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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.

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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, Centerpieces, 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

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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
So helpful, the wedding was one of the best I've ever been to!
So helpful, the wedding was one of the best I've ever been to!
So helpful, the wedding was one of the best I've ever been to! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
Ann Smith has been amazing throughout the whole booking process. My groom to be lives out of state due to being in the Navy. Ann went out of her way to not only allow me to facetime during the initial tour of the property, but made sure we could book a time for a tour of the property and include him in all of the planning when he was home.
Ann Smith has been amazing throughout the whole booking process. My groom to be lives out of state due to being in the Read more...
Ann Smith has been amazing throughout the whole booking process. My groom to be lives out of state due to being in the Navy. Ann went out of her way to not only allow me to facetime during the initial tour of the property, but made sure we could book a time for a tour of the property and include him in all of the planning when he was home. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
4/30/2016
5.0/5.0
We loved having our wedding at the Founders Inn! I planned our wedding while going through nursing school, so the stress was incredible. And, of course, during the most important planning period (1 month out) my husband was underway, which is a fancy Navy word for out at sea. However, Ann and Brittany were both so understanding and accommodating about everything. We booked about 1 year in advance. The most important advice I can give is to book your venue at least 10 months prior to when you wish to get married, especially if you want to have it at Founders! The place is so incredible and books up very fast. Not a lot of brides get to say this, but I honestly felt like our wedding went perfectly! There is nothing I would have wanted to do differently or change about it. I think the key to having this feeling is to just let everyone do the jobs that you hired them to do and sit back and enjoy your big day! They are PROS at Founders and you can rest assured that they will handle every crisis without you ever knowing it even happened! :-)
We loved having our wedding at the Founders Inn! I planned our wedding while going through nursing school, so the stress Read more...
We loved having our wedding at the Founders Inn! I planned our wedding while going through nursing school, so the stress was incredible. And, of course, during the most important planning period (1 month out) my husband was underway, which is a fancy Navy word for out at sea. However, Ann and Brittany were both so understanding and accommodating about everything. We booked about 1 year in advance. The most important advice I can give is to book your venue at least 10 months prior to when you wish to get married, especially if you want to have it at Founders! The place is so incredible and books up very fast. Not a lot of brides get to say this, but I honestly felt like our wedding went perfectly! There is nothing I would have wanted to do differently or change about it. I think the key to having this feeling is to just let everyone do the jobs that you hired them to do and sit back and enjoy your big day! They are PROS at Founders and you can rest assured that they will handle every crisis without you ever knowing it even happened! :-) Read less
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The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Hello Mrs. Leblanc
Congratulations on your nuptials!
Thank you for your very nice comments! We are grateful you have placed your trust in us and with one of your memorable days of your life. I can speak on behalf of Brittany that we will miss working with you. You looked absolutely gorgeous in your gown. Please send us pictures or post on our Founders Inn Facebook page.
We would love to grow more memories with you so please keep in touch with us and consider us again for future events or one year anniversary!
Thank you again for having the Founders Inn & Spa host a personal and joyous occasion!
Best of love to you and your new future!
XOXOXOXO
Ann Smith
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Mary
Wedding:
10/11/2015
5.0/5.0
It doesn't get any better we had to reschedule and they were very accommodating! The venue was amazing and they were very attentive to us even just the two of us and the rooms and food were amazing!
It doesn't get any better we had to reschedule and they were very accommodating! The venue was amazing and they were very Read more...
It doesn't get any better we had to reschedule and they were very accommodating! The venue was amazing and they were very attentive to us even just the two of us and the rooms and food were amazing! Read less
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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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Private User
Wedding:
5/17/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I could not have picked a more elegant, and beautiful venue for our wedding on May 17, 2015. Everything was just beautiful. The staff was awesome and caring. We had a negative experience with a Williamsburg venue and the staff that worked with us were angels. We first worked with Emily Anderson, she made sure everything was comfortable for us from our transition with a negative experience in Williamsburg. Brittany Duarte, came thru and was on-point and even gave us a wonderful suggestions we used for our wedding day . She made sure that we had food alternatives for our family who were vegetarians and was just very caring towards us. On the day of the wedding Brittany Bagel made sure I was
My husband and I could not have picked a more elegant, and beautiful venue for our wedding on May 17, 2015. Everything was Read more...
My husband and I could not have picked a more elegant, and beautiful venue for our wedding on May 17, 2015. Everything was just beautiful. The staff was awesome and caring. We had a negative experience with a Williamsburg venue and the staff that worked with us were angels. We first worked with Emily Anderson, she made sure everything was comfortable for us from our transition with a negative experience in Williamsburg. Brittany Duarte, came thru and was on-point and even gave us a wonderful suggestions we used for our wedding day . She made sure that we had food alternatives for our family who were vegetarians and was just very caring towards us. On the day of the wedding Brittany Bagel made sure I was Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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David
Wedding:
5/17/2015
5.0/5.0
The Founder's Inn and Spa is an elegant venue to have your ceremony and reception. My husband actually found this venue and when we first visited we both knew that this was the location for our special day. Everything was beautiful. The staff is very professional and they are concerned about every last detail of your wedding. Emily Anderson helped us to feel comfortable with them since we had a negative experience with a venue in Williamsburg. Brittany Duarte went above and beyond making sure that our vendors we used were set for the wedding day and gave us wonderful ideas to use in our wedding. She also offered several food alternatives for some of our family who were vegetarians. Brittany Bagley made sure on the wedding day that everything went smoothly and that we stayed calmed. The Chef that prepared the meals did an excellent job and everything was tasty. We could not have chosen a better venue and we are grateful and would recommend this venue to anyone getting married.
The Founder's Inn and Spa is an elegant venue to have your ceremony and reception. My husband actually found this venue Read more...
The Founder's Inn and Spa is an elegant venue to have your ceremony and reception. My husband actually found this venue and when we first visited we both knew that this was the location for our special day. Everything was beautiful. The staff is very professional and they are concerned about every last detail of your wedding. Emily Anderson helped us to feel comfortable with them since we had a negative experience with a venue in Williamsburg. Brittany Duarte went above and beyond making sure that our vendors we used were set for the wedding day and gave us wonderful ideas to use in our wedding. She also offered several food alternatives for some of our family who were vegetarians. Brittany Bagley made sure on the wedding day that everything went smoothly and that we stayed calmed. The Chef that prepared the meals did an excellent job and everything was tasty. We could not have chosen a better venue and we are grateful and would recommend this venue to anyone getting married. Read less
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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Founders Inn made things so simple for us!! They were very professional and handled everything on our wedding day!! No worries for us which makes a huge difference! The grounds are absolutely beautiful and I don't think we could have picked a better place to get married!
Founders Inn made things so simple for us!! They were very professional and handled everything on our wedding day!! No Read more...
Founders Inn made things so simple for us!! They were very professional and handled everything on our wedding day!! No worries for us which makes a huge difference! The grounds are absolutely beautiful and I don't think we could have picked a better place to get married! Read less
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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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