FAQs, Rates & Info
Q: WHERE IS THE LEC?
A: The LEC is in the historic Park Square Court building at 400 N Sibley Street, Suite L50, St Paul.
Q: HOW MANY GUESTS DOES THE LEC ACCOMMODATE?
A: The Reception Area seats 250 comfortably, the attached Ceremony Suite seats up to 200.
Q: WHEN WILL WE HAVE ACCESS TO THE LEC THE DAY OF OUR EVENT?
A: The contracted rental time is from 12:30pm-12:30am on Friday & Saturday; 9 hours on Sunday-Thursday leaving no later than 12:30am. Additional time is available before 12:30pm at a rate of $100.00 per hour.
Q: WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE VENUE RENTAL FEE?
A: The entire Lowertown Event Center including the Ceremony Suite & 2 private client suites, Chiavari chairs, lounge furniture, the tables listed below and specialty lighting. Also included in your rental fee is security for the evening and an LEC on-site facilitator who will assist you & your vendors at the LEC the day of your event.
Q: WHAT TYPES OF TABLES DO YOU HAVE FOR US TO USE?
A: 15’x38” Reclaimed wood head table that seats up to 20.
23-60” Round guest tables that seat up to 10 (linens needed).
6-6’ Rectangular tables for dessert, coffee station, escort cards and buffets (linens needed).
6-30” High top black tables for the social hour.
8’ Rectangular table for catering or escort cards (linen needed).
5’x2.5’ Reclaimed wood table for sweetheart table, gifts, altar, etc.
4’x3’ Reclaimed wood table for escort cards (up to 175 cards), candy station, etc.
3’x2’ Reclaimed wood guest book table or an addition to the head table to seat 22.
2 Vintage tables (3.5’x1.5’) for gifts, programs, memory table, etc.
Q: WHICH HOTELS ARE NEARBY?
A: The DoubleTree by Hilton (which is connected to the LEC via the skyway at 6th & Minnesota) View Site
A: The Embassy Suites (located at 10th & Jackson View Site
Q: CAN WE REHEARSE AT THE LEC BEFORE OUR EVENT?
A: You will have access to the ceremony suite for 1 hour the week of your event.
Q: CAN WE LEAVE OUR PERSONAL POSSESSIONS & DÉCOR OVERNIGHT AT THE LEC?
A: All personal possessions & décor must be brought in and taken out the day of your event.
Q: WHO WILL SET UP OUR DÉCOR AND CAN IT BE DONE THE DAY BEFORE OUR EVENT?
A: You are responsible for the set up your décor and it must be set up and taken down the day of your event.
Q: WHICH CATERERS CAN WE USE? CAN WE BRING IN OUR OWN?
A: You must use a caterer from the Exclusive Vendor List at LowertownEventCenter.com and the 9% kitchen
use fee is charged to the food from your caterer (not late night snacks or desserts).
Q: DO WE HAVE TO GET OUR DESSERT THOUGH THE EXCLUSIVE CATERERS?
A: Your dessert can come from any MN licensed & insured kitchen such as a professional bakery, Costco,
Target, etc. Food items prepared by the client are not permitted.
Q: DO YOU HAVE A CAKE CUTTING FEE?
A: No, the LEC does not charge a cake cutting fee.
Q: DO WE HAVE TO GET OUR LATE NIGHT APPS THROUGH THE EXCLUSIVE CATERERS?
A: Your late night apps must be delivered to the LEC by a MN licensed kitchen such as Green Mill or Pizza
Luce. Food items prepared by the client are not permitted.
Q: WHO PROVIDES LINENS, PLATES, SILVERWARE, ETC?
A: These will be provided by your caterer or a rental company.
Q: CAN WE BRING IN LUNCH/SNACKS FOR THE SET-UP PERIOD?
A: All snack & lunch items for the set-up period must come from a MN licensed kitchen such as Costco, Cub,
Jimmy Johns, etc. Food items prepared by the client are not permitted.
Q: WHO HANDLES THE BAR SERVICE & GLASSWARE FOR THE BAR?
A: Lowertown Bar Service hosts all of the bar & liquor services at the LEC, including staffing & glassware;
there are no minimums and each event must have a bar. Please email: info@LowertownEventCenter.com for
Q: CAN WE BRING IN OUR OWN LIQUOR FOR THE RECEPTION?
A: Yes, there is a corking fee of $15 per bottle of wine (no magnums); keg fees range from $250-$400
depending on the alcohol content of the beer; and spirits have a surcharge per drink. Note: Off-sale alcohol is
very affordable to purchase, but the liquor & liability insurance Minnesota requires me to have to legally
serve it to your guests within the LEC is quite expensive.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES $500K-$1mm IN EVENT INSURANCE COST?
A: Event insurance through your homeowner’s insurance will be around $60.00 and through wedsafe.com or
wedsure.com around $175.00.
Q: DO YOU HAVE A SOUND SYSTEM AND PROJECTOR?
A: No, this will be supplied by your DJ. I do have a DJ booth so you will not need to supply a 6’ table.
Q: WHERE DO THE GIFTS & CARDS GO AFTER MY CEREMONY?
A: Security will lock your gifts & cards in the private client suite which has a coded lock on it.
Q: IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE NEARBY?
A: There is a self-pay public lot adjacent to the Park Square Court building which is $5 a stall on evenings &
weekends. Additionally, ramps are available at Cray Plaza, Securian Center & River Loft Apartments.