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    Sara

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  • If you want to blow your guests away and have the night of your life, this is the place to do it. My husband and I wanted to make sure that our wedding felt like a big party, and this venue was definitely the right choice for that. The food was amazing, the drinks were good, and the setup allowed us to easily have a live band which put everything over the top in the best way. Lori and Elise were great to work with, and helped make our night perfect. We have had so many guests contact us in the 3 weeks since our big day saying it was the best wedding they had ever been to! It was incredible, I cannot say enough good things about this venue!

    User4113379

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  • "This was the best wedding I've ever been to, including my own." "Best wedding ever." "Amazing venue." "Wow." "This food is incredible. Wedding food shouldn't taste this good!" These are some of the things we heard from our guests that attended our wedding ceremony and reception at the Varsity Theater, located in Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you've driven past the venue, which is a regular concert venue for indie and other unique music acts, you've seen the marquee. But on Your night, you get to see your name and wedding theme or phrase up on the marquee, which is included in the venue price! While it is not one of the most "affordable" wedding venues in Minneapolis, you get the most bang for your buck. And what a bang! The venue is so unique looking, that you don't need to spend a lot of money (if any at all) bringing in decorations or flowers. Plus, the Varsity Theater has so many beautiful props, linens, and decorations that you can use free of charge, which is what w... Read more

    Kelsey

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  • The Varsity Theater was PERFECT! It was exactly what my husband and I were looking for! Fun and unique, and the staff were wonderful to work with! We keep hearing compliments about how different and beautiful the experience was from our guests!

    Diana

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  • We hit the jackpot with Varsity. Sure, it's not cheap - but it was totally worth it. Jamie helped us figure out a date and went over all the fine details of the contract with us. She told us we would work more extensively with our captain in the month before the wedding. I'm very...project oriented, so I wanted answers sooner. Jamie was extremely patient and good natured and met us to go over all my questions. When we got our captain, Charisse, we finalized everything else. Charisse even put up with my parents randomly showing up to our meeting (they were early for the tasting to follow) and smoothly dealt with everyone. She and I coordinated everything over email. We were always welcome to come to Varisty to see it being prepped for a wedding or just to remind ourselves what the space was like. They were always willing to try to make what I was asking for work. Charisse even volunteered to go pick up a case of mead (weird beer request) for us. Since I was doing all the flowers, she pu... Read more

    megan

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    5 out of 5
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  • We cannot say enough good things about our wedding experience at Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater. We had both our rehearsal dinner + ceremony and reception at these venues and it was so nice to know our ceremony coordinator (Kimberly) and our reception coordinator (Luci) had everything under control from the first day we met them until even after the wedding. The location of the two venues made it easy for guests to walk straight to the reception rather than dealing with parking twice. The fact that we didn't have to worry about setting up or taking down (tables, dinner, decor, etc.) was worth all the money in the world. Our entire family and friends were always in the moment, leaving the rest up to the great staff at LPB and Varsity. Thank you for making our wedding so easy and perfect! Love, M&A

    Aly

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  • We LOVED having our rehearsal dinner here. The upstairs is incredibly gorgeous, with plenty of space for a LOT of people. The food is also incredible, of course :).

    Deborah

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  • Loring Pasta Bar was able to accomodate out small budget while making sure people had more than enough to eat. We have had so many people call and e-mail us to tell us how excellent the food was. They go above and beyond to create a beautiful layout for the Buffet while providing out of the box dinner ideas. Leave your usual wedding dry chicken/fish at home, Loring Pasta Bar delivers perfection.

    User2766567

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    5 out of 5
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  • We couldn't have asked for a better reception venue. The space is beautiful and unique. They provide all of the linens, chairs, center pieces (candelabras), lighting, sound techs, bartenders, staff, and an event captain. You get to have your name on the marquee outside—and be sure to get the large posters made for the window! Everyone was so nice and accommodating—we truly didn't have to worry about anything the day of the reception. Our event captain was Kimberly, and she did a great job and had an awesome attitude, and always responded to emails in a timely manner. We had a band in this space which made it even more fun, since it's a concert venue as well. The dinner buffet from the Loring tasted great! We had our reception on a Sunday, which is much cheaper than Friday and Saturday.

    Jessalyn

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  • Charisse and her team did a fantastic job on the wedding. Everyone is still talking about it and I love going through the pictures. My husband even said the other day that, "we will never have venue remorse, there is no place better." I agree. The food was excellent, the decor top notch, the staff amazing and the planning was so easy. You have so many decor options you can throw away your decor budget (you don't even need flowers) and still have an amazing space. When they say, "let us throw you a party," they mean it. Everyone was so easy to work with and things ran smooth the entire night. I would do all over again in a hearbeat just for the amazing experience we and our guests had at The Varsity Theater. If you want a worry free event, The Varsity Theater is the place to go.

    User2745339

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  • AMAZING! I'm so obsessed with this venue. Our wedding would not have been as fabulous and as fun as it was if we would have held it anywhere else. The staff was phenomenal. The venue and ambience was beyond words. If you are looking to have a fun/party vibe for your wedding reception I would check out the Varsity Theater!

    User3392878

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  • We planned our wedding from out of state and would never have been able to pull off such an awesome wedding if it weren't for the loring/varsity combo and Liz! She is amazing! From the ceremony to the reception everything was seamless...it really was perfect! Tip for future couples: they underestimate the bar bill (I've heard this from other couples) so just a heads up, you should double or triple whatever is written initially (even if it is just beer and wine). We were told during dinner that we hit their estimation for the whole night which was a shock for me but it all turned out okay. Just make sure to give yourself some budget room! That was the only shock I had all night, our wedding really was perfect! Thank you thank you Liz! We are so grateful that we chose this venue!

    Rachel

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  • My husband and I had a pretty long engagement - almost 2 years - but we knew right from the beginning that we wanted to have our wedding at the Varsity Theater. My first contact with Loring/Varsitiy Catering and Events was incredibly helpful in the preliminary processes, providing information and quotes and answering questions, so the process of reserving the venue and paying the deposit was very smooth. However, there was a very long gap in communication between securing the venue and planning the actual wedding and because there was some turnover in staff, there was some confusion. They also don't allow you to do your tasting or start meeting with your event coordinators until about a month before the wedding and I was raring to go much sooner. However, once I started communicating with our event coordinators, things were great. We worked with Liz Nahm in the early stages of planning and she was incredibly helpful and flexible while we worked out the confusing details from the sta... Read more

    Natalie

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  • I am so happy that we chose The Varsity as our reception venue. It is such a unique, gorgeous, and FUN venue. My coordinators were so great on the day of making sure that everything ran smoothly and everyone had a great time. We have received so many compliments and comments from guests that our wedding was the best wedding they had ever been to! If you are going with The Varsity - get a live band!!!!!

    User3754948

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    3.8 out of 5
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  • This is a stunning reception venue. What I liked most is that I did not need to spend time or money on decor. Their standard linens and table decor are gorgeous. We had a live band and it felt like we were at a concert. My only complaint is that our coordinators were difficult to reach and slow to respond, but when it came to the day everything went smoothly and according to plan, with little effort on my part.

    Kyle

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  • The Varsity Theater is beautiful and the staff is accommodating. If you want a place where you don't have to worry about the details, this is a great venue. The price tag is somewhat high, but really worth every dollar you will spend. They will take excellent care of you!

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