When you're going all-out to plan an unforgettable wedding or special occasion, the venue can make all the difference. You want a location that will wow your guests but still make them feel comfortable. We've compiled a list of some of the top venues in the Twin Cities and Rochester for your consideration.
1. FIVE Event Center
2917 Bryant Avenue S.
If you're looking for a contemporary-style venue that makes a bold statement, FIVE is the place for you. The exquisite architecture is enhanced by rich, romantic colors and dramatic modern lighting. Two levels allow FIVE the flexibility of different floor plans for each occasion. They provide fully-licensed beverage service and have a partnership with a select group of preferred caterers for any tastes and budgets.
2. Midpointe Event Center
415 Pascal Street N.
St. Paul 55104
Midpointe has two complete venues that adapt to any event or group. The Majestic Hall features three different-sized ballrooms along with a modern lounge. There is also a suite for your personal use and a gathering room that can be used for event prep. The brand-new Sterling Lounge has a main ballroom with a contemporary warehouse feel as well as a lobby and lounge, private suite and prep space.
3. The Van Dusen Mansion
This historic mansion tucked away in the heart of the city evokes a breathtaking sense of romance and drama. The French Renaissance-style mansion is made completely of hand-carved pink Sioux Quartzite. The interior is just as impressive, with stained-glass windows, stunning chandeliers and lush Persian rugs. Available outdoor spaces on the grounds include a two-tiered carriage house, a secluded iron-gated courtyard and a grand event center.
324 S. Broadway
Studio324's appeal is summed up in its slogan: "Historic Place, Modern Space." The hall has the hip ambiance of an East Coast gallery inside one of Rochester's oldest existing buildings. There is no in-house catering so you are free to use your choice. If you would rather not hire a band or DJ, the hall has four ceiling-mounted speakers and a receiver where you can plug in an iPod or laptop.
5. Blue Moon Ballroom
2030 Hwy. 14 E.
Blue Moon is an honest-to-goodness ballroom that offers lessons and public dances. It also moonlights as a spacious venue for weddings and special events. There is a private outdoor area that's perfect for wedding ceremonies. The ballroom offers DJ service and bar service is provided through Wicked Moose Bar & Grill. You are welcome to use your own caterer with no catering fee.
For those who are already married, what is your favorite memory of your special day? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!