A Bride's Guide to Staying Sane

Overwhelmed Twin Cities brides, have no fear. Our editors recommend the best spots to celebrate and prepare before the big day.

Updated: March 01, 2004

Salon Services

Blushing brides find all of the necessary finishing touches at these top-notch salons.

Details Style Lab

346 Saint Peter Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

Brides have that special glow after getting waxed, pampered and fluffed at this sleek salon.

Juut Salonspa Uptown

2945 S Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Nervous brides receive the pre-wedding works, from facials and manicures to hair styling and massage.

La Grande Salon

56 E Broadway Ave Ste 106, Forest Lake, MN 55025

The entire bridal party can sit back and enjoy the view of the lake as they have their hair styled and make-up applied.

Bachelorette Party Hot Spots

From mellow cafes to chic bars, gather up the girls for that last night of flirtatious fun.

Solera Restaurant And Event Center

900 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Reserve the luxurious, private Alhambra room for an all-girls night of fun at this Spanish-inspired bistro.

Rehearsal Dinner Restaurants

Everyone is in town for the big event--treat them to a special pre-wedding meal at one of these fabulous eateries.

La Fougasse @ Sofitel Luxury Hotel

5601 W 78th St, Minneapolis, MN 55439

Reserve a private room for a memorable rehearsal dinner soiree at this fine French bistro inside the Sofitel Hotel.

Restaurant Alma

528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Pamper guests with candlelit tables, elegant decor and sumptuous cuisine before the big day.

Boca Chica Restaurante

11 Concord St, St. Paul, MN 55107

If a casual rehearsal dinner is on the agenda, this authentic Mexican eatery boasts tasty food, margaritas and loads of fun.

Relaxing Spa Treatments

Unwind with a relaxing massage or gather up a bevy of bridesmaids for some pre-wedding beautification.

Day Spa

7575 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435

Before walking down the aisle, opt for the Ultimate Metamorphosis package and receive the royal treatment.

Lite Spa Too

1201 Harmon Pl Ste 105, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The spa can accommodate up to twelve bridesmaids at one time, offering an exclusive, personalized package to suit any taste.

Jewel Spa

600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Refinery

321 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Brides looking for that sun-kissed look love the spa's special sunless bronzing service.

Hotels for Out-of-Town Guests

From Uptown to Stillwater, budget and luxury digs that make the out-of-towners feel right at home.

Sofitel Minneapolis

5601 W 78th St, Bloomington, MN 55439

Nicollet Island Inn

95 Merriam St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Friends and family chat and mingle in the hotel's scenic bar, right on the Mississippi River.

Afton House Inn

3291 St Croix Trail S, Afton, MN 55001

Those traveling from afar are impressed with this historic Inn's beautiful St. Croix River views.

St Paul Hotel

350 Market St, St. Paul, MN 55102

Out-of-towners always love the classic St. Paul, a 1910 landmark that stands for luxury.


3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441

If guests are on a budget, nothing beats this hotel's clean, comfortable accommodations.

Water Street Inn

101 Water St S, Stillwater, MN 55082

For a wedding in quaint Stillwater, guests may stay at this stylish Victorian bed and breakfast.