6 total reviews
Fran at George Ranch took such good care of me. Any questions and concerns I had, she answered them quickly and efficiently.
The setting was just perfect!!!!
My husband and I got married in the Tree House at the park. It's was magical and really different. The area was beautiful! We worked with Jane who helped us put everything together. The have specific vendors they use such as the food they prepare, alcohol, DJ, and extras to make your wedding fun! These vendors they call and set everything up for you so it's no hassle to you. You can have a wedding and reception, wedding only, or reception only. The only thing not so pretty was the bridal changing room. The few things we had to take of was the cake and cake accessories, someone to cut the cake, florist, and photographer.
The venue fit our personalities. We had a full buffet consisting of beef tenderloin with all the trimmings and it was the best! Our package was all inclusive, which was fairly expensive.
We chose this venue over all that we visited due to the beautiful scenery and historical significance. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking from the huge oak trees to the beautiful chapel and gazebo. Many of the buildings were actively used in the 1800 and early 1900's and are filled with artifacts from that era. The photographs turn out beautifully with the natural scenic backgrounds. The staff is very attentive and Jane the wedding coordinator is great at keeping all of the details in line and reponding quickly to questions and requests. The food was also great(from what I tasted as a nervous bride) and I heard many compliments on it.
One complaint was that they do not provide the cake service(luckily I have some family members in the catering business that served the cake for us) and you must provide the disposable plates and silverware for the cakes, which for the price I think should be included.
Otherwise, I highly recommend the venue!
Throughout the entire planning process, Kristi @ George Ranch was amazing. She gave us ideas and loved ours, and let us get away with a few things that we requested that weren't typical requests. George Ranch was a beautiful setting for our wedding and all of our guests--including many from all over the country--adored the charm and relaxation of being on a ranch. Everything was set up wonderfully, and I felt like the utmost attention was given to us leading up to the wedding day. I cannot say enough lovely things about this place, but I do have some issues that bothered me, although it wouldn't have caused me to choose a different location in hindsight, I just probably would have hired an outside day-of coordinator. During the rehearsal the day before the wedding, I was told Francesca would be our day-of coordinator. Francesca did not stay to watch the run-through of the ceremony, and I'm pretty sure she left the moment she was introduced to me. Anyway, let's just discuss my main issues. My new husband and I were the ones to have to go up to our band manager and ask "Is it time for father/daughter dance?", "Is it time for speeches?", "Is it time for bouquet toss?", "Is it time for cutting the cake?"---that seems like the coordinator's job, not the bride and groom's. Our band's manager did an excellent job of coordinating with the band when it was time for certain things, but the only think I recall the GR staff controlling was the post-dinner breakdown of the head table which was on the dance floor. Actually, we didn't even get a toast from my Dad because nobody was there to say "Ok, it's time for the toast". I had multiple copies of a specific timeline. WTF? No TOAST!?! So we didn't have a toast, wedding NOT ruined by any means, just woulda-been-a-nice-thang-to-have-on-video, you know? Next. We don't have a knift to cut the cake. Were we supposed to bring that? Yeah I guess a lot of brides bring their own so that we can take the blame for. But what about staff to cut the cake for our guests? Where are they? Two of my bridesmaids found Francesca and asked who was supposed to cut the cake and she (supposedly) told my friends "I'm not touching it." Ok awesome, so my mother-in-law, a friend of the family and my aunt all attempt to cut the cakes. Nice. Not the hired help I expected but whatever. Wedding not ruined. Just I never got a piece 'o cake beyond the bite from my husband's hands because it was super delayed. No offense to my wedding guests cutting it, that wasn't your job. Honestly it just felt like there was nobody there besides the bartenders and a cop, like no staff. I know that Kristi was helping out in the beginning of the day, but I think she left or something after the table breakdown, and along with it all the staff must've though "great my boss just left so now I can fuck around and not work! Party in the barn!" IDK, that's harsh. But seriously, we shouldn't have had to coordinate our own reception. That's dumb. My advice to brides looking into GR as a location is to either hire your own coordinator, or tell them "I don't what what happened at Jessica and Steven's reception to happen at mine--you guys need to be on top of this shit!" Otherwise, book it. It's incredibly romantic, Joe's BBQ was amazing, bar was fully equipped, place was clean (except for the chairs in the dance hall that a bridesmaid requested to be cleaned when she saw dirt on several of them), Kristi really was very helpful throughout the planning.
It was all around beautiful. There is an old wooden white chapel that we got married in with beautiful stained glass windows. The reception was held in an old dance hall with wood floors and tin ceiling. The atmosphere was warm laid-back intimate and romantic.
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