St. Paul >The University Club
Downtown location, love it, too!. We had our wedding at the other University Club location, on Summit Avenue, but we got to tour this one, too, which is in downtown Saint Paul. The downtown location is gorgeous...you walk in, it's a soaring lobby with balconies, much like the Landmark Center, although not as big. It has a story fireplace, and an adjacent bar. You can either have your wedding there, in their third floor ballroom that has two balconies and a dance floor, or in their 14th floor penthouse with a panoramic view of the State Capitol and the downtown. Smaller weddings can use one of their smaller rooms, which are also gorgeous - one has dark oak paneling and beamed ceilings, one is decorated in the William Morris style. Gorgeous! We wound up using the Summit Avenue location because we liked the view even better, but both sites are gorgeous.
A truly magical wedding.
My sister recently held her wedding with the University Club of Saint Paul, and it was truly a memorable night for everyone. The wedding was held in the downtown location, which was unbelievably beautiful. The ambiance was so romantic, and the building so incredibly charming.
Aside from the beautiful location (and delicious food!), the waitstaff was very attentive and incredibly nice. We had a last minute change to table seating, which they gladly helped us with, and we also had 2 more guests join us who were not originally counted for meals. The staff happily took the additional guests' orders for their meal, and the kitchen put it out flawlessly. We also had a guest with a nut allergy, and the staff took additional care to meet with her and make sure that everything from her salad dressing to her entree to her dessert were free of nuts. Considering there were over 230 people at this wedding, I was very impressed that they took the time to truly serve this individual. The staff was always there to help, but didn't overstep their boundaries and linger around the tables too much.
Although the entire staff was great, my sister and my's personal favorite was Ray. Ray was assigned to the head table and to the table that sat our parents, and was an absolute riot. He must be 85! But he was cracking jokes, danced with my sister, and took pictures with all of us at the end of the night. He truly made my sister's night extra special, and gave us even more of an unforgettable time!
The guests I have talked to had a ball. Many commented on how great the wait staff was, and how accomodating both the wait staff and the hotel staff were (some of the guests stayed in Hotel 340, which is in the same building - highly recommended!).
Overall, it was an amazing night, not just for the bride and groom, but for everyone who attended the wedding. I'm hoping that some of the couples that attended the night hold their wedding at this location, too - I can't wait to come back!!
Sarah (sister of the bride/maid of honor)
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beautiful place. beautiful place.
Once the exclusive stomping grounds of the Cities' industrialists, this high-born venue was modeled after London's Oxford and Cambridge clubs..
Like so many old places do, this one thrived for many years, then died for many more. Then it was fully restored and superbly staffed to become a great gathering place. The Downtown Clubhouse, with its Italian marble floors and hand-sculpted and painted plaster ceilings, sticks to its English roots and is a decidedly formal place for a large party or wedding reception. Far from stuffy, its wood-burning fireplace, drooping chandeliers and oak-paneled adjoining bar make the mood cozy.
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