(Closed) Reception Locations

posted 9 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Did you try in Indianapolis local board? They may have more answers…? Good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

have you booked somewhere yet??? i’m guessing yes. but i wanted to weigh in on your search. Two of my friends were married out at Heston Hills in LaPorte, IN.  The location is great, the food was pretty good but it was an interesting experience.  

You see…. there was a HUGE wind/rain storm the day before the wedding. We lost power multiple times during the rehearsal, but it was during the storm. 

Leaving the area was an adventure. We drove all over LaPorte county trying to get around the trees everywhere. Finally made it back to town for our rehearsal dinner.  Had a lovely evening and we all went home and expected to next day to be fabulous now that we had weathered the storm.  

The following morning, I received a call from the Bride. The groom and his father had gone out to the venue to drop off some last minute things and help with any necessary last-minute loose  ends.  When they arrived, there was absolutely no power and no sight of any staff. Trees were down everywhere. They began to clean up the mess. When some of the staff began to arrive to start preparing the meals, etc…. noone knew what to do bc there was no power.  SO the groom’s father eventually went out and got power generators for the building.  The bulk of he morning and afternoon was spent trying to get ahold of the wedding coordinator and/or the owner of the facility.  Once she did arrive, the coordinator did her best to resolve the problems. (i.e. no power, and no working restrooms.)  The owner eventually weighed in and suggested that, “they just have their wedding tomorrow or next week.” Once it was made clear that this was not an option, he delivered some port-o-johns to the facility.

Fortunately, the restrooms were up and running before guests started to arrive.  we had NO POWER for the entire event. The grooms father paid for the generators and the gas to keep them going. Its my understanding that they were compensated for these. However, the owner never truly apologized for his “reschedule it” comment.  he did however make it clear that the grooms father really needed to leave the generators on-site bc he had thousands of dollars of food in his freezers/refriderators that her couldnt afford to replace.   The coordinator did her best and truly helped with trying to relieve some of the stress of the day. I will give her any of the credit that they are to receive. 

Long story short…. These people were presented with the perfect opportunity to act quickly in the event of an emergency.  They had NO plan “B” that could be readily executed.  Instead of wowing the bride and groom and their families… they made a stressful day even more stressful for everyone involved.  It was still a wonderful wedding, and VERY VERY memorable, but they really just weren’t worth it all. DON’T have your wedding there unless you’re prepared to fix any problems that come up on your own!!!! 

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