- Livy Traczyk
Everyone knows that websites such as The Knot (and now the Knot App) are great resources for planning a wedding. However, Visit St. Paul—the Official Convention and Visitor's Center Bureau for Minnesota's capital city—has a similar resource for those looking for something a little bit closer to home: idosaintpaul.com.
idosaintpaul.com is a website run by people who know the city best, and it's no small detail to add that their services are entirely free. And now, with the passing of the Freedom to Marry Bill, Visit St.Paul has expanded its wedding resources to include, and encourage, same-sex marriages.
"We would type, 'weddings in St. Paul' and the bigger websites were coming up with stuff in Minneapolis. There's a need here for people who are looking to have a wedding in St. Paul to work with people who have offices here, and talk face-to-face with these people," Adam Johnson of Visit St. Paul told Aisle File. "Same-sex couples want the same services that straight couples are offered, and now we can do that." Stephanie Madden works exclusively with brides and grooms to figure out the best option for their St. Paul wedding. After the couple submits an online form indicating which services they are interested in, she contacts various vendors about their availability. We all know that narrowing down our options can be the trickiest part, and while Madden won't make any major decisions for you, she will be able to list the Pros and Cons of the different variables. And now, with the gay marriage officially sanctioned, she has even more clients to work with. "The beauty of it [the Freedom to Marry Bill] is in its simplicity," she says. "There are no new services, but we just got an entirely new enormous base of clients who now have the right to take advantages of our services. And we've already seen one same-sex wedding request come in for September." Whether you need just a hotel block, or the whole gamut of wedding services from photographer to florist, idosaintpaul.com is equipped to assist any couple that desires a St.Paul wedding. We can only hope that an App is on the way. . .