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The Mansion on Turner Hill

Ipswich , MA
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LOCATION

3 Manor House Lane
Ipswich, MA US 01938 (map)

PHONE

978-356-7070

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ABOUT US

Welcome to the Mansion on Turner Hill!

The grand Elizabethan mansion and impeccably manicured grounds of Turner Hill will accent your wedding day with timeless New England... Read more
Welcome to the Mansion on Turner Hill!

The grand Elizabethan mansion and impeccably manicured grounds of Turner Hill will accent your wedding day with timeless New England ambiance you and your guests will remember for years to come.

The wedding specialists and culinary team of Turner Hill have created a comprehensive yet flexible, wedding package to help make menu planning for your special day an enjoyable, uncomplicated experience. Our inclusive menu package offers a bountiful array of mouth-watering culinary options amid first class accoutrements and refined service.

Mansion History

Modeled after Christ Church in England, the Grand Mansion was completed in 1903 by architect William G. Rantoul for Charles Goodnough Rice and Anne Proctor Rice of Boston. Today, the mansion still honors its builders by remaining in impeccable condition. It continues to awe all who enter through its beautifully crafted hand carved doors.

The Perfect Setting

Casual & intimate or grand & elaborate, Turner Hill is one of the most versatile wedding venues in Massachusetts. With a combination of elegance and old world sophistication, our magnificent European inspired Elizabethan mansion with elevated views of grandeur will be sure to impress your guests. Located on the peak of Ipswich, MA, Turner Hill offers the utmost privacy for your special day. From style & grace of yesteryear to modern glam, our venue has something for everyone!

The Outdoor Tent - Picture you and your guests taking in the panoramic view while enjoying your wedding reception. The outdoor tent enables you to have the best of both worlds – an outdoor and an indoor wedding venue.

All sides of the tent open up to catch the breezes and the views, while the tent provides exceptional chandelier and auxiliary lighting. The high cathedral ceiling creates an ambience of grandeur. Please see our gallery for photos of weddings in our tent – it is one of the most popular wedding venues in Massachusetts. The outdoor tents seats 250 guests comfortably.

The Grand Ballroom - Our Grand Ballroom sets the scene for your most spectacular wedding moments. The Ballroom features mahogany hand-carved accents, a hand molded plaster ceiling, a magnificent fireplace, and several antique chandeliers. Just steps away is the stone terrace that allows you and your guests to take in the outdoor splendor of Turner Hill, enjoying its picturesque views. This room will certainly exceed your expectations for a sophisticated and elegant wedding venue in Massachusetts. The Grand Ballroom and adjoining Mansion rooms can hold up to 200 guests.

The Alabaster Dining Room - The beautiful Alabaster Dining Room is the perfect venue for a small, intimate wedding in Massachusetts. The Alabaster fireplace provides an exceptional backdrop for your nuptials with its gorgeous Italian frieze of wildlife and hand-carved mahogany panels. The Alabaster Dining Room accommodates up to 80 guests.

Mr. Rice's Smoking Lounge - Mr. Rice's Smoking Lounge is the perfect location for the Groom's Room — something that few wedding venues in Massachusetts offer. The mahogany hand-carved paneling, comfortable seating and library sets the stage for a groom and his men. The armoire even holds a television to check on a game score or relax before the ceremony begins.

The Bride's Chamber - Our luxurious Bride's Chamber features a separate side entrance, providing the bride with privacy that ensures no one will see her before she is ready to make her grand entrance. This room is large enough for the entire bridal party to relax and get ready for the ceremony.

The Mansion Club Restaurant - The Mansion Club Restaurant is the perfect venue for your rehearsal dinner. Join your wedding party and family in the lounge, a full-service bar with views of the golf course and grounds. The dining room has a hand painted ceramic warming oven and fireplace that is sure to impress your guests. Our dining room can hold up to 35 guests. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1890
When was your venue last renovated?
2007
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Garden / Romantic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
6
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
3500
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
90
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1890
When was your venue last renovated?
2007
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Garden / Romantic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
6
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
3500
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
90
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Devin
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
Having our ceremony & reception at Turner Hill was like a fairytale! If you are looking for a breathtaking venue for your special day - look no further ! The difference with this venue compared to others in the area is you have the whole estate to yourself for the whole night . Other venues you can only use either outdoors or indoors, or there is another wedding taking place at the same time. This place has the "Wow factor " from the second you pull in and see it from a distance. The staff is magnificent, prompt and puts you at ease, the catering company they use ( Vinwood) is just as amazing, and you can't go wrong with the estate. If it's in your budget, this is the place !
Having our ceremony & reception at Turner Hill was like a fairytale! If you are looking for a breathtaking venue for your Read more...
Having our ceremony & reception at Turner Hill was like a fairytale! If you are looking for a breathtaking venue for your special day - look no further ! The difference with this venue compared to others in the area is you have the whole estate to yourself for the whole night . Other venues you can only use either outdoors or indoors, or there is another wedding taking place at the same time. This place has the "Wow factor " from the second you pull in and see it from a distance. The staff is magnificent, prompt and puts you at ease, the catering company they use ( Vinwood) is just as amazing, and you can't go wrong with the estate. If it's in your budget, this is the place ! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Heather
Wedding:
7/3/2014
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding at the Mansion and Turner Hill and it was nothing short of perfect. Turner Hill is an absolute must for anyone looking to have an elegant, classic and memorable venue. The Mansion itself is straight out of the Great Gatsby and needs absolutely no decorations or additional decor as everything is grand, tasteful and architecturally stunning. And when you book the venue, you have the use of the entire mansion, not just one boxy room. The grounds are on a golf course and the outdoor prayer garden will give you a serene garden setting for your ceremony. My guests were absolutely stunned by the beauty and grandeur of our venue and several remarked it was the best wedding venue that had ever been to.
Carol, the coordinator at Turner Hill, is the utmost professional and had every detail planned and organized. She is so calm and reassuring, a couple need not worry about any part of the wedding. She is very protective of the Mansion but never hesitates to offer suggestions on making the most of your event. A couple is in very competent and capable hands with Carol.
I could never properly put into words how grateful I am to Carol and the whole staff at Turner Hill, including Vinwood Catering (also a five-star vendor), for making my wedding the best and most wonderful day of my life. My wedding was perfect, thanks to them.
I had my wedding at the Mansion and Turner Hill and it was nothing short of perfect. Turner Hill is an absolute must for Read more...
I had my wedding at the Mansion and Turner Hill and it was nothing short of perfect. Turner Hill is an absolute must for anyone looking to have an elegant, classic and memorable venue. The Mansion itself is straight out of the Great Gatsby and needs absolutely no decorations or additional decor as everything is grand, tasteful and architecturally stunning. And when you book the venue, you have the use of the entire mansion, not just one boxy room. The grounds are on a golf course and the outdoor prayer garden will give you a serene garden setting for your ceremony. My guests were absolutely stunned by the beauty and grandeur of our venue and several remarked it was the best wedding venue that had ever been to.
Carol, the coordinator at Turner Hill, is the utmost professional and had every detail planned and organized. She is so calm and reassuring, a couple need not worry about any part of the wedding. She is very protective of the Mansion but never hesitates to offer suggestions on making the most of your event. A couple is in very competent and capable hands with Carol.
I could never properly put into words how grateful I am to Carol and the whole staff at Turner Hill, including Vinwood Catering (also a five-star vendor), for making my wedding the best and most wonderful day of my life. My wedding was perfect, thanks to them. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Words cannot describe how gorgeous The Mansion on Turner Hill is. I just had my wedding there and it was everything I could have asked for and more. The grounds and mansion are beautiful and impeccably maintained. I had friends describe it as "Beauty and the Beast" like. Carol Travers, the Director of the Mansion and weddings was wonderful - she was quick to respond and so sweet and helpful. You could not have been in better hands. All I can say is I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place!
Words cannot describe how gorgeous The Mansion on Turner Hill is. I just had my wedding there and it was everything I Read more...
Words cannot describe how gorgeous The Mansion on Turner Hill is. I just had my wedding there and it was everything I could have asked for and more. The grounds and mansion are beautiful and impeccably maintained. I had friends describe it as "Beauty and the Beast" like. Carol Travers, the Director of the Mansion and weddings was wonderful - she was quick to respond and so sweet and helpful. You could not have been in better hands. All I can say is I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! Read less
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Kaitlyn
Wedding:
4/20/2013
5.0/5.0
We just had our wedding at Turner Hill Mansion. When I tell you it was a dream come true, it comes from a genuine and grateful place. Carol Travers, was a fairy God Mother, making the whole experience easy, fun, and engaging. The grounds are kept in perfect condition, the tent is lovely with a teek dance floor, and the main ball room is open with refurnished wood floors, a vast fireplace and huge windows that open to a stone patio. If you are looking for a venue that has come out of a fairytale, Turner Hill is the place for you! Thank you Carol xo
We just had our wedding at Turner Hill Mansion. When I tell you it was a dream come true, it comes from a genuine and Read more...
We just had our wedding at Turner Hill Mansion. When I tell you it was a dream come true, it comes from a genuine and grateful place. Carol Travers, was a fairy God Mother, making the whole experience easy, fun, and engaging. The grounds are kept in perfect condition, the tent is lovely with a teek dance floor, and the main ball room is open with refurnished wood floors, a vast fireplace and huge windows that open to a stone patio. If you are looking for a venue that has come out of a fairytale, Turner Hill is the place for you! Thank you Carol xo Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Turner Hill was a gorgeous place to get married. Carol (the event coordinator) is a pro. She coordinates the day perfectly and knows exactly what is going on with everything at all times. It takes the stress off!
Turner Hill was a gorgeous place to get married. Carol (the event coordinator) is a pro. She coordinates the day perfectly Read more...
Turner Hill was a gorgeous place to get married. Carol (the event coordinator) is a pro. She coordinates the day perfectly and knows exactly what is going on with everything at all times. It takes the stress off! Read less
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LDamplo
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Turner Hill is breathtaking. Although its on a golf course, it might be one of the most romantic places to get married. Our ceremony was inside and was beautiful. The cocktail hour was held in the main ballroom and the reception was in the 3 season tent. Carol, the coordinator is such a professional, we didn't have to worry about a thing.
Turner Hill is breathtaking. Although its on a golf course, it might be one of the most romantic places to get married. Read more...
Turner Hill is breathtaking. Although its on a golf course, it might be one of the most romantic places to get married. Our ceremony was inside and was beautiful. The cocktail hour was held in the main ballroom and the reception was in the 3 season tent. Carol, the coordinator is such a professional, we didn't have to worry about a thing. Read less
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FutureMrsStark
Wedding:
8/9/2014
4.8/5.0
Everything was wonderful! Everyone working at Turner Hill that day took my vision and turned it into reality! I wish I could relive that day all over again!
Everything was wonderful! Everyone working at Turner Hill that day took my vision and turned it into reality! I wish I Read more...
Everything was wonderful! Everyone working at Turner Hill that day took my vision and turned it into reality! I wish I could relive that day all over again! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
We fell in love with Turner Hill the minute we stepped on the grounds. Carol, our wedding coordinator was a true pleasure to work with through the entire planning process and beyond. She was prompt in responding to every little question I had along the way. Our ceremony was held in the gardens and then dinner in the tent with dancing in the mansion afterwards. We still receive so many compliments on the venue, the service and the food. Highly recommend Turner Hill - it is worth the investment.
We fell in love with Turner Hill the minute we stepped on the grounds. Carol, our wedding coordinator was a true pleasure Read more...
We fell in love with Turner Hill the minute we stepped on the grounds. Carol, our wedding coordinator was a true pleasure to work with through the entire planning process and beyond. She was prompt in responding to every little question I had along the way. Our ceremony was held in the gardens and then dinner in the tent with dancing in the mansion afterwards. We still receive so many compliments on the venue, the service and the food. Highly recommend Turner Hill - it is worth the investment. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
We had our wedding at the Mansion at Turner Hill in July - our wedding was fairly large with 212 guests, and was indoor-outdoor. The Mansion, ceremony area, party tent, gardens and yard surrounding it are absolutely stunning. Everything is well maintained and clean (bathrooms, hallways etc.). Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was. The setup is great - we had our ceremony outside, where there are benches for seating and we also added chairs for more seats (the benches seat I think about 150 guests) - the cocktail hour was in the ballroom, dinner was in the tent, and dancing was in the ballroom. There is so much space for the guests to roam around - those who want to talk in a more quiet spot can go to the library or Alabaster dining room - the dancers can stay in the ballroom - and also people can sit outside behind the mansion. Dessert was served as a buffet in the library. We also had a kids party simultaneously as the ceremony/dinner in the smoking room (groom's room) - it was so nice that Turner Hill was so accommodating so that the kids (16 of them - with 3 babysitters) could be taken care of just off the main party area so that their parents could enjoy the wedding.
Everything went fantastically and smoothly the day of the wedding. Prior to the wedding in the weeks before, Carol Travers, the wedding coordinator, was available to help out with all of our planning via email and phone. Initially it was a bit difficult (hence the 4.7/5 stars) getting in touch with her for looking at the venue and having some questions answered (emailed or called and didn't hear back for several days) - but once we were signed up, she was there to help us every step of the way and always quick to respond. She was calm and on the ball with every detail and everything went perfectly on our wedding day.

It is also worth noting that depending on the size of your guest list and the season, you may or may not have an indoor/outdoor wedding and/or the events may be held in different spaces of the mansion - this is something you would discuss with Carol when you go to see the venue. The great news is that if the weather is bad you can have the entire thing inside and the mansion is beautiful. While we were hoping for good weather and ended up with it, it is also safe and good to know you can have something completely inside if need be - you have a backup plan. Also, the price is very reasonable compared to other places in the area (i.e. Crane Estate - much more expensive and can't accommodate as large a wedding). Also, the mansion is air conditions, and the Crane Estate isn't - important when considering a summer wedding.

We recommend this venue very highly - it is truly beautiful.
We had our wedding at the Mansion at Turner Hill in July - our wedding was fairly large with 212 guests, and was Read more...
We had our wedding at the Mansion at Turner Hill in July - our wedding was fairly large with 212 guests, and was indoor-outdoor. The Mansion, ceremony area, party tent, gardens and yard surrounding it are absolutely stunning. Everything is well maintained and clean (bathrooms, hallways etc.). Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was. The setup is great - we had our ceremony outside, where there are benches for seating and we also added chairs for more seats (the benches seat I think about 150 guests) - the cocktail hour was in the ballroom, dinner was in the tent, and dancing was in the ballroom. There is so much space for the guests to roam around - those who want to talk in a more quiet spot can go to the library or Alabaster dining room - the dancers can stay in the ballroom - and also people can sit outside behind the mansion. Dessert was served as a buffet in the library. We also had a kids party simultaneously as the ceremony/dinner in the smoking room (groom's room) - it was so nice that Turner Hill was so accommodating so that the kids (16 of them - with 3 babysitters) could be taken care of just off the main party area so that their parents could enjoy the wedding.
Everything went fantastically and smoothly the day of the wedding. Prior to the wedding in the weeks before, Carol Travers, the wedding coordinator, was available to help out with all of our planning via email and phone. Initially it was a bit difficult (hence the 4.7/5 stars) getting in touch with her for looking at the venue and having some questions answered (emailed or called and didn't hear back for several days) - but once we were signed up, she was there to help us every step of the way and always quick to respond. She was calm and on the ball with every detail and everything went perfectly on our wedding day.

It is also worth noting that depending on the size of your guest list and the season, you may or may not have an indoor/outdoor wedding and/or the events may be held in different spaces of the mansion - this is something you would discuss with Carol when you go to see the venue. The great news is that if the weather is bad you can have the entire thing inside and the mansion is beautiful. While we were hoping for good weather and ended up with it, it is also safe and good to know you can have something completely inside if need be - you have a backup plan. Also, the price is very reasonable compared to other places in the area (i.e. Crane Estate - much more expensive and can't accommodate as large a wedding). Also, the mansion is air conditions, and the Crane Estate isn't - important when considering a summer wedding.

We recommend this venue very highly - it is truly beautiful. Read less
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Wedding:
8/14/2009
4.7/5.0
We got married here on 8.14.09 and everything was PERFECT.

The venue itself is incredibly gorgeous and I loved the flexibility we had to have our wedding spread out (ceremony outside, cocktail hour on the patio, dinner in the tent, dessert and dancing inside the mansion) All of our guests loved it and couldn't believe we had the whole mansion for our wedding. The caterer they provide (can't remember name!) was AMAZING. The food was incredible, the service was very impressive, and they had a ton of options. They also recommended to me a florist who did a killer job, and not to mention the staff there did a great job. I thought the price was also fair - not cheap, but worth it, and actually cheaper than a few other venues that we looked at in the area.

Obviously - I was super impressed and would do it there again in a second and not change a thing!
We got married here on 8.14.09 and everything was PERFECT.

The venue itself is incredibly gorgeous and I loved Read more...
We got married here on 8.14.09 and everything was PERFECT.

The venue itself is incredibly gorgeous and I loved the flexibility we had to have our wedding spread out (ceremony outside, cocktail hour on the patio, dinner in the tent, dessert and dancing inside the mansion) All of our guests loved it and couldn't believe we had the whole mansion for our wedding. The caterer they provide (can't remember name!) was AMAZING. The food was incredible, the service was very impressive, and they had a ton of options. They also recommended to me a florist who did a killer job, and not to mention the staff there did a great job. I thought the price was also fair - not cheap, but worth it, and actually cheaper than a few other venues that we looked at in the area.

Obviously - I was super impressed and would do it there again in a second and not change a thing! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Flowers, Wedding Venue
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caitkraus
Wedding:
7/31/2010
4.6/5.0
Turner Hill was an absolutely beautiful location. The whole day my guests kept commenting on how they felt like they were in a page from the novel, The Great Gatsby. It was a perfect location for an outdoor wedding with an indoor reception. The only thing is that they only have one catering option, which I would have liked to stray from.
Turner Hill was an absolutely beautiful location. The whole day my guests kept commenting on how they felt like they were Read more...
Turner Hill was an absolutely beautiful location. The whole day my guests kept commenting on how they felt like they were in a page from the novel, The Great Gatsby. It was a perfect location for an outdoor wedding with an indoor reception. The only thing is that they only have one catering option, which I would have liked to stray from. Read less
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aln
Wedding:
5/30/2009
4.6/5.0
Turner Hill is an amazing place to get married. I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great estate environment, with a charming outdoor ceremony site. Last summer the mansion was updated and I was delighted with how they preserved the historic quality and added modern ammenities (ie. new bathrooms!). A must see.
Turner Hill is an amazing place to get married. I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great estate environment, Read more...
Turner Hill is an amazing place to get married. I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great estate environment, with a charming outdoor ceremony site. Last summer the mansion was updated and I was delighted with how they preserved the historic quality and added modern ammenities (ie. new bathrooms!). A must see. Read less
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hgleach
Wedding:
9/23/2011
4.1/5.0
We were so happy that we chose Turner Hill. The venue is beautiful and they made sure that everything ran smoothly the day of the wedding.
We were so happy that we chose Turner Hill. The venue is beautiful and they made sure that everything ran smoothly the day Read more...
We were so happy that we chose Turner Hill. The venue is beautiful and they made sure that everything ran smoothly the day of the wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
1.4/5.0
The venue is gorgeous. We fell in love with it two years before getting engaged so our dream was crushed when Carol, the coordinator, turned out to be so rigid that - after interviewing several couples recently married at Turner Hill - we decided to have our wedding elsewhere. She refused any additional hour, made difficulties to have cupcakes rather than a traditional cake despite the chef's approval, tried to impose a specific location for the ceremony despite previous weddings having taken place where we wanted to have ours, and simply stopped responding to our messages after we met in person and she decided that our 8-hour wedding was not close enough to "how she does weddings" to even send us an estimate. We tried to communicate on several occasions since without success. We were highly disappointed and would only recommend this venue if you want a "cookie-cutter been there, done that" wedding. Anything out of THE wedding she knows how to plan will lead to her refusal. Since several previous couples had a similar experience with her, we decided that the year leading up to our special day should not be a constant battler for every detail. In the end, we suppose that it's their loss since we were willing to spend significantly more than the basic package (to add hours up to the time limit mentioned on their website and rent the venue again the next day for a brunch) but Carol just wouldn't budge.
The venue is gorgeous. We fell in love with it two years before getting engaged so our dream was crushed when Carol, the Read more...
The venue is gorgeous. We fell in love with it two years before getting engaged so our dream was crushed when Carol, the coordinator, turned out to be so rigid that - after interviewing several couples recently married at Turner Hill - we decided to have our wedding elsewhere. She refused any additional hour, made difficulties to have cupcakes rather than a traditional cake despite the chef's approval, tried to impose a specific location for the ceremony despite previous weddings having taken place where we wanted to have ours, and simply stopped responding to our messages after we met in person and she decided that our 8-hour wedding was not close enough to "how she does weddings" to even send us an estimate. We tried to communicate on several occasions since without success. We were highly disappointed and would only recommend this venue if you want a "cookie-cutter been there, done that" wedding. Anything out of THE wedding she knows how to plan will lead to her refusal. Since several previous couples had a similar experience with her, we decided that the year leading up to our special day should not be a constant battler for every detail. In the end, we suppose that it's their loss since we were willing to spend significantly more than the basic package (to add hours up to the time limit mentioned on their website and rent the venue again the next day for a brunch) but Carol just wouldn't budge. Read less
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