15 featured reviews
Member Since: 12/23/2012
The Carlson Towers Rotunda and Amphitheater are majestic. My husband and I couldn't have imagined a more beautiful venue for our wedding ceremony and reception. Although we had our fingers crossed for a mid-October outdoor wedding in the amphitheater, the weather didn't agree, but we were blown away by how perfect our indoor rotunda ceremony turned out to be. My entrance- walking down the grand staircase- was unforgettable. After the ceremony, the rotunda and foyer were well-suited for cocktail hour and our receiving line, dinner was DELICIOUS, and the dance floor was packed for four hours.
Events Director/Wedding Specialist Dawn was supremely helpful and always accessible, available to answer every question and concern via phone or email in no time. She provided guidance to help make our reception go smoothly and without a hitch, while striving to incorporate our ideas to help personalize our wedding. She even made a note to bring my husband chicken fingers in addition to his meal after overhearing him mention how much he loves them in our planning meeting.
The coordinators and staff who were present on the day of the wedding went above and beyond to make sure my husband and I (and our families and bridal party) had nothing to worry about- they took care of absolutely everything. They made sure members of our bridal party knew when their food was being served so that they'd be able to enjoy a hot meal (and even brought us another salad after hearing us rave about how good they tasted!), cued us when it was time for speeches so we didn't have to watch the clock, and regularly touched base during the dance to see if we needed anything.
I would recommend Carlson, and the wonderful service and tasty food that goes along with it, in a heartbeat for any wedding ceremony and reception.
Member Since: 2/19/2012
Our ceremony and reception were at The Carlson Towers. Everything was absolutely amazing! The staff was so incredible and the venue looked absolutely gorgeous! The food was also delicious! My wedding was as close to perfect as it could have possibly been thanks in large part to the wonderful staff at The Carlson Towers.
Member Since: 9/13/2013
the team at the Carlson Center did a fanatstic job. they are a caring bunch of people that pays close attention to the details. Our wedding ceremony was outside with the reception inside. the venue is great! the food outstanding! we had a duet entre of salmon and lamb. It was perfectly prepared.
my wife and I like water lily's so we had some placed in the pond outside for our service. After the ceremony the staff had them brought inside and placed in the fountain. we didn't ask for this to be done, they just did it. That is just one small example of the great job they did.
we highly recommend the Carlson Center
Member Since: 12/11/2010
The venue was beautiful inside and just as beautiful outside for our ceremony.. Food was excellent the service was great. Dawn was great to work with and answered questions at anytime. Highly recommend this venue
Member Since: 7/30/2013
The place is absolutely gorgeous! The coordinators there, Dawn and Kirsten work very hard to make sure that things go flawless. They are very detail oriented and pointed out several things that I have missed when planning for the wedding. The place as you can tell is amazing! The best in MN in my opinion, very open, with glass windows surrounding the reception. I love the outdoor amphitheater and would highly recommend having a ceremony there as it is gorgeous.
Food-depending on the entree you order, but I really liked the lamb chops and lobster. I did a duet entree and most of the guests really liked the quality of the food. The duet entree was a little small compared to the tasting, but the quality is very good still.
Also, I would recommend getting the full decor that Carlson offers as it adds such an elegant touch to the place.
Member Since: 8/15/2011
They were so easy to work with and made our day and night amazing.
Member Since: 7/14/2011
We choose this venue for the gorgeous interior and exterior. We had both the ceremony and reception inside and were beyond impressed at the beauty and ease at which the room changed and took shape. The food and service was excellent and everyone was very easy to work with, throughout the whole planning process!
Member Since: 5/23/2011
The Carlson Center Rotunda was amazing. Dawn was a joy to work with, her and her team have got hosting wedding down to a science and there was not a detail missed. The Rotunda is a beautiful venue, the food was fantastic, every detail was taken care of and the service was 2nd to none.
Member Since: 11/28/2010
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful venue. We fell in love with it when we first visited the venue, but that was NOTHING compared to how it looked on our wedding day! The staff did a fabulous job decorating and making sure things ran smoothly throughout our event, and we received so many compliments from our guests. Wouldn't have changed a thing. It was truly a fairytale wedding location!
Member Since: 8/8/2010
They do lots of weddings there, and you could definitely tell. They are very helpful and really help you think of all the little details. The wedding coordinator on the wedding day is so helpful. He really kept the process moving smoothly. Even though they do a lot of weddings, they really made you feel that your wedding was important. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a venue. The place is so beautiful! They food was great as well.
Member Since: 8/25/2009
From beginning to end Dawn and crew at the Carlson Rotunda were fabulous and very easy to work with. They provided very details day-off event planning to make the wedding day flow perfectly. We had our ceremony outside near the water and it was the perfect site for us. Guests could not stop complementing the great food catered by Bon Appetite and loved the open bar. This venue is pricey but you won't be disappointed!
Member Since: 2/8/2010
I didn't know where to even begin when I started planning my Wedding...and then I found Carlson! They were unbelievable! They helped plan everything from the start and where always there for any questions I had. They made this such a fun process and I had the Wedding of my dreams!
Member Since: 11/15/2009
Everything was very organized and I didn't have to think about a thing the night of my wedding.
Member Since: 1/31/2010
Everyone with the carlson team was very professional, helpful, thorough and helped in any aspect needed to ensure a successful wedding day!
Member Since: 11/9/2009
Very organized and looked amazing!
The Carlson Center is truly a remarkably unique setting designed to set your affair apart from the ordinary. State-of-the-art decor with a circular room, floor-to-ceiling windows and a large outdoor terrace with an impressive view of perfectly sculpted landscaping.
- Price Range: $$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: No
- Tented Area: No
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: Yes
- Outside Caterers Allowed: No
- Kosher Available: No
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: No
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: No
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: No
- Liability Insurance: No
- Site Fee: No
- Capacity: Up to 350
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011