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The Founders Inn and Spa

Virginia Beach , VA
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LOCATION

5641 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464 US (map)

PHONE

800-926-4466

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The Founders Inn and Spa offers the perfect place to celebrate life’s most special occasions. Southern elegance, lake and garden views combine with exceptional planning expertise.... Read more
The Founders Inn and Spa offers the perfect place to celebrate life’s most special occasions. Southern elegance, lake and garden views combine with exceptional planning expertise. Whether a special anniversary, a company holiday party or a cherished wedding, The Founders Inn and Spa makes planning events easy.

The Founders Inn and Spa’s catering and banquet staff will set the stage for a dream celebration. Whatever the occasion, events shine with the artistic creations of The Founders Inn and Spa’s culinary team—and the attentiveness of a highly trained staff. The bride and groom can take their vows amid lush Colonial gardens, and capture the day with wedding portraits in the warmth of the sunshine. Plan a rehearsal dinner in the ballroom enhanced by fine food and wine. Wedding receptions are filled with all of the magical touches that gladden the heart. Every special event is different—but The Founders Inn and Spa’s passion for excellence ensures it is one guests will long remember.

Indoor & outdoor venues
Colonial gardens for outdoor ceremonies & parties
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
2
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
20
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Vintage, Classic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Bridal Suite, Cake, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Audio Equipment, Chair Covers, Chairs, Dance Floor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

4.3
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4.3/5.0
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Sara
Wedding:
6/21/2015
5.0/5.0
Haven't even had my wedding yet but I'm very impressed with the friendliness of the staff planning it. They have taken a lot of the stress away. I even got my officiant from them!
Haven't even had my wedding yet but I'm very impressed with the friendliness of the staff planning it. They have taken a Read more...
Haven't even had my wedding yet but I'm very impressed with the friendliness of the staff planning it. They have taken a lot of the stress away. I even got my officiant from them! Read less
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The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Sara, we are so excited to help you plan your big day! We look forward to making it memorable for you and your guests. Thank you for choosing The Founders Inn and Spa as your venue!
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Katie
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this venue and their staff! We were given our own day of coordinator, Brittany, who was wonderful! She spent time getting to know us, listened to us, and guided us through the process so it was the perfect day! The food was incredible and the thing our guests commented on the most. We were impressed because we received our own private tasting with the head chef who came out with each meal to get our thoughts on the food-it was wonderful! We had a lot of out of town guests and the staff was able to accommodate everyone's needs from booking rooms, to shuttle transportation, to even making sure we were all in the same building! Family and friends loved their experience of VA mainly because of all the Founders Inn hospitality and assistance! The grounds are gorgeous and made for beautiful pictures. They know how to do weddings! They are professional, kind, and most of all FUN!! I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to anyone looking at a VA wedding! You will NOT be disappointed!!!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this venue and their staff! We were given our own day of coordinator, Brittany, Read more...
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this venue and their staff! We were given our own day of coordinator, Brittany, who was wonderful! She spent time getting to know us, listened to us, and guided us through the process so it was the perfect day! The food was incredible and the thing our guests commented on the most. We were impressed because we received our own private tasting with the head chef who came out with each meal to get our thoughts on the food-it was wonderful! We had a lot of out of town guests and the staff was able to accommodate everyone's needs from booking rooms, to shuttle transportation, to even making sure we were all in the same building! Family and friends loved their experience of VA mainly because of all the Founders Inn hospitality and assistance! The grounds are gorgeous and made for beautiful pictures. They know how to do weddings! They are professional, kind, and most of all FUN!! I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to anyone looking at a VA wedding! You will NOT be disappointed!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Transportation, Wedding Venue
The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Dear Katie, Thank you so much for your kind words. Weddings are a special day and we want all brides and their family and friends to enjoy this day. I am so happy everything was perfect!
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Damali
Wedding:
7/20/2014
5.0/5.0
The BEST of the BEST is the only way to describe the Founders Inn and Spa. The venue, the staff they are all amazing!!!!! From the moment that I met Emily Andersen and Ann Smith they made my life so easy! My wedding was a destination wedding, so at first I was very nervous to travel all the way to Norfolk, Va on blind faith, I am from New York so I know good quality reception halls, but when I finally showed up at the Founders Inn it well exceeded any of my expectations! It was the best venue to have my extravagant wedding!!!!! My wedding party consisted of 380 guest and 42 children, and the Founders Inn made sure to roll out the red carpet to make us feel welcomed. If you are looking for a fairytale venue to host an awesome wedding, you have to go to the Founders Inn and Spa. You will definitely not regret this awesome decision.
The BEST of the BEST is the only way to describe the Founders Inn and Spa. The venue, the staff they are all amazing!!!!! Read more...
The BEST of the BEST is the only way to describe the Founders Inn and Spa. The venue, the staff they are all amazing!!!!! From the moment that I met Emily Andersen and Ann Smith they made my life so easy! My wedding was a destination wedding, so at first I was very nervous to travel all the way to Norfolk, Va on blind faith, I am from New York so I know good quality reception halls, but when I finally showed up at the Founders Inn it well exceeded any of my expectations! It was the best venue to have my extravagant wedding!!!!! My wedding party consisted of 380 guest and 42 children, and the Founders Inn made sure to roll out the red carpet to make us feel welcomed. If you are looking for a fairytale venue to host an awesome wedding, you have to go to the Founders Inn and Spa. You will definitely not regret this awesome decision. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Dear Damali,

Thank you for your kind review! It was our pleasure host you and your family and friends for such a special occasion. It is our wish that every Founders Inn bride and groom has a unique wedding they've always dreamed of. I do hope that you will join us again for many more joyous occasions.
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B. Marie
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
This was an extremely, beautiful atmosphere for a wedding. The facility provided the perfect touch of class that the bride and groom hoped for.
This was an extremely, beautiful atmosphere for a wedding. The facility provided the perfect touch of class that the bride Read more...
This was an extremely, beautiful atmosphere for a wedding. The facility provided the perfect touch of class that the bride and groom hoped for. Read less
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The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

B. Marie,

Thank you for letting us know of your experience! We strive to make the bride and groom's day positively memorable.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I would recommend this venue to anyone. It is absolutely beautiful, the service is amazing and the wedding coordinator is fantastic to work with. We had our ceremony outdoor at the lake, our cocktail hour at the atrium and our reception at the ballroom and it worked our fantastically. The photos turned out amazing and everyone ( guests/family/friends) all commented on the great service.
Margaret was particularly great to work with and I would highly recommend her.
I would recommend this venue to anyone. It is absolutely beautiful, the service is amazing and the wedding coordinator is Read more...
I would recommend this venue to anyone. It is absolutely beautiful, the service is amazing and the wedding coordinator is fantastic to work with. We had our ceremony outdoor at the lake, our cocktail hour at the atrium and our reception at the ballroom and it worked our fantastically. The photos turned out amazing and everyone ( guests/family/friends) all commented on the great service.
Margaret was particularly great to work with and I would highly recommend her. Read less
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The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking the time to write your review! It is our goal to provide superior service to all wedding guests so we can make your day memorable and special. I am glad to know this is what you experienced. I will pass your kind comments to Margaret!
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for a beautiful venue to get married, choose the Founders Inn! I felt like a princess, a complimentary massage, seeing our event on the TV screens, the beautiful setup. Worth every penny! Founders Inn can give you the perfect wedding in your budget...I was surprised at how much everything was, it was very affordable considering how elegant everything felt and looked. The weather was amazing, and everyone still compliments me on how amazing everything was. Spring/Summer or Fall/winter...choose The Founders Inn!!
If you are looking for a beautiful venue to get married, choose the Founders Inn! I felt like a princess, a complimentary Read more...
If you are looking for a beautiful venue to get married, choose the Founders Inn! I felt like a princess, a complimentary massage, seeing our event on the TV screens, the beautiful setup. Worth every penny! Founders Inn can give you the perfect wedding in your budget...I was surprised at how much everything was, it was very affordable considering how elegant everything felt and looked. The weather was amazing, and everyone still compliments me on how amazing everything was. Spring/Summer or Fall/winter...choose The Founders Inn!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We were honored that you chose us for your special day. We strive to make every bride and groom's day special and unique and we are happy to hear that your day was memorable.
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Diana
Wedding:
4/3/2014
5.0/5.0
I want to have another event just to be able to work with them again! They were wonderful in accommodating our needs because we had a brunch "reception" and they were kind enough to workout a customized package for us. They answered every single question we had and made sure we were getting what we wanted and some more. I was still hesitant on paying as much for one party (yes I'm that kind of bride) but when the day came I had no doubts I did the right thing with the right people! Their food was amazing, so was their service, and the people that helped us keep it all together throughout were so kind, helpful, and a pleasure to work with! To this day, I hear how amazing the food, service, staff, landscape, cake, basically everything was!
Oh! And their Spa is pretty amazing, I just got a massage though. Definitely consider this venue for your special day or ANY other event that needs amazing in it ;)
I want to have another event just to be able to work with them again! They were wonderful in accommodating our needs Read more...
I want to have another event just to be able to work with them again! They were wonderful in accommodating our needs because we had a brunch "reception" and they were kind enough to workout a customized package for us. They answered every single question we had and made sure we were getting what we wanted and some more. I was still hesitant on paying as much for one party (yes I'm that kind of bride) but when the day came I had no doubts I did the right thing with the right people! Their food was amazing, so was their service, and the people that helped us keep it all together throughout were so kind, helpful, and a pleasure to work with! To this day, I hear how amazing the food, service, staff, landscape, cake, basically everything was!
Oh! And their Spa is pretty amazing, I just got a massage though. Definitely consider this venue for your special day or ANY other event that needs amazing in it ;) Read less
Services Used: Beauty & Health, Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Diana,

Thank you for your review! It was our pleasure to host your wedding; it was such a lovely event! We enjoy being able to customize wedding packages depending on the needs and wants of the bride & groom. We also understand that each aspect of the hotel helps create the overall atmosphere for a wedding. And just as you mentioned, the landscape, food, and even the Spa, can create a special experience. Again, it was our pleasure to help you coordinate and host a memorable wedding. We hope to see you soon for your next event!
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Sophia
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily Andersen of Founders Inn coordinated everything wonderfully for our daughter's outdoor wedding and buffet reception! From the first time we met for planning up until the last moment we saw her at the reception, she never lost her beautiful smile and willingness to make both events amazing! She was an excellent listener, was patient, offered great advice, encouraged us to contact her regarding any concerns or questions we had, returned our calls and emails immediately, was respectful, was very happy to help, and, well, made our daughter's wishes come true for the fantastic wedding she had hoped for. After you go through the many months of planning and expenditure of all the vendors and visualize over and over how you, as parents, want this once in a lifetime gift from you to your daughter to be, it all ultimately comes down to just a few short hours when all the magic comes together so suddenly- and Ms. Andersen made sure it was magic. Thank you, Emily! So many guests commented about how wonderful you were that day! The bridesmaids loved you!

We were also very pleased with Brandon who assisted Emily to coordinate a flawless ceremony processional and recessional. We can not leave out the chef and kitchen staff who provided the most amazing entrees and sides! And the catering staff in the ballroom who were gracious and professional! And the on-site pastry chef who made a very beautiful tiered wedding cake! And all other staff who were behind the scenes working to help make everything come together for such a fantastic, memorable day!

Thank you to everyone at Founders!
Emily Andersen of Founders Inn coordinated everything wonderfully for our daughter's outdoor wedding and buffet reception! Read more...
Emily Andersen of Founders Inn coordinated everything wonderfully for our daughter's outdoor wedding and buffet reception! From the first time we met for planning up until the last moment we saw her at the reception, she never lost her beautiful smile and willingness to make both events amazing! She was an excellent listener, was patient, offered great advice, encouraged us to contact her regarding any concerns or questions we had, returned our calls and emails immediately, was respectful, was very happy to help, and, well, made our daughter's wishes come true for the fantastic wedding she had hoped for. After you go through the many months of planning and expenditure of all the vendors and visualize over and over how you, as parents, want this once in a lifetime gift from you to your daughter to be, it all ultimately comes down to just a few short hours when all the magic comes together so suddenly- and Ms. Andersen made sure it was magic. Thank you, Emily! So many guests commented about how wonderful you were that day! The bridesmaids loved you!

We were also very pleased with Brandon who assisted Emily to coordinate a flawless ceremony processional and recessional. We can not leave out the chef and kitchen staff who provided the most amazing entrees and sides! And the catering staff in the ballroom who were gracious and professional! And the on-site pastry chef who made a very beautiful tiered wedding cake! And all other staff who were behind the scenes working to help make everything come together for such a fantastic, memorable day!

Thank you to everyone at Founders! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind and gracious comments which I will bring to the attention of our team at The Founders Inn & Spa.
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Imee
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at Founders Inn was amazing. We were able to have our ceremony outside in the English Gardens which are gorgeous. The catering staff, especially Ann and Emily, we're fantastic to work with and did everything to make our wedding perfect. Our reception food was also amazing and all our guests mentioned how good it was. I highly recommend Founders for both wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Our wedding at Founders Inn was amazing. We were able to have our ceremony outside in the English Gardens which are Read more...
Our wedding at Founders Inn was amazing. We were able to have our ceremony outside in the English Gardens which are gorgeous. The catering staff, especially Ann and Emily, we're fantastic to work with and did everything to make our wedding perfect. Our reception food was also amazing and all our guests mentioned how good it was. I highly recommend Founders for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your review! I am happy that you chose us to help you celebrate your special day. We strive to fulfill the needs and wants of each bride and groom. I hope that you will join us again to celebrate many other happy occasions!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Founders Inn was a beautiful place to have my Wedding! I am always shocked when I walk to because it is breath taking!
Founders Inn was a beautiful place to have my Wedding! I am always shocked when I walk to because it is breath taking!
Founders Inn was a beautiful place to have my Wedding! I am always shocked when I walk to because it is breath taking! Read less
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The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking the time to review The Founders Inn & Spa. I too am always take aback by how impressive the property looks, and it seems to change with the seasons too.

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