Real Weddings: A City-Style Wedding
The Perfect Find
About the Couple: As a Minneapolis native Kyle couldn't picture having her wedding any where other than the Twin Cities. Kyle and Brian wanted elegant and modern in the heart of downtown Minneapolis where they currently live.
After visiting nearly every wedding dress store in the Twin Cities, Kyle found her dream dress at the House of Brides in Hopkins, Minnesota. This Maggie Sottero dress had the "princess dress" feel Kyle was looking for.
Budget Saver: Choosing a dress with a lace-up corset can save money on spendy alteration costs -- and you're still able to get have a nice fit for your big day.
With almost 20 ladies (9 bridesmaids, 1 junior bridesmaid, 6 attendants, 1 flower girl, 2 moms, and 1 bride) needing to prep for the big day, Kyle decided to book the Nicolette Suite at the Millennium Hotel. This three-bedroom suite gave them plenty of room to spread out and get their hair and makeup done.
Bride's Tip: Choosing a large area for everyone to get ready together makes the day even more memorable.
Just for the Flower Girl
To complete the extra-special look for her flower girl, Kyle had her florist make this adorable wreath to sit atop her little head. She loved it.
A Journey Through the Sky Walk
Minneapolis is known for its handy skywalk system that lets you get around the city in cold weather. Since Kyle and Brian had a November wedding, they choose a church and a hotel connected to the skywalk to make it easy for their guests to get around. Even Kyle journeyed through the skywalk with her bridal party, with the help of her twin sister and maid of honor, Katie.
A Classic Bouquet
Since they had a November wedding and there aren't too many flowers that are in season, Kyle stuck with a simple pink rose bouquet. To add a pop of white, she had a few stephanotis placed throughout the bouquet.
Budget Saver: If you're getting married in an off season, ask your florist for a list of best-priced flowers that time of year.
A City Wedding
Growing up in the Twin Cities, Kyle always loved downtown Minneapolis. When they moved back after college, Kyle said they must live downtown. When it came time to choose a wedding location, Kyle and Brian loved the idea of being downtown on their big day. Even though it was November (and about 40 degrees), they were able to take pictures outside with the skyline they love as the backdrop.
A Beautiful Ceremony Location
Kyle and her mom stumbled across the Wesley United Methodist Church while looking for a church close to the reception location. Once inside, they loved it. It was very convenient for guests because it was only a few blocks from the hotel and connected to the skywalk.
Stained Glass Everywhere
One of their favorite parts of the Wesley United Methodist Church was the stained glass. It was everywhere in the church. Kyle didn't worry about too many ceremony decorations because of this feature.
Budget Saver: By choosing old, classic churches with beautiful architecture, you can save big bucks on your ceremony decor. Let the natural beauty of the church shine through.
Kyle and Brian's programs were simple and elegant and sported the same monogram that was on the invitations. This five-page program had a paragraph on everyone in their wedding party, which was a nice touch to help guests know how each attendant was related to the bride or groom.
Get the Look: Guests love knowing a little bit about your attendants, especially if you're having a larger wedding. Just write a few sentences about your bridesmaids to add a special touch.
Kyle kept the bridesmaids' dresses simple with this black, strapless number from After Six. She topped off their classy look with matching pearl necklaces that tied with a black ribbon, which was an elegant touch when all the girls had their hair up.
Bride's Tip: Choose a dress that's re-wearable and that all your girls feel comfortable in. Everyone loved this dress and some have worn it to other functions.
During their ceremony, Kyle and Brian did the traditional unity candle, and they also lit four candles for relatives that had passed away.
Shades of Pink
Kyle's bridesmaids walked down the aisle with bouquets of mixed roses ranging from shades of light pink to red.
Kyle kept her table decor simple with pillar candles placed in low vases filled with sand. They scattered rose petals on around the centerpiece for an added touch of color.
Budget Saver: These simple centerpieces saved big bucks by minimizing the number of flowers used on the tables.
Keeping It Elegant
Kyle and Brian's reception had an elegant look with white tablecloths and chair covers with silver and pink sashes. They also draped linen and twinkle lights from the ceiling across the entire room to add a touch of ambiance.
The Ultimate Head Table
It was very important to Kyle and Brian to have all 35 member of their wedding party sit at the head table, so they made a two-tier set up that sprawled the length of the room.
Bride's Tip: If you really want to fit all your attendants at one table, work with your venue to make it happen. Whether you do tiers or create multiple tables as the head table, there is always a way to get everyone to sit with you.
A Modern Cake
Kyle and Brian wanted to keep the cake simple. The white fondant cake was topped off by pink ribbon and pearls to continue their color scheme. Kyle isn't a fan of cake but wanted to keep with tradition and cut the cake so they kept the top layer a classic vanilla cake while the bottom three layers were flavored.
Ceremony Location: Wesley United Methodist Church; 101 E. Grant Street; Minneapolis, Minnesota; 612-871-3585
Reception Location: Millennium Hotel; www.millenniumhotels.com
Photography: Wendy Woods Photography; www.wendywoods.com
Wedding Planner: Heartstrings Planning, Hopkins; 952-974-0073; www.heartstringsplanning.com
Wedding Dress: House of Brides; 1605 Main Street; Hopkins, Minnesota; 952-932-9090
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe; weddingshoppeinc.com
Hair/Makeup: POSH Makeup Artists; www.poshstudiosmpls.com
DJ: Instant Request; www.instantrequest.com
Cake: Buttercream; www.buttercream.info
Florist: Stems & Vines; www.stemsandvines.com
Videographer: Moments in Time; www.momentsintimemn.com
Programs: UNIQLOVE; www.uniqlove.com