Post # 1
We had our ceremony and reception at the Reef on June 20, 2009. It was an amazing night and would not have been like that if it werent for all the attention and time that went into our event. We worked with Ashley for the reception and details and Claudia for the rehearsal and the day of the wedding. They went above and beyond, making sure the staff had what they needed from us to set up the room properly.
The food was amazing and we got so many compliments on the dinner. We were able to customize our duet meal, choosing a chicken picatta and filet with melted boursin cheese on top. The filet with the boursin was delicious and a favorite of many of our guests. Several people said it was the best meal they had ever had at a wedding. We were also very impressed with how the salads were served. We expected a pre-plated salad to be served to the guests and it was a nice surprise to see the staff serving the salad table-side.
The service staff was excellent and our captain, Albino, was a pleasure to work with. He is an amazing captain and a great asset to The Reef. There was a spill on the dance floor later in the evening and before we could find a server to let them know, someone had already come out on the dance floor to clean it up. We were kept up to date with the bar tab the entire evening which was nice not to have to worry about.
All in all it was a fabulous night, everyone enjoyed the venue (with a view of the Long Beach Harbor on both the ceremony Sunset Deck and through the wall-to-wall windows in the Harborview Ballroom, how could you not!?) and the service was excellent.
Post # 3
Your wedding sounded amazing. I was looking into the Reef for my wedding too. Will they be able to accomodate 250 people? How much was your ceremony and reception? I really like the idea of THE REEF and the amazing view and unique experience. The food is also important to me because I want everyone to enjoy their food. Reading your post has made me of the Reef as one of our top choices. Can you give me more tips and feedback in working with them. How big was your wedding? What is their flexibility on alcohol. Thanks and Congratulations! =)
Post # 4
The Reef can definitely accommodate 250 – I had about 220 and it was still pretty open. There was room for at least a few more tables of 10 and you can always put tables on the dance floor since it is a huge dance floor. The view was absolutely gorgeous, it was a huge selling point for us (especially the Sunset Deck for the ceremony). For 220 people we spent about $27k. This was for the food, hosted bar all night and service charge and sales tax. The food included 5 tray passed hors d’ oeuvres, salad and duet entree of filet and chicken. The food was delicious and we got compliments all night on it.
The bar is up to you, some of the packages include hosted bar, however we did the most expensive package and kinda broke it apart. It came with the meal, 4 tray passed hors d’ oeuvres, tray passed shrimp, 4 hours hosted full bar, wine with dinner, punch, champagne toast, cake cutting fee and a gourmet coffee station. Out of that, we just did the meal, added another hors d’ oeuvre for a total of 5, kept the cake cutting fee and eliminated the bar, wine, gourmet coffee (still had regular coffee) and shrimp. We chose to do a bar based on consumption because the bar package that was included was almost $9000 of the total price. By doing the bar on consumption, the bar only came to $6700 including service charge and tax. So there is a lot of flexibility of what you want to do concerning the bar, food, and everything else.
The Reef staff was great to work with, they were very helpful and the service staff the night of the wedding was awesome. They even brought up hors d’ oeuvres and champagne to the Sunset Deck while we were taking pictures after the ceremony. I worked with Ashley Cochran – if you talk to them let them know that Sarah Fallon recommended you. Oh and the great thing is, if you go to Rossmoor Pastries for your cake (delicious!!!), your entire cake is included in the package price at the Reef unless you decide to upgrade it. So for 220 people, I only paid $220 dollars because I added chocolate shells to the cake and an upgraded cake flavor. Let me know if you have any more questions, Id be happy to answer and help out!