- 8 years ago
- Wedding: March 2010
After reading the negative review, I feel as though I owe it to Abbey & all of the staff a The Hotel Fiesole to add my experience. I was married there in March 2010 & could not have imagined a more perfect day. My husband & I did not want a traditional sit-down wedding, but a “cocktail party” theme with an abundance of appetizers and, of course, cocktails. We knew we would have to find an extremely classy place to pull this off at the cost of seeming cheap to our guests. One look at The Hotel & we knew this was the place we could make our dream come true. The décor & atmosphere speaks for itself before you even set foot in the door, so I will not elaborate on that. Abbey was beyond any expectation- She is not a hired wedding planner, but a coordinator- you could have fooled me. My guests still ask for her information & how they can hire her to PLAN their wedding. She was there every step of the way. With an appetizer intense menu she helped me choose what was going to be enough food. She took charge at the rehearsal when I couldn’t get my wedding party to cooperate. She even kept me on schedule after the ceremony. I didn’t have to pay for a wedding planner because I had Abbey. I thought I had thought of everything for this wedding… but when I went downstairs to begin taking pictures I was wrong. Abbey had taken the guests shot glass favors and arranged them perfectly into a heart shape on the library table… WOW- my photographer couldn’t get enough pictures! But her attention to detail didn’t stop there-As I entered the main dining room I was floored by the presentation that was arranged for my stationary appetizers- she incorporated my centerpieces as well as the bridesmaids bouquets into the beautiful structure that was more stunning then an ice sculpture.
I too fell victim to a “Wedding Crasher”. However it must be understood that in order to completely rope off the area that is reserved for your wedding, you would be asking your guests to jump the rope to use the restroom. I wouldn’t ask this of my guests nor would I have wanted to attempt this feat in my wedding dress. I must say that I would have not noticed the random woman dancing on the dance floor had Abbey not have brought it to my attention AFTER asking the crasher to leave. The area is set up next to the front door where restaurant patrons as well as other hotel guests access. Abbey stood in this area monitoring who was going in & out at all times. The bar area is really not that large, so to ask all of your guests to be packed in there for a straight hour is more of a crime then allowing them to sit at the tables comfortably in my opinion. I would also like to mention that the bartenders are only human, and if there were empty glasses or used napkins on the bar, I would rather assume they are tending to my guests needs as a priority over cleaning their empties. The staff was there passing food until my guests couldn’t handle anymore- to think an appetizer only menu could leave my guests full was my biggest worry but Abbey helped me make sure it happened. I for one can say that MY day went off without a hitch & I have no one to thank but the wonderful staff that is at The Hotel Fiesole, especially Abbey. Almost a year later & my guests are still talking about how we hosted “the best wedding” they have ever been to & if they had the chance to do it all over again they would have done it the way we did. I had a 5 star wedding at a 5 star place on a 3 star budget. I couldn’t have asked for more. It saddens me that a day that should centered around the love that a husband & wife want to share with their closest family & friends can be so easily ruined by an empty glass, a used napkin & a small child.