Victory Arts Center
I was very concerned when a friend that had just had a wedding here
didn't get what they were promised. The place was dirty, the food wasn't what they had at the tasting and the meal that was supposed to be hot was cold. But we had put down the deposit and thought maybe this was just a very bad day.
Well I was wrong. When we arrived at 10 am to set up, the place was filthy, and there were not people to help us. We went to put on the table cloths and they were spotted, full of holes and wrinkles. We had to call Taylor rentals to rent 14 table cloths and go get them. After hours of something that should have taken 25 minutes we finally finished. Then came the reception and dinner. After 1 hour they said they ran out of Vodka (in Texas you do not run out of Vodka) The appitizers were good but half the size they were at the tasting and less than we paid for. The came the dinner!!! Which I talked about all morning and we even had meu's on the table. We ordered the most fantastic stuffed pork chops that we had at the tasting and even took pictures of and an amazing sunfish with all the fixings. We get to the table and we recieve roast beef!!! Yes, thinly sliced roast beef and the sunfish. I was so embarrased. These people have no business catering any and I mean any event. Thanks GOd I have terrific family and friends that can have fun at any occasion, along with the greatest son and now daughter. Never would I ever go near this place again. The sad thing is 2 of my friends from out of town own catering businesses and said That is unexceptable and we should get all our money back. I have the contract and will be looking into this disaster. Cody doesnt have a clue how to run a business
Victory Arts Center is such a unique, beautiful old building, perfect for an elegant classic or vintage-style wedding. The managers, Cody and Steve, are incredibly kind and accommodating, they clearly care about making your wedding day exactly what you want it to be. We were always welcome to come by and ask questions or look at the space again, and the day of the wedding they were ready to provide whatever we needed. Cody even ran to pack my suitcase and get it to the car when I realized right before our exit that I had forgotten it! The catering was amazing, I have had a steady stream of complements from guests about the food. The staff was all polite and professional, and pulled off the switch from ceremony to reception very efficiently. Overall, I highly recommend the Victory Arts Center, they made my wedding perfect!
What a beautiful place to have our ceremony and reception. They did a great job of working with us to setup times and were flexible to our needs. The overall value of cost could not be beat. They are well organized and I would recommend them to friends based on my experience. Thanks so much for making our day magical!!!
I fell in love with VAC as soon as I saw it, and I knew that was where I had to get married! Cheryl was amazing to work with. She made sure that everything went exactly as it was supposed to.
The wedding was beautiful and went off without a hitch! Everyone loved the venue. I couldn't have asked for more!!
This reception venue was terrible for our wedding celebration. It is a good looking building and the "chapel room" upstairs is very pretty. However, when we visited it in June of 2009 it was fine, then at the reception last weekend, June 2010, it was incredibly HOT. The air conditioner was definitely not working. Of course this is summer in Texas, but indoors a working air conditioner works better than this even in an upstairs room with large windows. We were there beginning at 7pm. Many guests (especially older ones) could not stay longer than 45 minutes do to the heat and discomfort. When we asked that something be done about the temperature they said it was because the windows had let in too much afternoon heat and that the a/c was as low as it could go. We asked if some fans could be brought in and they said no. The bride and groom had many friends who were willing to put up with this, but it was so bad that most of the family and anyone over 30 could not deal with this much heat indoors. I believe it never got lower than the mid 80's and that is ridiculous when paying for an indoor reception venue.
We fell in love with Victory Arts Center, but the contact person there was HORRIBLE to deal with. After months of talking to 2 people, I finally met with the owner of G Texas Catering (who does the catering for Victory Arts) and she was my contact from then on. I was on pins and needles up until the week of our wedding, but the actual event was gorgeous, and she came through for me!
We only had our reception here, but you can use the space for your wedding ceremony & reception. They will just flip the room for you.
If we hadn't fell in love with the space, we would have definitely found another venue. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind venue!
The venue was beautiful. It was built in August 1909 and we were married in August of 2009, so it was neat to be able to say we were there for the month of the 100 year anniversary. It used to be a Catholic convent and they converted the nuns quarters to apartments. One of the tenants was kind enough to show us around and give us a tour of one of the rooms. The VAC has a banquet room on the first floor and another on the second. When you go up to the second floor, there is an open area with a built in bar and a balcony where a few guests can look out on the lawn in front of the building. The second floor banquet room is where we had the cermony and was later flipped to house our reception. There are large windows that line both sides, large columns that run the length of the room and beautiful, painted, vaulted ceilngs. Neither one of are Catholic and there really isn't much that would make you believe it was a Catholic convent. We decided on it because of the great character it has.
As far as the venue goes, everything was excellent. The catering company, G-Texas Catering, is a different story. You are required to use them. The food was good and reasonably priced compared to others that we saw and the servers did a great job as well.
We met with the first girl, Dena, that worked there and she did a great job getting us what we wanted, but ended up leaving the company to study abroad about 3 or 4 weeks before the wedding. A new girl was hired and took over. We gave her some slack knowing that she was new and was trying to play catch up, but she was horrible at returning calls, she didn't show up for several meetings and didn't bother calling to let us know she had to cancel, and she kept making empty promises. Remember, this is all a month prior to the wedding. We had to constantly remind her to do things. She said she would do something and then wouldn't follow through.
The day of the wedding, she was supposed to get the tables out so that they could be decorated at least a few hours before the wedding. They didn't get set up until 30 or 45 minutes prior. Guests were showing up and the wedding party was still trying to decorate. The new girl showed up about 30 or 45 min before the wedding as well and then ended up leaving about when the ceremony started. She wasn't there to help direct guest downstairs for the coctail hour or flip the room upstairs for the reception. The tenant, that I mentioned earlier, was there trying to help her out and he wasn't even being paid to do so. We were also supposed to have passed wine and drinks downstairs at the cocktail hour, but that never happened.
Luckily, the wedding went fine. The guests were happy and everyone thought that it was beautiful. We did contact the owner of G-Texas, John Gilbert, and told him what all happened. He apologized and thanked us for the feedback. He said he wanted to make things right and offered us a night out to Gilley's for a concert on him since they cater there too, but never did hear back from him. Another one of those empty promises...
In short, the venue was beautiful and would get a 5 rating all around if it wasn't for the management and service of G-Texas. We would recommend this venue on the basis that there were some changes to G-Texas Catering's management.
Everyone at the venue were very helpful, and it was beautiful! The cost included someone staying in the venue during the wedding to make sure everything was going smoothly. Although it was nice that the venue had an in house caterer, I was a bit disappointed that we could not use an outside caterer. The food was delicious, but a bit pricey for what we hoped to have for our wedding.
We absolutely LOVED and ADORED this location. It was everything we dreamt of, and hoped for, for our special day. The coordinator was so professional, kind, and most helpful. We loved the VCA- our photos all captured the historic and traditional side of this building. It was romantic, breathtaking, just simply amazing. Our families all felt it suited us well. It was a wonderful location and made our day so very memorable and special. I HIGHLY recommend this location to others.