Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE CAPACITY?
The Van Dusen Mansion's total capacity is 200 people.
IS THERE A SPACE FOR THE WEDDING PARTY TO GET READY?
Van Dusen offers multiple suites for your wedding party to get ready for the day! The Jade Room includes a salon makeup room as well as a large seating area, windows overlooking the intimate courtyard, and a private restroom. The Club Room is a great space to get ready along with a vintage pool table, television, video games, and more. Beautiful leather Chesterfield sofas along with pub tables create a great atmosphere for your group.
HOW MANY ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MANSION?
Our venue offers 5 unique spaces for your day. Customize your wedding day by hosting your ceremony, social hour, and reception in a variety of combinations of the Courtyard, Mansion, Ballroom, and Carriage House. Two different styled getting ready suites provide space for the wedding party to get ready for the day as well.
WHERE CAN I STAY FOR MY VAN DUSEN WEDDING?
There are several hotels conviently located downtown Minneapolis, with a variety of price points. Our clients often use The W Minneapolis - Foshay. Some of these hotels will offer Shuttle Services as well.
WHAT DECOR IS INCLUDED IN MY VENUE PACKAGE?
We provide you with gold Chiavari Chairs, Vintage Centerpiece options including vintage books and candelabras, gold charger plates, standard linens & napkins, full place setting, gold mercury glass votive candles, table numbers & stands.
WILL THERE BE SECURITY FOR MY EVENT?
Trained venue security guards are included within your venue rental package. Our security guards role is to ensure that the property, venue, guests, and staff are safe during an event.
CAN OUR GIFTS BE SECURED DURING THE RECEPTION?
Yes! Once your dinner is underway, your event coordinator will move your gifts to a secured gift closet.
WHAT DOES THE VENUE COORDINATOR DO ON THE WEDDING DAY?
You will have an expert Van Dusen Venue Coordinator with you from the time you arrive until you are seated for dinner. The Coordinator will run your rehearsal, line everyone up for the ceremony, coordinate with vendors as they arrive at the venue, assist with set up of event decor, move your gifts into a secure closet, and manage time throughout the day so the event runs smoothly and according to plan.
IS THE VENUE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
Yes! We have ramps connecting spaces throughout the Mansion and connecting buildings. The Carriage House is also equipped with an elevator.
ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS ON DECOR?
Our policies are in line with most venues. All candles must be surrounded by glass (referred to as "no open flame"). We do not allow bubbles, rice, glitter, or confetti. Rose petals may be used inside on the tables. For outdoor ceremonies, real rose petals may be used on the ground.
CAN WE BRING IN ANY VENDOR OF OUR CHOICE?
Other than catering and bar service, you may bring in any vendors. The Van Dusen does have a preferred vendor - Bellagala - who offers 8 wedding servces with artists that are very familiar with our venue. You are welcome to work with whomever you feel is the best fit for your special day!
WE ARE PLANNING ON HAVING A LIVE BAND. IS THERE ENOUGH SPACE?
Yes! Our Carriage House dance floor provides ample space to ensure your guests can dance the night away with plenty of space for the live band.
CAN WE CHOOSE OUR OWN CATERING?
We feel the best food is prepared on-site, so we have an exclusive partnership with the award-winning Mintahoe Catering & Events for catering and bar service. Working with Mintahoe directly, you will be able to select your menu and service type to best accomodate your event!
ARE THERE FOOD AND BEVERAGE MINIMUMS?
Yes, pricing depends on your event date.