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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

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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

When was your venue built?
1991
When was your venue last renovated?
2010
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
20
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
240
Number of suites
23
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
500
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
79
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1991
When was your venue last renovated?
2010
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
20
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
240
Number of suites
23
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
500
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
79
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
I worked with Margate for our wedding and she was great, very quick to respond and any last minute issues we had, she was able to fix. It rained on my big day but she made sure that our "plan B" was just as beautiful and guest are still talking about how gorgeous it all was. The only thing that was a little disappointing was that our chicken was dry.... other then that, AMAZING!!!!
I worked with Margate for our wedding and she was great, very quick to respond and any last minute issues we had, she was Read more...
I worked with Margate for our wedding and she was great, very quick to respond and any last minute issues we had, she was able to fix. It rained on my big day but she made sure that our "plan B" was just as beautiful and guest are still talking about how gorgeous it all was. The only thing that was a little disappointing was that our chicken was dry.... other then that, AMAZING!!!! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Ashley
Wedding:
8/22/2014
4.8/5.0
Our wedding was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! We had roughly 100 guests and a bridal party of about 14. Our wedding coordinator at the Founders, Margret, was absolutely phenomenal! She was on top of everything and made sure my night went without a hitch. I am very pleased with my entire experience with the Founders!
Oh, and the food is AMAZING!!!
Our wedding was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! We had roughly 100 guests and a bridal party of about 14. Our wedding Read more...
Our wedding was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! We had roughly 100 guests and a bridal party of about 14. Our wedding coordinator at the Founders, Margret, was absolutely phenomenal! She was on top of everything and made sure my night went without a hitch. I am very pleased with my entire experience with the Founders!
Oh, and the food is AMAZING!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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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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April
Wedding:
6/22/2014
4.9/5.0
We recently had our wedding ceremony and reception at the Founders Inn and it was AMAZING! Everything from the staff, to the food, to the facility itself was top-notch and excellent. I would highly recommend Founders Inn to anyone planning a wedding or event. The outdoor garden area was gorgeous for our ceremony and the banquet rooms inside look beautiful as well with everything set up. A special shout out goes to Ann Smith who helped us with our initial contract and Emily Andersen who was our planner all the way through - she was amazing to work with!
We recently had our wedding ceremony and reception at the Founders Inn and it was AMAZING! Everything from the staff, to Read more...
We recently had our wedding ceremony and reception at the Founders Inn and it was AMAZING! Everything from the staff, to the food, to the facility itself was top-notch and excellent. I would highly recommend Founders Inn to anyone planning a wedding or event. The outdoor garden area was gorgeous for our ceremony and the banquet rooms inside look beautiful as well with everything set up. A special shout out goes to Ann Smith who helped us with our initial contract and Emily Andersen who was our planner all the way through - she was amazing to work with! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Hello April,

Thank you for your kind review. It was our pleasure to host your wedding events. We love being a part of a bride and groom's special day. I am glad to know your garden ceremony and ballroom reception, as well as great service from our staff including Ann & Emily lent to a positively memorable day. I do hope you will join us for many more happy 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:
Recently Married
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
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.8/5.0
This is a wonderful venue for a wedding. Breathtaking views, and it is so peaceful and serene. Catering was delicious. Although we ended up having 3 different sales managers working on our wedding my overall experience working with the Founder's Inn was a pleasant one. My wedding at the Founder's Inn was everything I could have ever wanted. My only dislike was feeling as though they booked my wedding too close to another, and feeling rushed to get to the reception and leave the ceremony location (formal gardens) and my planner and florist having to hurry up and take down. Even at our wedding rehearsal we had only one hour to rehearse and were rushed then because they had a wedding starting soon. My family did not appreciate this, especially since we had to put out alot of money to pay to have it there.

My parents were accused of eating ALL the food from the bridal cart during cocktail hour when they were outside with us.....how could TWO people eat enough hors d'oeuvres set for 16 people?? I did not like that no one was watching the cart to make sure the guests from the next wedding did not eat them. They did rectify the situation and served my bridal party a few hors d'oeuvres before they were introduced at the reception.

Overall I did enjoy this venue for my wedding but future brides please make sure you are adamant about having time to not feel rushed or that you have to hurry and go to reception because there is another wedding right after yours.
This is a wonderful venue for a wedding. Breathtaking views, and it is so peaceful and serene. Catering was delicious. Read more...
This is a wonderful venue for a wedding. Breathtaking views, and it is so peaceful and serene. Catering was delicious. Although we ended up having 3 different sales managers working on our wedding my overall experience working with the Founder's Inn was a pleasant one. My wedding at the Founder's Inn was everything I could have ever wanted. My only dislike was feeling as though they booked my wedding too close to another, and feeling rushed to get to the reception and leave the ceremony location (formal gardens) and my planner and florist having to hurry up and take down. Even at our wedding rehearsal we had only one hour to rehearse and were rushed then because they had a wedding starting soon. My family did not appreciate this, especially since we had to put out alot of money to pay to have it there.

My parents were accused of eating ALL the food from the bridal cart during cocktail hour when they were outside with us.....how could TWO people eat enough hors d'oeuvres set for 16 people?? I did not like that no one was watching the cart to make sure the guests from the next wedding did not eat them. They did rectify the situation and served my bridal party a few hors d'oeuvres before they were introduced at the reception.

Overall I did enjoy this venue for my wedding but future brides please make sure you are adamant about having time to not feel rushed or that you have to hurry and go to reception because there is another wedding right after yours. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your review! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed our beautiful and serene property for your wedding. It was our pleasure to host you and your family for this special day.

I am disappointed to hear of the issue you had with the hors d'oeuvres cart. Please accept my sincerest apologies for the inconveniences you encountered. We understand that a wedding day is a special time and I apologize that you felt it was rushed. We certainly never want anyone to feel that way on their wedding day and do all we can to prevent this.

Thank you, again, for your review. We hope to see you again to celebrate other happy occasions.
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Sara Peck
Wedding:
5/18/2014
4.2/5.0
I had a good experience with Founders. 90% of our guests were from out of state so it was a great location (near the airport) and we were able to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony and a reception in the same place. It minimized driving for everyone. Everyone raved about the food, the pool, the spa...it was great!
However, there was one big negative. We had under 100 people, so we had Emily as a sales rep. I hate to write something negative about her but she was not very responsive or professional. She flaked on my planner when she came to meet about the wedding, took a while to respond to me, and had a general air of "I don't care." She repeatedly told me at my rehearsal and wedding (while I was a ball of stress) that she was "so tired, I just want to go home and have a big drink" and complained to me about having to do her job whenever she was around me. I did not feel very confident in her abilities and if I did not have an amazing day of coordinator/planner, I would have freaked. Anne does weddings over 100 people and I've heard awesome things about her. Emily is also very young and maybe she will do better with more experience.
I had a good experience with Founders. 90% of our guests were from out of state so it was a great location (near the Read more...
I had a good experience with Founders. 90% of our guests were from out of state so it was a great location (near the airport) and we were able to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony and a reception in the same place. It minimized driving for everyone. Everyone raved about the food, the pool, the spa...it was great!
However, there was one big negative. We had under 100 people, so we had Emily as a sales rep. I hate to write something negative about her but she was not very responsive or professional. She flaked on my planner when she came to meet about the wedding, took a while to respond to me, and had a general air of "I don't care." She repeatedly told me at my rehearsal and wedding (while I was a ball of stress) that she was "so tired, I just want to go home and have a big drink" and complained to me about having to do her job whenever she was around me. I did not feel very confident in her abilities and if I did not have an amazing day of coordinator/planner, I would have freaked. Anne does weddings over 100 people and I've heard awesome things about her. Emily is also very young and maybe she will do better with more experience. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Founders Inn and Spa responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your review. It was our pleasure to help you celebrate this wonderful day in your life. The beautiful property, dedicated staff members, and various amenities all lend to a positively memorable wedding.

Our wedding team understands that a wedding day is extremely important and special and they are dedicated to making the event as flawless as possible. That being said, I am disappointed to hear of your experience with our conference services manager. Although conveyed to you by our Director of Sales & Marketing upon your last communication, please accept my sincerest apologies that your experience was unsatisfactory. We have addressed the situation.

Thank you, again, for your review and we wish you all the best in this wonderful, new venture!
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Cora Menkes
Wedding:
5/17/2014
3.3/5.0
My husband and I were looking for a beautiful location that could host the ceremony and the reception all in one venue so we chose the Founder's Inn. We had about 150 guests and the ceremony was gorgeous. I would definitely recommend the ceremony spot at The Founder's Inn.

I did not want to hire a coordinator (as Founder's Inn was at the top of our budget) and had a friend be my day of coordinator, which if you are planing to do, I would definitely NOT recommend having your wedding here. The coordinators that work at the venue are very nice but they are definitely not there to help you plan out all the details.

I would not recommend having your reception here because our service was not what we were expecting for the cost. Our ceremony finished quicker than expected and the staff was not ready to serve our guests at cocktail hour. The bar service was therefore delayed, and my guests weren't happy. During the reception, we were supposed to have cookies and pastries served after our entrees and they never came out. The event coordinator did apologize and hand deliver them to our home afterward, which was very nice, but not enough considering we were expecting them to be served to all our guests. The bar service was terrible. I heard many complaints, even from my groom! They were serving warm beer out of pitchers and eventually "ran out" and could only serve bud light. Again, not what we paid for in our package.

Overall, it was a beautiful day and the food that was served was delicious, but to pay as much as we did and to receive less than superb service was very disappointing. If I could do it over I would not choose the Founders Inn. I would also suggest this to anyone that does not want to hire their own coordinator as well.
My husband and I were looking for a beautiful location that could host the ceremony and the reception all in one venue so Read more...
My husband and I were looking for a beautiful location that could host the ceremony and the reception all in one venue so we chose the Founder's Inn. We had about 150 guests and the ceremony was gorgeous. I would definitely recommend the ceremony spot at The Founder's Inn.

I did not want to hire a coordinator (as Founder's Inn was at the top of our budget) and had a friend be my day of coordinator, which if you are planing to do, I would definitely NOT recommend having your wedding here. The coordinators that work at the venue are very nice but they are definitely not there to help you plan out all the details.

I would not recommend having your reception here because our service was not what we were expecting for the cost. Our ceremony finished quicker than expected and the staff was not ready to serve our guests at cocktail hour. The bar service was therefore delayed, and my guests weren't happy. During the reception, we were supposed to have cookies and pastries served after our entrees and they never came out. The event coordinator did apologize and hand deliver them to our home afterward, which was very nice, but not enough considering we were expecting them to be served to all our guests. The bar service was terrible. I heard many complaints, even from my groom! They were serving warm beer out of pitchers and eventually "ran out" and could only serve bud light. Again, not what we paid for in our package.

Overall, it was a beautiful day and the food that was served was delicious, but to pay as much as we did and to receive less than superb service was very disappointing. If I could do it over I would not choose the Founders Inn. I would also suggest this to anyone that does not want to hire their own coordinator as well. Read less
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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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