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Washington Pavilion

Sioux Falls , SD
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LOCATION

301 South Main Aveune
Sioux Falls, SD US 57104 (map)

PHONE

605-367-7397

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The Washington Pavilion is the region’s home for the arts, entertainment and science. Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in downtown Sioux Falls, it is one of the only... Read more
The Washington Pavilion is the region’s home for the arts, entertainment and science. Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in downtown Sioux Falls, it is one of the only facilities in the world to bring together under one roof the performing arts, visual arts and interactive science. The luxurious decor, beautiful architecture and adventurous exhibits provide an exciting array of settings. The venue contains a Performing Arts Center, a Visual Arts Center, and a Science Center with CineDome all under one roof! There is, indeed, something for everyone here.

Our event professionals strive to create a custom setting for your event. With an eye for detail and knowledge of the event industry, we can assist you with all those little extras that make your event a success. These include custom menus and referrals to other trusted professionals in music services, entertainment, floral, photography or other services needed to complete your occasion. The Washington Pavilion has the resources to host an event of any caliber and is proud to assist in all of your event needs. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1879
When was your venue last renovated?
1999
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Glamorous, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
340
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
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?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
50
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?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
17
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
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1879
When was your venue last renovated?
1999
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Glamorous, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
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?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
50
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?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
17
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
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Trish
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
I had such a fun time and experience working with the Pavilion staff, specifically Sarah. She made sure details were in order and that everything was ready to go to make our reception perfect. I definitely recommend the Pavilion for any event because they work hard to make everything run smoothly. It was truly an awesome day!
I had such a fun time and experience working with the Pavilion staff, specifically Sarah. She made sure details were in Read more...
I had such a fun time and experience working with the Pavilion staff, specifically Sarah. She made sure details were in order and that everything was ready to go to make our reception perfect. I definitely recommend the Pavilion for any event because they work hard to make everything run smoothly. It was truly an awesome day! Read less
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Brandy
Wedding:
5/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Our day was made special because of the amazing service we received from Brittney and the staff at the Washington Pavilion. We were guided step by step in making choices and given a vast array of options and materials/venders to work with – the sky was the limit. The whole day went so smooth. Brittney the wedding planner managed everything so that we could enjoy our time with family and friends the day of the event. Everything we asked for happened even a last minute request. We had a Beautiful reception with exceptional service. We will always have a special place for the Pavilion in our hearts.
Our day was made special because of the amazing service we received from Brittney and the staff at the Washington Read more...
Our day was made special because of the amazing service we received from Brittney and the staff at the Washington Pavilion. We were guided step by step in making choices and given a vast array of options and materials/venders to work with – the sky was the limit. The whole day went so smooth. Brittney the wedding planner managed everything so that we could enjoy our time with family and friends the day of the event. Everything we asked for happened even a last minute request. We had a Beautiful reception with exceptional service. We will always have a special place for the Pavilion in our hearts. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The main reason I chose The Pavillion over all the other venues I looked at, was because of Brittany Boomer-Event Coordinator. She was by far the most professional, friendly, and accomodating event coordinator of all the venues I looked at in Sioux Falls! I was debating between The Icon Event Hall and The Pavillion and Brittany won me over the first time I met with her. She made me feel like she "would just take care of everything" on my wedding day, and make sure it was exactly how I wanted it to be. She made my wedding planning a lot less stressful. I can't even tell you how detail oriented she is! Thanks Brittany, you did a great job!
The main reason I chose The Pavillion over all the other venues I looked at, was because of Brittany Boomer-Event Read more...
The main reason I chose The Pavillion over all the other venues I looked at, was because of Brittany Boomer-Event Coordinator. She was by far the most professional, friendly, and accomodating event coordinator of all the venues I looked at in Sioux Falls! I was debating between The Icon Event Hall and The Pavillion and Brittany won me over the first time I met with her. She made me feel like she "would just take care of everything" on my wedding day, and make sure it was exactly how I wanted it to be. She made my wedding planning a lot less stressful. I can't even tell you how detail oriented she is! Thanks Brittany, you did a great job! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Perfect choice of us! We had the please of working with Sarah and she is the best! Very accommodating and helpful!
Perfect choice of us! We had the please of working with Sarah and she is the best! Very accommodating and helpful!
Perfect choice of us! We had the please of working with Sarah and she is the best! Very accommodating and helpful! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
We had our reception on the Mary W. Sommervold Hall stage. It is an absolutely beautiful space, especially when you take advantage of their lighting options. We received a lot of compliments about how nice everything looked. One of the best things about the Pavilion is the event coordinators. We worked with Sarah on planning our reception, and she was wonderful. She responded to my emails quickly, and she did a good job of making sure that we had everything ready for our reception. Since there wasn't an event the night before, we were able to get in the day before the wedding and set up our favors and decorations. They worked with our other vendors the day of, so we didn't need to worry about that and could just focus on celebrating with our friends and family. Overall, it was a great experience.
We had our reception on the Mary W. Sommervold Hall stage. It is an absolutely beautiful space, especially when you take Read more...
We had our reception on the Mary W. Sommervold Hall stage. It is an absolutely beautiful space, especially when you take advantage of their lighting options. We received a lot of compliments about how nice everything looked. One of the best things about the Pavilion is the event coordinators. We worked with Sarah on planning our reception, and she was wonderful. She responded to my emails quickly, and she did a good job of making sure that we had everything ready for our reception. Since there wasn't an event the night before, we were able to get in the day before the wedding and set up our favors and decorations. They worked with our other vendors the day of, so we didn't need to worry about that and could just focus on celebrating with our friends and family. Overall, it was a great experience. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Allyson and the rest of the staff at the Pavilion are wonderful to work with! So easy and flexibile with everything. Allyson is the BEST to work with! The Pavilion is very lucky to have Allyson and I would say she deserves a RAISE! She goes above and beyond with anything her clients need. She jumped in and did anything she could to help when our flowers were delivered and horrible. Immediately went and got pricing on new flowers, but not before getting the bride a bottle of wine to calm the nerves!
Allyson and the rest of the staff at the Pavilion are wonderful to work with! So easy and flexibile with everything. Read more...
Allyson and the rest of the staff at the Pavilion are wonderful to work with! So easy and flexibile with everything. Allyson is the BEST to work with! The Pavilion is very lucky to have Allyson and I would say she deserves a RAISE! She goes above and beyond with anything her clients need. She jumped in and did anything she could to help when our flowers were delivered and horrible. Immediately went and got pricing on new flowers, but not before getting the bride a bottle of wine to calm the nerves! Read less
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Allie
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
The Washington Pavilion was such an AWESOME place to have a wedding reception. Everything was great from the food to the decorations to the customer service. I had multiple people tell me that when they walked into the Pavilion and onto the stage that it took their breathe away because it was so beautiful. Alyson Kasch was also so AWESOME to work with. She was there always, never missed a beat and so very friendly and nice! I would recommend the Washington Pavilion to anyone! Such a great, classy and beautiful venue!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!
The Washington Pavilion was such an AWESOME place to have a wedding reception. Everything was great from the food to the Read more...
The Washington Pavilion was such an AWESOME place to have a wedding reception. Everything was great from the food to the decorations to the customer service. I had multiple people tell me that when they walked into the Pavilion and onto the stage that it took their breathe away because it was so beautiful. Alyson Kasch was also so AWESOME to work with. She was there always, never missed a beat and so very friendly and nice! I would recommend the Washington Pavilion to anyone! Such a great, classy and beautiful venue!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! Read less
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Tanya
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
You really do get to sit back and enjoy your day. Everyone was so accessible, and willing to do whatever you needed to make sure everything went perfect. :)
You really do get to sit back and enjoy your day. Everyone was so accessible, and willing to do whatever you needed to Read more...
You really do get to sit back and enjoy your day. Everyone was so accessible, and willing to do whatever you needed to make sure everything went perfect. :) Read less
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Jan
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Every aspect of our daughter's wedding reception at the Washington Pavilion was exceptional. Everyone involved worked hard to assure that even the smallest details were perfect.

Paula helped us choose the most delicious meal imaginable and Allyson's expertise in the entire process was spectacular!

The entire staff was well-trained,courteous,and professional.

We had guests from California, Connecticut, Maryland, Alabama, Wisconsin, Illinois, and South Dakota, and received many positive comments about the uniqueness and beauty of the venue.
Every aspect of our daughter's wedding reception at the Washington Pavilion was exceptional. Everyone involved worked hard Read more...
Every aspect of our daughter's wedding reception at the Washington Pavilion was exceptional. Everyone involved worked hard to assure that even the smallest details were perfect.

Paula helped us choose the most delicious meal imaginable and Allyson's expertise in the entire process was spectacular!

The entire staff was well-trained,courteous,and professional.

We had guests from California, Connecticut, Maryland, Alabama, Wisconsin, Illinois, and South Dakota, and received many positive comments about the uniqueness and beauty of the venue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Allyson was the best! Made the whole process very easy and the day beautiful! Stress free!
Allyson was the best! Made the whole process very easy and the day beautiful! Stress free!
Allyson was the best! Made the whole process very easy and the day beautiful! Stress free! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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josh
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Alyson was amazing and went above and beyond to make our day special!!!
Alyson was amazing and went above and beyond to make our day special!!!
Alyson was amazing and went above and beyond to make our day special!!! Read less
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Carolyn
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
The Washington Pavilion is the most beautiful reception venue that I have ever seen. The colors & choices for the back drop (Cyclorama) and the Arts Night Lighting were amazing. The atmosphere are wonderful. Allyson Kasch and her staff were exceptional to work with. They went above and beyond what we expected; very professional in every area. I would recommend this venue to everyone, and I'm looking forward to attending a reception there in the future!
The Washington Pavilion is the most beautiful reception venue that I have ever seen. The colors & choices for the back Read more...
The Washington Pavilion is the most beautiful reception venue that I have ever seen. The colors & choices for the back drop (Cyclorama) and the Arts Night Lighting were amazing. The atmosphere are wonderful. Allyson Kasch and her staff were exceptional to work with. They went above and beyond what we expected; very professional in every area. I would recommend this venue to everyone, and I'm looking forward to attending a reception there in the future! Read less
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Elissa
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding reception at the Washington Pavilion in the Schulte Room and it was exactly what I wanted. It was decorated beautifully, the food was excellent and my husband and I and all of our guests had a great time! Becky Swoboda was our amazing event planner and she was excellent and made everything very easy for us. I would definitely use the Pavilion again, thanks for everything!
We had our wedding reception at the Washington Pavilion in the Schulte Room and it was exactly what I wanted. It was Read more...
We had our wedding reception at the Washington Pavilion in the Schulte Room and it was exactly what I wanted. It was decorated beautifully, the food was excellent and my husband and I and all of our guests had a great time! Becky Swoboda was our amazing event planner and she was excellent and made everything very easy for us. I would definitely use the Pavilion again, thanks for everything! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have had such a wonderful day without the help of Allyson at the Pavilion! She went above and beyond for us and allowed us to enjoy our day with NO STRESS! I would recommend the Washington Pavilion to anyone looking to plan a event.
I couldn't have had such a wonderful day without the help of Allyson at the Pavilion! She went above and beyond for us and Read more...
I couldn't have had such a wonderful day without the help of Allyson at the Pavilion! She went above and beyond for us and allowed us to enjoy our day with NO STRESS! I would recommend the Washington Pavilion to anyone looking to plan a event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The Pavilion Event's team was outstanding. They handled every aspect of our wedding from start to finish with amazing detail and hardwork. I simply could not have thrown this party this without their expertise. I would recommend their work to anyone looking for a very special venue for their wedding and wedding reception. There is no better place to go.
The Pavilion Event's team was outstanding. They handled every aspect of our wedding from start to finish with amazing Read more...
The Pavilion Event's team was outstanding. They handled every aspect of our wedding from start to finish with amazing detail and hardwork. I simply could not have thrown this party this without their expertise. I would recommend their work to anyone looking for a very special venue for their wedding and wedding reception. There is no better place to go. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The staff were extremely professional - also flexible to meet with me whenever I was available. I was able to ask most questions through e-mail and would get a response from Meghan or Becky within a day. This was a plus for me because I worked 7 days a week until 5 or 6P. They had great ideas and were very helpful in many different areas - including decorations, how to arrange the tables, where to set things up, etc. The venue was perfect for what we wanted and we couldn't have been happier with how everything looked and tasted - the food was amazing and everyone had only good things to say about the evening. There did happen to be one mishap with the chocolate fountain, however I wasn't even aware that it wasn't working. The staff at WP quickly replaced it with a different one--it wasn't till a few weeks later when we found this out. I thought it was so wonderful that they quickly took action and fixed the problem. I would HIGHLY recommend this venue if you are looking for a stress-free wonderful time!
The staff were extremely professional - also flexible to meet with me whenever I was available. I was able to ask most Read more...
The staff were extremely professional - also flexible to meet with me whenever I was available. I was able to ask most questions through e-mail and would get a response from Meghan or Becky within a day. This was a plus for me because I worked 7 days a week until 5 or 6P. They had great ideas and were very helpful in many different areas - including decorations, how to arrange the tables, where to set things up, etc. The venue was perfect for what we wanted and we couldn't have been happier with how everything looked and tasted - the food was amazing and everyone had only good things to say about the evening. There did happen to be one mishap with the chocolate fountain, however I wasn't even aware that it wasn't working. The staff at WP quickly replaced it with a different one--it wasn't till a few weeks later when we found this out. I thought it was so wonderful that they quickly took action and fixed the problem. I would HIGHLY recommend this venue if you are looking for a stress-free wonderful time! Read less
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Rose
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Allyson and her predecessor Meghan were awesome. They knew exactly what we needed to do and all we had to do was make the choices that were offered.
Allyson and her predecessor Meghan were awesome. They knew exactly what we needed to do and all we had to do was make the Read more...
Allyson and her predecessor Meghan were awesome. They knew exactly what we needed to do and all we had to do was make the choices that were offered. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Judy
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Very pleased with the overall experience. Allison was a very
nice and pleasant person to work with. We really didn't have
any problems at all.
Very pleased with the overall experience. Allison was a very
nice and pleasant person to work with. We really didn't Read more...
Very pleased with the overall experience. Allison was a very
nice and pleasant person to work with. We really didn't have
any problems at all. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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Meghan Anderson
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
The Washington Pavilion is the BEST venue to have a wedding reception in Sioux Falls. Without the help of Becky Swoboda, I would have been a wreck; I completely relaxed knowing she would handle every detail. The social hour and reception went absolutely flawless, and I could not have asked for a more perfect day. Becky offered many ideas that were unique and met with me numerous times to ensure the details were all in order. Everything from the hanging decor and lighting to the delicious dinner to all the amazing staff members are all a bride could ask for on her big day! I guarantee not every venue takes the extra step to make sure each bride is 100% satisfied, but I can tell you that the Pavilion will!
The Washington Pavilion is the BEST venue to have a wedding reception in Sioux Falls. Without the help of Becky Swoboda, I Read more...
The Washington Pavilion is the BEST venue to have a wedding reception in Sioux Falls. Without the help of Becky Swoboda, I would have been a wreck; I completely relaxed knowing she would handle every detail. The social hour and reception went absolutely flawless, and I could not have asked for a more perfect day. Becky offered many ideas that were unique and met with me numerous times to ensure the details were all in order. Everything from the hanging decor and lighting to the delicious dinner to all the amazing staff members are all a bride could ask for on her big day! I guarantee not every venue takes the extra step to make sure each bride is 100% satisfied, but I can tell you that the Pavilion will! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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cnelsen11
Wedding:
1/7/2012
5.0/5.0
We worked with Alyson as our wedding coordinator and we couldn't have been happier. Her service was excellent and she handled everything. She made it so easy for us! She had great ideas about what to do with the space and gave us feedback on our ideas.
We worked with Alyson as our wedding coordinator and we couldn't have been happier. Her service was excellent and she Read more...
We worked with Alyson as our wedding coordinator and we couldn't have been happier. Her service was excellent and she handled everything. She made it so easy for us! She had great ideas about what to do with the space and gave us feedback on our ideas. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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AndreaRP
Wedding:
1/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Allyson at the the Washington Pavilion was a joy to work with. She made the experience easy & a lot of fun. Because our wedding was right after the "holiday rush" we had to do a lot more things a month in advance, but they made it very easy & were always ready to answer any questions or concerns that we had. We were VERY happy with the overall experience working with the Washington Pavilion. Our wedding day turned out BEAUTIFULLY! We couldn't have asked for betting people to work with!
Allyson at the the Washington Pavilion was a joy to work with. She made the experience easy & a lot of fun. Because our Read more...
Allyson at the the Washington Pavilion was a joy to work with. She made the experience easy & a lot of fun. Because our wedding was right after the "holiday rush" we had to do a lot more things a month in advance, but they made it very easy & were always ready to answer any questions or concerns that we had. We were VERY happy with the overall experience working with the Washington Pavilion. Our wedding day turned out BEAUTIFULLY! We couldn't have asked for betting people to work with! Read less
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Erica and Kiel
Wedding:
12/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at the Pavilion was everything we could have dreamed it would be. Allyson was attentive and easy to work with throughout the entire wedding planning process. We had lots of questions, and she was patient, offering helpful suggestions along the way.Thanks to Allyson and the Pavilion for a perfect day.
Our wedding at the Pavilion was everything we could have dreamed it would be. Allyson was attentive and easy to work with Read more...
Our wedding at the Pavilion was everything we could have dreamed it would be. Allyson was attentive and easy to work with throughout the entire wedding planning process. We had lots of questions, and she was patient, offering helpful suggestions along the way.Thanks to Allyson and the Pavilion for a perfect day. Read less
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Alice Wright
Wedding:
9/23/2011
5.0/5.0
The reception was beautiful. It was a dream come true for the bride and groom and families. Food was excellent. Cocktail hour was very elegant. Becky was so easy to work with and very professional! Excellent evening from the social hour to the final hour. Beautiful.
The reception was beautiful. It was a dream come true for the bride and groom and families. Food was excellent. Cocktail Read more...
The reception was beautiful. It was a dream come true for the bride and groom and families. Food was excellent. Cocktail hour was very elegant. Becky was so easy to work with and very professional! Excellent evening from the social hour to the final hour. Beautiful. Read less
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sus
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
The Washington Pavilion was a fantastic place to hold a wedding reception. Becky listened to what we wanted and figured out how to make it work she was easy to work with and willing to be creative. We started with cocktail hour in an Art Gallery, moving to the Great Hall for dinner and dancing--where the Pavilions Staff helped make our visions of a "fancy big city restaurant" come true, and then finally moving again to another room that was transformed into a "Dance Club" for the after party. Everything was run smoothly, was efficient, food was delicious and timing of food perfect---all in all---a Dream Wedding!!
The Washington Pavilion was a fantastic place to hold a wedding reception. Becky listened to what we wanted and figured Read more...
The Washington Pavilion was a fantastic place to hold a wedding reception. Becky listened to what we wanted and figured out how to make it work she was easy to work with and willing to be creative. We started with cocktail hour in an Art Gallery, moving to the Great Hall for dinner and dancing--where the Pavilions Staff helped make our visions of a "fancy big city restaurant" come true, and then finally moving again to another room that was transformed into a "Dance Club" for the after party. Everything was run smoothly, was efficient, food was delicious and timing of food perfect---all in all---a Dream Wedding!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Erin
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
I just truly could not have been happier with the Pavilion and working with Becky Swaboda for our wedding reception. Becky was AMAZING to work with - prompt to respond and so much fun! The great hall was beautiful and so romantic for our wedding. I couldn't recommend it any higher. It was perfect!
I just truly could not have been happier with the Pavilion and working with Becky Swaboda for our wedding reception. Becky Read more...
I just truly could not have been happier with the Pavilion and working with Becky Swaboda for our wedding reception. Becky was AMAZING to work with - prompt to respond and so much fun! The great hall was beautiful and so romantic for our wedding. I couldn't recommend it any higher. It was perfect! Read less
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rlacey
Wedding:
6/3/2011
5.0/5.0
We had a destination wedding and had our reception back home at the Washington Pavilion. On top of us being gone the two weeks prior to the reception we also moved to Denver 6 months before the big day. Becky did an amazing job making sure we didnt have to worry about a thing. We had the Pavilion cater our dinner for the evening but she went way above and beyond that. She communicated directly with our band, photographer, and florist to make sure everything was taken care of. We would highly recommend the Washington Pavilion and the great work that Becky did.
We had a destination wedding and had our reception back home at the Washington Pavilion. On top of us being gone the two Read more...
We had a destination wedding and had our reception back home at the Washington Pavilion. On top of us being gone the two weeks prior to the reception we also moved to Denver 6 months before the big day. Becky did an amazing job making sure we didnt have to worry about a thing. We had the Pavilion cater our dinner for the evening but she went way above and beyond that. She communicated directly with our band, photographer, and florist to make sure everything was taken care of. We would highly recommend the Washington Pavilion and the great work that Becky did. Read less
Services Used: Band, Catering, Flowers, Photography, Wedding Planning, Unique Services
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Kaylie
Wedding:
5/29/2011
5.0/5.0
Becky and the Pavilion staff did a great job at our wedding reception! They were extremely flexible and pulled all of our requests off! Thanks for everything.
Becky and the Pavilion staff did a great job at our wedding reception! They were extremely flexible and pulled all of our Read more...
Becky and the Pavilion staff did a great job at our wedding reception! They were extremely flexible and pulled all of our requests off! Thanks for everything. Read less
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lrcleveringa
Wedding:
4/15/2011
5.0/5.0
The Washington Pavilion exceeded our expectations. They really made our wedding day stress free. Our planner was very professional, and very quick to responding to any questions we had. Anyone that wants a unique, memorable, and beautiful wedding, the Pavilion is the place to have it.
The Washington Pavilion exceeded our expectations. They really made our wedding day stress free. Our planner was very Read more...
The Washington Pavilion exceeded our expectations. They really made our wedding day stress free. Our planner was very professional, and very quick to responding to any questions we had. Anyone that wants a unique, memorable, and beautiful wedding, the Pavilion is the place to have it. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The stage of the Washington Pavilion is absolutely by far the best place to have a wedding reception or other special event. It was absolutely beautiful and elegant and our guests were amazed. The "WOW" factor when they entered the Great Hall was very apparent. The food was great and reasonably priced. Becky was very willing to help with advice and recommendations. She was also very accessible by cell phone or e-mail. We feel very fortunate to have been able to hold the reception here as there is no other place in Sioux Falls that compares.
The stage of the Washington Pavilion is absolutely by far the best place to have a wedding reception or other special Read more...
The stage of the Washington Pavilion is absolutely by far the best place to have a wedding reception or other special event. It was absolutely beautiful and elegant and our guests were amazed. The "WOW" factor when they entered the Great Hall was very apparent. The food was great and reasonably priced. Becky was very willing to help with advice and recommendations. She was also very accessible by cell phone or e-mail. We feel very fortunate to have been able to hold the reception here as there is no other place in Sioux Falls that compares. Read less
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megkriv
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
Becky was an absolute JOY to work with and was always very willing to please us as her client. Becky's professionalism was always present no matter how many emails, phone calls or meetings we had with her. I wouild recommend using the Washington Pavilion to anyone who has an event to plan and Becky is a valuble asset to the team at the Pavilion!
Becky was an absolute JOY to work with and was always very willing to please us as her client. Becky's professionalism was Read more...
Becky was an absolute JOY to work with and was always very willing to please us as her client. Becky's professionalism was always present no matter how many emails, phone calls or meetings we had with her. I wouild recommend using the Washington Pavilion to anyone who has an event to plan and Becky is a valuble asset to the team at the Pavilion! Read less
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SF Bride
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
The Washington Pavilion was a perfect location for our wedding. The venue is amazing on its own and with the added touches the planners provide it becomes an event beyond your imagination.
The Washington Pavilion was a perfect location for our wedding. The venue is amazing on its own and with the added touches Read more...
The Washington Pavilion was a perfect location for our wedding. The venue is amazing on its own and with the added touches the planners provide it becomes an event beyond your imagination. Read less
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Nelsonemn1023
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
My fiance and I are so happy that we held our wedding reception on the Great Hall Stage of the Washington Pavilion. We had a wonderful evening at the Pavilion and also received glowing comments from our guests about how much they enjoyed the atmosphere and the beauty of the venue. And, I have never heard so much praise about wedding reception meals...the food was so delicious!

Working with Becky at the Pavilion was a pure joy and pleasure. She was completely on top of everything from the first moment I exchanged an email with her. Becky was so easy and delightful to work with--she answered all of my questions and concerns, and even worked very well with all of my parents' questions and concerns! I never left a meeting feeling like I was in the dark about anything! Becky also did a terrific job of coordinating the entire evening--working with our florist, dj, photographer, and the wedding cake. The service at the reception was absolutely perfect--everyone on the staff was very professional and efficient.

At the Washington Pavilion you will get back every penny you spend. It is, without a doubt, the best place to hold your wedding reception in the Sioux Falls area (I have been to many, many reception venues in and around the city and also have event-planning experience). Everything is taken care of for the evening. As the bride and groom you will be 100% rest-assured that you, your families, wedding party, and guests will have an amazing time in the celebration of your marriage! Thank you so much to the Washington Pavilion and to Becky and her staff!
My fiance and I are so happy that we held our wedding reception on the Great Hall Stage of the Washington Pavilion. We had Read more...
My fiance and I are so happy that we held our wedding reception on the Great Hall Stage of the Washington Pavilion. We had a wonderful evening at the Pavilion and also received glowing comments from our guests about how much they enjoyed the atmosphere and the beauty of the venue. And, I have never heard so much praise about wedding reception meals...the food was so delicious!

Working with Becky at the Pavilion was a pure joy and pleasure. She was completely on top of everything from the first moment I exchanged an email with her. Becky was so easy and delightful to work with--she answered all of my questions and concerns, and even worked very well with all of my parents' questions and concerns! I never left a meeting feeling like I was in the dark about anything! Becky also did a terrific job of coordinating the entire evening--working with our florist, dj, photographer, and the wedding cake. The service at the reception was absolutely perfect--everyone on the staff was very professional and efficient.

At the Washington Pavilion you will get back every penny you spend. It is, without a doubt, the best place to hold your wedding reception in the Sioux Falls area (I have been to many, many reception venues in and around the city and also have event-planning experience). Everything is taken care of for the evening. As the bride and groom you will be 100% rest-assured that you, your families, wedding party, and guests will have an amazing time in the celebration of your marriage! Thank you so much to the Washington Pavilion and to Becky and her staff! Read less
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braedoyle
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
Everything about the Pavilion was fantastic. We had our reception on the Great Hall Stage. It was more expensive than the other venues we had looked at but well worth every single penny. Food was great, service was perfect and the lighting was phenomenal. A must for every bride is to add the event/scenic spot lighting. It added so much dynamic and romance to the reception. Becky was AMAZING to work with. She was on top of everything before, during and after the reception. Everything was set up and torn down for us (worth the money we spent in itself). I STILL get compliments that our reception was the most romantic and unique they had ever been too!

Wedding planning has its headaches, but the reception was not one of mine with Becky in charge. I would HIGHLY recommend the Pavilion to any Bride!
Everything about the Pavilion was fantastic. We had our reception on the Great Hall Stage. It was more expensive than the Read more...
Everything about the Pavilion was fantastic. We had our reception on the Great Hall Stage. It was more expensive than the other venues we had looked at but well worth every single penny. Food was great, service was perfect and the lighting was phenomenal. A must for every bride is to add the event/scenic spot lighting. It added so much dynamic and romance to the reception. Becky was AMAZING to work with. She was on top of everything before, during and after the reception. Everything was set up and torn down for us (worth the money we spent in itself). I STILL get compliments that our reception was the most romantic and unique they had ever been too!

Wedding planning has its headaches, but the reception was not one of mine with Becky in charge. I would HIGHLY recommend the Pavilion to any Bride! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Happy Bride and Groom
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
The Washington Pavilion is a wonderful place to have a wedding and a ceremony! The service is excellent, the food is great, and the beauty of the Great Hall is amazing. It is really nice to be able to do everything all in one place. There is no worrying about taking things from one location to another. The staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Becky Swoboda is fantastic and was able to give us information on everything from an officiant to flowers and chair covers. She helped us to be able to do as much or as little as we wanted. Overall, she made our wedding run smoothly which is what everyone wants on their wedding day. Thank you to Becky and everyone at the Washington Pavilion!
The Washington Pavilion is a wonderful place to have a wedding and a ceremony! The service is excellent, the food is Read more...
The Washington Pavilion is a wonderful place to have a wedding and a ceremony! The service is excellent, the food is great, and the beauty of the Great Hall is amazing. It is really nice to be able to do everything all in one place. There is no worrying about taking things from one location to another. The staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Becky Swoboda is fantastic and was able to give us information on everything from an officiant to flowers and chair covers. She helped us to be able to do as much or as little as we wanted. Overall, she made our wedding run smoothly which is what everyone wants on their wedding day. Thank you to Becky and everyone at the Washington Pavilion! Read less
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JessicaKrueger
Wedding:
7/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Working with Becky at the Pavilion was amazing! She had wonderful, fun ideas and was very responsive to our requests as well. Our experience was fabulous and I would recommend the Pavilion to anyone who wants a wonderful wedding experience.
Working with Becky at the Pavilion was amazing! She had wonderful, fun ideas and was very responsive to our requests as Read more...
Working with Becky at the Pavilion was amazing! She had wonderful, fun ideas and was very responsive to our requests as well. Our experience was fabulous and I would recommend the Pavilion to anyone who wants a wonderful wedding experience. Read less
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lthansen
Wedding:
6/26/2009
5.0/5.0
Becky and her staff at the Washington Pavilion were fantastic! They were very flexible and responsive and so easy and fun to work with. The venue is unique and beautiful, especially with all the great lighting they can do if you have your reception on the stage. I got so many compliments on the space and the lighting, even some comments from other friends who had been married in Sioux Falls and held their receptions at other venues saying "I wish I would have had my reception here!" If you are looking for a truly unique and beautiful space with a staff that is extremely helpful, definitely check out the Washington Pavilion!
Becky and her staff at the Washington Pavilion were fantastic! They were very flexible and responsive and so easy and fun Read more...
Becky and her staff at the Washington Pavilion were fantastic! They were very flexible and responsive and so easy and fun to work with. The venue is unique and beautiful, especially with all the great lighting they can do if you have your reception on the stage. I got so many compliments on the space and the lighting, even some comments from other friends who had been married in Sioux Falls and held their receptions at other venues saying "I wish I would have had my reception here!" If you are looking for a truly unique and beautiful space with a staff that is extremely helpful, definitely check out the Washington Pavilion! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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cidaris
Wedding:
6/26/2009
5.0/5.0
Becky was amazing to work with. The venue was beautiful, the food excellent and it was handled with the utmost professionalism. I loved working with the Pavilion staff, it made all the details so easy. On the day of the wedding when I stopped at the Pavilion, I realized I was short on candles, and they provided them at no cost so I wouldn't have to run out and buy them. Becky made many helpful suggestions and made planning the reception very easy. I would highly recommend the Pavilion as a wedding venue, it was an incredible day for our whole family. One of the favorite things we had at the Pavilion was the photo booth. I would highly recommend this to any bride, it was a blast for the guests and my daughter ended up with an incredible book of fun memories of everyone who was at the reception.
Becky was amazing to work with. The venue was beautiful, the food excellent and it was handled with the utmost Read more...
Becky was amazing to work with. The venue was beautiful, the food excellent and it was handled with the utmost professionalism. I loved working with the Pavilion staff, it made all the details so easy. On the day of the wedding when I stopped at the Pavilion, I realized I was short on candles, and they provided them at no cost so I wouldn't have to run out and buy them. Becky made many helpful suggestions and made planning the reception very easy. I would highly recommend the Pavilion as a wedding venue, it was an incredible day for our whole family. One of the favorite things we had at the Pavilion was the photo booth. I would highly recommend this to any bride, it was a blast for the guests and my daughter ended up with an incredible book of fun memories of everyone who was at the reception. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
7/15/2006
5.0/5.0
Beautiful and amazing. We had many compliments on our reception
Beautiful and amazing. We had many compliments on our reception
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Stacey
Wedding:
7/26/2014
4.9/5.0
We worked with Allyson Kasch at the Washington Pavilion for our wedding. She did an amazing job making our big day beautiful! She was very easy to work with and was very responsive by email. She helped us get every little detail ironed out and helped make the entire day go smoothly. We did our wedding ceremony and reception on the stage in Mary W. Sommervold Hall. The lighting effects that they provided made our reception more beautiful than I could have imagined. You do have to use their catering services but their food is amazing. We got a lot of guests telling us it was the best food they're ever had at a wedding. I would definitely recommend the use of the Washington Pavilion for a wedding ceremony or reception.
We worked with Allyson Kasch at the Washington Pavilion for our wedding. She did an amazing job making our big day Read more...
We worked with Allyson Kasch at the Washington Pavilion for our wedding. She did an amazing job making our big day beautiful! She was very easy to work with and was very responsive by email. She helped us get every little detail ironed out and helped make the entire day go smoothly. We did our wedding ceremony and reception on the stage in Mary W. Sommervold Hall. The lighting effects that they provided made our reception more beautiful than I could have imagined. You do have to use their catering services but their food is amazing. We got a lot of guests telling us it was the best food they're ever had at a wedding. I would definitely recommend the use of the Washington Pavilion for a wedding ceremony or reception. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Trudi
Wedding:
6/8/2013
4.9/5.0
allyson kasch did a spectacular job!
allyson kasch did a spectacular job!
allyson kasch did a spectacular job! Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
6/4/2011
4.9/5.0
The Washington Pavilion staff were very helpful in giving us options to customize our wedding to meet our budget. The evening of the reception, they made it easy for us to enjoy our special day and not worry about details. Our guest had a wonderful time and we've had many compliments on the food and service. It was not necessary to decorate much at the Pavilion because it is such a beautiful venue, and at night when the lights of Sioux Falls came on, it lit up the room. I would HIGHLY recommend the Washington Pavilion for any event or reception.
The Washington Pavilion staff were very helpful in giving us options to customize our wedding to meet our budget. The Read more...
The Washington Pavilion staff were very helpful in giving us options to customize our wedding to meet our budget. The evening of the reception, they made it easy for us to enjoy our special day and not worry about details. Our guest had a wonderful time and we've had many compliments on the food and service. It was not necessary to decorate much at the Pavilion because it is such a beautiful venue, and at night when the lights of Sioux Falls came on, it lit up the room. I would HIGHLY recommend the Washington Pavilion for any event or reception. Read less
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Peanut&Berdo
Wedding:
8/7/2010
4.9/5.0
Allyson was the best Venue planner that we could every dreamed of having! We met with her 4 or 5 times before our wedding along with all of the e-mails back and forth. When ever we asked her what was normal, she always said, that we could have what ever we wanted. She was the best and really knew what we wanted on the day of the wedding! We had both our wedding and reception at the venue & loved it. We were the 1st wedding party in the Everest Art Gallery and it turned out to be a smashing success! Give that girl a raise! - L&J 8.7.10
Allyson was the best Venue planner that we could every dreamed of having! We met with her 4 or 5 times before our wedding Read more...
Allyson was the best Venue planner that we could every dreamed of having! We met with her 4 or 5 times before our wedding along with all of the e-mails back and forth. When ever we asked her what was normal, she always said, that we could have what ever we wanted. She was the best and really knew what we wanted on the day of the wedding! We had both our wedding and reception at the venue & loved it. We were the 1st wedding party in the Everest Art Gallery and it turned out to be a smashing success! Give that girl a raise! - L&J 8.7.10 Read less
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emilyrebekah
Wedding:
4/17/2010
4.9/5.0
The staff at Washington Pavillion was very receptive to my requests. If you have a catered event at the Pavillion, the catering MUST be done by the Leonardo Cafe. The catering pricing is below market value and has a great variety, so for me this was not a problem. My one issue was sometimes it was hard to get ahold of her. However, she DOES have a very busy position! She is extremely creative, pays attention to small details, and is very organized and efficient. She treats clients with a great deal of warmth and friendliness. Overall, I would recommend the Pavillion to anyone who asked me. I planned most of this wedding while living in another state, but they were possibly the easiest vendor to work with. Thank you!
The staff at Washington Pavillion was very receptive to my requests. If you have a catered event at the Pavillion, the Read more...
The staff at Washington Pavillion was very receptive to my requests. If you have a catered event at the Pavillion, the catering MUST be done by the Leonardo Cafe. The catering pricing is below market value and has a great variety, so for me this was not a problem. My one issue was sometimes it was hard to get ahold of her. However, she DOES have a very busy position! She is extremely creative, pays attention to small details, and is very organized and efficient. She treats clients with a great deal of warmth and friendliness. Overall, I would recommend the Pavillion to anyone who asked me. I planned most of this wedding while living in another state, but they were possibly the easiest vendor to work with. Thank you! Read less
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JBrooks
Wedding:
9/26/2009
4.9/5.0
We had a wonderful experience using the Washington Pavilion for our wedding reception. The Great Stage was beautiful and staff were on site for the whole event to make sure things went just right. We couldn't have asked for a better day!
We had a wonderful experience using the Washington Pavilion for our wedding reception. The Great Stage was beautiful and Read more...
We had a wonderful experience using the Washington Pavilion for our wedding reception. The Great Stage was beautiful and staff were on site for the whole event to make sure things went just right. We couldn't have asked for a better day! Read less
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TJ
Wedding:
5/9/2009
4.9/5.0
Beautiful place to have a reception! The staff was wonderful and helpful!
Beautiful place to have a reception! The staff was wonderful and helpful!
Beautiful place to have a reception! The staff was wonderful and helpful! Read less
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JenSundem
Wedding:
5/2/2009
4.9/5.0
Couldn't be happier about our reception. Everything was seamless, and Gina went the extra mile to ensure everything was perfect.
Couldn't be happier about our reception. Everything was seamless, and Gina went the extra mile to ensure everything was Read more...
Couldn't be happier about our reception. Everything was seamless, and Gina went the extra mile to ensure everything was perfect. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
The Washington Pavilion is a great place for a wedding reception. Brittany Boomer helped plan our event and she made everything very stress free. Everything went well and we were able to just enjoy ourselves because the staff took care of all the details behind the scenes. They were in contact with our outside vendors to arrange set up time and locations. It was so smooth. I would definitely recommend their services for large events.
The Washington Pavilion is a great place for a wedding reception. Brittany Boomer helped plan our event and she made Read more...
The Washington Pavilion is a great place for a wedding reception. Brittany Boomer helped plan our event and she made everything very stress free. Everything went well and we were able to just enjoy ourselves because the staff took care of all the details behind the scenes. They were in contact with our outside vendors to arrange set up time and locations. It was so smooth. I would definitely recommend their services for large events. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
8/6/2011
4.8/5.0
I loved working with the Washington Pavilion! Becky and her team were SO helpful to me and my mom with planning my wedding reception. This was one of the best days of my life - thank you Washington Pavilion!
I loved working with the Washington Pavilion! Becky and her team were SO helpful to me and my mom with planning my wedding Read more...
I loved working with the Washington Pavilion! Becky and her team were SO helpful to me and my mom with planning my wedding reception. This was one of the best days of my life - thank you Washington Pavilion! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
Allyson at the Washington Pavilion was great. We had all the help and advice we could possibly need and my vision for my ceremony and reception was pulled off to a T. Thanks to all the Wash Pav staff for making our dream day come true!!
Leonardo's is the on Site caterer, and we had nothing but positive comments. Many said it was the best wedding food they ever had and my new husband, who is picky as sin when it comes to food, said he wished hwe was hungrier because he wanted to keep going back for more! We requested a breakfast bar as our favor and at the end of the night people were walking out with bags and fist fulls of donuts and danishes. They loved it.
Allyson at the Washington Pavilion was great. We had all the help and advice we could possibly need and my vision for my Read more...
Allyson at the Washington Pavilion was great. We had all the help and advice we could possibly need and my vision for my ceremony and reception was pulled off to a T. Thanks to all the Wash Pav staff for making our dream day come true!!
Leonardo's is the on Site caterer, and we had nothing but positive comments. Many said it was the best wedding food they ever had and my new husband, who is picky as sin when it comes to food, said he wished hwe was hungrier because he wanted to keep going back for more! We requested a breakfast bar as our favor and at the end of the night people were walking out with bags and fist fulls of donuts and danishes. They loved it. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
The Pavilion coordinator was helpful in providing all of the "know-how" necessary to have a great rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception. I felt at ease that the big things were all taken care of. She was helpful in making sure I was making decisions at the right time, and everything went super smoothly.
The Pavilion coordinator was helpful in providing all of the "know-how" necessary to have a great rehearsal dinner, Read more...
The Pavilion coordinator was helpful in providing all of the "know-how" necessary to have a great rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception. I felt at ease that the big things were all taken care of. She was helpful in making sure I was making decisions at the right time, and everything went super smoothly. Read less
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Jenny
Wedding:
6/14/2014
4.5/5.0
Our experience planning a wedding at the Pavilion was fantastic. Our coordinator made sure the little worries were not my problem, had good ideas to enhance the space, and was always available. The day went smoothly and it was everything we'd hoped.
Our experience planning a wedding at the Pavilion was fantastic. Our coordinator made sure the little worries were not my Read more...
Our experience planning a wedding at the Pavilion was fantastic. Our coordinator made sure the little worries were not my problem, had good ideas to enhance the space, and was always available. The day went smoothly and it was everything we'd hoped. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Brittany
Wedding:
7/20/2013
4.4/5.0
Having our wedding at the Washington Pavilion was the best decision I ever made! The venue is so beautiful, and I've never been to a wedding that looked so classy :)

Allyson Kasch, the Pavilion coordinator, made planning go very smoothly and she had everything handled the night of. All I had to do was enjoy my day and everything was done for me.

The Washington Pavilion is by far the best venue for a wedding I've seen in the Sioux Falls area. The price is affordable, the food is great, and the arts night lighting makes the room look like a million bucks!

The only reason I put 3 stars for flexibility is that it was hard to be able to pick a wedding date that I wanted since booking is limited to summer months. You can have your wedding there during the fall/winter/spring, but you have to wait until the Pavilion and Symphony set their dates for performances.
Having our wedding at the Washington Pavilion was the best decision I ever made! The venue is so beautiful, and I've never Read more...
Having our wedding at the Washington Pavilion was the best decision I ever made! The venue is so beautiful, and I've never been to a wedding that looked so classy :)

Allyson Kasch, the Pavilion coordinator, made planning go very smoothly and she had everything handled the night of. All I had to do was enjoy my day and everything was done for me.

The Washington Pavilion is by far the best venue for a wedding I've seen in the Sioux Falls area. The price is affordable, the food is great, and the arts night lighting makes the room look like a million bucks!

The only reason I put 3 stars for flexibility is that it was hard to be able to pick a wedding date that I wanted since booking is limited to summer months. You can have your wedding there during the fall/winter/spring, but you have to wait until the Pavilion and Symphony set their dates for performances. Read less
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aezaske
Wedding:
6/13/2009
4.4/5.0
We received numerous compliments that our wedding was one of the most beautiful people had seen and a most enjoyable experience for us. There were some issues we ran into along the way, including the alcohol policy. I suggest you work on that to help ensure your brides and grooms are pleased. I was also a little disappointed with the wait staff for the meal. Becky was great and a wonderful person to work with.
We received numerous compliments that our wedding was one of the most beautiful people had seen and a most enjoyable Read more...
We received numerous compliments that our wedding was one of the most beautiful people had seen and a most enjoyable experience for us. There were some issues we ran into along the way, including the alcohol policy. I suggest you work on that to help ensure your brides and grooms are pleased. I was also a little disappointed with the wait staff for the meal. Becky was great and a wonderful person to work with. Read less
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drewanderson
Wedding:
8/1/2009
4.3/5.0
Highly recommended!
Highly recommended!
Highly recommended! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.4/5.0
We felt that our small wedding and small number of guests was overshadowed by a larger event that same day.
We felt that our small wedding and small number of guests was overshadowed by a larger event that same day.
We felt that our small wedding and small number of guests was overshadowed by a larger event that same day. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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N&D
Wedding:
4/26/2008
3.4/5.0
Overall, we enjoyed using this facility for our ceremony. There were a few "hidden" costs, but nothing over-the-top.
Overall, we enjoyed using this facility for our ceremony. There were a few "hidden" costs, but nothing over-the-top.
Overall, we enjoyed using this facility for our ceremony. There were a few "hidden" costs, but nothing over-the-top. Read less
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adbolton
Wedding:
6/21/2008
2.9/5.0
There was a lot of good and a bit of not so good with this vendor. The event manager was very difficult to get a hold of and at times I had to leave her somewhat threatening messages. She was also very difficult to schedule with she was not available very often. The phone system (which has not been fixed) was a huge problem and would tell you to call the number that you just dialed making it very frustrating to get ahold of anyone. However, it was perfect in that the manager was there the day before and the day of. She had everything set up for rehearsal. Basically I was very pleased with the fact that everything was set up and ready to go on time and I did not have to worry about any tear down. It is a beautiful venue and I loved it very much!
There was a lot of good and a bit of not so good with this vendor. The event manager was very difficult to get a hold of Read more...
There was a lot of good and a bit of not so good with this vendor. The event manager was very difficult to get a hold of and at times I had to leave her somewhat threatening messages. She was also very difficult to schedule with she was not available very often. The phone system (which has not been fixed) was a huge problem and would tell you to call the number that you just dialed making it very frustrating to get ahold of anyone. However, it was perfect in that the manager was there the day before and the day of. She had everything set up for rehearsal. Basically I was very pleased with the fact that everything was set up and ready to go on time and I did not have to worry about any tear down. It is a beautiful venue and I loved it very much! Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
9/17/2011
0.0/5.0
A TOTAL NIGHTMARE!!!!! Brides beware this is not a place you want your ceremony at for the price!

We felt so good about having our wedding at the Pavilion. Even though it was so expensive – we wanted it to be a memory that we would always cherish. People commented on how special and beautiful it would be to have it there. We had our wedding in the great hall on stage.

How embarrassing and what a disappointment! A sad memory we will always have!

The gift table skirt on backwards so the skirt faced the wall and the ugly back of the table showing – that’s the first thing our guests saw, dinner table clothes on lop sided - a few inches on one side and way long on the other and not just one, but several of them. What quality of help does the Pavilion have? Allyson even tried to stand in front of the gift table to hide it – when I bought to her attention ( this was when the mothers were being escorted in by the groom in for the ceremony) she said yes she saw it and would fix it. Too bad all our guests had already saw how particular and how much time was spent on details by the Pavilion for our event when they walked in to be seated. And why wasn’t Allyson checking on these things before the event even started? Allyson was never on site that’s why. She said she would be there the whole night, but every time we needed her she had to be paged and would show up 10 – 15 minutes later.
Also during the ceremony the que's for the music was horrible when transitioning from our unity ceremony, and back to song when walking out. The wedding party and Josh and Meghan stood there and looked like complete fools after the ceremony had ended there was almost a minute lag before the music actually started playing to que them to walk out. How horrible does that look?
Shouldn’t the Pavilion take more pride in their facility – their work? Is this common? The Pavilion puts on many events including concerts and what not..so how is it they couldn't get the music or slideshow to work seamlessly? I guess when I delivered the DVD and CD two days before our wedding they didn't have the courtesy to view it before to make sure the slideshow was in full color (like it was made), and the music was working correctly (when it had when I made it). I guess we should have sought out others that have had wedding in the Pavilion this summer. Ask them if this is how their event was handled. It is the Pavilion right? We thought we would get what we paid for! Funny they can take people’s money- do an awful job and you don’t even have a gun!!!!

When one of your wedding coordinators ( I believe Megan was her name) walked past the head table and knocking the entire 5 ft. centerpiece to the floor with a radio she had on her hip – breaking five vases full of flowers, broken rented branches, broken hanging votives and crystals. She just left. We were left with picking up all the pieces and mess and going back to our left overs back stage to try to put something together. And this was when the guests were being seated at their tables. What a beautiful sight they witnessed and to be greeted with. That was just another sign of your lack of their professionalism. And yet they make no reference to us being compensated for this.

It was so cold guests were going to their cars to get sweaters and jackets. I know of three times complaints were made to the bartenders or anyone we could find to tell. It took a long time before anything was ever done about it. Maybe if Allyson would have been there it could have been fixed a little sooner.

Guests were talking amongst themselves and telling us after the ceremony how they couldn’t hear a word of the ceremony and after the slide show they were wondering why there were big blobs of red and green on the screen, and the music was so distorted you couldn't hear the music that was being played during the slideshow. But how crazy it worked seamlessly when I played it on multiple dvd players, and computers everything was perfect! I had spent weeks working on this slide show – making it perfect. Only to be ruined by their staff.

As my parents sitting in the lobby of the downtown Holiday Inn listening to wedding guests as they checked in telling the clerk that they had been at a wedding at the Pavilion. The clerk telling them that it must have been wonderful and the guests responding by saying they couldn’t hear any of the ceremony and the slide show was bad bad color, and the music distorted. It made my parents feel so bad for us. We had spent so much time & money on this wedding. Do you know what it is like to cry on your wedding day? Not tears of joy, but because so many things are wrong – preventable things!

It makes it so easy for the Pavilion to dismiss what went wrong by saying – well - we won’t charge you for this or that. What are we left with – sad memories – and anger. Is this what we paid for? What an awful experience, I would NEVER recommend this place of business to anyone. One positive note is that the food was great!
A TOTAL NIGHTMARE!!!!! Brides beware this is not a place you want your ceremony at for the price!

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A TOTAL NIGHTMARE!!!!! Brides beware this is not a place you want your ceremony at for the price!

We felt so good about having our wedding at the Pavilion. Even though it was so expensive – we wanted it to be a memory that we would always cherish. People commented on how special and beautiful it would be to have it there. We had our wedding in the great hall on stage.

How embarrassing and what a disappointment! A sad memory we will always have!

The gift table skirt on backwards so the skirt faced the wall and the ugly back of the table showing – that’s the first thing our guests saw, dinner table clothes on lop sided - a few inches on one side and way long on the other and not just one, but several of them. What quality of help does the Pavilion have? Allyson even tried to stand in front of the gift table to hide it – when I bought to her attention ( this was when the mothers were being escorted in by the groom in for the ceremony) she said yes she saw it and would fix it. Too bad all our guests had already saw how particular and how much time was spent on details by the Pavilion for our event when they walked in to be seated. And why wasn’t Allyson checking on these things before the event even started? Allyson was never on site that’s why. She said she would be there the whole night, but every time we needed her she had to be paged and would show up 10 – 15 minutes later.
Also during the ceremony the que's for the music was horrible when transitioning from our unity ceremony, and back to song when walking out. The wedding party and Josh and Meghan stood there and looked like complete fools after the ceremony had ended there was almost a minute lag before the music actually started playing to que them to walk out. How horrible does that look?
Shouldn’t the Pavilion take more pride in their facility – their work? Is this common? The Pavilion puts on many events including concerts and what not..so how is it they couldn't get the music or slideshow to work seamlessly? I guess when I delivered the DVD and CD two days before our wedding they didn't have the courtesy to view it before to make sure the slideshow was in full color (like it was made), and the music was working correctly (when it had when I made it). I guess we should have sought out others that have had wedding in the Pavilion this summer. Ask them if this is how their event was handled. It is the Pavilion right? We thought we would get what we paid for! Funny they can take people’s money- do an awful job and you don’t even have a gun!!!!

When one of your wedding coordinators ( I believe Megan was her name) walked past the head table and knocking the entire 5 ft. centerpiece to the floor with a radio she had on her hip – breaking five vases full of flowers, broken rented branches, broken hanging votives and crystals. She just left. We were left with picking up all the pieces and mess and going back to our left overs back stage to try to put something together. And this was when the guests were being seated at their tables. What a beautiful sight they witnessed and to be greeted with. That was just another sign of your lack of their professionalism. And yet they make no reference to us being compensated for this.

It was so cold guests were going to their cars to get sweaters and jackets. I know of three times complaints were made to the bartenders or anyone we could find to tell. It took a long time before anything was ever done about it. Maybe if Allyson would have been there it could have been fixed a little sooner.

Guests were talking amongst themselves and telling us after the ceremony how they couldn’t hear a word of the ceremony and after the slide show they were wondering why there were big blobs of red and green on the screen, and the music was so distorted you couldn't hear the music that was being played during the slideshow. But how crazy it worked seamlessly when I played it on multiple dvd players, and computers everything was perfect! I had spent weeks working on this slide show – making it perfect. Only to be ruined by their staff.

As my parents sitting in the lobby of the downtown Holiday Inn listening to wedding guests as they checked in telling the clerk that they had been at a wedding at the Pavilion. The clerk telling them that it must have been wonderful and the guests responding by saying they couldn’t hear any of the ceremony and the slide show was bad bad color, and the music distorted. It made my parents feel so bad for us. We had spent so much time & money on this wedding. Do you know what it is like to cry on your wedding day? Not tears of joy, but because so many things are wrong – preventable things!

It makes it so easy for the Pavilion to dismiss what went wrong by saying – well - we won’t charge you for this or that. What are we left with – sad memories – and anger. Is this what we paid for? What an awful experience, I would NEVER recommend this place of business to anyone. One positive note is that the food was great! Read less
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Washington Pavilion responded with the following comments:

We at the Washington Pavilion pride ourselves on being a wonderful option for a reception and wedding, and understand that not all reviews can be stellar, but we humbly accept any and all forms of criticism. Please take the time to read through all of our reviews. Please decide for yourself if the Pavilion is the venue for your special day. I am happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with regards to post below. Feel free to contact me, Becky Swoboda, Events Manager, at (605)731-2345. We are here to cater to all of your needs and as you can see, the vast majority of our clientele has rated us as a superior venue. Thank you for your time.

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