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!