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Benham's Grove

Centerville, Oh , OH
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166 North Main Street
Centerville, OH, OH 45459 US (map)

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937-433-1913

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Benham's Grove is a beautifully maintained 19th Century Victorian homestead. A fairy tale setting for your wedding ceremony and reception amid expansive landscaped grounds, perennial... Read more
Benham's Grove is a beautifully maintained 19th Century Victorian homestead. A fairy tale setting for your wedding ceremony and reception amid expansive landscaped grounds, perennial gardens, brick walkways and gentle pond. Classic...Affordable...Beauty.

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Christina
Wedding:
10/3/2014
3.6/5.0
This venue was beautiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed the location and facilities. The staff was very helpful and willing to meet prior to the day, and was also responsive the morning of the event in helping us rearrange our setup plans because of weather. I found all of the three staff members that I met to be friendly and knowledgeable. They provided blueprints of the grounds that made planning much easier. I think our only concerns were that because of the shift for weather we ended up using different facilities (tent and plaza) instead of house and barn, so ended up paying for everything but only using two things. That might be par for the course with venues like this though. Beautiful location thought. Everyone had a great time. The guys enjoyed getting ready in the carriage house, and the bridal suite was lovely. The guests all appreciated having access to plenty of bathroom facilities, too, and though we were disappointed not to use the house, barn and patio, the tent was set up very nicely. Just keep in mind that the venue provides chairs and tables, but you do all the rest of the set up. Oh, and time. The venue only rents for six-hour blocks. We would have enjoyed more time there, but they were accommodating in letting us set up outside (not inside) a bit (two hours) earlier, so that did help. Kitchen facility worked well for the caterer, too. The staff on hand that night introduced himself to folks as "event coordinator," however, and that generated some confusion, as he was really just there to monitor the venue, not to provide further help, so be clear about your expectations and their services. I saw the venue rep when I arrived, and at cleanup time, but not much in between.
This venue was beautiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed the location and facilities. The staff was very helpful and willing to Read more...
This venue was beautiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed the location and facilities. The staff was very helpful and willing to meet prior to the day, and was also responsive the morning of the event in helping us rearrange our setup plans because of weather. I found all of the three staff members that I met to be friendly and knowledgeable. They provided blueprints of the grounds that made planning much easier. I think our only concerns were that because of the shift for weather we ended up using different facilities (tent and plaza) instead of house and barn, so ended up paying for everything but only using two things. That might be par for the course with venues like this though. Beautiful location thought. Everyone had a great time. The guys enjoyed getting ready in the carriage house, and the bridal suite was lovely. The guests all appreciated having access to plenty of bathroom facilities, too, and though we were disappointed not to use the house, barn and patio, the tent was set up very nicely. Just keep in mind that the venue provides chairs and tables, but you do all the rest of the set up. Oh, and time. The venue only rents for six-hour blocks. We would have enjoyed more time there, but they were accommodating in letting us set up outside (not inside) a bit (two hours) earlier, so that did help. Kitchen facility worked well for the caterer, too. The staff on hand that night introduced himself to folks as "event coordinator," however, and that generated some confusion, as he was really just there to monitor the venue, not to provide further help, so be clear about your expectations and their services. I saw the venue rep when I arrived, and at cleanup time, but not much in between. Read less
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Brianna
Wedding:
7/27/2013
4.8/5.0
Amazing! Everything went perfect and the staff was there to help me with anything I needed before and during the wedding! The only reason they didn't get 5 stars for value is because if you want the tent, it is $1000 in addition to the rental for the grounds, but it was well worth it! Everyone was so helpful! The staff working gave my groom some food and helped calm his nerves, helped tell my dad and I when to start walking and stayed available through out the night. It was perfect.
Amazing! Everything went perfect and the staff was there to help me with anything I needed before and during the wedding! Read more...
Amazing! Everything went perfect and the staff was there to help me with anything I needed before and during the wedding! The only reason they didn't get 5 stars for value is because if you want the tent, it is $1000 in addition to the rental for the grounds, but it was well worth it! Everyone was so helpful! The staff working gave my groom some food and helped calm his nerves, helped tell my dad and I when to start walking and stayed available through out the night. It was perfect. Read less
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Hannah
Wedding:
5/31/2013
4.5/5.0
Benham's Grove was a beautiful place to have my wedding. They do an excellent job of maintaining the grounds. Even though the weather wasn't perfect the entire day (it rained during the ceremony), it still turned out to be a great wedding. The staff was helpful through the planning process and pretty quick to respond to emails or any requests that I had. The only caveat is that you can really only decorate and set up the day of the event, but if you have friends/family that can help or a wedding planner, it is no big deal. I left for my honeymoon very early the next morning and some things got left behind, including the top of my wedding cake. They were kind enough to put everything away for me until I could coordinate picking it up.
Benham's Grove was a beautiful place to have my wedding. They do an excellent job of maintaining the grounds. Even though Read more...
Benham's Grove was a beautiful place to have my wedding. They do an excellent job of maintaining the grounds. Even though the weather wasn't perfect the entire day (it rained during the ceremony), it still turned out to be a great wedding. The staff was helpful through the planning process and pretty quick to respond to emails or any requests that I had. The only caveat is that you can really only decorate and set up the day of the event, but if you have friends/family that can help or a wedding planner, it is no big deal. I left for my honeymoon very early the next morning and some things got left behind, including the top of my wedding cake. They were kind enough to put everything away for me until I could coordinate picking it up. Read less
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Bobbie
Wedding:
10/13/2012
4.8/5.0
We used Benham's Grove because it was recommended to us by a friend. When you walk onto the property you cannot help but note how beautiful it is. The people there were very helpful and always responsive to any questions I had. My guests had never been there before but all of them could not help but let me know how beautiful and nice the place was. Plenty of room for all of our guests.
We used Benham's Grove because it was recommended to us by a friend. When you walk onto the property you cannot help but Read more...
We used Benham's Grove because it was recommended to us by a friend. When you walk onto the property you cannot help but note how beautiful it is. The people there were very helpful and always responsive to any questions I had. My guests had never been there before but all of them could not help but let me know how beautiful and nice the place was. Plenty of room for all of our guests. Read less
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Benham's Grove responded with the following comments:

Bobbie....thank you for nice review. The staff of Benham's Grove works hard to make sure every event is the best it can be. It is so nice to know that you and your guests had a good experience!

Sally
Administrator, Benham's Grove
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Krista
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
What an amazing location for my wedding. The staff were always available to answer questions and were flexible with seating/table requests. They assisted with some of the set up and tear down which reduced stress for the wedding party. I would absolutely recommend having your wedding (or any event) here.
What an amazing location for my wedding. The staff were always available to answer questions and were flexible with Read more...
What an amazing location for my wedding. The staff were always available to answer questions and were flexible with seating/table requests. They assisted with some of the set up and tear down which reduced stress for the wedding party. I would absolutely recommend having your wedding (or any event) here. Read less
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NPatton2
Wedding:
9/23/2011
4.5/5.0
Overall, my experience with Benham's was excellent. The site looked beautiful and leading up to the wedding the staff was very helpful in answering all of our questions and providing suggestions for us.

I did have one issue which actually my bridesmaids dealt with more than I did...the woman who was the coordinator for Benham's the day of my wedding acted a little strange. We had our gifts locked in the cabin, which is what Benham's generally does. At the end of the night, my bridesmaid and her fiance were getting the gifts from the cabin and loading them into their car for me when the coordinator told them some of the gifts in the cabin were not mine. This was completely not true. Whose else's would they be? They were locked up with my gifts all night and had cards with my and my husband's names on them! She also tried to tell them that some of the decorations that they were taking down belonged to Benham's. They didn't. They were silk flowers that belonged to my mother. Luckily, my friends had the sense to ignore this sadly confused individual and got my gifts and my mother's silk flowers back to me. In addition, I was told by all my bridesmaids that partway through my reception the same coordinator rushed my friends to get all our stuff out of the bride suite, so they had to move all our stuff out (my clothes, make-up, dress bag, etc.) during my reception and missed part of my reception and worried they left stuff in there in the rush. Everyone felt very rushed by this woman at the end of the night as well when cleaning up and taking everything down, even though we had previously gotten our time extended for clean-up time and got out of there before the time required.

Other than that coordinator, everything was beautiful and I really liked that I could hire my own caterer and bring my own alcohol. I did hire outside coordinators and would recommend doing so.
Overall, my experience with Benham's was excellent. The site looked beautiful and leading up to the wedding the staff was Read more...
Overall, my experience with Benham's was excellent. The site looked beautiful and leading up to the wedding the staff was very helpful in answering all of our questions and providing suggestions for us.

I did have one issue which actually my bridesmaids dealt with more than I did...the woman who was the coordinator for Benham's the day of my wedding acted a little strange. We had our gifts locked in the cabin, which is what Benham's generally does. At the end of the night, my bridesmaid and her fiance were getting the gifts from the cabin and loading them into their car for me when the coordinator told them some of the gifts in the cabin were not mine. This was completely not true. Whose else's would they be? They were locked up with my gifts all night and had cards with my and my husband's names on them! She also tried to tell them that some of the decorations that they were taking down belonged to Benham's. They didn't. They were silk flowers that belonged to my mother. Luckily, my friends had the sense to ignore this sadly confused individual and got my gifts and my mother's silk flowers back to me. In addition, I was told by all my bridesmaids that partway through my reception the same coordinator rushed my friends to get all our stuff out of the bride suite, so they had to move all our stuff out (my clothes, make-up, dress bag, etc.) during my reception and missed part of my reception and worried they left stuff in there in the rush. Everyone felt very rushed by this woman at the end of the night as well when cleaning up and taking everything down, even though we had previously gotten our time extended for clean-up time and got out of there before the time required.

Other than that coordinator, everything was beautiful and I really liked that I could hire my own caterer and bring my own alcohol. I did hire outside coordinators and would recommend doing so. Read less
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Benham's Grove responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your review of your recent wedding and reception at Benham's Grove. The staff here works hard to serve clients and their guests so that they have the best experience possible. While almost all of the evaluations we receive from customers are favorable, I take it quite seriously when one points out any issue or problem that may have occurred.
After reviewing your statements and speaking with the event host on duty that evening there seems to be conflicting recollections regarding what was said. In essence, it is the event host's responsibility to remind clients and their designated contacts or vendors to remove everything that they have brought for the event. I don't believe any of the BG event hosts would jeopardize their job or reputation or chance facing criminal charges by retaining clients' gifts or decorations. However, it is not unusual for an event host to clarify if decorations belong to the cilent or may have been borrowed from Benham's Grove. (We are happy to lend out vases, silk flowers, a linen, etc. if needed.) In addition, it is the host's duty to keep all events "on schedule." They are aware of the client's contracted hours and can determine by the amount of decorations, etc. just how long it may take for the party to clean up and vacate the premises. It is suprising that your event host would have bridesmaids leave halfway through a reception, and moreso, risk that they wouldn't be missed! We understand that many times people just don't want the party to end and the host is viewed as the "bad guy" when they attempt to "get things moving along."
While I am not dismissing the seriousness of your charges, I have found that, in my experience, issues such as these are a result of a misunderstanding. Sometimes what is said is not what is heard. However, I apologize for any distress you or your guests may have experienced during your event. Please know that I will continue to monitor the performance of all the event hosts so that we maintain the high quality of service that has always been associated with Benham's Grove. Sincerely, Sally Blommel
Administrator
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weebee28
Wedding:
8/19/2011
4.1/5.0
The grounds were beautiful. We got married mid-august, so it was quite warm. The only negative things were they didn't spray for mosquitos or other bugs, because we kept getting bitten by them. And the benches were dirty, so it hindered our ability to take some cute pictures. But everything else was great, and our guests really loved the location.
The grounds were beautiful. We got married mid-august, so it was quite warm. The only negative things were they didn't Read more...
The grounds were beautiful. We got married mid-august, so it was quite warm. The only negative things were they didn't spray for mosquitos or other bugs, because we kept getting bitten by them. And the benches were dirty, so it hindered our ability to take some cute pictures. But everything else was great, and our guests really loved the location. Read less
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ashivonne
Wedding:
8/6/2011
3.7/5.0
Lovely place with so much potential. Great pricing. Certain areas were not very accommodating such as the barn as we would have liked but everyone was so friendly. Enjoyed being there on my special day.
Lovely place with so much potential. Great pricing. Certain areas were not very accommodating such as the barn as we would Read more...
Lovely place with so much potential. Great pricing. Certain areas were not very accommodating such as the barn as we would have liked but everyone was so friendly. Enjoyed being there on my special day. Read less
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ERTrick
Wedding:
7/23/2011
4.7/5.0
Benham's Grove was the most perfect location for my wedding! The grounds and gazebo are so gorgeous and they keep everything in good condition. There is a place for the girls and guys to get ready! Great spot for the caterers and the workers were always extremely helpful. Sometimes they were a little slow with responding but they always got back to you!!!
Benham's Grove was the most perfect location for my wedding! The grounds and gazebo are so gorgeous and they keep Read more...
Benham's Grove was the most perfect location for my wedding! The grounds and gazebo are so gorgeous and they keep everything in good condition. There is a place for the girls and guys to get ready! Great spot for the caterers and the workers were always extremely helpful. Sometimes they were a little slow with responding but they always got back to you!!! Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding reception at Benham's Grove on June 18, 2011 and could not have been more pleased with the grounds and staff. Everything on the grounds was beautiful! The photographer loved the area for pictures and we received many compliments from the guests about how wonderful the venue is. The brick patio for the tent was amazing! It looked spectacular and we had no issues with the ground being wet or muddy even though it sprinkled some later in the evening. Our event coordinator, Margo, was phenomenal as well! She helped wherever she was needed during set up and clean up without complaint. Additionally, she helped many of our guests safely get home by calling numerous cabs at the end of the night. She was incredibly patient and helpful throughout the entire event! I could not have asked for a better venue!
We had our wedding reception at Benham's Grove on June 18, 2011 and could not have been more pleased with the grounds and Read more...
We had our wedding reception at Benham's Grove on June 18, 2011 and could not have been more pleased with the grounds and staff. Everything on the grounds was beautiful! The photographer loved the area for pictures and we received many compliments from the guests about how wonderful the venue is. The brick patio for the tent was amazing! It looked spectacular and we had no issues with the ground being wet or muddy even though it sprinkled some later in the evening. Our event coordinator, Margo, was phenomenal as well! She helped wherever she was needed during set up and clean up without complaint. Additionally, she helped many of our guests safely get home by calling numerous cabs at the end of the night. She was incredibly patient and helpful throughout the entire event! I could not have asked for a better venue! Read less
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