The historically renovated North Garden Theater seats up to 150 guests. Cast iron trusses float high in the air below 20 foot tall wood plank ceilings supported by century old brick pilasters. This industrial chic setting is highlighted with black carriage house sconces and beautiful chandeliers… an ideal backdrop that makes an impression! The North Garden Theater features theatrical lights, sound, and media, raised stage, dressing rooms, full bar, and open concept space to plan the event of your dreams!
Flexible time allotment... take 1.5 hours or more from your overall time and move them to the day before (if available) to create a low pressure set-up / decorating environment -OR- make time for a rehearsal / dinner.
OFFERING TOURS FOR PARTIES WITH A DATE WITHIN 16 MONTHS
NOW BOOKING UP TO FOURTEEN MONTHS IN ADVANCE
What's Included? A lot!
With a warehouse chic vibe, 17' ceilings, and beautiful chandeliers, our main hall is elegantly designed to provide a versatile and accommodating backdrop that makes an impression with out adding a lot!
AUDIO AND MICROPHONES
Our PA system is ready for your processional / recessional music, background music, dance tunes, live music and announcements! DJs don't even have to bring their speakers.
Up-lighting is simply magical! Choose a color or a combination of colors that will match your wedding's theme. Full RGB customization available.
PHOTO BOOTH BACKDROP
Capture those memories in front of one of our in-house backdrops (black, gold, red, or purple) or provide your own backdrop for our (up to) 10' x 10' frame.
TABLES, CHAIRS, & COVERS
From 8' catering tables to our stand-up high top tables, we've got what you need to suit you and your guest's needs. Complimentary white or black tablecloths provided. Setup and tear down included.
BAR & BARTENDERS
Our in-house bar will be staffed appropriately and setup to serve a tasty variety of beer, wine, cocktails, and soft drinks.
Choose a hosted or cash bar.
MEDIA / PROJECTIONS
Enjoy a crisp,15 foot wide projection for slide shows, presentations, and movies. Project a meaningful image for the backdrop of your ceremony!
Our stage is perfect for cermonies and head table setups. The stage is 24' wide by 8' deep, by 18" high and features a black velvet curtain backdrop and ruffled masking.
THEATRICAL POSTER BOXES
Another fun way to personalize the space! Create 2' wide by 3' tall posters that can fill our theatrical poster boxes to the left and right of our main entrance.
GET READY ROOMS
Our main dressing room is backstage and features ample counter space, mirrors, and comfy soft touches. Our second room is upstairs and looks out over West 7th. Both rooms are secured after initial use.
Chandeliers, sconces, cafe lights, up-lighting and theatrical fixtures are all customized for your ceremony, reception, and dance! Fun moving dance floor lights included!
CATERING PREP KITCHEN
Your caterer will love our sinks, prep surfaces, and a small fridge to prep and stage your event's food. This space is integral to a professional catering experience. Check our our caters!
DECOR & DISPLAY
The North Garden Theater has a limited collection of simple decor and display items that can accentuate the look of your event setting in a variety of ways.
Add your personalized message on our lighted marquee! The perfect way to make a fun impression on your guests. Makes for an incredible photo opportunity!
Ceremony: (optional) There is no additional fee to add a wedding ceremony to your reception as long as it takes place within your rented time period and there is no need to staff a full "flip" of the space from one setup to another.
Parking: (optional) 50 Parking spots are available in our shared lot (about 1 block away). Parking passes may be purchased by you for your guests or may be individually purchased from our website by you and your guests. $2 a spot or 50 spots for $100. Valet services are also available at an additional cost. If your party will park more than 50 cars, there is limited street parking. Parking may be subject to availability. Read more about parking here.
Hosted Bar Tabs / Service Fees: A hosted bar tab will have an automatic 15% service fee added on to the total. Food service arranged and billed outside of the NGT is separate from this policy. Read more on this topic in our blog.
Insurance: (required) Client(s) for the day of the event should maintain Commercial General Liability Insurance including Liquor liability in an amount not less than $1,000,000 Combined Single Limit for Bodily Injury and Property Damage, and a waiver of subrogation. The policy should name The North Garden Theater as additional insured and a certificate of insurance with an endorsement must be provided 30 days prior to the event. Why do you need insurance? Here's a great article from Progressive Insurance explaining the concept.
Dressing Room: (optional) The North Garden Theater has a dressing room on the main floor with 15 feet of lighted mirrors and counter space, a garment rack, couch, and personal item cubbies. After initial use, the room(s) are secured. The use of a secondary space can be arranged.
Food & Beverages: The North Garden Theater has a list of preferred caterers, but we are open to using ANY licensed and insured caterer. You can also bring in pre-preared foods like snacks or food trays as long as there is no home kitchen involvement. Beverage service (full bar) will be supplied by the North Garden Theater. You may choose to host an open bar, a cash bar, or a mixture of the two. Customized beer, wine, and liquor options are available. Outside liquor / beverages are not allowed.
Professional Host(ess): (optional) A professional Host(ess) can act as the MC and provide a voice and presence to help navigate the different segments of the evening like announcing the couple, the first dances, when it's time for dinner, releasing tables to a buffet line, and more.
Music for your Event: Curated playlists, professional DJs, and small musical ensembles are allowed at the North Garden Theater. Bigger, multi piece, amplified bands (like traditional rock bands) are not allowed. If you're not sure if the musical ensemble you have in mind will be allowed, please ask us! DJs must be selected from one of our local, reputable, pre-approved DJ service providers.
Event Planners: The North Garden Theater does NOT work with event planners. This does not mean YOU can't hire a planner. We just choose to communicate and work directly with our couples instead of through a planner. A "day of" planner is allowed/preferred.
*Prices and details subject to change without notice.
SUSTAINABILITY AT THE NORTH GARDEN THEATER
We are more than proud to do our part when it comes to being good stewards of a healthy planet. The North Garden Theater features many eco-efforts to reduce our waste and minimize our impact on the environment! We hope you'll join us in our commitment.
LED LIGHTING THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING
SMART THERMOSTATS AND SMART PLUGS THAT MANAGE OUR ENERGY USAGE
CUPS, NAPKINS, STRAWS, & MORE FROM THE BAR ARE ALL COMPOSTABLE
CREATIVE REUSE OF BUILDING MATERIALS FOUND ON-SITE DURING CONSTRUCTION
GRANT RECIPIENT OF A BIZRECYCLING GRANT
WE ENCOURAGE OUR CATERERS AND VENDORS TO CONSIDER REDUCING THEIR WASTE BY UTILIZING COMPOSTABLE-WARES.
WE RECYCLE OUR CARDBOARD, GLASS, PLASTIC, AND MORE.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How can I check to see if a date is available?
The best way to find out if your date is available is to check our calendar or you can reach out to us by using the contact form above. You could also call us at 651-321-4769.
When can we tour the space?
Private tours are available by appointment. Please reach out to us by using the contact form above. It's a good idea to make sure that the North Garden Theater is a good fit before you schedule a tour. Check out this page to see if we might be a good fit. Another great way to see the space in action is to catch a show at the North Garden Theater.
How do I reserve the space for an event?
If your date is available and you would like to book it, we'll share our Contract and Facility Use Policy with you to review and sign. An initial booking fee is due at the time of signing. Consider the date yours as soon as the contract is signed and your payment is applied.
Do I need to have all my event details determined at the time of booking? What will happen after I reserve the space?
We need to know the basics to reserve your date - date of the event, approximate guest count. As the details of your event come together, we ask that you keep us in the loop. Leading up to your event, we'll plan another meeting to finalize the rest of the details.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel the event no later than 30 days prior to the event, all payments will be refunded except the Non-refundable initial booking fee. Further details regarding cancellation are available in our contract.
How many guests can the North Garden Theater accommodate?
The North Garden Theater is best suited for events with a guest count of 150 or less. Our total building capacity allows for a few extra guests (just in case you're more popular than you thought) plus staff, servers, and vendors.
Do you have parking?
Yes! 50 Parking spots are available in our shared lot (about 1 block away). Parking passes may be purchased by you for your guests and distributed ahead of time or may be individually purchased from our website by you and your guests. $2 a spot or 50 spots for $100. Valet services are also available at an additional cost. If your party will park more than 50 cars, there is street parking. Parking may be subject to availability. Parking lot not available before 1pm on Sunday.
Can we have our ceremony at the North Garden Theater?
Yes! There is no additional fee to add a wedding ceremony to your reception as long as it takes place within your rented time period and there is no need to staff a "flip" of the space from one setup to another. If a ceremony requires additional hours or a staffed flip or change over is needed then we will offer you a custom quote for the labor.
How would a flip of the space work when going from a ceremony to a reception?
A "flip of the space" means that initially the room is set up for the ceremony with traditional rows of seats (usually with an aisle down the middle). After the ceremony is over, the space is then converted or "flipped" to accommodate tables and chairs, catering setup, and dance floor. While full "fips" are possible, most couples choose partial flips or table/ceremony seating. A partial flip would mean that SOME traditional seating rows are set up, but limited to VIP friends and family while the rest of your guests sit at tables. After the ceremony, the few rows of chairs are removed and additional tables/chairs setup if necessary. Alternatively, guests can be seated at tables from the beginning allowing for a seamless experience from ceremony to reception. For no additional cost, the wedding party can volunteer helpers to assist with the flip of the space. Our floor manager will lead the effort. A staffed flip with no help from the wedding party is provided for an additional fee.
Are there hotels nearby?
Yes. We are less than 2 miles outside of downtown St. Paul. Downtown St. Paul is packed with hotels! Here's a link to a Google Maps search for hotels near the North Garden Theater. Keep an eye on our list of preferred vendors for lodging specials.
Do you have adequate restroom facilities, are there stairs to manage, and space for a coat check?
The North Garden Theater features three uni-sex ADA compliant bathrooms. There are no stairs to navigate when you enter into our space. Our entrance ramp has ADA compliant hand rails. Racks are available to hang your coat or jacket. A coat check is available for an additional cost.
Who is my main contact and how much will they be available during my planning? Will they be there to oversee things on the night of my event?
Your Event Manager will be your main point of contact when it comes to planning and will be available to answer questions via e-mail or face to face by appointment. The use of your own dedicated “on-site coordinator” is optional.
How does food / catering work?
The North Garden Theater has a list of preferred caterers, but we
are open to using the licensed and insured caterer of your choice. You can also
bring in pre-prepared snacks or trays of food from a local grocer as long as
there is no home cooking/prep involved.
For event guest counts of up to 75 guests - the RENTER must arrange or
supply volunteers or helpers that will be in charge of attending to clearing
guest tables of food/waste.
For groups of 76 or more guests, the caterer must provide one staff member
(75 to 100 guests) or two or more staff members (100 - 150 guests) that can
attend to the food and the bussing / clearing of tables.
How does the bar / beverages work?
Beverage service (full bar) will be supplied by the North Garden Theater. You
may choose to host an open bar, a cash bar, or a mixture of the two.
See our Bar FAQ. Outside beverages of all kinds are not allowed.
Can we bring in our own beverages or hire our own bartenders?
No and no. Per our St. Paul Liquor License, our bar service must be in-
house only. However, we have access to ordering a large variety of spirits,
beer, and wine. See our Bar FAQ.
I don’t want to serve any alcohol at my event, is that a possibility?
Yes. We will work with you customize a beverage plan that suits your needs. Beverage minimums however, still apply.
Do you have a preferred vendor list?
Yes. We are always forming relationships with a variety of specialty wedding vendors from catering and desserts to flowers and transportation. Click here to jump to our Preferred Vendor List.
Do you have any requirements for the vendors that work in your facility?
We require that any vendor working on-site during your event (i.e. DJ, photographer, caterer, photo booth, etc.) provide us with a copy of their liability insurance, listing the North Garden Theater as additional insured. We require that this information is obtained by 30 days prior to the event.
What can we do for music at our wedding / reception?
Curated playlists, professional DJs, and small musical ensembles are allowed at the North Garden Theater. Bigger, multi piece, amplified bands (like traditional rock bands) are not allowed. If you're not sure if the band you have in mind will be allowed, please ask us! Private friend / family DJs not allowed unless they are with a local, reputable, pre-approved DJ service.
What is the size of the posters that your outside movie poster boxes can accommodate?
Our movie poster boxes found on the front of our building to the left and right of the entrance are a great way to customize your event. Please supply us with a 2 foot wide by 3 foot tall poster. This poster can be given to us on the day of your event.
*Pricing and details subject to change without notice.