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I have no words to express how crazy it was to deal with this venue. I was so lucky to have such wonderful vendors despite of this crazy place that was willing to accommodate last minutes changes THE WEEK of my wedding. We chose this venue because most of the guests would be coming from out of town and so it really felt like this venue captured the beauty of San Francisco without being the sketchy parts of the city. Well, thinking back - it was definitely not worth it. Not flexible and basically expected us to do whatever they wanted. This was so disappointing and for a venue fee of $10,000 and another $2,000 for valet service because there is no parking anywhere (we ended up to pay for shuttle service instead) and you have to be done with your event at 10:00pm. Hmmmm..... not sure if it was worth it. Don't work with Helen if you can help it. She was the main problem. As someone who represents a christian school, she certainly doesn't show it.
It's cheap to have your wedding here but we are very happy with everything. it's our dream wedding !
The venue is a beautiful place as the previous two reviewer stated. For the price you pay for the site, I held everything there from gettting ready, tea ceremony, ceremony, and reception. Dick, the site coordinator is a pleasure to work with and was there the entire day of the wedding to help out. Randy, the other coordinator that you work with up until the day of the wedding is forgetful and abrupt on the phone. As another reviewer stated, get everything in writing to alieviate some stress.
We held our reception only at the Flood Mansion.
There are few venues that could compete with the beauty of the Flood Mansion. Furthermore, its location in Pac Heights makes it a wonderful spot to host a wedding, for both in-town and out-of-town guests. The Flood Mansion offers the opportunity to show your guests not just an incredible venue with historic, almost romantic architecture, but the chance to behold breath taking views of the city which go a long way to providing an exquisite and memorable experience.
The Flood Mansion is not flexible and has many restrictions that go along with hosting an event. It is an expensive endeavor, but I cannot think of any other venue in the city that could come close to offering the beauty it does.
If you want to splurge on your venue, this is the place to do it. The architecture is amazing, the views are gorgeous, and best of all, the entire place is yours for a day (well most of it). Plus, Dick (the coordinator that will be present on the event day) is awesome. He is incredibly helpful and has been doing this for years. If you have any concerns/issues on your wedding day, he'll know how to handle it. And if you have any questions or are hesitant about renting, schedule a time to check out the place when Dick will be there (it would have to be on the weekend during an event), and he can answer all of your questions. I think my husband and I visited about 3 times before deciding, and each time, Dick made time to talk with us, even in the middle of set up for an event, and he was always patient and informative.
There are only a few downsides that I can pass on. Dealing with the site coordinator, Randy, was not pleasant. She's not bad in person, but over the phone, she can seem a bit cold. And if you do deal with her, make sure you get EVERYTHING in writing. Just as an example, I originally told her that I was only going to have the reception at the site, then I changed my mind (more than 6 months before the event) and informed her. She said it would not be a problem, and she would change it on her contract, and I should update mine as well. Two weeks before the event, she called and said she thought I was only having the reception on site. It turned out to be okay, but she's very forgetful, so it's best to either email with things like this so that you have proof of her response, or have her fax some sort of acknowledgement of changes or decisions made. It seems minor now, but it was very stressful and frustrating to deal with on top of all the other last minute details. I would have given much higher ratings had I not had to deal with Randy.
The other downside is that the dancing room is separate from the reception hall, so if it's important for you to have lots of people on the dance floor, and your guests are not big dancers anyway, it might be difficult to accomplish this. You'd have to have a really awesome, engaging DJ or drag people on the dance floor yourself. Also, because this site is in a residential area, the party (music and drinks) has to end at 10:30pm, and everyone, including the vendors have to be out by midnight.
Also, beware that the site rental is only for the site. That means that you or your caterer will be responsible for renting all furniture, including tables, chairs, etc... so keep that in mind when calculating costs.