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'The All-Inclusive Monte Cristo Ballroom'
Classic elegance drawing on the influence of the Italian Renaissance is the hallmark of this historic property. Currently Washington's most all-inclusive wedding venue, offering more than 82% of what you need for your wedding day, all taken care of in-house! Including staffing, set-up, clean-up, DJ, photobooth, stationary, decor package, officiant, cake, planning team, catering and much, much more!
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$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Historic Venue
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
We just had our wedding here on 05/07/17 and it was beyond amazing!!!! I am very controlling and I didn’t have to worry about a thing except to make sure to make time to eat because I was too busy greeting all my guest during dinner. From the beginning of signing the contract to the day of the wedding, the planning and lesion team were great at answering all my emails and calls if I had questions or updates for my file. The communication between all the employees day of the wedding was awesome, all my guest kept saying they were very friendly and helpful if they had a questions or needed directions to the restroom etc. I worked with Paiton and she is amazing. She gave me her personal number at our final run thru and she said if I needed to update anything else to text or call her. I was very impressed with that. She is very good with her job. She made sure everything went right and everything was. Also, the staff that was working the day of my wedding was so helpful thru out the day even when we were running late cause of pictures. My bridal party is a little needy and our Butler Monte handled them with grace and was always there when I needed him. The bartenders were great as well. Food was sooo good, the guest kept raving about the food after the wedding. We choose the buffet and there were so many delicious choices. The DJ was awesome, we had a couple traditional music for my parents and if he wasn’t sure of which song (only due to my dad not communicating well) he would ask me and all my music I requested got played and more. I could go on and on, but from my experience if you are debating on this venue towards another I would tell you… “The day of my wedding turned out perfect and it was all because of Pation and the staff at Monte Cristo. I really didn’t realize I had my dream wedding til the end of the day when I was soaking in the all the fun through the whole day with the groom. ALL of my guest said they had the best time ever, that it was a beautiful venue and they had so much fun.” THANK YOU AGAIN!
Our wedding was February 3,2017. Andrey and I decided to get married here because of so many positive experiences, and we wanted to share ours too. First of all our wedding planner Lauren was amazing, 5/5 stars! She took care of us from the very first appointment and until the last minute of our wedding. She did great job listening and keeping the whole day organized, even my maid of honor complimented Lauren on how much she was doing for me. Every bride complained about how stressful wedding planning is but Lauren and this all inclusive deal made it so stress free that every penny we spent here helped us enjoy every minute of our wedding. We also wanted to compliment Paiton who was besides Lauren. It rained during our photos and all our dresses got muddy dirty. Paiton and Lauren took the time to get everything out and made them look spotless. Our buffet style dinner was delicious!! And the huge selection of food definitely kept our guests happy! And Dj Dru did a great job keeping the guests dancing and definitely played the songs I requested. Thank you! One down part for me was that the photo-booth stoped working and we weren't able to enjoy that part and take an album home. But I know it wasn't anybody's fault, so maybe double check for it to work before a wedding happens. Also we were promised to have thank you gifts passed out at the door while guests were leaving but all the thank you gifts were left at the table without guests noticing them. Other then those few hiccups Andrey and I are extremely glad that we chose Monte Cristo Ballroom. We would recommend it to any couple who is looking to have a relaxing wedding, where you will definitely be taken care of. Thank you Monte Cristo staff, we will forever cherish it!
We had a great experience with the Monte Cristo. When we first found the venue and visited, I was a little skeptical as it seemed too good to be true. It was a little more reasonable price wise than other venues we looked at, and they said they would take care of pretty much everything. Turns out my skepticism was unnecessary as the Monte Cristo really is everything it claims to be! I’m going to start with Lauren who was our day-of coordinator. We met Lauren about 2 months before the wedding itself. Prior to that, we had worked with other members of the planning team, who were all competent and great. What a relief, though, to be able to talk to the person who was actually going to be there on the wedding day! There were little nuances that were hard to communicate through notes in a file, so being able to articulate them to Lauren was amazing. She gave us her cell number and encouraged us to text her anytime day or night . Besides being a warm and friendly person, Lauren is EXTREMELY good at her job. I had no anxiety about the wedding in the days prior because I knew she would be there. Now for the venue: It’s beautiful. The food is delicious. We received multiple compliments on the food. My brother has been to several weddings lately and he said it’s the best food he’s ever had at a wedding. One of the selling points for us at the very beginning was that each partner would get a butler to help them on the wedding day. One thing I didn’t like is that they were a little hard to track down when we needed them. I quickly realized, though, that employees are always around, and they are ALL willing to do whatever you need. So, if you expand your expectations beyond just the butlers themselves, you won’t have anything to worry about. Another awesome thing about the venue is all of the space. I loved that there was a separate area for people to drink and sit and wait for the dining room to be ready. I’ve been to other weddings where people just stand around waiting for the room to be flipped, so I really liked how the Monte Cristo handles that. Our time working with the Monte Cristo wasn’t without little snafus (for example, I had some trouble finding a dress at their boutique, which was something that was included with our package) but I quickly learned that they will always work with you to make it right. As far as I’m concerned, that’s all you can ask for. It’s impossible to avoid having something go wrong, but if you are working with people who understand your point of view and are willing to work with you, you can’t ask for more than that. One issue we had that was our fault, was that our bakery only gave us our small display cake and not the sheet cakes that we needed to serve. I discreetly asked someone to please serve small pieces, and somehow we got it to be enough! I was so grateful for their help! The last thing I’ll talk about (I could keep going, but I want people to actually be able to read this review!) is the DJ. AWESOME. I’ve heard great things about all of the DJs the Monte Cristo works with, but Travis was seriously amazing. They have you fill out a packet for the DJ about a week beforehand, so that really helps with the music. In our case, we picked the songs that were important to us, but left the rest up to his expertise. He also acted as an expert emcee. In short my husband and I have only been able to say to each other how perfect the day was. Really perfect.
Although the food was amazing at this beautiful venue, we were disappointed with the many promises the Monte Cristo gave but didn’t keep. We were promised personal butlers for the bride and groom which we didn’t receive. Dinner took much long to served than 90 minutes and because of that it pushed back our entire schedule for the night even though we had started everything on time. It almost seemed like they were under staffed for the night. There was no butter served with the dinner rolls at dinner. We were promised Martinelli Apple cider during the toasts and never received it. After dinner when we transitioned back into the ceremony room, there were no chairs out for elderly guests. The DJ had a few music problems where when he would transition into a new song, the music would stop completely. Also, during the process of ordering our invitations there were many mistakes made on Alexander Printing’s end. We were told that we could do “anything” we wanted on our invitations but even simply printing the registry information on the back of the invitation cost extra. The venue wedding planner had a GREAT personality but was a bit disorganized and I always felt like I had to remind her of key details for the wedding such as the fact we were having a dry wedding because of some our guests religious beliefs. Overall, for the amount money we paid for this wedding, I was extremely disappointed with the service which is suppose to be there big selling point. We did have a “day of” coordinator who frequently checked in with me and even brought food/drink to my bridal room when I asked for it. He was awesome and did whatever he could to help and problem solve. The food was fantastic and the late night bar food was a hit!
I'm the type to plan everything myself. Parties, get together, other friend's showers and even their weddings. But I started in on my process of planning my wedding once I got engaged, and I just wasn't enjoying it. For once I just wanted to give up the stress of controlling every last aspect of an event, to just enjoy the day I've been dreaming of my whole life!!! I still wanted the ability to be able to customize everything about my day, but without the stress of booking vendors trying to strategically organize everything, etc. I didn't know there was such a thing as an all-inclusive event planning service, but my friends told me about the Monte Cristo Ballroom and how the process of planning your wedding is so much easier because most of your vendors are already in their package. I came to a free tour and tasting and was immediately by how well-organized everything was, how friendly the staff was from the moment I stepped in the door, followed by hearing about the most incredible package and tasting food that is unlike anything I've ever eaten at a wedding before. It felt like I was dreaming, so I imagine that the price is going to be out of this world! Surprisingly enough, it ended up being so affordable. The only things you need to get outside of their package or a florist and photographer but everything else is taken care of and completely customizable at the same time. The process itself was incredible and I was able to meet with the nicest planner who made sure all the details were just perfect for my day of. My friends and family were so incredibly impressed and have not stopped talking about it since. I can't recommend this venue and their incredible staff enough. If you are looking for the wedding of your dreams for an incredible price and the least amount of stress possible, you need to check this place out immediately. You won't be disappointed.
At first I thought that "all-inclusive" meant more expensive. I did a lot of research and it seemed like putting everything together myself could potentially be less expensive... But after realizing that every company has hidden costs and fees that add up in THOUSANDS of dollars, I decided to go the all inclusive path. Oh. My. God. I wish I could explain how tremendously happy I am that I did so. After all was said and done, my wedding ended up fitting within the budget I was hoping for, and the best part is that I didn't have to put it all together myself. Pretty much 90% of what you need for your wedding is all at this venue, but it's very customizable so don't think that that means you are stuck with a wedding like everyone else's wedding. Wedding planning was a breeze with the planning team here and the day of coordination team put everything together just as I was envisioning it. The entire process from start to finish was so incredibly easy and enjoyable, I would do it all again and again. The DJ was easy to work with and had all the music I needed, the decor package is really extensive and made it to that I had to buy very little of my own items. I ended up using about a hundred of their candles and vases for my wedding, and nothing cost extra. There was no nickel-and-diming whatsoever. I have had friends who have gotten married and went so far over budget because of hidden costs. I kept expecting something to cost more at the venue. Stationary? Create anything you want with their graphic designer. Food and drink? There are like 100 items served throughout the day and this is just how their menu work, no matter how much you spend at the venue. I have to say that was the best part, not having to feel like I missed out because I spent less than another couple. Montecristo made me feel like the actually cared about my wedding and didn't look at me and my fiance as money. The day itself was flawless, my guest all told me they had the best time ever and did not have to work whatsoever. Just thinking about my special day brings a tear to my eye. Thank you so much Monte Cristo Ballroom for making our dreams come true all at a price that doesn't make it impossible to live after the wedding. I highly recommend this venue!!!
I was so disappointed in Monte Cristo Ballroom's performance for my daughter's wedding. I am in the wedding industry and expected at least standard venue performance. I have a 23 item letter of under performance on MCB's part. I will say the food was delicious and the bar was hopping. The venue is very unique and could be such a great place. 1. Hire your own day of coordinator - This was the biggest problem. They sell you this feature but know nothing about it! If you decide to trust their contracted word get a specific coordinator's name who will be working with you and only work with them. Insist on this!! 2. Get everything in writing and I mean everything like whether or not they will light the candles you spent $250 on which their wedding planning team okayed. 3. Although my daughter spent countless hours planning with MCB's team, her banquet set up was wrong. They had the wrong color napkins and the room wasn't properly laid out for the seating arrangement that MCB's planning team provided. 4. Walk through the venue day before the wedding to make sure there are no broken windows. Day of make sure it has been cleaned so they are not vacuuming while your guests are trying to enjoy cocktail hour. 5. Get in writing the number of servers that will be working your event and make sure they are old enough to pick up dirty alcohol glasses so you don't have to bus your own event. Needless to say, although the venue is very unique and beautiful and they do have some good things going for them like the food and bar, it wasn't worth the day of frustrations. With better hands-on management this could really be an amazing venue. I suggest reading reviews closer to your wedding day if you are planning to use this venue. That way you can address issues and get them in writing. The best advice is to hire your own "Day of Coordinator". Every other vendor we hired outside MCB has received 5 star reviews and I had wished to leave MCB a 5 star review but in good conscience can not.
I’m very hesitant to write a review only for the fact that my sister and brother-in-law will read this but people should know what they are getting with this venue. My sister and bother-in-law’s wedding was such a beautiful wedding but only in part to FRIENDS AND FAMILY! We tried our hardest to shield them the day of the wedding from all the craziness that was happening but it was inevitable, unfortunately they found out what was happening. I could write multiple pages on everything that happened that day ie. the DJ didn’t arrive until after the ceremony, the venue was dirty, the lack of organization and communication and the very rude staff. The list could go on and on. (Please read the reviews from the bridesmaids’ describing their experience). I want to stress that this venue claims to be “all inclusive”; a wedding planner, they set up, they take down and everything in between. They say family won’t lift a finger. That claim is very deceitful. They should advertise as a venue and catering only because that’s all they are! My sister spent a year and a half planning every detail of this wedding, down to maps of where everything should go in every room and the staff still couldn’t figure out where things went. I was the maid of honor and instead of being with my sister on her wedding day I spent my time fixing and putting up decorations, cleaning, and directing idle staff. Please don’t waste your money on this venue!!
Couldn't have chosen a better venue. Having a venue that does everything for you while still letting you customize everything seems impossible to find, but the Monte Cristo was exactly that. My friends and family said it was the best wedding they had been to. Ever! There was food and drink the entire day so I think that had a big influence on them too hahaha. I was really worried that it seemed too good to be true but not at all, it was the best, super affordable for what you get. Five stars, but I would give 10 if I could. If you're a bride who is so busy but doesn't want to be gouged on price, check them out, you won't be disappointed.
I have good and bad things to say about the venue. Our wedding was on July 1 2017. cons: - we never had the same wedding planner ever, always another person - the second to last appontiment with a wedding planner. no one even showed up for it. chef Anthony apologized for it and said he would compensate us in some way, he never did. The wedding planner eventually did show up an hour late, but we had other plans that day and we left - it was very hard to a get a hold of any one on the phone ever. one of my bridesmaids was also my wedding planner and she could never get a phone call back from the venue - we didn't meet the dj till the day of the wedding which I did not like at all -on the day of the wedding, 2 minutes before I walked up the aisle. one of the staff broke something all over the aisle. they cleaned it up very quickly -about 2 months before the wedding the venue emailed us and let us know that they had someone who worked there that could marry us. but we had already chosen and paid some one else to marry us. they told us way to late. which they had let us know more in advance -bathrooms are across the hall from the bridal suite, not easy to reach when guests and groomsmen are all standing out there pros -mostly inclusive - the day of was pretty perfect -love the upstairs, great for pictures - the brick wall on the side of the building was perfect for pictures - they cut our cake and served it to the guests -had miini burgers and fries served later on -had plenty of space for all the guests to mingle and be separate - the food was great! -open bar went over really well. and the drinks were pretty good -the coordination of moving people to the other room went very smooth - my dj concern was null and void. he was good - they sent us home with our favorite food at the end of the night -staff kept checking in with us all night -they didn't kick us out even when it was 11pm -they packed up our stuff and gifts for us and put them in paper bags for us to take home Overall it was a great day,just had the worst build-up to the actual day. I found that the ballroom made things more stressful then they needed to be most of the time. I Hated calling them and never getting to actual talk to anyone who could help me. But the day of was perfect.
I was planning my wedding remotely and was really excited to come across an all inclusive (mostly) wedding venue!! There were some communication hiccups that occurred throughout my 8 month planning period, which made for some frustrating and anxious moments. I was passed off to a couple different wedding planners throughout the planing process, which I think led to some communication discrepancy, as well as information being left out until the last minute. I second guessed my choice in this venue many times during the stressful moments of miscommunication or a fall through in decor, but the last planner I was set up with totally saved everything. Even though my tablecloth colors were no where to be found in all the land the week before the wedding (even though I was there months prior and physically picked the color I wanted), she was so helpful in working with me to pick something that I was happy with what they had available. She walked me through all the details of our wedding day and put me at ease. She was a life saver and made me excited for my wedding day, as opposed to before when I thought I would just bite the bullet and hope for the best. Chef Anthony was so awesome and let us pick a few custom dishes, which I was so excited for on the day of! I made sure to sit down and eat my food because I couldn't wait for my dinner!! Our day of planner deserves more than 5 stars. I love her and she is the VIP of our wedding day. She was professional, thoughtful, resourceful, on top of things, cheerful, calm, everything I could have asked for. A big part of our wedding running smoothly from start to finish is because of her. She made sure that I didn't worry about anything without me even realizing it! Some of our vases that lined the aisle tipped and spilled so the procession was delayed, but she took care of it quickly and quietly and didn't tell me as to cause me any unnecessary stress before walking down the aisle. It was little things like that, that at the end of the day I was so happy I had her working behind the scenes! If I had to choose all over again, I still would choose to have my wedding here. The 80% all inclusive aspect of this venue is just a wedding planning dream for anyone who doesn't know what they're doing, what they want to do, or doesn't know how hands on or off they want to be in the planning process. It helps so much to have set up, clean up, food, decor, DJ, and planner taken care of. There is still the freedom to add your personal touches to everything, but at the same time you have a good support to fall back on if you need.
I have always gotten butterflies thinking about my wedding day. It's really important to myself and my family to incorporate traditional Indian wedding customs and I found this venue to be so accommodating to all of my ideas and concerns. On the day of my wedding, it felt like a fairytale. Everything looked SO beautiful and well executed. My friends and family never lifted a finger and we were treated like royalty by all the staff and our amazing wedding planner. The Monte Cristi helped me customise my music with their DJ, a perfect mix of some traditional music that I've heard at so many Indian weddings since I've been a little girl and some hip music that got all my guests moving! The food was absolutely incredible and they let my family bring some very special dishes that they wished to incorporate that day, no extra cost. I really appreciated how easily they accommodated all of our wishes. Many venues I had looked at before did not allow for traditional food, even at an additional cost? I found this very upsetting at other venues. I would highly recommend this venue to ANY bride or groom looking for a perfect and magical experience. I still tear up thinking about how wonderful everyone was. I feel like I had true friends in the staff that was there at my wedding. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
My fiance's Tyler and I just had our wedding and I absolutely had to take time to post a review for our amazing venue, the Monte Cristo Ballroom! While giving this review I am also reviewing my DJ, wedding planner, and catering because the Monte Cristo does it all. If you are looking to save yourself stress while planning and especially on the day of, look no further. I was immediately dazzled when I first came to look at the venue and had a free tour and tasting. There wasn't a bunch of other people at the tasting and it felt really personal. I knew after trying the food that everything was going to be just awesome. We booked that night and made an appointment to meet with our planner right away. All in all, over the course of many months I probably drove my planner crazy because I wanted to meet with them as much as possible. After all, we've never done this before! The planner that I had was so helpful and had great suggestions or what to do for my wedding. Surprisingly, the Monte Cristo Ballroom is very flexible about what they allow used to do in the venue. It is not the type of space where the answer is often "no". Leading up to my wedding, I was absolutely full of nerves because well, after all, it was our wedding day! But I really had no need to worry. When I arrived on the day of, everything looked just as I had hoped. No friends or family had to come and set up decor, because the Monte Cristo took care of everything. As the day progressed I felt less nervous when I realized that my planner had it all under control. The DJ was fantastic and got my guest excited to dance, the food was just as awesome as it was at the tasting, and overall I know that I saved money by choosing a venue that has everything I needed. I would absolutely, one hundred percent recommend this venue and its services to any possible looking to save themselves stress and a lot of money!!!
Being a very particular bride and groom, my fiance and I weren't sure that we were going to find what we needed to meet our wedding wishes. We actually looked at about 10 different venues before coming to the Monte Cristo. Walking in the front door, we knew right away that we liked the feel of the venue. But it wasn't that that really drew us in, it was the fact that it is so exclusive and offer so much right there. I was always already stressing about how long it was going to take to find all my vendors and how much it was going to cost, I was stressed out before I even started planning! But what the Monte Cristo Ballroom does is really different. They have absolutely everything you need and it's all about your big day. I'm not really sure why I have been reading some reviews about the turnover in staff, because it hasn't affected us at all. In fact everyone that we worked with in order to put on our wedding was absolutely amazing, and we were able to call and come visit as much as we wanted. On the day of, everything was just as I had planned and talk to my day of coordinator about. The best part about it is that there were no other charges after the wedding, and my friends and family are still raving about what an amazing time they had and the food especially. The only other advice I have is to make sure that if you're looking for a date in the next year or two that you get in touch with them as soon as possible, because finding a date can be hard.
I just had my wedding at Monte Cristo just last month, and just getting back now to review after my honeymoon. When I think about my experience over the past year I have nothing but good things to say about it. The staff was always helpful, the facility is gorgeous (think 1920s Great Gatsby meets modern updates!)I was never worried about how the wedding was going to go, and when the day came I felt like all of the normal stress and pressure of planning a wedding was alleviated. Not only do they have an amazing planning team, but there wasor pretty much everything you need when it comes to your wedding and no surprise extra costs later. I was able to meet with someone to create my invitations with a designer, there was a ton of decor to choose from (I barely had to bring any in), I got to customize my music with the DJ, and so much more. Usually when you think of something that is all inclusive or has things included with it, you think of being limited on options. But absolutely nothing was limited when it came to my wedding. On top of all of that, it ended up being an awesome price. I did a lot of research beforehand and at first I thought it was kind of expensive, but it's because everything is all in one place. My friends recently had a wedding and it was double the amount because they did everything separately. The day itself was just as I imagined it would be, everyone had an amazing time and it felt like we spent much more on our wedding than we did. What an amazing experience, I would recommend it to any bride in the future!
TL;DR: If you choose this venue, I highly recommend having a wedding coordinator or assigning someone to take care of details during your wedding day. Do not rely on staff because 1) huge turnover or 2) even if you tell them what to do, they may mess up and you have to do it yourself. Pros: -Everybody loved the food. Throughout the night, the guests raved about the food and the variety. -The venue is pretty spacious. There was plenty of room for all my guests to mingle and socialize without feeling cramped. Luckily there was a parking garage nearby that was free so it was easy for guests to park. -Good bar service. Guests enjoyed the open bar and had no complaints. -For the ceremony itself, it was set up so beautifully. The sashes on the chairs are nice. -Our guests loved the photobooth! It was a nice activity for our guests to do while waiting for food. -Shoutout to Levi and Kim, who really had our backs during the wedding. These two were the only people we felt cared about our wedding. Cons: -Our wedding rehearsal was set for 10:00am. The coordinator got there thirty minutes late. -Huge staff turnover. During every planning meeting and even the day of, I was meeting brand new people who I had to re-orient to our wedding plans. It was frustrating for us because we felt like details were lost in communication and we kept getting conflicting information from staff members. -We had to constantly tell staff to do certain things during our wedding. For example, we told them many times during our meetings that flowers had to be moved from the mantel (after the ceremony) to tables for dinner. Unfortunately, nobody did that so I needed to direct my groomsmen to do so. -Staff members were rude. When we asked a server for water, we saw him roll his eye and complain to another server about how he did not want to get us water. During our toasts, the staff were loud. One of my guests needed to tell them to quiet down so she could hear it. -Despite our details listed in our packets, certain things were mismatched or missing. The centerpieces were all off and none of the tables were set up exactly the same despite us going over it multiple times during planning meetings. Vases were different sizes, vases had no marbles, we were missing candles, etc. Some chairs were also missing satin sashes. -We bought a cake for 125 people. We only had 110 guests. Despite this, the staff somehow managed to run out of cake. We also told the staff members many times before that our family members had to get their cakes FIRST. And guess what? It was our family members who did not get cake. -The DJ was terrible. Even though we gave him a playlist of requests, he'd mess up frequently. For example, at 10:30 he would start playing our send-off song even though we had 15 minutes left. He also did not fade out the music during our ceremony as requested, thus making our ceremony music sound choppy. -No bathroom in the bridal suite. Not a big problem for me, but for brides who want utmost privacy, this can be a hinderance. Unfortunately, Monte Cristo Ballroom does not take criticism constructively, as evident in their responses here on Yelp and in person. When my husband and I tried to speak to them about this at the end of the night, the staff member became defensive and tried to blame us for some of the mistakes saying "oh it wasn't our fault" or "you didn't tell us". It became clear to us that they were not interested in listening to what we had to say.
This wedding venue is awesome, and the ballroom is beautiful. Our experience with the owner has been great, thank you for everything!
I think they are the only all inclusive wedding venue in Seattle so far, so that is nice that you do not have to worry about having to take care food, DJ and decor for the most part. They have a photobooth/bar area and it is a beautiful venue once dolled up. The owner is very nice and accommodating.
I don't know why all-inclusive wedding venues aren't more popular. We were already excited about the all-inclusive option before our tour, but seeing the gorgeous venue in person sealed the deal for us. MCB takes care of catering, alcohol, the DJ, lighting, decor, and the wedding morning brunch for both bridal parties. My husband and I are both busy (and, admittedly, a little lazy) people, so it was great to not have to worry about details that we didn't really care about, like linens and the aisle runner. You still get to pick everything, but it was nice to not have to deal with a ton of different vendors. The venue is seriously stunning. The buffet dinner was also great, and we had several people tell us that it was the best wedding food they've ever had. Despite being a frazzled, busy bride, I definitely ate plenty and everything was delicious. The area for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready in was spacious and very cute, it had plenty of mirrors and area for getting ready. We also had a day of butler who made sure that my fiance and I didn't need to stress over wedding day details. Parking in the area is not great, but it's in a quiet part of Everett so it wasn't a huge deal. It is also within a block of several hotels, as well as some bars for wedding guests who want to keep the party going after the wedding. One small complaint was that they hunt you down at the end of the night to fill out a survey. This was at the very end when we were a little drunk and trying to say goodbye to our wedding guests. I asked if we could do it the next day and they said no. Not a huge deal, but definitely a little irritating. We also never talked to the same person twice. We met with our day of coordinator the month before the wedding, but otherwise we didn't have a relationship with anyone there. We would meet with someone and then would email their general address to follow-up on something (they don't seem to have individual email address) and then a few days later someone else would respond. I sometimes had to send a second email to get a response, too. Oh, and despite being reassured that the DJ had all of the music on our list, we were told one hour before walking down the aisle that the DJ didn't have our processional song and he needed us to pick something out. This stressed me out, because it's the song we wanted to walk down the aisle to, AND I knew that the song was on spotify. The DJ said "I don't have spotify", so we told him to download it. It's a free and popular service, so I'm not sure why making the couple pick a new song right before the ceremony seemed like a better option than just finding the song. So I recommend requesting confirmation that the DJ has everything on your list. Overall, I would highly recommend this venue to others. Perfect option for those who don't need/want to plan every little detail.
We just had our wedding on December 12, 2016. We are High School Sweethearts and we celebrated our official 12th year together on 12/12 by getting married. It was amazing and very romantic! Loved the photo booth feature, food, venue, unlimited decorative vases, "get ready rooms", and staff! Their newest addition to their planners named LAUREN KAWASAKI was fantastic! She was very accommodating and flexible to our needs even when they were very last minute. We probably wouldn't have given the MCB 5 stars if Lauren didn't come into the picture as we had a previously negligent planner. It seems as if the Ballroom handled that issue immediately. We loved how Monte Cristo Ballroom is all inclusive. Due to unpredictable holiday weather, we didn't want our guests to have to move around too much. We had both our rehearsal, ceremony, and reception at the MCB. Lauren also managed to work with our schedule to open up MCB for rehearsal on a Sunday when they are typically closed. We had a large party so it was really important that all of our party was there to rehearse and everyone didn't fly in till a day or two before the wedding. We had also booked a hotel conveniently right across the street. I was one of the fortunate brides to have received a large credit for a wedding gown with the new Monte Cristo Bridal that opened down the street when I booked with them which relieved a lot of stress as well. They always checked up on us through phone calls or texts which was great as time flew by really quick. When Lauren heard that one of my bridesmaids had food allergies and planned on not eating at the event, Lauren tried to offer that their chef would cook a special plate for her. She ended up not having to as my bridesmaid had her allergies under control so she was able to eat all the awesome food! I was really touched that Lauren offered that special service and we knew that it was an option. Lauren is very smart and executes our visions flawlessly. I can describe what I had in mind once and she was able to repeat it with no problems with a large smile on her face. She is very observant not only during the planning process but also on the day of the wedding. She constantly checked up with me on the day of the wedding as well. I felt really comfortable knowing that Lauren was there as a guardian on our wedding day to make sure that everything went as smoothly as possible. She was so patient and kind. My guests and us had an AMAZING unforgettable day. Lauren is a valuable asset to the Monte Cristo Ballroom.-Thank You Snowy & Robert
I got married at Monte Cristo on 12/4/2016 and our wedding day went so smooth! I had so much fun on the day of my wedding, and I didn't feel stressed AT ALL. I booked Monte Cristo back in May, and after the fact I read some reviews and stories which made me a little regretful and nervous that we made a blinded decision. However, everything went so well and we got many compliments on how kind and respectful the staff was! I will note that during the first part of the process it was extremely difficult to communicate with Monte Cristo, and their general front desk staff. Our experience shifted once we got paired with Lauren (our day of coordinator), and she was very hands on in that final stretch before our wedding! We were able to transfer all of our details to her and not worry about anything. Lauren was very personable and made us feel like a priority. On the day of our wedding there were a couple details missed, and Lauren made sure everything was turned around and fixed right away. i would also say this venue is great for winter weddings, as we were able to do ALL of our photos indoors and not put any hope in the weather. Overall, if you are looking for a more low-maintenance wedding planning season and still want a gorgeous wedding then i would definitely recommend Monte Cristo!
We are just booking our wedding venue for February 2018 through the Monte Cristo Ballroom today!! WE LOVE IT. I have looked at every venue between here at Oregon and have just not been able to find what I was searching for. I saw the Monte Cristo Ballroom online and booked a tour which included a delicious tasting and a very thorough tour with Brea, who is truly the best. Brea answered all of our questions and is so good at her job that she was able to paint a picture in my head of the day of our wedding. They are all inclusive and the various things they handle and cover are worth every penny. The owner and the staff worked really hard with us to find a comfortable price within our budget and that accommodated all of our needs. And again, the food is awesome. The owner is a chef who you can see takes pride in his work and best part, you don't have to overly salt and pepper which is a wedding norm! The food truly was outstanding on it's own. We cannot wait to get married here and are really excited to work with the staff to create our big day!!
Let me say first that I have not had my wedding yet at the Monte Cristo Ballroom, but my fiancé and I have booked for an August wedding. I have had two friends choose the MCB for their wedding and have also attended a friends' wedding here. The venue itself is completely gorgeous with several different spacious and ornate rooms that are included in the rental. Fantastic for photos! My mother has been in the wedding industry for over 20 years and she has seen countless venues, yet she was so excited by the beautiful spaces here. I would trust her judgment over anyone's with her experience and eye for detail. My experience with the staff at the MCB while planning my wedding has been spectacular. Every staff person has been knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and genuine. I also love how available the venue and staff is with their great office hours. How many venues are open at convenient hours EVERY WEEK so that you can walk around, visualize, and plan with an experienced coordinator? I'm not sure that people realize how great it is that this venue is all-inclusive. As a busy working bride with a large family trying to plan a multi-cultural wedding, the fact that the MCB takes care of so many elements has been such a breath of fresh air! I've been able to relax knowing that I am in good hands and that so many pieces of my wedding are already taken care of. All in all, I'm so excited for our wedding here in August 2017.
The Monte Cristo Ballroom has been so wonderful! They’ve made the wedding planning process less stressful and more fun. When we started planning our wedding, it was overwhelming trying to sort through all the options for all of the different vendors we would need. I’ll admit, the all-inclusive aspect sounded too good to be true at first. But, feeling overwhelmed (and being a bit lazy), we decided to give it a shot and came in for the tour and tasting. The other venues we looked at didn’t have tastings, so we were already impressed. The food is amazing and knowing that before we booked was a huge plus. The venue is beautiful and classy and we loved that they have an actual space for the groom and groomsmen to change and hang out. What was really amazing was what all-inclusive means. By the time we booked, we had everything from a venue to our invitations to our wedding favors. All we had left to find was an officiant, flowers, a cake, and a photographer. And then it’s all about picking the fun details.
We have just recently booked this venue. It was the third venue we looked at and we booked the same night that we scheduled to tour it and get information. The staff member Browne was very knowledgeable and was good about mentioning all of the things that make this venue all inclusive. When we were touring the venue and listening to all of the information I really got the sense that I could enjoy my wedding day, because the butlers and staff members take on all of the responsibilities. This was very appealing to me to know that I would not have to worry about anything and that this venue will do anything to make sure our day is special. We were also served dinner which was really good. Brienne Told us that we could come anytime to work with the linens and other items to see what it would look like, as there are many options to choose from to decorate the venue. I have not been able to come in and do this so my review is based on the day that I came with my fiancé and family to tour this venue and eventually booked it the same night. It was overall a very good experience.