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Minnesota Bride's Best of 2013 Finalists

From the cake baker to ceremony officiant to dressmaker, it takes a village to orchestrate a wedding. That's why thousands of you voted for your favorite vendors, thanking them for their continuing hard work.

Here are the finalists for our Best of 2013 awards. The winners will be revealed at a special celebration this summer and in our upcoming Fall/Winter issue.

Top of the Tiara
Gateaux, Inc.

Graddy Photography

Best Rehearsal Dinner

Buca di Beppo

Loring Pasta Bar

Best Bridal Gowns on a Budget (Less than $2,000)
Luxe Bridal Couture

Posh Bridal Couture
The Wedding Shoppe

Best Luxury Bridal Gowns (More than $2,000)
Bridal Accents Couture

l'atelier couture bridal boutique
Monique Lhuillier

Best Outdoor Reception Site

Camrose Hill Farm

Carlson Towers Rotunda at Carlson Center
Nicollet Island Pavilion

Best Indoor Reception Site

Calhoun Beach Club

Mill City Museum
Semple Mansion

Best Attendant Dresses

Bella Bridesmaid

Flutter Boutique
The Wedding Shoppe

Best Custom Dressmaker
The Dressmaker

Tara LaTour

Best Accessories
Brides of France

Che Bella
NELLE Handbags

Best Mother-of-the-Bride Apparel

The Wedding Shoppe

Best Rental and Decor

Apres Party & Tent Rental

Linen Effects
Midway Party Rental

Best Formalwear

Heimie's Haberdashery

Men's Wearhouse
Savvi Formalwear

Best Photography

Graddy Photography

Janelle Elise Photography
Vick Photography

Best Photo Booth

Mobile Photo Booth

The Traveling Photo Booth
VIP Photo Booths

Best Caterer for a Large Wedding (more than 200 guests)

Bon Appetit

D'Amico Catering
Mintahoe Catering & Events

Best Caterer for a Small Wedding (fewer than 200 guests)


Common Roots
Lettuce Cater

Best Videographer

Capture Studios

Princess Bride Cinematic Videography
Story of Us Films

Best Transportation

Renee's Royal Valet

Total Luxury Limousine Service
Eclipse Transportation

Best Jeweler

Continental Diamond

Shane Co.
Wedding Day Diamonds

Best Band
Bellagala Big Band

The Sevilles

Best Spa for the Bridal Party

Ivy Spa Club

Spalon Montage
Juut Salon Spa

Best DJ


Bill Hermann Entertainment
Instant Request DJ Entertainment

Best Hair and Makeup

Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios

Creative Beaute Agency | Smart & Chic Bride
emily j hair + makeup

Best Ceremony Music

Adagio Djay Entertainment

Four Voices String Quartet
Sharon Planer, Pianist for Parties

Best Alterations

Amazing Alterations

The Dressmaker
Louise Kegley

Best Ceremony Venue

Basilica of St. Mary

Juliane James Place
The Woods Chapel and Event Center

Best Officiant

Minnesota Wedding Officiants

Rev. Tomkin Coleman
Judge Tom Armstrong

Best Registry

Crate & Barrel


Best Florist

Ashley Fox Designs

Floral Logic
Just Bloomed

Best Planner

Lasting Impressions Wedding and Event Coordination

Mi Mi Design
Mother of the Bride Wedding Design and Coordinating Services

Best Cake

Cocoa & Fig
Queen of Cakes

Best Dance Instruction

Arthur Murray Dance Studios

Brian Sostek
Krista Haskins at Adagio Djay Entertainment

Best Calligraphy

Crystal Kluge
Calligraphy with Style
Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher

Best Invitations
Gretchen Berry
Epitome Papers

Best Wedding-Night Hotel
Graves | 601 Hotel

Saint Paul Hotel
Westin Edina Galleria

Best Favors

Cocoa & Fig

Gateaux, Inc.
Lasting Impressions by Amy

Best Hotel for Guests
Graves | 601 Hotel

Saint Paul Hotel
W Minneapolis The Foshay

Best Honeymoon in Minnesota

Bluefin Bay Resort

Grand View Lodge
Larsmont Cottages on Lake Superior

Best Travel Agency

All About Honeymoons and Destination Weddings

Travel Leaders (Romance Leaders and Enchanted Getaways)

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