(Closed) 9th street abbey

posted 8 years ago in St. Louis and Southern Illinois
Post # 3
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6 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@kimandberniestl: Our wedding isn’t going to be at the abbey, but we choose Patty Long to be our caterer (they own and cater to the abbey) and so far the experience has been great. Jenny, the coordinator, has been really helpful with organizing everything from the menu to the linens to the room layout… so as far as the abbey itself, I don’t know much about it, but the people involved in the company and the customer service so far has been great! Hope that helps a little 🙂

Post # 4
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63 posts
Worker bee

We went and checked them out, but decided against having our wedding there.  The venue itself seemed kind of run down and we didn’t like the layout that they wanted to use.  They wanted to have the reception tables already set up around the perimeter of the ceremony area so that they only had to be pushed into position after the ceremony was over.  Also, if the weather was not good, the cocktail hour had to be held in the same area as the ceremony, while watching their staff set up the room for the reception.  

If those things would not be a big deal to you, I have heard good things about Patty Long, so your food would probably be delicious.  🙂

Post # 5
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101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if you tell me about the tasting process. I’m interested in using Patty Long Catering. And how did you feel about the food?

Post # 6
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1099 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We toured the place back in March when we were first scouting for venues. To be honost, it wasn’t for me. The venue is an old church that has been turned into a ceremony/reception venue. Catering is on site. All of the pictures that you see in magazines make this place look alot larger than it is.

I have 250 guests and was told that for the reception five table would have to go up in the loft area which really did not seem large enough to me. Also, while the ceremony space is being flipped to reception space, all of the guests have to wait outside.

Also, Soulard Market is right next door so traffic and parking may be an issue.

As for the food, everything is over $55 per person(for the most basic food) or over. For my 250 guests, this was well out of my budget.

Overall, this place just seemed very plain to me, really no wow factor. But I did like that their coordinators would work very closely with you.

Post # 7
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143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@microscope: Old post, late reply, but in case you are still looking… I am having my reception at the 9th Street Abbey (not ceremony). I’m planning from another city, but if I were in town, there would be a tasting after I’d signed the contract; I think they suggest you go to lunch at Point of View to get an idea of their food. I went to a reception they catered,  and the food was great. 

Post # 8
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101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@bmarie12: We decided to go with Patty Long Catering after talking to some friends who had been to weddings that they catered. Because we’re having the buffet (Savory Fare), there wasn’t a tasting. The coordinator was very helpful and they accomodated our modifications to the buffet. Also, we get to use our own wedding cake and there’s no fee to cut, as you know. We’re going to take advantage of that and have a dessert buffet. 🙂 Oh, we’re using their off-site catering service. How does your menu look?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@microscope: Oh yeah – the no-cake-cutting fee (which seems ridiculous anyway) is also good! Our menu is still a work in progress – but we are thinking of modifying the Taste of St. Louis and adding a Barbeque station. We’ve got a little time to finalize everything   Where are you having your reception?

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