Wild Rose offers private parking for up to 80 cars, 10 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, a flat ceremony site with a beautiful wedding arch, seating for up to 125, many lovely photo sites, outdoor music speakers and PA system, indoor and outdoor restroom facilities, buffet tables, beverage ba
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Wild Rose is an absolutely stunning wedding & reception venue. However, Debi and Gene definitely leave something to be desired.
My first communication with Debi and Gene was through email. My biggest questions about venues, besides costs were alcohol rules. Debi emailed me back about the alcohol & all she said was "We do allow beer, wine and champagne. A signature cocktail is allowed but only one drink per person. You are required to have a licensed bartender and also you will need a banquet permit." (a direct quote from the emails I've saved). She didn't happen to mention that they make you pay a $200 fee for having alcohol, insure the venue for $1,000,000 AND pay a $500 damage deposit until AFTER we paid in full.
When we first went to view the place they seemed really nice & helpful. We were planning a very quick wedding (2.5 month engagement), so we had to pay for the venue in it's entirety instead of paying just a deposit, which was fine. Most places would've required that. However, they did not have a contract available for us to look at while we were there. That was a HUGE mistake on our part to just hand over the money without looking over a contract first. We figured things would be pretty standard & that they had told us everything we needed to know first, but we were very wrong. They didn't get a contract to me until a week & a half to two weeks after we paid them, which is kinda ridiculous because they send the contract through email. I figured it would take at least a few days, because they had told me that Gene's dad was very ill. But after about a week & a half, I finally emailed them to ask if they were ever going to send me one. Then when we got the contract there were all these things they failed to mention in there. For instance, they had told us since we wanted to have a keg, we would have to have venue insurance, but they failed to mention that we would have to also pay a $500 damage deposit as well. What is the point in the insurance then?! Debi also kept saying over & over in emails that hard alcohol was not allowed, but then every once in awhile would say that a signature drink was. Make up your freaking mind!
Now, fast forward to the wedding day...From the very beginning, we told them we were going to have a keg. We paid the $200 fee they required to have alcohol, paid the venue insurance & paid the $500 damage deposit...all just to have a keg! Anyways, 2wks before the wedding, Debi sent me a checklist for what we needed for our wedding day. NO WHERE on the list or in the email did it say ANYTHING on that list cost more to have. I assumed that everything on the list came with the $2100 we already paid since it didn't specify prices or anything & she never emailed back after I sent her the list saying we owed extra money. So, as I am getting ready, Gene comes up & asks for $50 for the kegerator. I told him no one ever said the kegerator was extra. He told me it was in the contract. I told him it most certainly was not, because I went over that contract with a fine tooth comb (and I've even gone back through it after the wedding & it is not there!) & he needed to speak to my mother. So, him & my mother got into it pretty good because she had had enough of all this stuff being added in after the fact. He threatened to shut the wedding down until she threatened to sue him. Needless to say, he agreed to give us the kegerator for free. BUT then a few months after the wedding, my husband finally admits to me that Gene came to him, after the argument with my mother, & squeezed the money out of him!!! SLEAZY!!!
I had told them to set up for 120 guests. Originally, we had talked about 80 guests, but she told us when we reserved the venue that we could change that up to 2 weeks before the wedding. So, I told her as soon as the guest list got bigger that we were going to have to pay the extra $200 for more guests because we had about 120 people RSVP'd. They set up chairs in the ceremony area for 102. So, there were guests standing in the back!
The only thing good I have to say about them is Debi always answered my emails pretty quickly. The wedding was beautiful, but there was alot of undue stress surrounding it because of the wishy-washiness of Debi and Gene's business practices. My parents were upset the whole way through the planning process because they kept feeling like things were being added in after the fact and they were being scammed and that mostly got taken out on me, until the day of the wedding. So, honestly, take your business elsewhere. By the way, they manage the Marysville Opera House too, so stay clear from there too.
*** I posted the above review on WeddingWire shortly after my wedding (3yrs ago) & now Gene & Debi are trying to get it removed by saying I never had my wedding there. The joke is on them, since I was able to provide WeddingWire with a copy of my SIGNED contract, but now I am mad & want everyone to know how SLEAZY and UNPROFESSIONAL they are!!! ***
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I tried not to let the day be ruined by Debi & Gene's antics, but it wasn't easy. My wedding party and a few of my guests were very uncomfortable as they witnessed the fiasco with them demanding more money that they did not deserve, making me very upset right before I was to walk down the aisle. Plus, they were very "up in everyone's business" the whole reception thinking people were trying to sneak hard alcohol in when we made sure everyone had enough to drink with the keg and wine. Plus, all my guests knew hard alcohol was strictly forbidden.