The name Avalon goes way back to the year of 1126 AD, being an island where King Arthur selected to heal his battle wounds. The name Avalon comes from the word “apple, or fruit”, and is where King Arthur’s famous sword, “Excalibur” was foraged. We celebrate that culinary legend with many of our famous culinary entrees such as our tantalizing Herb-roasted Pork and Apple Chutney.
The present era Avalon has not been around quite that long, but we are celebrating our 20th anniversary as Fargo/Moorhead’s largest, and busiest business and recreational facility in the Midwest.
Our 55,000 square feet of meeting space encompasses seven luxurious spaces, all offering a complete line of historically themed areas with state-of-the-art audio/visual benefits, with concert hall amenities.
Two dreamers, Lee and Tom, both of whom are Fargo natives, shared a dream, at the time when the Fargo downtown experienced a mass exodus. They dug in and transformed the 1908 Stone Piano Company (formerly the Daveau Music Company) into a world-class entertainment and business center, that is listed on the National Historic Register.
Last year, the building was sold to the Kilbourne Group and the business was enlarged, modernized, and moved to southwest Fargo. It is not unusual to see up to eight shining brides and grooms every weekend enjoy their most special day, bathed in candle light, celebrating their wedding vows and starting their lives together.
With the remodeling, state of the art built-in technology, extensive parking lot, and additional rooms we have also been able to expand our corporate celebrations. From conventions, to small meeting we have spaces for 50-1500.
We thank everyone for our success and look forward to the next 20+ years of celebrating important moments with you, our valued guests. Please call me personally at 701-478-9600 so that we can share events that are important to you.
Kathy Colliton | Director of Operations
4 To 8 Weeks Out
Mail All Invitations and RSVPs (8 weeks)
Apply for Marriage License-Bring Proper Documents
Order Tuxedoes for Groom and Groomsmen
Meet with the Caterer to go Over Menus, Wine Selections, etc.
Do a Hair and Makeup Run-Through (Include Veil)
Finalize Honeymoon Arrangement
Decide on Rehearsal Dinner Outfit
Make Honeymoon Packing List
Finish Bridal Shower Thank-Yous
Finalize Ceremony Readings
4 Weeks Out
Buy Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Parents & Children Gifts
Work on Seating Chart
Finish Writing Vows
Finalize Ceremony Outline & Programs
Create Weekend Outline
Send Out Rehearsal Reminders
Make Nail and Spa Appointments
Buy or Make a Day-of-Emergency Kit
Schedule Final Fitting for Bride and Bridesmaids Dresses
Finalize and Confirm Arrangements for Out of Town Guests
2 Weeks Out
Confirm Details with the Photographer, Florist and Other Vendors
Finalize Wedding Day Transportation
Arrange to Change Name on License, Social Security Card, etc.
Finalize Guest Numbers with Caterer
Order Wedding Rings
Confirm Wedding Ceremony and Reception Music
Compile All Lists of All Vendors and Wedding Party with Contact Information
Confirm Payments with Vendors
Write Your Rehearsal Dinner Toast
Wrap and Write Cards for Groomsmen, Parents & Children’s Gifts
1 Week Out
Confirm Honeymoon Arrangements & Make Copy of Itinerary for Emergencies
Pack for Honeymoon
Check Size and Fit of Rings
Arrange for Pickup of Wedding Attire
Enclose Any Fees Due on Wedding Day in Envelopes for Distribution
Appoint a Trustworthy Person to Bring Important Items (cake knife, toasting glasses, etc.) to Reception
Put Tip Money Aside for Vendors
Double-Check all Details with Photographer, Videographer, Florist, etc.
Arrange Photographer, Videographer and Attendants Arrive 2 Hours Before Ceremony
Arrange Music to Begin ½ Hour Prior to Ceremony
1 Day Out
Confirm Receipt of Marriage License
Arrive Early at Rehearsal
Bring Attendants Gifts
Enjoy Rehearsal Dinner
Gather Something Old – Symbolizing Continuity with
Family & Heritage
Gather Something New-Symbolizing Optimism &
Hope for the New Life Ahead
Gather Something Borrowed-An Item from a
Happily Married Friend or Family Member
Gather Something Blue-Symbolizing Love and Fidelity
Decide on Perfume for the Day
Confirm Wedding Day Details with Wedding Party
Day Of Your Wedding
Bring Wedding License
Eat Lightly In the Morning
Have Hair and Makeup Done
Start Dressing 1 to 2 Hours Before Ceremony
Relax and Remain Calm at All Times
Have Personal Attendant Next to You for Touchups, Extra Lipstick, Water, etc.
Eat Lightly In the Afternoon
Prior to Ceremony Starting, (about 15 Minutes)
Take Quiet Time with Your Wedding Party
Smile at Your Future Partner!
Enjoy This Beautiful, Once-in-a-Lifetime Day
Surrounded by Friends and Family!