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YOUR GUIDE TO WEDDINGS & EVENTS IN MINNEAPOLIS

FALL 2015 / WINTER 2016

FREE PLANNING

MEET MANDY, YOUR WEDDING CONCIERGE

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

All the FAQs you need to know

BACHELORS & BACHELORETTES

Plan the Perfect Party

WEDDING VENDORS

Ready to work with you

LOCAL WEDDINGS

Tips for the perfect Minneapolis venue

PLUS:

Go Minneapolis Signature Experiences Planning Check List


MEET THE VENDORS IN MINNEAPOLIS WHO ARE READY TO WORK WITH YOU

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Amanda DePhillips

WEDDING GUIDE CONTENT MEET THE WEDDING PLANNER SPECIALISTS

Lessen your stress and let your wedding experts at Meet Minneapolis contact venues, hotels, and vendors on your behalf.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Know the answers to the frequently asked questions about same-sex marriage. Learn details regarding the Minnesota Defense of Marriage Act including where to file for a marriage license.

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250 Marquette Avenue South Suite 1300 Minneapolis, MN 55401 1.800.445.7412

EVENT SPACES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE BOOKING A VENUE

These beautiful venues are something out of the ordinary, something different, something unique and something that you and your guests will remember forever.

WEB & DIGITAL OPERATIONS MANAGER Josh Anderson TOURISM MARKETING MANAGER Bridget Kiely ASSOCIATE GRAPHIC DESIGNER Trisha Holmes GROUP SALES MANAGER WEDDINGS & REUNIONS Mandy Stifter DIRECTOR OF MARKET RESEARCH Kevin Hanstad PARTNERSHIP MARKETING MANAGER Emily Peterson emilyp@minneapolis.org

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IT'S YOUR DAY


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GET STARTED WITH THE WEDDING EXPERTS AT MEET MINNEAPOLIS. No need to dial dozens of unique venues or fabulous hotels because our wedding concierge team, will contact them for you, absolutely free of charge. They will let the vendors know you’re getting married and they’ll contact YOU regarding your special day.

EXPERTISE WEDDING CONCIERGE SERVICE

BILL DEEF

MICHAEL HERNANDEZ

Fill out the wedding form. Visit minneapolis.org/weddings A team member receives your event details and puts your information into a request for proposal, and sends you a copy. Based on the information you request on the form, they send the request to hotels, banquet facilities and vendors, which then compete for your business.

BETH HELLE

BRIDGET KIELY

Hotels and venues contact you directly with an offer for room block rates and availability, reception spaces and more. You contact your team member to let them know which hotel(s) and venues you chose for a chance to receive a free gift from us! Also contact this team for visitor information for your guests.

GET CONNECTED 612.767.8104 CASEY KLUVER

CHERYL OFFERMAN

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FREQUENTLY ASKED SAME-SEX MARRIAGE QUESTIONS THAT YOU'LL FIND USEFUL

MINNEAPOLIS IS EXCITED TO HOST YOUR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, as we have always been one of the most heralded LGBT communities in the nation. HOW DO I APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE?



The Hennepin County marriage license webpage has everything you need in terms of information on how to apply for a marriage license. They address how to apply, what to bring, the fee and additional information that you'll find helpful.

WHEN CAN I GET MARRIED?


Since August 1, 2013, marriage license applications for samesex couples have been available in Hennepin, Washington and Ramsey (metro area) counties and throughout Minnesota. A marriage license 6

obtained in one county is good anywhere in Minnesota. Check with your local service center for additional details. After applying for a marriage license, you must wait the mandatory five (5) days.

CAN I GET MARRIED IN MINNEAPOLIS EVEN IF I DON'T LIVE HERE? Of course. Anyone from any state or country can come to Minneapolis to be wed.

CAN MY SPOUSE AND I GET MARRIED IN MINNEAPOLIS IF WE WERE ALREADY MARRIED SOMEWHERE ELSE?
 No. However, while you are unable to be remarried to the same person, your marriage license from another state or country will be legally recognized as valid in Minnesota. You can have a ceremony and celebration, but you can't apply for a second marriage license.

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ARE THERE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SAME-SEX AND OPPOSITE-SEX MARRIAGES?



The state no longer recognizes any differences between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages and the benefits, rights and responsibilities of being married. For more information, please seek legal counsel.

WILL OUR MARRIAGE RECOGNIZED OUTSIDE MINNESOTA?




BE OF

As of June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. All states will legally recognize your marriage.


ARE THERE ANY DIFFERENCES IN THE MARRIAGE PROCESS BETWEEN SAME-SEX AND OPPOSITE-SEX COUPLES?

WHERE CAN I FILE MY MARRIAGE LICENSE? Once you fill out your marriage license, you can go to any one of the following service centers in Hennepin County:

No. The process is the same between the two marriages in Minnesota.

CAN WE CHOOSE TO BE DOMESTIC PARTNERS INSTEAD OF GETTING MARRIED?


Brookdale Service Center 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 Hours: M-F (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Yes, you can still choose to be domestic partners. However, domestic partners have a different set of rights than married couples.

Government Center Service Center 300 South 6th Street A Level, Suite A025 Minneapolis, MN 55487 Hours: M-F (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

WHERE IN MINNEAPOLIS CAN WE GET MARRIED? Anywhere. And, we've got a list of unique venues that we're sure you'll love.

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Maple Grove Service Center 9325 Upland Lane North Maple Grove, MN 55369 Hours: Monday (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) Tu-Th (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Friday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Midtown Exchange Service Center 2929 Chicago Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55407 Hours: M-F (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

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Ridgedale Service Center 12601 Ridgedale Drive Minnetonka, MN 55343 Hours: M-F (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Saturday (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Southdale Service Center 7009 York Avenue South Edina, MN 55435 Hours: M-F (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Saturday (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) University of Minnesota Service Center Coffman Memorial Union Ground floor near the Great Hall 300 Washington Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55455-0110 Hours: Wednesday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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THE ROAD TO ‘I DO’ 11 Months

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STEP 3

☐ Pick a wedding date.

☐ Book a photographer.

☐ Register for gifts.

☐ Work out your budget.

☐ Book a DJ/band.

☐ Book rehearsal dinner venue.

☐ Start a guest list.

☐ Book a florist.

☐ Purchase wedding rings.

☐ Start looking for wedding officiant.

☐ Book a caterer and baker.

☐ Order invitations.

☐R  eserve your ceremony and reception venues.

☐B  ook wedding officiant if you haven't already.

☐L  ook into state marriage license requirements.

☐ Have engagement photos taken.

☐ Book wedding transportation.

☐ Choose your music.

☐ Start shopping for attire.

☐ Send save-the-date cards.

☐ Shop for shoes and accessories.

☐ Throw an engagement party.

☐ Plan your honeymoon.

☐C  ontact Mandy to notify her which hotel or venue you booked.

☐ Shop for wedding party attire. ☐ Contact Mandy to find a hotel block.

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STEP 5

☐ Finalize attire.

☐ Touch base with all vendors.

☐ Order wedding cake.

☐ Arrange for fittings.

☐F  inalize wedding bouquet, arrangements and decor.

☐P  urchase wedding party and parent gifts.

☐ Take dancing lessons.

☐ Order wedding favors.

☐ Send invitations.

☐E  nter RSVPs into guest list database.

☐ Meet with caterer to choose menus. ☐C  hoose songs and readings for ceremony.

☐ Plan seating arrangements. ☐C  onfirm day-of appointments.

☐P  lan (and enjoy) the bachelor/ bachelorette parties.

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FINAL STEPS ☐G  et marriage license if you haven't already. ☐M  ake arrangements for name-change transition. ☐G  ive caterer and reception venue final head count. ☐ Pick up attire. ☐ Pick up rings. ☐ Finalize seating chart. ☐ Final check in with vendors. ☐ Finally, get married!


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SPACES

THE MOST UNIQUE VENUES IN MINNEAPOLIS

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TOP MINNEAPOLIS VENUES FOR FALL & WINTER

If you want something different, something unique and something that you and your guests will remember forever, then check out these extraordinary places to host your special day. These are some of the most unique venues to get married in Minneapolis. MINNEAPOLIS EVENT CENTER Historic beauty meets modern to encompass every wedding vision. The Minneapolis Event Center has transformed into one of Minneapolis’ most dynamic event spaces. The design embraces the original brownstone beauty, an open floor plan and a gorgeous sunlit atrium that opens up to a lush garden. HOTEL IVY: A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL Far from the ordinary, the Hotel Ivy is the perfect backdrop for your intimate affair. By creating emotional touch points through design, cuisine and service, allow your personal event manager to be your gold thread.

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MINNESOTA ZOO Man and animal unite to see YOU unite with a marriage at the Minnesota Zoo. The Minnesota Zoo’s lush grounds and serene settings form an enchanting and unique backdrop for your special day. The Zoo features a number of distinctive, private locations for your ceremony, social hour and reception. MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS Artistic on the inside and out, this iconic building will leave strong memories of your wedding in the minds of everyone in attendance.

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MARIN RESTAURANT & BAR Host your rehearsal dinner or small intimate wedding in any of Marin's unique private dining spaces including the Board and Barrel rooms.

THE HOTEL MINNEAPOLIS Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection combines urban energy with a sophisticated and comfortable experience. This unique hotel was once home to the Security National Bank. FOUNTAIN ROOM This grand, open event space is an unexpected gem tucked inside the Historic Lumber Exchange Building, built in 1885. Look up to the sky through the soaring atrium 9 floors above and an exposed brickand-glass fountain brings the room to life. CITY HALL This monument of Minneapolis features classic elements of marble, stone and brick. Your wedding will be nothing less than a romantic, elegant event. EXPLORE MORE Whichever venue you choose for your special day, it will be sure to wow you, your friends and family. For additional venue tips and ideas, visit us online at minneapolis.org/weddings.

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EXPERIENCE THE PARTIES BEFORE THE BIG PARTY

SEA LIFE MINNESOTA AQUARIUM

AS YOUR BIG DAY DRAWS NEAR, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate. And deciding to celebrate your union with those nearest and dearest to you, there is a simple collection of activities perfect for the busy wedding couple. With one simple phone call, your event is planned and your guests will take with them memories that will last a lifetime. Go Minneapolis Signature Experiences are a collection of new and unique experiences — from tours and performances to hands-on exploration and demonstrations — perfect for your intimate group.

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Just when you think "we’ve seen it all," take a look inside and behind-thescenes of some of the best attractions and landmarks in Minneapolis. Treat your guests to the VIP treatment, and you’ll add a unique twist to your wedding celebration.

ate their hilarious skits. Experience tricks and tips for improv and brainstorming you can use daily (and into your marriage!). Private pre-function space is also available. Contact the workshop for more information.

FOR THE FUNNY PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE

FOR THE ART LOVERS IN YOUR WORLD

Is each day filled with laughter because hilarious family and friends surround you? Then treat the ones who keep you rolling in the aisles to an experience at the Brave New Workshop. Nestled in the Hennepin Theatre District, you will find the oldest satirical comedy theater in the U.S. For your small group, get Inside the Writer’s Room and learn first hand how sketch comedy performers cre-

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Imagine your lovely guests in an amazing setting of world-class art and sculpture collections. At the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, you can experience just that. In A Feast for the Eyes, Highlights of the MIA’s WorldClass Collection, you and your guests will view objects that are kept in archives and behind-the-scenes, and learn the fascinating stories that surround them.


For a hot, hands-on experience, take your party to FOCI: Minnesota Center for Glass Arts (pronounced FOHSEYE). Here, every guest can melt and mold their own piece of glass into a masterpiece (and what a nice memento, too; a piece of your celebration that your guests can take home with them).

THE FAMILY-FRIENDLY CELEBRATIONS

It is often said that a trip to Minneapolis isn’t complete without a trip to Mall of America. Conveniently connected to downtown Minneapolis via the METRO Blue Line (light rail), your guests of all ages will be pleasantly surprised to find another set of exclusive experiences that are sure to please. Check out Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium and go behind the scenes to gain an exclusive look at the day in the life of an aquarist. In this unique experience, you’ll travel above tanks to see the sea creatures up close and personal. The aquarium also has private function space,

making this behind-the-scenes experience perfect for the multi-generational pre-wedding celebration.

GET A GLOBAL TASTE OF THE CITY

At the Midtown Global Market, excite your senses, tantalize your taste buds and explore the Midtown Global Market. This fascinating venue is a veritable melting pot of global cultures. You will meet the merchants and learn their stories of working to achieve the American dream. The Market serves as an incubator for immigrant businesses. During your visit you will sample a variety of tastes and hear tales from your global hosts. For a complete listing of the Go Minneapolis Signature Experiences, please visit minneapolis.org/groupexperiences.

Signature Experiences FEATURED EXPERIENCES Brave New Workshop Average Time: 2 hours Pricing: $40 per person Minimum 12 Maximum 40 612-332-6620 Minneapolis Institute of Arts Average Time: 90 Minutes Pricing: $20 per person Minimum 15 Maximum 30 612-870-3140 FOCI: Minnesota Center for Glass Arts Average Time: 2 hours Pricing: $200 for groups of 1–15 $12/person for groups of 16–30 $10/person for groups of 31–45 $9/person for groups of 46+ 7 days a week from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. 612-623-3624 Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium Average Time: 45 Minutes Pricing: $6.99 per person; $5 group rate Minimum 10 Maximum 90 952-853-0612 Midtown Global Market Pricing: $19 Adult; $15 Kids (10-18); Kids under 10 free Groups of 15 to 50

MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS

Add-ons: Gift Bag - $10 per person Salsa Dancing with Rene: $100/hr 612-872-4041

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GATHERINGS BACHELOR & BACHELORETTE PARTY IDEAS

FUN PARTY IDEAS FOR YOUR FAVORITE BACHELOR & BACHELORETTE. Here are seven great places to start. From nightlife to sports and amusement you will be sure to find an activity on this list that brides or grooms will be talking about years after they say, “I Do.”

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Get ready for a big night in downtown Minneapolis with your closest friends. These bars and restaurants are the perfect place to kick-off a memorable night.

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Start your night at Aqua Nightclub & Lounge — ladies drink free champagne all night on Saturdays. Then get rowdy with Cowboy Jack's, and find great specials, live music and a mechanical bull — yeehaw! Keep the party going at The Pourhouse in Downtown Minneapolis with no cover, custom cocktails & craft beer, live music, late night happy hours & VIP service. Then end the night at SEVEN Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge Skybar, the ultimate event destination located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. From dancing, to great food, to the best views of the city SEVEN has it all.


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Spend the day celebrating the brides or grooms to-be touring many of the local breweries and tap rooms. Many accommodate small groups, and have food trucks on site for some local tastes. Northeast Minneapolis is home to many of our local taprooms, but the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild has over 40 members in the Minneapolis Metro area.

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BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR

Okay, on second thought don't bet your bottom dollar, but let loose and celebrate your night in style at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel just southwest of downtown! Take a break from gambling and check out the exclusive entertainment in the Mystic Showroom. If you're on the southeast side, head to Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Or if you are up on the north side of town check out Running Aces Casino Racetrack.

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SING & DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

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SPA...RTY LIKE IT'S 1999

Start your party off with a bang! From the avant-garde to the mainstream, First Avenue is a music club committed to fostering arts, music and entertainment excellence.

Spa time might just be the opposite of party time, so forget the stress of planning and enjoy a relaxing time with close friends at any of Minneapolis' spa locations.

Or head to The Shout House, a premiere destination to celebrate bachelor and bachelorette parties in Minneapolis! Dueling pianos make for a unique way to celebrate this exciting occasion. Be sure to put the bride or groom on stage for an extra special performance!

Grab your friends and relax at Ivy Spa Club! Pamper yourself with unique specialty body massages, facials, pedicures, manicures and laser hair removal, all provided by expert therapists. Then plan your celebration with Jeromeo In the Loop! Enjoy yoga, a variety of spa treatments and great boutique shopping.

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CATCH A GAME, SPORTS FANS!

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Looking for a little bit of everything? Check out Bryant-Lake Bowl with great theater, live comedy performances, bowling and great food and drinks. And if you want to provide a variety of experiences, head to Pinstripes. Here, you can partake in Bocceball and Bowling, along with a beautiful outdoor firepit. Full food and beverage options are also available.

MAKE 'EM LAUGH

Minneapolis has the second-most theater seats per capita in the U.S. after the Big Apple. From Broadway Across America to local improv, Minneapolis offers a theatrical party to remember! Most theaters offer group discounts, and be sure to let them know you're celebrating! You never know what extras might be thrown in.

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MINNEAPOLIS WEDDINGS IN THE CITY BY NATURE

CELEBRATE Make your special day even more beautiful WEDDING PACKAGES:

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Weddings are meant to be the most special time in your life. But, to get to that point, it can be tough to go through the stress of planning every single little detail to ensure that everything is absolutely perfect. Here at Meet Minneapolis, we believe the wedding process should be fun and stress free. Our wedding experts, serve over 400 couples per year, providing soon-to-be-weds like you with the best wedding services offered in the city. And they do it for free.

WELCOME BAGS & VISITOR INFO Welcome your guests or group to Minneapolis with all the information they’ll need for a great stay. Meet Minneapolis can provide you with Welcome Bags for your hotels filled with great resources to enjoy Minneapolis, City by Nature. PLANT A TREE This year, for every couple that uses our FREE planning service, we will plant a tree through the Arbor Day

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Foundation in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest to honor their celebration of marriage. Contact us today to get started.

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VENDORS

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: COPPERSMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

Amy photographing Travis & Nicholas, the featured couple of this issue.

THE TALENTED MATT & AMY COPPERSMITH have been photographing couples for years, scoping out the best places in Minneapolis for that perfect shot. Photography has consistently been one of the more important items in planning a wedding and with the introduction of many new types of photographic technologies it does not change that fact. In this day and age with everyone having something in their hands that takes pictures it is even more important to make sure you truly understand what the wedding photography experience consists of.

SERVICE ASPECT

There are many amazing artists out there that pick up a camera and can take beautiful images. Digital tech18

nology has made it easier to acquire images and share with everyone you know almost instantly. Now as a couple how can you choose between a photographer based on their skill alone? To be honest you cannot. The wedding experience is not about the quality of images you will receive, it is about how you felt having your photographs taken. This is the service you will want to look at as much as how you like the images. To be a success we want you to enjoy your day without feeling like you are being rushed through it. We want the day to revolve around you and be a very easy going experience.

EXPERTISE

A wedding photographer should be able at that first meeting show you that they know what they are doing, not just show you beautiful images but represent the type of experience you will have on your wedding day. This experience will be just as power-

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ful as the photograph themselves. If you are uncomfortable for any reason it will respond in the images. For Amy and I we take our combined 30 years of experience to help you with all the decisions you may have in the planning process and on the day of the wedding. On the day of, your photographer should be able to move seamlessly from inside to outside and be able to move people around and into position. Not much surprises an experienced photographer, anything that happens can be overcome. In the course of the day we will repair flowers, help guys figure out how to tie their ties, repair dresses and countless other things. This will be the difference between the photographer that charges $1000 and the photographer that charges $7000.


TIPS FOR THE DAY

As you meet with photographers, make sure that you like the person you are meeting with and that they are genuine with you. If all of this links up then look at their work and make sure their style matches yours.

AMY & MATT COPPERSMITH Creating art out of everything. www.coppersmithphotography.com/ prices-and-packages 612-978-5860 coppersmithphotography@gmail.com

"We do not consider our photography a service, a package, or a product. What we are offering is an experience. Enjoy your day without rushing. Let the day revolve around you. We'll be there each step of the way, to capture everything! We believe you are investing in our expertise, and what we can create for you. So have fun and enjoy every moment! Be goofy! Be silly! Be serious! Be loving! Be you!"

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DIRECTORY

MINNEAPOLIS VENDORS READY TO WORK WITH YOU

VENUE

Minneapolis Event Centers 612-564-3777 minneapoliseventcenters.com Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 952-443-1400 arboretum.umn.edu Minnesota Renaissance Festival 952-445-7361 renaissancefest.com

ARIA 612-342-ARIA ariampls.com

Paradise Charter Cruises 952-474-8058 twincitiescruises.com

Campus Club of the University of Minnesota 612-625-5089 campusclubumn.org/weddingspecial-events

Pracna on Main Historic Event Venue 612-805-8207 pracnaminneapolis.com DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis 612-332-6800 doubletree3.hilton.com

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres 952-934-1524 chanhassendt.com Chapel of Love 952-854-4656 chapeloflove.com Earle Brown Heritage Center 763-569-6300 earlebrown.com Marquette Hotel - Windows on Minnesota 612-376-4545 MarquetteHotel.com McNamara Alumni Center 612-624-9831 mac-events.org Minneapolis City Hall & Courthouse 612-596-9518 municipalbuildingcommission.org/ events 20

Crowne Plaza Northstar 612-436-9351 cpminneapolis.com

Profile Event Center 612-331-5000 profileeventcenter.com The Fountain Room 612-843-2575 thefountainroommpls.com Vic's on the Minneapolis Riverfront Event Venue 612-805-8207 vicsminneapolis.com

Hilton Minneapolis 1-800-258-9205 minneapolis.hilton.com

HOTEL Crowne Plaza Bloomington MSP Airport/MOA 952-831-8000 cpmsp.com

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Minneapolis Marriott Northwest 763-536-8300 marriott.com/MSPNW


RESTAURANT / CATERING

Event Lab 952-224-8558 eventlab.net

Atlas Grill & Clubroom 612-338-4700 atlasgrill.com Radisson Blu Mall of America Bloomington 952-851-4011 radissonblumoa.com

D'Amico Catering 612-238-4444 damicocatering.com Dakota 612-332-1010 dakotacooks.com

Lorenz Bus Service 763-784-7196 lorenzbus.com

Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar 612-339-0540 ichiban.ca

Total Luxury Limousine 651-770-5668 totallimo.com

Ramada Bloomington at the Mall 952-548-3600 RamadaMOA.com

Lancer Catering 651-290-9864 lancercatering.com

Ramada Plaza Minneapolis 612-455-6324 RamadaPlazaMpls.com/weddings

Marin Restaurant & Bar 612-252-7000 marinrestaurant.com

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel 612-375-1700 thedepotminneapolis.com

Mintahoe Catering 612-253-0255 mintahoe.com

The Grand Hotel, A Kimpton Hotel 612-288-8888 grandhotelminneapolis.com

Mozza Mia 952-288-2882 mozzamia.com Prom Catering 651-501-8191 promcatering.com Sawatdee Thai Restaurant Minneapolis 612-338-6451 sawatdee.com

The Hotel Ivy, A Luxury Collection Hotel 612-746-6001 thehotelivy.com The Hotel Minneapolis - Autograph Collection by Marriott 612-215-5422 thehotelminneapolis.com The Westin Minneapolis 612-333-4006 westin.com/minneapolis

Voigt's Motorcoach Travel 800-468-6448 voigtbus.com

The News Room 612-343-0073 thenewsroommpls.com

EVENT SERVICES Coppersmith Photography 612-644-8024 coppersmithphotography.com

AN EXQUISITE SETTING FOR AN INCOMPARABLE WEDDING As a proud ally, we welcome you with grandeur and sophistication for your intimate occasion.

To begin planning your big day, call 612-353-3513 or email sales@thehotelivy.com.

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Your special day...

deserves exceptional transportation.

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Weddings at the Walker Art Center

Your wedding is a direct reflection of your personality and values, and your choice of a venue says volumes about who you are as a couple. Show your own artistry and modern sense of style in the Walker’s award-winning architecture. Whether you’re on our terraces overlooking the city or in a stunning interior space, no other site has more imagination and possibilities to make a more dramatic impression.

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Learn more at walkerart.org/same-sex-weddings events@walkerart.org 612-253-3540 Photography by Mike Hnida


SERVICES

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! The fun doesn’t have to stop after the wedding, Meet Minneapolis’ services extend far beyond wedding planning assistance. Get the family back together in Minneapolis for a reunion, but reunion planning is tough, right? Besides tracking down everyone’s emails and finding a day that works for everyone, you’ve got to actually plan what you’re going to do and where you all will stay. In a city like Minneapolis that has so much to do, finding the right activity or place to stay can be tough. That’s why again, we’re here to help you.

And again, we do it for free.

Most people planning reunions don’t usually think of a convention and visitors bureau like Meet Minneapolis as a resource. They go through the countless, grueling hours of visiting multiple websites, trying to find the perfect place for their reunion. That’s their mistake, because what we can offer you, the person reading this right now, is something everyone else will miss out on. We offer peace of mind. We offer stress-free planning. In short, we offer you our professional planning services. And it doesn’t cost you a thing. Or after all of your out of town guests had SUCH a great time in Minneapolis for your wedding they are bound to want to come back and visit you. We have all the information you’ll need to be the best host they’ve ever seen!

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LGBT WEDDING GUIDE | FALL 2015 / WINTER 2016

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“Our city is filled with beautiful places to get married, and with strong support for same-sex marriage here they’re open to everyone.” OLGA VISO Executive Director, Walker Art Center

Olga and thousands of other talented, supportive professionals are ready to help same-sex couples plan an unforgettable wedding day in Minneapolis. Meet Minneapolis offers free planning services to help connect you with the city’s best venues, vendors, designers, artists and more. Visit minneapolis.org/LGBTweddings or call 612-767-8104 to get started.

Celebrate - Fall 2015 / Winter 2016  

Your guide to weddings & events in Minneapolis.

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