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Couldn't say enough about the staff and facility at the Riverview. Food, amenities, waitstaff was unvelievable.. We felt like royalty!
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.
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.
After a year and a half of very budgeted and meticulous planning, the day finally came. I would absolutely stand by the riverview and their phenomenal service. I would personally recommend requesting Alyson Moreno for all of your planning as I could not have hand picked anyone better of I tried. They provided the venue for the ceremony and reception and everything was absolutely flawless. Alyson went way above and beyond to ensure that every last detail was well planned and organized, she responded to all of my emails no matter how many there were right away, she helped ensure that no detail was overlooked, and added her own touch to any details that could have been forgotten. She always made sure I had a beverage in hand and was actually fed throughout the entire reception, and even went as far as bringing me lotion for my sunburn (ow) while the photographers were doing family photos. She always was 1 step ahead of me and made everything as stress free as humanly possible. The food and bar service was so great I have been hearing about it non stop since the wedding, and the venue was so gorgeous that I have people telling me it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever seen. For everything that the venue includes (cake, linen, open bar, wine bottles, 6 appetizers, salad, huge meals, ceremony, etc) it was the best price hands down that I found and was worth everything. I had 130 guests and found that I paid a great price for the number of guests. I would recommend this place to any soon to be brides and couldn't thank the staff enough for all of their accommodations, 5 stars for sure!!!
I did a lot of research on venues for my wedding reception online, and once I saw The Riverview in person I knew that it would be perfect. The communication with the staff was great. Our wedding coordinator, Stephanie, was wonderful to work with and was on top of everything. She was never hard to get a hold of and was very knowledgeable.
At the time of our wedding reception, there was another party going on at the same time but I would have never known. The space for our reception was large and gorgeous and the staff was very easy to work with for arranging the space. The staff during the reception were very professional and everything went smoothly. My bridal attendant, Eric, was outstanding throughout the night. Our guests told us that they enjoyed the 3 entrée options (filet mignon, pan seared Atlantic salmon, and chicken en croute) and the cake was delicious (marble cake with raspberry filling).
Overall, I'm very happy that we decided to have our wedding reception at The Riverview.
The Riverview exceeded my expectations, and since it was the bulk of our budget my expectations were high. It is reasonably priced (a bit on the higher end if being thrifty but very comparable to others of its caliber). With that being said, it was worth every penny. The staff is awesome, from the managers, to suite attendants, to bartenders and servers. Everyone is so helpful. I can go on for days about how in love with the bridal suite attendants I was! They were unbelievable in every way. From helping with the biggest processes to the most miniscule details. I worked with Stephanie as my consultant and she was equally as wonderful. When I had questions she answered them all promptly. She was very nice, accommodating, and extremely efficient, which I like. Now, as far as the food goes, it was also very good. They have an awesome selection, unlike some places that give you only a few choices. All the dishes we picked were great, from appetizers to entrees. I can not review their cake since we opted against it, but what we did have was also delicious. The atmosphere is so elegant so if you are looking for class, this is your place. From the exterior it may look like a normal wedding venue, but once you step inside you see the details that set it apart from the rest. Everyone that came mentioned how beautiful it was, and I can say, confidently, that no one was disappointed. I highly, highly recommend The Riverview.
We were married at The Riverview on October 5, 2013. I can't say enough great things about it! We had visited a couple of places before deciding on The Riverview, but I secretly had my heart set on The Riverview the whole time. Each meeting we had was professional and informational (minus a minor snafu - we didn't know there was a fee for the ceremony until we were putting down our deposit - but no big deal). We were assigned Alyson as our wedding coordinator and she was amazing. Always responsive, courteous, and the day of the wedding, she was on point! She really helped with the flow of events and always made sure we were taken care of. She even helped bustle my dress! Our bridal attendant, Eric, was also always checking up on us to see if we needed anything, he was so polite. The servers and bartenders were also great! We'd had a raw bar, coffee & cordial bar and slider bar. I only was able to experience the slider bar (amazing), but from what I hear, the raw bar and coffee bar were huge hits! This venue is absolutely beautiful and almost 3 months after our wedding, we are still getting compliments and rave reviews from our guests. I am so happy that we chose The Riverview for our special day!
After looking at many Hartford-area venues, my husband and I chose The Riverview for our wedding reception. We are so happy with our choice! Everything there was wonderful. They provided amazing service from the start. They assign one of their coordinators to your event and that's the person you work with the whole time. S/he is also there at your event to make sure everything goes right and to address any issues that come up. Alyson worked with us and she was very responsive to all of our questions and concerns and worked to accommodate essentially everything we asked for. They are happy to let you bring any beverages they don't have and serve them for you for no extra fee. They include a cake in your wedding reception that you customize everything about (some charges may apply for extravagant decorations). We had asked for mojitos to be served, and when our limo pulled up to the entrance, one of our two specially assigned wedding party servers/assistants met us with a tray of champagne flutes and mint mojitos and offered us a drink as we were stepping out of the limo! The assistants were wonderful and clearly enjoy what they do. The dinner service was efficient. All of our guests were raving about the food for days afterward. We chose the traditional sit-down dinner and were allowed three entree choices plus vegetarian. They had us choose six hot passed hors d'oeuvres plus the amazing selection on their "international table". They customized a very reasonably-priced add-on for us to also serve a fruit salad with dessert for our health-conscious guests. They also were very happy to accommodate any dietary restriction of any guest on the day of; all they had to do was ask. The venue is absolutely gorgeous with soaring ceilings, beautiful chandeliers, and granite dance floor. No photo can do justice to the grandeur and beauty of the ballroom. The bridal suites are large and comfortable with permanent chafing dishes for appetizers to be served just for the bridal party. I'm not sure it was large enough to have been comfortable for all five of my bridesmaids and me to get ready for the wedding if we had held the wedding at the venue, but it was perfect for private space during the reception. And much larger than at some other venues we looked at. The Riverview has peak, shoulder, and off-peak pricing as well as minimum numbers of guests for Saturday evening events that change with the season. They have two mirror-image sides that can accommodate two weddings at the same time. They mandate staggered start times to minimize the impact on the other event since there is only one entrance (a beautiful one with a wonderful overhang that leads to a beautiful foyer). The ballroom has a divider that can create three different-sized ballrooms or not be used at all. There was another wedding at the same time as ours but it was never apparent; I never once thought about it until we were packing the car to leave when I saw one of the other bridesmaids going back in to their event. My husband and I were very happy with everything about our reception at The Riverview and were so glad we chose The Riverview for our wedding.
I can't even start to say enough good things about The Riverview. When we were first looking at venues, my husband and I were started to get frustrated at the high price for the low amount of services you got. When we walked into the Riverview, we knew this was the place we had to have our reception. My husband fell in love with it. As we continued planning with them, our wedding planner Stephanie, e-mailed me on a weekly basis telling me what was coming up and had no problems answering all of my questions very promptly. I never felt nervous about not being taken care of there. I felt like I could ask any question and they always had an answer, or I could ask their opinion and all of the staff were always more than willing to help.
On the day of the wedding, everything went so smoothly. Our wedding planner was right there bringing us into the bridal suite and all of the attendants were right there serving drinks and food and refilling everything, we never had to ask for anything. Our wedding planning kept us in the loop about time and got us lined up and made sure we knew the correct order and they were the correct order of events for the big night. My husband and I felt like we were on top of the world for the night. We couldn't have asked for anything more. So many people came up to us at the end of the night or the next day and said it was one of the best weddings they have ever been to. Everyting from the beginning to the end of the night was a dream.We were married 11/23/2013 and even in the winter, the place looks like a dream. The staff were absolutely amazing and the venue itself looks like a fairytale, If you are getting in or around Connecticut, I cannot stress enough checking out The Riverview. Thank you again!!!
The riverview was amazing for our wedding! They were so prepared for our indian wedding, everything went so well and it was a pleasure planning the wedding day with Alyson ;)
The venue was so beautiful and was great for the size and logistics of our wedding. We absolutely would recommend the riverview. If we had to go back and do it again I wouldn't change a thing. We heard from many of the guests that the food was great and especially good reviews on the pork!
Thank you so much to the riverview
I cannot say enough great things about this venue. They had an outdoor space for my guests, a HUGE reception area that is GORGEOUS (the black marble floor and vast vaulted ceiling... OMG), and a staff that was simply SPOT ON for my entire wedding and planning process. The food was simply amazing, my cake was delicious and all of my guests were simply blown away by the look and atmosphere of the place. This truly was our dream venue.
Not only was food and cake included in our per person rate, but so were the table linens, set up/break down of all my decor, my own bridal suite with personal attendants, a FANTASTIC event coordinator (thanks Stafanie!), bottles of wine for each table, appetizers, open bar and gosh so much more. What we gained in value and memories from this venue are priceless.
Truly an A+++++ place and I wish we could do it all over again.
My wedding could not have been more perfect. Everyone that works there was wonderful and so attentive to my needs. I would highly recommend to any bride that wants a beautiful wedding with the least amount of stress you could imagine!
My fiancé and I started off on the wrong foot with The beautiful Rivefview. 14 months before our date we were planning at Saturday wedding and booked the Riverview immediately. The next day we realized there was a scheduling conflict and needed to change to the day before, Friday. Despite being 14 months in advance they would not give us the Friday price and I had to beg them to not give us the Saturday price. They met in the middle and settled on a price $10 more per person than the usual Friday price. Still, that upset me a bit. This is why I didn't give the most stars for value.
The staff otherwise were so so friendly and catered to our every need. They were responsive to me and my every email leading up to the day. They were very organized with everything.
The beauty of the building, the staff, and the food are above and beyond!
The cake also came out beautiful!
The few complaints I have are minimal...
We had baby pictures made up which were put on the fireplace and nobody was able to see them from where they were, up so high.
My husbands parents table had the wrong number of people at it, so after we were all introduced his parents had to crouch down without a chair while my father gave his speech. The table was meant for 12 and set for 9. Not a big deal as I had no idea this was even going on.
My mother asked someone to save corks from the wine bottles to make a homemade keepsake, and they forgot to pack them in....however they were nice enough to store our cake top, in their fridge til the next day which was awesome.
Like I said it was a great wedding I was just pointing out some small things I experienced. They do make you feel like royalty when you are there and they're always there to hand you a fresh drink or ask what else they can help you with!
I would highly recommend this place, it is the best around and has by far the most beautiful bridal suite!
We had our wedding there a few weeks ago. Everyone raved about the food. And the venue is stunning!!! The staff made me feel like a princess. They are incredibly professional. We had a larger wedding (180 people) and the place still seemed spacious and the price really wasn't bad for everything it included and the amazing quality of care.
We were blown away with the service we received from The Riverview staff, from planning stages to the day. This was only the 3rd venue we visited, but we knew immediately we had to book after seeing how beautiful the ceremony and reception spaces were, and how much was included to make things as stress-free as possible (cake included, coordinator the day of, bridal suite to get ready in, etc).
Our assigned wedding coordinator, Alyson, was so helpful throughout, and she was amazing on the day. The staff were so attentive and took care of everything for us - from setting up, to timing, to packing things up so we could enjoy the full reception. A staff member personally brought out a tray with all of our appetizers to try and hand delivered our drinks during pictures - didn't want us to miss out on them! He even came up at one point and asked how many more tables we would like to visit with before we ate dinner, so that he could time the food coming out and not have it sitting. They didn't miss a thing.
Food was excellent, you couldn't even tell there was another wedding going on, and everything was timed perfectly. So many guests complimented us on this venue - how beautiful the space was, the food, they even noticed how attentive the staff was. I cannot say enough good things about this venue, and would recommend it to everyone!
Every minute of our day was so special, and the people at the riverview really helped make it that way. Our every need and wish was catered to. The bridal suite was wonderful and the attendants made sure that both of us had enough to eat and drink. The food at the riverview was excellent. Fresh and flavorful. So many of my guests were blown away by cocktail hour. If you want to be treated like royalty on your wedding day, this is the place for you.
Overall- I am so pleased that we decided to go with the Riverview for our venue. From the moment we toured the place to the time we left on our wedding night- everyone was extremely helpful. We have heard so many compliments about the staff, the food, the set-up, the drinks, etc. from our guests. They were blown away. Even being a little over a month since our wedding- so many people can't stop talking about how awesome everything was! We couldn't be more happy with our choice. The only thing we found to be slightly disappointing was that the wedding coordinator we had(she was provided to us as part of our package at the Riverview) at times did seem to be a little short and on the day of the wedding- she seemed slightly annoyed. However, even with that she did a great job and made sure our day went off without any problems.
I chose The Riverview out of 5 different venues. I wanted a place that could hold over 150 guests, had a beautiful outdoor and indoor area, and was close to hotels and the airport because most of our guests were out-of-towners. I fell in love with the gorgeous windows, unique dance floor, and romantic outdoor tent looking over the water. It was also the cheapest out of all 5 we looked at when everything was added up. My coordinator was Stephanie Gordon and she was wonderful about returning my emails and making time if I called. We ended up having a fantastic time at our May 25th wedding. It was 45 degrees and raining our day of, and we made the decision to have the ceremony indoors instead of outside. The ceremony went off without a hitch, our Riverview attendants made sure we always had our drinks available, our cake looked GORGEOUS, the food (from what I hear, too nervous/busy to eat!) was fantastic, and everything ran on time and smoothly (and if it didn't, as the bride I had no idea, and that's the way it should be!!!) Jeanine C. at the Simsbury Inn across the street comes highly recommended as well, clearly this is a very good relationship for both the Riverview and the Inn and they do whatever they can to make sure every care is attended to.
We got so many compliments on how beautiful our venue was. The food and service were superb.
We absolutely loved the Riverview from the moment we walked into the building. It's a gorgeous facility and it's also fairly new (I believe 5 or 6 years old) so everything still looks fresh and shiny. Everything about the decor screams high class and our guests commented as such. The staff is extremely courteous and helpful, honestly you couldn't even tell they were there because they have the whole routine of clearing tables and setting out the next course down to a T so there were no awkward interactions. The attention to detail is superb, literally every tiny detail you could imagine is taken care of. There is a bridal room for the wedding party to use for storing their things or getting ready if you're getting married on site (I got married in a church so I can't comment on the ceremony services). My husband and I are extremely picky when it comes to wedding food as the result of having some pretty bad meals in the last year or so of weddings. Everything from the raw bar, to the cheese station to the passed apps were delicious. After the wedding I had people telling me how great cocktail hour was because the apps were amazing (splurge on the raw bar if you can). The meals themselves were also fantastic. My husband got the chicken oscar, I had the salmon and both were great, tender, cooked perfectly, very flavorful. A lot of our guests had filet and were also very happy with their meals. They make the cake on site and that was also very good. I'm only rating their value as 4 stars for the following reason: price. Like almost everywhere, summer is "high season" for weddings and the exact same services and food that we got for our early April Friday evening wedding are $50 more per head for a Saturday evening in June. My husband and I had agreed long before we got engaged that we wanted either a winter wedding or an early spring wedding (me because I wanted to leave the cold when we went on our honeymoon and him because he can't stand the heat and humidity of CT summers and the thought of being outside in a tux in June wasn't going to work for him) and also wanted to do it on a Friday night because we knew cost wise that would make a huge difference. I'm not blaming the Riverview for this because every venue we looked at had a similar pricing set up with the "low season" pricing varying by a week or 2 in either direction. We had about 125 guests and the total for our reception came in around $11-12K so in all reality it wasn't that bad price-wise because of the timing we chose. Bottom line, you aren't going to get a better experience for your money than the Riverview so if it's on your list, book it and you won't be disappointed.
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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: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liability Insurance, Liquor License, On the Water, Onsite Catering, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Tented Area, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: More than 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014