Take a tip from Minnesota brides: October, not June, is the most popular month for weddings in Minnesota. That’s when the Twin Cities are at their best—after the sticky summer and before the snow flies. May and June are a close second, although spring is an elusive thing here, lasting just a week or two.
Summer is high season, when you’ll see longer hours at venues, slightly higher hotel prices (except downtown), and venues packed with music and festivals. In late June, the sun sets around 9 p.m. and dusk lingers until around 10.
But don’t count out the winter! Yes, the snow and cold can add a bit of hassle, but these cities know how to deal with it, even how to revel in it—case in point: late January’s Winter Carnival (Rice Park, St. Paul, 651/223-4700, www.winter-carnival.com ).