Gatherings is an amazing venue and reception package. It’s a true bride's dream. From their website to their incredibly friendly staff and team, this place far exceeded our expectations! The website is very thorough and provides the basic pricing packages which all have no hidden fees! We went with a roaming reception which was a fantastic, low-stress way of having all of our close friends and family together (without having to figure out seating arrangements, etc..). We also had about 6 kids at the reception, and the staff took great care with the children, with mac & cheese for the little ones and for the older kids, even provided use of the team's own entertainment systems (DVDs, Wii).
We had the ceremony and reception package, and it was a very stress-free event with the amount of detail and planning that Gatherings has already done. We and our family and friends basically showed up at the ceremony site on the wedding day, and all is taken care of (setting up the music, the arch, chairs, 2 attendants during the ceremony, water for the guests). You can also do a walk-through of the ceremony set-up with your coordinator about two weeks prior to the wedding, and they provide great feedback on how to set up the arch, # of rows for the chairs, length of the music, etc… We also highly recommend Berwick Park, which is not at crowded as Lover's Point (especially in the summer!) and provides amazing view of the bay. Plus, the parking at Berwick Park is a local park (i.e.: no tour buses allowed) and provides much easier for your guests during the crowded months.
The food is fantastic! As other reviewers have already noted, the Classic Caterings team is phenomenal in working with you to select the perfect blend of main dishes, appetizers, and main display. Mary Lisa (our coordinator) even brought in her own personal cake platters to help us with our cake display. She is fantastic, by the way! The bartender was also really friendly, and even with 75 guests at the reception, the bar was never crowded, and there were lots of great drinks made. The no corkage fee was a huge plus for our families - as they certainly love their wines, beer, and mixed cocktails! And whatever drinks are leftover, you get to take home with you at the end of the night :)
Lastly, we (and our guests) arrived to our reception about 30 minutes late (due to pictures at our ceremony), and the Gathering staff was so friendly in adjusting the evening schedule to accommodate our plans. They even let us stay an extra hour, and provided their own party music, for an incredible night of dancing (in the parlor - and the guests sure do dance!) Thanks Gatherings for an incredible day!
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