Photo courtesy of Cannon River Winery
The ceremony space at Cannon River Winery.
Finding a ceremony and reception location in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area is no easy feat. With dozens and dozens of possible venues to choose from, narrowing the list down to a handful of places to tour was without a doubt the most stressful (albeit, still exciting!) part of wedding planning. Here’s a run-down of how we managed to weed through all of the prospects and finally narrow our pick to the perfect venue for our day.
At the time of our engagement, my fiancé and I did not have any real ties to a particular church—and we didn’t feel right about getting married in a random one just for the sake of tradition. With this in mind, we knew that we needed to find a venue that could accommodate both our ceremony and reception. We liked the idea of having it somewhere that felt unique and different from other weddings we had been to in the past, so from here, I started my search using The Knot venue finder. This particular tool was a great resource and introduced me to options that I never would have found on my own.
Over the course of a few weeks, I reached out to and researched dozens of locations. In some cases, I was able to rule them out right away, based on costs and other details that didn’t fit our vision. For others, I set up appointments to view them in person. In all, we visited four different venues, each of which couldn’t have been more different from the last. Two of the locations were ruled out almost immediately, as they weren’t as visually appealing in person as we’d hoped, but the last two made things more difficult. Our final decision came down to a downtown St. Paul event space and the Cannon River Winery. Although the logistics of the St. Paul location couldn’t have been better, and the reception space was gorgeous, we simply couldn’t picture ourselves saying “I do” in the area designated for the ceremony. It didn’t feel special enough for such an important day. This is why we decided to choose the Cannon River Winery.
While Cannon Falls is not a town we had spent time in prior to selecting our venue, its charm has quickly grown on us. With both of us growing up in small towns, it felt more “us” than anywhere else we had looked—and the ceremony space out at the vineyard is to die for. We could be taking our chances with an outdoor ceremony in May, but with a roof over everyone’s heads, we are crossing our fingers that a springtime shower won’t affect our plans in the least.
Once our date was set and the deposit was made, we felt an immediate sense of relief to have such a big piece of the wedding planning puzzle complete. I can truly say that’s when it all started becoming more real, and it was a great feeling knowing exactly where I would be on the day Blaine becomes my husband.