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Strongbow Inn

Valparaiso , IN

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Valparaiso, IN US

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Private User
Wedding:
11/8/2014
3.0/5.0
Working with the staff at Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso was wonderful leading up to the day of my wedding. There were a few times e-mails were unanswered or delayed, but in general the service was excellent. My fiance and I reserved Strongbow right before the renovation in 2014, so the terms of our contract were different than what the current wedding package includes post-renovation and staff change. The appetizers, meal, open bar, and cake were all included in an exceptionally reasonable price! However, I am not sure if this is still the package offered to date since there was initial confusion about my cake being included because it was part of the "old package." Robin was easy to work with and the staff set-up the entire room which was a huge relief(centerpieces, lobby decorations, etc.).However, there were a few disappointing incidences during the wedding day. The cocktails and appetizers were set to be served at 5:00 pm, but when my parents arrived preparations were not complete and my parents had to be firm with the wedding coordinator and wait staff to get things done. By 5:15 the bar for cocktails had still not opened and many guests had arrived and were waiting. In addition, they had only one bar tender and a long line quickly developed. Our package included a 4 hour open bar with beer, wine, and rail drinks. However, when guests asked for some of the top shelf liquor which was DISPLAYED in the bar, the wedding coordinator told them those were on "vacation." Some of the wait staff was also unfriendly towards a few of my guests and made a few unprofessional comments. The cake, which was delicious, was not served until WELL AFTER dinner and delayed the dancing and festivities that followed. Some tables did not get dinner rolls and there were not enough for everyone at the tables that did get them. Champagne was not poured for all guests, including my parents for toasts. The food was delicious and my highest compliments go towards the chef and bakery!
Working with the staff at Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso was wonderful leading up to the day of my wedding. There were a few Read more...
Working with the staff at Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso was wonderful leading up to the day of my wedding. There were a few times e-mails were unanswered or delayed, but in general the service was excellent. My fiance and I reserved Strongbow right before the renovation in 2014, so the terms of our contract were different than what the current wedding package includes post-renovation and staff change. The appetizers, meal, open bar, and cake were all included in an exceptionally reasonable price! However, I am not sure if this is still the package offered to date since there was initial confusion about my cake being included because it was part of the "old package." Robin was easy to work with and the staff set-up the entire room which was a huge relief(centerpieces, lobby decorations, etc.).However, there were a few disappointing incidences during the wedding day. The cocktails and appetizers were set to be served at 5:00 pm, but when my parents arrived preparations were not complete and my parents had to be firm with the wedding coordinator and wait staff to get things done. By 5:15 the bar for cocktails had still not opened and many guests had arrived and were waiting. In addition, they had only one bar tender and a long line quickly developed. Our package included a 4 hour open bar with beer, wine, and rail drinks. However, when guests asked for some of the top shelf liquor which was DISPLAYED in the bar, the wedding coordinator told them those were on "vacation." Some of the wait staff was also unfriendly towards a few of my guests and made a few unprofessional comments. The cake, which was delicious, was not served until WELL AFTER dinner and delayed the dancing and festivities that followed. Some tables did not get dinner rolls and there were not enough for everyone at the tables that did get them. Champagne was not poured for all guests, including my parents for toasts. The food was delicious and my highest compliments go towards the chef and bakery! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Erica
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough great things about Strongbow! Not only is their food fantastic, but their staff was absolutely amazing! They made sure everything was how we wanted it to be. The cake was decorated beautifully and it tasted fantastic! Their prices are extremely fair, less than a lot of other places I looked. Everything was perfect!
I cannot say enough great things about Strongbow! Not only is their food fantastic, but their staff was absolutely Read more...
I cannot say enough great things about Strongbow! Not only is their food fantastic, but their staff was absolutely amazing! They made sure everything was how we wanted it to be. The cake was decorated beautifully and it tasted fantastic! Their prices are extremely fair, less than a lot of other places I looked. Everything was perfect! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was July 22,2012.My cake was beautiful!!!! Deborah is a very nice lady and takes the time to sit with you and go over every detail!!!! She is so accomidating with the cake tasting as well.I brought her a picture of a cake I fell in love with and thats the cake I got!!It is delicious also!!!! I wanted something that looked great but it had to taste great too and there cakes are mouthwatering!!!!! Thank You so Much!!!!
Our wedding was July 22,2012.My cake was beautiful!!!! Deborah is a very nice lady and takes the time to sit with you and Read more...
Our wedding was July 22,2012.My cake was beautiful!!!! Deborah is a very nice lady and takes the time to sit with you and go over every detail!!!! She is so accomidating with the cake tasting as well.I brought her a picture of a cake I fell in love with and thats the cake I got!!It is delicious also!!!! I wanted something that looked great but it had to taste great too and there cakes are mouthwatering!!!!! Thank You so Much!!!! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Strongbow restaurant and inn was just wonderful on our wedding day and through all of the planning! Because they offer the reception venue, do the catering themselves, and the cake too, they can offer a great package at a great price! We worked with Lori Daley, and she was just wonderful! Always got back to us right away, let us know about the plan and timeline we needed to work within, and was always extremely flexible! Any problem, issue, or little extra that we came up with she always said was "No problem!" and made the whole experience great! The food is all wonderful, and we got to take home any leftovers as well. I honestly have no complaints for this vendor! :)
Strongbow restaurant and inn was just wonderful on our wedding day and through all of the planning! Because they offer the Read more...
Strongbow restaurant and inn was just wonderful on our wedding day and through all of the planning! Because they offer the reception venue, do the catering themselves, and the cake too, they can offer a great package at a great price! We worked with Lori Daley, and she was just wonderful! Always got back to us right away, let us know about the plan and timeline we needed to work within, and was always extremely flexible! Any problem, issue, or little extra that we came up with she always said was "No problem!" and made the whole experience great! The food is all wonderful, and we got to take home any leftovers as well. I honestly have no complaints for this vendor! :) Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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dkoz529
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Strongbow was very accomodating. I gave some additional decorations from my shower and they did an awesome job at decorating the head table and other tables. Food and cake were great!
Strongbow was very accomodating. I gave some additional decorations from my shower and they did an awesome job at Read more...
Strongbow was very accomodating. I gave some additional decorations from my shower and they did an awesome job at decorating the head table and other tables. Food and cake were great! Read less
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Jillian
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
My fiance and I chose to do cupcakes for our wedding cake instead of the traditional tiered cake. We chose Strongbow because they have amazing carrot cake and we hoped they would also do a good job with our cupcakes. We were not disappointed.

Strongbow accommodated our wishes and provided us with three different flavors of cupcake with three different shades of frosting. They matched my gorgeous green color almost perfectly! The cupcakes were impeccable, they were moist, delicious, and most importantly, delivered on time.

Strongbow also gave us an excellent deal on our cake - we had been searching Chicago for reasonable cupcake vendors and kept seeing price tags for upwards of 1k. Strongbow gave us 200 cupcakes and a top tier cake, plus delivery for 500 bucks. Amazing deal, amazing cake. I was going to go back to Strongbow anyway for that carrot cake, but I'm beyond impressed with their wedding cupcake selection. I would definitely recommend Strongbow for all of your cake needs!
My fiance and I chose to do cupcakes for our wedding cake instead of the traditional tiered cake. We chose Strongbow Read more...
My fiance and I chose to do cupcakes for our wedding cake instead of the traditional tiered cake. We chose Strongbow because they have amazing carrot cake and we hoped they would also do a good job with our cupcakes. We were not disappointed.

Strongbow accommodated our wishes and provided us with three different flavors of cupcake with three different shades of frosting. They matched my gorgeous green color almost perfectly! The cupcakes were impeccable, they were moist, delicious, and most importantly, delivered on time.

Strongbow also gave us an excellent deal on our cake - we had been searching Chicago for reasonable cupcake vendors and kept seeing price tags for upwards of 1k. Strongbow gave us 200 cupcakes and a top tier cake, plus delivery for 500 bucks. Amazing deal, amazing cake. I was going to go back to Strongbow anyway for that carrot cake, but I'm beyond impressed with their wedding cupcake selection. I would definitely recommend Strongbow for all of your cake needs! Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
5/25/2012
5.0/5.0
EVERYBODY commented on how delicious our cake was!! Strongbow's buttercream frosting is the best! We had chocolate sour cream cake with fresh sliced strawberries and a marble cake with french silk filling. YUMM!! Can't wait for our first anniversary to bust open that anniversary top tier!
EVERYBODY commented on how delicious our cake was!! Strongbow's buttercream frosting is the best! We had chocolate sour Read more...
EVERYBODY commented on how delicious our cake was!! Strongbow's buttercream frosting is the best! We had chocolate sour cream cake with fresh sliced strawberries and a marble cake with french silk filling. YUMM!! Can't wait for our first anniversary to bust open that anniversary top tier! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Our cake was beautiful! We had a picture of a design we liked and they replicated it perfectly. They were on time with delivery and everything was wonderful. Definitely recommend!
Our cake was beautiful! We had a picture of a design we liked and they replicated it perfectly. They were on time with Read more...
Our cake was beautiful! We had a picture of a design we liked and they replicated it perfectly. They were on time with delivery and everything was wonderful. Definitely recommend! Read less
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Lady Ladd
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Our cake was AMAZING!! I knew from the moment I sampled their cake at a bridal show that it was what I wanted on our day! We met with our consultant Deb and she showed us several books of cakes that they had done and helped us decide what we wanted. We got a small cake with two different flavors that we requested in advance, but while we were there she also went to the bakery and selected a third flavor and we got a small sampling of that as well. We decided on a 3 tier square cake and we had to provide our own ribbon to use on the bottom of each tier and they color matched the decorative icing to the ribbon perfectly! In addition we ordered a sheet of chocolate and a sheet of white and a half sheet of banana so that our guests had options, and it also brought the cost down considerably. They double stack the sheet cakes so that it looks like a regular piece of weding cake and the guests never know the difference! Since my husband's favorite cake is banana our entire cake was banana and it was amazing. My only issue was that I am not a fan of chocolate, and when we ate the cake, the frosting between the layers was chocolate, and I was just expecting the Italian buttercream. It was still delicious, like I said I'm just crazy and not really a fan of chocolate :) This bakery is phenomenal, and I will use them again for any cake I get!!
Our cake was AMAZING!! I knew from the moment I sampled their cake at a bridal show that it was what I wanted on our day! Read more...
Our cake was AMAZING!! I knew from the moment I sampled their cake at a bridal show that it was what I wanted on our day! We met with our consultant Deb and she showed us several books of cakes that they had done and helped us decide what we wanted. We got a small cake with two different flavors that we requested in advance, but while we were there she also went to the bakery and selected a third flavor and we got a small sampling of that as well. We decided on a 3 tier square cake and we had to provide our own ribbon to use on the bottom of each tier and they color matched the decorative icing to the ribbon perfectly! In addition we ordered a sheet of chocolate and a sheet of white and a half sheet of banana so that our guests had options, and it also brought the cost down considerably. They double stack the sheet cakes so that it looks like a regular piece of weding cake and the guests never know the difference! Since my husband's favorite cake is banana our entire cake was banana and it was amazing. My only issue was that I am not a fan of chocolate, and when we ate the cake, the frosting between the layers was chocolate, and I was just expecting the Italian buttercream. It was still delicious, like I said I'm just crazy and not really a fan of chocolate :) This bakery is phenomenal, and I will use them again for any cake I get!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake
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Kristin
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Strongbow was so helpful and easy to communicate with. I have a very busy schedule and was able to do much of it by e-mail. They made my wedding cake exactly the way I liked and the banana cake is the best. Thank you.
Strongbow was so helpful and easy to communicate with. I have a very busy schedule and was able to do much of it by Read more...
Strongbow was so helpful and easy to communicate with. I have a very busy schedule and was able to do much of it by e-mail. They made my wedding cake exactly the way I liked and the banana cake is the best. Thank you. Read less
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