wedding planning

6 Tips For Packing The Dance Floor At Your Wedding

Nobody likes to be at a wedding where the dance floor is dead, and having a less-than-stellar dance floor is a common concern among couples who are planning their wedding. And while you can’t physically make people get up and dance, there are some things you can do to make it easier for people to want to leave their chair and cut a rug. In today’s blog, we share some tips for packing the dance floor at your wedding.

How To Get People To Dance At Your Wedding

Here’s a look at some tips to ensure your dance floor is full of wedding guests all night long.

  1. Let Them Help With The Playlist – If you’re not sure which songs people are excited to get up and dance to, ask for their input! It’s becoming more common for engaged couples to include a song request spot on their RSVPs so that their guests can write down a song that will get them out on the dance floor. Write down some more of the popular answers and give them to your DJ ahead of time.
  2. Taking Requests At The Venue – Consider providing a place for guests to request songs at the DJ station at your wedding. You can also work with the DJ to fasttrack songs from bridesmaids or groomsmen if you choose, because these people tend to have a good feel for what will get the crowd dancing. Requests don’t have to be played immediately, but if the DJ is looking to change things up a bit, they can reference the request list.
  3. Book A Professional DJ – Some people want to put together a playlist on Pandora or Spotify and just let the music shuffle all night, but oftentimes it’s helpful to have a professional handling the music who can read the crowd and keep injecting life into the dance floor. At Entourage Events Group, we can help with sound, AV production and connect you with a DJ who has been awesome at events we’ve worked on in the past. Having a professional on the mic and handling the music will go a long way in helping keep your dance floor packed all night.
  4. Look Up Popular Wedding Dance Songs – If you’re wondering what songs will get people dancing all night, head to Google and search for popular wedding reception songs. For example, you can’t go wrong with “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars or “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. If you’d prefer Oldies or Country songs, just add that to your Google search and you’ll have plenty of great songs to choose from.
  5. Avoid Disrupting The Flow – Be careful about disrupting the flow of the dance scene with activities or events that will have people clearing the floor. During the middle of a fun reception isn’t the best time to stop the party to watch a slideshow or for the couple to be quizzed on the dance floor about how well they know each other. Try to avoid activities that get everyone off the dance floor, or plan them so as to avoid prime dance time.
  1. Set An Example – Finally, we know that you have a lot of obligations on your wedding day, but set a good example and be out on the dance floor as much as possible. Tell your bridal party to do the same! If people want to talk to you or congratulate you on your big day, let them come find you on the dance floor. Guests are much more likely to get out on the dance floor if the happy couple and a bunch of their friends are having a great time dancing!

Let the team at Entourage Events Group help get your dance floor rocking! For more information, or to set up a walkthrough at one of our venues, give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777.

How To Start Planning Your Wedding

You just got engaged, you’ve told your family and friends and you’re overjoyed about spending the rest of your life with your now-fiance, but now the reality is setting in that you have to start planning your wedding. Some people are excited about this prospect, while others may be a little anxious or overwhelmed, and all of those feelings are completely normal. But no matter what you’re feeling at this moment, many brides and grooms come to the same realization at some point, which is “where do we begin?”

Once you get the ball rolling it becomes easier to start getting everything in order for your wedding, but what should you do at the outset to set yourself up for success down the road? In today’s blog, we share some tips for starting the wedding planning process.

4 Tips For Starting Wedding Planning

Everybody will have their own individual preferences when it comes to planning their wedding, but we’ve found that starting off with these basics is a great way to start the process and help guide you on your wedding planning journey.

  1. Develop A Budget – Before you start booking venues and caterers, it’s important to have a conversation with your fiance about a realistic budget for your wedding. You can also include your parents in this conversation if they are hoping to provide some financial support for your wedding. You may not know exactly what to expect when it comes to certain costs, but start talking about a budget so that you can make some informed financial decisions later in the process. Having a budget in mind is a great way to start planning your wedding.
  2. Find A Venue/Date – A lot of people have a day or a month in mind for their wedding, but you need to find a venue capable of accommodating you on that day before you just elect to choose a specific day. So while you can have some dates in mind, you can’t pick a day until you choose a venue that can host on that day. Also, considering that Minnesota experiences all four seasons and the weather can change on a moment’s notice, it’s a good idea to consider choosing a venue that has both indoor and outdoor ceremony options so that you can have a beautiful ceremony regardless of the weather. Our beautiful venues like The Riverside and the Minneapolis Event Centers each offer indoor and outdoor ceremony options, so consider scheduling a tour and learning about our availability. High demand venues tend to book out well in advance, so finding a venue and a wedding date should be one of the first things you do when planning your wedding.
  3. Reach Out To The VIPs – If there are things you just can’t live without on your wedding day, reach out to these parties and ensure they can fit you into their schedule. For example, if you want a certain band to play at your reception or your favorite bakery to handle the desserts, reach out to them as early as possible to get on their schedule. Don’t wait until later and then assume your wedding will take precedence over other obligations those businesses and individuals have made.
  4. Let’s Talk Guests – Cultivating a guest list is another aspect you can work on early in the wedding planning process. You don’t need to have a perfect list right away, but again it’s helpful to have a conversation with your fiance about the size of your wedding to ensure you stay within budget. Also, your venue may have restrictions on how many people can attend, so you can start developing a guest list based on these restrictions and how many people you envision inviting to your wedding.

These are great stepping stones on your way to planning your wedding, and if you have any questions about the process or want to talk with a professional about touring any of our venues, reach out to the team at Entourage Events Group today at (612) 564-3777.

6 Genius Ways To Save Money When Planning Your Wedding

For many couples, their wedding is a once in a lifetime event, and when viewed through this lens, it can be easy for expenses to add up in a hurry. No matter who you are, nobody wants to overpay for services or have unneeded expenses on their wedding day, so even if you plan to be pretty flexible with your budget, it pays to look for some ways to cut costs at your wedding. Below, we share six smart ways you can have the wedding of your dreams and save a little money in the process.

Tips For Saving Money When Wedding Planning

As we mentioned above, you can still have a picture perfect wedding while also keeping costs in mind. Here are somes of the ways smart couples look to cut down on unnecessary expenses when planning their wedding.

  1. Digital RSVPs – Most people still send out invitations through the mail, but you can get creative with your RSVPs to save a little money. Instead of paying for postage for your return RSVPs, direct your guests to a website where they can instantly and easily let you know if they can attend your wedding. If you want to get really fancy in the digital age, put a QR code on the invitation that takes guests directly to your RSVP page.
  2. Rent Your Bridesmaid Dresses – This tip will help your closest friends and family save a little money as they celebrate your big day. Instead of having your bridesmaids buy a specific dress for your wedding, consider having them rent a designer dress for a fraction of the cost of buying it outright. Places like Rent the Runway and Le Tote can provide fashionable designer dresses at a much smaller cost.
  3. Reuse Bouquets – As we talked about in this piece on how to maximize your floral budget, consider reusing your bridesmaid bouquets as decorations for your wedding. Use them as amazing centerpieces or to compliment the dessert table to cut down on floral expenses. Your florist worked hard on those bouquets, so show them off!
  4. In-House Catering – Oftentimes it’s cheaper and easier to go with an on-site catering company as opposed to bringing in food from off-site. At Entourage Events Group, a number of our premier wedding venues have on-site catering that can ensure everything is prepared as expected and on time. When working with an in-house caterer, there will be no surprises when the final bill comes.
  5. Outsource The Decor – We’re going to toot our own horn again simply because decor is an area where you can save money if you’re smart. Instead of buying a bunch of decorations that you’ll use once and then try to resell for a fraction of the cost on Facebook Marketplace, consider renting your decorations or hiring an event’s company like Entourage Events Group to decorate your wedding. We have tons of beautiful decorations that you can pick from, and best of all we’ll handle setup and take down, so your family and friends don’t have to try to decorate your venue on the day of the wedding.
  6. Plan In Advance – Oftentimes the sooner you need something, the more it’s going to cost you. Don’t put off finding a florist or a baker for your cake until your wedding is a month or two away. Shopping around when time is on your side usually helps you make an informed and budget-conscious decision instead of being handcuffed because you are running out of time.

If you do these six things and streamline the wedding planning process by hiring an event’s group like Entourage Events Group, we’re confident that you’ll have a spectacular wedding that won’t end up costing you an arm and a leg. For more information or to set up a tour of one of our venues, reach out to our team today at (612) 564-3777.

6 Tips For Organizing Your Bride & Groom Suites At Your Wedding Venue

When your big day finally arrives, you’re going to need a place to get ready before you and your spouse walk down the aisle and say your vows. Getting ready off site and then driving to your venue can cause issues for your arrival time, not to mention your hair and wardrobe. That’s why so many people look for a venue with on-site bride and groom suites.

But once you’ve picked a location with a bride and groom suite, what should you know about making sure the rooms are ready for you and your attendants on your wedding day? We share some tips for organizing and arraigning your bride and groom suite in today’s blog.

What To Have In Your Bride And Groom Suites

When you book one of our venues that has bride and groom suites, we’ll give you a tour of the area and walk you through some of the ways guests have utilized the space in the past. With that in mind, here are some helpful ideas for organizing your bride and groom suites on your wedding day.

  1. Snacks – Stock the room with some snacks so that people can easily grab something if they get hungry. With so much going on with hair, makeup and outfits, it can be easy to overlook eating like you normally would. Make sure your attendants aren’t doing everything on an empty stomach by bringing some snacks into each suite. Just be sure to avoid greasy or messy foods that could cause problems if one of your groomsmen is a sloppy eater!
  2. Hydrate – Similarly, make sure that your attendants can easily stay hydrated. Water is a great option, but others like to bring in coffee, especially if they are at the venue early in the morning to get their hair and makeup done. It’s going to be a long fun day, make sure you and your attendants are hydrated.
  3. Alcohol Is Your Choice – Nobody wants their attendants to be inebriated before the ceremony, but a number of our couples have done a light mimosa bar to help kick off the celebration. You know your attendants better than anyone, so use your best judgment when it comes to alcohol before the ceremony.
  4. Music – A little music can help set the mood for the day and help to calm any nerves. A bluetooth speaker and a smartphone are perfect additions to your bride and groom suites.
  5. An Amenities Basket – If you have an aunt or an in-law that really wants to help with the wedding but you’re unsure of what task to assign them, have them prepare a little amenities basket for the bride and groom suites. Have them stocked with useful tools that just might save the day in a pinch. Things like tissues, wet wipes, breath mints, a lint roller, bobby pins, tums, tampons, floss, moisturizer, band-aids and chapstick are great things to have on hand on your wedding day.
  6. Phone Charger – You probably won’t be on your phone much during your wedding, but your attendants may be snapping pictures, playing music or helping coordinate others, and that can drain a phone battery quickly. Bring a phone charger and let people know that it’s fair game to charge their phone while everyone is getting ready.

We want your wedding day to be perfect, and that starts before you say I do when you and your attendants are getting ready. Choose one of our stunning venues and get ready in our on-site bride and groom suites with ease. To get a glimpse of some of our bride and groom suites, click the link, and for more information about booking a venue or scheduling a tour, head on over to our contact page!

5 Tips For Maximizing Your Wedding Floral Budget

Flowers are naturally beautiful, and many people use them to enhance their wedding or add a pop of color to their dinner tables at the reception hall. A beautiful bouquet of flowers is truly a work of art, but if you’re not careful, it’s easy for flowers to take up more of your budget than you anticipated. In today’s blog, we share some tips for maximizing your wedding floral budget and dazzling your guests with your floral displays.

Most people do not have a lot of experience ordering flowers for their wedding, bouquets for their bridesmaids or floral boutonnieres for their groomsmen. This is perfectly fine, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to develop a budget and a plan to maximize your floral arrangements. Here are some tips for doing just that.

1. Set A Budget

You’ll want to start working towards a floral budget early on in the process. You may have no idea how much flowers cost, which is why you’ll want to consult with one or two florists in your area. They can give you some pricing options based on your visions, and they can explain some of the ways couples work to stay within a budget. Start thinking about floral pieces you absolutely want and which ones you’d be fine skipping if brought up by your florist.

2. Go With Bigger Blooms

When ordering bouquets or centerpieces for your wedding, consider going with bigger blooms. You’ll need fewer flowers if they are bigger, and that cuts down on the amount and the variety of flowers your florist will need to order. Ask your florist about bigger blooms in specific colors that you are interested in and land on some options that reduce the total amount of flowers you’ll need.

3. Repurpose

Bridesmaid bouquets look great during pictures and when everyone is walking down the aisle, but after the ceremony they oftentimes don’t serve a purpose. Instead of just letting them sit on the head table until the end of the night, plan ways to repurpose them and add to the beauty of your venue. Use some as centerpieces or as a compliment to your dessert table. We’ve helped utilize bouquets into venue decor, and we can share some more ways to specifically repurpose some floral arrangements into your big day.

4. Let The Florist Create

Instead of micromanaging every detail of the flowers, give some basic ideas to the florist and let their professionalism and creativity come to life. Know that some flowers are expensive, especially out of season, so don’t be overly strict with your desires if you want to make it easier to stay within budget. Florists oftentimes prefer creating within a budget instead of trying to bring to life something specific that someone has in their head without consideration of cost. Tell your florist your budget and ask how they would work to create amazing floral arrangements within that range.

5. Work With A Production Team

At Entourage Events Group, we have a division of our production company that focuses solely on event design and decor. We can work with your florist and the couple to use our decorations and stylings to match and accentuate floral arrangements. You can spend a lot less on flowers when you let a production team help style and decorate the reception hall with their bevy of stylings and furniture pieces that compliment your floral arrangements.

To learn more about how our team can work with your florist to create an eye-appealing venue that showcases your floral arrangements, reach out to the team at Entourage Events Group today.

3 Things Your Wedding Guests Really Care About (And 3 Things They Don’t)

Everyone wants to make sure that their guests have a great time at their wedding, but sometimes we overvalue and undervalue what really does and doesn’t matter to our guests. And while it’s true that everyone has different opinions, we’ve helped throw countless weddings, so we think we have a pretty good handle on what guests really tend to appreciate and what gestures can sometimes miss the mark. In today’s blog, we share three things that will really resonate with your guests, and three things you shouldn’t lose sleep over.

3 Things Your Wedding Guests Really Care About

Here’s a look at some of the things that really help create an enjoyable and memorable experience for all the right reasons for your guests.

  1. Great Food – The quality of the food you serve will oftentimes stick with your guests for a while. Impeccable food will have them raving about your menu, whereas food that falls short of expectations can really sour the night. At Entourage Events Group, our catering division holds itself to a very high standard and strives to surpass expectations with every dish we create. We’ve created unique menus for small luncheons or huge corporate fundraisers, so we know how to effectively and creatively feed any size group you bring with you. We also work directly with the bride and groom to develop a menu with their tastes, preferences and accommodations in mind so that everything comes together perfectly on your wedding day.
  2. The Atmosphere – One interesting thing we’ve noted from guests is that a lot of wedding venues seem to blend together, so you really have an opportunity to make your venue stand out from the rest and make a lasting positive impression on your guests. It’s not easy to breathe life into a venue and create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, especially since you probably don’t have extensive experience planning a wedding, but we do. We can create a memorable atmosphere with creative lighting, unique furniture and table arrangements, eye-appealing decorations and the perfect stereo system to ensure speeches and music can be heard by all guests. Our event’s team can help create an atmosphere that most guests won’t realize they’ve been missing out on until they see it firsthand at your wedding.
  3. A Lack Of Waiting – One final thing that guests seem to care about, or complain about when things aren’t going quickly, is the amount of waiting they do. Appetizers should be readily available, dinner should be served efficiently, guests shouldn’t be waiting 10 minutes for a drink at the bar, and there should never be a line for the bathroom. When choosing a venue and a staff to help take care of your reception, you need to know that they have the size and the facilities to efficiently handle the needs of your group. We have a wealth of experience ensuring food comes out right on schedule and staffing the bar throughout the night so that drinks are served quickly and guests can get back to the party. If you want your night to run smoothly behind the scenes, trust it to a full service events team like Entourage Events Group.

3 Things Your Guests Don’t Really Care About

Quickly, we’re also going to touch on three things that your guests typically don’t care about as much as most people think that they do. That’s not to say they aren’t important parts of your wedding day, but don’t overstress about certain aspects that aren’t all that important in the grand scheme of things. Here are three things that won’t make or break your guest’s experience:

  1. The Wedding Favors – Wedding favors can be a cute way to celebrate a couple, but dozens of favors end up left on tables at the end of the night. Don’t worry too much about finding the perfect wedding favor.
  2. The Seating Chart – Some people love organizing their seating chart, while others dread it. If you’re not exactly looking forward to it, just remember that it doesn’t need to be perfect. In fact, it oftentimes doesn’t matter to guests. There’s plenty of time for people to socialize with certain friends or family members outside of dinner, and switching things up with the seating chart can help people get to know others who are important to you. Don’t overthink the seating chart, because it will work out however you arraign it.
  3. The Cake – To most people, cake is cake. You don’t need to go crazy with an overpriced multi-tiered marbled wedding cake simply because you think that’s just what everyone does. You might want a small cake to cut with your new spouse, but don’t sweat a larger decorative cake for your guests if you don’t want to. People will care way more about taste than visual appeal!

For help pulling off a memorable wedding that will have your guests talking about your big day for years, trust the planning and execution to a full service event’s company like Entourage Events Group. Click here to read testimonials from satisfied customers, or head on over to our contact page to learn more about scheduling a tour and meeting our team!

Should You Ask A Friend or Family Member to Officiate Your Wedding?

From the font on your invitations to the colors of the tablecloths, you’ll make hundreds of decisions as you work to plan your wedding, but one of the more important decisions you’ll make is who will officiate your ceremony. It’s an honor and an important duty to officiate a wedding, and while some people want to leave it strictly to the professionals, others consider having a friend or family member become an officiant to preside over the ceremony.

If you’re considering having a friend or family member officiate your wedding, that’s great! But there are some things you’ll want to consider before you bestow that responsibility on someone close to you. Below, we talk about everything you’ll want to know about having a friend or family member officiate your wedding.

Having A Friend Or Family Member Officiate Your Ceremony

If you’re thinking about asking a friend or family member to officiate your wedding, here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind:

  1. Ask Them Early – Don’t wait until the last minute to get your officiant on the books for your wedding. They are going to want some time to work out what they are going to say so that your ceremony is personal and memorable. Don’t leave them feeling rushed because you didn’t ask them until a couple weeks before the ceremony. Get it squared away early, and don’t be afraid to circle back as your wedding day draws near to ensure everything is still on track.
  2. Make Sure They Are Official – There are state and local laws regarding who can officially perform the marriage ceremony, so you need to make sure that your friend or family member jumps through the necessary hoops to become an officiant. Check with your county clerk’s office or search online for how you can become a wedding officiant in your state. It is free in some states, but in others there is a small fee. Consider covering any expenses if you’re asking a friend or family member to officiate your wedding.
  3. They Need To File Paperwork – It’s not enough to just become a certified officiant, you also need to file the correct documentation to the county in which you’re getting married in. For example, if you were getting married in Hennepin County, here’s what you’d need to do to get on file with the county. As you can see, there’s a $30 filing fee that must be submitted along with your application. Google “filing officiant credentials” in the county you’ll be getting married in to figure out what paperwork needs to be completed so that your officiant is good to go.
  4. Plan The Ceremony With Them – You don’t need to plan out every word, but talk about the general flow and tone of the ceremony. Do you want something a little more traditional because you’re getting married in a Catholic church, or do you want a more relaxed and light-hearted ceremony because you’re hoping it will help with any wedding day jitters? This way both sides can ensure their expectations are met and everyone is on the same page.
  5. Practice – As the old adage goes, practice makes perfect. If your friend or family member hasn’t officiated a wedding before or it’s been a while since they’ve overseen one, have a practice run before the rehearsal ceremony. Things will run much smoother if you’ve talked about any readings, musical pieces or other acts that will take place throughout the course of the ceremony. Talk these beats through with your officiant so that they aren’t taking in all this new information at once at the rehearsal ceremony.

Having a friend or family member officiate your wedding can make the day that much more special, but it will involve a little extra planning on your end. Conversely, if you want to outsource some of the other aspects of your wedding and reception, like lighting, decor or catering, connect with the team at Entourage Events Group.

We know what it takes to ensure a wedding runs smoothly from start to finish, and we’d be happy to amaze your guests with culinary creations or an enchanting atmosphere. To learn more about our picturesque venues or our renown event services, start by filling out a short form on our contact page!

5 Things They Don’t Tell You About Planning A Wedding

For the majority of people, planning a wedding isn’t something they have a lot of experience with. Don’t get us wrong, planning a wedding with no experience can still be a very enjoyable experience, but oftentimes when all is said and done, people look back and either wish they would have done something slightly different or known something sooner in the process. There are a lot of things you simply don’t know about planning a wedding unless you’ve done it yourself.

We hope to change that sentiment, and we hope that by doing so, we’ll make your wedding planning experience easier and more enjoyable. With that said, here’s a look at five things they don’t tell you about planning a wedding.

1. A Venue Isn’t Just A Venue

When picking a venue, you don’t just want to find a place that is big enough and that has availability on your big day. A venue is more than just a place to gather, it should help to set the tone for a magical evening. For example, a venue like The Riverside can provide spectacular views and exquisite natural lighting, while The Grand 1858 can offer intimate and elegant indoor or outdoor ceremonies. Set your wedding apart by having the venue add to the festivities instead of just being a place that is big enough for your group.

2. You’ll Want To Decorate The Venue

Booking the venue is a good start, but you’ll also want to personalize it with your own decor and style. However, you probably won’t be able to decorate until the night before the wedding at earliest, and some venues may want you to wait until the day of your wedding. You’re not going to want to set up your reception hall on the day of your wedding, and while you may have friends or family willing to assist, sometimes it’s easier to know that it’s being handled by the professionals. Our styling and production team can decorate your venue based on your decor and lighting preferences and give you the peace of mind that it’s being taken care of while you focus on other things on your big day.

3. Consider Transportation

You may not personally need parking or transportation, but a number of your guests likely will. Parking and transportation options can be hard to find if you’re getting hitched in the Twin Cities, so you’ll want a venue that has on-site parking. Our venues have this perk, which makes life that much easier for your guests.

4. It’s Simpler To Keep Food Options In House

While this may sound obvious, feeding your guests can get difficult if you’re trying to arraign caterers for your venue. It’s much simpler to choose a venue that has top notch on-site dining accommodations. This also provides you with peace of mind knowing that a caterer won’t back out or run into transportation or staffing problems on the day of your wedding. If you keep things like decor, dining, lighting and music in-house and with one company, it’s so much easier to organize each aspect and to avoid problems because you’ll be working with one point of contact.

5. Where Will You Get Ready?

Some venues don’t lend themselves to wardrobe changes or make it easy for the wedding party to get ready ahead of the ceremony. You’ll want to be able to get ready at the venue, so make sure you consider where you’ll be able to get dressed and have hair and makeup done on the day of your wedding. Our venues offer Bride and Groom Suites so that everyone can get ready with ease on the big day.

If you want assistance with any of the above aspects for your wedding, please consider syncing up with the team at Entourage Events Group. We can streamline the planning and production of your wedding to ensure everything is as you dreamed it would be. For more information, or to request a tour or learn more about our pricing options, fill out this short form on our contact page. Let us help make your wedding an unforgettable experience.

5 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Wedding Venue

Planning a wedding in the Twin Cities involves countless decisions, but one of the first choices you’ll have to make along the way is where you and your future spouse will tie the knot. After all, you can’t pick a wedding day until you’ve found a venue that can accommodate you and your guests on a given day. Because it’s one of the first big decisions you’ll be making, picking out a venue can be a bit intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be if you know what to look for in a wedding venue. Below, we share five tips that will help you find the perfect venue for your wedding in Minneapolis / St. Paul.

1. Ceremony & Reception In The Same Place?

One of the first things you’ll want to consider is if you want to have the ceremony and reception in the same location. Some people want a ceremony in a church or location that has special meaning for the couple, while others want the ceremony and reception in the same location so that guests don’t have to travel between multiple locations. Regardless of what decision you make, know that all of our venues have the option to host both the ceremony and reception, or just the reception.

2. Indoor Or Outdoor?

Do you want to get married outside, or do you want to ensure bad weather doesn’t ruin your ceremony by keeping everything indoors? Minnesota experiences all four seasons, so even if you try to pick a day where the weather should be beautiful, there’s no guarantee Mother Nature will comply. If you want to try for an outdoor wedding, consider choosing a venue that can easily adapt to the weather conditions on short notice and move your ceremony inside if need be. Both The Grand 1858 and The View have indoor and outdoor ceremony options, allowing you to have peace of mind that no matter the weather, your wedding will go on as scheduled.

3. Know Your Style

When it comes to choosing a wedding venue, you want one that fits your style. Are you looking for a venue with a rustic vibe, featuring original wood floors, exposed brick and plenty of natural lighting? We recommend The View. Maybe you’d prefer a reception hall with an open floor plan that elegantly blends historic and modern touches? If so, The Grand 1858 may be the perfect option. Or if you want to wow guests with tall ceilings and a stunning view of both downtown and the riverfront, might we recommend The Riverside. Look for a venue that encompasses you and your spouse’s style.

4. Food, Decor & More

A venue is just a venue until it’s transformed by your personal touch and choices. You’re going to be picking out decor, linens, centerpieces, flower arrangements and lighting, not to mention the menu and drink options. You can certainly make all those choices with the help of your spouse-to-be, or you can connect with an events group and let them help you with the process. At Entourage Events Group, we specialize in iconic weddings that are unique to the couple, and we love to blend our creativity with your personality. Connecting with an events team that can help organize and assist with all of the elements that actually go into producing the perfect ceremony venue, reception hall or dinner can take some of the stress off your plate while also giving you peace of mind to know that your decor and dining will be on point.

5. Book Early

The earlier you start contacting potential venues about availability, the better, especially if you’re hoping for a shorter engagement. Wedding venues, especially in the Twin Cities, tend to book fast, so you can’t afford to drag your feet. Schedule a tour or contact our events team to learn about our availability to see if we can find a date and venue that works perfect for you.

For more information, or if you’d like to learn more about booking a wedding at one of our fantastic locations, head on over to our contact page or give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777.

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