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Find quality event professionals and wedding professionals for your special occasion in the Twin Cities and central Minnesota. Read the recommendations of Pianist for Parties, Sharon Planer.

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by Sharon Planer, Pianist for Parties

Are you looking EXCEPTIONAL EVENT PROFESSIONALS?  Here are Sharon's top recommendations:

 

Audio Video Rental

  • AV for You  A one stop source to rent Audio Visual equipment, including LCD projectors, laptops, theatrical and decor led lighting equipment, screens, microphones, speakers, stage, pipe and drape, podiums and much, much more. The staff are very knowledgeable, professional and personable.

Beauty

  • Mark Navarro Talented hair stylist and make up artist. He specializes in Up-Styles and Makeup for Weddings/Prom and other formal events. At your location Hair & Make up services for you and the entire Bridal Party!  651-636-9596.

Bridal Wear

  • Knit-N-Jules Custom designed hand knit wraps and garments that will make anyone feel special. Featured on the cover of Minnesota Bride magazine.
  • Mestads Bridal and Formal Wear Visit Mestads for all your attire needs. They carry hundreds of Wedding Gowns, many exclusive to them. They have a wide selection of Bridesmaids Gowns, Flower Girl dresses, and Mothers Dresses. Don't forget the groom! Mestads has the best tuxedos in town at the lowest prices - guaranteed. Visit our website to see what we can offer you. 

Cakes

  • Anna's Wedding Cakes  Anna has an obvious passion for her clients satisfaction. Her cakes are gorgeous and delicious! Sharon says, 'I have had opportunitiesto enjoy Anna's cakes & highly recommend!
  • Ganache Desserts & Confections mouthwatering and delicious!
  • Kake Creations by Kathy  You will be pleased with Kathy's delicious cakes and personal service. Sharon says, 'Kathy's cakes are as delicious as they are beautiful. You can't go wrong with Kathy!"
  • Muddy Paws Cheesecake  These cakes create beautiful centerpieces!  Sharon says, 'Tami Cabrera's cheesecakes are gorgeous creations and taste heavenly!'  Featured on the Food Network Show.  763-545-7161  Tami was invited to bring her cheesecake to the White House!

Catering and Food

  • A Catered Event  Kevin and Veniese Bame, Owners, have more than twelve years experience in catering and hospitality. their creative menus, beautiful presentation and attention to detail are reminiscent of the best catering companies of the Twin Cities. 763-262-5615
  • Campfire Desserts & S'mores, 612-414-5640, Mike is the master at bringing the campfire experience to events. Indoors or outdoors, you can roast your marshmallows---which, by the way, are 'homemade'. You can really taste the difference--I did! 
  • Chowgirls Klller Catering winner of 'Best Caterer for a Small Wedding' the past nine years in a row at Minnesota BRIDE Magazine 'Best Of' awards.
  • Innovative Catering Solutions Tammy and her team offer customized catering with a personal touch. On the day of your event you will enjoy delicious food accompanied by their undivided attention. 
  • LaVita Expresso and Gelato Catering  This company sets up their portable expresso machine and gelato station. They are in demand. I see them at so many of the events I play for .and, of course, I indulge!

Event Coordinators and Planners

  • Ambiente Wedding and Event Planning Joan and her team exemplify event coordination at its finest. Sharon says, 'I love working with Ambiente. Every event is perfectly planned and executed with style and  flair!'
  •  Lasting Impressions will take your dream and make it come true.  Sharon says, 'I enjoy working with Sarah and her team. Whether your event is on an island in the river or in a fancy hotel, Sarah will create the perfect event that will exceed your expectations!' 
  • Mother of the Bride Nicolle and her team excel at organization and covering every detail thoroughly. Sharon says, 'I have had the pleasure of working a number of events with them and know they are committed to excellence in every detail.' 
  • Park Place Planning knows how to execute stylish and sophisticated events. Stephanie and her team create events that flow flawlessly from start to finish. Sharon says, 'I have seen firsthand the reason clients hire them...to have a stress-free event that is perfectly unique to their clients.'
  • Premier Planning Services Rita and her team are known for their exceptional quality in event planning. Sharon says, 'I have experienced their amazing organizational skills at events where I have performed. Their events are flawless.'
  • Rosetree Events This team of planners are passionate and fun! I have worked many events with them and can readily testify that they provide exceptional services and are dedicated to fulfilling their clients' dreams.
  • Simply Elegant Bridal Consulting Sharon says, 'I have experienced Simply Elegant's great communication skills prior to an event and have experienced their passion for perfection at day-of coordination of events.  They treat their clients and everyone involved in an event with personal care and attention.'
  • Style-Architects transformed the Calhoun Beach Club into a magical place! Style-Architects wove ideas into reality. Rachelle and her team care about every detail and work to ensure that events are excellent in every way! 
  • Sunrise StylingAnna and her team are attentive to detail and work well with all vendors. Sharon says, 'They are passionate and full of ideas. I have seen them handle unexpected events with ease to keep everything flowing.'
  • Wonderful Day Weddings. Marissa and her team are energetic organizers and problem solvers. Sharon says, 'I know from personal experience that their weddings live up to their name!'

Event Planning Directories

Events Venues and Reception Facilities

  • 413 on Wacouta  This historic and elegant event venue is in St. Paul's trendy Lowertown.  The rough hewn stone walls creates an intimate setting with excellent acoustics for live music. Everything under one roof with lovely spaces for wedding ceremonies, cocktails and dinner/dancing.  The customer/client service is excellent!
  • Chapel of Love at Mall of America  A unique setting with consultants that can provide everything you need to make your wedding dreams come true!
  • Classic Hall Event Center The Hollywood movie and 'Old Town' setting is unique as is the classic car showroom! Their friendly event coordinators will take care of everything.
  • The Crown Room Banquet Center can accommodate up to 375 guests. This venue is know for excellent customer service. The ballroom as a vaulted timber interior including beautiful stone fireplace and waterfalls entrance. Lovely outdoor gazebo for wedding ceremonies. In-house caterer provides delicious entrees. 
  • Saint Paul Hotel is a classy and sophisticated venue with exceptional attention to customer experience located on historic Rice Park and steps away from the Mississippi River.
  • Semple Mansion is an exquisite Minneapolis venue with breathtaking beauty and the ultimate in excellent service!

Favors and Gifts

  • Knit-N-Jules Hand knit treasures.
  • Tell Your Story  Every story deserves a story book. Start yours today! Heritage Makers is a unique online publishing process useful in preserving your stories and memories in a custom hardbound books. 

Floral

  • Spruce Flowers and Home Imaginative floral arrangements.
  • Studio B Floral and Design goes the extra mile to make sure your floral and design needs are wonderful beyond your expectations!
  • Uy-Lennon Flower & Design listens and works with you to create a design that reflects your vision and personality; while staying within your budget. As much as possible, they use locally grown plants and flowers.  This supports local economy and cuts down on costs to the client.

GLTB Friendly Minnesota Wedding Vendors

Honeymoon and Travel

  • Destination Vacation Nichole Winter's knowledge, excellent service and experience makes her an award winning travel planner! She will take the stress and worry out of your vacation plans and is there to help you every step of the way. 
  • Pineapple Travel  Find the vacation of your dreams! With the touch of a button use the 'Custom Trip Search' online. Specializing in Weddings & Honeymoon Destinations, Tropical Destinations, Group Travel, Family Travel, Disney Destinations and Cruises

Insurance

  • WedSafe.com  Worried about extreme weather, no-show vendors, alcohol-related accidents? It is easy and affordable to protect your special event.
  • IntoxBox  While the primary goal of the IntoxBox is to keep your guests safe, the IntoxBox is a lot of fun in social situations and will add a whole new element of entertainment to your event. Between uses, the IntoxBox's 19" HD monitor doubles as a display board that will play your choice of custom media.

Musicians and DJ's

  • Bellagala DJ's  I have known and worked many times with DJ's from Bellagala. All of the the Bellagala DJ's are held to the highest standard of excellence and you can expect excellent services. 
  • Rev. Coleman's LIST of recommended musicians  Rev. Tomkin Coleman has more than a decade of experience officiating and coordinating weddings.  
  • Complete Music DJ & Video Services  These DJ's are experienced, professional, and fun!
  • Impressions Mobile Music  You will definitely have 'A Night to Remember' with the DJ's from this Award Winning Team! When I heard how DJ Larry Rowe saved the wedding day, I had to share his story HERE.
  • Loring String Quartet  Absolutely the finest string ensemble in the Twin Cities! 
  • Mary Pat Nydahl  Professional Wedding Vocalist. Sharon says, 'I have accompanied Mary Pat at many weddings. Her performances always touch the heart. At the planning meeting, I have seen Mary Pat's music bring tears to the eyes of the couples and the family members in attendance as they listen to Mary Pat perform samples of music for them. Mary Pat's music creates a unique emotional beauty to special events!'
  • O'Meara Music  Harpist, Serena O'Meara, works like the devil to play like an angel! 
  • Pianist for Parties on Facebook  jazz, swing, pop, light classical, holiday solo piano music for your next event.
  • Prime Time DJ  Adam Welz has a fun personality. He will immediately 'connect' and engage with you and your guests. A good time will be had by all!
  • Royal Event Musicians  Harp & Piano duo for Victorian era and 'Downton Abbey' themed events.

Music Enjoyment

Officiants

  • Affordable I Do's  is a team of experienced wedding officiants offering customized ceremonies designed to the specifications of the Bride and Groom.  Rev. Susan Lee-Wright employs a number of ministers, so you never have to worry that your ceremony will be disrupted by unforeseen events. Bilingual officiants on staff. I have performed with Rev. Susan and a number of her officiants. They all possess high standards of customer service and excel at connecting with brides and grooms on a personal level.
  • Minnesota Officiants   Lead Officiant, Jim Albani, has a dedicated team of wedding officiants. Jim has an easy going style with attention to creating a ceremony that reflects the wishes of each couple. He is dedicated and conscientious. On the day of the terrible blizzard (12-11-10), city streets where Jim lived were snowed in with no car traffic possible. While most weddings were canceled that day, Jim arrived by tow truck which was sent by the groom! True dedication! I braved the storm and miraculously made the trip. The bride, groom and wedding party were staying at a nearby hotel. So the wedding went on! As roads were plowed more guests arrived throughout the evening. the party got into full swing!
  • Positively Charmed  Rev, Leslie Johnson excels at highlighting a couple's love story into the wedding ceremony. Her words and kind and thoughtful.  She knows how to keep the focus on the bride and groom. She has a gift of leadership while at the same time allowing for spontaneity.  It is always a pleasure performing at ceremonies with Rev. Leslie!
  • Rev. Tomkin Coleman Minnesota Wedding Officiant and Wedding Coordinator is an excellent speaker. He is very organized and covers every detail thoroughly making it easy for everyone in the wedding to follow his direction. He will listen to you to create the type of ceremony that you want. He takes quality of service to a whole new level. Sharon says, "I have personally worked with Rev. Coleman and HIGHLY RECOMMEND him!"  Tomkin's WEDDING BLOG is wonderful and is packed with a wealth of interesting information that every couple should read if they want the inside scoop on wedding locations and vendors.
  • Rev. Frank Nelson has a beautiful way of personally connecting with the bride and groom. He gets to know the couples he is marrying. He doesn't crowd other weddings into one day. He devotes himself to the wedding he is performing. Calm, confident and caring describes Rev. Nelson. He is comfortable in any situation. I have interacted with him in a variety of settings ... an outdoor vineyard wedding, a park, as well as many classy venues. His weddings are thoughtful and heartfelt. He has a gift for connecting with people including wedding professionals such as myself, the wedding party, the guests, and most importantly...the bride and groom. Those who experience Rev. Nelson's weddings are truly blessed.
  • Rev. Tom Armstrong  Sharon says, 'Tom Armstrong's smile and gracious personality puts everyone at ease during a wedding. I have performed at weddings with Tom in a variety of settings and every ceremony has flowed smoothly. His message is always heartfelt with a personal touch. Couples hiring Tom will experience a friendly, experienced officiant.
  • Ceremonies by Starr Tairie Starr's friendly style puts everyone at ease.  She takes care of every detail for a STRESS FREE ceremony.  Sharon says, "I have personally worked with Rev. Starr does a great job officiating!."  
  • Celebrations by Jul create custom ceremonies designed to the wishes of each couple. Jul's lovely personality and presentation makes the ceremony experience one of joy and happiness.  Licensed in Douglas County (serving Alexandria, Arrowwood Resort, Carlos Creek Winery, etc.) and beyond.

Party Rental

  • Midway Party Rental When you visit their showroom, your imagination will come alive with fun creative colors and ideas for your event. This company offers the best customer service you can find in the Twin Cities.
  • Festivities Party Rental, great planning services and rentals for any size event.
  • Revived Tableware a unique collection of vintage tableware, china, and accessories for hire in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to make your wedding, corporate event, tea party or gathering an elegant affair.

Photographers

  • Choice Photo  Offering photographic services for life's most special moments. Sharon says, "I have personally worked with Steve Rouch at numerous events & HIGHLY RECOMMEND him!". Winner of the MN State Wedding Album Competition. FUN GUY-Steve enjoys people and helps everyone have a joyous time during a photo session. Great photography and a delight to work with!
  • Coppersmith Photography Amy and Matt Coppersmith's philosophy is 'to make the world a more beautiful place through amazing art from everything and everyone' . . .  and their photography does just that! 
  • Delight Photography Sharon says, "Michelle's passion and enthusiasm are evident in her photography as well as her personality. Her creative insights make each photo unique and wonderful.  I truly enjoy her photography and her beautiful personality!" {C}{C}
  • Divine Photo  They use creative posing and lighting techniques to make people look their best and have a creative photojournalism style. 
  • Lucas Botz Photography and Wildbooth Check out his web links and see for yourself...Lucas is a FUN loving photographer who makes the participants have the time of their lives during the photo shoot. He has an eye for capturing unique moments. The main photos of my web site were the work of Lucas Botz taken during wedding cocktails that I performed at in the Semple Mansion. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Lucas!

Piano Rental

  • Carlson's Piano World You can rent a grand piano for your event! The experienced staff at Carlson's will deliver, set up and tune the piano. When your event is done, they will remove the piano. I recently performed on a grand piano that Carlson's delivered for a wedding reception at the Minnesota History Center. It was a beautiful grand piano and perfectly tuned. The staff was prompt and courteous.
  • Schmitt Miusic Piano Rental has many great rental options.

Transportation

  • Renee's Royal Valet  The ultimate in limousine experience.  Weddings, tours, special events.  A high level of standard in quality, service and professionalism.

Videography

  •  Northern Lights Video  Sharon says, "They are in high demand and I know why...their work is impressive! Jeff Fuchs and his team are at many of the classy venues where I play so I get to see them in action. They have extensive equipment strategically positioned to capture the magic of the moment. Their true creativity shows in the finished videos they create. Their work is beautiful!"  HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!