7 featured reviews
Member Since: 3/19/2012
Couldn't say enough about the staff and facility at the Riverview. Food, amenities, waitstaff was unvelievable.. We felt like royalty!
Member Since: 9/12/2011
When we first got engaged and started to look for venues to host our wedding, we immediately had two in mind. Having attended proms and weddings at each of them, we were very familiar with what they had to do offer. We did a little more research online and came across The Riverview and liked enough of what we saw to come out and take a look.
We can remember the day like it was yesterday. We remember that Meg gave us a tour of the facility and afterwards, we met with Stephanie. We immediately fell in love with the place – not just because it looked amazing – but because of the attention we received, the friendliness and welcoming vibe that Meg gave off, and the details that Stephanie provided us. During that time while we were there touring, it felt like we were the only ones that mattered. No one was in a rush to get us out of there and everything was covered in great detail.
Leading up to the wedding, Alyson provided us with tremendous support. There was never once during the process where we felt confused and unprepared because she had done such a great job helping us prepare. When it came time to pick our menu and cake, she was nothing but phenomenal helping us with meal choices, what was most popular, and what tasted the best. We left that day excited about the night that was coming up in a few months and couldn’t wait for it to come.
It came faster than either of us expected it to – but again – Meg and Alyson did a great job helping us get through the week, easing our concerns, and guiding us with everything. Meg was amazing filling in for Alyson while she was out of the office for the beginning of the week. She quickly replied to our e-mails and assured us that everything would be OK. When Alyson came back, she quickly got in touch with us to touch base and to make sure that everything was all set.
The night came and like we mentioned above, the night was perfect. We knew it would be a great time – we didn’t know how amazing the night would be though. Every single person we talked to said they had an amazing time – and even though we are over a week removed from it, people are still talking about it and how much fun they had. They loved the food and especially the cake – people mentioned that wedding cake is usually just OK – but this cake was great. Much appreciation to those who cooked and baked!
The service from the Bridal Attendants was amazing from the very second we walked out of the limousine. From what we heard from the guests, the bartenders and the servers were polite and provided excellent service. The receptionist in the lobby was very polite and of course, Alyson was awesome.
On that evening, it felt like we had known our Bridal Attendants and Alyson forever. Each of them were quick to help us with anything we needed and Alyson kept the night moving with everything that needed to be done. We were amazed with many things throughout the night. At the end of the night, everything was already packed up for us and ready for us to take home and we didn’t have to worry about a single thing!
We will never forget this night – not just because it was the night we got married – but because of how flawless the night was, how nice everyone was – although the word nice doesn’t do any of you justice…. we wish we could find a word that multiplies nice by a million, and because of the quality of work that The Riverview does.
Member Since: 10/29/2011
I had to plan my wedding in 6 weeks due to military and The Riverview was amazing in working with me and helping me throughout the process. They were very precise the day of the wedding and if there were any issues, I never knew about them.
Member Since: 1/8/2011
The Riverview is doing something right, actually they are doing a lot of things right! From the beauty of the hall, to the professionalism of the staff, to the all-inclusive wedding package they offer, you will be hard pressed to find another place that compares. We wanted a reception hall that was beautiful and elegant and the Riverview was all that and them some! Many of our guests have told us it was one of the most beautiful and elegant weddings they have ever been to. It was such a relief to us that many things were included, such as the cake (which was beautiful and great quality) Open bar (all night) Hurricane glasses and candles for centerpieces (which we just put simple wreaths around, the venue is beautiful and impressive enough, you don’t need crazy centerpieces, but if you want them, they can certainly work in that environment) and many more throw ins. Everyone we dealt with from sales, to our coordinator to our two day of attendants were knowledgeable, helpful and great at their jobs. We also got a lot of compliments on the food (which was important to us, since the Riverview does not offer a tasting for the meals, only the cake before the wedding.) We got married at the end of November on a Friday, when their packages are a little bit cheaper. No one would know we cut corners this way. The venue was just beautiful and as a bonus, the Christmas tree and holiday decorations were up the day of our wedding, which added to the whole experience. The staff there makes everything very easy and they are just phenomenal on the day of the wedding. Very professional, very helpful, and did not leave us wanting or needing anything. Overall, I would say that out of all the decision making between vendors, locations, etc. the Riverview was our very best choice. It really made our wedding day what is was and I’m so happy we chose it as our reception venue.
Here are some general notes that I have not seen in prior reviews that may help answer some questions:
• The dance floor looks slippery but it’s not. (We had a choreographed number for our first dance, so I was concerned about sliding but I had nothing to worry about.)
• They set everything up for you. You’ll have a meeting with your coordinator a couple of days before the wedding and will drop off everything such as your favors, photos, decorations etc. Just tell them how you would like it all to be set up and they will do it.
• The room is large and so the acoustics have a bit of an echo. This is the only possible, minor critique that I could possibly have for this place. You may want to opt for a DJ that has very high quality speakers and ask them how they work in this type of setting before hiring them.
• The up-lighting is a feature that makes the room come alive. It costs extra, but I highly recommend getting it. The Party Pros, which is the Riverview’s recommended vendor, charge about $600 for it. I thought this was very expensive but am so glad I decided to do it in the end because it really made a huge difference in the feel of the room. The Party Pro’s also DJ, and you can get the lights included in the package. We did not know this before we hired a separate DJ, so we had two vendors where we could have had one. This worked out fine however, as both vendors did a great job.
Member Since: 4/8/2009
We would like to express our sincerest and deepest thanks to the Riverview, Alyson, Chelsea, Casey and all the other staff there for our wedding on Sunday October 28, 2012. From the moment we booked our wedding to packing up our cars after the reception was over our experience with everyone there was unbelievably warm, caring and professional. Everyone exceeded all of our expectations, and we cannot begin to tell you all of the great comments we received from everyone who attended our wedding. Alyson was such a pleasure to work with, she was detailed, thorough, professional, and went above and beyond. She is a tremendous asset to the Riverview and I was so thankful to be paired to work with her on the details of our wedding. The day of our wedding everything turned out absolutely perfect, we wouldn’t have changed anything. I cannot say enough about how professional and service orientated everyone is there – working in the industry I notice everything… The service at the Riverview was phenomenal. I was shocked at how smoothly everything ran, and to see all of our guests being hand served by an individual person was just amazing. Also Chelsea and Casey, our servers, were outstanding. We didn’t have to ask for anything, our drinks were always full, they pulled out our chairs for us, they got me a snack when my blood sugar was low (I am a Type 1 Diabetic), they packed up the bridal suite for us and then helped us load everything in our cars… they were wonderful and really went above and beyond. Please also pass along our thanks to the chef…. The food was fantastic, and the cake was outstanding!
I know the Riverview handles a lot of weddings each weekend, but we didn’t feel that we were just another couple getting married there, it felt extremely personalized, warm and it made our day truly special and spectacular and we will always look at our wedding as the most perfect day ever. I am so happy that we chose the Riverview as our wedding venue and could not have asked for or hoped for anything better. Working with Alyson made the planning process that much better and I will miss working with her!
Member Since: 6/26/2011
The Riverview knows what they are doing! Excellent food and delicious cake... excellent service by Sarah and Chelsea for the Bride and Groom. They made sure the night flowed flawlessly!
Member Since: 12/29/2010
The Riverview was a wonderful place to get Married. The ballroom is beautiful and fit the 170 guests we had very easily. The back has a lovely view of the river and a gazebo that we used for pictures, it was beautiful. The service was great throughout the whole night and I heard all good things about the cocktail hour and the food. They set up the tables, decorations and candy bar just how I wanted. Allison made sure that the whole event stayed on schedule and that we had everything we needed. The bridal suite was great with food and drink during cocktail hour. At the end of the night they packed and loaded anything that we needed to take home, including the top tier of the cake. So glad that they remembered the cake! I would definitely recommend and thank the Riverview staff for making our wedding great <3
An Elegant Affair on the Farmington River
Located in the picturesque Weatogue area of Simsbury, Connecticut, The Riverview captures the beauty of rural Connecticut while bringing glamour and elegance to any gathering. Built in 2008 to exacting standards, your guests will be dazzled by the building's classical architecture.
- Price Range: $$$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: Yes
- Tented Area: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: Yes
- Outside Caterers Allowed: No
- Kosher Available: Yes
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: No
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: No
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: Yes
- Liability Insurance: Yes
- Site Fee: No
- Capacity: More than 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014