I am trying to plan a wedding for next June. Originally wanted an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception, but an now leaning more toward a ceremony and reception at the same venue. How common is this and how do I pull it off so that it is elegant?
- Guest asked 3 weeks
You’re in luck! There are so many gorgeous locations that offer both indoor and outdoor settings in one, so that you can have your ceremony in the garden area and then your cocktail party on their terrace and your reception indoors! Tour a bunch of locations that you discover here on WeddingMapper.com, and you’ll find yourselves at the one site that meets all of your needs. If you still need some extra guidance, it’s a great idea to hire a wedding coordinator to help you find the perfect location. Visit http://www.bridalassn.com to find candidates near you, and interview well to find the one who offers what you need in a partial or full package…whatever works best for you. Wedding coordinators know all of the locations in your area, including those that are amazing but don’t advertise [they’re doing quite well and are in demand, so they don’t need to!] A pro in the know can help you find them.
It’s very common now to have your ceremony and reception in one place, and guests enjoy not having to travel from one place to another. You also save on transportation costs since you don’t have to go anywhere else! Sites with great gardens and views are everywhere, and you’ll need to tour and ask lots of questions to find out what *they* do to make it elegant, plus what you’ll be allowed to bring in. Some sites, for instance, won’t let you put up a tent on their grounds, and they might have rules about decor hanging in their trees, etc. Chat well with the manager, and you’ll make it fabulous!
- Guest answered 3 weeks
We had our wedding on August 21, 2010 at the Red Lion Inn. We had 205 guests and had the rehearsal dinner the night before there as well. We basically took over the whole Inn for the full weekend. And let me tell you… IT WAS AWESOME.
The rehearsal dinner was in the Salon de Soleil and was about 60 total people. The food was fantastic and we had a great time.
The wedding itself could not have gone any smoother. We had our cocktail hour in the Salon (and also outdoors because the weather was perfect) and the reception in the Lions Hall. We also used “the Cave” for an afterhours party. When we originally booked the Red Lion Inn we were hesitant because of some of the earlier (and much older) reviews. Needless to say we worried over nothing. The wedding coordinator there, Elizabeth, is simply amazing. She had everything down to a science and really listened to us and was helpful during the whole process. Chef Ryan was amazing and the food was a very big hit (the braised short ribs are to die for)! The air conditioning worked great, the service was great and Elizabeth was there to see the day through and really helped to ensure a stress free and enjoyable night for us as well as all of our guests. The hall itself is amazing. Just a warm and rustic feeling and keeps everyone right in the action. We packed the dance floor the whole night.
I wouldn’t change a single thing about our wedding and the Red Lion Inn was everything we could have hoped for and more. I highly reccomend this place to anyone and everyone. Elizabeth and her team will make you feel right at home like she did with us!
Does anyone have any more recent reviews regarding the Red Lion Inn? We would love to have our wedding there based on our initial discussions with their team and upon seeing the facility. However, after reading most of the reviews we are definitely a bit scared. It does seem like they have a great coordinator in place now and I was just hoping for some more recent information on any recent weddings there.
I was married there last July and everything turned out great, although there were a couple of communication hiccups along the way.
Also- If any RLI brides would be willing to send links of their wedding reception pics to me, I would love to see wedding pictures from Lion’s Hall and be inspired!
I can send you her info but I don’t want to post her contact #’s here becuase it is her personal info. You can e-mail me at [email protected] and I will send you her numbers!
I would love info on your shuttle service- my RLI wedding is next fall, but i want to make sure i have transportation (as affordable as possible of course!) to an from the Holiday Inn… i have looked into a couple bus (think yellow school bus) services that hold up to 50 or so..
There have been a handful of negative reviews about this place, but I want to squash them all. I got married a couple weeks ago and it was AMAZING. Soooo many of our guests told us that it was the best wedding reception that they had ever been to. I mainly worked with Elaine and she was great about helping me prepare for the day. A few days before the wedding I met with Armando, who was going to be our wedding coordinator – he was a dream. We went through the exact way I wanted the room set up (it was in Lion’s Hall). He has an excellent eye for decorating and offered up even more great ideas 🙂 He was available for the entire length of the reception paying special attention to me and my husband, REALLY taking care of us. He orchestrated the service to a tea – MANY guests said how the waitstaff seemed invisible. The food was delicious – rave reviews! I really could not have been happier. Many of our guests went to the pub at the Red Lion after the reception and everyone was so accomodating. We had bar food brought out to the guests, which was delicious and Gerry, the owner, sat a chatted with some of our guests. We felt right at home 🙂 It was the ultimate New England fall wedding. My theme was simple elegance and the Red Lion helped make it all happen.
Our guests stayed at the Raddisson in Rockland (now The Holiday Inn). We shuttled guests to RLI and back at the end of the night. The rooms are reasonable and they were nice. Our shuttle was awesome – holds about 70 people…if you need the woman’s name who runs it – I can give it to you. For anyone else who needs a makeup/hair person Charlotte Phinney is amazing!!! She has a website and is reasonable – she airbrushes and is looks awesome – will come right to the RLI.
I met with Tara as well, and she gave us the menus that had the per plate pricing. She also mentioned in her tour that the pricing started at $80 per person. I am not sure what other prices she could have quoted. I found her tour very straight forward. I was sad when she left. I know it had to do with the owner- appartently he makes everyone’s life miserable!
I hope that you have a wonderful day!!! You will love The Red Lion…take it all in because it goes by soooo fast!
kfarrell95 – Congratulations! I’m so very happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience at the Red Lion. I’m only about 2 months away from my wedding at the Red Lion!! I can’t wait!
I had my wedding two weeks ago (October 17th) at The Red Lion Inn. Our day was amazing!! Elaine and Lynn the wedding coordinators were outstanding and made our wedding an unforgettable experience. The Red Lion Inn is a beautiful space – cozy, warm. Everything was magical – the food was outstanding, service amazing, the bridal suite is beautiful. I would recommend The Red Lion to everyone –
Oops sorry, I meant to post more info with the above post! Our wedding at the RLI in August was AMAZING! I would caution brides getting married there not to take all of these negative reviews online seriously. Many of them are written by brides and family members whose weddings haven’t even happened yet! True, the turnover in sales staff was frustrating for everyone, but rest assured that they will do everything in their power to make sure your wedding day goes perfectly. Case in point, Ron, the wedding coordinator, is fantastic. He was there all day and night for my wedding. Elaine, from SALES, was also there for the majority, taking pictures and running around helping wherever she could. To me, that says something. They want our weddings to be as perfect as we do! Please check out my complete review on Trip Advisor. I can not say enough about how perfect my wedding was!
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keith and Carrie
The Clarion is only 10 minutes away. They have a shuttle for guests and rooms are very nice. (better than cohasset harbor inn). YOu can also call local cab drivers and they will be available and do rounds all night/before/during/after event for guests.
If you get married at the Red Lion Inn plan on dealing with poor communication, excuses upon excuses from the sales team, and plan on things going wrong up until all of your vendors come in and set up.
If you rely on the red lion inn for getting anything right and for being honest with you then you will be upset with outcome. You must stay on top of them every step of the way and you must constantly reach out to them and question them on every detail and demand that they do things as they said they would. The owner and the sales team have no problem lying to you and your guests about anything and everything.
On a good note the operations team and the waitstaff at the event are a pleasure to deal with and are very attentive but the rest of the employees simply do not care about their customers, do not know how to follow instructions and act as if they are paying you to have your wedding at that facility. It is a shame that such a beautiful place is run and managed so poorly. There is no assistance or guarantee from them beyond the sales pitch – except for broken promises, misinformation, lies, and a generally very rude condescending attitude given to you. Don’t let their sales pitch and reassurances fool you into thinking your event will run smoothly. They never contact you if anything changes on their end. The Red Lion Inn never pro-actively contact their customers with questions or to let them know things have changed internally from the last time you spoke or met with them. They very rarely reply to your emails for phone calls and when they do they do not answer your questions. The owner may choose to close the restaurant at any time even if they promise you and assure you it will be open for your guests. When things dont work in the hotel instead of fixing them they come up with lies and excuses so they dont need to do work. We had to call the Clarion hotel concierge to find a breakfast place in the area because we got a blank stare from the woman at the front desk at the Red Lion Inn when we asked her if there was a place in the area we could eat breakfast. She then said she didnt know if there was a place that ten of us could eat, but didn’t even attempt to find out for us. At that point her lack of effort to find information for her guests did not surprise us. If you do get married here make sure you choose very reliable vendors, meet with the red lion inn staff and plan to follow up every step of the way up until the day of your wedding, and call them out on their lies and excuses until they make things right.
Nothing should ruin the day of your wedding and the red lion inn is a gorgeous and fun place to get married, but be very aware of what you will go through leading up to your wedding day and make sure you are willing to deal with the fact that they will be very disorganized, they will lie to you, they will screw up your information and invoice numerous times and you will have to correct them up until and through your wedding event. Your guests will have a great time, but unfortunately, if you do not stick up for yourself the Red Lion Inn will take your money, lie to your face, and not care at all.
The Clarion does have shuttle vans. They quoted me $100 each round trip and I think the vans held 13 adults and I bet they only have one or two vans. Since you need 60 rooms you might want to hire an outside shuttle service like a trolley or something. Sorry I’m not able to recommend anyone.
Remember that shuttle buses are always an option. I think the Clarion in Hull may have a deal on those.
The only options we were able to find were the RLI, the Cohasset Harbor Inn, the Clarion in Hull, and the hotels in Rockland (Comfort Inn, Radisson, and maybe one more). There are also some Bed & Breakfasts in the area but that’s about it, unfortunately.
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