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Garten Verein, Galveston Historical Society

Galveston

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Galveston, US

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
My wedding was held at Garten Verein. My husband and I were kicking around several other venues but the search was over when we saw this place! It is "so Galveston", being that it is a lovely historic building and the architecture leaves little to be desired. We had our ceremony in Kempner Park at the pergola which was a nice site with the mature trees and defined ceremony space. Although in pictures I have seen the reception space very dressed up, we kept the decor simple because the space is so ornate and since we were going for rustic elegance this seemed appropriate. Something else that my husband and I really appreciated about the venue is that because it is only a venue you can hire every other vendor individually and create a unique wedding that suits your personality! The space is very functional, we had ~ 100 guest and the tables and people filled the space well, there was plenty of room for the stage, cake, gifts, entrance table, large buffet, and bar. The parking was sufficient for this amount of guest. The contact, Vicki, was easy to contact and answered all of our questions thoroughly and timely. With this space comes some minor complications coordinating all of the vendors and details that can easily be overlooked when not using an all in one event location. Some minor things to keep in mind is that the venue does not have an ice maker and there are limitations on what you can have for your "exit toss". This space is lovely and both my husband and I would highly recommend it to other couples who like the feel of the place!
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Kristy
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
The venue is GORGEOUS! We had our ceremonyoutside in the park and the reception was inside. The building is so beautiful you don't need very many decorations. Vicky responds very quickly and is very accomodating.
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Veronica
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Vicki was VERY easy to work with and very helpful with suggesting vendors and such. She even hooked me up with another bride getting married on the next day to share chair rentals for our outdoor ceremonies! The venue is absolutely beautiful on its own and requires very little decorations. With the LED uplights we used and the darkness of night, it was a very magical environment! The event manager was polite and very helpful throughout the day. We really appreciate the fact that she lit all of my candles on the tables for us while our ceremony was going on!! She did get a little impatient and miffed during cleanup, but I'm sure dealing with drunk people every weekend gets a little old after a while. The pergola was beautiful and I'm sure we will have tons of beautiful photos with all the natural scenery the park provides. Overall we had a great experience using The Garten Verein as our wedding venue!
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Tricia
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
What a joy to work with the Galveston Historical Society, and specifically Vicki, who provided wonderful advice and guidance. The setting was beautiful and the entire process, and staff, were wonderful. The liscense agreement made it easy to know what was required of us to rent this beautiful building. Two different times Vicki was able to meet us at the Garten Verein at the last minute which was greatly appreciated. Vicki was so willing to help in any way she could. The floor plan, given in the packet, made it easy to work with the florist and the linens provider to get the set up details worked out ahead of time. Vicki helped with contacting the City of Galveston for the use of Kempner Park for the wedding ceremony and the Galveston Police department for our security officers. Such a beautiful venue and wonderful people to work with makes for a lovely, lovely wedding.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
This venue is beautiful, and compared to other local options, very affordable. It had plenty of room, the Historical Society staff was easy to deal with, and I had complete control over what vendors I wanted to use. Also, they just put in a beautiful new hardwood floor. I like the setting in the park, but as a warning to people from out of town, there are some transients that hang out in the area so be sure that your guests remember to lock their vehicles (one family member had a purse stolen). Overall I am quite pleased with my experience with the Garten Verein, and I would be happy to work with them again.
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Samantha
Wedding:
3/30/2012
5.0/5.0
This venue was beautiful and gave us the best bang for our buck. They even upgraded the chairs about a week before our wedding which saved us a ton on chair covers. They were super flexible with the times we rented as it rained the morning of the wedding and the ceremony had to be moved indoors. Would definitely recommend them to a friend.
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Amanda
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
I HIGHLY recommend this place! If I won the lotto and could have my wedding anywhere, I would still pick this place no matter what. All my guest loved the place!
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Candis
Wedding:
8/21/2011
4.2/5.0
Vicki was great! She was always best reached by email which worked out for me because I'm a North Texas Bride and email was my saving grace planning a wedding from 200 miles away.

The only hiccup we had was trying to get the table centerpieces and other decor dropped off to the venue before the actual day of. We were married in the morning so it was a pain trying to get the stuff to the venue before.

Overall, great service and a wonderful building - would recommend to ANYONE!
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Courtney
Wedding:
3/26/2011
4.3/5.0
The Garten Verein was an absolute fairy tale place to have my reception. My husband and I had our ceremony outside by the water fountain, had cocktail hour on the patio and then moved inside for the reception! It was absolutely gorgeous!! Everyone keeps talking about how amazing the venue was and how "magical" and "enchanting" it was!! The price isn't terrible for what you get; we paid around $2000 for the venue, but that ONLY included the venue. But for the magical feeling it put off, it was worth every penny!!
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/10/2010
4.6/5.0
I think that for the price the Graten Verein is one of the prettiest venues you will find. It is a large ballroom and can accommodate 250 guest (We had 200 with lots of room to spare). Our wedding was 10/10/10 and any contruction (painting) on the building was complete and it looked beautiful. I also liked that the room didn't need much decoration because it had so much character. Overall, I thought it was a great place and I would recommend it to other couples.
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Briana Cerise
Wedding:
4/3/2010
2.8/5.0
I absolutely loved this venue when my husband and I booked it for our wedding. I also loved the fact that you can basically do whatever you want. They don't have a set list of vendors you have to use, which definitely helped on cutting costs. I would say I was 100% satisified until the DAY OF MY WEDDING when I got out of my limo and found that the building was in the process of being painted! It wasn't even like they finished part of it and made it look even or anything, it was literally white on the right side and green on the left. It looked SO tacky! I honestly wouldn't have even minded if someone would have at least tried to give me a heads up and offer some sort of compensation, but that didn't happen. My mother-in-law conforted the woman who is with the historical society about it and all she could say is that we booked it as is and there was nothing they could do for us. All I would have liked was a little acknowledgement that that was pretty crappy looking on my wedding day (and also extremely embarassing in front of all our guests)!
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Tiffer1
Wedding:
4/2/2010
2.3/5.0
The Garten Verein is a beautiful historic hall that allows you to bring all your vendors which is great! The buildings charm allows you to not have the need to decorate like a standard hotel hall or banquet rooms. The problem was that when I showed up for my rehearsal April 1, 2010 the building was under construction! The top story was being stripped and was half primed and there was plywood over most of the top floor windows as well as the steeple on top was completely covered with plywood as well. My Aunt spoke to the construction company and they were very apologetic and took down all the plywood but were unable to finish any more painting for the day. When my wedding planner called Vicki (the woman in charge of Galveston Historical rentals) Vicki was irate that we would even bother her with such news, she was on her way out the door to start her vacation. She explained there was nothing she could do. We explained a phone call when they scheduled the construction (considering it's a historic city building I'm sure it was done months ago) and give us options at that time should have occurred. After a lengthy conversation she offered us to change locations to Ashton Villa (which is unthinkable to ask EVERY vendor to switch the night before). Then after our planner persuaded her to compensate us she finally offered to give us $500 of the price. It's been over a month and she has forgotten to mail the check twice now, I'm going to pick it up in person tomorrow.
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SDGonzalezTx
Wedding:
6/7/2009
5.0/5.0
I had a truly wonderful experience with Garten Verein. All information was provided upfront and any additional questions were quickly answered. Only downfall would be the air conditioning not being able to keep up, but my wedding was in the middle of June.
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