I am not sure about the Red Lion in, but I had my wedding reception at the Atlantica last summer and it was magical. If they are not getting back to you it is not a good sign.
Alot of places just arent good with email, but it does make me nervous. I guess I should just call what would be early morning for me- its hard planning from work in a different time zone!
Atlantica looks beautiful, but I really love the different look/feel of the Red Lions materials and space. Its much more me.
We attended an event at the Red Lion a couple of weeks ago. The space is beautiful, like a large barn with a loft all around. The food was really delicious, expecially for such a large group. The owner is difficult, but he has staff people who should get back to you. Perhaps if you mentioned a date in a message, they are already booked for then. They are booking into 2009 already! Keep trying! It's worth it. If they are booked, there is also the Barker Tavern in Scituate. It's near the water and in an old building, with excellent food.
Thanks! I didnt mention a date, but I read a few reviews that people had trouble with the events person there, but I love the space more than anywhere else Ive seen. We are flexible on the date, so hopefully that will work to my advantage. When you were there were you allowed to flow out to the pool area?
I went to a wedding and post-wedding brunch the following day at the RLI. Both were completely disorganized and service was absolutely horrible. Dinner was so late that there was hardly any time for dancing afterwards. One person at our table received his dinner a full 10 minutes before anyone else. Champagne was poured two hours before the speeches so it was flat by the time toasts were made. Water was only refilled once the entire night. Cake was served 10 minutes before the party ended so most people didn't eat it. Many guests found the steak too rare to eat. The brunch the next day was even worse. They ran out of food, plates and coffee. Cream served with coffee was spoiled and curdled! Waitstaff didn't seem concerned with replacing any of these items other than the spoiled cream, even after numerous complaints. Both events were horribly mishandled. I have never been to events so poorly run.
I got married at the Red Lion Inn and it was a total nightmare from start to finish. In 8 months there were 3 different event planners. The night of the wedding the event planner was no where to be found. They threw away my cake at the end of the night, so I don't have cake in the freezer for my first anniversary. Worst part of the night - they ran out of food!!!!! For the price people should have had 3 helpings; instead some of the guest didn't get served until 3 hours into the event. I work in the restaurant business and heard a lot of bad things about this place, but I got roped in by how gorgeous the place is. DON'T let this happen to you.
Anyone getting married at the red lion? I have been planning my wedding there for a year, and have gone through 3 event coordinators. They keep leaving, and there is no sense of coordination, obviously. I am seriously re-thinking this venue. I'm sure I'm not the only one. I would like to hear other RLI brides thoughts if your out there :) And for those of you who are thinking of getting married there, I HIGHLY recommend hiring your own personal wedding coordinator, if you can. Or get everything in writing!
The night of our wedding I saw my third event planner running into the building; but when we went to complain that half our guests did not have food to eat, she had mysteriously disappeared. The place wasn't even set up when our guests got there, and the bar hadn't been stocked yet. Everyone who gets married at the Barker Tavern raves about the place and it is only a few miles away - actually Barker is closer to the ocean as well. We had our guests stay at the Clarion on Nantasket Beach because the RLI was so expensive, and it was BEAUTIFUL. We had the rehearsal dinner there and they were much more professional and accomodating than the RLI. We had a blast at our wedding because we had an open bar and a great dj, but everything that was expected of the inn was such a let down. I felt so bad for my dad because he wrote the checks and he didn't even get to eat until the night was almost over. A quote from a guest: "Wow, it seems like the RLI just found out about this wedding yesterday!" I think that pretty much sums it up.
Ive been hearing that food and timing isnt the RLIs strong point and we are now looking more towards the Cape. The Barker Tavern is way too boring for me. Nice, yes, exciting? No. The space at the Red Lion is their biggest selling point. Its incredible, its too bad that so many people are having bad experiences.
Yeah, I was not impressed w/their food in the pub, so I asked for a tasting. It was horrible! You think they would have tried to impress. Anyway I then received a call from the new event coordinator at that time, who is now gone, and she arranged for a re-do. The second time around was amazing. While she was there she did many great things, I am not sure why people keep leaving. Maybe its just so disorganized and a high stress place to work at. Anyway, I also searched down the Cape. Some places were a lot of $ which brought me back to the souoth shore. But I recommend checking out: Wequesset Inn, Chatham Bars Inn, Coonamesset Inn, and Ocean Edge Resort. The Wequesset and Chatham Bars are only 1-2 miles from eachother. Wequesset was my favorite, then I found out $300/plate! Also check out Atlantica right around the corner from RLI if you have not done so already. Good luck in your search :)
Thanks for the suggestions. Wequassett is #1 right now. My parents love it and while its a little less dramatic on the interior than the RLI, it has the ocean right there which will wow my out of town guests. The price seems high, but I thought about renting a house and paying for all the little things like linens, place settings, it adds up and wouldnt be any cheaper. I might as well have someone to do all the work for me for the price! I didnt enjoy the meeting I had with the event coordinator at Chatham Bars. He was too forward, too competitive, and just seemed skeezy. I also felt Chatham Bars, while beautiful, was a little too Disney resort for me. I did like the look of Atlantica, but my mother thought it smelled fish-y. (Duh its a seafood restaurant.) I wanted to have a budget friendly wedding to see if it could be done, but Id have to compromise all my design ideas to keep it under the average $30K. Disappointing, but its my one big day and I dont want to look back and think I missed out just to test the system.
It's really too bad to hear all the stories about RLI. Not surprising, though. I hear the owner is a bear to work for. Hopefully the word is getting back to him that it's hurting his business. That's all he cares about.
Atlantica has a really nice view, though, and doesn't smell fishy to me. Not as dramatic as RLI but they do great events. I know someone who had their wedding there.
Too bad there are so many problems with RLI. Doesn't surprise me, though. I hear the owner is a bear to work for. Hopefully the word is getting back to him. You should let him know that the lack of continuity is hurting his business. That's all he cares about.
Atlantica has a really nice view and does great events. I don't think it smells fishy at all. It is right on the harbor, where lobstermen bring in their catch. Not as dramatic as RLI but without the hassles. That's worth alot!
I think thats a great idea about showing the owner these posts. He probably will not take it as seriously as he should, but you never know. and eeb228...I'm certain your wedding will be amazing at the Wequassett! My parents loved it there as well. They said I could have it there, but I just had to cut my list from 180 to 30 guests, haha! At that point I figured a destination wedding would be more to my liking. Anyway, the staff there were on top of their game and that view is made for a postcard. I got chills when I walked down to where the outdoor ceremony takes place. Great choice, you can't go wrong, well worth it :)
My experience as a bride at the Red Lion Inn was just as bad if not worse than all of yours. The food came out incredibly late, was ill-prepared, they were totally disorganized from the start, the people are soooo difficult to work with. Go somewhere else!!!!!! The space is beautiful but the aggravation is definitely not worth it. They are simply unprofessional, from the top down. And if you are still committed make sure you get everything, every little detail and promise, in writing.
So I spoke w/RLI and they are assuring me everything will be great, we'll see. Thanks for the input! I am definetly going to get all the details in writing before our wedding. I am sorry that happened at your wedding...were u able to get any refunds for this inconvience?
kk25 - when is your wedding? I'm getting married there in July. It seems like lately there have been a rash of negative comments about RLI on boards like this one - so I'm getting worried.
We got everything in writing at least, but they have definitely been a bit disorganized about a few things so far. Our coordinator, Elaine, seemed pretty good but now she's left.
Let us know how things go for you. I'll do the same.
Well, here's an update on our situation. Our coordinator left the RLI a while back and we were never given a new coordinator until the last couple weeks. My fiance went in today to see what was going on and to give our final number, which is 133. They told us we missed the deadline by 3 days to give the final number, so they're charging us for 165. Unbelieveable. With the ridiculous amount of money they are charging us they now need to nickel and dime us for this? I realize we should have caught it, but still. They couldn't even call to let us know the deadline was coming up?
I thought RLI had a food minimum, why are they charging per person? I get why they need a number, but when I was talking to Tara, the coordinator who gave me my tour, she never gave me any per plate numbers. In fact, it was hard to get numbers from her at all, but when I did they definitely were not broken down by the guest list.
At the very least you know that the space will really wow your guests. The pool area is super cute and the Lions Hall is so dramatic. Your pictures will be gorgeous.
Not sure I understand. Ours is per plate, but there's also a minimum, which we've exceeded. You and I probably have different packages. Anyway, I looked at the contract after I got home and they don't have a leg to stand on. Hopefully they'll reconsider.
djh...email me if you wish
My husband and I had our wedding at the Old Yarmouth Inn last summer and it was the best decision we made. It's charming and the food is SUPERB!
Their "classic" wedding plate dinner menu begins at $50 dollars per person and includes a standing display of domestic and imported cheese with fresh fruit, vegetable crudités with herb dip, and hot artichoke dip with sesame bread sticks and assorted crackers for the cocktail hour. This is followed by a first course of salad, pasta or chowder. It says to choose THREE dinner options, but when we did the owner convinced us that we should also have a chicken and a vegetarian option. So, in the end they gave us FIVE, yes FIVE, dinner options for our guests...filet mignon, crab stuffed sole, duck with a cherry sauce, parmesan encrusted chicken, and a great veggie pasta option. It also includes coffee/tea service and complementary cake service. In addition, we added some passed hors d'oeuvres and dessert buffet. We had an open bar all night and I believe for our 89 guests the entire reception bill was about $12K (we were paying last year’s dinner price which was $45 pp). Arpad and Sheila are fantastic, professional owners and I would HIGHLY recommend the location for the price. They could charge a whole lot more and it would still be totally worth it! The guests could not stop talking about the food. Below is the website:
In addition, the Yarmouth New Church, which is a historical building within walking distance, is available to rent for weddings for $500. They have a beautiful organ and it can seat up to 200 or 250 guests (can't remember exactly). Our guests were able to attend our whole wedding without driving all about. There is a town green right across from the church for pre-wedding photos as well as a small bridge, old wagon, and small chapel in the back of the Inn that make great backdrops for pictures of the couple.
It was the PERFECT day and everyone we worked with was spectacular—a true Cape gem at way more reasonable prices!
My sister recently got married at the Red Lion and has a meeting to complain about the long list of issues with her wedding a reception. It is a beautiful place, but not worth spending TWICE as much per person as we did and getting lousy service. She will still remember it was a great day, but she did not deserve the hassle. They worked with FIVE different event planners there and the only one who was any good was the first...who is not longer there. I would definitely NOT recommend it to others for the price you are paying...make sure you are working with someone who you have a good relationship with. The exception may be if you can afford to hire a wedding planner who can deal with the place and shelter you...that may work, but they are not good when it comes to working directly with the bride and groom and family members. Some the of the guests who arrived early actually overheard the event manager bad mouthing all of us to other staff saying how high maintenance we were and how she could not wait for the day to be over! In my book, as someone who has planned many events, this is entirely unacceptable no matter what the situation. We were not high maintenance; we just expected a high level of service given the expensive establishment. Very unprofessional, not worth the headache!
Can you give me some idea of what the issues were with the reception?
My sister posted about her wedding at The Old Yarmouth Inn and mentioned that I got married at The Red Lion one month ago today (5/18/08). I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH-GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. The staff at the Red Lion is incompetent and will ruin the experience for you. They threw our cake topper away, served us the WRONG fish course the day of the wedding, and as she mentioned the coordinator for our wedding Tara-who was useless-bad mouthed my friends and family the day of our wedding. She also accused our guests of stealing as her staff either lost or stole themselves the baskets we had in the bathroom (with all the products in them) as well as a large, expensive basket with all the extra programs we had (we had to get a program from one of our guests so that we could keep one). They also either lost or someone stole MANY hurricane lamps and candles that we used for decoration. NONE of this was returned and she accused our guests of stealing them because she refused to take responsibility for not doing her job the night of the wedding. Perhaps worst of all, we are still dealing with all of this a month after our wedding. We called Tara the minute we got home from our honeymoon to settle many issues in late MAY and were just able to set up an appointment yesterday (5/17) almost a month to the day after our wedding. And, this was because I refused to give up and kept calling. We found out yesterday Tara was no longer there, so now we have to explain our story to a 6th person this weekend. The space is beautiful, but it is simply NOT worth it. If you want to enjoy the wedding planning process, enjoy your day (I was VERY aware of the huge mistakes the day of my wedding) and not have to deal with the fallout after your wedding and honeymoon-find someplace else. As long as these people get your money-THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE. And they'll make you very aware of that from day one. I fell in love with The Red Lion immediately as I'm sure many of you have. I only wish I saw some of these posts before we booked it because it would have saved myself, my husband, and our families a lot of headaches.
Be cautious of EVERYTHING they say. I had 5 wedding planners "promise" me that I had nothing to worry about and that my day would be perfect. My day was far from perfect (and I expected mistakes to be made), and you can't trust the people that work there to follow through on ANYTHING. They are very experienced at talking you out of freaking out-but then quick to be the reasons for those freak outs.
Wow, thanks so much for the suggestions! I'll be checking into the church and the inn. We have a list of 120 right now, do you think that number would be overwhelming? Your wedding sounds great!
120 would be perfect for the Old Yarmouth Inn. I believe their main dining room seats about 110-120, plus they have the pub area and an additional smaller room (which are all connected by the foyer area) that can be seated if needed for dinner. We booked the place before they did a $500K renovation in spring 2007, but then got the benefit of the expanded space, which doubled the size of the bar area and put in a dance floor.
The owner, Arpad, is really professional...he knows he has a good thing going there...at first I thought he might be a little arrogant, but quickly realized he just knows he has a great business. So don't be put off by that initially. He is a really down to earth person as is his wife. They could fill the restaurant every night, so they don't really need to do weddings. I think that's why they charge less...he is just as happy having it open for dinner instead.
If you want a reception that looks like a banquet hall with everything happening in one self contained room all night...this is NOT the place. But if you are looking for a Cape experience, in the oldest Inn on the Cape (founded 1696), and you like the idea of quainter smaller spaces where all your guests and have the experience they want (re: can away from the music, can go sit down while others are dancing, etc.) this is a great venue.
Finally, on the day of they were nice enough to let me, my mom, and my sister (I had a small wedding party) get dressed there since the church was not air conditioned and it was toasty in August. Very accomodating.
Bottom line...you can definitely have a fabulous Cape wedding there for 120 and stay under $30K for sure...and you won't have to sacrifice much other than a water view. I was bummed about that at first, but never thought about it when the time came. Even the drive in from Route 6 is gorgeous. And if you want, just have your rehearsal and/or a pre-wedding cocktail party the night before on the water somewhere.
In terms of where to stay...there are numerous B&Bs right on the same road (6A) with the OYI. They are a bit pricey, but we gave a list to our guests as options. We stayed at the Blueberry Manor the night before and the wedding night in their separate loft room, which was perfect. We booked blocks at two local hotels (which are nice and clean) over on the busy side (28A)...both are local and family run, which we prefer to chains. The nicer one was the Bayside Resort Hotel (which was about $160/night) and the Yarmouth Resort (which was $120/night). Both were fairly easy to work with from Los Angeles (which is where I was planning the wedding from). Since my husband;s family is from the West Coast many opted to take a vacation and rent houses...most found them through either weneedavacation.com or vrbo.com.
Quick update: We heard back from the RLI today and they were actually very nice and said they're just going to charge us for our actual numbers - which is good. They seemed to be concious that there are some issues with recent turnover at the place and say they are trying to remedy them. So, I guess we'll see how things go from here on out.
DJH, thats great news. Best wishes for a wonderful day! Also, I have spoken with Ron from the RLI in the past and he has been very helpful! I beleive he is the operations manager, and will be the one who communicates with the staff about the details for the weddings. If you have any concern about the details of your day, I would suggest contacting him directly as well. Hope this helps!
Thanks! That should help as well.
Curley28... I had the exact same experience as you, if not worse, earlier in the year. I also wish I had gone elsewhere.
For those us us who can't go elsewhere because of the $ loss...any more advice on what to watch out for? I so far have learned to make sure we get our exact guest count in sooner than later so they do not charge us extra. Any hidden agendas anyone else has come across that was or was not mentioned in the contract? For me, I blocked off all 15 rooms and then was told there is someone in my room block, and that they had booked this room well before I set up the block. This is so not true...I went over every detail with Elaine, and now that she no longer works there I have no one to back me up. Elaine, in my opinion was great, and as for every other coordinator there...I had no chance of getting to know them because they have so much turnover. I know Elaine was on the ball, and for them to say there was someone in my room block before I booked it, is like saying Elaine didn't pay atention to this detail...which I highly doubt(she went to check the date for me with the inn and called me back 10 min later to say all rooms are available). So after paying them $1400 for the rooms to be less expensive for guests, I now may have to listen to one unhappy guest at the inn complain about the noise...this is why I booked all the rooms, to not run into this issue. And now there is one less room, oh well Cohasset Harbor will just get the business!
I would recommend getting a friend to get there an hour or so early to make sure that they have set up. I know that is probably pretty difficult to arrange, but my guests had to wait for tables to be set up and for the bar to be stocked. I found it so infuriating that guests had to wait for drinks while they stocked the bar because we paid quite a bit for an open bar that should have run from start to finish. They tried to shut the bar down 1/2 an hour before the night was over. I also wish I had sent a point person to remind them that an open bar should have beer. Maybe a boyfriend of one of your girlfriends could go by before the ceremony to double check. I guess it would be hard to do, but might ne worth considering.
Well, fortunately we hired a personal coordinator when we booked w/RLI...and I am so happy we did! I will definetly bring these things up to her. I appreciate your suggestions, thank you :)
We are looking for a wedding coordinator to work with the RLI. Can you please tell me who you hired - and are you satisfied so far.
The company is called Trends and Traditions. My coordinators name is Michelle. She is fabulous, and I have to say, this has been my best investment. Michelle is very familiar w/RLI, her sister was married there and she has been working w/me for over 6 months. Hope this helps!
kk25 Thanks so much for the coordinator info. I thought that everything would be fine without one - but after reading all about the mishaps at the RLI, I will definitely contact them. Thanks again
mustang2, glad I could help. You definetly can't go wrong hiring Michelle, especially because she is so familiar with RLI. When is your wedding? We are getting married this fall.
kk25 - our wedding isn't until next summer. If you have any further suggestions or comments along the way, I would appreciate hearing them. I would also love to hear from any people who had good experiences at the Red Lion Inn - it would certainly make me feel better.
I would also love to hear about any good experiences, I am getting married at the RLI this fall and I happen to stumble on this trail of negative stuff... So far we have gone through some turnover with the coordinators, and the communication is still lacking. Any good news brides from the RL out there?
I have heard over the past year both good and bad. Some people rave about the food, others say it was the wrong dish being served or just not good food. I had my first tasting there and the food was bad! They called me and asked for me to come back to give it another shot, so I did, and the food was great. I would pay attenion to this...have your tasing closer to your wedding date and meet with the chef as we did to go over what you liked and disliked, and to arrange a menu. If its still the same chef he was great and wanted to meet our expectations. I know the first tasting is free, but you can get another tasting for around $30-$40 each. This may not be worth it to some, but for us the food is. Other reviews mention the timing of the food being served; I would suggest a timeline with the coordinator to make sure dishes are served as you want them to be. The big thing is what your guests will notice...food, service, and the amount of time between dishes. Sounds like some couples and guests have had great experiences and others not so great. It's up to RLI to meet your expectations, but I would suggest letting them know how important these details are to you and how you have heard complaints in this area. I have a client who was married there last year. Her complaints were: the cake was all wrong...color and flavor. Now they now go through Konditer Meister for their cakes which is awesome...and one good thing I can tell you:) Another complaint of her's was the coordinator she was supposed to have was not there and instead a young woman, first day on the job, coordinator was there. She felt because she had the smaller room at RLI that they treated her differently. She did say the food and service was great. But said they were supposed to let her parents know when the bar reached a certain amount so they could stop the open bar. Instead they kept serving and her parents had to pay another $1000. Also, there was no coordination w/announcing the bridal party because the new coordinator had no idea what was going on. So here's an example of good food and service by the staff but bad communication and organization. As I have suggested before, hire your own coordinator! And yeah, I'm with you on that...some more positive feedback would be great...but know that if you are already locked in to RLI, hearing the negative can only help you so you know how to hopefully try to improve your situation by briging these issues and concerns to their attention.
We had our wedding at the RLI this past Saturday and I'm happy to report it went very well. We had our ceremony there with the reception following. The food was great and came out at the right time. A couple of very minor bumps, but nothing worth mentioning.
Our day-of coordinator was supposed to be Ron, but he got sick so we had Jeffrey, who apparently is new. He was great - very attentive and wanted to be sure we got what we wanted when we wanted it. All our guests told us they had a great time - a big part of that was also the band (Mark Greel Band), who were great.
DJH - I'm glad that you posted your positive comments. It makes me feel better about having my wedding at the RLI next summer. Congratulations!
I would also like to thank you for adding some positive comments. I am currently looking for a justice of the peace for our wedding next fall and was wondering if you could make any suggestions?
Can't help with a J.O.P. Sorry. Check the messag boards at Boston.com and I'm sure you'll find some good recommendations.
I live in Cohasset. Here are the names and numbers of three JOP's I found in the local yellow pages.
Joan Corcoran Cellini 781-925-2888 Hull
Rev. (nondenom) Donna Cunio 781-659-2420 Norwell
James Lampke 781-659-9922 Hingham
Hope you find one you like.
DJH-Congrats! I'm so happy to hear everything worked out for you guys! Candb307...I'm not sure on jp's, but I had looked into hiring a priest on rentapriest.com and found out that these priests have either retired or left the priesthood. We are getting married in the church so we needed a priest who is still practicing, so that didn't work out for us. But you can hire a retired priest if that is any interest to you. Also, look on vendor lists from RLI or Cohasset Harbor Resort, I remember seeing recommendations for jp's. Good luck :)
It looks like this topic is having quite the effect. I've recently had a conversation with the Red Lion Inn and they have definitely taken notice and are doing their best to rectify every situation.
In general we're not in the business of trying to shut down vendors and venues who may make a mistake or two along the way and frequently with an event that is as complex as a wedding, blame may be misappropriated. On the other hand we do want to stop dishonest and incompetent vendors and venues from ripping people off.
In this case it doesn't seem like the Red Lion Inn was completely at fault in all situations and that the turn over may be a natural occurring thing. That said, this comes from someone at the Red Lion Inn, so obviously it is one side of the story while this posting represents the other side of the story.
We'd love to have this issue resolved with the knowledge that the Red Lion Inn is providing great service to it's customers and no longer deserves the negative attention that this posting has brought it.
I may be contacting some of you directly to see where things stand. If you have a strong opinion in this matter please let us know either by posting a response here or by emailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to ensure that Wedding Mapper remains a place where everyone can share honest advice, both positive and negative, about planning a wedding in any local area. Hopefully everyone here can help me figure out how to provide that advice while giving the Red Lion Inn a way to redeem their reputation on this site.
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Excellent approach! Glad you have contacted RLI and made them aware of the "chatter" so they can address the situation. They do need an opportunity to respond.
We didn't actually need to contact them as apparently everyone of their last 12 brides have brought this to their attention expressing their concerns. They are looking to do everything they can to rectify the situation, which we appreciate.
Thanks sls2008! I appreciate your help!
I am so excited to learn RLI has acknowledged these posts and want to improve their reputation. This shows their concern and I think thats wonderful. It's pretty harsh what some brides have said who have had receptions there and I do not blame them for their advice or telling their stories to other prospective brides, infact I appreciate it. Sometimes I felt I was the only one, until I clicked here. I myself have posted some remarks that RLI may not want to hear, but these things can not go unmentioned. With that said I want to thank wedding mapper for giving me the oppurtunity to speak truthfully of occasions I have experienced with RLI and being able to read advice/comments from others. But I have to say, the recent management that has taken over the RLI are very organized. Unfortunately this new team at RLI must be feeling the backlash of what other managers left to them. I know it's not their fault and I know they are doing all they can do to make their clients happy. Out of the 3 coordinators I have been through(in 10 months), this new team of wedding coordinators are definetly the best and I can only hope the owner realizes how great of a team he has...and if he doesn't thats exactly why turnover is so common at this establishment.
I just stumbled onto this message board and boy am I glad I did. I'm a RLI bride, getting married January 2009. We'll be having both our ceremony and reception at Lions Hall. Since we booked with the RLI we had 3 different coordinators. Our latest and greatest coordinator is Kristen. I've enjoyed working with her so far. I'm just concerned that the food will be disapointing, because it just seems that the wait staff and food are just not living up to expectations. I've seen so may posts on other sites that aren't very positive. However, the posts lately from the July RLI brides have been positive. Kristen has been very honeest with me about the RIL's past problems and how she and others are working really hard to rectify the problems. And it sounds like they are turing things around. Which is very encouraging. However, I'm still considering hiring an outside "day of" wedding coordinator just as added piece of mind. For all those RLI brides out there, good luck and congratulations!!
We just booked our wedding reception for next fall (09) at the Red Lion Inn. I am now realizing there are no close by accomidation options- (ie affordable hotels)... it seems our only options are the Cohasset Inn (very $$ and limited rooms) the Clarion, and hotels in Rockland which is over 20 mins away...
Does anyone have any suggestions? we need at least 60 rooms & i really wanted everyone to be able to stay near by...
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.
Remember that shuttle buses are always an option. I think the Clarion in Hull may have a deal on those.
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.
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 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.
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keith and Carrie
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!
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 -
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 hope that you have a wonderful day!!! You will love The Red Lion...take it all in because it goes by soooo fast!
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!
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.
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.
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..
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@example.com and I will send you her numbers!
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!
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.
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!
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