Thought I’d post my review of the place since one person has already contacted me for my input. Maybe someone else out there is looking at it for their venue and would appreciate the insight.
Most importantly, the ladies in the office are awesome and so helpful. I sent numerous questions to them, and they always replied back promptly. I can’t brag about them enough.
It comes with tables and chairs, which means no worries about renting them. They’re standard metal folding chairs & those white plastic banquet tables, so if you want anything nicer you’ll have to rent. But honestly once people got in there you really don’t notice.
It’s also huge: 40 x 40, with a fireplace that makes a perfect setting for the ceremony. However, it’s also perpendicular to the doors, so you really won’t have an aisle to walk down if you get married inside. A friend got married several years ago & had an outdoor November wedding behind it (down the steep slope mentioned above) that was beautifu.
The view is amazing, and makes for awesome photos. However, to get to the amazing spots you have to go down this hill, which right now the ground was a bit soft and made walking in heels awkward. Good thing I trust my husband to keep me from falling! And if I can walk down the slope in 4″ heels, anyone can.
The kitchen is huge and good for prepping food. It has a standard 4 burner stove, so cooking large meals isn’t recommended. But my cooks had all the food ready & just used it as a catering kitchen and it worked perfectly.
The park also has cabins, which would make it very convenient for a getaway honeymoon. And what would be more perfect than spending future anniversaries at the same spot where your wedding was? However, book early if you get married during a holiday weekend. I reserved the community center in July or Aug, and everything was full then.
No room to get ready unless you book a cabin. And since we got married Valentine’s weekend, all the cabins were full. But I got permission to park my dad’s camper next to the building so I had space, which made it pretty nice. I got to see everyone as they walked in.
Everything is DIY, so you’re on your own for decorating, cleanup and everything in between. All I did was direct traffic, so to speak, and still by the end of the day I was exhausted. One major thing we overlooked was packing the food (especially the cupcakes). Be prepared and bring a box of ziploc bags, some large plastic containers, and plenty of boxes for storing and toting everything back.
While the location is gorgeous, it’s not close to run in and get last minute things, so make sure you pack everything you need. Are you having candles? Make sure you have a lighter. What about the pins for flowers? Plenty of cups, napkins, etc? Don’t forget the scissors and scotch tape.
Double, then triple, check your map directions. I flubbed a couple times, but fortunately everyone found us.
And since it’s all DIY, I’d suggest hiring or appointing a day of coordinator, someone who can field all questions. By an hour before, I was already tired of answering questions and wanted to toss someone into the lake. There were also several things I forgot, and having someone else tell me “it’s time for xyz” would have been better than “are you ready for xyz?” or “do you want to do xyz?” I was just so giddy and happy and the brain wasn’t able to make any more decisions.
And since I’m still enjoying my post-wedding high, I’ll share some pics.
Here’s the fireplace. Like I said, makes a great focal point for the ceremony. There are two air ducts running down the walls, so you may have to do some photoshopping with your final pics.
The kitchen has a triple sink on one wall, a bar sink next to the stove, some counter space next to the fridge, and a counter and pass-through window behind the photographer.
We set up the tables as 4 rows of 2 tables each, and had plenty of room. Before we started setting up, they had 6 rows of tables that were pretty tightly packed, but it’s certainly do-able. You can see the back door in the photo above, and the front door is on the opposite wall mid-center. Both of those walls are floor to ceiling windows, with shades if you need them. The wall opposite the fireplace has one large window, but is otherwise just a blank wall. With the fireplace rock floor coming out several feet, I’d say you can get 15 tables comfortably, 17 or 18 if you pack them in.
And the view behind the building, which is gorgeous.