinner tables, with some locations it's a separate room for each, or there is an area for a social hour and the ceremony area is then turned over by the staff for the reception - James J. Hill.
You can determine this when you contact a reception location.
The ceremonies can work well at any location, it's your choice.
For a December wedding you don't have any outside option and you may want to avoid a ceremony at one location with a distance to travel to the reception.
Tom Armstrong, Retired Judge www.tgarmstrong.com
Meet Minneapolis offers a wedding service for free - they'll get our choice of date and how many guests, etc. and then the wedding venues will contact you w/availability and you take it from there. It'll save you time from making tons of calls! Check it out - this is totally free to you brides: http://www.minneapolis.org/groups/weddings
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