William-Payne House (Heritage at
Pros: Really unique venue (public park, historic house), we'd get married basically standing on THE Sandy Spring (that gave the town its name), charming creek near guest seating, great gazebo
Cons: Didn't have full use of the house, would have to hire outside vendors for everything, space was narrow, dinner and dancing were disconnected, just didn't feel like "us"
Primrose Cottage: http://www.primrosecottage.com/
Incredibly nice staff! Beautiful grounds, you can tell the house and grounds are always immaculately maintained, great local location, cozy brick-walled basement, beautiful ballroom
Cons: Honestly, I really liked this place, it was just a bit "Southern", and that's not the feel we wanted. Also, the entrance/walk down the aisle was sort of strange, but it's hard to explain! :)
The Grande at Kennesaw: http://www.grandeevent.com/
Hollycrest Hall: http://www.hollycresthall.com/index.htm
Pros: Liked the flow of the rooms, nice wallpaper, and, um...
Cons: Laminate "hardwood" floors, altar overlooked a chain-linked enclosed backyard (though, yes, I'm sure the foliage fills in after winter...), just had a "cheap" feel, and, again, "Southern", which we didn't want.
Pros: Close to my house, neat separate bar, neat sitting room, big back patio
Cons: Very close to a major road- lots of road noise and you could see the traffic through some windows, just felt "cheap"
These are just our impressions, and are not meant to offend! I just know how hard it was to look up reviews of venues, etc. and I wanted to give other brides my take. And please note, absolutely everyone at each venue was very nice and gave us their full time and attention.
So, when all is said and done, we simply had to go with...TBA See the choices here: Venue #1, Venue #2, Venue #3. Stay tuned for the big reveal!