My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Grand Cascades Lodge on Dec. 1, 2019. Before I go into detail, I must say we couldn't have picked a more perfect venue for our wedding. Jean helped us book this venue within budget which was ama...
zing in itself, and all the staff exceeded our expectations in every way!
In the months leading up to our wedding, we were designated with Sarah as our wedding coordinator. She was absolutely amazing and focuses on attention to detail. She went above and beyond for us when it came to how the centerpieces and favors would be displayed as I made my own as well as getting back with us in a more than timely manner whenever we had questions. She was there on the day of our wedding to finish last minute touches with an icy blizzard outside, and everything looked absolutely stunning.
As my husband and I had a Christmas themed wedding, we were so happy to know the venue begins decorating the week leading up to Thanksgiving. Our wedding was the weekend after, and the staff went above and beyond to decorate as much as possible before our wedding. As we approached the Grand Cascades on our wedding day, the scene couldn't have been more perfect (minus the ice storm of course). There was a blanket of snow on the ground, and the venue was decorated with Christmas lights from the long driveway to the lodge itself. When we walked into the main building, a beautiful Christmas tree was in the front entrance. We were immediately greeted with glasses of champagne, hot chocolate, and warm apple cider. Even the cocktail hour room was decorated! We've been married a little over a month, and our guests are still raving about the cocktail hour. There was such an abundance of delicious food and drinks, I was full before dinner! Did I mention a five hour open bar as well as the wedding cake is included in the price you pay for this venue??
My husband and I got to have a "first look" at our reception hall before the guests were sent over. From the centerpieces, to the cake, to the beautiful chandeliers, and the exquisite head table as well as the large dance floor, it was exactly as I imagined for our wedding, if not better. My husband was equally as amazed at a beautiful job well done.
Throughout the cocktail hour and reception, the Maitre' D was fabulous. He took care of everything for us! From bustling my dress to assuring my husband and I had drinks and food, to handling a situation that came up due to the weather, and making sure everything ran smoothly all night, he was fantastic and did an exceptional job. Both him and Sarah ensured our wedding reception was the one we've dreamed of.
When the day is over, and it goes so quickly, we decided to have an after party at the bar down the hall. Even on a Sunday, they were open until 0130! We were exhausted but partied on!! While my husband and I and our guests headed to the bar, the staff made sure to bring the centerpieces ( I wanted to keep some), and all other wedding supplies up to our room. When we opened the door to our suite, we were dazzled. All the wedding supplies were neatly organized on a table, our centerpieces were placed beautifully and turned on, and we were greeted with a roaring fire, a bottle of champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries. We couldn't have ended our wedding day on a more perfect note.
Thank-you to all staff for a perfect day. You truly went above and beyond for us, and we couldn't be happier!
Hayley & Ricky Veno