Destination I Do
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Destination Wedding Minneapolis: A Modern Dream

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Denver Smith Photography

The method with which couples choose where to hold their destination wedding varies. For Lindsey and Brad it was all about the venue. Lindsey always wanted to say “I do” at the Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis, MN and it was a convenient trip from their Chicago home.

“We loved the idea of having our wedding and reception in the same room and the Graves 601 Hotel didn’t feel like we were getting married in just any old ballroom,” recalls the bride. “We also loved that our guests got to really enjoy the evening without having to think about what to do and where to go next. It was a seamless transition from start to finish and our guests loved it.”

This is one of the larger destination weddings Destination I Do has ever featured with a guest list of close to 300 people! Having such a big wedding was bittersweet for the couple. “The biggest thing [for a venue] was the ability to house nearly 300 people in one location,” says Lindsey. “More than half our guests were from out of town and I loved the idea of having our wedding at a place where people could stay overnight and also attend our nuptials without leaving the hotel. Because we were having such a large wedding, the Graves 601 gave us an amazing rate for our guests."

The couple’s guests took advantage of the Minneapolis location and spent the weekend going to sports games including a Vikings game and Twins baseball game. The couple’s venue was also convenient in that the airport’s train has a stop just two blocks from the lobby front doors.

Aside from convenience, the couple’s venue had exactly the feel they were going for with their wedding. “The hotel itself is a work of art, combining modern clean lines with warm contemporary lighting,” recalls the bride. “I really like modern style, but my mom always reminded me throughout the process that I should keep the feeling of the wedding warm and loving.”

In the end, the couple not only got the destination wedding of their dreams, but they saved money along the way. The couple’s hometown of Chicago is a much more expensive place to get married and with nearly 300 guests every penny saved is worth it. Lindsey has some final words of advice for other couples considering a destination wedding.

“Really take time to enjoy the whole process start to finish. It goes by so fast and all the little things that cause so much stress never really matter on the big day. Weddings are filled with so much love and happiness, take the time to enjoy the moment with your special someone because for that day it is all about the two of you.”

Photographer: Denver Smith Photography
Wedding Planner: Cynthia Thompson
Venue: the Graves 601 Hotel
Florist: Abby Anderson with Skinner Jones Floral Design
Cakes: Buttercream
Gown Designer: Melissa Sweet
Groom’s Clothing Designer: J Lindenberg Suit and Hugo Boss

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