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For the love of god, DO NOT get married here. It was an absolute nightmare. A little background: Keyways Winery is actually owned by a Chinese parent company called Essence Business Group which manages a ton of commercial properties (though Keyways is their only winery). We signed a contract in December to get married at this winery in May. The contract was drafted by the winery and we were assured that Keyways was a great place to get married because it was all inclusive: tables, chairs, linens, etc. were all included in the one time rental cost/site fee. After signing the contract and writing them a check (paying them IN FULL) which they promptly cashed, there were frequent communication issues throughout our planning process. We had to constantly ask if they had enough champagne flutes, lighting, if their sparkling wine would arrive in time for our wedding, etc. (I could go on and on). We were assured that everything would be perfect for our wedding. Great! Two days before our wedding we learned that our site coordinator was no longer working for the winery. We were not told who was going to be taking over our event or who the next contact person would be for our vendors. Here's the worst part: we were hounded for more and more money by Essence Business Group. The accounting department told us that our contract was not valid because their representative never signed it. WE signed it, Keyways drafted it, and both parties received a copy. Thankfully, I had emails from December from the coordinator reiterating what was included for the "all inclusive price". They still said they needed to "close out" our invoice and the contract wasn't binding. They eventually honored our contract, but they continually HOUNDED us until the day before our wedding and left us with a mess to clean up on our wedding day. How fun for us. Let's just say they added a huge layer of stress to an experience that is typically stressful just on its own.
Keyways was an easy choice for a venue as it is so beautiful and the wine is delicious!! Nadine, event coordinator, made our wedding day flow with ease and was easy to work with!
KC my event coordinator was awesome!!
I'll make this short. If you want this wedding venue for the beauty of it - perfect. If you want an organized, trust-worthy, competent wedding coordinator or staff to make you feel at ease during the planning and during the actual day of your wedding - DO NOT entrust Keyways with this. Our wedding was in 2012.
Our wedding at Keyways turned out amazing. The setting is gorgeous, the meal was great, and the staff was really easy to get along with. We got tons of excellent feedback from our guests. The only reason we aren't giving this the full five stars is because there were a couple of things with the ceremony that I was unhappy with. We were working with Annette up until the very end, and she was supposed to be there the day of, along with two other coordinators, but she wasn't. I'm not sure if that's why it wasn't as smooth as it should've been, or where the miscommunication happened, but the wedding party entrances were a little rushed, and my music wasn't properly queued, so when I started walking down the aisle I could still hear the music from the bridesmaids. Also, our wedding programs weren't distributed to the guests, but most of them picked one up during the cocktail hour. Don't get me wrong, the coordinators the day of are amazing, and really nice. They did an awesome job going above and beyond with a milk and cookie bar that we set up for the reception, and were on top of everything else. I think if you were to get married here, and discuss this with them prior, there wouldn't be an issue. I would still recommend this venue highly to anyone looking for an intimate wedding with a relaxed, elegant atmosphere.
We were very happy with our wedding this past September at Keyways. After meeting with different venues in Temecula, we were disappointed in our options -- venues were either too expensive, inflexible (with the number of guests we wanted 75-100 for a Saturday wedding), or not private enough. I hated the thought of having to share a venue with 2 other brides. Luckily we found Keyways, tucked away off the main road between horse ranches. The setting was beautiful and we loved that we had the entire venue to ourselves without unknown wine tasters watching our wedding. We loved the setting -- charming and rustic, perfect for our style. Even though there is a slight breeze at the time of weddings (~4-5 pm), the altar is staged perfectly. Every time we've been there, including on our wedding day, the breeze hits in the right direction so my veil didn't blow over my head! :) Annette (the event coordinator) was very attentive, organized, and professional. The staff is very friendly and personable. The weather in September can go either way -- it was quite hot all week before our wedding but cooled down to the perfect temperature that weekend (September 10th). We highly recommend Keyways Winery for a wedding!
Keyways Winery was a perfect location for our wedding. I knew I wanted a winery wedding, and we started looking in Temecula, we knew it would be pricey, but we didn't realize how pricey it could really get. Some of the wineries cost so much money, and Keyways does cost a decent amount of money, but it was significantly lower in cost than some of the other more commercial wineries like South Coast or Wilson Creek. We also loved the style of the winery - it has more of a ranch/country feel to it, but the vines are still there, and the arbor under which we got married was beautiful. We had so many amazing photo opportunities at this winery, and I have to say, our pictures turned out beautiful. The location for the reception was great, too. All of our guests could not stop talking about how beautiful it all was to have it at the winery. We got a great package deal to include the venue, tables, chairs, linens, food, and alcohol. Annette, the wedding coordinator, was very flexible and helpful when we wanted certain things to be decorated certain ways. She responded to emails quickly. The wedding team there made sure the entire evening went smoothly, and we all had the time of our lives. Thank you Keyways for a beautiful and memorable wedding.