Wedding Reviews

Why should you choose Riverside Receptions Etc. for your wedding/reception?

“That’s a fair question, and one you should definitely ask, before deciding. Rather than tell you about our experience and professionalism, we’d rather let our couples, people just like you, tell you their experiences having us for their weddings:” This page contains a few of the great reviews Riverside Receptions Etc. has received from past clients. For many more check out our Wedding Wire page The Knot, and page.

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Joseph said ....

Amazing venue and amazing people.

This review is a little late as we had our wedding here in September 2019 but we still wanted to get our review out. We couldn't have picked a better spot to have our wedding and every single detail about the day was absolutely perfect. John and Pat made sure that everything we needed, we had and every question we had, was answered. If you are able to find a day to book and have your wedding here you will never regret it and will be very lucky to have this place be the place to spend your important day. Everything from setup in the morning to flow of the wedding and then cleanup at the end of the night was made so easy by John and his staff and helped made it a night we'll never forget. We are forever thankful for them for allowing us to spend our day there and if you get the opportunity please book with them!

Becca said...

John and Pat were amazing to work with! After looking at 4 other venues, I feel that we got the best bang for our buck with choosing Riverside! Everything was very fairly priced but still had an elegant look to the whole venue! Very prompt with responding to any questions and always included plenty of insight on how people have done things in the past. The day of our wedding, there was 100% chance of rain. John knew that my husband and I really wanted to get married by the river so he was constantly checking the radar to make it happen! His team was outside setting up and tearing down in a very timely manner. We received so many compliments from our guests on how beautiful the venue was, and I couldn't agree more!

Breana said...

Riverside Receptions was absolutely breathtaking. From the moment you step on the grounds, you are in complete awe! My wedding day was nothing less than perfect - guest approached me all night saying it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to! John and Pat did an amazing job from start to finish. From making sure the venue was spotless to spraying for bugs the night before, they did a great job! Would recommend Riverside Receptions over and over again!

Meredith Stepien , married on 08/10/2019 5.0 Most beautiful fairytale forest land!

This venue is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. We wanted our wedding to have an aesthetic of Bilbo's 111th Birthday mixed with Jane Austen mixed with Mamma Mia. And this place was PERFECT. Getting married there in the summer was so magical- the light was glimmering through the trees and reflecting off the river for our ceremony and people's minds were blown. It's amazing because you have the whole place to yourself and can choose to get married by the river, up in the pavilion, or over by a waterfall... but your guests can then walk around and enjoy all of them! Seriously our guests said that when they first walked around the corner and the grounds were revealed to them, they took their breath away. The nature surrounding the area is beautifully curated, but still natural. It doesn't look like a golf course or a perfectly manicured lawn. The river and the trees are wildly beautiful. Not only that, but all of the other checkpoints we were looking for were met- we could bring in our own vendors, we could house 250+ guests, they provided all the tables and chairs and bar, and their indoor pavilion option was still open to the beautiful nature surrounding it, so that if it rained we weren't locked inside somewhere. This place was totally affordable and allowed us to have a big wedding in an affordable way. We didn't have any flowers or decorations other than simple centerpieces, and we didn't need them at all because you're literally surrounded by natural decor. For the ceremony itself we just used the gazebo by the river and had no extra decor down there, and once again it was totally fine because the landscape itself is more than enough.

John is a super nice Pure Michigan man who will respond to your emails immediately. Who could ask for more?? Also, on the day, I noticed him driving our elderly guests around on his golf cart- which wasn't even something I asked him to do, but he just saw that they needed it and stepped in! He also offers several options for beautiful lighting, tables, and chairs. Based on what your priorities are as a couple, he can help give you exactly what you're looking for.

We live in Chicago and it's about 2.5 hours from the venue. This was no biggie for our guests! They all stayed in either Three Rivers or Sturgis. If you go to visit this place, be aware that you're going to drive through some pretty basic Michigan farm land, and you might be thinking "Where is this place?" When you arrive, you'll park in what seems like a simple corn field. But then- when you walk around that pavilion and down the stairs overlooking the grounds, your mind will be blown. It's literally a fairytale forest. It's unreal. It sounds like I'm over-exaggerating but I'm very serious. Everyone should get married here!!!!!!

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Madhura Sundararajan , married on 05/26/2019 5.0 Absolutely STUNNING Venue!

This venue is a dream. My husband and I had a very complicated wedding, The whole day had so many moving parts and so much back and forth. John was by far the most responsive person I worked with for this wedding and he did his absolute best to accommodate all of our needs and wants. Even after I mentioned that I wanted bistro lighting and wooden bars he made it happen for me. I am so, so appreciative of him and this gorgeous, magical space. The wedding was just a fairytale and our guests were in awe. The feedback we got most often was that it was the best wedding our guests had ever been to. We didn't have much of a problem with insects. It rained in the morning but we were able to sort it out relatively quickly and have a ceremony in the hall. The whole day was just absolutely stunning thanks to John. We HIGHLY recommend this space. It is a place that made our day so extremely special and we will cherish every bit of it for the rest of our lives.