Jan 05, 2008
We chose the Inn because the grounds were absolutely beautiful, and we wanted a sit-down dinner with an upscale menu. My brother is in the catering/food/hospitality business, and I consulted him when we were planning the venue. He said the Inn really is the best value for what you get. We were able to secure a new wedding site, The Tuscan Garden, before it had even been built. This made me a little nervous, but they gave us the site at a discounted rate, and we were able to view the various stages of development. They were helpful and answered all of our questions thoroughly. We had to use their coordinator, and she wasn't as attentive to details as I would have liked, given that we had to pay extra for her services. But since my mom and I are project managers, we didn't really need her anyway. All of our out-of-town guests commented on how beautiful the grounds and courtyard rooms are. We reserved 2 blocks of rooms, and we ended up having 19 room reservations! We upgraded to a mini-suite, and my mom rented the luxury suite. It was huge! We really needed the extra space, and the "getting-ready" photographs came out beautifully. It poured down rain the day of our wedding, but stopped a few hours before the ceremony commenced. The Inn was accommodating with a back-up plan just in case, but thankfully we didn't need it. They really pulled together and got the site ready and beautiful in no time. They were also very accommodating since we hired a bagpiper, which is quite loud (and there was another wedding that same day.) We had the cocktail reception on the Provence Patio, and the appetizers were delicious! They brought out heaters and had candles on the tables, so it was the perfect sunset venue. We had the reception in the Fairway Room, and it was intimate and beautifully decorated. The second-story view of the lake was spectacular. The food was good, although not as good as it was at our tasting, and the service was first-rate. We upgraded to floor-length tablecloths, chair covers, and red charger plates (cost extra, but worth it.) I had the wedding of my dreams within my budget, and got everything I wanted - beautiful ceremony site, outdoor cocktail party, and sit-down dinner with great food. Everyone said it was the best wedding they had ever been to!
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner