A Landmark Historic Wedding Venue in Saint Paul

You deserve the perfect backdrop for the celebration of a lifetime.

We Invite You

Perched high on Summit Hill, the University Club of Saint Paul is a Tudor-Style private club built in 1913. Summit Avenue’s University Club offers panoramic views of downtown Saint Paul and the Mississippi River Valley and is one of Saint Paul’s most treasured historical icons. For more than a century, the club has provided the backdrop for some of the most talked-about events in the Twin Cities.

We invite you to host your legendary wedding at our historic club.

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Our Commitment

The University Club provides the perfect backdrop for the celebration of a lifetime. Here, weddings are both grand and intimate, enveloped in the historic opulence of swirling staircases, shimmering chandeliers, sweeping views, and ornate architectural detail.

We offer solutions to make planning easier: from helping you design your perfect menu, helping create aesthetic and ambiance, and helping recommend vendors, to facilitating transportation and hotel accommodations.

Whether you host your wedding, reception, or the entire weekend with us, your guests will be wowed, and you'll be relaxed. That's because our professional catering and event staff works closely with each couple to meticulously plan every detail, ensuring that nothing is overlooked.

We are committed to making the day of your dreams into a reality. Inquire today, we promise to show you why our commitment to excellence has pleased so many Brides, Grooms, friends, and family.

We provide the Following:

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Indoor & Outdoor spaces for Weddings and Receptions
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Space for up to 200 guests (150 seated).
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Catering Menu Selection
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Experienced Waitstaff and Bartenders
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Tables, Linens, and Silverware
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Dance Floor
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Vendor Recommendations
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Everything you will need for your perfect day.  

OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS

You don’t have to be a member to host an event at the University Club. If you are a member, ask us about special member benefits for event hosting.

Free Full Membership for One-Year

Wedding couples receive a free one-year executive membership to The University Club of Saint Paul and The Saint Paul Athletic Club. No application fees if the membership is extended.

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An Unforgettable Venue

The Club’s Summit Room and Terrace provide an unforgettable venue for a groom’s dinner, bridal celebration, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, cocktail hour, and/or reception.

With second-to-none service and an upscale, intimate vibe, brides and grooms report feeling like they've hosted their wedding at the stunning mansion of a close friend.

Outdoor Ceremonies

Envisioning an outdoor ceremony? We’ll host you at Overlook Park on Summit Avenue, adjacent to the University Club, where your guests will enjoy stunning views of downtown Saint Paul and the river valley. Ceremonies are also available at Boyd Park, Cochran Park, and Nathan Hale Park, all of which are within a couple blocks of the University Club.

Tented weddings are available on the tennis court in September and October.

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The Knot Best of Weddings - 2018 Pick
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The Knot Best of Weddings - 2019 Pick
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On-Site Catering

As the exclusive caterer for our venues, we offer gourmet dining that’s beyond compare. We’re known for artfully crafted, mouthwatering food that your guests will be talking about for years to come.

Looking for something specific?  We’ll work closely with you to create your perfect menu.

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Experienced Event Coordinators

Our detail-oriented staff takes pride in making sure your wedding is tailored to your perfect specifications.

We offer hands-on planning services, gourmet food, and the unique, personal touches that will make the memories of your big day last a lifetime.

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel 340, located nearby in downtown Saint Paul, and The Davidson, just a couple blocks away, are perfect places for you and your guests to stay.

Overnight Accommodations

Free Full Executive Membership for One-Year

Start your lives together as a member of The University Club of Saint Paul and The Saint Paul Athletic Club. No application fees if the membership is extended.

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Commonwealth Properties Weddings

You’ve found it. Unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime elegance—well within reach.

You’ve already made the most important decision—whom to spend your life with. Now you’re realizing that this decision comes along with a whole lot of other choices, like where to host the biggest event of your life.

Venue is everything. It says so much about who you are and what kind of event you want to have. Will it be all white tie and champagne? Glitz and glam? Great Gatsby chic? Old world elegance? Understated and relaxed? Refined and sophisticated? A breathtaking, over-the-top event of the century? An immersive weekend getaway that—literally and figuratively—transports your guests?

It all starts with place. Place is more than four walls. It’s the feeling your guests get when they step through the door. Will their jaws drop?

When you select the right setting, you won’t have to blow your budget on décor. The venue itself will bring your vision to life. And you can still customize to your heart’s content. Think of it like starting with a filet mignon instead of a hot dog: You can add all your favorite toppings to either dish, but they’ll never compare.

The best part: The filet mignon doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. When elegance, sophistication, and unparalleled taste are built right into the venue, a high-class event is simply part of the package.

So start dreaming. At Commonwealth Properties, we’re dream-weavers. We’ve provided the backdrop to the region’s most unforgettable, talked-about, Instagrammed, Pinterest-boarded, flawlessly executed wedding ceremonies, receptions, cocktail hours, groom’s dinners, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, gift openings, and more.

Whether your event calls for the tranquil privacy of a secluded island or the chic glamour of a historic urban penthouse, Commonwealth Properties deliver an unparalleled blend of elegance and service.

With more than a dozen event spaces between them, the University Club and Saint Paul Athletic Club offer a diverse range of settings to suit every need. Our dedicated, professional catering staff is ready to attend to each detail, from event design to impeccable execution. We listen closely and help create a unique event that's tailored from start to finish, with a broad array of décor, entertainment, and menu options.

Whether you're looking to host two guests or 400 guests, the University Club and Saint Paul Athletic Club will help you create memories to last a lifetime. You do not need to be a member to hold a private event at the University Club, but members do receive special benefits. In addition to the event spaces in its clubhouses, the University Club can book lodging rooms for its guests at Hotel 340, housed in the Saint Paul Athletic Club, and plan associated events at W.A. Frost Restaurant, Stout's Island Lodge and the Commodore Bar and Restaurant.

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