High Cedars Golf Club
After looking at many higher-priced venues, that were quite beautiful, my wife and I decided to go with High Cedars for three reasons:
The cost. 1500 to rent such a beatiful setting for the day? Amazing
The venue itself. A golf course may not sound like the best place to get married, but the course has such amazing views of the mountain, beautiful landscaping, and bald eagles.
The general manager. He's what sold us. He was no non-sense, zero frills. There was no upsale. What you pay for is what you get. When we asked how much it would cost to cut the cake, or have a bartender his response was always "Included in the 1500." He was a pleasure to work with!
As for catering, the menu selection was quite good, and our food was delicious. I've never had such great wedding food.
Although the venue is gorgeous and affordable. The general manager John (who is also the wedding coordinator) is a nightmare! He takes forever to respond to emails or phone calls. After 3 emails and 2 messages over a two week period I actually had to drive to the venue to schedule my rehersal. He made a stink about the rehearsal time and said there was another wedding going on so we had to make all these accomodations (which is fine), but the rehearsal night it rained cats and dogs and when we got there there was no wedding planned for that night at all. We got to rehearse in the reception area and the room was all set up for our wedding. Which made me upset because he had told me that we were unable to bring any decorations down the night before because of this other wedding. He also told me that we wouldn't be able to use the pavillion for my wedding if it rained because there was a golf tourney going on. Well we found out the day of the rehearsal that the tourney was that Friday and we could use the pavillion. He comes off rude and standoffish. Not a friendly person that you would like to interract with during your wedding planning. He is completely unorganized and I believe has no scheduling tatics - he keeps everything in his head, which is why he is messed up with all of his dates. Although my wedding turned our gorgeous and I had an amazing time, I had a huge headache along the way dealing with John. This venue needs a wedding coordinator or event coordinator who is bubbly, friendly and ORGANIZED!!!!!
I only used High Cedars for my reception. My ceremony was in a church. Everything about the venue was great. The food, the space, etc. My only issue was in the actual planning leading up to the reception. It was very difficult to get a response to any of my emails (impossible actually) and I also had to drive out to the venue to get anything set in stone. And this was after I already left my deposit! The reception turned out to be beautiful. All of the employees working the night of the event were great and very friendly. I think the only problem is that there is a man who is a great general manager of a golf course, but not the best at coordinating/scheduling wedding details.
The view from the golf club is amazing, which is one of the reasons we chose this location. We ended up having an unforgettable wedding. However, as mentioned above, the event manager double booked the venue with ceremonies and receptions at the same exact time and did not inform anyone until the day before, claiming he wasn’t aware until then. When I and other members of my party talked to other staff at the golf club, they mentioned that having multiple weddings was not a rare event at High Cedars. One person said they had 2 weddings, a golf tournament, and a class reunion booked all on the same day! John did work with my coordinator and reduced a number of the charges due to the inconvenience, but could have really spoiled the event for many people if neither party would agree to move ceremony or reception locations. When I booked the location in November, John informed me that July 12th was the only Saturday open in July and never once mentioned having another wedding there when I gave him the deposit or met with him on at least two other occasions to discuss the catering and layout of the ceremony and reception. So, while everything did work out in the end, had I not had a coordinator to deal with all of the last minute details, it would have been a hellacious 24 hours for me.