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By: Allison Turnberg | Posted: 08/01/2014
Maybe you won’t admit it aloud, but planning a wedding can sometimes cause enough stress to make you want to toss up your hands and throw in the towel. And as the big day draws near, your to-do list looms overhead and grows longer by the hour: guest transportation, rehearsal dinner reservations, and last-minute runs to the store for disaster relief. If you haven’t already ripped all your hair out by now, you just might while sitting in traffic to your hair appointment.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to take care of the whole shebang in one spot? Hotels are often a good option if you’re trying to minimize location changes, and when Radisson Blu at the Mall of America announced the opening of its new Solimar Spa, it cemented its reputation as a prime one–stop wedding shop.
So, for your enjoyment, Aisle File has broken down what a wedding day at the Radisson Blu would look like. And don’t worry—no trip to the Chapel of Love required.
12 p.m., the day before: Out-of-town family and friends start pouring in. You don’t even have to delegate someone to be the official “airport picker-upper” because, that’s right, the LRT will take them from baggage claim to big, comfy hotel bed.
7 p.m., the night before: Mingling with your loved ones over crafted cocktails and farm-to-table eats from executive chef Paul Lynch, the rehearsal dinner at FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar was a total hit—and not just because no one had to fight over cab fare at the end of the night.
8 a.m., the morning of: Your big day has arrived! Maybe you wake up with an energizing workout at the fitness center, because, hey, you’ve gotta look good in that strapless sweetheart. Or maybe you just take a dip in the pool. We won’t tell.
10 a.m.: The pampering begins. You and your maids head to Solimar for hair, makeup, manis, and pedis. By the way, touch-ups are complimentary, so let those tears flow when you see your groom in his tux for the first time.
1 p.m.: Everyone is getting dressed and, yup, one of your bridesmaids forgot her strapless bra. Nope, she’s not joking. Good thing someone can run into the mall and back for a new one in 15 minutes flat (or you can even enlist the help of the hotel’s shopping program). Maybe they can grab you a latte on the way back, too.
3 p.m.: It’s finally time to walk down the aisle. Between The Lakes Ballroom, the Minnetonka Ballroom, the Harriet Room, the Cedar Room, and Nokomis, your guest list will be accommodated—no matter what the size.
4:30 p.m.: While the Radisson Blu staff preps for the reception, unleash your guests on Nickelodeon Universe. Maybe some will even be courageous enough to try the new zip line. You and your wedding party should head over there, too. A picture with a giant Spongebob statue? Priceless.
6 p.m.: Everyone reconvenes for a reception filled with toasts, dancing, noshing, and, most importantly, celebrating the bride and groom.
1 a.m.: You don’t have to worry about navigating to the hotel after a night of endless champagne. You and your brand new spouse can retire to your room in wedded bliss with one quick elevator ride.
9 a.m., the morning after: Indulge in a couples massage at Solimar to unwind and revel in your newlywed status before the farewell brunch.
And that’s how an MOA-centric wedding is done, a la Aisle File.
Emily Howald Sefton is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s deputy features editor and Mpls.St.Paul Weddings’ editor. See bio
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