How Do I Find the Perfect Wedding Venue?

Wedding Venues

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You’re engaged? Congratulations! This is such an exciting time in your life, and you should soak up every minute of being engaged. The biggest decision you’ll make during your wedding planning process is your wedding venue. But once you find this, everything else will fall into place! That’s where we come in. We’re Bellagala, and our goal is to make your wedding planning experience the most convenient it can be. We have three wedding venue sister companies throughout the twin cities, and can’t wait to share them with you. 


At A’BULAE it is not just about the ceremony and reception, but more about a complete full day experience for you and your guests. In addition to our breathtaking rooftop and panoramic skyline views, floor-to-ceiling windows, and luxurious modern designs we also have a gorgeous bridal suite for getting ready, the ultimate groom's lounge and game room for the guys (they need a little pampering too), a lounge and bar, integrated lighting, digital decor, and more! We offer both indoor and outdoor ceremony options, a beautiful reception space, on-site parking, exclusive catering, and a gorgeous outdoor space on the rooftop.

Check out some beautiful weddings:

Bavaria Downs 

As you enter the sprawling 240-acre property, you will quickly be whisked into the most romantic, european wedding venue in Minnesota. From the lush, rolling hills to the wildflower-filled meadows that give way to acres of noble oak tree groves, you will fall in love and know that this is the place where you want to say your “I Do’s”. Bavaria Downs is truly an event venue that provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your guests. We offer both outdoor and indoor ceremony options, a cocktail hour space in our unique estate, and a ballroom that will leave your guests mesmerized. Our color-changing LED ballroom ceiling is sure to WOW your guests. Our whimsical bridal suite makes every bride feel like a princess, and we have the worlds best man cave for the groom to enjoy. 

Check out some beautiful weddings:

Van Dusen Mansion

The Van Dusen Mansion is an absolutely breathtaking and enchanting property that is steeped in rich history, grand design, and absolute splendor, this venue is perfect for your wedding. The stunning historic castle-like mansion was built in 1892 for George Washington Van Dusen and his wife, Nancy, as their primary residence. And although it remained in their family for decades, it was eventually abandoned and faced demolition. In a true fairytale-like manner, a heroic investor swept in and bought the property only TWO weeks before the demolition. Bringing to life the true purpose for its being, to become the most enchanting, unique fairytale wedding venue in Minnesota.

The Van Dusen Mansion offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony options, a beautiful ballroom, unique reception space, exclusive catering, bridal and groom suites, on-site parking, and a gorgeous outdoor courtyard.


Our wedding venues have won The Knot’s Best of Weddings for 10 years, were the 2019 couple’s choice for Wedding Wire, and have been recognized numerous times over the years.  When it comes to your wedding day, we want to make it as special as possible. Your wedding venue is more than just a space, it’s your home. 


It’s no secret that 2020 was a hard year for many, and that the wedding industry took a hit from Covid-19. We often pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve, and adapting quickly when needed. Covid-19 was no different, as we quickly adapted to offering virtual tours, petite wedding packages, and enhanced safety precautions. We will continue to do our best during the pandemic, and adjust as needed to ensure a safe and beautiful event for our couples and their guests. 

Wedding Venue Tips

  • All three of our wedding venues are all-inclusive. This means that we take care of all the little things; like tables, chairs, linens, centerpiece options, table numbers, charger plates, etc., so that you can sit back and enjoy being engaged. 
  • Have you ever considered a weekday wedding? Across all of our venues, Thursday weddings are some of our most popular options. Not only do weekday weddings save some money, but they also allow for many other benefits (like an entire wedding weekend!). 
  • As we said before, your wedding venue is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make for your wedding. We know how stressful shopping for your venue can be! We’ve put together some of our best advice for the do’s and don’ts of wedding venue shopping. 

We are always keeping an eye out for the best trends. Right now, we’re obsessed with neon signs, pastel bridesmaids dresses, and all the dramatic floral arrangements.