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.

5 Ways To Personalize Your Wedding

Weddings tend to follow a pretty traditional structure, with a ceremony, meal, reception and dancing, so it’s important to find ways to put your own personal touch on your big day. But what are some ways that you can personalize your wedding day so that it truly feels special and unique to you and your spouse? In today’s blog, we look at five ways you can insert some personal touches into your wedding day.

Personalizing Your Wedding Day

Here’s a few ways you can help your wedding feel a little more personal.

  1. Get Married By Someone Special To You – Let a friend or family member that is special to you and your spouse perform the marriage ceremony. As we’ve talked about on the blog in the past, it’s relatively easy to get ordained in Minnesota, and they’ll be able to add some personal touches to the ceremony that a professional you’re not all that familiar with won’t be able to. Talk about it with your fiance and see if there is a friend or family member who would consider performing the marriage ceremony.
  2. Musical Choices – Are there certain songs that are special to you and your future spouse? Does your family always play a couple of the same songs at every wedding? Sit down with your DJ and go over some of the must play songs for your reception, and really consider which songs you want to play during parts of your ceremony. Choose something that is special to you and your fiance.
  3. The Decor – A division of Entourage Events Group is dedicated to design and decor, so we can help breathe some personality into your ceremony and reception through decor and design. We can match colors to your theme or incorporate cultural elements into the decor so that the venue feels unique to the couple. Our design team will sit down with you well in advance of your wedding to help go over some design options and share some ideas for how we can help bring out your personality through our decor.
  4. The Menu – You can also celebrate your roots or show off your adventurous personality through your meal options. Whether you’re a traveler who wants their guests to sample some of your favorite dishes around the world, or you just want to showcase your heritage through some food choices that honor your culture, we can help find a menu that feels personal to you and your spouse. Our professional culinary team is more than happy to sit down with you and craft the perfect personalized menu.
  5. Drinks – Finally, if you want to get creative with your menu offerings without touching the main course, personalizing your drink menu is an easy and fun way to put a personal twist on the evening. You can put the bride and groom’s favorite cocktail on the menu, or we can offer some drinks that are favorites of the family. Our bartenders will enjoy the challenge of creating a cocktail or drink menu that has some extra meaning for the couple, so start thinking about how you can personalize your day through your beverage offerings.

For more tips on how you can personalize your wedding, or for help planning your big day, reach out to the team at Entourage Events Group today at (612) 564-3777.

How To Ensure Your Wedding Photos Are Picture Perfect

For many couples, their wedding is a joyous day that they want to remember forever, and the best way to do that is by hiring a photographer to capture the day in photos. We’re not here to tell you which photographer you need to choose to shoot your wedding (although we’ve partnered with fantastic ones in the past that we can connect you to), but we do want to explain how a wedding with Entourage Events Group can ensure the true beauty of that day is captured in your photos.

Helping Your Photographer Shoot Your Wedding Day

Again, we’re not going to tell your photographer how to shoot your wedding, but we want to show you how a wedding at one of our breathtaking venues can help make your wedding photos look even more remarkable.

  • Indoor/Outdoor Beauty – Our venues like The Grand 1858 and The Riverside offer spectacular spaces for an outdoor wedding, allowing your photographer to shoot the day in all its natural beauty. However, we also have scenic indoor setups in the event that the weather doesn’t comply on your big day. Don’t go with a venue that can’t account for the weather. The weather can help enhance your photos, but it won’t take away from your wedding photos if you have to change the ceremony location on the day of your wedding, because our indoor options are also gorgeous.
  • Options For Wedding Party Photos – Our scenic venues also offer great areas to take photos with your entire wedding party. Whether that’s with the historic St. Anthony area as the backdrop or a beautiful hall for your Grand March, our venues will provide your group and your wedding photographer with a wide variety of magical photo opportunities.
  • Bride And Groom Suites – A number of couples also like to capture the process of getting ready for their big day. Whether that involves tying your tie or having your hair done, it you want these photos taken in a scenic area instead of a hotel room or your own home, find a venue with bride and groom suites. A number of our venues offer on-site bride and groom suites so you and your wedding party can get ready in one area, which is perfect for picture taking. It also means you don’t have to worry about traveling to the venue after your hair and makeup are done!
  • Decor To Match – A division of Entourage Events Group is dedicated to design and decor, so we can match your venue to your wedding colors. Matching your decor to your theme and your colors can make your photos look even better. If you trust your wedding to our team, you can find peace of mind in knowing that color schemes and venue themes will add to and not detract from your photos.
  • Let Us Light Your Day (And Your Photos!) – Great lighting is also very important for capturing beautiful photos, and we know how to light your venue so that your photographer doesn’t have to deal with lighting issues all night. From beautiful naturally lit venues to artificial lighting to fit any mood or theme, our team of specialists can use light and darkness to help your photographer take amazing wedding photos.

To learn more about working with a team like Entourage Events Group can bring out the best in your wedding photographs, click here to schedule a tour or give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777.

How to Plan For the Unexpected on Your Wedding Day

Everyone wants their wedding day to be perfect, and oftentimes it is, but that doesn’t mean that everything always goes exactly the way you imagined it in your head. When you’re working to coordinate guests, catering, decorations and entertainment, things can oftentimes go a little different than you had planned. So how can you work to expect the unexpected and prepare for little hiccups so they don’t end up ruining your big day? In today’s blog, we share some tips for preparing for the unexpected on your wedding day.

Planning For Potential Problems On Your Wedding Day

None of the following issues are a big deal as long as you are aware of their potential and you take a few steps to help mitigate their likelihood or prepare to audible in the event they occur. Here’s how to prepare for and expect the unexpected on your wedding day.

  • Bad Weather – We experience all four seasons here in Minnesota, and the weather can also change in a hurry, so don’t assume you’ll have perfect weather just because we’re had a run of nice days in a row. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan if wind, ice or snow make it impossible to put on a nice ceremony outside. Many of our venues like The Grand 1858 and The View have indoor/outdoor ceremony options, so we can plan for an outdoor wedding and quickly adjust to an indoor ceremony on the day of the wedding if the weather just won’t comply. Have a backup plan in case of bad weather.
  • Caterer Problems – A number of different issues can occur with your caterer, so it’s important to touch base with them regularly and ensure everything is on track for your wedding. Don’t just book a package and then assume everything is happening as expected six months later. Stay in contact with your caterer and have them let you know of any issues as soon as they come up. Oftentimes it’s much easier to choose a venue that has an in-house caterer so that food doesn’t need to be brought from off-site. At Entourage Events Group, we have in-house catering options created by some of the best chefs in the business. This helps ensure everything comes out on time, and communication with our on-site team is always a breeze.
  • Getting Ready Gaffs – A number of small problems can develop on the day of the wedding when the wedding party is getting ready for the ceremony. As we talked about in a previous blog about bride and groom suites, it’s helpful to choose a venue with on-site bride and groom suites where everyone can get ready in the same place. This ensures everyone is on time in one location instead of battling traffic to get downtown while in a suit or dress. Also, it’s helpful to have an amenities basket in the suites to help with any small issues. A phone charger, deodorant, hairspray, wet wipes, breath mints, band-aids and bobby pins are all great things to have in your bride and groom suites in case someone needs something in a pinch. Again, our venues offer on-site bride and groom suites to help with the preparation process.
  • Communicate Expectations – People want to help on your wedding day, but they need to know how they can be helpful, even if that just requires them being in a certain place at a certain time. While you can’t account for flat tires or car trouble, you can help to prevent timing issues by ensuring that everyone knows where they are supposed to be and at what time. Send out addresses with directions and expected arrival times. Keep everyone on the same page and even consider starting a group chat with important parties so that all important information is in one easy-to-access place.
  • Drinking And Driving – You don’t want your wedding day to be remembered as the day your uncle or the best man got a DUI, so make it easy for people to get home safely on the day of your wedding. Although the choice is ultimately up to them, give them some options to help them make the right choice. Many of our venues are within walking distance of spectacular hotels, we can provide the names of some wonderful shuttle services we’ve worked with in the past, or you can encourage guests to use one of a number of different ridesharing apps like Uber or Lyft to get home safe. You can’t totally control this factor, but you can make it easier for your guests to get home safe after a night of fun.

If you want to help reduce the risk of the unexpected happening at your wedding, work with an event planning group like Entourage Events Group that can help to organize a number of different aspects of your wedding. We’ll help streamline the process, and we’ve seen and helped avoid a number of potential pitfalls on wedding days, so we know how to help you get through any minor issue that arises. For more information, or to set up an appointment to learn more about our venues, click here or give our team a call 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!

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!

How to Use Your Menu To Set Your Wedding Apart

Oftentimes one of the more memorable aspects of a wedding reception is the meal that accompanies the toasts and the celebration of the newlyweds. You want your wedding to stand out for all the right reasons, but if there’s an issue with the food or drinks, it’s easy for that to become the focus of the evening.

At Entourage Events Group, we pride ourselves on providing a one-of-a-kind catering service, so much so that we created an entire division dedicated to the craft – Elite Catering. In today’s blog, our catering team shares some ways you can use your food and beverage menu to make your meal a dish to remember, and some of the ways our team can go above and beyond to ensure all your food and drink expectations are surpassed.

Setting Your Wedding About With Food And Drinks

Here’s a look at some of the ways we make the dining experience a unique and memorable part of your wedding.

  • Your Bar, Your Way – Regardless of whether you’re hosting a pre-reception or cocktail hour, you’re going to want to provide a way for your guests to stay refreshed and hydrated. What’s great about our venues like The Grand 1858, The View or any of our venues is that you can put your own personal touch on the bar and the beverages. We can personalize some bar stations or match them to your decor so that they feel ingrained in your event. You can work with our team to feature a signature cocktail, create your own fused water station or host a perfectly-timed coffee bar once the meal and desserts have been served.
  • Culinary Creation – Our culinary team has years of professional experience and a wide range of diverse backgrounds and palettes to bring the right flavor to your wedding. We work directly with each couple to develop a one-of-a-kind menu that you won’t find at most standard venues. You won’t just get to pick between chicken or steak, you’ll be able to work with master chefs to create your own unique menu suited to your personal style.
  • Dazzle With Desserts – We are constantly looking for creative ways to go above and beyond with our dessert offerings, and we’re confident that we can find something to dazzle your guests. Does a donut display interest you? How about a decadent cupcake spread? Maybe individually-crafted desserts are more your style, or how about a Build Your Own S’Mores station? If you’ve got a dessert in mind, not only can we create them in-house, but we can wow with how they are presented to your guests.
  • Late Night Cravings – After some time breaking it down on the dance floor, your guests may be looking for a late night snack to hold them over until the night ends. We can ensure nobody leaves hungry with our array of late-night offerings. Whether it’s carnival-style popcorn, a Baravian pretzel cart or just delicious homemade pizzas, we can ensure your late night cravings menu is on point.
  • One Stop Shop – Finally, one thing that sets Elite Catering apart from other caters is how easy it is to communicate and plan all aspects of the catering side of your wedding. You’re not trying to chase down vendors or hope they call you back, because we’re a division within Entourage Events Group. When you streamline your venue, your decorations, the catering and the entertainment all through one events group, nothing falls through the cracks and you have one easy source as a point of contact. Simplify the catering process by choosing an in-house option like Elite Catering.

The food and drinks at your wedding will be a shared experience for all your guests, so make sure it surpasses all expectations by trusting the event catering to a team known for one-of-a-kind experiences. To learn more about how we can set your wedding apart with our food and beverage creations, to see a larger portfolio of our previous success stories, or to learn more about getting a quote for your wedding, click here or give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777.

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.

How To Decorate Your One-Of-A-Kind Wedding

One aspect of wedding planning that’s easy to overlook is the decor of the venue and reception area. Because you may be focused on choosing your dinner options and narrowing down your guest list, it’s not uncommon for the wedding decor to get put off to the last minute, and that can make it hard for everything to come together as you had planned. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little foresight and planning, we know that you can knock your wedding decor out of the park. In today’s blog, we share some tips for decorating your wedding venue or reception hall, and how the team at Entourage Events Group can help with this process.

Develop A Budget

Start by identifying how much you want to spend or what you’re comfortable spending on wedding decor. This will help you determine the best way to ensure you don’t end up overspending on decorating and staging your wedding. Second-hand retailers, Facebook marketplace and Etsy shops are great places to look for wedding decorations because oftentimes the decorations are in great condition from limited use, and you get them at a fraction of the price.

Rent Or Buy

Even though you might be able to buy a number of wonderful decorations for your wedding, you may not want to deal with the aftermath of having some supplies that you either need to store or try to sell on your own. If you’d rather not deal with the buy and sell aspect of decorating your wedding, consider hiring an event design company like EDG Productions, a division of Entourage Events Group. We offer a la carte decor and furniture options so you can pick and choose which pieces will work best for your wedding. And best of all, you’ll pay a lot less because you’re not buying the pieces outright, and you don’t have to worry about storing or selling the pieces afterwards because you’re renting them for your event.

Consider A Theme Or Color Scheme

A lot of weddings have a common theme or color scheme throughout their decor. If you decide what you want in a theme or color scheme, it can make it a lot easier to decorate the venue based on these themes and schemes. For example, if you want a rustic theme, consider a venue that lends itself to this theme like The View, which features wooden pillars and rustic brick walls. Or if you want a more modern wedding with spectacular natural views, go with The Riverside. And if you want to see how we can match any color scheme at these venues, just click the links and scroll down until you reach the “Details and Lighting” section.

Whose Handling Setup?

You have enough to deal with on your wedding day without getting to the venue early to help set up. While you may have a wonderful support cast that would love to help set up and take down decorations before and after the event, oftentimes it’s nice to have the peace of mind of knowing that it’s being taken care of by the professionals. At Entourage Events Group, we’ll work with you to create the perfect wedding decor, lighting and staging, and we’ll set everything up for you on your big day. Decorating one-of-a-kind weddings is what we do best, so let us handle it on your wedding day.

Minneapolis Wedding Venues

One of the most common compliments we hear from happy couples after their big day was that the decorations and lighting of their venue were spectacular, and they can’t believe how easy it was to work with our team. We want to provide you with this peace of mind and help make your wedding an event nobody will soon forget. To learn more about our decor options through EDG Productions, click here and learn how you can request a custom quote for your wedding, or you can give us a call at (612) 564-3777.

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