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The Ancient Spanish Monastery, St. Bernard de Clairvaux

North Miami Beach , FL

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16711 West Dixie Highway
North Miami Beach, FL 33160 US

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305-945-1461

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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I booked this site for my wedding in February 2016, the whole wedding was magical and we had an amazing experience. Tania and Carolina were wonderful and helped set my mind at ease leading up to the wedding (especially because I had many issues with my caterer). The whole venue was breathtaking! My guests couldn't stop talking about how beautiful everything looked and how majestic the venue was, we did cocktail hour in the loggia and the guests enjoyed the ambiance. I hired Carolina as my day of wedding coordinator and was worth every penny, she went above and beyond and assured that my event was a success and that everything went off perfectly! Highly recommend!
I booked this site for my wedding in February 2016, the whole wedding was magical and we had an amazing experience. Tania Read more...
I booked this site for my wedding in February 2016, the whole wedding was magical and we had an amazing experience. Tania and Carolina were wonderful and helped set my mind at ease leading up to the wedding (especially because I had many issues with my caterer). The whole venue was breathtaking! My guests couldn't stop talking about how beautiful everything looked and how majestic the venue was, we did cocktail hour in the loggia and the guests enjoyed the ambiance. I hired Carolina as my day of wedding coordinator and was worth every penny, she went above and beyond and assured that my event was a success and that everything went off perfectly! Highly recommend! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
9/3/2016
2.9/5.0
The ancient spanish monastery is a beautiful venue, although the venue coordinators are difficult to work with. While planning our wedding, the coordinator we were working with was no longer with the monastery and we were not notified. It seems that the venue coordinators are willing to bend the rules for certain couples/caterers/vendors, but not others. We were told that we would be able to have extra set up time, and then the monastery had double booked another party during our extra set up time. We had also confirmed our rehearsal dinner and then when our wedding planner tried to re-confirm, the venue coordinator stated she had no knowledge of our rehearsal dinner taking place that day. There is a lack of communication between the venue coordinators who work at the monastery. It is difficult to get a response via email/phone depending on the day of the week. Rehearsal dinners are not kept on Friday (evening's) which can also be difficult if you are out of town. The monastery is also open-air, so planning a wedding here requires some sort of ventilation (a/c, fans) - probably much less ventilation if you get married in the winter months. Security is not offered and it is recommended by the venue coordinators that you hire an off-duty cop to watch the parking lot during the wedding.
The ancient spanish monastery is a beautiful venue, although the venue coordinators are difficult to work with. While Read more...
The ancient spanish monastery is a beautiful venue, although the venue coordinators are difficult to work with. While planning our wedding, the coordinator we were working with was no longer with the monastery and we were not notified. It seems that the venue coordinators are willing to bend the rules for certain couples/caterers/vendors, but not others. We were told that we would be able to have extra set up time, and then the monastery had double booked another party during our extra set up time. We had also confirmed our rehearsal dinner and then when our wedding planner tried to re-confirm, the venue coordinator stated she had no knowledge of our rehearsal dinner taking place that day. There is a lack of communication between the venue coordinators who work at the monastery. It is difficult to get a response via email/phone depending on the day of the week. Rehearsal dinners are not kept on Friday (evening's) which can also be difficult if you are out of town. The monastery is also open-air, so planning a wedding here requires some sort of ventilation (a/c, fans) - probably much less ventilation if you get married in the winter months. Security is not offered and it is recommended by the venue coordinators that you hire an off-duty cop to watch the parking lot during the wedding. Read less
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Wedding:
2/5/2016
4.8/5.0
This was our dream venue and we feel so fortunate to have been married here! Father Greg was SO wonderful and planned a beautiful ceremony with us. Tania and Carolina were very sweet and helpful any time we needed anything. Willie the groundskeeper is an absolute sweetheart as well. This venue is just so stunning. Our wedding was a dream come true, largely due to the venue alone.
This was our dream venue and we feel so fortunate to have been married here! Father Greg was SO wonderful and planned a Read more...
This was our dream venue and we feel so fortunate to have been married here! Father Greg was SO wonderful and planned a beautiful ceremony with us. Tania and Carolina were very sweet and helpful any time we needed anything. Willie the groundskeeper is an absolute sweetheart as well. This venue is just so stunning. Our wedding was a dream come true, largely due to the venue alone. Read less
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Coralie
Wedding:
12/12/2015
3.8/5.0
This venue is breathtaking and the number 1 reason we picked it as our wedding reception venue. I wanted a unique venue and this venue has it all. outdoor and indoor beauty, ancient and romantic character is just perfect for wedding pictures. Carolina was great to work with. She tries her best to make everything happen the way we wanted and worked well with my wedding planner.
The only thing I would say is that they got very strict on allowing you to do certain things and would have to say they can be picky about who they let do certain things. I was told we were not allowed to put tables in the prayer well but I clearly saw other people recent wedding pictures where it was allowed. I was very disappointed but my wedding planner made it work anyway.
Other than that, the beauty of the venue was a great hit with our guests, everyone was in awe. mission accomplished.
This venue is breathtaking and the number 1 reason we picked it as our wedding reception venue. I wanted a unique venue Read more...
This venue is breathtaking and the number 1 reason we picked it as our wedding reception venue. I wanted a unique venue and this venue has it all. outdoor and indoor beauty, ancient and romantic character is just perfect for wedding pictures. Carolina was great to work with. She tries her best to make everything happen the way we wanted and worked well with my wedding planner.
The only thing I would say is that they got very strict on allowing you to do certain things and would have to say they can be picky about who they let do certain things. I was told we were not allowed to put tables in the prayer well but I clearly saw other people recent wedding pictures where it was allowed. I was very disappointed but my wedding planner made it work anyway.
Other than that, the beauty of the venue was a great hit with our guests, everyone was in awe. mission accomplished. Read less
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Marelys
Wedding:
11/14/2015
5.0/5.0
Thank you so much, the venue was absolutely beautiful.
They remodeling was finished just weeks before my wedding, so everything was perfect. The bathrooms were brand new and the landscaping was perfect.

Unfortunately, on my wedding it rained. But thankfully the Spanish Monastery and my caterer managed to prepare and organize everything perfectly.

Thank you - Mr. and Mrs. Cordova
Thank you so much, the venue was absolutely beautiful.
They remodeling was finished just weeks before my wedding, so Read more...
Thank you so much, the venue was absolutely beautiful.
They remodeling was finished just weeks before my wedding, so everything was perfect. The bathrooms were brand new and the landscaping was perfect.

Unfortunately, on my wedding it rained. But thankfully the Spanish Monastery and my caterer managed to prepare and organize everything perfectly.

Thank you - Mr. and Mrs. Cordova Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
3/6/2015
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding ceremony held at the Spanish Monastery. The staff was very helpful and friendly and gave us all the attention and assistance on our wedding day. It was a very blessed day in a gorgeous place!
Everyone was very happy and we were very pleased with how everything came out. Thank you
We had our wedding ceremony held at the Spanish Monastery. The staff was very helpful and friendly and gave us all the Read more...
We had our wedding ceremony held at the Spanish Monastery. The staff was very helpful and friendly and gave us all the attention and assistance on our wedding day. It was a very blessed day in a gorgeous place!
Everyone was very happy and we were very pleased with how everything came out. Thank you 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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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:
1+ year ago
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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