Join us at the 2018 Grand Rapids Wedding Show February 18 at the Timberlake Lodge 11 - 2​​

The Wedding Parlour is a full service bridal and tuxedo shop in northern Minnesota with two locations in Grand Rapids MN and Hibbing MN.
The Wedding Parlour is a full service bridal and tuxedo shop in northern Minnesota with two locations in Grand Rapids MN and Hibbing MN.
The Wedding Parlour is a full service bridal and tuxedo shop in northern Minnesota with two locations in Grand Rapids MN and Hibbing MN.

218.327.2307                                                                                 925 1st Street                                                                        Grand Rapids MN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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The throwing of the garter is derived from an old English custom called "flinging the stocking".  Guests would invade the bridal chamber and steal the bride's stockings, then take turns flinging them.  Whoever threw one that landed on the groom's nose would be the next marry.  By the 14th century, possession of the garter became highly esteemed and the bride would be rushed to the altar by hordes of guests competing for the prize.  Medieval French revelers considered pieces of the bride's attire lucky and guests would literally rip off pieces of her gown.  To defend herself she would throw them her garter.

Breanna, Lee & Friends

The wedding ring has been worn on the third finger of the left hand since Roman times.  The Romans believed that the vein in that finger runs directly to the heart.  The wedding ring is a never ending circle, which symbolizes everlasting love which has no beginning and no end. 

Wedding Fun Facts


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Photo by Wicklund Productions


Schedule a Bridal Try-On Appointment                                         Bridal gowns should be ordered 8 to 10 months before your wedding.  When you place an order for your gown, it is made especially for you in China.  After your gown arrives, you will need ample time to have all of your alterations done. Sixty percent down is required to order your bridal gown.

Bridesmaid gowns should be ordered about 6 months before your wedding.  Once all of your maids are measured and have paid sixty percent down, the order is placed as a group. The gowns will all be cut from the same dye lot ensuring the gown colors will be an exact match.

We are proud to be an authorized retailer for all of the brands we carry.  We do not sell duplicates or copies.  All of our gowns are from the original designers, and you can be confident in knowing gowns purchased with The Wedding Parlour are authentic gowns of the highest quality from our top name designers.

So...please be aware of misinformation on the internet!  To find out if a gown you are looking to purchase online is an authentic designer gown, enter your city, state and zip on the store locator section of the original designer's website and look for authorized dealers in your area.   Shopping

Photo by Wicklund Productions

Britney                                                                                          Photo by  Wicklund Productions                                                 

The Best Man


Haley & Friends

And a Penny in Your Shoe...


Although some sources suggest that the "flower girl" owes her start to British custom, some say young attendants made their first appearances at weddings in ancient Rome.  During that time, they carried sheaves of wheat and herbs to ensure blessings of prosperity and fertility.

Today the flowergirl symbolically leads the bride forward, from childhood to adulthood and from innocence to her roles of wife and mother.  She also symbolizes the bride as a child as she is typically a young girl dressed similarly to the bride. She may also symbolize wishes for fertility for the couple and the forming of their new family.

...represents the bride's hope for good fortune and success in the future.  The bride often chooses the wedding gown as her "new" item.

The Wedding Rings


The Garter


The origin of the tiered wedding cake also lies in Anglo-Saxon times. Guests would bring small cakes to the wedding and stack them on top of each other. Later, a clever French baker created a cake in the shape of the small cakes and covered it with frosting. 

​From The Knot:  The wedding cake has always been replete with symbolism, and the tradition of breaking the cake over the bride's head dates back to the Ancient Romans. Customs evolve with the times, and today the ceremonial cutting of the wedding cake has become one of the classic elements of the wedding reception. In truth, the practice of the bride and groom cutting the cake together was born of pure necessity. As cakes went from simple pastries to elaborate, multi-tiered extravaganzas, it became virtually impossible for the bride to cut the cake alone. She needed her new husband's muscle to help cut through the stiff layers of frosting. While today's wedding cakes have become much easier to maneuver,   the bride and groom still cut the cake together simply for the love of tradition.

The Wedding Parlour is a full service bridal and tuxedo shop in northern Minnesota with two locations in Grand Rapids MN and Hibbing MN.

Kara and friends

One of the most common beliefs regarding ring bearers dates back to Ancient Egypt. During that era it was common for treasured jewels to be carried on ornamental pillows during celebrations, especially wedding ceremonies. Although many historians believe that adults carried the rings on the ornamental pillows during Egyptian times, today it is more common for a young boy wearing ring bearers outfits such as boys tuxedos to perform the duties.

In ancient times, men sometimes captured women to make them their brides.  A man would take along his strongest and most trusted friend to help him fight resistance from the woman's family.  This friend was considered to be the best man among his friends.  In England, the best man accompanied the groom up the aisle to help defend the bride.

Something New...


The Tiered Wedding Cake


Ever wonder about the meanings behind some of the traditional things we do at weddings?  Here are some fun facts!

Something Old and Something Borrowed...


The Ring Bearer


Tossing the Bouquet


Something Old...


Britney's "Something Old and Borrowed" was this beautiful, vintage tiara that has been in her family for fifty years.

A family member guest traveled from England with the piece and Britney wasn't able to view it until her wedding day.  It matched        her Wedding Parlour gown and accessories beautifully and was a special, amazing addition to her wedding attire on her most important of days!

So gorgeous!

The Bridal Veil


...represents the bride's link to her family and the past.  The bride may choose to wear an heirloom piece of jewelry or her Mother's or Grandmother's wedding gown, headpiece or veil as her something old.

The tradition of the father giving away his daughter in marriage has roots in the days of arranged marriages.  Daughters in those times were considered to be their father's property.  It was the father's right to give his child to the groom, usually for a price.

Today a father giving away his daughter is a symbol of his blessing of the marriage.  Taking her hand and placing it into the hands of the groom, the father entrusts his daughter to the groom for a lifetime.

Something Borrowed...


Bridal and Bridesmaid Gowns​​

Something Blue...


The Flower Girl


Father giving away the bride


The sixpence in the shoe is to wish the bride wealth in her future life.

with an authorized dealer will ensure you are purchasing a designer original from an authentic source and you will receive a top-quality garment instead of a disappointingly inferior, poorly constructed knock-off.

Leah & Kyle, Vest & Tie Looks

Borrowed items usually come from a happily married woman of close relationship to the bride and it is thought to offer these items would lend some of her good fortune, happiness and joy to the new bride on her special day.



The bridal party is a tradition that has been established for many centuries.  For a long time, the purpose of the bridal party was to foul evil spirits.  The bride's friends dressed similarly to her to confuse any virulent presences lurking about.  Today bridesmaids are there to support the bride in the stressful times of the wedding.  

The bride's wearing of a veil originated from the idea that the bride was vulnerable to enchantment, so she must be hidden from evil spirits.  The Romans veiled brides in flame-colored fabrics to scare off those spirits.  The Victorians turned the veil into a status symbol.  During Victorian times, when archaic customs were formally incorporated into proper weddings, the weight, length, and quality of the veil was a sign of the bride's status.  Royal brides had the longest veils and the longest trains.  

The veil also symbolized the modesty and purity of the bride and her reverence for God, and it reminds us of the temple veil which was torn in two when Christ died on the cross.  The removing of the veil took away the separation between God and humankind, giving believers personal access to the very presence of God.  Since Christian marriage is a picture of the union between Christ and the Church, we see another reflection of this relationship in the removal of the bridal veil. Through marriage, the couple experiences complete and full access to each other. 

Schedule a Wedding Tuxedo Appointment                              Tuxedos should be ordered about 60 days before your event. About 90 days before your wedding, call The Wedding Parlour (or click the link above) to schedule an appointment. Once you have chosen your tuxedos, send your guys in to be measured. Once your entire party is measured and they have paid their $30 down payments, the order is placed.  We recommend boys under the age of 18 wait until 30 days before your event to be measured to give them a little more time just in case they grow. 

Tuxedos are guaranteed to arrive the day before your event. Have your party try on their tuxedos for a final fitting. We provide complimentary on-site alterations if needed.

The tossing of the bouquet is a tradition that stems from England. Women used to try to rip pieces of the bride's gown in order to obtain some of her good luck.  To escape from the crowd, the bride would toss her bouquet and run.  Today, of course, the bouquet is tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to marry.  Flowers are also a symbol of fertility.  The first bouquets consisted of herbs, and later, orange blossoms.

The symbol of love, fidelity, purity of the bride are represented by the color blue.