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Barn, Historic Venue, Loft
Food + Catering, Rentals + Equipment
To say that this was a difficult venue would be an understatement. This venue caused so much unnecessary stress, specifically because of the owners/property managers/staff. First of all, they do not use email, which is an obstacle when you're trying to coordinate with multiple vendors and can't remember what was specifically said/ordered. Additionally, every idea that I had was met with ridicule by the owner. She made me feel as though my ideas were stupid, and she would try to push her own ideas on me. Also, beware of the amount of rules, specifically regarding rental times. I had to pay thousands of dollars extra just to allow for ample set-up time. I also had to pay extra to bring in another caterer, because the list she imposes is not inclusive enough. It was also difficult to get a hold of her (One month before our wedding she was on vacation for 2 weeks, with apparently no one filling in for her). Thank goodness for our wonderful caterer who stepped in and ended up communicating with her the most and ironing out the details with her. On the day of our wedding as we drove up to the barn, we were met by a staff member yelling at us, stating that we had to, "Move the car immediately!! It cannot sit here!!" We had literally JUST been dropped off from our car to our wedding reception, and that is how we were greeted?! Of course the car was going to move, but we hadn't even gotten out of the car before we were yelled at. Additionally, my bridesmaids saw staff members drinking alcohol while "working." And don't even think about asking to leave anything on site until the next morning for pick up, because you will get yelled at. Thank goodness the venue was beautiful and everything we hoped for. It was the perfect wedding, but that was due to my wonderful friends who helped set-up, and our amazing caterer who was not affiliated with the barn. The people working at the Conrad Botzum Farmstead are a disaster and really need to get their act together.
After seeing some of the reviews on here, we felt compelled to share with you about our wedding experience at Conrad Botzum Farmstead. From the first phone call with Maureen, we would not have changed anything about our experience. George and Maureen were beyond helpful; they made us feel as though we were their only clients, even though they are fully booked every weekend during wedding season. Maureen did a great job communicating with us (we both lived out of state), and had every detail planned out and organized after we discussed and decided on them. Their main means of communication is via phone, which made it much more personable, and you see how involved and caring Maureen is. Sometimes she would just call to check in and see how we were doing. This was the first wedding in both our families, and thanks to Maureen we can honestly say we never felt overwhelmed or stressed during the 6 months of planning. Our wedding planning was fun, exciting, and a great build up to our big day. We did see on some of the reviews people not totally satisfied with their experience, which seemed to be partially due to expenses. Maureen is very straight forward and blunt with this from the get go. She does not sugar coat it, and she makes sure you know exactly what you’re getting for what prices. Your rental fee covers the cost of the barn and only the barn. You then you go through a specific rental company for the chairs, tables, glassware ect for additional costs. However, Maureen goes over numbers of what you want and need and then she organizes the whole process with the rental company. Trust me, she has this down to a science, and knows what she is doing! She also suggests some caterers but in no means pushes them on you. This venue is a historic barn, in the middle of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park; it is a little slice of Heaven. However, it does take more planning and work to decorate than some other commercial venues, so you need to be prepared for this. George and Maureen clearly love what they do. Their goal is to make you have the most perfect day, one that you will never forget. All of our guests absolutely rave about the day, how beautiful, unique, and FUN it was. Many say it was the best wedding they’ve been to! We continue to keep in touch with George and Maureen, and owe them so much for helping provide us with the best first day as Mr. and Mrs., and we are forever grateful to them. We truly left our wedding day feeling as though George and Maureen are part of our family. If we could re-do our day, we would go nowhere other than Conrad Botzum Farmstead!
BEWARE: DO NOT USEReviewed on 8/26/2015 desiree r
They are so terrible to work with that we postponed the wedding and let them keep the deposit. They have tons of stupid rules, and are SUPER strict about them. They know nothing about technology(can't even email) and Nickle and dime you for every single small thing the possibly can. The "rules" are absolutely outrageous. You get a very strict 8 hours and can't split it up (ex: set up in the morning, since you have to set up yourself) and there was bat poop all over the ground when we went to see it. Maureen has a bad additude and they do not care about you as a person at all. Please believe me when I say they will make your day so much more work then it has to be!
Difficult VenueReviewed on 7/17/2014 Giovanna S
This venue proved to be very difficult. Although it was the most gorgeous venue and the day was perfect, all the planning leading up is difficult. The barn nickel and dimes you and do not tell you ahead of time the charges. In the end, they worked with me a little but it was so much of a headache. Be careful. Just know going into it that you will pay a lot for the little they provide and will get up-charged on everything.
Expect the unexpectedReviewed on 6/09/2014 HEATHER
The venue itself is wonderful and unique. Be prepared to answer questions before they are never asked. Be very forth coming will ALL plans and ALL thoughts you have. It will save you stress in the long run
Beautiful Venue and Loving StaffReviewed on 7/29/2013 Tessa S
The staff are genuinely loving and supportive of their couples. You cannot find a more beautiful venue for a rustic wedding...the barn and atmosphere is truly an oasis!
beautiful yet stressfulReviewed on 6/11/2013 Lexie H
it is hard to write anything bad about this place because it really is so very beautiful. my mom and my wedding planner really put the time in to details and perfection and that is what we got. honestly (and i can say this because i didn't do much of the planning) my wedding looked like it came right out of town and country. it was picture perfect. one thing to remember about this place is that it is someone's home. so as you can imagine if it was your home, you would want all of the stuff out of there the night of, you would want people gone by midnight, you would want to know everything that was happening, and you would have some non-negotiables. that is what this place is like. we had to bring EVERYTHING in. and you have to choose between 3 vendors for food. and you don't even have a choice on who brings your tables/linens, etc. but you have to pay for all of it. overall it was VERY STRESSFUL. like really really really really really stressful. the day before the wedding was terrible. but the wedding day was perfect. so if it is worth it to you to put WAYYYYYYYYY more time into this than you would have to put into a hotel or something than go for it. it will be as personal as you make it. also i will say that if you just want a bare bones gorgeous outdoor ceremony and barn reception than it probably won't be hard but we had 210 people, mason jars, trail mix bar, cupcakes, lemonade stand, old ford truck, old furniture vignettes, etc. so yeah, extremely stressful but worth it to me because it was exactly what I wanted my wedding to be and it was perfect and gorgeous and amazing.
Most Beautiful Wedding!Reviewed on 6/23/2012 Kristen K
I will never forget October 23, 2010 beacuse that is the day my husband and I were married at the most conceivably beautiful place around - The Conrad Botzum Farmstead! From the moment I saw the farm, I knew there was no other place I would want our wedding to be. My husband agreed and that was that; we began planning. Right from the start, the owners of the farm were a tremendous help. I see that other reviewers said that they could be pushy and disagreeable, but I must disagree with that. They love the farm so much and want nothing more than to share it with others and give every bride (and groom) a day they'll never forget. I can honestly say I felt like a special bride. Their close attention to detail and careful condsideration was extremely appreciated. I felt that they were very accomodating and polite. I truly appreciated their help as they know their farm and what works there. On their recommendation we had an excellent caterer (Moes is awesome!) and they got us a great deal on the rental of tables and chairs (and we checked around for pricing). The staff at the farm went above and beyond being helpful. Any time I left a message, it was returned and no questions went unanswered. It was in our contract to set up and clean up, yet the owners helped us. We were truly grateful for their kindness. Also, yes a husband and wife team do run this business and I must say they really should make more money for all the work they put in to this. If you were thinking of getting a wedding planner and a hall and everything else that goes in to putting a nice wedding together, you'd be paying much more than you are paying Botzum and it wouldn't be half as nice. They are so helpful, not for the money, but because they truly love what they do. And they're great at it. If we could do it all over again, we would! Our wedding was spectacular and even now our friends and family tell us it's the best wedding they've ever been to. Thank you to the Winkleman's and Botzum for giving us our dream wedding!
VenueReviewed on 11/18/2011 Joanna B
Our experience with Botzum Farmstead is mixed. The actual site is amazing, and we LOVED having our wedding and reception there. We received nothing but praise and love for the venue and appreciated its simplicity but rustic feel. The only negative, for us, was dealing with the owner/property manager. She was a hard person to get a hold of, ever, as well as when you actually did get a hold of her, she was pushy and tried to do what she wanted. Every time I suggested something that we wanted to do specifically, she would find a way to discourage me, and I, and my husband, found it and her very VERY hard to deal with. Other than that, it was fine.
Beautiful, but run poorly...Reviewed on 10/26/2011 Jackie S
Conrad is a gorgeous venue however I found it to be run very unprofessionally. The venue is run by a husband and wife team. The wife, who runs the business side of the venue, does not use email, so if you choose to use this venue keep a good record of EVERYTHING you discuss. Three weeks before the wedding she raised the prices of 'set up' and 'take down' that she had previously quoted to me months before. I had a record of what we discussed in detail and when I questioned her she was surprised that I thought it was unfair for her to raise the prices on me after we had already discussed them. Furthermore, the days before the wedding she called me multiple times mixing up the details of my wedding and confusing me with other brides. This was actually pretty stressful for us right before the wedding. The venue's staff at our event (that were supposed to be making sure our guests were safe) were drinking our alcohol, eating our food and standing around most of the night. One staff member was visibly drunk. Make sure to tell your bartender not to serve the staff. Also it was not in our contract that we were required to feed the staff, yet they had no problem eating an ample amount of our food. I had no problem with them eating, but even before our guests were served they were standing around with plates full of food...this is simply unnacceptable as they ate after the guests were served as well! If I knew we had to feed them 2and3 times I would have added that to our counts...There were other issues, but this is getting extremely long (sorry)! Basically it is just unfortunate that such a gorgeous venue is run so unprofessionally. In addition to this, just an FYI to brides, I was told that 160 people could comfortably fit inside the barn. We ended up with less than 140 and it was TIGHT. Also, even though they will tell you it is not an issue, consider buying LED lights for the path to the parking area because you cabnot see, and citronella candles for the bugs. Our wedding was beautiful, but we could have done without the headaches. There were no reviews of this venue when I was researching them, so I hope this will help future brides make an educated decision!