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Ready, Set, Bridal!

The historic Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis recently unveiled their new Bridal Ready Room and were kind enough to let me tour it. Chances are you’ve been the bride or bridesmaid at a venue with a cramped little room without enough space, lighting, mirrors or all three. Nicollet Island Inn is a venue that realized the need for bridal parties to spread out, get pampered and most of all have fun while getting ready for the big event.

Here’s the finished product: isn’t it gorgeous?

Nicollet Island Inn Bridal Ready RoomConverted from one of the venue’s hotel rooms, the Bridal Ready Room has countertop space, plenty of outlets and a full bathroom. Ahh, bliss. The venue offers brides little extras to enjoy while getting ready including a personalized iPod, flowers, and an emergency kit.

Antique PhoneAdorable little touches like a working antique phone and a chandelier are details after my own heart.

Bridal Ready RoomBrides who book the venue also get a complimentary stay in the hotel. There’s also the option of renting just the Bridal Ready Room if they are getting married in the neighborhood and need a place to get ready. This is great for all the couples choosing to get married in the scenic St. Anthony Main area, which is full of picturesque wedding venues such as the nearby Nicollet Island Pavilion which partners for weddings with Nicollet Island Inn.

Nicollet Island Inn Grand Entrance“We wanted to make a space that was elegant and allows you to have fun,” Sarah Gruber, the Special Events Director, told me. “Getting ready is one of the funnest parts of your day.”



Spring Days & Rustic Chalets


Theodore Wirth CenterLast weekend I discovered a hidden gem of a venue. Nestled in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis by lakes, trails and a golf course, the Theodore Wirth Center has a rustic north woods vibe yet is somehow still sophisticated. I was on a panel at an event here, and was honestly charmed as it was much prettier than what I was expecting for a park venue. Inspired, I did an impromptu photo shoot that inspired this combo venue/outfit post.

One of the event attendees told me she’d seen photos of a wedding that was held here where all the guests wore flannel and dinner was a potluck. I can totally picture how that unique wedding theme would be a perfect fit for this venue, but a more traditional, smaller wedding or other party would also be cute in this cozy spot.

ChaletAnd the outside totally looks like a Swiss Chalet.

Navy with pink accentsOutfit details if you’re curious: Cardigan–Lilly Pulitzer, Dress–Target (also featured here), Tights–I don’t have any idea!

7 Event Design Trends for 2014

The Event GalleryLast month I attended The Event Gallery’s 2014 trend event, a showcase from local wedding and event vendors at The Event Gallery’s uptown Minneapolis space.

Here are seven standout trends to consider for event planning in the upcoming year.

Farm to Table

farm to tableFarmer’s markets, eating local and organic everything are all so big right now, it’s no surprise that incorporating farm-inspired, nature-sourced elements into event décor is a popular wedding trend for 2014. This can include using re-purposed, found and salvaged objects, such as the pallets that form the backdrop for this scene. Farm to Table is a perfect theme for sustainability-minded couples. With vegetables and fruits taking center stage in lieu of a traditional floral centerpiece, the decorations look good enough to eat. Stylist: Girl Friday & The Vintage Type Floral: European Floral Rentals: The Vintage Type Stationary: A Milestone Paper Co.

Sequin Sweetheart

pink sequin tableIndulge in all the sequins, glitter, gold and pink your heart desires. Sequin tablecloths, glitter details, chandelier-inspired centerpieces, satin napkins and pink roses make a luxurious and glam statement. The little details of the glitter-dipped miniature champagne bottles and gold silverware are the perfect finishing touches to bring the look together. Whether you want this whole look or just a touch a touch of sparkle for your event, there is a lot to be inspired by in this set up by Linen Effects.

Donut Bar

Donut BarFollowing on the heels of the popular cupcake trend, donuts are rising to the top. There’s something charmingly retro about the deep-fried pastries and this display really showcases that charm. This vintage-glam donut and dessert bar features non-traditional flavors that will surprise and delight guests. Like cupcakes, the donut bar gives a selection of sweets choices to attendees. To round out the variety, meringues or macaroons make a lovely addition too. Rentals: The Vintage Type Donuts: Glam Doll Donuts

How Do You Know…? Pins

who do you know pinsThis is such a brilliant idea, I don’t know why I’ve never seen this done at a wedding before. A display of pins lets guest select and wear the one that best describes how they know the happy couple. It’s a genius way to help attendees break the ice and get to know one another, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing it used more and more often in wedding seasons to come. Stationary: By Stelie Designs

Laser Cut Stationary

stationaryCustom invitations get a new edge with laser cut designs. The detail and level of customization you can get with a laser cut process is unbelievable.  Design by A Milestone Paper Co.

Realistically Detailed Cakes

tree cake See the oak leaves and tree bark? That’s all marzipan, baby. This style of frosted masterpiece, well, takes the cake. Created by The Cake Divaz.

Yarn Bomb

Yarn Bomb CenterpieceYarn takes center stage as a backdrop, decoration and centerpiece in this textural, fiber arts inspired display by Girl Friday. Knitting skills not required! Stylist: Girl Friday Tablecloth, Plates, Glasswear: Mani Mela Floral: European Floral Stationary: Stelie Designs

So there you have some amazing trend inspiration to kick off your event planning for 2014. Which event trends have you seen lately and loved?

Green Weddings

Bridesmaids dressesWho knew that weddings could be so bad for the environment? These are some tips for how to plan a more green, eco-chic wedding day.

Barnwood AccentsAs mentioned in the article, Barnwood accents, such as these by Lisa Curry Designs, are one of the ways to add eco-chic flair to your big day.

Lowertown Event Center

Last month I attended the Twin Cities Wedding Professionals winter party at Lowertown Event Center. This group is always a ton of fun for networking and socializing, and the parties are always amazing.

chocolate trufflesThis one featured a truffle buffet by Kevin Lindee of Ganache: Truffles for Every Occassion.They tasted even better than they look!

lowertown event centerLowertown Event Center is a unique space (aren’t the exposed stone walls the coolest?) with plenty of lounge nooks built into the event floor space. It’s located in downtown St. Paul.

I’ll take more and better photos at the next TCWP event. More wedding-related posts to come soon!

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