6 Things You Must Know Before Getting Married in Minnesota

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6 Things You Must Know Before Getting Married in Minnesota

Your wedding in Minnesota will be unlike that in any other state or country. Not just because you are you and you’re an individual. Here in the land of 10,000 lakes couples getting married will be wise to heed the following advice for getting married in Minnesota.

  1. There are a ton of free and low cost wedding fairs.
    Go to them, meet vendors, get ideas, broaden your Minnesota wedding horizon and make it easier on yourself.
    Three Rivers Parks, Big Fake Wedding, Wedtoberfest, The Wedding Fair, The Wedding Guys, Forever Bride Market, The Wedding Experience, St. Cloud Wedding Expo, Lakes Area Wedding Expo.

  2. Wedding season is May through October because winters are cold and it snows.
    That means if you would like to get married May through October be prepared for peak season rates and book your must have vendors well in advance. For venues, that could be a year plus out, for vendors, that’s 8-12 months (best practice).

    If you’re having a winter wedding be cognizant of how far guests will travel. Best practice is to have your ceremony and reception at the same location, even better if it’s walking distance to the hotel.

  3. Your wedding day is just one day.
    Albeit a really important day, but still just a small blip in the whole span of your life together as a couple. Keep your cool, pace yourself planning and enjoy the process. Hiring a wedding planner, or at minimum a day of coordinator, is key to a happy engagement.

  4. Your family means well and wants to help. Help them help you.
    If you’ve got a large or small Minnesotan family that you come from or are marrying into, let it be known that said members will want to help. That might mean as little as giving unsolicited wedding advice at the most inconvenient times, or it might mean baking 250 Rice Krispie treat hearts dipped in pink frosting with gold sparkles on top.

    Make a list of things you might want people to help with, make another list of people who might want to help with wedding things. Connect the dots and equip yourself with answers for the, “How can I help, can I do anything for you?” questions.

  5. Not every county requires you to sign your marriage license.
    In fact, Hennepin is the only county I know of that has the couple sign their own marriage license. But guess what!? “You may apply for a marriage license in any county in Minnesota regardless of residence or where the ceremony takes place, if you are going to be married within the geographical borders of Minnesota.” Wootie. Woot.

  6. You’re going to go over budget.
    Not to be a Debbie Downer, just trying to be Realistic Rosie. The average cost of a wedding in Minnesota is hovering right around $26,000 and the majority of that money goes towards food and venue rental. Set your budget low, hire help, make compromises and don’t stress out on the things you splurge on.

    Yes, I said hire help. Protect your investment by ensuring that the day you plan is actually a day you enjoy having.

There you have, 6 Things You Must Know Before Getting Married in Minnesota. I bet you have a million more questions though. Not to worry. I’d love to help. Click here to get the conversation started about your Minnesota wedding day.

Prosperity, Love & Happiness,
Josey

P.S. Header photo by Minnesota wedding photographer Alice HQ, want to see more real Minnesota weddings? Check them out below:

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WEDDING ROOM BLOCKS

WEDDING ROOM BLOCKS

READY, SET, WED | DAY 3

If you've never before had to reserve a wedding room block, then perhaps you are scratching your head and wondering, 'how does this work?'.

And in that case, I'd love for you to sit back, listen, take notes but know I've already done that for you in the show notes/blog post, and learn How to Book a Wedding Room Block.

Scroll down and click on the audio link in the download section. Press play and then come back here for the notes. 

Refer to your workbook for your hotel worksheet, you'll use this when going through the inquiry process.

PLEASE NOTE: The audio contains whistling and it's not the best whistling I ever whistled.

NOTES:

STEP 1: DETERMINE HOW MANY PEOPLE MIGHT NEED A HOTEL ROOM

STEP 2: GOOGLE MAP HOTELS 

STEP 3: CHOOSE A MAXIMUM OF 3 HOTELS
Use this fancy app from The Knot, to narrow it down.

STEP 4: CALL AND CONFIRM
Say something like this:

“I am interested in creating a room block for my wedding on X DATE, can you please tell me if you have X number of rooms or more available?”


STEP 5: RELAY THE ROOM BLOCK INFORMATION TO YOUR WEDDING GUESTS

Tell guests that they should book their room 1 week before the actual day that rooms will be released. Hotels release room blocks (or they allow non-wedding guests to book the rooms they had set aside for you and your guests) generally 30 days or so before your wedding day. They do this so that if you miscalculated the number of rooms you will need they can still make money. Oh the joys of commerce.

STEP 6: CARE ABOUT THE BONUSES
Some of my very favorite bonuses? Upgrades to the suite, free shuttle, post-wedding champagne.

 

 

Don't forget to use the workbook worksheet when you get to work calling hotels. #werkwerkwerkwerkwerk

Header image by Aaron T Photo

DETERMINING A WEDDING BUDGET

DETERMINING A WEDDING BUDGET

DETERMINING YOUR WEDDING WANTS

DETERMINING YOUR WEDDING WANTS

READY, SET, WED | DAY 1

You are on your way to planning your wedding, and just like any good adventure, you'll get where you're going much happier if you have a plan.

Creating a map, having an idea of where you want to end up will really help you keep your sanity, make decision more quickly (and only make them once), and ultimately lead you to the best day of your lives.

P.S. Just watching Pride and Prejudice for the umpteenth time, and don't you just love that part where Mr. Darcy says, "I love you, most ardently."

BAH! Just think about that while talking about what you want for your wedding.

You want someone to come tromping through the meadow at dawn just to tell you that he still loves you and wants you to marry him. *SIGH* (ignore the pronouns, focus on the love story).

Step 1: Print the worksheet
Step two: Watch the video to get warmed up
Step three: Fill out the printable, separately, but together.
Step four: Listen to the soothing sounds of my voice, prompting you to talk and to listen.  

 

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Header image by Aaron T Photo