Where to have a small wedding in Minnesota

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When pandemic orders restricted the size of events in 2020, small weddings became the new normal. But now, while most people can count on throwing a popping party with everyone they love, not every couple is rushing to book event centers for 350 people. “People will feel more comfortable hosting small weddings in the future,” says Faith Folayan, wedding planner and owner of This Love Weddings. “Before COVID, some couples felt like they had to go for a bigger affair, but now they’re looking at what they enjoy as a couple.” For some, it can be a massive party, but for others, the intimate gathering is perfect. Here are some of the smaller spaces on our radar.

Annex

When architect Kim Batcheller and designer Heather Rose-Dunning opened The Annex – an industrial but cozy place filled with plants in LynLake – in 2019, they had no idea of ​​the demand the space was about to fill. to become. “People tend to look for a unique, intimate and special place,” says Rose-Dunning. “We are designers, that’s what we do.

Even though the team opened the site just before the pandemic hit Minnesota, word spread about their year-round jungle oasis, and suddenly the space was constantly reserved. . “I don’t think small marriages are going to go away,” says Rose-Dunning. “It’s a very different feeling – the level of intimacy that people enjoy now than they maybe didn’t before.”

The annex and its adjacent enclosed alleyway, The Garden, can accommodate from 30 to 100 guests, depending on layout and event needs. (Sit-down dinner? You might want to limit to 50. Cocktails and applications? You can put 100.) 2748 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., Attheannex.com

Baldamar

A bonus from small parties? The ability to go all out with memorable dishes and drinks. Baldamar, a luxury steak restaurant adjacent to the Rosedale Center, offers two private function rooms and a patio for 16 to 55 people. Depending on the size of the group, guests can order directly from the restaurant’s full menu or hosts can organize a smaller list of choices perfect for the event. (And yes, full bar service is available in the private dining rooms, so you can sip Manhattan and Cabernets in style all night long.)

“People don’t hesitate to be more demanding with their invitations in a space this size,” said Mel Luebke, Director of Events, Sales and Social Media at Baldamar. “They don’t feel like they have to invite the mother of their aunt’s cousin.” Rather, couples can focus on what really matters on their big day. 1642 B2 County Road W., Roseville, 651-796-0040, baldamar.com

Hewing Hotel

Across town, North Loop’s Hewing also focuses its events on stellar snacks and sips, thanks in part to a personalized dining program from its on-site restaurant, Tullibee. Couples can host a small reception or rehearsal dinner in the private 10- to 50-person dining room (with exposed brick, leather chairs, and its own bar) and choose from a variety of dining options, past apps à la drool – dinner fit for a multi-course chef. Or, if a couple is looking for something a little larger, Hewing’s Andrews Ballroom tops out at 176, though small groups of 100 or less always fill the space comfortably.

With a reduced guest list, couples can more easily book a space they care about, notes Hewing sales manager Heidi Sohn. “We have so many couples who have stayed with us, had dinner with us and even got engaged here and want to get married here,” she says. “The community is amazing. 300 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 651-468-0400, hewinghotel.com

The Hennépin

With multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces in a single building, The Hennepin (under the umbrella of the Hennepin Theater Trust) is the downtown choice for couples who enjoy the local arts and theater scene. “What separates us is that we’re a non-profit organization,” says Don Shier, Sales Director of The Hennepin. “All proceeds from events are used to support our public art programs and our education service. People like their money to go to something.

For couples looking for a dreamy outdoor space with a view of the horizon, The Rooftop (capacity 80) and The Terrace (50 to 70 people max) could do the trick. “The patio is the city’s best-kept secret,” says Shier, noting that both spaces are filled with flowers and landscaping throughout the season, so event hosts don’t have to. necessarily need to provide additional decor. And yes, there is always a contingency plan – in case of inclement weather, The Hennepin will quickly switch your rezzy to an indoor space like the dance-ready Studio 900, Jack Link’s Legend Lounge filled with brick and wood, adorned with art Gallery, or chic PNC Encore Lounge, which includes rooms from the former Orpheum Theater. 900 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., Thehennepin.org

Social room North

French Meadow’s Uptown venue, which seats up to 150 people (small parties also fit comfortably), is a favorite for couples who want the setting itself to shine. “It’s very eclectic and provides a space where people don’t have to do much,” says Janel Olson, director and events coordinator for Nord. “The door is from an old Chicago bank, the bar is an old department store jewelry box, and the chandeliers are from the 1920s homes on Summit Avenue. There are a lot of cool features.

And French Meadow’s list of dining choices cannot be ignored either: “Today, in a party of 100, there are bound to be vegetarians, gluten-free and dairy-free people,” says Olson. “We’ve got everyone covered” – with dishes like Melted Reuben Tempeh, Miso Glazed Chicken, and Herbivorous Butcher Charcuterie Plates, nothing less. 2610 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-767-3443, nordsocialhall.com

New hot spots

Are you looking for a totally cool place? Check out these places that have just opened, that will open soon and that have been redone.

+ The Lowlands From the team behind Paikka is The Lowlands, a bright and light 14,000 square foot venue in St. Paul. With two floors, two greenhouses, two outdoor spaces (an upstairs terrace and a downstairs patio), bespoke tables and an on-site bar program focused on natural and sustainable wines as well as wine. beer and local spirits, being a quick favorite in town. Opening spring 2022. 160 S. Wabasha St., St. Paul, thelowlands.com

+ each other A dreamy desert aesthetic awaits at this new location from the Mother Co. Plants team. Attached to the store’s location in Minneapolis, the 2,000 square foot space is stocked with plants (you can even rent more in the store!), Includes a mobile bar, and is ready for events of 80 people or less. . Open now. 2416 N. 2nd St., Mpls., Eachotherspace.com

+ Woodhaven Woodhaven offers ceremonial and reception spaces for 350 guests, a crisp white backdrop, two prep suites, a private lounge, and an expansive outdoor patio. Open now. 26155 Nicolai Ave., Cannon Falls, woodhavenmn.com

+ Minneapolis Club Okay, this one isn’t technically new, but the chic downtown club is cooling off a bit right now – and yes, non-members can book events here. Featuring two event spaces (accommodating 175 guests each), black-tie catering, 10 overnight guest rooms, and a private parking ramp, it’s sure to knock off the socks of the out of town guests and residents. 729 2nd Ave. S., Mpls., Mplsclub.org


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