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The Ancient Spanish Monastery, St. Bernard de Clairvaux

North Miami Beach , FL

LOCATION

16711 West Dixie Highway
North Miami Beach, FL 33160 US

PHONE

305-945-1461

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
2.8/5.0
Let me start off by saying that this venue is beautiful, and given the choice, I would choose to get married here again! It is SO magical, impressive, interesting, elegant...everything you want in a venue. I cannot wait to get our photos from our photographer!
The bad: Tania is the most unresponsive and unprofessional person I've ever dealt with. My wedding planner sent countless emails asking her the most basic questions and most went unanswered. When she emailed back, her answers were so vague and many times she didn't answer all of the questions that were asked. First she told us the date we wanted was available and then when we went to finalize and sign the contract, it turns out she gave the date away to someone else. My fiancé and I drove from Chicago to meet with our vendors and finalize all plans, and she was so rude when we met her. She didn't offer to show us the locations or give us any helpful information. Getting information from her is like pulling teeth. Less than a week before the wedding, my planner called again to confirm details, and somehow she had us down for a different ceremony location than what we had discussed. She tried telling my planner that the related correspondence never happened, yet we definitely have emails showing otherwise.
The other woman at the monastery that deals with weddings seemed to be MUCH friendlier! If you have the option, I'd recommend having her help rather than Tania.
One of my vendors even aknowledged that Tania's communication skills leave much to be desired.
If you like the looks of the monastery, I would say BOOK IT! It's beautiful! Just be aware of what you're getting yourself into as far as lack of communication skills.
Let me start off by saying that this venue is beautiful, and given the choice, I would choose to get married here again! Read more...
Let me start off by saying that this venue is beautiful, and given the choice, I would choose to get married here again! It is SO magical, impressive, interesting, elegant...everything you want in a venue. I cannot wait to get our photos from our photographer!
The bad: Tania is the most unresponsive and unprofessional person I've ever dealt with. My wedding planner sent countless emails asking her the most basic questions and most went unanswered. When she emailed back, her answers were so vague and many times she didn't answer all of the questions that were asked. First she told us the date we wanted was available and then when we went to finalize and sign the contract, it turns out she gave the date away to someone else. My fiancé and I drove from Chicago to meet with our vendors and finalize all plans, and she was so rude when we met her. She didn't offer to show us the locations or give us any helpful information. Getting information from her is like pulling teeth. Less than a week before the wedding, my planner called again to confirm details, and somehow she had us down for a different ceremony location than what we had discussed. She tried telling my planner that the related correspondence never happened, yet we definitely have emails showing otherwise.
The other woman at the monastery that deals with weddings seemed to be MUCH friendlier! If you have the option, I'd recommend having her help rather than Tania.
One of my vendors even aknowledged that Tania's communication skills leave much to be desired.
If you like the looks of the monastery, I would say BOOK IT! It's beautiful! Just be aware of what you're getting yourself into as far as lack of communication skills. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.8/5.0
I loved this venue. It's such a hidden Miami gem, beautiful space.
I loved this venue. It's such a hidden Miami gem, beautiful space.
I loved this venue. It's such a hidden Miami gem, beautiful space. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.9/5.0
I will start with the good, then the bad. The Monastery was my dream venue and is truly breathtaking, so don't let the negatives deter you from booking here. I rented out the whole place (chapel for ceremony, gardens for cocktail hour, cloisters for reception, bridal suite for getting ready). My guests were in awe over the place and Herman, the guitar player was very talented and accommodating. Closer to the wedding was when we had a couple of issues. I wanted to have my rehearsal on Friday and I wasn't told during booking that I could. My family was coming into town Thursday. I was told the week before my wedding that this was not possible because they had a wedding Friday. I asked to have it Thursday night and I was told I couldn't because the people with the Friday wedding were having theirs (at 6:00 pm). I asked to have it afterwards and they said they would not stay later for me. My only options were early Friday morning (all groomsmen worked) or Thursday afternoon (my family, bridesmaids, wouldn't be in town yet ). So we did it Friday with half of the wedding party. With the amount of money I was paying in rental fees, they should have been a little more accommodating. Anyways, we wanted Tiki torches and we were told earlier they would be there. I ran into the groundskeeper Friday and he asked if we wanted them and said we had to buy lighter fluid. He also told me he would hang crystals for me for $40 bucks and I told him, "okay, I'll bring it tomorrow". The day of the wedding, my fiancé was late because he was at Home Depot buying lighter fluid. The groundskeeper was nowhere to be found so, no tiki torches or crystals. The priest came and we couldn't find anyone to unlock a room so he had to change in his car. They locked the bridal suite and all our stuff was in there, so when we had to go back and get things we could not find anyone. Despite the negatives, the venue is unique and amazing, and I wouldn't have wanted my wedding anywhere else.
I will start with the good, then the bad. The Monastery was my dream venue and is truly breathtaking, so don't let the Read more...
I will start with the good, then the bad. The Monastery was my dream venue and is truly breathtaking, so don't let the negatives deter you from booking here. I rented out the whole place (chapel for ceremony, gardens for cocktail hour, cloisters for reception, bridal suite for getting ready). My guests were in awe over the place and Herman, the guitar player was very talented and accommodating. Closer to the wedding was when we had a couple of issues. I wanted to have my rehearsal on Friday and I wasn't told during booking that I could. My family was coming into town Thursday. I was told the week before my wedding that this was not possible because they had a wedding Friday. I asked to have it Thursday night and I was told I couldn't because the people with the Friday wedding were having theirs (at 6:00 pm). I asked to have it afterwards and they said they would not stay later for me. My only options were early Friday morning (all groomsmen worked) or Thursday afternoon (my family, bridesmaids, wouldn't be in town yet ). So we did it Friday with half of the wedding party. With the amount of money I was paying in rental fees, they should have been a little more accommodating. Anyways, we wanted Tiki torches and we were told earlier they would be there. I ran into the groundskeeper Friday and he asked if we wanted them and said we had to buy lighter fluid. He also told me he would hang crystals for me for $40 bucks and I told him, "okay, I'll bring it tomorrow". The day of the wedding, my fiancé was late because he was at Home Depot buying lighter fluid. The groundskeeper was nowhere to be found so, no tiki torches or crystals. The priest came and we couldn't find anyone to unlock a room so he had to change in his car. They locked the bridal suite and all our stuff was in there, so when we had to go back and get things we could not find anyone. Despite the negatives, the venue is unique and amazing, and I wouldn't have wanted my wedding anywhere else. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
The venue is amazing and beautiful. The staff are very helpful throughout the entire process.
The venue is amazing and beautiful. The staff are very helpful throughout the entire process.
The venue is amazing and beautiful. The staff are very helpful throughout the entire process. Read less
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Thayanne
Wedding:
12/20/2014
4.9/5.0
Magical !!! I think the Spanish Monastery speaks for itself and does not even need a review but here it goes. This place is a hidden gem, I had never heard of this place before wedding planning and after seeing it I didn't want to get married anywhere else. I honestly had a wedding beyond my dreams mainly because of this gorgeous venue. Our wedding guests were in awe and it's just one of those places that makes any event there unforgettable. The only little issue was since I live outside of the state sometimes it was hard getting in touch with someone by phone but overall I don't have much to complain. Also it's definitely worth paying a little more to get the tiki torches and crystals on the Monastery as it makes it extra special.
Magical !!! I think the Spanish Monastery speaks for itself and does not even need a review but here it goes. This place Read more...
Magical !!! I think the Spanish Monastery speaks for itself and does not even need a review but here it goes. This place is a hidden gem, I had never heard of this place before wedding planning and after seeing it I didn't want to get married anywhere else. I honestly had a wedding beyond my dreams mainly because of this gorgeous venue. Our wedding guests were in awe and it's just one of those places that makes any event there unforgettable. The only little issue was since I live outside of the state sometimes it was hard getting in touch with someone by phone but overall I don't have much to complain. Also it's definitely worth paying a little more to get the tiki torches and crystals on the Monastery as it makes it extra special. Read less
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Kinsey
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
The monastery is the most beautiful venue! People will be amazed and remember the beauty and uniqueness of this place forever! It really makes a wedding!! The staff is helpful and Herman, the organ player is great! We had our ceremony in the chapel and our reception in the cloisters. Completely perfect! Love this venue! The other great thing about this venue is that it doesn't take much to make it wedding ready and it is perfect for a day wedding! Additionally, all of my other vendors had worked at the monastery before, so everyone knows exactly what to do there! Pay the extra cost to have Tania and Carolina help you for your wedding! They make the rehearsal, the setup and the day of the event go flawlessly! Love this venue. It is so beautiful, amazing and truly makes a fairy tale wedding!!
The monastery is the most beautiful venue! People will be amazed and remember the beauty and uniqueness of this place Read more...
The monastery is the most beautiful venue! People will be amazed and remember the beauty and uniqueness of this place forever! It really makes a wedding!! The staff is helpful and Herman, the organ player is great! We had our ceremony in the chapel and our reception in the cloisters. Completely perfect! Love this venue! The other great thing about this venue is that it doesn't take much to make it wedding ready and it is perfect for a day wedding! Additionally, all of my other vendors had worked at the monastery before, so everyone knows exactly what to do there! Pay the extra cost to have Tania and Carolina help you for your wedding! They make the rehearsal, the setup and the day of the event go flawlessly! Love this venue. It is so beautiful, amazing and truly makes a fairy tale wedding!! Read less
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Veronica
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
This venue is absolutely stunning. It was the perfect place to hold our wedding and the ladies that work there were very helpful.
This venue is absolutely stunning. It was the perfect place to hold our wedding and the ladies that work there were very Read more...
This venue is absolutely stunning. It was the perfect place to hold our wedding and the ladies that work there were very helpful. Read less
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Tassyane
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
This was the most AMAZING venue ever!!! Beautiful, grand, and wonderful! Fairy tale wedding!!!

The girls were awesome and super helpful! I had an assigned event coordinator on the day of the wedding that was amazing! The organist was awesome as well in the chapel.

I had the ceremony in the chapel and the reception in the cloisters.

Not to mention is a picture perfect place!!!
This was the most AMAZING venue ever!!! Beautiful, grand, and wonderful! Fairy tale wedding!!!

The girls were Read more...
This was the most AMAZING venue ever!!! Beautiful, grand, and wonderful! Fairy tale wedding!!!

The girls were awesome and super helpful! I had an assigned event coordinator on the day of the wedding that was amazing! The organist was awesome as well in the chapel.

I had the ceremony in the chapel and the reception in the cloisters.

Not to mention is a picture perfect place!!! Read less
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Yana
Wedding:
3/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Absolutely beautiful! We had my daughter's wedding reception at the Monastery. Cocktail Hour was in the garden and dinner and dancing in The Cloisters.. All night I kept hearing from y guests that this was the most beautiful wedding reception they had ever been to. The place was magical!
Absolutely beautiful! We had my daughter's wedding reception at the Monastery. Cocktail Hour was in the garden and dinner Read more...
Absolutely beautiful! We had my daughter's wedding reception at the Monastery. Cocktail Hour was in the garden and dinner and dancing in The Cloisters.. All night I kept hearing from y guests that this was the most beautiful wedding reception they had ever been to. The place was magical! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Amazing venue, amazing caterer, amazing all around.
The ladies at The Monastery are extremely nice and easy to work with.
From the moment I reserved the date to the day of the wedding, they were spot on.
They recommended me to A Alexander Event in Boca and they were right: Felix at Alexander Event Catering took care of all food, open bar, seating, linens...just about everything.
Felix is top notch, his team is amazing.
I highly recommend The Spanish Monastery and Alexander Event!!!!
Amazing venue, amazing caterer, amazing all around.
The ladies at The Monastery are extremely nice and easy to work Read more...
Amazing venue, amazing caterer, amazing all around.
The ladies at The Monastery are extremely nice and easy to work with.
From the moment I reserved the date to the day of the wedding, they were spot on.
They recommended me to A Alexander Event in Boca and they were right: Felix at Alexander Event Catering took care of all food, open bar, seating, linens...just about everything.
Felix is top notch, his team is amazing.
I highly recommend The Spanish Monastery and Alexander Event!!!! Read less
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