The Wedding Planner

Meet The Wedding Guys

Matthew Trettel and Bruce Vassar, known as The Wedding Guys™, are recognized internationally as leading authorities on wedding celebrations. Their fun, energetic personalities, keen eye for detail, and passionate love for all things wedding gives couples a fresh new approach to wedding planning.

The Wedding Guys bring years of industry knowledge and trend-forward expertise to Twin Cities couples. They associate and collaborate with leading international couture bridal gown designers—keeping a pulse on fashion trends—while actively working with trendsetting artisans, designers, couturiers, and producers who are leaders in their respective fields.

Each year they work to publish The Wedding Directory™, a 400-page wedding planner. This tool helps couples think beyond the norm and create a wedding that is uniquely their own. Twin City Bridal Association offers The Wedding Directory free to couples planning their wedding. The Wedding Directory can be ordered online at www.twincitybridal.com, or by calling 952-wedding (933-3464). It is also given as a gift to brides attending The Wedding Fair.™

Twin City Bridal Association and The Wedding Guys also bring you twincitybridal.com, a sophisticated and elegant hi-tech website assisting couples in reaching over 450 Twin City wedding experts with just a click of the mouse. You can view profiles of wedding experts, video clips from The Wedding Fair fashion shows, and The Wedding Guys Q&A dealing with questions from etiquette to stressful family situations.

Some people say The Wedding Guys live, eat, and sleep weddings, and if you look at their schedules, you would probably agree. They love what they do and take pride in sharing ideas and assisting couples during a special and unique time in their lives.

They are passionate about the wedding industry and the joy a wedding celebration brings. It’s this same passion that drives The Wedding Guys to devote their own personal time to charity. From meeting one-on-one with couples over dinner, to answering questions or giving creative insight, to actually planning an entire wedding reminiscent of the Great Gatsby era, their donations have raised thousands of dollars for local charities.

Last year, The Wedding Guys introduced three one-of-a-kind events. The “Love Is A Cure Breast Cancer Benefit” features a silent auction of wedding items donated by industry experts. “The Engagement Party,” held in November and February, focuses on engaged couples and features interesting seminars throughout the day. The Wedding Guys host this event so couples can meet the most prominent wedding experts of Twin City Bridal Association. Their goal is to help you make a personal connection and select experts who best visualize your wedding day. Their yearly “Trend Wedding” has become the most celebrated wedding give-away in the area. One lucky couple will win a one-of-a-kind wedding designed by The Wedding Guys—a dream wedding featured in the local media.

Trend Wedding 2006

The Making of the Celebrity Style Wedding

The media is abuzz with celebrity nuptials. From what ‘she’ is wearing, to getting exclusive access to behind-closed-doors ceremonies and glamorous wedding day photos, the public is fascinated by these extravagant affairs. You watch celebrity weddings on TV and wonder, “What would it be like to have a lavish wedding like that?” For one lucky couple, the celebrity-style wedding recently became reality.

When Twin City Bridal Association, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, partnered to produce the biggest wedding give-away in the history of the Twin Cities, over 3,000 couples registered to win “Trend Wedding 2006.” This red-carpet event, themed as a “Celebrity-Style Wedding,” was valued at nearly $200,000.

When Chalayne Bertrand and Dirk Palmgren registered for the wedding, they never imagined they would actually win. Their luck changed when their names were drawn at “The Engagement Party” held last February in the Grand Ballroom of The Minneapolis Convention Center. “The Engagement Party” was hosted by Twin City Bridal Association’s very own Wedding Guys,™ Matthew Trettel and Bruce Vassar.

The Wedding Guys, known best as the design team for The Wedding Fair™, Twin City Bridal Association’s Minneapolis-based wedding event, planned the entire Trend Wedding 2006. The recipe for the “Celebrity Style Wedding” according to The Wedding Guys, was to push wedding trends ahead in the Twin Cities, make the wedding an all-inclusive event for the couple’s family and friends, add flair and personal elements unique to Chalayne and Dirk, stir in just a touch of drama, and add a hint of a surprise to make it all sizzle!

In planning, The Wedding Guys partnered with the Twin Cities’ most prominent wedding experts to design a one-of-a-kind, over the top, celebrity-style wedding. From the Birnbaum and Bullock couture gown from Amy Jane Bridal; to the ceremony at the Graves 601 Hotel; from the 4,000-square-foot tented reception site at a private estate on Lake Minnetonka, complete with glamorous décor elements such as specialty linens, lighting, china and crystal from Aprés Party & Tent Rental; to the amazing floral centerpieces by Stems and Vines, the wedding would rival most celebrity couples.

The reception would boast a customized menu prepared on-site by the culinary team at Prom Catering, and guests would be entertained by a mixture of the Bellagala Big Band and their DJs playing R&B and today’s top hits. The wedding was sure to be exciting, different, and above all—fabulous. The theme of the wedding focused on the latest trend colors, flawlessly executed in true celebrity style.

Within a week of winning this all-inclusive wedding, Chalayne was whisked away for her gown selection at Amy Jane Bridal in the Cathedral Hill area of St. Paul. The Wedding Guys arrived at Chalayne’s home in a chauffeured limo, courtesy of Star Limousine, complete with champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Chalayne’s mother, Judy; sister, Chantel; and niece, Leah, came along for the occasion. The entourage had a private appointment at Amy Jane Bridal with a selection of stunning Birnbaum and Bullock gowns. After trying on several gowns and adding accessories, the big decision was made and the dress was ordered. Generally a couture gown takes several months to create, but Birnbaum and Bullock of New York City were ready for The Wedding Guys’ challenge—a couture gown ASAP. Within a week, Chalayne’s custom gown was ready!

Crazy Daisy Design provided another quick turn-around with invitations custom-designed and printed in just a few weeks. The design concept played off the décor for the reception, with bright colors of chartreuse, fuchsia, and orange in a multi-layered effect. The stripe motif from one of the linens was used as an accent, as was a squiggle design that complemented the overall look. Sara Doherty’s concept was a foldout invitation with stepped enclosure cards detailing “The Journey,” “The Ceremony,” the “RSVP” and “The Celebration.” All were tied with a fuchsia Dupioni silk ribbon that would match the sash of the bridesmaids’ dresses, and slipped into a pearlescent envelope with orange lining.

 

With the invitations in the mail, next up was a trip to Arthur’s Jewelers to meet with Tyler Nogai and select the custom wedding bands. Chalayne and Dirk selected contemporary-styled custom wedding bands crafted of 14k white gold and set with princess cut diamonds.

The pre-wedding festivities began April 15 with the bridesmaids’ luncheon at the Walker Art Center’s fashionable 20.21 restaurant by Wolfgang Puck. In attendance was the bride-to-be, Chalayne; Chantel Robinson, matron of honor and sister of the bride; Monica Richards, sister of the bride; Krista Lerach, friend of the bride; and The Wedding Guys. The luncheon featured seven courses, designed by the executive chef and served French style. Items included tuna tartar cones, lettuce wraps, cashew chicken salad and desserts to share. The bridesmaids were given gifts from Che Bella Boutique.

The festivities continued late into the night with the bachelorette and bachelor parties. The women enjoyed an evening of limousine transportation from Star Limousine. The evening started at Jitter’s Café and Martini Bar featuring live vocal performances. The girls ended their evening in downtown Stillwater. The bachelor party started at 11 a.m. and included an afternoon at All Seasons Golf Links, followed by an evening at Cedar Lake Speedway. Cities Limousine provided a limo coach for the 26 guys.

Arrangements continued to develop along with the couple’s reflections of love, friendship, romance, and family traditions.

Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville was the scene for a beautiful white tone-on-tone rehearsal dinner infused with 126 lit pillar candles arranged on an I-shaped dining room table. The culinary staff prepared a sumptuous starter course of gourmet herb breads and a salad of assorted baby lettuces and Florida oranges, topped with maple chipotle vinaigrette and toasted almonds. Pre-empted by a citrus sorbet, the selected entrée was a filet mignon topped with béarnaise sauce and sautéed shrimp in lemon pepper cream sauce, served with garlic-mashed potatoes and Amaretto glazed green-topped baby carrots. Much to the delight of the guests, the two chefs prepared Bananas Foster and Cherries Jubilee Flambé tableside. After dinner, Chalayne presented Dirk, an avid golfer, with a custom designed groom’s cake created by Elegant Confections—a gopher emerging from a golfing green with a golf ball atop his head.

Afterwards, Chalayne and her bridesmaids headed for the Grand Hotel Minneapolis, where they would enjoy an evening of luxury accommodations in a private suite.

Megan Cerny of New York based MG Hair and Makeup arrived at the hotel at 9 a.m. the day of the wedding to begin hair and makeup sessions. Pampering was the rule of the day with this celebrity-style wedding, and the celebrity treatment was only just beginning. With champagne mimosas in hand, the bridesmaids toasted the bride and began four hours of hair and makeup styling. Chalayne’s makeup consisted of a pink berry tone lip cover with shimmer cream blushes in pinks and peaches and a touch of bronze on her cheekbones. Her hair was styled in a French twist updo with side-combed bangs. Each of the bridesmaids and both the mother of the bride and groom had their hair and makeup done as well. Each one had their own individual style from an updo to finger weaves to simple pullbacks accented with hair jewelry. The makeup was more lightly stated for the mothers than for the bridesmaids, who all featured a beautiful matte glam look.

As Greg Jansen, the wedding photographer, along with the two photographers from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, zigged and zagged throughout everyone getting ready in the suite at the Grand Hotel, there was most definitely an air of excitement in the room.

At 2 p.m., The Wedding Guys and the father of the bride arrived in a BMW 7-Series sedan, chauffeured by Cities Limousine. They arrived carrying the personal flowers for the bride and her maids, all beautifully hand-tied by Bayberry Flowers. The bride received a very lush center-held bouquet with white roses, white tulips, green cymbidium orchids, and green hypericum berries tied in a white satin ribbon. The bridesmaids received bouquets of green cymbidium orchids and brazillea berries tied in black ribbon. The bridesmaids were ushered to the Cadillac Escalades, each chauffeured by Cities Limousine, and driven to the Graves 601 Hotel to prepare for the arrival of the bride and her father.

The Graves 601 Hotel, one of the most fashionable hotels in the city with its stylish and contemporary atmosphere, hosted the wedding ceremony in their stunning ballroom, backlit with brilliant blue glass walls. Preceded by her bridesmaids, the bride and her father arrived in the BMW 7-Series sedan. Greeted by the doorman, they made their entrance to the hotel, while a chauffeur held an umbrella for them, shielding them from the rain. Emerging from the car, Chalayne seemed to float in her ivory gown. The Wedding Guys prepared for Chalayne’s grand entrance into the ballroom. MDR Video captured every important wedding day detail on video. The camera crew was even stationed in the skyway to get the approach of the cars along First Avenue!

The ballroom at the Graves 601 Hotel took on a very contemporary look. The vogue avant-garde vision of the ceremony was inspired by shimmering glass and fire. The ceremony featured a cool blue and white approach with lit candles illuminating the room, enhancing the décor and flowers by Bayberry Flowers. The ambiance was mystical and beautiful. To complement the cool blue glass and rich wood walls, the altar area featured a glass and chrome custom-designed altar with large pillar candles. The aisle was outlined with bottom-lit glass cubes illuminating the glass column vases filled with curly willow branches.

A custom aisle runner stretched from the altar past the curly willow sculptures to the back of the ballroom. The aisle runner in the color ‘whisper,’ from The Original Runner Co. in New York City, featured the same unique design that was on the invitation, combined with Chalayne and Dirk’s names.

The staff at MDR Video didn’t miss a moment of the ceremony, using three cameras to capture everything; one was even mounted on a crane in order to get sweeping panoramic views of the ballroom. This stunning effect would later reveal itself on the edited video. Log on to www.twincitybridal.com to see highlights from the wedding video.

A Pro Art Music string trio performed “Trumpet Tune in D” by Purcell for the wedding party’s entrance. The bridesmaids ascended the aisle and met the groomsmen at the altar. Chalayne’s bridesmaids wore black satin Davinci dresses, in a strapless, tea-length style, with a fuchsia sash tied around their waists. The dresses were from The Wedding Shoppe located on fashionable Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

Dirk and the groomsmen wore tuxedos by Savvi Formalwear. The groom wore a Black Milan by Lubiam 1911, a three-button, notched lapel tuxedo crafted of luxurious Loro Piana imported Italian wool. To complement the bride’s gown, Dirk selected an ivory microfiber laydown collar shirt, Ivory Solid Fusion vest, and Windsorband tie. The groom’s boutonniere from Bayberry Flowers featured miniature tulips in white to complement Chalayne’s bouquet.

All of the men in the wedding party wore Black Constellation shoes, a fashion-forward slip-on with double runners leading to the toe. The balance of the group wore the identical tuxedo and formal shirt, with the groomsmen wearing a black Solid Fusion vest and the bold Laguna Stripe Windsorband ties in fuchsia and black to complement the bridesmaids’ gowns. The fathers and ushers wore the Solid Fusion vest and matching black Windsorband tie in black.

As if out of a movie, the doors closed and were dramatically opened to reveal the bride and her father. The Birnbaum and Bullock gown from Amy Jane Bridal was beautifully constructed using silk shantung for the entire silhouette and Alencon lace for the bodice, with a detachable silk organza stole and silk organza overlay on the skirt. The gown was lined in silk charmeuse and finished with handmade silk buttons and loops, and a crinoline created in silk tulle. Chalayne’s gown was accented with custom-designed jewelry from Che Bella. Her necklace featured three strands of hand-strung freshwater pearls. Delicate drop earrings also featured pearls and crystals. The finishing touch was a hand-wired freshwater pearl tiara with a cathedral length veil in silk tulle. While guests marveled at the beautiful bride, her proud father gave her a glance and ascended down the aisle to “Trumpet Voluntary.”

The ceremony, performed by the Reverend Patricia Drury of Rites of the Heart, moved not only the bride to tears, but also many of the guests. The custom ceremony program from Crazy Daisy Design featured an ivory pearlescent paper tied in fuchsia Dupioni silk ribbon. The type was in matching fuchsia and featured the same design as the invitation and aisle runner. Dirk and Chalayne selected traditional marriage vows. Jennifer Larson, Chalayne’s cousin, read “I Corinthians 13.” During the lighting of the unity candle, “Air for Suite 3” by Bach was performed. The newly married couple exited to “La Rejouissance” by Handel.

 

Celebrity Style Receptions

In complete contrast to the sleek contemporary atmosphere of the rehearsal dinner and the marriage ceremony, the design concept of “The Celebrity Style Wedding” reception reflected a fresh and contemporary look utilizing specialty linens and décor in trend-forward colors of chartreuse, orange, red, black, and fuchsia, provided by Après Party & Tent Rental. Hues of these colors washed the tent’s interior with the aid of 30 spotlights creating a stunning atmosphere in the dining room, embellished by floral masterpieces from Stems and Vines. The tables were set with white and gold confetti china and alternating chargers; a glass set with hand-painted gold edges; the other an ornate gold Italian Countryside charger. Gold Luxor flatware accented the Lido amber water goblets. Chartreuse green satin napkins wrapped in delicate pearl-strung napkin rings were placed on the chargers beside the custom menu. Elegant Confections created shortbread cookies with multicolored dots to match the wedding cake. The cookies were presented in clear cellophane bags tied with bright organza ribbons. The tables were covered with two coordinating linens; Autumn Sheer Stripe, which overlaid chartreuse satin linens, and Saffron Burnout linens that featured a beautiful swirl pattern. The centerpieces from Stems and Vines featured red curly willow branches topped with dendrobium orchids, pink peonies, orange tulips and roses, pink stock, green cymbidium orchids, and orange pincushion protea.

Guests arrived at the private lake estate and were greeted by professional valet attendants, courtesy of Class A Valet. Once at the reception site, guests were led down a 100-foot marquee which was up-lit in pink and lined with chiffon. The 4,000-square-foot reception tent created a romantic atmosphere overlooking St. Albans Bay on Lake Minnetonka. Once inside the tent, guests mingled in the cocktail lounge draped in black, fuchsia, and white. The cocktail lounge was separated from the dining room and featured a circular bar in the center of the room. Cocktail tables, draped in pink, featured tall square glass vases with white orchids suspended on silver wire and topped with sprays of bear grass.

The lounge showcased a number of elements for the guests, including a vintage photo booth provided by Photobooth Memories. Guests had fun having their pictures taken and were encouraged to include a personal message and photos in the leather bound album which was provided as a keepsake for the bride and groom. Guests also had fun dipping strawberries and shortbread cookies into a chocolate fountain provided by Chocolate Cascade Heaven. Tom Doyle carved a custom swan ice sculpture that chilled magnums of champagne for the bar service, provided by Complete Beverage Service.

Four Voices String Quartet played during the cocktail reception, mixing it up with music from famous classical quartet repertoire by Hadyn and Mozart, Baroque favorites by Bach and Vivaldi and nostalgic waltzes by Strauss, peppered with classic song favorites like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Blue Tango” and “One Hand,One Heart” from West Side Story.

Bold Use Of Color

The crowning masterpiece was a multi-flavored, five-tier, four-foot tall wedding cake in a dazzling Mad Hatter design by Elegant Confections. The cake was covered in buttercream icing and vibrantly colored fondant with a harlequin pattern, polka dots, stripes, and accented with retro daisies! Inside were five different flavors: a traditional bridal white cake with classic raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream icing; golden butter cake with strawberry buttercream filling and vanilla buttercream icing; banana cake with cream cheese buttercream filling and vanilla buttercream icing; layered Irish tuxedo torte with golden butter and dark chocolate cake filled with Irish buttercream; and last but not least, dark chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream filling.

As dinner was about to be served, the tent’s up-lighting changed from fuchsia to deep red and the drapery was pulled back to reveal the stunning dining room in full vivid trend colors of orange, red, fuchsia, and chartreuse. As the DJ from Bellagala played sweeping entrance music, guests were seated for dinner.

The guests dined on gourmet cuisine prepared on site by the chefs at Prom Catering. Fresh baked breads including sesame, black jalapeño, and sourdough, were set off by butter rosettes on lemon leaf. A decadent spinach salad featured strawberries, pistachios, and red onions along with a balsamic reduction and strawberry vinaigrette. Lemon sorbet was served in martini glasses with a delicate garnish of lemon and mint. A sumptuous duet entree of tenderloin of beef stuffed with provolone, basil, red pepper, sautéed spinach and garlic was topped with Cabernet demi-glaze. Accompanying this delicious filet was macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi with pineapple salsa, mini parmesan spinach risotto cakes, and grilled asparagus in a yellow squash ring, served in splendid white glove butler service. The wine selection for the evening’s menu included a choice of merlot or chardonnay, both pairing perfectly with the entrees.

After dinner, The Wedding Guys welcomed the guests and gave a toast to the special couple. After heartfelt toasts by the fathers, best man, and matron of honor, guests danced the night away to the sounds of the Bellagala Big Band, performing crowd favorites like “Unforgettable” and “New York, New York.” During the breaks, Bellagala provided a Disc Jockey to play today’s contemporary hits. When the dance ended, RES Specialty Pyrotechnics treated guests to a resounding send-off to the couple with an amazing blast of confetti and streamers. At the end of the evening, the bridal party departed for a private after-party celebrating well into the night!

The following week, Chalayne and Dirk enjoyed an all-inclusive honeymoon in Montego Bay Jamaica with five nights deluxe accommodations at the Grand Lido all-inclusive resort, provided by the destination wedding and honeymoon specialists at Carrousel Travel. 

Set Your Sites

It all begins with four simple words, “Will you marry me?” And with that question, your life is forever changed. You are no longer a “me,” but a “we.” It is no longer “my dreams, my family, my future,” but “our dreams, our family, our future.” A wedding is the beginning of a new chapter in your life.

When planning a wedding, you’ll need to estimate how many guests you’ll be inviting and formulate a budget before choosing a venue. This decision shouldn’t be taken lightly. The site you choose will forever be ingrained in your mind as a special place—filled with unforgettable memories of family and friends helping you celebrate your marriage.
Most venues book out at least a year in advance, although some sites are available within a shorter timeframe if you’re willing to celebrate on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon.

At Sofitel Minneapolis, couples have booked the newly renovated ballroom as far out as 18 months, says Lexalee Metzger, senior catering manager.

The only French-style hotel in the Twin Cities, Sofitel is the epitome of modern beauty and elegance. The ballroom, complete with eye-catching chandeliers, can accommodate up to 350 guests. Custom catering includes creative French cuisine by the award-winning La Fougasse restaurant.

Whether you’re inviting 25 or 250 guests, the Walker Art Center’s iconic new building is perfectly situated for entertaining. The Conference Room, featuring art from the Walker’s permanent collection, is ideal for gatherings of up to 50 guests, and the Skyline Room (named aptly for the view of Minneapolis) can accommodate up to 250 guests for a seated dinner. The Walker’s art-filled site is perfectly complemented by its exclusive caterer—internationally acclaimed chef Wolfgang Puck.

Small plates or tapas are a hot trend now, and Solera, a Spanish-inspired restaurant located in the heart of Minneapolis’ historic theater district, excels in this arena. Contemporary mosaics and floating light sculptures, combined with a courteous, attentive staff make Solera a natural choice for weddings and celebrations.

“We’re a unique facility, and that’s what people are looking for now,” says Dale Hanson, catering sales manager.

The patio at Solera can seat up to 125, and the indoor facility can accommodate up to 225.

Celebrating at Bellanotte guarantees a “beautiful night” with regional Italian-inspired cuisine and a distinctively relaxing ambiance in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The interior is a blend of glass, onyx, dark wood, and warm colors, exuding a sophisticated ambiance. The patio—featuring a gorgeous lit water fountain—seats up to 80 and can accommodate 150 for a standing cocktail reception. The private Tuscany Room can accommodate 70 seated guests or up to 150 standing, and a glowing fireplace welcomes guests in the semi-private dining space of the Atrium, with seating for up to 30.

A creative, global-inspired menu and handpicked wine list bring soon-to-be-married couples to Muffuletta on Como Avenue in St. Paul. In the summer, guests can sit outside on the relaxing patio, surrounded by lush greenery and flowering plants; and in the colder months gather in the private Wine Room, with seating for up to 30. The Wine Room offers everything from customized menus and wine pairings to best-fit table layout, perfect for rehearsal dinners and small receptions.

Couples looking for a different setting than the traditional church and hotel will find a wide variety of unique venues in the Twin Cities area.

The Park at MOA—better known as an exhilarating location for “woo hoos” than “I dos”—is one of the best-kept secrets in town, says Maria Cabrera, group sales manager.

Facilities at The Park at MOA can accommodate anywhere from 15 to 750 guests. For larger weddings, the Mall of America’s on-site visual department will work with couples to transform the spacious Great Lakes Ballroom to match their wedding vision.

From incredible catering at an affordable rate, to original photo opportunities (think bridal party on the rollercoaster), to celebrating in the country’s largest shopping complex, “our unique facilities can create a wedding experience that is truly an occasion to remember,” Cabrera comments.

Three Rivers Park District, formerly known as Hennepin Parks, has a number of venues—both indoor and outdoor—for rehearsal dinners and weddings.

Couples looking for the simplicity of a country wedding will fall in love with Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista, located in a 410-acre park on picturesque Whaletail Lake. The farm features a spacious pavilion (resembling an old-fashioned red barn) with seating for up to 320 guests.

The peaceful lakeside setting of Noerenberg Gardens, located on Lake Minnetonka in Orono, features one of the most beautiful and prestigious formal gardens in the state. The gardens are open for weddings from mid-May through September.

The newly constructed grand chalet at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove features accommodations for up to 200 guests in a magnificent space, complete with a large stone fireplace and access to a patio with views overlooking the park.

 

History-rich mansions and hotels also provide a romantic backdrop for rehearsal dinners and weddings.

Located on the St. Croix River in Stillwater, the Historic Water Street Inn is a charming reminder of how Stillwater’s barons and elegant ladies lived over a century ago. History is showcased throughout the Victorian-style hotel, with tin ceilings and other details painstakingly restored to create the original look of the 1890s inn.

“When you walk into our hotel, you feel like you’re stepping back in time,” explains Tracy Jo Adkins, banquet director. “We have a breathtaking view of the St. Croix River, wonderful for memorable wedding pictures.”

Romantic, memorable affairs are also celebrated at the Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis.

With accommodations for up to 100 guests (seated) and 200 for a standing hors d’oeuvres reception, the Nicollet Island Inn appeals to couples for small, intimate weddings and rehearsal dinners. The interior is as romantic as the views of the Mississippi River across the street.

“Couples love the charm and ambiance of the inn, it’s so quaint and pretty,” says Jodie Kraemer, general manager. “It has a simple, classic elegance.”

The location is perfect for photos at Nicollet Island Park or an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage ride over the Stone Arch Bridge.

Another classic Twin Cities wedding reception venue is The Saint Paul Hotel, a local landmark since 1910. During the cold months, Rice Park sparkles outside with thousands of twinkling lights; and during the warm months, guests can stroll through an impressive English garden.

This sophisticated and stylish hotel has a reputation for excellence. “Our service is what we are known for,” says Terrie Bulanek, director of catering. “We will do everything possible to make sure the bride and groom’s day is seamless.”

The Saint Paul Hotel’s renowned Promenade Ballroom is ideal for weddings of up to 300 guests, and the newly remodeled and expanded Hill Room can easily host events up to 150.

A Victorian home in the heart of St. Paul’s most beautiful neighborhood, 490 Summit Avenue is a beacon of romantic elegance.

Built in 1883, the mansion is rich with history and character, and—contrary to popular belief—is NOT for sale, emphasizes Marcia Seebart, owner. She does point out, however, that much has been done to repair and restore the Victorian mansion.

The mansion can accommodate up to 250 guests, and is a great venue for brides and grooms who have a short turnaround time for planning. The warm atmosphere includes a paneled library, ornate staircase, and magnificent ballroom filling much of the third floor. Seebart comments, “Weddings here feel like a fairytale.”

A reminder of how life used to be, the University Club of St. Paul offers facilities with history, personality, and architectural impact. Whether it’s the regal Summit Avenue Clubhouse, refined Downtown St. Paul Clubhouse, Downtown Penthouse, or The Commodore, the beautiful facilities—all built prior to 1920—offer “the mindset of a bygone era in romantic settings,” says Judith Keough, The University Club’s director of catering.

From exceptional service to incredible food, “we’re good at what we do,” Keough says. “We will customize menus for any taste. We don’t serve typical ‘banquet’ food.”

After all, she points out, a good portion of the couple’s budget goes to toward their wedding day menu, “so the food should be remarkable—at least as impressive as our venues.”

Built as a railroad station over 100 years ago, The Depot is a unique complex accommodating up to 1,500 guests for a wedding. The Depot offers four types of lodging, an indoor waterpark, and a seasonal indoor skating rink. There are various venues within The Depot, including an outdoor pavilion, an open atrium, and the marvelous Great Hall Ballroom, featuring 33-foot high-ceilings, marble floors, large, arched windows, and chandeliers from the original depot building.

Brides and grooms are treated like royalty at the upscale Lafayette Club, a private club open to the public for wedding receptions. Located on Lake Minnetonka, the views are just as beautiful today as they were back in1899.

Add to that the beauty of the crystal ballroom, meals prepared by award-winning chefs, and a friendly, courteous, and efficient staff, and it’s easy to see why the Lafayette Club does 110 weddings a year, accommodating up to 650 guests.

Recent wedding trends favor a shift from simple to extravagant celebrations, says Brenda Rogers, catering director. Some couples have even gone out with a bang—literally—organizing their very own lakeside fireworks show following the reception.

Destination weddings are always in vogue, from beach weddings in Hawaii, Mexico, and Jamaica, to weddings just a few hours from home on the scenic North Shore.

At Superior Shores Resort and Conference Center in Two Harbors, Lake Superior is only part of the resort’s popularity. Warm, friendly service (arranging out-of-town weddings is their specialty), full-service catering, and a variety of venue options make Superior Shores a hot spot for saying “I do.”

Couples can either get married outdoors on the pebble beach or indoors in the Split Rock, Tettagouche, or Gooseberry Rooms, all located lakeside. The three rooms can be combined to accommodate groups of 250 or more.

Not only are the views fantastic at Cove Point Lodge in Beaver Bay, the lodge is incredibly romantic, quiet, and secluded—providing the right ingredients for a small wedding.

Some couples are married in front of the Great Hall fireplace; others choose to get married outside on the lakeside lawn, on the point, or at Split Rock Lighthouse. Wedding season at the lodge is from December through May.

Honeymoons are also popular at Cove Point Lodge, with packages available year round.

At Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas, a beautiful Scandinavian-style lodge on the shores of Lake Superior, the atmosphere is the perfect mix of casual comfort and rustic elegance. On-site wedding planners help make the day as stress-free as possible, and guests like that they are part of a weekend celebration. The resort can accommodate up to 200 for a seated dinner.

“It’s like a mini vacation for everyone invited,” says Tina Connor, director of group sales. “Even the younger kids always have something to do. We offer activities like pizza and movie night, craft-making, and kayaking with an activities director.”

Dream weddings are regularly held at Bluefin Bay in Tofte, a seaside resort on Lake Superior. Couples can unwind with a massage in the newwellness center, soak in the only year-round, outdoor pool and hot tub on Lake Superior, or fire up the double Jacuzzi, light the fireplace, and relax to the sound of crashing waves from their room. In addition to being a popular (and very romantic) wedding destination, Bluefin Bay is known as a honeymoon paradise.

One of the biggest days in a couple’s lifetime can also be celebrated “island style” at the Inn on Madeline Island in La Pointe, Wisconsin.

“It’s the perfect setting for a romantic wedding,” explains Susan Hartzell. “A wedding here is different and creative. There are a variety of ways to do a wedding on the island…it really is limitless.”

LaPointe is just a ferry ride from gorgeous Bayfield, Wisconsin, boasting pretty orchards and forests, outdoor activities, and attractions.

The beauty of scenic Red Wing, combined with the charm of the St. James Hotel, creates memorable weddings in southern Minnesota.

Built in 1875, this beautiful hotel possesses a sense of timeless elegance.

The Summit Room highlights panoramic views of the Mississippi River, and the historic Victorian Dining Room features tall, tin coffered ceilings and crystal chandeliers. The culinary staff will honor special wine and menu requests.

According to Marthene Bang, senior sales account manager; couples celebrating at the St. James Hotel receive the individual attention they deserve.

She comments, “We pride ourselves on fulfilling special requests that make each wedding unique for the bride and groom. We incorporate our tradition of service with the traditions of the bridal families.”

A couple celebrating at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Red Wing can choose from a classy banquet room venue, outside on the grassy lawn, or afloat on the “Spirit of the St. Croix,” two-story cruise liner. When the festivities are over, guests can move the party into the casino, then stay in the adjoining hotel.

Minnesotans love the water, and what better place to exchange vows than on a boat? Cruises aboard the Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines, located in Afton on the lovely St. Croix River, run from April through October. Catering is prepared by the Historic Afton House Inn, which is also available for the rehearsal dinner and overnight accommodations.

“It makes it easy to have everything in one location, especially for out-of-town guests,” says Kathy Jarvis, owner.

The Wheel Room and Pennington Room, located at the inn, are great for small groups from 10 to 130 guests, and the cruise boats can accommodate up to 300.

The elegance of Chateau St. Croix, located in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, is ideal for small wedding parties, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers. The winery is available for private parties in the art gallery and tasting room, with a capacity for approximately 200 people.

Bridesmaids and groomsmen looking for a fun way to celebrate a bachelor or bachelorette party should consider The Shout! House, a dueling piano bar in Minneapolis’ Block E. The atmosphere is upbeat and lively, with dueling piano players performing specific requests. The musicians are entertaining, the service is great, and large groups are always welcome.

 

Capture The Moments

There’s definitely a trend today toward photojournalism and black and white photography at weddings. Black and white photos convey more emotions and accentuate the essence of the subjects or objects being photographed, while color photographs capture the overall theme and feel of your wedding—the decorations, the bridal party colors, and your flowers.

Kate McGough, photographer/owner of Perspective Studio, describes her style as cinematic, “like a movie still.”

“I like to document the spontaneous moments and capture people’s emotions in the best, most natural light possible,” says McGough, who is cross-trained in different genres of photography to stay diverse and fresh.

In addition to liking a photographer’s work, you should feel at ease around them. Your photos are a lasting element of the wedding day. Find a professional you can trust.

A Divine Meal

Classic entrees will always have a place at the reception table, but many caterers are moving away from the classics and offering dishes that reflect the couple’s heritage or personal culinary tastes.

“We’ve performed services from build-your-own pizza to five course plated meals,” says Benjamin McCallum, executive chef and co-owner of Three Sons Signature Cuisine.

The by-design catering staff of Three Sons Signature Cuisine offer full menu design, event planning, and event execution services.

Food trends, according to McCallum, include a slight shift away from multi-tiered cakes to mini and specialty desserts or dessert bars. Nontraditional meals and interactive food stations are also popular, adding an element of entertainment for the guests.

It’s In The Details

Before you start interviewing wedding vendors and stressing over the details, consider hiring a wedding planner to do the work for you.

A wedding planner is your advisor in the world of weddings, trained and experienced in detailed planning and coordination.

“Your planner will be with you from your first wedding thoughts through the final dance,” says Teri Bies, wedding consultant and owner of Weddings By Design. “We will plan, coordinate, and supervise all of the wedding details to make sure your wedding vision becomes reality.”

Far too often Bies hears from people who say they wish they had hired a planner so they could have relaxed and enjoyed their special day.

“Hindsight is 20-20,” she comments. “Hiring a wedding planner can be a lifesaving part of the budget you won’t regret.”

At Give My Regards To, event planners “find a way to say yes to our customers no matter how big the challenge,” says Amy Zaroff, Give My Regards To owner/event planner, adding that brides and grooms love their can-do attitude.

Couples can hire GMRT planners for start-to-finish planning, day-of-coordination, or hourly consultations. Give My Regards To also custom designs wedding invitations ranging from “eclectic to traditional,” Zaroff says.

Adding personal and whimsical touches to every aspect of the wedding, starting with the invitations, is very popular.

Another way brides and grooms can personalize the day is through flowers.

Trends favor orchids, tall (three to four foot) centerpieces, and originality, such as designing a different floral arrangement for each table at the reception.

Debbie (Turner) Larson, president/owner of Debbie Turner Originals, a full service floral design company, says everyone wants something new and different. She has prepared centerpieces to look like trees adorned with mini tea-light candles, and incorporated daisies, wheat, and Sunflowers into a country-style theme.

“Brides consistently tell us that we went beyond their wildest expectations,” she says.

Color is not only evident in your flowers, but in the décor as well.

Overall wedding day colors have evolved from traditional light colors to rich oranges, vibrant reds, lime green, and deep chocolate brown, with black and white making a comeback, says Sarah Mettner, design manager of the family-owned Midway Party Rental. Hot wedding colors—chocolate brown and rich orange—can be paired with pastel colors such as blue, pink, or celadon green.

Another trend that is catching on in popularity is a slide show at the reception.

Midway Party Rental carries LCD projectors and sound systems to make this happen, in addition to décor pieces such as quality linens and chair covers, serving equipment such as food transports and salad bars, and “hardware” items such as tables, chairs, canopies, dance floors, and stages.  

“We pride ourselves on fulfilling special requests that make each wedding unique for the bride and groom.”

Beauty and Style

Whether it’s achieving a healthy wedding day glow, or looking dashing in a tux, brides and grooms spend a lot of time perfecting their wedding day look. Subtle touches, such as rhinestone hair accessories, are replacing tiaras and headbands. Grooms are choosing to add a splash of color to their wardrobe, and with the brides, lace is making a comeback.

The latest wedding trends can be found at Gaviidae Common, a one-stop wedding destination on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. Wedding-related stores at Gaviidae include The Bridal Salon of Neiman Marcus, Jessica McClintock, Indulge and Bloom, Studio Vincent, R.F. Moeller, D’Amico and Sons, and Juut Salonspa.

From fashion to jewelry, the shops at Edina’s prestigious Galleria shopping center carry just what future brides and grooms-to-be need for the ultimate wedding. Guests can also find one-of-a-kind gift ideas for the newly engaged or married couple.

Nothing will complete your wedding day style better than a gorgeous smile and radiant, glowing skin.
One way to achieve this glow is through special skin care products, microdermabrasion treatments, laser hair removal, massage therapy, European facials, permanent makeup, Botox or collagen, says Claudia Miller, owner of Consultative Skin Care.

“Both men and women want to look their very best for their wedding,” she says. “A good cleansing facial or microdermabrasion treatment can help their face look great, cleaning out pores and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.”

Dr. Nancy Norling, accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, has seen the amazing transformation that comes with smile enhancements time and time again.

“I meet with people who are afraid of going to a dentist, or even afraid of smiling,” she says. With her cosmetic dentistry services, “we can give you back not only a beautiful smile, but also a boost in your confidence and self esteem.”

And what better day to be proud of your smile than your wedding day? A future bride and groom can find teeth whitening, veneers, instant orthodontics and restorative services at the Centre for Distinctive Dentistry in Woodbury, says Dr. Ned Nippoldt. When asked what smile-related wedding day advice he might have for brides and grooms, Dr. Nippoldt replies, “Share your smile often with your new spouse and your guests.”

 

Wedding Day Jewlery

Many grooms today are opting for platinum or white gold—many times set with diamonds—over the simple gold band of yesterday, and brides are creating and selecting designs as original and unique as they are.

“Young ladies want rings that aren’t ‘cookie-cutter’ designed,” says Jack Seiler with Duluth-based Security Jewelers. “They want timeless designs that reflect who they are.”

The combination of titanium, tungsten and palladium has recently come to the forefront of ring trends for men, he says. Verragio is combining platinum and diamonds with vulcanized rubber to make a masculine-looking ring for the groom.

A commitment to quality, low-pressure selling, an outstanding selection, knowledgeable service, and low prices make the trip to Duluth well worth it, Seiler says.

“A couple would have to go to five stores in the Twin Cities to find the selection we have here under one roof,” he comments. Security Jewelers carries select diamond lines of Canadia, Lazare, Gucci, Verragio and Scott Kay.

If a person can’t find what they’re looking for among Security Jewelers vast selection of fine designers, the staff will get out a paper and pencil and start sketching. The company’s in-house goldsmith has the manufacturing capabilities to make a one-of-a-kind ring within a week.

Another company sparkling with unique treasures is ShopNBC.

Beautiful earrings, bracelets, pendants, and watches can be found at ShopNBC’s Fine Jewelry Outlet. The selection is perfect for bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts, in addition to jewelry for the bride or mother-of-the-bride.

Favorites include the Galerie de Bijoux collection, designer Sonia Bitton, the Charles Winston line, and the sparkly moissanite gem, says Barb Fasching, senior manager of outlet operations.

Edina-based jewelry store Scheherazade—located in the Galleria—has been carrying unique designs since 1970. The attentive, helpful staff offers superior customer service; the selection features some of today’s best American and international jewelry designers.

A ring that was designed by someone with the talent and knowledge to do it right is a ring that will never go out of style, says owner Scott Rudd.

“Let’s face it, you wear your ring every day,” Rudd says. “You don’t want to be wearing the same ring as everyone else.”

When the wedding day has come and gone, the gown is packed away, and the honeymoon is over, your wedding ring symbolizes your wedding day, your love, and your lifelong commitment to one another. Your ring signifies that wherever you go, you are not alone.

Experiencing The Wedding Fair

Three times a year, The Wedding Guys™ at Twin City Bridal Association bring couples The Wedding Fair,™ regarded as the nation’s leading wedding event.

If the term “bridal show” doesn’t conjure up thoughts of a high-fashion runway, top quality wedding businesses and inspiring decorating ideas along with concepts that you can incorporate into your wedding, you haven’t attended The Wedding Fair.

“We don’t even like to use the term ‘bridal show’ since that conjures up thoughts of display tables at a mall, someone’s sister modeling gowns, or something that looks more like a school bazaar,” says Wedding Guy, Bruce Vassar. “The Wedding Fair is a wedding planning event. It’s about couples making a personal connection with wedding experts who can understand the couple’s vision of their wedding.”

To say there is nothing locally like The Wedding Fair is an understatement. According to The Wedding Guys—the award-winning designers that bring The Wedding Fair together—there is nothing quite like The Wedding Fair on an international level. Newly engaged couples have the opportunity to experience a wedding event not available anywhere else! The Wedding Fair is so highly acclaimed that The Wedding Guys have been invited to produce bridal fashion shows for wedding events abroad.

With a modern attitude and keen sense of wedding style, The Wedding Guys have instilled their signature energy and creativity into The Wedding Fair. Each show has a unique theme to inspire couples to consider alternatives and help them explore different possibilities. Not only will couples be able to meet the best-known wedding providers, they will also discover ones not found anywhere else.

It’s all about the experience. From the entrance to the exit, visual stimulation is the rule of the day. From a forest of 30-foot-tall birch trees that created a winter wonderland at The Wedding Fair-themed “Winter Weddings” to the fusion of crimson hues for their “Moulin Rouge” reception concept, The Wedding Guys create an atmosphere that is truly awe-inspiring. At The Wedding Fair on October 15th The Wedding Guys will show you how to create your own celebrity style wedding.

The Wedding Fair is the ultimate shopping destination for engaged couples. Open for just one day, The Wedding Fair provides an exclusive opportunity to meet top wedding experts—all conveniently located at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

With a planner, electronic organizer, or calendar in hand, future brides and grooms can set up appointments with various vendors. It’s convenient and easy, and with a few hints from The Wedding Guys, those attending The Wedding Fair can make a day of it. The great benefit of attending The Wedding Fair is that you will walk away with a million ideas and much of your planning complete.

Preview The Wedding Fair online at www.twincitybridal.com

The Wedding Fair Runway 411

 With its reputation firmly in place beside the high-fashion bridal market events that are only open to fashion buyers, The Wedding Fair’s runway show has become a must-see destination for Twin Cities couples, along with out-of-town couples willing to travel just to see the show. It’s the largest and most impressive bridal fashion event in the country that is open to the public, and it has become one of Minneapolis and St. Paul’s premier fashion events.

According to Wedding Guy, Matthew Trettel, “The concept, is to bring the feel of New York Fashion Week to Minnesota.”

From Victoria’s Secret to reality shows like Bravo’s Project Runway and UPN’s America’s Next Top Model, modern couples have been exposed to what a true fashion show production looks like. This show is no exception. Twin City Bridal Association has been the leader in modernizing runway shows for bridal fashions. Sit back and enjoy a multi-media experience as you preview the latest fashions from famous names and emerging designers from around the world.

“We have to be hip, energized and different,” says Trettel. “That’s how we’re able to bring brides an ever-expanding list of designers who present their collections in the Twin Cities area – fashions you won’t see anywhere else!”

And what’s more fun than looking?

“We often have brides come up and thank us after the fashion show, or send us an email because they so enjoyed the experience. The funny thing is that some of them have already ordered their dress (before they see the show), but because the fashion show is so much a part of the wedding experience, they want to see the production anyway!” Vassar comments. “Brides take away more than just a great experience at The Wedding Fair, they take away concepts and ideas to use in their own wedding. One bride actually selected the song “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana that we used in our runway show to make her entrance and walk down the aisle at her wedding. I thought, ‘Wow that’s amazing! Talk about a statement!’”

From glamour and dazzling extravagance to creativity and real-life elegance, the fashion shows are nothing short of magical. And it’s a great way to preview the latest bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and men’s formal wear.

“I always encourage brides to come equipped with a pen, so they can take notes in The Wedding Fair program,” Vassar comments. “All of the gowns are numbered, so it’s great to be able to reference your favorite fashions after the show.”

Weddings Couture

Indulging in a customized wedding

Couture seems to be the buzz, but when it comes to weddings, The Wedding Guys™ created the first-ever couture wedding event in the country. Flying in six international designers and assembling leading wedding artisans for an once-in-a-lifetime event, The Wedding Guys put Minneapolis and St. Paul on the map as a high-fashion powerhouse.

Their concept has been integrated into The Wedding Fair™ as Weddings Couture™ a 12,000-square-foot boutique setting. It contains the couture fashion runway—emulating the intimate setting of a designer’s studio. However, it’s not just about fashion, it’s about what is fashionable. Exhibits encompass many other facets of planning a wedding, such as handcrafted headpieces, one-of-a-kind invitations, designer wedding cakes, custom-styled bouquets, and luxurious linens. It’s an area driven by a passion for design, with custom services and high-end specialty items. It’s an area that fosters creativity and innovation, with a focus on uniquely stylized weddings.

For those of you who like to be ahead of the trends, get the inside scoop on the hottest new looks for 2007 in an exclusive bridal fashion show where Amy Jane Bridal will present Angel Sanchez, Birnbaum and Bullock, Elizabeth Filmore, Ines DiSanto, Jenny Lee, and Le Spose Di Gio. Brides attending the Weddings Couture fashion show will receive an ultimate gift bag and a glass of champagne.

“Weddings Couture redefines wedding chic—stimulating the bride who loves the thrill of being a true original,“ says Vassar. “What we’ve created is the ultimate source for innovative designers, luxe specialty items, premier venues, and avant-garde fashions.” “Style is defined in the details,” adds Trettel, “Couture is all about embracing your inner style. We created Weddings Couture for the fashionista who embraces her own sense of style. Weddings Couture will stir your imagination with wedding ideas you won’t see anywhere else.”

As style visionaries, The Wedding Guys understand the couture influence and how it drives design. Take a second look at high-end, because that’s exactly where mainstream ideas evolve. Discerning brides demand the best, but luxury and value are not mutually exclusive, especially when it comes to Weddings Couture. While couture items generally come with a higher price tag, the value lies with the impeccable quality of the items and superior level of service in which they are delivered.

But who is Weddings Couture for?

“Well, anyone, really,” Trettel says. “It’s not exclusively for the high-end shopper, although they will find it exciting and enjoyable to shop. It’s for anyone that wants that something special—a signature element to their occasion.”

“It may just be that Badgley-Mischka gown or a custom designed cake,” says Vassar. “Many couples are picking a few signature items to splurge on. It’s the items that are important to them and these are the details the guests will remember long after the festivities. It’s all about a highly individual approach.”

Endless possibilities present themselves when you combine the bride’s unique style with a designer’s vision and creativity. This marriage fosters a look that reflects personality and individual style.

 

Club Groom

The Wedding Guys™ have included a unique section called Club Groom to The Wedding Fair,™ presenting exciting new options for the groom and his pals. Traditionally bridal shows have been just for the bride. “That’s why we consider The Wedding Fair a wedding planning event,” says The Wedding Guys. “We understand that grooms have become an important part of the wedding planning process and they want to see what options are available.”

“Designed to accommodate a men’s only shopping experience—simple and straightforward—we know that the Club Groom man wants to be known and noticed for looking and feeling strong, confident, urban, and attractive,” says Wedding Guy Matthew Trettel. Club Groom allows for men to take part in the wedding planning process while remaining in their element. Men will be able to preview the latest in menswear, formalwear, health and fitness, transportation, golf and bachelor retreats, and restaurants while remaining true to the mantra—Man Defined!

According to The Wedding Guys, Club Groom evolved from the fact that men have finally come into their own when it comes to weddings. They are no longer just an accessory at the festivities.

“It’s about time we see some fun things that include the guys,” says Vassar, “Now that men have become more involved in the whole process, it’s great that businesses have expanded their offerings.”

In Club Groom, you can pick up the latest copy of Today’s Groom Magazine™, be mesmerized by techno music and club lighting from The DJ Pro, and preview limousines from Cities Limousine and Transportation and Sonic Limousine. Men can also get tips on how to best take care of their skin from John Zeches of John Zeches Skincare. Azia Restaurant and Lounge will provide inspiration for rehearsal dinners and bachelor parties. And what would the wedding be without the latest in men’s fashions? “Because it isn’t always about the dress,” says Trettel.

Knight’s Formal Wear, After Hours Formalwear, Savvi Formalwear and Men’s Wearhouse will present the latest styles for the groom and his guys.

At The Wedding Fair, guys will also be able to preview unique bachelor outings like cruises with Excelsior Bay Charters or Paradise Charter Cruises, take a look at travel agencies to plan the honeymoon, and even find financial planning resources (helpful when looking to buy a new home).

Modeled after a sophisticated ultra-lounge, Club Groom is an environment all its own, taking on the feel of a swanky New York night club, featuring a full bar and relaxing lounge. Decked out in acrylic, leather, and chrome furnishings, men are encouraged to sit back, relax, and enjoy a few moments in the hip club atmosphere. The full bar serves martinis, top-shelf mixed drinks and micro-brews, along with a Bloody Mary bar.

Map of booths at Wedding Fair

 

The Wedding Fair Exhibitors

October 15, 2006
Minneapolis Convention Center

Experience the ultimate day of wedding planning! The Wedding Fair™ features nearly 200 leading wedding businesses making it a must do for anyone saying “I Do.”

Don’t miss the ultimate shopping destination for your wedding. Preview the exhibitors below:

Beauty & Health

Cosmetic Surgery
France Avenue Cosmetic Enhancements • 952-253-0675 • fafpedina.com • Exhibit 211

Cosmetics
BeautiControl – Jill McNelis, Make Up Artist • 651-282-0734 • beautipage.com/jillimageExhibit 415
CVS Pharmacy • 800-SHOPCVS • cvs.com • Exhibit 732
Mary Kay Cosmetics – Marianna McCrea • 763-550-7963 • marykay.com/mmccrea • Exhibit 640

Dentistry
Cedar Cliff Dental • 651-454-9028 • cedarcliffdental.com • Exhibit 203

Fitness
Select Fitness • 952-933-2990 • myselectfitness.com • Exhibit 760

Health & Relaxation
Davis Chiropractic • 952-925-4085 • davischiropractic.com • Exhibit 735

On-Site Makeovers
MG Hair and Makeup • 917-279-7086 • mghairandmakeup.com • Exhibit 1004

Skin Care
American Laser Centers • 866-538-5548 • americanlaser.com • Exhibit 402

Cakes & Favors

Cakes
Elegant Confections • 763-545-1164 • elegantconfectionsinc.com • Exhibit 903
Jessica’s Cakes • 651-291-7799 • jessicascakes.com • Exhibit 805
Lunds and Byerly’s • 952-881-6294 • byerlys.comlundsmarket.com • Exhibit 328
Muddy Paws Cheesecake • 763-545-7161 • muddypawscheesecake.com • Exhibit 549

Favors
Creative Confectionaire • 651-437-7882 • creativeconfectionaire.com • Exhibit 541

Ceremony & Officiants

Rites of the Heart – Rev. Patricia Drury • 952-829-9233 • ritesoftheheart.com • Exhibit 750

Culinary Services

Catering
Campion Rose Burns Catering • 651-292-9228 • campionroseburns.com • Exhibit 605
D’Amico Catering • 612-238-4444 • damico.com • Exhibit 917

Chocolate Fountains
Chocolate Cascade Heaven • 952-496-0558 • chocolatecascadeheaven.com • Exhibit 704

Decor & Rentals

Decorations
Afflare Designs • 612-804-4094 • afflaredesigns.com • Exhibit 152
Avant Decor • 952-239-0480 • avantdecor.net • Exhibit 728
Event Lab • 952-224-8558 • eventlab.net • Exhibit 821

Ice Sculptures
Ice Sculptures by Tom Doyle • 651-699-9405 • icesculpturesbytomdoyle.comExhibit 900

Rentals & Tents
Aprés Party & Tent Rental • 952-942-3399 • apresparty.com • Exhibit 1000
Heartstrings Wedding & Event Planning, Inc. • 952-974-0073 • heartstringsplanning.comExhibit 734
Midway Party Rental • 651-644-0005 • midwaypartyrental.comExhibit 414

 

Fashion & Jewelry

Apparel
Amy Jane Bridal • 651-602-9492 • amyjanebridal.com • Exhibit 808
Angelique’s Bridal Salon • 763-757-6310 • angeliquesbridalsalon.com • Exhibit 628
Bridal Accents Couture • 952-846-4496 • bridalaccentscouture.com • Exhibit 1017
David’s Bridal • 1-877-921-BRIDE • davidsbridal.com • Exhibit 602
House of Brides • 952-932-9090 • houseofbridesmn.com • Exhibit 743
Lauralee’s Bridal • 715-736-4000 • lauralees.com • Exhibit 219
Mestad’s Bridal and Formal Wear • 507-289-2444 • mestads.com • Exhibit 1002
Napier Bridal and Formalwear • 651-457-5212 • napierbridal.com • Exhibit 335
The Bridal Salon at Macy’s • 612-375-2162 • fields.com/bridalsalon • Exhibit 234
The Wedding Shoppe • 651-298-1144 • weddingshoppeinc.com • Exhibit 308
Wedding Chapel Bridals • 763-533-4228 • weddingchapelbridals.com • Exhibit 132

Cleaning/Preservation/Restoration
Wedding Gown Care Specialists • weddinggowncarespecialist.com • 763-588-8030 • Exhibit 1001
White Way Cleaners • 651-291-1107 • whitewaycleaners.net • Exhibit 536
Custom Apparel • A Head of Her Time • 952-546-9321 • headofhertime.com • Exhibit 1020
Che Bella • 952-746-2561 • chebella.com • Exhibit 1003

Jewelry
Arthur’s Jewelers • 651-488-0365 • arthursjewelers.com • Exhibit 340
Harriet Johnson Consulting Company • 952-937-8474 • Exhibit 200
lia sophia – Amy Post, Independent Consultant • 763-503-3059 • liasophia.com/amypost • Exhibit 354

Lingerie
Undercover Wear – Kim Gaddes, • Exec. National Sales Mgr. • 651-455-6657 • kimberlyscloset.com • Exhibit 642

 

Florists

Bayberry Flowers • 612-825-1990 • bayberryflowers.com • Exhibit 220
Bella Fiore • 651-341-1616 • bellafiorestudio.com • Exhibit 714
Floral Intentions • 651-283-4740 • floralintentions.com • Exhibit 247
Lake Harriet Florist • 612-926-1675 • lakeharrietflorist.com • Exhibit 548
Richfield Flowers & Events, Inc. • 612-866-8416 • richfieldflowers.com • Exhibit 800
Stems and Vines • 651-228-1450 • stemsandvines.com • Exhibit 620
Wisteria Design Studio • 612-332-0633 • wisteriadesign.com • Exhibit 635

Gift Registry    

Bloomingdale’s, The Registry • 952-883-2723 • bloomingdales.com • Exhibit 711
Herberger’s • 651-635-2600 • herbergers.com • Exhibit 300
Kohl’s Bridal Aisle® Gift Registry • 800-837-1500 • kohls.com • Exhibit 614
Linens’ N Things • 866-LNT-7378 • LNT.com • Exhibit 346
Macy’s Wedding and Gift Registry • macys.com • Exhibit 234
The Pampered Chef® • Kris Axelson – Independent Sales Director • 952-906-7627; Andrea Froyd – Independent Sales Director • 651-453-0099; Sue Timmerman – Independent Exec. Sales Director • 952-944-1074 • Exhibit 654
Williams-Sonoma • 952-854-4553 • williams-sonoma.com • Exhibit 1016

Honeymoon Registry
Paradise Registry • 651-429-1650 • paradiseregistry.com • Exhibit 205

House & Lifestyle

Financial Planning
Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.• 651-635-1706 • ameriprise.com • Exhibit 637
Primerica Financial Services • 763-783-3699 • Exhibit 143

Housewares & Furnishings
Royal Prestige • 888-801-3421 • royalprestige.com • Exhibit 202

Mortgage Companies
Allen Mortgage & Real Estate Group • Prime Mortgage Corporation • 651-490-6210 • the-allengroup.com • Exhibit 210
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage • 952-240-7044 • Exhibit 446

New Construction
Ryland Homes • 952-229-6000 • ryland.com • Exhibit 503

Real Estate Agents
The Basil Group – Coldwell Banker Burnet • 763-416-7300 • TheBasilGroup.com • Exhibit 317 & 134

Invitations & Accessories

Invitations & Programs
Crazy Daisy Design • 612-385-7541 • crazydaisydesign.com • Exhibit 816
Gartner Studios, Inc. • 651-351-7700 • brideasylum.com • Exhibit 141
Give My Regards To… • 612-929-3373 • givemyregardsto.com • Exhibit 1023
Grand Central Stationery • 763-425-9204 • gcstationery.com • Exhibit 137
Love Notes • 612-306-7450 • lovenotesusa.com • Exhibit 315
MagnetStreet Weddings • 763-786-9400 • magnetstreetweddings.com • Exhibit 405

Music & Entertainment

Bands
Bellagala Big Band • 651-227-1202 • bellagala.com • Exhibit 524
Vic Volare & V.L.O. Orchestra • 612-396-2249 • vicvolare.biz • Exhibit 758

Ceremony & Reception Musicians
Baroque Trio • 651-633-7794 • thebaroquetrio.com • Exhibit 752
Dolce Wind Quintet • 612-522-5448 • dolcequintet.com • Exhibit 255

Disc Jockeys
Alpha Beat Entertainment Inc. • 651-338-5798 • alphabeat.net/weddings • Exhibit 608
Bellagala • 651-227-1202 • bellagala.com • Exhibit 540
Camelot Weddings • 612-729-4057 • camelot-weddings.com • Exhibit 715
Complete Music • 952-829-0341 • mn.cmusic.com • Exhibit 133
DJAY Sound & Light Shows, Inc. • 651-437-3344 • djaysound.com • Exhibit 343
FALTO DJ Sound & Light Shows • 651-253-4518 • falto-dj.com • Exhibit 302
High Frequency DJ • 651-592-0063 • highfrequencydj.com • Exhibit 702
Midwest Sound & Light Shows • 651-644-4111 • midwestsound.com • Exhibit 617
Musical Moments • 651-429-1115 • djmusicalmoments.com • Exhibit 449
Nightlife Entertainment • 952-884-9696 • nightlifedjs.com • Exhibit 235
Northern Lights Sound, Light, and Video Shows • 763-780-2275 • northernlightsdj.com • Exhibit 634
P.M. Enterprises Mobile DJ Service • 952-884-9469 • twincitiesdj.com • Exhibit 214
Sonic Sound Entertainment • 651-681-8236 • sonicsoundentertainment.com • Exhibit 254
The DJ Pro • 763-422-4028 • thedjpro.com • Exhibit 554
Untouchables Entertainment • 612-209-3031 • untouchablesentertainment.com • Exhibit 404

Fireworks
Hollywood Pyrotechnics, Inc. • 651-454-7976 • hollywoodpyrotechnics.com • Exhibit 157

Photography

Photobooths
Camelot Weddings • 612-729-4057 • camelot-weddings.com • Exhibit 715
Photo Booth Entertainment, Inc. • 651-423-9511 • photoboothentertainment.com • Exhibit 649
Photobooth Memories • 651-645-9024 • photoboothmemories.com • Exhibit 511
The Traveling Photo Booth • 612-605-9203 • thetravelingphotobooth.com • Exhibit 547

Photographers
Accent Photography • 763-383-0589 • accentphotography.com • Exhibit 408
Adams Street Photography • 763-544-1231 • adamsstreetphoto.com • Exhibit 242
Amazing Portraits & Photographic Design • 763-755-4464 • amazingportraits.com • Exhibit 447
Bellagala • 651-227-1202 • bellagala.com • Exhibit 540
Bjorn Meisner Photography • 763-221-3650 • bjornmeisnerphotography.com • Exhibit 504
C Wenthur Photography • 651-206-8331 • cwenthur.com • Exhibit 822
Camelot Weddings • 612-729-4057 • camelot-weddings.com • Exhibit 221
Dale Wecker Photography • 763-425-7616 • daleweckerphotography.com • Exhibit 741
Eddie Mulkeen Wedding Photography • 612-721-6900 • eddiemulkeen.com • Exhibit 435
Folio Studios • 612-822-6474 • foliostudios.com • Exhibit 534
Greg Jansen Photography • 612-825-1769 • gregjansenphotography.com • Exhibit 815
Jan Kentala Photography Inc. • 952-898-3227 • jankentala.com • Exhibit 603
Kay Michael Photography & Videography • 612-750-7722 • kaymichael.com • Exhibit 311
Lucy Marie Photography • 612-360-0808 • snazzyimages.com • Exhibit 348
Meghan Doll Photography • 612-825-7838 • meghandoll.com • Exhibit 417
Melissa Westereng Photography • 952-746-4553 • mwesterengphotography.com • Exhibit 610
Michael B Weddings • 612-825-1447 • michaelbweddings.com • Exhibit 440
Portrait Gallery • 763-427-5740 • portraitgallery.com • Exhibit 146
Steinland Photography • 952-250-3800 • steinland.org • Exhibit 304
Steve Madore Photography • 612-824-0656 • stevemadore.com • Exhibit 201
Steve Rouch Photography • 651-644-2184 • choicephoto.com • Exhibit 316
Studio J – Videography and Photography • 651-762-8452 • studiojphoto.com • Exhibit 514
Willow Weddings • 952-294-8061 • willowweddings.com • Exhibit 720

Reception Venues

Location Referrals
Meet Minneapolis • 612-767-8104 • minneapolis.org/weddings • Exhibit 334

Venues
317 On Rice Park / Wildside Caterers • 651-726-8800 • wildsidecaterers.com • Exhibit 615
Afton House Inn / Afton * Hudson Cruise Lines • 651-436-8883 • aftonhouseinn.com • Exhibit 746
Alabaster Grand Ballroom at Zuhrah Shrine Center • 612-871-3555 • zuhrahshrinecenter.com • Exhibit 145
BayView Event Center & Charter Cruises • 952-470-VIEW (8439) • bayviewevent.com • Exhibit 442
Chambers • 952-844-6551 • chambersminneapolis.com • Exhibit 1018
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory • 651-487-8282 • lancercatering.com • Exhibit 140
Crown Plaza St. Paul Riverfront • 651-292-1900 • ichotelsgroup.com • Exhibit 647
Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center – A Dolce Destination • 952-368-3100 • oakridge.dolce.com • Exhibit 817
Earle Brown Heritage Center • 763-569-6300 • earlebrown.com • Exhibit 516
Edinburgh USA • 763-315-8503 • lancercatering.com • Exhibit 140
Excelsior Bay Charters • 952-474-1171 • excelsiorbaycharters.com • Exhibit 151
Grand Hotel Minneapolis • 612-373-0411 • grandhotelminneapolis.com • Exhibit 803
Grand Rios Hotel • 763-367-5843 • grandrios.com • Exhibit 149
Great Wedding Train • Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad, Inc. • 715-635-3200 • greatweddingtrain.com • Exhibit 543
Hilton Minneapolis • 612-376-1000  Ext. 3131 • minneapolis.hilton.com • Exhibit 410
Holiday Inn – Metrodome • 612-638-4670 • metrodome.com • Exhibit 509
Lancer Catering • 651-290-9864 • lancercatering.com • Exhibit 140
Midland Hills Country Club • 651-631-0440 • midlandhillscc.org • Exhibit 437
Minnesota Zoo • 952-431-9200 • mnzoo.org • Exhibit 314
North Shore Resorts by Odyssey • 800-627-9565 • odysseydev.com • Exhibit 546
Padelford Packet Boat Company • 651-227-1100 • riverrides.com • Exhibit 730
Paradise Cruises of Lake Minnetonka & Mississippi River • 952-474-8058 • paradisechartercruises.com • Exhibit 754
Radisson Hotel Plymouth • 763-559-6600 • rhccweddings.com • Exhibit 753
Radisson Hotel Roseville • 651-636-4567 • radisson.com/rosevillemn • Exhibit 217
Riverwood Inn • 763-441-6833 • riverwoodinn.com • Exhibit 653
Science Museum of Minnesota • 651-221-2550 • smm.org • Exhibit 140
Sofitel Minneapolis • 952-835-1900 • sofitel-minneapolis.com • Exhibit 1021
South St. Paul Hotel & Conference Center • 651-455-3600 • ssphotel.com • Exhibit 738
St. James Hotel • 651-227-1800 • st-james-hotel.com • Exhibit 716
St. Paul College Club • 651-227-4477 • stpaulcollegeclub.com • Exhibit 208
Windows on Minnesota • 612-376-7455 • marquettehotel.com • Exhibit 901

Rehearsal Dinners

Azia Restaurant & Lounge • 612-813-5418 • aziarestaurant.com • Exhibit 261
Outback Steakhouse Catering • 952-876-6610 • outbackcateringmn.com • Exhibit 742

Showers, Parties & Gifts

Boat Charters
Excelsior Bay Charters • 952-474-1171 • excelsiorbaycharters.com • Exhibit 151

Gifts
Fantasy Gifts® • 877-313-GIFT • fantasygifts.com • Exhibit 309
Gift Baskets & Designs by Dee • 612-725-0029 • giftbasketsdesignsbydee.com • Exhibit 147

 

The Groom

Men’s Formal Wear
After Hours Formalwear • 8 Metro Locations • afterhours.com • Exhibit 508
Knights Formal Wear • 9 Metro Locations • knightsformalwear.com • Exhibit 246
Men’s Wearhouse • 800-776-SUIT • menswearhouse.com • Exhibit 646
Savvi Formalwear • 888-NICE-TUX • savviminnesota.com • Exhibit 434

Publications
Today’s Groom • 651-962-4555 • todaysgroomonline.com • Exhibit 453

Skincare
John Zeches Skincare • 612-670-2141 • johnzeches.com • Exhibit 260

Transportation

Limousines & Coaches
Cities Limousine & Transportation • 612-710-2030 • citieslimo.com • Exhibit 659
Sonic Limousine • 651-681-8236 • sonicsoundentertainment.com • Exhibit 360

Travel & Accommodations

Guest Accommodations
La Quinta Inn & Suites • 651-455-3600 • ssphotel.com • Exhibit 740

Resorts
Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior • 800-BLUEFIN • bluefinbay.com • Exhibit 207
Bluegreen Vacation Club • 952-852-7218 • bluegreenonline.com • Exhibit 153
Cayman Islands Department of Tourism • 630-705-0650 • caymanislands.ky • Exhibit 403
Cove Point Lodge • 800-598-3221 • covepointlodge.com • Exhibit 722
Elbow Lake Lodge • 800-441-1620 • elbowlake.com • Exhibit 155
Lalati Resort & Spa • 1-877-2LALATI • lalati-fiji.com • Exhibit 139
Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior • 800-258-8736 • lutsenresort.com • Exhibit 251
Superior Shores Resort • 800-242-1988 • superiorshores.com • Exhibit 215

Travel Agencies
Carrousel Travel • 612-866-2503 • carrouseltravel.com • Exhibit 341
Countryside Travel • 651-439-5312 • countrysidetravel.com • Exhibit 131
Travel N Click • 800-511-4074 • travelnclick.com • Exhibit 502
TwinCitiesHoneymoon.com • Carlson Wagonlit Travel • 763-231-8869 • twincitieshoneymoon.com • Exhibit 448

Videography

Video Reflections
VirtualFX Productions • 612-804-9678 • virtualfxproductions.com • Exhibit 756

Videographers
Bellagala • 651-227-1202 • bellagala.com • Exhibit 540
Camelot Weddings • 612-729-4057 • camelot-weddings.com • Exhibit 221
Digital Art House Video & Photo • 612-695-1226 • TheDigitalArtHouse.com • Exhibit 336
Landmark Wedding Films • 651-489-4677 • landmarkweddingfilms.com • Exhibit 709
MDR/Video • 952-891-3713 • mdrvideo.com • Exhibit 240
Twin Cities Video and DVD, Inc. • 612-558-6025 • twincitiesvideo2dvd.com • Exhibit 744
Your Story Video • 612-709-1849 • yourstoryvideo.net • Exhibit 213

Visit these exciting exhibits and more at The Wedding Fair on October 15. Exhibitor list as of printing 8/22/06.

Resource Guide

SET YOUR SITES

Afton House Inn and Afton * Hudson Cruise Lines
www.aftonhouseinn.com

Bellanotte

www.bellanotte.com

Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior
www.bluefinbay.com

Chateau St. Croix Winery and Vineyard

www.chateaustcroix.com

Cove Point Lodge
www.covepointlodge.com

The Depot

www.thedepotminneapolis.com

490 Summit
www.490summit.com

Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter
www.gasthausbavarianhunter.com

The Inn on Madeline Island
www.madisland.com

The Inn at Terrace Point
www.inatterracepoint.com

Lafayette Club

www.lafayetteclub.com

Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior

www.lutsenresort.com

McArthur’s Banquet & Reception Facility

www.gopherhills.com

Muffuletta
www.muffuletta.com

Nicollet Island Inn
www.nicolletislandinn.com

The Park at MOA
www.moacaterers.com

St. James Hotel

www.st-james-hotel.com

The Saint Paul Hotel

www.stpaulhotel.com

The Shout! House
www.theshouthouse.com

Sofitel Minneapolis
www.sofitel.com

Solera
www.solera-restaurant.com

Superior Shores Resort and Conference Center
www.superiorshores.com

Three Rivers Park District
www.threeriversparkdistrict.org

Treasure Island Resort and Casino

www.treasureislandcasino.com

The University Club of St. Paul
(Summit Avenue University Club, Downtown University Club, Stout’s Island Lodge, The Commodore Hotel)
www.universityclubofstpaul.com

Vista Fleet Lake Superior Cruises

www.vistafleet.com

Walker Art Center
www.walkerart.org/wolfgangpuck

Water Street Inn
www.waterstreetinn.us

Wabasha Street Caves
www.wbashastreetcaves.com

Capture The Moments

Perspective Studio Photography – Kate McGough
www.perspectivestudio.com

Steve Madore Photography
www.stevemadore.com

A Divine Meal

Three Sons Signature Cuisine
www.threesonssignature.com

Wuollet Bakery
www.wuollet.com

 

It’s in The Details

Aprés Party & Tent Rental
www.apresparty.com

Cain Wedding Stationery
www.cainweddingstationery.com

Debbie Turner Originals
www.debbieturneroriginals.com

Give My Regards To…
www.givemyregardsto.com

Letter Perfect
www.letterperfectmn.com

Love Notes Wedding Stationery and Accessories
www.lovenotesusa.com

Midway Party Rental
www.midwaypartyrental.com

Papeterie
www.papeterie.invitations.com

Polished Petals

www.polishedpetals.com

RSVP America
www.rsvpamerica.com

Studio B Floral
www.studiobfloral.com

Weddings by Design
www.mnweddingsbydesign.com

Entertainment

The Birchwood String Quartet
www.thebirchwoodstringquartet.com

Four Voices String Quartet

www.fourvoicesstringquartet.com

Minnesota Jazz Orchestra
www.minnesotajazzorchestra.com

Untouchables Entertainment
www.untouchablesentertainment.com

Beauty And Style

Brides of France
www.bridesoffrance.com

Centre for Distinctive Dentistry
(Ned A. Nippoldt, DDS)
www.drnippoldt.com

Consultative Skin Care
(Claudia Miller, RN, skin care specialist)
www.consultativeskincare.com

Galleria
www.galleriaedina.com

Gaviidae Common
(includes Neiman Marcus Bridal Salon, Studio Vincent, RF Moeller, Jessica McClintock, Indulge and Bloom and D’Amico Catering)
www.gaviidaecommon.com

Knights Formal Wear
www.knightsformalwear.com

Nancy Norling, DDS
www.drnorling.com

Our Shop
www.ourshopclothing.com

Wedding Day Jewlery

BNOX Gold & Iron
www.bnoxgold.com

Scheherazade
www.scheherazade.com

Security Jewelers
www.securityjewelers.com

ShopNBC
www.shopnbc.com

Vine & Branches Gallery
www.vbgallery.com

The Grand Finale/Honeymoons

Macy’s Travel
www.macystravel.com

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