The Gardens of Cranesbury View
Amy is wonderful to work with she really puts you at ease
There's no obvious event I can pinpoint to sing Amy's praises, but I can start with the moment I walked into the reception hall before my ceremony began and I started crying tears of joy, realizing my special day had come together a million times more perfect than I had ever planned it. Throughout the wedding planning process, I was concerned that the budget I was working with would never allow me to have the wedding I'd always wanted, and I was completely wrong. I never imagined it would have turned out as beautiful as it did! Also, throughout the entire process, I kept wondering when I was going to feel "stressed", but because of Amy and her staff's incredible thoroughness, attention to detail, and promptness, I never felt stressed at all! In fact, the only wedding-related stress I remember was in dealing with the only vendor I did not coordinate through the Gardens of Cranesbury View (the hotel). All of her contacts and suggestions created the wedding of my dreams and I couldn't have asked for more! And the best part? She never tries to upsell you! In fact, she lets you know places where you can cut back to fit into your budget, even if means less revenue for her. She truly has a beautiful spirit and it shows through her business! Also, the grounds are remarkably beautiful - we received rave reviews from all of our guests!
Amy Collins, the owner and wedding coordinator, makes this place. The gardens are her vision and work (they're GORGEOUS), and weddings are her passion. She is all about making the bride (especially) and everyone else involved in the wedding party comfortable, stress-free, and happy with all the wedding planning and day. I cannot say enough how much of a blessing her attention, taste, and service has meant to me and my entire family during this whole process. Money well spent.
Finding the Gardens of Cranesbury View was the first and best decision that I made for my wedding (besides my fiance' of course!) and it truly set the tone for the rest of my planning process. My fiance' and I had already visited 5 other venues and we were beginning to feel frustrated with our options- until we found the Gardens of Cranesbury View! By far, the best deal with all of the rental items that are included with the most beautiful grounds and unique flair and free wedding coordinator! It only took one visit out to the beautiful property and one conversation with the owner, Amy to know that I had found the place where I wanted to get married! Amy was such a blessing to us and because of her- my wedding day was flawless and stress-free. There isn't one tiny detail that Amy does not think about and have a Plan B and C for- she is a bride's dream-come-true! We got a ton of compliments on the beautiful gardens and the beautiful set up of the reception hall and it truly had a European feel to it. You won't find anything else in the area close to this!
I just wanted you and your staff to know how amazing you were from beginning to end before, during and after our daughter's wedding! You’ve been the best cheerleader, confidante, organizer, flower arranger, caterer provider, director and producer ever! It was quite a thrill to see you in action; guiding, prodding, nudging, announcing and enjoying our ceremony and celebrations. You were supportive, and your suggestions were good ones.
I guess the only thing you didn’t do well was to control the weather!! After grieving over the loss of a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony, we all turned our faces like flint to Plan B. We made lemonade out of a lemon of a day! It was a sweet, dear ceremony. Up close and personal. The gospel was preached, the Biblical framework of marriage was proclaimed, and I know God was honored and blessed on that evening.
Thank you for making it fun…and thank you for your hard work. I know it took a lot to make a wedding of that size work in the cold, wind and rain. I especially thank you!
May God continue to bless and prosper all you do!
Everything about this venue is the best that a bride and groom could get! I loved everything about Amy and the detail that she gives the bride and groom from the first time that we met. She and her venue provided everything I and my husband could want for our wedding day! Thank you again Amy!
Joshua and Elizabeth
I absolutly LOVED having my wedding here. Everyone turned out better than I could have ever imagined! And completly enjoyed working with the owner Amy.
Top Notch!!!! What a wonderfully beautiful venue!!! We were very pleased with everything!!! It's not just a Venue...Amy (owner of the Venue) helps you every step of the way with the planning of the wedding...you won't be disappointed....My daughter's wedding was everything she had dreamed of and more...thanks to Amy and her wonderful staff at the beautiful Gardens of Cranesbury View!!!!
Amy and her staff truly are a godsend. My husband and I checked out 4 other venues before going to the Gardens, and had a list of others ready. As soon as we "walked down the aisle" to the gazebo during Amy's tour of the property, we both got goosebumps and knew the Gardens would be our venue. From day one to the day of the wedding, Amy was so easy to talk to, responsive, and helpful. I'll never forget rushing around a few days before the wedding, looking for the right kind of candles I needed for the tables. Amy knew I was stressed and, to keep me from having a bridezilla moment (haha), she took care of it for me and picked the candles up herself! Long story short, we had an AMAZING experience at the Gardens, and we continue to get feedback from guests saying it was "the best and most beautiful wedding they had EVER been to". My husband and I both joke that we will miss visiting the Gardens and seeing Amy... maybe one of our friends will get married there now :).
We had a beautiful weddding at the Gardens of Cranesbury View. The price was well worth the venue, with the day of planning services included. We were able to meet or call Amy or Kristin (her assistant) and get all our questions answered in a timely manner. The best part for me was the day of coordination. Kristin took care of the entire timeline, and confirming the vendors the day before. I did not have to worry about any of it, and was able to fully enjoy the day!
All I can say is WOW!!!! Amy and her staff were so wonderful and I can not thank them enough. They made our wedding so special and the wedding day was perfect. The decorations and flowers were so much better than I imagined. I really appreciate how they kept us on schedule, I know myself or family would have never been able to do that. I also felt that the way Amy held my hand through the whole process really made me feel like I was the only bride she had. Even though I know they have many bride's to deal with and I always had many questions and emails. All of the vendors that Amy suggested were great and all my family and friends couldn't stop gushing over how beautiful evrything was. If there is a bride out there want great service, I suggest you run out and book The Gardens of Cranesbury View as soon as possible.
Amy and her staff is amazing!!! They have every little detail down to the wire!! We booked Amy at the Gardens a year and a half before my wedding. A lot of time went by, but I would email her through out that time with questions. I went in with the knowledge of what came with the venue price and what didn't, so I knew if I wanted linens and pretty flowers and reception decor, I knew it was all going to be extra. Just tell her you are on a budget, and she will ensure to use the prettiest decorations within your budget range. She is your florist also, so she did an amazing job with that. I'm not picky on my flowers, I just told her the colors I was looking for, and told her to use her imagination and she did! They came out amazing!
Amy was very accommodating with all of my needs when it came to budget and style!
There is also a 12% fee that gets added onto your catering bill. If your caterer is $5000 bucks, thats $600 dollars that goes to Amy. So always be sure and ask about hidden fees. READ YOUR CONTRACT FRONT TO BACK to ensure you know everything!!!! I feel like I wasn't surprised, because I read my contract over and over again.
I think Amy and her staff is very professional, they care about every detail. But I do recommend talking to your coordinator before the wedding. I know the day of coordinator is just trying to make sure everything is perfect, but Kristin, kind of added extra stress to some of my bridesmaids and groomsmen because she was worried tooo much about the little things. I talked with Amy about this, and she says because every bride is different this is now a conversation that's going to be had before the wedding. Like how involved you want your coordinator to be. Speak up! Especially if you are a bride that gets stressed about the little things. Maybe have your go to person be your mom or MOH and then that way, they can take the questions. If you don't want to put that on your mom or MOH, tell them you want all the questions to be referred to you, or the groom.
She came to me for little things, and I think that could have been worked out without my family. Like I wanted to take pictures in the gardens before the wedding, but she got mad at my photographer for taking me outside where everyone could see me. I guess I didn't explain myself before hand that it's what I wanted. I didn't care if everyone saw, as long as my fiance didn't see.
Also, she wanted a little basket for the dollar dance, but there wasn't one. She made a bigger deal of it than it had to be, they could have just held the money.
We had an icecream cake for the grooms cake, and it was a little melted in the corner, but she was worried I would be mad. She asked if I still wanted to bring it out I said sure! why not? no big deal.
I just felt like she worried toooo much about the little things, a stressed out bride could get overwhelmed by that. I luckily didn't.
On the other hand, I do want to make a point that I would rather my coordinator be overly worried about the details, than not doing enough. So I want to stress that, it wasn't that big of a deal! She still got a tip for her outstanding service :)
Day of coordinators don't usually come with the package at a venue. Soooo it's really great that this comes with the package. Day of coordinators can be anywhere from 500-1000 bucks. So thank your lucky stars that you have Amy's staff working your wedding!!!
There is a reason people choose the Gardens of Cranesbury View and it's not just because of her beautiful venue. It's because of all the hard work Amy's staff puts in to making the best day of your life truly memorable.
The Gardens of Cranesbury View is a beautiful venue. They offer the whole package, including flowers, linens, and day of wedding coordination. Set in the gorgeous Texas hill country, this place is so beautiful! I had an absolutely wonderful wedding here.
We had the best wedding that we could have ever imagined! I couldn't imagine how it would have happened without Amy.
Everything was EASY for us throughout the wedding planning process, the rehearsal, and the wedding itself. EVERYTHING was taken care of.
Ladies.. The price is SO worth it if you want a worry-free and hassle-free beautiful wedding!!
PS- it is the most beautiful venue ever!!
My daughter just had her wedding on May 21, 2011 at the Gardens of Cranesbury View. To say it was the most beautiful wedding is an understatement. The professionalism of Amy and her staff was EXCELLENT! It was as if we had hired a professional wedding coordinator. We did not have to worry about a single thing all night. Amy and her staff made sure everything ran smoothly, so that we could enjoy our children's wedding. Everything from the venue, the ceremony and the flowers turned out amazing. We have not stopped receiving compliments about this memorable day. We visited several venues in the area and nothing came close to the Gardens of Cranesbury View. We highly recommend any couple getting married, to look into this venue. You will not be disappointed. We feel so blessed to have met all the wonderful staff at this venue and feel quite honored to have the opportunity to have had our wedding there.
The venue was amazing. We had a wonderful time. Amy was very nice and a doll to work with, just be sure you know every cost. Just because you see it at the venue does not mean you will get it in the venue price she first gives you. The price already starts high but then to add anything will cost you more money. The venue is well worth the money if you have the budget but be sure to ask for the price of lights in the courtyard, the number of tables (and the types of tables) you will get with the venue, and anything else you wish to have that is not in the contract. There is also a 12% contracted food fee when you hire a caterer. If you spend $4,000 with the caterer, you will actually pay an addtional $480 to the venue. This goes straight to Amy's bottom line in profit, but she does not have a kitchen for the caterers to use so you feel your 12% is going to something. If you need onsite cooking, you will need to order (and pay for) kitchen equipment. You also need to give your final head count a month in advance so be prepared to know it well before any other vendors need it.
Amy is absolutely amazing in every way. The venue is beautiful and serene and her and her staff are there supporting you and helping in anyway they can. I felt as she was our very own personal wedding planner. I recommend her to every one I meet. My daughter's wedding was beautiful and Amy assured me and took care of every little detail along the way. All I can say is WOW! Wish I was getting married! If you have not visited this venue, take the time to do so!
We were married at The Gardens recently and had a wonderful experience !! All of the planning was executed perfectly by Amy down to the minute, and with 350+ guests that can't be an easy thing to accomplish. Our vendors were all contacted a week prior in order to ensure our wedding went off without a hitch. One of our vendors turned out to be "not so great" and we received several complaints from guests, but Amy was quick to contact them and express her dissatisfaction with them, so we felt confident that Amy worked as hard as possible to maintain a great experience for all guests at our wedding and for future weddings. Our night flew by and we have nothing but amazing memories !!! Thanks to Amy Collins and her staff !!
We just had our wedding there on March 26, 2011 and it was gorgeous! Amy and her staff made sure that my day went off without a hitch. Any important questions or concerns they had on the day of, she asked my fiance (now husband), instead of coming to worry me with them. For that alone, I would recommend Amy and her venue!! Amy was such a great help through the entire planning process; always friendly and quick to respond to any questions I had.
All venues can get a little pricey if you include all the little things and want to go the extra mile with your wedding (outside lights, more tables, linens, etc). The price at this venue is well worth everything Amy and her staff do for you. When you consider the fact that Amy basically acts as your wedding planner on the day of your wedding and coordinates the logistics of everything, as well as handling all the cleanup after the wedding, I think that this venue is well worth it.
We also used Amy for our flower arrangements and they turned out beautifully! We used Anne Marie's Catering for our wedding and the food was DELICIOUS! We heard nothing but good things all night long about the food and the beautiful venue. Our wedding was an incredible experience and I am definitely going to recommend Amy to all of my engaged friends in the future!! :)
We absolutely LOVED everything about our wedding at The Gardens of Cranesbury View! Amy was a dream to work with -- she had great ideas and made sure everything was in order. The location was gorgeous and the landscaping really tied everything together. Amy and her staff worked hard on the day of the wedding to make sure everything went smoothly -- if anything went wrong I had no idea! Truly, the day was perfect and we owe much of that to Amy. Between the beautiful location and Amy's dedication, it's the perfect place to have your wedding!
Amy, is very very helpful in all the planning, and stress that goes into planning a wedding. She is always so excited and always has a big smile on her face. She was such a huge blessing in all of this, and I am so happy with my decision to have my wedding here.
I recently had my wedding at the Gardens of Cranesbury View and it was a dream come true. The entire venue from where the ceremony took place to the reception area was breathtaking. Amy the Owner/Wedding Planner was so patient and helpful during the entire process and especially the day of. So to all the brides-to-be, if you are looking for a venue that has it all from the set-up to the cleaning, I strongly recommend the Gardens of Cranesbury View.
If I could give a 10 star rating I would! Amy is amazing! When we had questions, she was there to offer an answer or help right away! We could not have had such a great wedding if it were not for Amy! Set up and clean up were all done by her staff, and she also contacts all vendors to make sure they are on the same page. There was absolutely no stress for the wedding because Amy made it that easy! I would DEFINITELY recommend this venue for any wedding ceremony and reception!
My husband and I got married on June 27, 2010 and it was a wonderful experience. Amy was so personable and professional. For a bride, her vision and knowledge was so helpful and appreciated. We both felt the prices were reasonable and we chose off of her vendor list and got rave reviews on both the cake and the food!!! Being a perfectionist, I really loved the fact that Amy was easy to get ahold, responsive, and flexible. I was relieved at the ease of the process and couldn't imagine our day being any more fabulous and memorable! The venue is so beautiful inside and out and with the natural beauty of things, not much more needs to be done to enhance the day! Thanks Amy!
This venue was amazing, it had everything we were looking for. Amy Collins helped us out every step of the way, recommended some ideas where we would have been lost otherwise, and did a terrific job with the flowers. She and her crew were a well oiled machine and we felt completely confident in everything she did for us. She made our day run very smoothly, and I would recommend her to anyone!
We were married May 30, 2010 and the Gardens of Cranesbury view and I do not even know how to express my appreciation for Amy and her staff. Everything was perfect! Amy is extremely professional, caring, and a joy to be around. It is the perfect place to get married. Not only do you get a beautiful venue, but aslo a woderful wedding coordinator. Amy is extremely organized and easy to work with. She helped make our dreams a reality. She understands detail and creates beautiful centerpieces. She knows how to transform your ideas (even if they are unusual like incorporating fruit and veggietables into the centerpieces and bouquets) into beautiful elements in your wedding. I cannot thank Amy enough for all of her hard work. We will always have fond memories of Amy and the Gardens of Cranesbury View. For those of you with a bad experience, I do not understand and appologize that you did not have the wonderful experience that so many of us have had. Thanks Amy!
Kari and Tim Hair
My daughter got married at this venue in May 2010. We found the wedding coordinator very professional and helpful. The wedding site is very nice, the reception hall is beautiful....as is the home for dressing before the ceremony. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for tastefulness and elegance. Amy does an excellent job making you feel comfortable in the organization of a wedding. We used Margarita Madness for alcohol and Heavenly Gourmet as the caterers and both were very easy to work with and did a great job! I'd recommend this venue to anyone looking for a upscale place to have a wedding.
My daughter, Emily, was married at The Gardens of Cranesbury View on April 24, 2010. As the parents of the bride, we could not have been happier with the beauty of the gardens, reception hall, patio area, etc. Not only did we have the wedding and reception there, Amy Collins also did the flowers for Emily's wedding. AMAZING!!! One of the best decisions that was made during the planning of the event! The day of the wedding when Emily and I first saw the reception hall actually decorated, we were speechless. It was magnificient and even more beautiful than we ever expected! Amy's has a gift of noticing even the smallest detail and everything came together so perfectly for Emily & JJ's special day.
As Emily's mom, I truly appreciated that Amy took care of all of the decorations for the wedding. All we had to do was deliver the items to her and when we arrived on the day of the wedding, everything was done - with no stress for us on the wedding day. Amy's organizational skills makes everything run so smoothly. She was always there to remind us of anything that we had not thought of. She contacted all of our vendors to make sure they had everything they needed so that everything would run smoothly on the day of the wedding. She was so accomodating to anything that we needed to change before the wedding day, and was ALWAYS so pleasant and cheerful! We had over 300 guests and somehow Amy made room for the "large" dance floor that Emily wanted. We had one huge, fabulous party!!!! It was magical!
And, as a parent of the bride, I have to say this - I was SO happy and excited that our guests enjoyed themselves so much on that day! We received so many compliments from our guests on The Gardens of Cranesbury View and about Amy personally and that is such a great feeling. I would highly recommend this venue to any bride and groom.
Me and my wife were married at the gardens recently and the place is beautiful. The problem is the way it is run. The price started reasonable and ended up nearly unattainable. We were promised a stress free experience, yet got the opposite. We were having to call some of our vendors on the day of the rehearsal because she had not contacted them with times of their arrival. We had money deducted from our deposit because beer cans were in her parking area. She was extremely rude to our vendors and some guest. Our caterer and DJ said they would never return.
Vendor response to review
While we strive to make every bride and groom happy, the unfortunate part of this business is having to hold the bride and groom responsible of the misconduct of their guest and the unprofessional actions of their D.J. and Caterer.
I would like to start off by saying, Amy you were a GREAT INSPERATION in some of the most memorable parts of my wedding!!! Amy is always so upbeat and positive about everything!! Just when the stress of your wedding could get to you, she is there to cheer you up!!! The venue is BEAUTIFUL!!! You should really go in and see it for yourself to experiance the REAL BEAUTY!!! My husband and I have already talked about having our 5 year anniversary at the venue! We want to be able to relive our wedding night! ( with the exception of ALUSSTRA ENTERTAINMENT, who was a horriable DJ service!) AMY Thank You for giving us a place to share one of the many memories we will cherish FOREVER! Amanda Behrendt <3
This venue is absolutely beautiful, but this is not the best part of this venue it's the owner Amy! Right from the start we felt like we were in great hands. She was behind the sene of our wedding making sure it was our dream come true. She and her very friendly staff went out of there way to make it fantastic. We had some problems with one of our vendors, we had gone with a someone else for flowers. What a mistake! Needless to say, we did not have any flowers as of the day before our wedding. Amy when down to San Antonio that day and put together the most beautiful bouquet I could have imagined and well along with our other flowers. What could have been a disaster she turned it into a dream. We also had some of the same vendors that the previous brides talked about, and they all have the up most respect for the owner and her venue. Thank you again for our beautiful day!
Although the venue is beautiful, the coordinator and her husband are incredibly rude. They treated my guests terrible and many of my vendors said that they would never work at a wedding there again. It was very sad for them because they are a new venue and many of my friends that came to the wedding had orginally considered it for their own venues and all of them took it off of their list.
Vendor response to review
While we sympathize with the bride in her unhappiness, this was one wedding we wish we never had to experience. The reason we had to be curt with her is that her checks continuously bounced, to the point we had to collect cash from her a few days before the wedding, and this caused her to be mad we wouldn't take anymore of her rubber checks. We bent over backwards for this bride and we are so disappointed this is the way she choose to repay our kindness
I had the extreme fortune of having my wedding at the Gardens of Cranesbury View in July 2009. Amy is the owner/wedding coordinator/flower extraordinaire/your "honorary maid of honor"-- she is absolutely 100% amazing and you can tell how much she truly enjoys her "job". Having her own venue has been her dream for 20 years and now that it has come to fruition, she does everything possible to ensure that each and every couple get exactly what they want. Every time I was around her I felt like I was with the Head Cheerleader because she was SO excited about my wedding! :-) I was Amy's 5th wedding since they opened in June 2009 but you would not have known it by the efficiency of the establishment.
As for the facilities itself, just go visit. As previous reviews have stated, the European style house provides an excellent Bridal Suite for prepping before the wedding. We had our wedding outside where Amy has lovely white chairs and a beautiful gazebo. The courtyard is an excellent "spill-over" area for guests to relax. We had our bar set out there with our photobooth (that was fun) and guests enjoyed visiting out there. The reception hall easily accommodated our 160 guests with a decent size dance floor in the middle.
Last but not least, Amy did my flowers as well and I could not have been happier. They were arranged exactly as we agreed and very fresh.
If you are looking for a romantic ceremony & reception hall combo then simply visit and you will have your location. Having just opened in June 2009 and already being completely booked for 2010, the venue and its "Amazing Amy" speak for themselves.
*In response to HappilyMarried123, it is a misfortune that she remembers her wedding so poorly. However, I must say that the word "rude" could never describe Amy or Charlie and I know for a fact that the vendors that HappilyMarried used, still continue their relationship with GCV.
My Husband and I wanted our ceremony and reception to really reflect our love of nature, and the glory of God�s creation. We didn�t know where to start looking, and that�s why I�m so grateful for our wedding planner Meghann. She knew of this amazing place, with this wonderful story, and a truly dedicated lady that would be exactly what we were looking for.
The Gardens of Cranesbury View was everything we dreamed of! From the moment we met Amy, we knew this was the place for our celebration. Her enthusiasm about our wedding and attention to our every question and detail, was so appreciated.
We felt such a sense of peace about this place, and this was even before we got the tour! PARADISE! These gardens are stunning, and the reception hall is majestic! The fountains were an unexpected surprise (our last name translates to �fountains� ;), and welcomed enhancement to our ceremony and reception. We felt like we were in another country with such lovely scenery.
Our guests were so amazed by the grounds, fountains, flowers, scripture verses, and butterflies! Our wedding day was just beautiful, and we were truly blessed! Thank you Amy from Tony and Linda Fuentes :D
We've had the pleasure of creating stunning one of a kind invitations for several brides using this facility for their Very special day. We have heard nothing but kind words about them...I would recommend calling them sooner than later to tour the grounds before your special day is booked!
The Gardens provide the perfect back drop for my photography. I know when I book a wedding there, the images will be beautiful. Amy and her staff are also the experts at putting it all together. They take care of everything and work well with me and the other vendors to make every wedding run smoothly.
Top-notch owners & staff, gorgeous venue. Highly recommend!
This venue is amazing! The staff is great! Amy will take your hand and walk you thru the whole wedding process to accomplish the wedding of your dreams!!!
We simply cannot say enough wonderful things about Amy Collins and her beautiful Gardens of Cranesbury View. Through our dozens of performances at the Gardens over the years, Amy has always remained absolutely on top of every aesthetic and logistical detail. We especially love that with her dual background in horticulture and event planning, the beauty of the Gardens always matches the splendor of the wedding ceremony. Furthermore, Amy and staff have been prompt, flexible, creative, and accommodating in every aspect of every event we have performed at the Gardens. We wholeheartedly endorse this outstanding wedding venue.
A wonderful place to have a wedding reception! We love working here! Beautiful!
We loved Amy's grace and assertiveness. Being attached to the wedding couple the entire evening, I could see how smoothly she had made the entire event for them!
It’s always a pleasure to work with a professional. Amy Collins is that and more. Her professionalism and personal attention to detail comes through in all of her events. Putting that together with the exquisite and captivating Gardens of Cranesbury View in the Texas Hill Country, your event will be perfection. I honestly look forward to every event there with Amy and the great group of vendors she has put together.
Finest Sounds of San Antonio
GREAT venue! Amy takes care of everything and is a wonderful coordinator.
The Gardens of Cranesbury View includes a reception house that replicates an old English chapel that will accommodate 300 seated. This reception house can be used for a church like setting for your ceremony, or your reception. The outdoor lawn area is able to accommodate 500 plus guest beautifully under the starry nights of Texas, with a unique gazebo that can serve as an altar for your ceremony. Our event venue is distinctively different and perfect for Weddings, Parties & Corporate Events. Our location is perfectly located off of 46 in New Braunfels, in between 281 and I-35.