Questions to Ask on Your Venue Tour

Making site visits is one of the most exciting moments of the wedding planning process! But it can also be overwhelming. What do you ask? How much do you budget? Is it big enough? Does it have the ambiance you imagined? Can you bring your own vendors or do you have to use the list provided? It can be a challenge to keep up. Luckily, we're here to help you get the most out of your venue tour! Here is a list of questions to ask to get your tour off on the best foot possible! 

  • What does the venue fee include?
  • What is the capacity?
  • How many events do you do per day?
  • When can we have access to the venue?
  • When do we have to leave?
  • If we want an extra hour for our reception (standard is usually fou), can we book that the night of or does it need to be booked in advance? Is there an additional fee? What is it? 
  • Who handles set-up and breakdown of the event?
  • Do you provide catering or do I provide my own?
  • Do I need a wedding coordinator or planner?
  • Who handles the cake cutting? 
  • Do we have access to the venue for a rehearsal? Is there a fee?
  • What happens if it rains? 
  • Am I allowed to choose all of my own vendors or is there a required list to choose from?
  • Where do we get ready?
  • Do you offer accommodations or have recommendations?
  • What else do I need to know? 

We would love to have you visit The Outpost Center! Email or call us [(952) 475-8095] to set-up your appointment today!

MN WEDDING VENUE | CHAD + ALLISON'S RUSTIC ELEGANT WEDDING DAY

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Chad and Allison's rustic elegant wedding here at The Outpost was amazing! These two took advantage of everything our venue has to offer and provided a wonderful experience for their guests.

The celebratory gathering was ALL about treating & appreciating guests. Everyone was welcomed with so much love. Every detail was carefully planned and considered. We loved all of the creative signage Chad and Allison used too- guests knew exactly what to expect and where to go.   

The newlyweds hosted their cocktail hour outside - The weather was amazing! They set-up a tent on the patio, so guests could enjoy the breeze and sunshine, or relax in the shade. Yard games were set-up on the lawn and wine + beer and light hors d'oeuvres were served just outside of the tent. 

The reception was fabulous inside too! the live band was set-up for lots of dancing and a plentiful spread of delicious food.  Guests with sweet tooths were extra spoiled from the brownie sundaes and pie!

It was a joy to host this family! We continue to be blessed by the most wonderful couples. 

Be sure to check out their wedding photographer's blog post too!

Photographer: MRD Photography | Florist: Chanhassen Floral | Bridal Gown: Che Bella | Videographer: Jkproductions | Band: Ron Anderson | Makeup: Julianne Joseph | Catering:  Envisions Catering

MINNESOTA WEDDING VENUE| GETTING MARRIED AT THE OUTPOST CENTER

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So you have questions about getting married at The Outpost Center- well we've got answers! You've already found your dream partner... we want to help you pull off your dream wedding! We know there are a lot of factors that go into selecting the perfect wedding venue. If you've been dreaming of wide open spaces, rustic charm and a location that is the perfect size for large and small events- we're here to tell you that you've found your match!

First, let's go through the fun stuff!

Wedding Ceremony Sites

We offer a choice of two outdoor wedding ceremony sites: Choose the crisp, manicured green space ceremony site with traditional, white garden chairs OR select our rustic, natural ceremony site held in a mowed field with wooden ceremony arbor, surrounded by natural tall grasses and wildflowers just beyond the timber shed.

After your ceremony, enjoy moving freely about the outdoor space. Enjoy your social hour in the outdoor kitchen patio area. Your guests will enjoy the picturesque farm scenery as they are entertained while playing lawn games and visiting at the fire pit.

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Wedding Reception Site

The Outpost Center building exudes "rustic elegance" in our reception space that has a charming, warm, barn atmosphere with seating up to 299. We offer a neutral color scheme with rustic, reclaimed barn wood accents! It's the perfect backdrop for you to create a casual or elegant setting. We are unique in offering this farm/barn venue for weddings, receptions and other celebrations YEAR ROUND as we are equipped with both A/C for the summer and heat for our MN winters! The interior of the building has three restrooms, a bridal ready lounge in the loft space, a room for the groomsmen and a kitchen for your caterer. 

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Amenities 

Your rental includes tables, white garden chairs and wooden spool tables on casters for social hour, lawn games and 3 bundles of firewood for enjoyment at our fire pit.

Terms & conditions

  • Enjoy the beautiful barn building and upper grounds for your special day beginning at 9am.
  • We ask that on Friday and Saturday the celebration be wrapped up and guests be departed by 11pm; tear down complete and vendors exiting by midnight.
  • Sunday schedule is 9am-10pm with vendors gone by 11pm. (If enjoying outdoor music, the amplification needs to cease by 8pm).
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit and $500 damage deposit due at signing of contract to secure date. The remaining 50% balance is due 180 days prior to the event. (If date chosen is already within 180 days, payment is due in full at contact signing).
  • Special Event Insurance Policy needs to be purchased within ONE week of signing our wedding contract. 
  • Alcohol: Beer and wine only, served by 1 of 3 approved vendors.
  • Food: You can choose from a vendor list that is given at our tour or select your own caterer.

Ready to book your tour?! Head on over to our contact page- we'd love to meet you!

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We want to build a healthy marriage that lasts a lifetime. We are blessed to host you as you begin this journey. We hope you will also join us for our wonderful Marriage Ministry program.

MN WEDDING VENDOR SPOTLIGHT | MELANIE LOUISE PHOTOGRAPHY

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We're back with another Minnesota wedding vendor spotlight! This week we're chatting with Melanie Louise Photography. She such a kind person and we really enjoyed working with her for  Jenna + Tom's wedding over the winter.   

We asked her what she loved about working at The Outpost (we love compliments, ha!) and she told us that "I love the perfect balance of beauty inside and beauty outside. The space is a blank canvas that invite the couple's own vision to bring it to life. Same as the outside: a beautiful field framed with thick trees is a photographers canvas."  Why thank you, Melanie. We happen to agree with you! 

Now, aside from a little bragging, we thought you would enjoy getting to know here. Read on for more details on how she got started as a wedding photographer, if she's a chocolate or vanilla kind of girl, and a bunch of other in-betweens! 

How did you get started with wedding photography? I first starting photographing weddings after my experience shooting live concerts around the Twin Cities and falling in love with capturing emotional moments. I love freezing forever the joy, the fun, the love, and all of the other emotions wrapped up in a wedding day. I have a lot of photographers I look up to and they encouraged me every step of the way."

My style is a combination of modern candid and romantic. I like to capture the natural mingling and movement between the couple and their attendees as well as the deep romance I can evoke in the details and connection between the couple. Expect to adventure away from the traditional when you work with me!

Talk to us about your ideal or perfect fit couple. "I work best with couples who want to have fun, who want to let go of all the stress of wedding planning and seeing that certain family member that you had to invite, and just be with one another! I love working with people who have a vision and need someone to bring it to life."

What is your favorite moment of the day to capture? My favorite moment of the day to capture is right after the ceremony when the couple rushes out into the fresh air and they can breathe and realize they are officially married. That moment is so special and the couple usually doesn't realize I've captured it until they see the photo.

What is your favorite wedding season? I love all four wedding seasons for different and important reasons but autumn is definitely my favorite. The sun is more golden, the breeze is cooler, and the trees create the most beautiful scene. 

When you aren't taking photos, what fills your days? When I'm not taking photos I am thinking about taking photos! But really I love to plan trips to the Pacific Northwest and the mountains, play with my puppy Link, visit record stores, and listening to music with my boyfriend Tristan. 

What is your favorite quote about love? My favorite quote about love is: from a poem called Baked Goods by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

"I want our summers
to always be like this—a kitchen wrecked
with love, a table overflowing with baked goods
warming the already warm air. After all the pots
are stacked, the goodies cooled, and all the counters
wiped clean—let us never be rescued from this mess." 

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla because it's better to dip fries into!

Cats or Dogs? Both! But I have a 7 year old puppy named Link.

Something you wish more couples thought about/considered on the wedding day? One piece of advice I can give the couple is to really consider what time the ceremony should be at. Light is a photographer's best friend and worst enemy. Whether you are planning on having a first look or not, the time between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the reception should be spent during the golden hour -- the 60 minutes before the sun sets. This is the best time for outdoor photos of the couple, the wedding party, and family. They look the most natural and the most beautiful, plus it gives you time to relax before your entrance!

Advice to couples still looking for a photographer?  When looking for a photographer, it's very easy to fall in love with someone's work but you have to consider the person behind the camera as well. If you aren't comfortable with them the product might not come out the way you see it on their Instagram feed. It's a very good idea to meet photographers in person and get to know them as well as booking them for your engagement session as well because it lets you see and feel how it is to be in front of their camera and what it will be like on your wedding day.

MN WEDDING VENUE| JENNA + TOM

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Two are better than one,

because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
 But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12