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Union Depot - St. Paul, MN

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About

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.

Services Offered

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.

History

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

7

Describe your venue:

Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Preferred Vendors Only
Wifi

What event items are available?

Chairs
Drapery
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access
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Recommended by 100% of couples
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    Natalie T. Married on 04/13/2019
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    Perfect wedding venue!

    Union Depot saved our wedding day!

    When April flooding along the Mississippi River closed our planned dream venue of Harriet Island Pavilion, the staff there graciously pointed us in the direction of Union Depot. We made a call to Dawn and met with her, Grace, and Cassie - and with their help were able to reconfigure our wedding in less than a month!

    We opted to have all of our wedding events - ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception - in the Waiting Room at Union Depot (which not only simplified the planning process and made it easier for our guests to go from one event to the next but also helped us stay within our budget.) Even though our total guest count was on the smaller side (~ 118), they were able to split the large room into different sections using black curtains so the space never felt empty. The historic building itself, with cream brick, high ceilings, and beautiful architecture, fit perfectly with our plan of minimalistic decor.

    Our guests had plenty of space both at their tables and on the dance floor, were able to park in nearby lots (and didn't have to pay themselves since we were able to purchase and distribute parking vouchers through the Depot), and didn't have to travel far from hotels in downtown St. Paul (we stayed at Hotel 340 and had a great experience). Union Depot even had a ping pong table we were able to use for the reception, which was a hit!

    All in all, we had a GREAT experience with Union Depot and are so grateful for all of the help they provided to make our wedding day as amazing as it was. Dawn, Grace, and Cassie were all top-notch in their customer service, promptness, thoroughness, and friendliness. 10/10 recommend this venue for those looking for a Twin Cities venue!
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    Jonathan A. Married on 04/05/2015
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    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.

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214 4th Street East Saint Paul, MN, 55101
651-202-2708
Location of (Union Depot - St. Paul, MN)

Union Depot - St. Paul, MN frequently asked questions

What are the most important characteristics of Union Depot - St. Paul, MN in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Union Depot - St. Paul, MN for wedding events is known for:
  • Historic Building

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Union Depot - St. Paul, MN for wedding events?

Union Depot - St. Paul, MN offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Union Depot - St. Paul, MN offer?

Union Depot - St. Paul, MN offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Union Depot - St. Paul, MN offer for wedding events?

Union Depot - St. Paul, MN offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Preferred Vendors Only
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Union Depot - St. Paul, MN have available for wedding events?

Union Depot - St. Paul, MN offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Drapery
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Union Depot - St. Paul, MN and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Union Depot - St. Paul, MN is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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