Aug 01, 2008

( 1.0 / 5.0 )
The location is beautiful (the reason for the one star). Our experience with the mansions owner started out fine, and she seemed quite genuinely helpful. She gave us a tour of the mansion and discussed pricing with us at length, with regards to the use of the mansion, the mansion beverage service, (quite pricey) and the catering. We knew she could only give us an approximate price as we would be choosing one of her top caterers at a later date. We left and she sent us our contract in the mail. When we read the contract we noticed that the estimated price we were previously given did not acually include caterering as she had previously stated. We called the owner and were told "we were reading it wrong" and we were given the same price, so we signed and paid our first deposit to secure our date. I KNOW! I KNOW! STUPID RIGHT! When it was time to secure a caterer we called the owner and went over the pricing again ( because in hindsight it was still bothering us ) Well, we realized our mistake big time. We were right all along the pricing was only for the mansion and their beverage service that you must use. So we left and moved on losing our deposit. So bottom line make sure before you secure your date here get all your costs up front and in writing. We found the experience to be a hard lesson. Dont believe everything you are told, no matter how nice someone seems to come across. Apparently this has happened before at this venue according to other web sites. We moved on, and had a fabulous wedding elsewhere.
Services used: Wedding Venue

Culinary Excellence Catering
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
When we found Chris and Catherine at Culinary Excellence we were a little dismayed to say the least with the wedding planning business. We did not have a good experience with our first venue and left losing a deposit. Chris and Catherine renewed our faith and brought back the joy and excitment. That was only the beginning! They worked with us very closely and showed us what true professionals are really like. From start to finish they are like family in every sense of the word. You are treated as if you are their only clients. Now for the really good stuff, THE FOOD!!! WOW!!! It was the best food we have ever eaten at a wedding!!! Our guests were so incredibly happy. All night long they were commenting about the wonderful food and service they were being given. There was never an empty hand or empty glass. The cake was also wonderful and beautiful, exactly what our daughter wanted. Chris and Catherine are very visible thoughout the evening and go around to each table making sure everyone has what they need. The staff is awesome as well. I only wish we would have found them alot sooner. We could have saved ourselves alot of heartache. We would have given them the budget and just let them go! Their attention to detail is incredible! You cant go wrong with Culinary Excellence!!! They are truly one of the best in the business!!!
Services used: Catering