The Union Depot - St. Paul, MN is a historic transportation hub and present-day wedding venue in the capital city of Minnesota, Saint Paul. This one-of-a-kind location offers a memorable ambience in the midst of a vibrant urban center situated on the Mississippi River. With the many opportunities offered by the surrounding Twin Cities area along with the venue’s antique setting, couples can create the wedding of their dreams.
Facilities and Capacity
There are five indoor spaces and two outdoor event areas at the Union Depot - St. Paul, MN. The Waiting Room can accommodate up to 3,000 people for a reception and 1,000 guests for banquet-style seating. This spacious room features many of the building's original architectural details, which have been carefully restored. The Veterans Gallery, Red Cap Room, and various conference rooms are suited to smaller gatherings and events with up to 160 people. Outside, couples and their guests can enjoy the fresh air on the East and North Plazas with the manicured landscaping ideal as a backdrop for nuptial celebrations.
The cuisine for events held at the Union Depot is taken care of by the venue’s partner, Breaking Bread Catering. This company’s culinary team can create customized menus to suit your tastes, complemented by a selection of beverages. The Depot’s staff also provide the tables and chairs for each event. A list of preferred vendors is provided as well to assist soon-to-be newlyweds in their event planning.
The history of the Union Depot - St. Paul, MN goes back to 1879 when nine railroads came together to form the Saint Paul Union Depot Company. James J. Hill, known as the “Empire Builder” led the efforts to create a single terminal for these many trains. The first building opened in 1881 and was rebuilt again in 1884 when a fire caused damage. After another fire in 1913, efforts began to rebuild a bigger terminal which was completed in 1926. From 1971, the building was used for various business purposes until being renovated and reopened in its current state in 2012.
1 Reviews for Union Depot - St. Paul, MN
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Jonathan A. · Married on 04/05/2015
An excellent location for bringing our unique reception to life.
Our wedding reception was held in the large waiting room space (which is near where departures and arrivals for the occasional train come through). For the crazy low price point we had a very personalized and easy experience—the coordinator gave us a tour of the space, discussed options regarding seating and layout (including some massive curtains that they set up to keep the area private from the public, which was included), and it was just a very seamless experience. We ended up hosting an open-concept carnival-themed reception (candy bar, carnival snacks and desserts, face painter we hired on Craigslist, a photo booth, Hondo the Magician who is a phenomenal performer local to the Twin Cities, etc.) with approximately 150ish people, which the space easily accommodated and then some (I may even recommend that you only use a smaller section of the space if you have a smaller guest list). Our DJ was able to create a really nice dance area since the floors are naturally good for that, and his lights were able to create a cool atmosphere on the floors, walls and even up to the ceiling. We kept the party going until midnight and everyone had a blast. Would definitely recommend this event space for pretty much anyone as it can be so easily molded to fit your vision and wedding size.Sent on 05/13/2020