Behind the Wedding: The Reception Venue

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May 18, 2009

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The choice of venue for the reception was perhaps the easiest decision I made.  We were set on St. Paul for the location, so I set up tours for 317 on Rice Park, The James J. Hill Library, The MN Boat Club and Christos Union Depot.  It was no contest.  We walked into the Union Depot and I knew this was where the celebration was supposed to take place.  First of all, it’s steeped in history, having been used as a train depot starting in the 1920’s.  The selection of a train station as our venue set the tone for our global-inspired travel theme and everything else took shape from there.

So besides having a stunning venue that needed NO decoration, the site also came with a few other perks, namely:

1.  Greek Food from Christos, the designated caterer for the site – For those of you who haven’t eaten at a Christos restaurant, it’s a must!  Authentic Greek food at its best and for a very reasonable price in the Twin Cities.  It was the perfect choice for us because it met our criteria of being different than a traditional wedding and our first kiss happened after eating out at a Greek restaurant.

2.  Georgia, the on-site wedding coordinator – Georgia was one of the best wedding presents a bride could receive.  She made my life SOOO easy, offering suggestions as to what has and hasn’t worked in the space based on her extensive experience.  She was also very open to my crazy ideas – such as a wedding painter, calypso band with steel drums, etc.  She insisted that no one from my immediate family stop at the site the day of – her staff would execute our wishes to perfection.  And that they did.  Unbelieveable service!  They assisted with clean-up, handed out sparklers before our exit and invited the guests through the buffet 2 or 3 times.  This is the kind of service that you don’t find often.  We were delighted!  I would hire them again in a heartbeat.  There is no price you can put on the gift of being able to relax on the big day!

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