Well, if you are reading this, Congrats!! We loved getting married in the Twin Cities, and I hope that you will as well. Nicollet Island Pavillion was the perfect place for us. We loved the scenery (it made for amazing pictures). We found that everyone was nice, pleasant and helpful. If you are looking for a great, fun and professional wedding planner, we HIGHLY recommend Angie Swits of By Your Side Wedding Planning. Her price was great and she made things very stress-free!
We are 100% happy with our choice. We fell in love with the trees, water, and the building. They were flexible with our last minute change from on the grass to under the tent (we made the decision the night before the wedding).
Our contact at NIP (Katie) was great, however she no longer works there. Her replacement (about 1 month before our wedding) was nice however we did not interact with her much as most of the details were taken care of. My only complaint with Julie (I think that is her name) is that when I questioned the calculations on the bill, she seemed a bit snippy in her email. It is hard to read too much into this and her explanation was legitimate. It just wasn't 100% clear on the invoice.
This location is a bit pricey, but the food was EXCELLENT!! Everyone commented on that, and the chef even allowed us to combine pieces from two different entrees to make our own unique entree. Our maitre d' gave us a whole bottle of champagne for our wedding night (to take with us) and was kind enough to allow us to take all the "late night snack" cookies from the premises as well (which they almost NEVER let you do)!!
This hotel was a very nice option for guests that were watching their budget. A group reserved a suite and had no troubles. I haven't heard any complaints regarding their stay.
We chose this hotel for its location, but also because they serve a cook-to-order breakfast every morning as well as complimentary cocktails and snacks in the evening. They are a bit pricey, though.
One majorly annoying this is the lack of parking. They charge and additional fee ($15-$20 PER DAY) for parking, and they have very few spaces available. I felt that this was a bit of a rip off.
Also, it was a huge pain for our guests to reserve a room under our block rate. The hotel kept saying that they didn't have a block in our name and so we had to keep calling in reservations for our guests. They couldn't give us a specific contact person or direct phone number either. It was very irritating for all of us involved.
We took a few of our interested guests to Canterbury for a night of racing, poker and just a good time to hang out. If you've never experienced live horseracing, you should! They have live racing thurdays through sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They have a card room and simulcast racing all year. If you go on a Thursday, it is Buck Night, with $1 admission, $1 hotdogs, $1 pepsi's and $1 nachos and $3 beer specials. You can't go wrong with that! They do have areas that you can reserve for groups, but if you have less than 20 people, its probably not necessary.
You have to tell people about THE MALL. Its just part of the Twin Cities experience. Everyone was amazing by its size, the amusement park and, well, its size. MOA has a few options for coupon books if you are planning to make welcome bags or something like that. You can probably find the information on the mall's website or through the Minneapolis Tourism Board.
The bridesmaids hosted bridal shower/bacherlorette party here. Food was yummy and service very polite and fast. The room was a little bit out of the way from the casino (closer to the hotel) so it wasn't as close to the gambling. It was also a little confusing to get to the room as they were doing some construction in that area. Overall, pretty sweet.
This is definately a location for those looking for a hip, modern dining experience. They have a lot of exotic foods on the menu (guinea pig, anyone?) but the dessers are pretty decent. If you are a picky eater though, I'd avoid this place. Also, they get really crowded on weekends. They have valet service, but there is a parking ramp (which also gets crowded) about a block away.
This is an amazing cathedral. The architecture is spectacular. We included this as we have some very devout Catholics in our family who would not want to miss it. The church is open most days after morning mass for people to pray or just stare in wonder. If you are thinking about a Catholic wedding, you may want to consider the cathedral.
We held our Rehersal dinner here for about 25-30 people. They situated us at two long tables in a somewhat seperated area. The food was great, the menue pretty decent and the service was fast. The total bill was under $500 as well. Can't complain!!
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