“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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Meaghan said... 5 Stars on The Knot and Wedding Wire:
Riverside Receptions is absolutely stunning in every way. We cannot say enough good things about this venue. While we viewed a few venues before this one and were debating our options, once we found and visited Riverside, it was an easy and immediate decision. It is truly a hidden gem, situated right along the river which flowed calmly in the background of our ceremony and reception. An outdoor waterfall which is absolutely beautiful. It is not noisy, you cannot hear the waterfall, and it was a gorgeous background of our ceremony. Plus, there is an additional waterfall in the reception hall. My partner and I both agree this venue was perfect, and our guests would not stop talking about how beautiful the venue is. The grounds are well maintained by the owners, John and Pat. Featured on the grounds include floral decorations and features such as two gazebos, one on the river and one further away covered in pink flowers. The outdoors are fogged in the early morning of the wedding day to keep mosquitos away. There was no chemical smell and there were no mosquitos. If it does rain on your wedding day, the venue has a plan for it. The pavilion where the reception takes place has clear plastic panels that roll down to keep the pavilion dry. You can have your wedding in the reception hall as well. John was our point person for questions. He was very responsive with all of our questions, and we had a lot of them during the 15 months of planning after we selected our venue. He was responsive to all of our vendors as well. I cannot emphasize enough how great this venue is. It is definitely worth it and I HIGHLY recommend you visit the venue if you are looking for a place for your wedding.

posted 08/11/2017 from The Knot
Absolutely beautiful venue! It was a dream come true! I had so many comments from guests saying it was the best wedding they have ever been to! Riding in on a magical float/raft was flawless. It truely is an unique venue and theres no place like it! I love that you drive through a small town, down a gravel road and bam, end up at breaktaking grounds. It was magical.
John was very respondent and has wonderful communication skills. I also was literally on the float and realized I forgot my veil at the cabin, John rushed back on his golfcart to recieve the veil and throw it to me just in time. 5 Star Review from The Knot on 8-1-2017; This venue was absolutely perfect! The grounds is absolutely gorgeous and throughout the whole night and the day after, family and friends kept coming up to me and telling me how perfect and beautifully kept the venue was. I had both the ceremony and reception there and easily/comfortably held the 230 guests that came to my wedding. We conveniently added on a tent/canopy to the side of the pavilion, and I loved it since it allowed for more seating and additional shaded area. The owners were flexible and accommodating to everything. I was able to choose my own caterer, DJ, and beverages, so Riverside Receptions really allowed me to personalize things. I wanted to have the ceremony take place under the shaded tree area and they easily made that happen. It was also SO convenient to have the staff there set up and clean up everything, and all we had to worry about was packing up our decorations/centerpieces at the end of the night. I honestly could not have asked for a better place to have my wedding. I highly recommend Riverside Receptions, especially if you are looking for a beautiful, outdoor location. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

5 Star Review from The Knot; This venue is beyond gorgeous! Our families and my now husband drove 3-4 hours to celebrate our marriage there and it was well worth every mile of the drive! John and his staff take pristine care of their grounds and all the little touches are just perfect. All of our guests raved about it and said it was by far the most beautiful venue they've ever been to!

Dream wedding come true! posted 10/25/2012

Riverside Receptions is the most amazing place to get married! I had both my wedding ceremony and reception here. The grounds here are so beautiful, I barely had to decorate. There are fresh flowers everywhere, two gorgeous waterfalls, the river on two sides, and a large, well decorated pavilion. It was also nice that the bridal party dressing area is air conditioned during summer! My pictures turned out great too, and the scenery made a huge impact.
Most importantly, John and Pat (the owners) are fantastic people to work with. They were very professional, but also friendly and accommodating. They are easy to talk to and they made me feel at ease before and during my wedding day. There is nothing better for a bride than being able to get ready for her wedding and not having to worry about anything except but the vows.
I would recommend Riverside Receptions to anyone who wants a beautiful outdoor wedding. I can't think of anything I would have changed.

Michelle said...
We owe all the success of our wedding to John, Pat and Riverside Receptions. The venue itself is nothing short of beautiful...we got married in early October as the leaves were changing, and our photographer and videographer couldn't stop talking about how perfect the lighting and trees looked. John is incredibly flexible and responsive. He was laid back enough to let us do pretty much whatever we wanted, and because of that, we got to put together the venue exactly how we envisioned it. All of our vendors (caterer, DJ, etc.) raved about how great it was to work at Riverside, and the whole night went off without a hitch. The guests we talked to said it was one of the prettiest, most accessible, and most fun weddings they'd ever been to. The whole night was a success, and we can't thank John, Pat and Riverside enough.

Jared Sweet

I could not have imagined a better place to have our wedding! Book this place immediately.

Deborah Johnson

Riverside Reception has one of the most beautiful reception sites that I have ever seen. Our daughter was married their August 31, 2013 and the day was perfect. The landscaping is breathtaking, flowers are beautiful and it is all tucked in around a beautiful stream. The pavilion is clean, tastefully decorated and has excellent ventilation and fans to keep everything cool and pleasant. The owners are amazing, helpful and not intrusive. They did their jobs of being there whenever they were needed and yet never seemed to be on top of anyone. They were friendly and we lacked for nothing. I would recommend Riverside Receptions to anyone. Thank you again for a very special day for out daughter.

Riverside Receptions is a beautiful outdoor venue. Our guests would not stop talking about this diamond in the rough. John was there every step of the way accommodating all of our needs. We loved getting a "sneak peek" of our wedding through facebook (the day after the event) and a video he sent by mail. John also went trash digging for us (as he did for the other review I read) for a few misplaced items. He found the six pence that was glued to my shoe on the grounds a few days after the event and mailed it to us. These are just a few examples of many how he went out of his way to make our day so memorable. We will be referring this venue to our friends and family. Thanks Riverside!!!

TajulHartini - July 4th, 2010. The BEST venue for a one-of-a-kind outdoor wedding in Michigan! John and his staff are very professional, supportive, courteous and friendly, making the wedding planning and execution a breeze. All in one - Wonderful & serene grounds, river, koi ponds, beautiful flowers, gazebo, large open hall with screens for bad weather, catering kitchen, outdoor grill, restrooms, dressing room, large parking area - they have thought it all. The best part is that the whole event looked effortlessly natural and supreme with minimal decorations. It has a fresh, ZEN-like atmosphere that truly compliments the binding love between two hearts and the bond between families and friends. Just the way we like it. You just have to see and experience it yourself. Highly recommended! Thank you, Riverside Receptions, Etc!

Staff was friendly and accommodating. The grounds were absolutely beautiful and well taken care of!
The owners of Riverside Receptions went above and beyond the call of duty. Their grounds are flawless and breathtaking. When our caterer accidentally threw away a component of our cakes that we had a deposit on, John dug through the trash and found it for us without being asked! They are extremely professional and friendly. They made our wedding reception absolutely amazing.
Cassie Payne
My cousin got married at Riverside receptions when I was about 17 and after attending their wedding I knew that was the place I wanted to get married. If you are looking for a beautiful outdoor venue with the convienence of having the reception place at the same location as the ceremony then definitely look into Riverside receptions. The owners are very friendly and responsive and willing to work with you to give you exactly what you want. It is gorgeous for pictures and the air conditioned bathrooms and dressing room were very nice. All of my guests talked about how beautiful the grounds were. It is also nice that they have the option of heat during the reception if you have your wedding on a colder day. I am very happy I chose Riverside receptions. Thank you for being a part of my special day!!  

Private User said... 

Riverside is a wonderful place to hold a wedding! Every interaction and planning process was accommodating and professional. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and many of our guests commented that it was the most beautiful wedding venue they had been to!

My wife and I were intent on having a unique wedding. We wanted something outdoorsy, and within a 200 mile radius of Detroit. We were also intent on finding a venue that would let us do things the way we wanted. So often, you see that the best venues make you use their caterer, place restrictions on how long the bar can be open, etc, and we wanted to avoid that to make sure we could throw the best party possible. We scoured the internet, and found virtually no options that met these criteria.

When we came upon RR's website, we were obviously impressed by the pictures. However, we always assume that pictures are deceiving. So, when we visited the venue for the first time, we were astounded. Seriously, this is the most beautiful place you can imagine. The precision and care that went into the design of RR is mind blowing. Every detail is perfect - it's like Disney.

John, the owner, was absolutely wonderful to work with. He let us do whatever we wanted, and provided tons of support in terms of pulling everything together. We had our set up at 10am, started the cocktail hour at 3pm, and didn't have to be out of the venue until midnight. How often can you find a wedding venue where the party is 9 hours long? And, since we were allowed to bring in our own bar and our own caterer, we were able to save thousands when compared to other venues. I've read other reviews online saying that RR is expensive. These reviewers are *insane*. You couldn't possibly find a venue as beautiful as this and spend less money. In the end, the comments from the guests ranged from "How the hell did you find this place?" to "This can't be real". Our goal was to wow people, and RR made that possible.

Moral of the story: For us, having our wedding at Riverside Receptions was the best decision we've ever made. Just visit the venue, and you'll understand why.

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