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The Veranda @ The Whitcomb

Saint Joseph , MI
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509 Ship Street
Saint Joseph, MI 49085 US (map)

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269-408-3121

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Vintage, Waterfront
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Open Bar, Outside Alcohol OK
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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fitchst2
Wedding:
6/17/2017
0.0/5.0
HORRIBLEEEEE SERVICE I had an appointment and she cancelled within 10 mins of my appointment after my family and I drove 4 hours to view the hall, Only to look at such an awfullllllllll place! ALL of the pictures are deceiving theres a train station within 100 yards of the outdoor reception hall. It is NOT on lake Michigan! and it over looks the river! AND did I mention it is a retirement center!!! the website never once mentioned it was a senior living center or did she give me that piece of information any of the times I spoke with her (months before we made the trip out there) oh and did I mention after I realized she never showed for my appointment she would not answer the phone or any emails!
HORRIBLEEEEE SERVICE I had an appointment and she cancelled within 10 mins of my appointment after my family and I drove 4 Read more...
HORRIBLEEEEE SERVICE I had an appointment and she cancelled within 10 mins of my appointment after my family and I drove 4 hours to view the hall, Only to look at such an awfullllllllll place! ALL of the pictures are deceiving theres a train station within 100 yards of the outdoor reception hall. It is NOT on lake Michigan! and it over looks the river! AND did I mention it is a retirement center!!! the website never once mentioned it was a senior living center or did she give me that piece of information any of the times I spoke with her (months before we made the trip out there) oh and did I mention after I realized she never showed for my appointment she would not answer the phone or any emails! Read less
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Lainey
Wedding:
8/22/2015
5.0/5.0
Absolutely LOVED everything about The Veranda @ The Whitcomb. We had our wedding on the rooftop overlooking the lake and the lighthouse. Our reception was in the Veranda itself. My hubby and I were skeptical when we first walked in because it was a senior living community. But once you see the venue itself, and experience the bliss of St. Joseph (the shops, the lakefront, the community, the bars, the rooftob wedding site and the area rooftop restaurants, the sunsets, the vibe and the beauty) it is 100% exceptional! It truly allows everyone to feel the romance of a wedding day. I recommend this venue to anyone and ALL of my guests adored it and have claimed it is the "most beautiful wedding they have ever been to"
Absolutely LOVED everything about The Veranda @ The Whitcomb. We had our wedding on the rooftop overlooking the lake and Read more...
Absolutely LOVED everything about The Veranda @ The Whitcomb. We had our wedding on the rooftop overlooking the lake and the lighthouse. Our reception was in the Veranda itself. My hubby and I were skeptical when we first walked in because it was a senior living community. But once you see the venue itself, and experience the bliss of St. Joseph (the shops, the lakefront, the community, the bars, the rooftob wedding site and the area rooftop restaurants, the sunsets, the vibe and the beauty) it is 100% exceptional! It truly allows everyone to feel the romance of a wedding day. I recommend this venue to anyone and ALL of my guests adored it and have claimed it is the "most beautiful wedding they have ever been to" Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.4/5.0
We used the Veranda for our reception. It is absolutely beautiful, all of our guests thought it was simple, yet elegant. We had 115 guests which left for plenty of space for a dance floor. The staff were very nice to work with and the planning services they provide with the company they team up with made our day go very smoothly. I would definitely recommend this location to people because it is beautiful and the city it is in is quite adorable. My only real complaint is that we had a Friday wedding which was cheaper, but it was still a bit more than I would had liked to pay and I wouldn't say that the price was worth every penny I paid.
We used the Veranda for our reception. It is absolutely beautiful, all of our guests thought it was simple, yet elegant. Read more...
We used the Veranda for our reception. It is absolutely beautiful, all of our guests thought it was simple, yet elegant. We had 115 guests which left for plenty of space for a dance floor. The staff were very nice to work with and the planning services they provide with the company they team up with made our day go very smoothly. I would definitely recommend this location to people because it is beautiful and the city it is in is quite adorable. My only real complaint is that we had a Friday wedding which was cheaper, but it was still a bit more than I would had liked to pay and I wouldn't say that the price was worth every penny I paid. Read less
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elizabeth
Wedding:
7/3/2015
4.5/5.0
I had my wedding (both ceremony and reception) at the Veranda at the Whitcomb on July 3rd, 2015. I worked with Hannah at the Veranda to get everything ready to go for my big day.

Pros:
1) They will set up everything for you ahead of time if needed (including personal decorations). I had a Beauty & the Beast theme wedding & I did my own decorations. The team that day did an AMAZING job setting up. It looked beautiful and exactly how I wanted it. (note - if you do this, put together a note sheet with pictures of exactly what you want).
2) It was absolutely beautiful and my guests are still raving over it. The ceremony spot is very beautiful overlooking the lake and the lighthouse.
3) It was very economical in the end to choose this venue. I kept everything within budget between working with the caterers and the venue and my husband and I are very happy with it. (note - you don't need to buy the overhead lighting package if it doesn't fit in your budget. We didn't and it all still looked amazing)

Cons:
1) We kept getting different directions about what was needed on our liability insurance. We kept going back and forth between the Veranda and the insurance company about what was actually stated. I would recommend for the EXACT statement of what needs to be put on the insurance.
2) There seemed to be a disconnect of what I discussed with both Hannah & the caterer ahead of time & what actually happened at the wedding. I was supposed to have plated meals for children and vegetarians/vegans so there wasn't confusion. But that didn't happen & non- vegetarians being upset because they weren't allowed to try that meal that was put at the end of the normal buffet.
3) We had no idea that they forced people to take cake home at the end of the reception. My husband & I were so sad we didn't get any cake since it was all gone.

Overall, the pros WAY outweigh the cons and I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an amazing venue!
I had my wedding (both ceremony and reception) at the Veranda at the Whitcomb on July 3rd, 2015. I worked with Hannah at Read more...
I had my wedding (both ceremony and reception) at the Veranda at the Whitcomb on July 3rd, 2015. I worked with Hannah at the Veranda to get everything ready to go for my big day.

Pros:
1) They will set up everything for you ahead of time if needed (including personal decorations). I had a Beauty & the Beast theme wedding & I did my own decorations. The team that day did an AMAZING job setting up. It looked beautiful and exactly how I wanted it. (note - if you do this, put together a note sheet with pictures of exactly what you want).
2) It was absolutely beautiful and my guests are still raving over it. The ceremony spot is very beautiful overlooking the lake and the lighthouse.
3) It was very economical in the end to choose this venue. I kept everything within budget between working with the caterers and the venue and my husband and I are very happy with it. (note - you don't need to buy the overhead lighting package if it doesn't fit in your budget. We didn't and it all still looked amazing)

Cons:
1) We kept getting different directions about what was needed on our liability insurance. We kept going back and forth between the Veranda and the insurance company about what was actually stated. I would recommend for the EXACT statement of what needs to be put on the insurance.
2) There seemed to be a disconnect of what I discussed with both Hannah & the caterer ahead of time & what actually happened at the wedding. I was supposed to have plated meals for children and vegetarians/vegans so there wasn't confusion. But that didn't happen & non- vegetarians being upset because they weren't allowed to try that meal that was put at the end of the normal buffet.
3) We had no idea that they forced people to take cake home at the end of the reception. My husband & I were so sad we didn't get any cake since it was all gone.

Overall, the pros WAY outweigh the cons and I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an amazing venue! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/24/2015
4.8/5.0
The Veranda venue was beautiful for our wedding ceremony and reception. The tower at top of the building was fantastic for our "first look" before our ceremony! The garden area was the perfect setting for our ceremony - it allowed guests to stay in one location, yet feel like they had a different experience and environment for both after moving to the covered area for our cocktail hour and reception. The fresh air off the lake was perfect and the view was incredible!
The Veranda venue was beautiful for our wedding ceremony and reception. The tower at top of the building was fantastic for Read more...
The Veranda venue was beautiful for our wedding ceremony and reception. The tower at top of the building was fantastic for our "first look" before our ceremony! The garden area was the perfect setting for our ceremony - it allowed guests to stay in one location, yet feel like they had a different experience and environment for both after moving to the covered area for our cocktail hour and reception. The fresh air off the lake was perfect and the view was incredible! Read less
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Ainsley
Wedding:
8/8/2014
4.9/5.0
Amazing experience. The staff at the Veranda is absolutely wonderful! The setup of our reception went just as planned. The whole night went flawlessly!
Amazing experience. The staff at the Veranda is absolutely wonderful! The setup of our reception went just as planned. The Read more...
Amazing experience. The staff at the Veranda is absolutely wonderful! The setup of our reception went just as planned. The whole night went flawlessly! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
AMAZING!! Danielle was phenomenal and everything was just as I had pictured. Everyone loved the venue as much as we did!!
AMAZING!! Danielle was phenomenal and everything was just as I had pictured. Everyone loved the venue as much as we did!!
AMAZING!! Danielle was phenomenal and everything was just as I had pictured. Everyone loved the venue as much as we did!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/20/2014
4.4/5.0
The Veranda @ the Whitcomb is a great semi-outdoor location for a wedding. As far as Quality of Service, it is essentially billed that way and one would need to be okay with contracting multiple vendors to build the dream event. The rental fee covers the basic basics.

Beware of the old folks and the slow and dingy elevators. Everyone will tell you it's no big deal, but sharing the space with an operating retirement home is not exactly the most elegant way to arrive at your wedding ceremony. Seriously.

The team is available by phone and email throughout the planning process. I found the step by step emails to be a bit overwhelming but anytime I had a question or wanted to clarify a detail, the team was ready to work with me. There was a day-of representative around but I didn't see them much and I'm not sure what their role is at the event.

For an aesthetically pleasing, covered, outdoor venue near the water, the Veranda is an excellent value. With regard to flexibility, there isn't much. Every bride has choices to make throughout the process, but the Veranda will chose for you the caterer, bartender, and lighting and decor companies and you'll be stuck with their services and price lists.
The Veranda @ the Whitcomb is a great semi-outdoor location for a wedding. As far as Quality of Service, it is essentially Read more...
The Veranda @ the Whitcomb is a great semi-outdoor location for a wedding. As far as Quality of Service, it is essentially billed that way and one would need to be okay with contracting multiple vendors to build the dream event. The rental fee covers the basic basics.

Beware of the old folks and the slow and dingy elevators. Everyone will tell you it's no big deal, but sharing the space with an operating retirement home is not exactly the most elegant way to arrive at your wedding ceremony. Seriously.

The team is available by phone and email throughout the planning process. I found the step by step emails to be a bit overwhelming but anytime I had a question or wanted to clarify a detail, the team was ready to work with me. There was a day-of representative around but I didn't see them much and I'm not sure what their role is at the event.

For an aesthetically pleasing, covered, outdoor venue near the water, the Veranda is an excellent value. With regard to flexibility, there isn't much. Every bride has choices to make throughout the process, but the Veranda will chose for you the caterer, bartender, and lighting and decor companies and you'll be stuck with their services and price lists. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
The Veranda is a beautiful venue and our guests loved it. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather, because I think having access to the outdoor courtyard area is something that really takes the Veranda above and beyond a traditional venue. The views overlooking the bluff are stunning and we had an amazing sunset on our wedding day.
Another great thing about the Veranda is the absolute flexibility that you have in decor and setup. The Veranda's coordinator Danielle is amazing to work with and was incredibily responsive and thorough in answering all of our questions and providing recommendations and suggestions. We hired her and the Veranda's coordination services (1928 Planning Co.) for "day of" coordination, and we couldn't have been happier. We also used the trolley available through the venue for a pre-wedding local winery tour, and were also pleased with how customer friendly and easy the whole experience was.
This is a truly unique venue with lots of possibilities. Our guests had a great time making a weekend of it in adorable downtown St. Joe's and loved the Veranda. Highly recommended.
The Veranda is a beautiful venue and our guests loved it. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather, because I think Read more...
The Veranda is a beautiful venue and our guests loved it. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather, because I think having access to the outdoor courtyard area is something that really takes the Veranda above and beyond a traditional venue. The views overlooking the bluff are stunning and we had an amazing sunset on our wedding day.
Another great thing about the Veranda is the absolute flexibility that you have in decor and setup. The Veranda's coordinator Danielle is amazing to work with and was incredibily responsive and thorough in answering all of our questions and providing recommendations and suggestions. We hired her and the Veranda's coordination services (1928 Planning Co.) for "day of" coordination, and we couldn't have been happier. We also used the trolley available through the venue for a pre-wedding local winery tour, and were also pleased with how customer friendly and easy the whole experience was.
This is a truly unique venue with lots of possibilities. Our guests had a great time making a weekend of it in adorable downtown St. Joe's and loved the Veranda. Highly recommended. Read less
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Alex
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
I couldn’t have picked a more beautiful place in St. Joe to get married! I was an out-of-town bride and Danielle was so helpful with all the wedding planning. We shared dozens of emails back and forth and she was with me every step of the way. She definitely went above and beyond even when it meant finding a place to store our dogs last minute or standing on tip toes to cover a light so our photographer could get the perfect shot.

We ended up with 200 guests at the wedding and it was a tight fit, but everyone was comfortable. We came up with a seating chart that included round tables and banquet tables throughout the room and it looked amazing. To my surprise, the rented patio furniture ended up being a huge hit and I recommend it to future brides. We went with a plated dinner, which I am told takes a bit longer. We had our own dinner rushed to us so that we could greet guests. I noticed while on the floor some guests were half way through dinner before others had been served. This bothered me a little bit, but I think the servers did the best they could with so many tables.

Pro’s
* The Whitcomb includes a caterer, bar service, tables & chairs, and linens while also offering decoration and coordination.
* The location is stunning and guests enjoyed being downtown with lots of things to do.
* The food was excellent.
* Danielle did a great job communicating.

Con’s
* If you have a 250+ wedding it get’s a little tight and you have to fill the dance floor with tables.
* Parking is a problem if there are other activities going on downtown. We had 3-4 other events happening the same weekend and the bridal party had a difficult time moving to different locations for photos because of the traffic and parking.
* You don’t have a choice in the matter of bar service and caterer. Though we were very happy with CK Catering, we were not so happy with the bar service.
I couldn’t have picked a more beautiful place in St. Joe to get married! I was an out-of-town bride and Danielle was so Read more...
I couldn’t have picked a more beautiful place in St. Joe to get married! I was an out-of-town bride and Danielle was so helpful with all the wedding planning. We shared dozens of emails back and forth and she was with me every step of the way. She definitely went above and beyond even when it meant finding a place to store our dogs last minute or standing on tip toes to cover a light so our photographer could get the perfect shot.

We ended up with 200 guests at the wedding and it was a tight fit, but everyone was comfortable. We came up with a seating chart that included round tables and banquet tables throughout the room and it looked amazing. To my surprise, the rented patio furniture ended up being a huge hit and I recommend it to future brides. We went with a plated dinner, which I am told takes a bit longer. We had our own dinner rushed to us so that we could greet guests. I noticed while on the floor some guests were half way through dinner before others had been served. This bothered me a little bit, but I think the servers did the best they could with so many tables.

Pro’s
* The Whitcomb includes a caterer, bar service, tables & chairs, and linens while also offering decoration and coordination.
* The location is stunning and guests enjoyed being downtown with lots of things to do.
* The food was excellent.
* Danielle did a great job communicating.

Con’s
* If you have a 250+ wedding it get’s a little tight and you have to fill the dance floor with tables.
* Parking is a problem if there are other activities going on downtown. We had 3-4 other events happening the same weekend and the bridal party had a difficult time moving to different locations for photos because of the traffic and parking.
* You don’t have a choice in the matter of bar service and caterer. Though we were very happy with CK Catering, we were not so happy with the bar service. Read less
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