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Minneapolis Marriott Northwest will be at the Perfect Wedding Show

October 26, 2012

flowers: Jenny Burtt Florist

Planning a wedding? Need some great ideas? We’ll meet you at the Perfect Wedding Show this Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Earle Brown Center in Brooklyn Center.  Learn more about the Minneapolis Marriott NW venue, our Fairytale Wedding Package, and everything we have to offer you for your perfect day. Dozens of other vendors will have everything else you need for your wedding. Buy your tickets to the show here to take advantage of the buy-one-get-one free special.  We hope to see you there!

Planning Your Perfect Holiday Themed Wedding

October 24, 2012

Every year when we decorate our Christmas tree, I fondly hang my ornaments and admire those that symbolize important eras or life memories.  Gold car keys from the year I turned 16.  A glittering ring from the year my husband proposed.  A green ornament from the year my sister got married.  Her Christmastime wedding was beautiful, sparkly, magical—and thankfully blizzard free.

There are many ways to make your wedding special and personal. Here are some wedding planning tips especially for those couples whose weddings fall near a holiday.

Halloween cake toppers. Photo credit: EmbracingChaos

Halloween Weddings

I’ve heard of brides who are huge Halloween fans having costume parties for their wedding.  If this fits you, great–go goth!  If not, you can always go subtle.  For example, you could choose nontraditional colors for the bride’s dress and groom’s tux.  Or the bride could wear a sash of a different color or accent her gown with some antique jewelry or a unique veil.

Rather than traditional flowers, you could use pumpkins, gourds, colored “Indian” corncobs, crab apples, even bundles of grain; orange and white candles and strands of Halloween lights for décor.

You could have a special punch served out of a cauldron or bundles of Halloween candies for favors.  Have the deejay play a few Halloween songs, such as the “Ghostbusters” theme, “Thriller” and “Monster Mash.”

Christmas wedding favor. Photo credit: Brides

Christmas Weddings

One nice thing about a Christmas wedding is that if you have the ceremony at a church it will already be decorated for the holidays.  For color palettes you could go with red and green, but also combos such as blue and silver or white and silver.  For decorations you co  uld incorporate snowflakes, poinsettias, holly, red cranberries, pine boughs or twinkling white Christmas lights.  Incorporating holiday beverages can be a nice touch—think eggnog, spiced wine and hot chocolate.

One cute idea I saw online is to provide props for fun photos of guests, who can try on Santa or elf hats, reindeer antlers or candy cane hair bands.

You can have favors of Christmas ornaments or bunches of Christmas candy canes or chocolate peppermint truffles.

If your wedding day falls near a holiday, you can go in fully and embrace the theme or add subtle touches.  It’s your special day, and you can choose to incorporate holiday themes as much or as little as suits you. At Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, one of the top wedding venues in the Twin Cities, our team will work with you to take your vision to the next level and help you create your perfect holiday wedding.

Meet our Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Meeting Planners

October 5, 2012

While hosting a large event can at first feel stressful, the top-notch staff at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest makes it as easy on you as possible.  From the facility’s beautiful, newly renovated décor to its premier chef, people who’ve hosted conferences, galas, reunions or weddings can’t believe how wonderful their event turns out.  The meeting planners are warm and personable yet detail oriented—absolute experts.

Lisa Medici, senior event planner

Lisa loves to collect all of the details and see an event come together successfully as planned.  Whether she’s working with the chef on a specific menu request, talking to the audio/visual expert or asking advice about implementing a creative décor concept, she gets great satisfaction out of her job.

“Thanks to our new renovation we have an excellent product, and we also have the quality to back up that product,” Lisa says.  “Our chef is extremely experienced and our staff bend over backwards to help you.  We definitely make our clients feel at home—we make an effort to find out their special needs or likes and dislikes, we pay attention to the little details.”

Lisa went to the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and has been in the hospitality industry for her entire working life.  She’s worked at a variety of country clubs and hotel facilities and has been in the industry for eight years.  She also loves developing relationships with her clients and making the process fun for them. Read more…

Fall Trends for Minnesota Weddings

September 28, 2012

As the cool weather moves in, some couples are getting ready to cozy down—for good.  Plus, the autumn season with colorful foliage and natural outdoor beauty make fall a great time of year to get married.  Here are some of the top wedding trends for this fall.

  • Emphasize individuality and originality.  No more cookie cutter weddings—the sky’s the limit as brides and grooms choose wedding details that reflect their personalities and interests.  From favorite foods and ethnic dishes to homemade boutonnieres ala etsy, feel free to include unique details in your wedding ceremony or reception.  At a recent wedding I attended, the bride and groom hired a salsa instructor to teach guests at the reception.  At another, the bride’s dietary restrictions meant that instead of a cake, dessert was a tower of gluten-free treats.
  • Jewel tones and rich tones.  According to a number of websites, this year’s trends are crisp tones with saturated pops of color.  For example, slate gray with deep emerald green, champagne with magenta and purple, or gold and silver with a bright berry red.  You could also incorporate rich hues like wheat, burgundy and chocolate brown—colors that are “autumnal” in feel.
  • Different but unified.  Matching bridesmaids used to be the norm, but now the trend is to have dresses that are different but unified.  For example, dresses that are each different in style, cut and neckline but of similar hues—less matching but with some unifying theme.  This extends to decorations, with different tables having their own centerpieces, table numbers and place cards.  Just be sure to keep everything unified so that it comes together with an overall polished look.
  • More than white.  A big trend in wedding gowns is to stray from the typical white into blush, off-white, pastel, even light tans.
  • Think local.  Many brides and grooms are going with local flowers and other décor and specialty regional foods.
  • Desserts of all sizes.  First it was cupcakes, now it’s mini-desserts of all types.  Mini pies, mini tarts, dessert tables and candy buffets.  Some couples elect to have one official wedding cake for tradition’s sake, but add other favorite desserts to reflect their personalities.

Let your imagination be your guide.  Talk to the planners at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, one of the top wedding venues in the Twin Cities, for more ideas on making your day truly magical.

Inside the Newest All-Suite Event Hotel in the Twin Cities

September 27, 2012

We could call it “Extreme Make Over:  Home Away from Home Edition” or perhaps “Extreme Hotel Make Over.”  Either way, we think we’d have a winning idea showcasing $24 million in renovations. Our fresh and spacious lobby, guest suites, and event spaces make us one of the best hotels in the Twin Cities. Whether you’re looking for a high-tech event facility or a beautiful space to hold a wedding, whether your plans include business travel or a weekend getaway – take a look at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest.

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Top 10 To Dos Before You Say “I Do”

September 7, 2012

You’ve fallen in love and it’s official—there’s a wedding to plan.  But before you can walk down the aisle, there are lists upon lists of to dos to do before you can say “I do.”  So what should you do first?

  • Budget.  It’s not fun to crunch numbers but it’s a must.  No couple wants to begin their lives together deeply in debt, so be realistic and talk frankly with parents or others who wish to contribute to your wedding.  The budget is going to determine everything else on this list, so start here—before you fall in love with a designer wedding gown that’s nowhere close to being in your price range.
  • Venue.  The availability of your favorite venue is a huge factor.  Popular Twin Cities wedding venues will book quickly so reserve your ceremony and reception sites as soon as possible.  This will determine the “when” and “where” of your wedding.  Don’t forget to think of your guests, keeping in mind transportation and ease of getting to and from the ceremony to the reception, places where guests can stay, and other factors to make their experience an enjoyable one.  Twin Cities hotel weddings are popular because they offer a beautiful space for the ceremony and reception as well as convenience for guests who may prefer to stay in the same building.
  • Officiant.  You can’t get married without someone performing the ceremony.  If you attend a large house of worship you may need to reserve the officiant as soon as you know the when and where of your ceremony.  One wedding trend is to have a friend or family member officiate (after they receive their legal credentials of ordination as required by law).
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Eating Well at Hotels in the Twin Cities

August 28, 2012

marriott hotel restaurant minnesotaInside the Kitchen at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest

We believe you should be well, sleep well and eat well when you’re away from home. When you’re traveling it can be tough to try to do all of that – but it can be done.

Come inside our kitchen at the new Minneapolis Marriott Northwest and dig in!  We recently chatted with our Executive Chef Michael Harper about the food he loves, what you can expect at Wadsworth and at an event at the Marriott, and what he loves to cook for his family.

A little background on Chef Harper
Chef Harper joined the hotel in February but he’s been cooking for more than 42 years. He led the culinary team at Wildside Caterers in St. Paul for more than 10 years – feeding massive crowds at the 2004 NHL All Star Week and the 2008 Republican National Convention. Before coming to St. Paul, Chef Harper worked at four and five star hotels and premiere private resorts – providing guests with delicious food while they traveled.

Chef Harper was the first American graduate with a full European apprenticeship from Westminster Technical College in London, England, and was named one of Americas Top 10 Young Chefs in the National Restaurant News.

What is your approach to food?

My approach to food is:  Real food! Great food!! Food should be simple, food should be full of flavor, food should be fresh. Eating is a part of life and great cuisine enhances the soul. If it has a classical name it must be prepared using the classical recipe. No ifs ands or creative buts here. Cooking is a lifestyle.

What do you cook at home?
I love my grill at home so a great steak with grilled pizza dough brushed with garlic and herbs is one of my favorites. If you would ask my kids they would say fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Read more…

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