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The Van Dusen Mansion and Event Center is a wedding venue located in Minneapolis, Minnesota that provides a breathtaking backdrop for elegant celebrations. This beacon of old-world prosperity is located in a modern metropolis and is a treasure that was built to impress, taking your guests’ breath away the minute they walk through the doors. Book this uncanny venue today to experience a celebration that you and your guests will never forget.

Facilities and Capacity
The ballroom at The Van Dusen Mansion has a lavish interior space that can accommodate 200 guests for a seated dinner and 350 guests for a cocktail reception. The interior space features hardwood floors, Victorian furniture, glistening chandeliers and rich woodwork throughout that will complement any elegant wedding theme. They have a ceremony space in their romantic courtyard as well as a front lawn area with a gazebo, fountain and garden furniture. The courtyard features an ivy covered wall with twinkle lights hanging above for a romantic and classic styled wedding.

Services Offered
This historic estate is a masterpiece that will offer a truly striking setting for your event. Their well-trained and professional staff employ precision when producing your event. They will make sure you get a customized wedding planning experience so that every one of your expectations is exceeded. Your event package includes:

The Historic Mansion

  • Bridal Suite
  • Makeup Room
  • Secure Gift Room
  • Groom's Club Room
  • Historic Antiques
  • Surround Sound Speakers

The Courtyard

  • Cafe String Lights
  • White Garden Chairs
  • Arbor

The Ballroom

  • Newly Renovated
  • Seats 50-200
  • Gold Chiavari Chairs
  • On-site Ctering Kitchen
  • Wireless Microphone
  • Gold Charges and Table Settings

The Carriage House

  • Wooden Dance Floor
  • Upstairs Perimiter Lounge
  • NY-Style Lounge Furniture
  • Uplighting - Choose Your Color!

Built in 1892, this “castle-like” mansion has rich history but also a progressive style. Mr. Van Dusen was an entrepreneur who founded the first and most prosperous grain firm in 1883, and the estate remained with his family for decades. After being abandoned around 1940, a heroic investor saved the mansion from being demolished and restored it back to its original splendor.

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Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Engagement Party

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail Reception
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Dance Floor
Photo booth

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What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

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Ashlee Married on 10/02/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Experience and Beautiful Wedding

The Van Dusen staff made wedding planning easy. The venue is beautiful and so much fun for guests but the real love for us was the care the staff showed us from the tour through the wedding day and beyond. They worked with us on centerpieces and timelines before the wedding day. Bonnie, the day of coordinator was amazing and made sure all vendors knew the plan and executed it. She worked with us to make sure we made a good decision about where to hold our ceremony (rain was in the forecast). They did a BEAUTIFUL job setting everything up and making it wonderful inside the ballroom. Bonnie was absolutely amazing and so helpful with everything throughout the day. The greeters could have done a much better job telling people where to put cards and presents (we had people handing us presents directly and cards as the night went on which was a bit cumbersome). But overall it was a wonderful day to remember and I am really thankful for Bonnie and her team who made me feel stress free on the wedding day and really made sure all the guests had a great time!

The only downside to the Van Dusen is the requirement of MinTahoe catering. They were okay but their pricing was more than the quality of their work. That being said, I still think we make the best choice with the Van Dusen.
Kristina G. Married on 08/25/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Venue - Exceptional Event Coordinating

The Van Dusen Mansion is a one of a kind venue with rich history and a fairytale-like atmosphere. We held our wedding reception here is August of 2023 and have only good things to say about the venue itself and the staff! Monica was our main event coordinator, she did an amazing job and our event went on without a hitch. She was so friendly and fun to work with throughout the planning process, she made sure we felt informed, prepare and confident in the decisions made for the event and we completely trusted her to carry those plans out! The staff is very professional and friendly all around, Samantha also helped us in the planning process and figuring out pricing and availability for booking our event, another exceptional lady! Mintahoe catering is currently the only option but there is no loss in that, they do an amazing job and have SO many options and flexibility in choices to find something that fits your budget! We worked with Morgan at Mintahoe and were very impressed with her attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile to make our day and experience special!
April G. Married on 09/15/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Enchanted Castle

Beautiful venue, amazing staff ☺️
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Monica Sanger
Monica Sanger
Event Site Director

When it comes to planning, picking out the fine details and ensuring nothing gets overlooked excites and motivates me. When the big day comes around, it is my goal for you and your love to have the most effortless day from start to finish! Your wedding day should be about soaking in the best moments with all of your favorite people. It is my job (and pleasure) to take away any other worries or stresses to make that happen. Connecting with clients (aka you and the love of your life) in meaningful ways brings me the most joy! Let's be friends!

Samantha  Maroney
Samantha Maroney
Sales Consultant

I cannot wait to share in this process as you are considering one of the most premier venues in the Twin Cities! After helping thousands of couples achieve their dream wedding, I can't wait to build that relationship with you helping every step of the process as you “Say YES!” to one of our spaces!

I’m sure what attracted you to our venues was the aesthetic and design our property uniquely offers… but as we chat, I know you will also love the all-inclusive nature of our venue packages. We offer the simplest planning experience, with the best team!

A look into who I am as a person - I’m very big into the dance community. Growing up in Minnetonka, and graduating from the University of St. Thomas, I worked hard to lead my teams as captain and achieved the first four consecutive national titles with St. Thomas Dance Team along my college journey. I knew the moment I graduated, I would go after my dreams of becoming a wedding planner and coaching my Alma Mater team, Minnetonka. When I am not attached at the hip with my work laptop… I love spending time on my paddle board, supporting my boyfriend, Tyson, while he coaches hockey from the stands with a coffee, spending time with family on the lake, and giving a warm hello to every dog in sight -- (your dog is very much welcomed in our virtual tour session!)

A small glimpse into how my couples perceive their planning experience: "Samantha you were an absolute delight to talk to! Thank you so much for all the love and for bearing with my anxiety over dates! You were flexible and deeply understanding and that was very much appreciated!"

Jenna Zamjahn
Jenna Zamjahn
Event Consultant

Jenna Zamjahn is a Senior Sales Consultant for Bavaria Downs, A’BULAE, The Van Dusen Mansion and our sister company Bellagala. She has been on our team since 2010 and has since partnered with over 2000 couples to achieve their wedding vision.
With over 11 years of industry experience, Jenna knows that wedding planning doesn’t have to be stressful. She has a passion for delivering superior service and ensuring the planning process is convenient and fun for every couple she supports. Establishing meaningful relationships is the heart of her purpose; She truly cares about those she serves. Over the years, many of her client relationships have turned into friendships. She has a love for people, creativity, organization, design, and details.
She is a Minnesota native, graduating from Totino-Grace High School in 2005 and from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University in 2009, where she met her husband, Adam. They currently reside in Richfield with their 3.5 year old son (Gavin) 1.5 year old twins (Audrey & Griffin) and their chocolate lab, Emma. She loves spending time with family, interior design, hosting holidays/parties/events at their home, trying new restaurants, ample amounts of coffee, vacations to Mexico, the Real Housewives (guess which cast members she’s met while working a wedding?) and has recently traded her favorite Zumba classes for a Peloton - send any ride recommendations her way! Working with Jenna will guarantee a seamless planning experience. She can’t wait to meet you!
Jenna’s Top 5 Strengths: Achiever - Maximizer - Positivity - Empathy - Developer

Professional Network & Endorsements

11 Endorsements
Zandolee Media Zandolee Media Wedding Videographers

The mansion is one of our favorite venues in Minnesota!

Class Act DJ's & Officiants Class Act DJ's & Officiants Wedding DJs

Here at Class Act, we have been entertaining wedding guests for over 30 years. As you would guess we get everywhere. We particularly enjoy the beautiful facility and the professional staff. They know it is all about the total experience guests have and we help create those great memories by working hand in hand for a memorable experience.

Liesl B Floral Design Liesl B Floral Design Wedding Florists

Jennifer and her staff at the Van Dusen Mansion are an absolute joy to work with. I've done many events in many spaces and the Van Dusen is by far one of the most pleasant to service. Beautiful spaces and the staff is on top of every little detail from start to finish of the event. While there are many beautiful event spaces in the Twin Cities, the event staff can make or break your special day. Rest assured you'll be well taken care of if you should choose to host your event at the Van Dusen!

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