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When it comes to your wedding venue, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Church and country club weddings are great, but if that doesn’t seem like the right fit for your personality or the vibe of your big day, don’t feel like you have to settle. In fact, unique wedding venues are a huge trend in the Twin Cities bridal industry right now, with couples flocking to art galleries, mansions, wineries, even breweries to tie the knot.
“Think of the space as a shell you get to recreate with your wedding,” advise Marsha Hunt and Bridget Connell of Haute Flower Boutique. We tapped the dynamic duo, known for their exquisite flower arrangements and flawless planning, to give Mpls.St.Paul Weddings the lowdown on how to find the perfect space and make it work for your wedding.
Find the space that speaks to you. Just like the perfect guy, finding the perfect venue can take some soul searching. “Whatever space speaks to the personality of the couple is the best one for them,” Marsha says. Ask yourself where you would be found on any given weekend. Exploring food trucks? Ask a few to cater your wedding and have your guests order from the curbside. Cozying up in your apartment? Have your ceremony in an urban loft. “If the space is anchored to the couple, then it will speak for itself,” Marsha adds.
Work with what you’ve got. Work with the angles, lighting, and pieces that are already there. If you’re getting married in a winery, does it have wine barrels available for use? Put your floral arrangements in them. Or if your space has high, lofted ceilings, for example, hang your flower arrangements from above.
Think ahead. Keep in mind that you’re often selecting your venue months before the actual wedding date, so it’s important to visualize the space at the time of year the ceremony will take place. Lighting, for example, could be completely different in the summer versus the dead of winter. “If you’re getting married in December, you’ll most likely be taking your vows in the dark,” Bridget says. “We recently had a couple say their vows in front of a large, beautiful window that not only made the most of the natural light, but looked over the sparkling snow below.”
Above all, the team advises couples to enjoy the venue-hunting process. “Do your research and have fun with it,” they say. “With unique spaces you want it to be memorable, and to really do that, you have to make it yours.”
Marsha and Bridget’s Favorite Spaces
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