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Grand Island Mansion

Walnut Grove , CA

LOCATION

13415 Grand Island Road
Walnut Grove, CA 95690 US

PHONE

916-775-1705

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Shannon
Wedding:
5/29/2016
4.8/5.0
My wedding is in May 2016 so this review is only based on my experiences so far. I will update it after the wedding. I love the venue's unique charm and so far the staff (Debbie & Rick) have been responsive when I have had questions. The only negatives I have found so far aren't anything major. 1 - You have to use the venue's food but they don't offer tastings. Seems strange to pick menu options without sampling the food. Debbie told us we could come to a Sunday brunch (which we did at $29 per person) but the brunch menu only had a couple items from the dinner menu. Everything was delicious and I'm sure the food will be fine but it is a little disappointing that you can't taste the food or cake. 2 - They only allow you onsite for 1.5 hours before your ceremony. So I have a 6:00pm ceremony and the earliest I can arrive is 4:30pm. I feel like decoration set up will be crazy and our pre-ceremony and getting ready photos will be rushed. 3 - They aren't super flexible, the have set schedules, pre-approved DJs, a packet of rules, etc. but in the end, they do this all day everyday so who am I to argue? Overall the location is beautiful and so far everyone has been helpful and professional.
My wedding is in May 2016 so this review is only based on my experiences so far. I will update it after the wedding. I Read more...
My wedding is in May 2016 so this review is only based on my experiences so far. I will update it after the wedding. I love the venue's unique charm and so far the staff (Debbie & Rick) have been responsive when I have had questions. The only negatives I have found so far aren't anything major. 1 - You have to use the venue's food but they don't offer tastings. Seems strange to pick menu options without sampling the food. Debbie told us we could come to a Sunday brunch (which we did at $29 per person) but the brunch menu only had a couple items from the dinner menu. Everything was delicious and I'm sure the food will be fine but it is a little disappointing that you can't taste the food or cake. 2 - They only allow you onsite for 1.5 hours before your ceremony. So I have a 6:00pm ceremony and the earliest I can arrive is 4:30pm. I feel like decoration set up will be crazy and our pre-ceremony and getting ready photos will be rushed. 3 - They aren't super flexible, the have set schedules, pre-approved DJs, a packet of rules, etc. but in the end, they do this all day everyday so who am I to argue? Overall the location is beautiful and so far everyone has been helpful and professional. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
7/27/2015
4.3/5.0
Overall, I am so glad that I chose grand island mansion as my wedding venue.
Pros: affordable, excellent food, they make the wedding cake which was convenient. My pictures and wedding video turned out absolutely beautiful because of this venue.

Cons: the coordinator did absolutely nothing on my wedding day. She did not read my banquet event order which I meticulously planned with Debbie (she didn't follow any of the instructions about the special meals I needed due to allergies or the specific instructions that were written down about the cake). However, the staff quickly whipped up the vegan and gluten free meals when I asked for them (took about 20 minutes after everyone else was eating). You are not allowed to have a speaker in the main dining room (they say there isn't enough space) so don't plan on doing toasts during the meal unless you can do them without a microphone. Also, you are only allowed access to the property 90 mins before the wedding which can be stressful getting everything set up in time.

It looks like the cons list is long, but my complaints are minimal. I would definitely recommend the grand island mansion!
Overall, I am so glad that I chose grand island mansion as my wedding venue.
Pros: affordable, excellent food, they Read more...
Overall, I am so glad that I chose grand island mansion as my wedding venue.
Pros: affordable, excellent food, they make the wedding cake which was convenient. My pictures and wedding video turned out absolutely beautiful because of this venue.

Cons: the coordinator did absolutely nothing on my wedding day. She did not read my banquet event order which I meticulously planned with Debbie (she didn't follow any of the instructions about the special meals I needed due to allergies or the specific instructions that were written down about the cake). However, the staff quickly whipped up the vegan and gluten free meals when I asked for them (took about 20 minutes after everyone else was eating). You are not allowed to have a speaker in the main dining room (they say there isn't enough space) so don't plan on doing toasts during the meal unless you can do them without a microphone. Also, you are only allowed access to the property 90 mins before the wedding which can be stressful getting everything set up in time.

It looks like the cons list is long, but my complaints are minimal. I would definitely recommend the grand island mansion! Read less
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Alexandra
Wedding:
3/29/2015
5.0/5.0
Absolutely, unbelievably huge and beautiful venue, for half the price of anything on the peninsula! The staff was incredibly helpful, and with so much of setup, breakdown, event coordination, and everything else just magically taken care of, I was able to just sit back and ride through the final days before the wedding and the big day itself. The mansion is kind of out in the middle of nowhere, so the ride in can be a bit intimidating, but it is beyond worth it.
Absolutely, unbelievably huge and beautiful venue, for half the price of anything on the peninsula! The staff was Read more...
Absolutely, unbelievably huge and beautiful venue, for half the price of anything on the peninsula! The staff was incredibly helpful, and with so much of setup, breakdown, event coordination, and everything else just magically taken care of, I was able to just sit back and ride through the final days before the wedding and the big day itself. The mansion is kind of out in the middle of nowhere, so the ride in can be a bit intimidating, but it is beyond worth it. Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
10/5/2014
5.0/5.0
The grand island mansion is the most beautiful place to get married! It is truly magical! The staff are very easy to work with and they respond quickly to emails. The food is outstanding and reasonably priced. I really liked the fact that we can rent out the rooms in the mansion and have some of our guest stay the night and wake up to a nice brunch in the morning. Fabulous venue which is very elegant! We had our reception in the marquee and it was just gorgeous all lit up especially with the elegant chandeliers lit up! Amazing venue!!
The grand island mansion is the most beautiful place to get married! It is truly magical! The staff are very easy to work Read more...
The grand island mansion is the most beautiful place to get married! It is truly magical! The staff are very easy to work with and they respond quickly to emails. The food is outstanding and reasonably priced. I really liked the fact that we can rent out the rooms in the mansion and have some of our guest stay the night and wake up to a nice brunch in the morning. Fabulous venue which is very elegant! We had our reception in the marquee and it was just gorgeous all lit up especially with the elegant chandeliers lit up! Amazing venue!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.7/5.0
Grand Island is beautiful, my guest loved it. Tara was absolutely amazing, and the wait staff were so helpful. The food was very tasty; my guest loved it. However, they kind of rush you through things, so I did not get all of the photo I wanted; therefore, I feel they lack flexibility. Moreover, I had to have my rehearsal at a rather inconvenient time because of the venue's inflexible schedule. Also, at times I had trouble getting a hold of them before the wedding. But, it was so gorgeous, I would have it there again.
Grand Island is beautiful, my guest loved it. Tara was absolutely amazing, and the wait staff were so helpful. The food Read more...
Grand Island is beautiful, my guest loved it. Tara was absolutely amazing, and the wait staff were so helpful. The food was very tasty; my guest loved it. However, they kind of rush you through things, so I did not get all of the photo I wanted; therefore, I feel they lack flexibility. Moreover, I had to have my rehearsal at a rather inconvenient time because of the venue's inflexible schedule. Also, at times I had trouble getting a hold of them before the wedding. But, it was so gorgeous, I would have it there again. Read less
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Shawna
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't change a thing. Grand island mansion was amazing!!! It was such a magical day. It could not have been better!
If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't change a thing. Grand island mansion was amazing!!! It was such a magical day. Read more...
If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't change a thing. Grand island mansion was amazing!!! It was such a magical day. It could not have been better! Read less
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shayda
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
We had the most amazing wedding ever. Grand Island mansion is such a great venue. We brought in many cultural events that made the wedding special to us, but the venue completed it. The staff was amazing always there to help. Never did a wine glass go empty. The food was so great. We've been married for 5 weeks and our guests are still talking about this venue and how our wedding was the best they had ever been to!!
We had the most amazing wedding ever. Grand Island mansion is such a great venue. We brought in many cultural events that Read more...
We had the most amazing wedding ever. Grand Island mansion is such a great venue. We brought in many cultural events that made the wedding special to us, but the venue completed it. The staff was amazing always there to help. Never did a wine glass go empty. The food was so great. We've been married for 5 weeks and our guests are still talking about this venue and how our wedding was the best they had ever been to!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
For my husband Quinton and I, our wedding day was nothing short of a dream come true! I had dreamt of getting married at the Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove, CA for 10 years...I fell in love with our venue over a decade ago while playing in a children's handbell choir at my mentor/bell choir director's wedding. To bring everything full circle, the most amazing delight was having she and several other ringers play "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" on the very same handbells at our wedding on July 26. Another special memory, my mentor's daughters were our precious flower girls, complete with flower-adorned, Pinterest worthy, heart-shaped french braids atop their angelic blonde heads. The Grand Island Mansion itself, as described by its name, is truly grand..."Think of an elegant garden party that Marie Antoinette would throw and you have basically just described the venue," says Kaleb Willis, our florist, owner of Kaleb Norman James Design (www.kalebnormanjames.com), one of our 9 groomsmen, and a childhood friend of Quinton's. I especially enjoyed being so involved with the floral designs and visited the San Francisco Flower Market with Kaleb to hand-pick exactly what we wanted for our wedding day!

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Tara our coordinator from the mansion was AMAZING & made me feel 100% at ease throughout the entire planning process and day of! Overall, my husband and I were so grateful to work with such amazing vendors, including the talents of Photography by Betty Elaine. She really captured every moment of our big day from getting makeup ready and my hair done to our incredible getaway on a small yacht chartered by Captain Charlie from the Locke Marina nearby the Grand Island Mansion! Another special highlight was ending the wedding festivities with some ice cream cones at Mel's, the best local coffee and ice cream joint in Walnut Grove. Quinton and I couldn't have asked for a more magical day at the mansion!
For my husband Quinton and I, our wedding day was nothing short of a dream come true! I had dreamt of getting married at Read more...
For my husband Quinton and I, our wedding day was nothing short of a dream come true! I had dreamt of getting married at the Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove, CA for 10 years...I fell in love with our venue over a decade ago while playing in a children's handbell choir at my mentor/bell choir director's wedding. To bring everything full circle, the most amazing delight was having she and several other ringers play "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" on the very same handbells at our wedding on July 26. Another special memory, my mentor's daughters were our precious flower girls, complete with flower-adorned, Pinterest worthy, heart-shaped french braids atop their angelic blonde heads. The Grand Island Mansion itself, as described by its name, is truly grand..."Think of an elegant garden party that Marie Antoinette would throw and you have basically just described the venue," says Kaleb Willis, our florist, owner of Kaleb Norman James Design (www.kalebnormanjames.com), one of our 9 groomsmen, and a childhood friend of Quinton's. I especially enjoyed being so involved with the floral designs and visited the San Francisco Flower Market with Kaleb to hand-pick exactly what we wanted for our wedding day!

Photos: http://bit.ly/Wi4dkr
Video: http://bit.ly/1BeMg6d

Tara our coordinator from the mansion was AMAZING & made me feel 100% at ease throughout the entire planning process and day of! Overall, my husband and I were so grateful to work with such amazing vendors, including the talents of Photography by Betty Elaine. She really captured every moment of our big day from getting makeup ready and my hair done to our incredible getaway on a small yacht chartered by Captain Charlie from the Locke Marina nearby the Grand Island Mansion! Another special highlight was ending the wedding festivities with some ice cream cones at Mel's, the best local coffee and ice cream joint in Walnut Grove. Quinton and I couldn't have asked for a more magical day at the mansion! Read less
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Chelsea
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
The Grand Island Mansion is absolutely beautiful!! Their coordinators help out a lot during the wedding day, including moving your centerpieces downstairs after dinner and setting up everything such as the candy bar, tables, escort cards, and different things I had bought on etsy. The food is amazing and the venue is very elegant and amazing.
The Grand Island Mansion is absolutely beautiful!! Their coordinators help out a lot during the wedding day, including Read more...
The Grand Island Mansion is absolutely beautiful!! Their coordinators help out a lot during the wedding day, including moving your centerpieces downstairs after dinner and setting up everything such as the candy bar, tables, escort cards, and different things I had bought on etsy. The food is amazing and the venue is very elegant and amazing. Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
4/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Grand Island Mansion is a beautiful venue. They are all inclusive, which we loved because we did not have a lot of vendors. They did our food, cake, beverages, and provided all the tables, chairs etc. It turned out AMAZING! We loved how the mansion was pretty much already decorated. The service was perfect. Make sure you stay in the rooms on the third and fourth floors after the wedding because they are wonderful. People were blown away with this place. We actually had our wedding on a Thursday here to save a TON of money and it was amazing!
Grand Island Mansion is a beautiful venue. They are all inclusive, which we loved because we did not have a lot of Read more...
Grand Island Mansion is a beautiful venue. They are all inclusive, which we loved because we did not have a lot of vendors. They did our food, cake, beverages, and provided all the tables, chairs etc. It turned out AMAZING! We loved how the mansion was pretty much already decorated. The service was perfect. Make sure you stay in the rooms on the third and fourth floors after the wedding because they are wonderful. People were blown away with this place. We actually had our wedding on a Thursday here to save a TON of money and it was amazing! Read less
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