- Toni P
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
I had my engagement party at The Imperia this past weekend. I first went to look at the venue a few months back with my mother, we thought the place was perfect for an engagement party so I brought my fiance to take a look. We agreed that it was just what we were looking for. With that, we put a down payment and set the date. The woman who we dealt with said we should go with 7-10 (which I thought was odd considering one of those hours was a cocktail hour) because 7-11 would be too long and people would be bored.
Everything seemed to go smoothly up until the party started. My fiance and I were running late so upon pulling in we just pulled into a parking spot. The young kid parking cars for the valet started yelling at me and I just told him it was our engagement party and we did not have time for him we were running late.
Then the cocktail hour was cut short by the staff because they said we were cutting it too close, time wise. My BIGGEST issue with this is that they told us to only do 3 hours. These people are supposed to do this for a living, shouldn’t they know 3 hours would not have worked?
When we took the room downstairs they said the back lights would be on so we could see the patio. Needless to say – there were no lights on.
They took our cake away to cut before we even got a picture next to it. Never mind next to it, I don’t have a photo of the cake at all. At 9:45 the wait staff started clearing the tables and removing chairs from the tables. This would have been fine accept they took my fiance’s coffee before he even had a chance to finish it. Another guest asked for coffee and saw the waitress ask the manager and the manager say no. If it was such an issue, they could have let it run over and we would have happily paid the difference. My great uncle, in a wheel chair, was stuck at a table while all the chairs around him were moved and stacked…where was he supposed to go? They couldn’t wait five minutes to clean up?
Over all, I am just happy this was the engagement party and not my wedding. If it wasn’t for the fact I had a group of wonderful family and friends at the party, it could have been a lot worse. Also, whoever is paying over $100 is paying too much. My father walked in and got them below $100 for a Saturday night party, with a cocktail hour, open bar etc.