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bowers harbor inn

Traverse City , MI

LOCATION

13512 Peninsula Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686 US

PHONE

231-223-4222

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.5/5.0
I originally fell in love with the sight. It is a beautiful place to get married. But the wedding coordinator, BARBARA OLSEN, is terrible to work with. I sent multiple emails, left multiple messages, tried to schedule multiple meetings, with no response. She finally sent me an email 2 days before the wedding without any idea what our menu would be. We had a signed contract with the
Menu items on it that I'm assuming she lost. We even coordinated our rehearsal for the day before the wedding with her. She said any time would work. There was no one available to speak with, the doors were all locked (at 11am) and our out of town guests and even pregnant friends, whom all drove quite a ways to be there, had no where to use the restroom. On our wedding day, we were instructed we could start decorating at 10am. There were remnants of the previous wedding all over the place, it had not been cleaned yet, chairs were left out at the ceremony from the prior wedding yet we were still charged per chair for the set up fee. During pictures, my mother-in-law fell on their plantation bc of a loose stone. The staff were informed yet a manager never came to speak with anyone. Later, when we informed Barbara of this, her reply was, NO ONE WAS INFORMED or we would have done something. So apparently we made that up. Also, there is no one to fix the problem bc person above her to complain to, is in fact her husband. Although the bar and staff were extremely helpful during the actual event, and the food tasted amazing, I'm not sure if it was worth it because of the hassle I had to deal with from the coordinator. Unless she is replaced, I would strongly suggest finding a different venue.
I originally fell in love with the sight. It is a beautiful place to get married. But the wedding coordinator, BARBARA Read more...
I originally fell in love with the sight. It is a beautiful place to get married. But the wedding coordinator, BARBARA OLSEN, is terrible to work with. I sent multiple emails, left multiple messages, tried to schedule multiple meetings, with no response. She finally sent me an email 2 days before the wedding without any idea what our menu would be. We had a signed contract with the
Menu items on it that I'm assuming she lost. We even coordinated our rehearsal for the day before the wedding with her. She said any time would work. There was no one available to speak with, the doors were all locked (at 11am) and our out of town guests and even pregnant friends, whom all drove quite a ways to be there, had no where to use the restroom. On our wedding day, we were instructed we could start decorating at 10am. There were remnants of the previous wedding all over the place, it had not been cleaned yet, chairs were left out at the ceremony from the prior wedding yet we were still charged per chair for the set up fee. During pictures, my mother-in-law fell on their plantation bc of a loose stone. The staff were informed yet a manager never came to speak with anyone. Later, when we informed Barbara of this, her reply was, NO ONE WAS INFORMED or we would have done something. So apparently we made that up. Also, there is no one to fix the problem bc person above her to complain to, is in fact her husband. Although the bar and staff were extremely helpful during the actual event, and the food tasted amazing, I'm not sure if it was worth it because of the hassle I had to deal with from the coordinator. Unless she is replaced, I would strongly suggest finding a different venue. Read less
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Chenin
Wedding:
10/9/2011
3.8/5.0
Here is the thing...This venue is incredibly beautiful and I would absolutely do it there again. However, I felt that they were understaffed and made some mistakes that just didn't match up to the amount that we paid. We had the ceremony there and the reception. I thought that Barb who runs their events was smart and to the point (I like that in a vendor) and when she got back to me it took awhile, but she did a good job of answering my questions. However, she was not there the day of, another woman was... who just didn't know everything that I had discussed with Barb (this ended up being a problem on a number of occasions). In terms of the actual reception itself, there were no wine glasses on the tables-- what???? And we were paying by the hour... I was of course in my just married bliss stage, so someone else noticed it and ended up having them bring out trays of wine eventually, but just a big miss in my opinion. Also, one table did not get served before our speeches started...of course this was the groom's parents and his 93 year old grandmother's table. Great. So they did not get their meals until everyone had eaten. The service was just way too slow. I have probably been a guest at a good 50 weddings, and some of them were in big cities with a faster pace, but I just think it was maybe an issue of us getting married on a Sunday and them not having the normal staff that they have.... all in all the venue was beautiful, my pictures are amazing and I wouldn't change a thing... other than having someone really watch the service issues. Also, they say capacity is 150, we had 133 with 14 tables and it was PACKED. I would say try to keep it to a max of 130 with 13 tables, and you still will have to have tables removed for your dance floor.
Here is the thing...This venue is incredibly beautiful and I would absolutely do it there again. However, I felt that they Read more...
Here is the thing...This venue is incredibly beautiful and I would absolutely do it there again. However, I felt that they were understaffed and made some mistakes that just didn't match up to the amount that we paid. We had the ceremony there and the reception. I thought that Barb who runs their events was smart and to the point (I like that in a vendor) and when she got back to me it took awhile, but she did a good job of answering my questions. However, she was not there the day of, another woman was... who just didn't know everything that I had discussed with Barb (this ended up being a problem on a number of occasions). In terms of the actual reception itself, there were no wine glasses on the tables-- what???? And we were paying by the hour... I was of course in my just married bliss stage, so someone else noticed it and ended up having them bring out trays of wine eventually, but just a big miss in my opinion. Also, one table did not get served before our speeches started...of course this was the groom's parents and his 93 year old grandmother's table. Great. So they did not get their meals until everyone had eaten. The service was just way too slow. I have probably been a guest at a good 50 weddings, and some of them were in big cities with a faster pace, but I just think it was maybe an issue of us getting married on a Sunday and them not having the normal staff that they have.... all in all the venue was beautiful, my pictures are amazing and I wouldn't change a thing... other than having someone really watch the service issues. Also, they say capacity is 150, we had 133 with 14 tables and it was PACKED. I would say try to keep it to a max of 130 with 13 tables, and you still will have to have tables removed for your dance floor. Read less
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cwm23
Wedding:
8/2/2010
4.2/5.0
Our wedding was so beautiful! This location is wonderful! There are lots of beautiful places to take photos on site as well. We decided to just have our ceremony here and not our reception because the cost of the reception is significantly higher than other places that we liked better for quality of food and interior decor. The person in charge of weddings is hard to get a hold of and she is not very good about returning phone calls. The location is so beautiful though it makes a wonderful place for a ceremony!
Our wedding was so beautiful! This location is wonderful! There are lots of beautiful places to take photos on site as Read more...
Our wedding was so beautiful! This location is wonderful! There are lots of beautiful places to take photos on site as well. We decided to just have our ceremony here and not our reception because the cost of the reception is significantly higher than other places that we liked better for quality of food and interior decor. The person in charge of weddings is hard to get a hold of and she is not very good about returning phone calls. The location is so beautiful though it makes a wonderful place for a ceremony! Read less
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linzetti
Wedding:
7/17/2010
3.1/5.0
We had our ceremony only here and I will say the venue is amazing! We loved the view and the location held sentimental value for my groom and me. BUT the contact at Bower's Harbor was not easy to deal with. She was hit or miss with answering/returning calls and rarely responded to emails. Someone in the wedding business should communicate better. No one was onsite at our rehearsal so we just guessed at everything. There was someone onsite for the ceremony. In the end, we needed very little communication at the rehearsal/ceremony because everything was set up as we asked when we arrived. We have a stunning ceremony here.
We had our ceremony only here and I will say the venue is amazing! We loved the view and the location held sentimental Read more...
We had our ceremony only here and I will say the venue is amazing! We loved the view and the location held sentimental value for my groom and me. BUT the contact at Bower's Harbor was not easy to deal with. She was hit or miss with answering/returning calls and rarely responded to emails. Someone in the wedding business should communicate better. No one was onsite at our rehearsal so we just guessed at everything. There was someone onsite for the ceremony. In the end, we needed very little communication at the rehearsal/ceremony because everything was set up as we asked when we arrived. We have a stunning ceremony here. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/13/2008
4.7/5.0
We were extremely happy with Bowers Harbor, we rented the whole restaurant for the afternoon. We had our ceremony and reception there and it was amazing, we could get our own DJ and decorate exactly how we wanted and we did not have to clean up that day. They cleaned eveything for us. We just had to come the next day to pick everything up. We loved it.
We were extremely happy with Bowers Harbor, we rented the whole restaurant for the afternoon. We had our ceremony and Read more...
We were extremely happy with Bowers Harbor, we rented the whole restaurant for the afternoon. We had our ceremony and reception there and it was amazing, we could get our own DJ and decorate exactly how we wanted and we did not have to clean up that day. They cleaned eveything for us. We just had to come the next day to pick everything up. We loved it. Read less
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mksa
Wedding:
10/6/2007
4.8/5.0
We loved everything about our location, from the food down to the view.
We loved everything about our location, from the food down to the view.
We loved everything about our location, from the food down to the view. Read less
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Martha
Wedding:
9/15/2007
4.3/5.0
Wonderful event planner, staff, and venue! Everything was perfect. We had planned to only have dinner there after the ceremony, but after we found out that they allow ceremonies there we put down the deposit. The ceremony can be indoors or out, and there is a back-up plan if you need to switch from outdoors to in. It was PERFECT!
Wonderful event planner, staff, and venue! Everything was perfect. We had planned to only have dinner there after the Read more...
Wonderful event planner, staff, and venue! Everything was perfect. We had planned to only have dinner there after the ceremony, but after we found out that they allow ceremonies there we put down the deposit. The ceremony can be indoors or out, and there is a back-up plan if you need to switch from outdoors to in. It was PERFECT! Read less
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