78 Reviews for 10 Downing at Churchill's
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We held our wedding and reception at 10 Downing in March of 2016. I’m a nervous, exact person who demands precision. It is tough for me to let go of the proverbial reigns on anything. A control freak, I am! My experience with Mark Royston, his wife Meg, and the entire 10-Downing Street staff/facility has taught me a lesson: Hand it over to the pros and enjoy your wedding! Mark and Meg coordinated everything perfectly and delivered on every single promise made. From the biggest topic to the smallest of detail, they had it covered. I purposely avoided the use of the word “issue” in that last sentence because there simply were no “issues”! There were no surprises…except perhaps in finally finding a caring, supportive, professional team of wedding / event / reception planners who communicate flawlessly, see beyond the horizon at needs you’ve never anticipated, and deliver an experience full of wonderful memories my family will hold dear forever. Thank you Mark. Thank you Meg. Thank you to the entire 10 Downing Street team!
We had a wonderful experience with 10 Downing. Mark and his team were responsive throughout the process. The food was amazing and very affordable. We also rented the rooftop and could not have enjoyed it more. Beautiful, functional space.
My review is actually for Churchill's Winston Wine Cellar; another terrific venue space available that is actually downstairs from the restaurant's street level entrance. This venue was perfect for our 40 guests for our 'Wedding Eve Bash.' Mark, the manager, was more than accommodating, professional, and helpful in helping us build our menu and plan our dream evening out. The food set the bar quite high for the weekend and actually was the best dinner we experienced! You were allowed to bring in your own decor and choose your own bar plan as well which was really great in making the evening just the way we wanted it. Thank you Mark and your very friendly staff for a terrific dinner and excellent evening! I highly recommend this venue for its unique historic atmosphere and for the grand dining experience.
My husband and I had our wedding at Churchill's on October 21, 2017. After becoming engaged in June, I began to reach out to various venues in Savannah to see if there was anything available in October. Alyssa from Churchill's responded immediately, and was on the phone with my mom that evening. After being introduced to Alyssa, we were introduced to Mark, the General Manager. Both were an absolute dream to work with. Their responses were quick, thoughtful, and always thorough - the thorough part being the most important to me. My now-husband and I never had a chance to actually visit the venue space prior to the wedding, so we put all of our trust in Mark and his team, and his e-mail responses never caused me to doubt our choice. We had around 60 guests in total, and utilized the ceremony room for both the ceremony and dinner. We elected to use the rooftop for the cocktail hour as well as the reception. The space itself is just beautiful - wood floors, big windows, bulb lights over the rooftop. Everything ran smoothly and was taken care of. When the straps broke on both of the shoes my sister-in-law was wearing, Mark pulled out an emergency bag and found a hot glue gun so we could fix them. When he heard my parents really loved the brussels sprouts they'd had at Churchill's the previous evening, he made sure there were some on their plates during the reception. And through the entire four month planning process and evening of the wedding, Mark infused an enormous amount of humor into the experience. I am ridiculously glad we chose Churchill's. I will be recommending them to absolutely everyone who suggests they are interested in getting married in Savannah. They are, hands down, the best deal you will find there.
We would absolutely recommend 10 Downing at Churchill's. The space itself is beautiful in its simplicity, and can really take on any "look" or "theme" you might be going for. It was a perfect size for our party of 26, thought it could certainly accommodate more guests. Everyone raved about the food, and nobody left hungry because there was so much of it! Importantly, to echo so many other reviews, Mark was incredible to work with! We live in Florida and were only able to travel to Savannah a few times before our actual wedding, but I had zero stress about our venue and whether everything was going to come together because Mark is 100% invested in every event he holds. He always responded back to my numerous emails super quickly, and he even accommodated some special requests for us and let us decorate early the day before. The servers and bartenders were all wonderful, and we feel so lucky to have worked with such great people. Thank you, Mark and the staff at 10 Downing, for helping to make our day so special!
I could not have asked for a more perfect place to host our wedding! The venue is beautiful. We held the ceremony and reception in 10 Downing and the cocktail hour in Winston's Wine Cellar. The staff is very well trained and go above and beyond to see to the guests needs. The food was to die for and our guests are still raving about it! Mark and team do an amazing job! We highly recommend you hire him for day of coordination as well.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this venue and staff. I was living out of state while wedding planning and Mark, the venue coordinator, along with his fantastic team, were there to help me every step of the way. They were quick to respond to emails, flexible with menu and decor options, and eager to lend a helping hand as the big day approached. Often when making wedding related decisions, I would ask Mark for his advice and 99% of the time that is what we chose because he is truly an expert in his field and knows a ton of tricks to ensure that things go beautifully. The night of the wedding, my husband and I were really able to relax and enjoy being with our families knowing that the staff at churchill's had everything under control in terms of serving, cleaning, and flipping the room. We had a ton of compliments from our guests about the waiters, bartenders, and other staff members, as well as the timing of the reception overall. We did both our ceremony and reception in 10 Downing, the upstairs venue space. We also had a cocktail hour in the wine cellar basement while the staff flipped the upstairs room. We had about 75 guests which sat comfortably in the space and did the buffet style dinner which was incredible (guests raved about the food quality). We particularly loved the location of the venue and felt that it was a more than reasonable price to be in the heart of historic down town Savannah. Honestly, if you're having a Savannah wedding with less than 90 guests, this is the place to do it, hands down. You are in great hands with Mark and the event team at Churchill's!
My family used 10 Downing over the 4th of July weekend for a wedding reception. Mark was very helpful in setting up the hall and extremely flexible with last minute changes. He let us come in early to decorate so we weren't crunched for time the day of, although the space is beautiful in itself and didn't need much but centerpieces. The wait staff were very professional and friendly throughout the night. Chris is a very talented bartender who not only made wonderful drinks, but was able to suggest drinks to the guest. Food was delicious with a perfect elegant twist on traditional southern fare. I can not say enough about the wonderful staff this venue has. They made the reception go off perfectly just as we pictured. I don't know how much was spent in total at the venue, but the wedding was done of a VERY tight, and small budget.
Our wedding ceremony and reception at 10 Downing was amazing! Mark and his staff were truly phenomenal and we enjoyed every second of the process with them. All questions we had were answered extremely quickly and they were willing to do just about anything to help in our planning process. The food and drinks were delicious! We did a tasting a few months before our ceremony and LOVED every single dish. We had such a hard time narrowing it down to the few selections we needed for dinner. Seriously, if you're looking for an affordable yet beautiful venue right in the heart of Savannah, this is it!
Mark was an absolute delight to work with and was always available with the most detailed communication. I was nervous that I would miss any detail, so he offered suggestions in everybstepnofntge planning process. He was wonderful!
The venue was absolutely perfect and suited us wonderfully for both the ceremony and the reception in the same room, and the guests were able to enjoy the rooftop bar area while the room was prepared for the reception.
I highly recommend having your wedding here and working with Mark!
I had my wedding ceremony and reception and 10 Downing earlier this year and I cannot praise enough the work Mark and his team does to make your wedding the most perfect day. They are very flexible and accommodating, not to mention they saw my vision and executed it flawlessly. I would recommend this venue to anyone. We had about 55ish guest and booked both the inside room and the outside rooftop bar for our exclusive use. The space is so intimate and lovely. They really helped make my dream wedding a reality. We also hired Mark to be our day of coordinator and it was so incredibly worth it! They did an absolutely phenomenal job ensuring the evening ran smoothly.
Mark was a pleasure to work with. My rehearsal dinner was amazing. Food was great and everyone loved the space. Thank you!!!
It's going to be tricky to fully describe how amazing this place was in one review but I will try, we had our reception there Feb 17th. We do not live in Savannah but we made trips down to see the venue and such, I first went with my now husband and then I brought my parents later on to see it when we went down. They were so helpful and worked so I could see it twice (we were already booked with them when I brought my parents). My husband and I are vegan and finding a place that had vegan was so special to me, knowing that all the food at our wedding was food we could eat was incredible the chef is truly amazing. They communicated with us throughout the whole process and made sure they had every detail needed, even with some email problems I had with my email not going through. Set up was very smooth and they made sure we had everything we needed. Having the bar there was perfect and everything was handled perfectly, they really know what they are doing. Also, the room was perfect and beautiful I could not be happier. Mark and Alyssa you guys are rock stars and helped make our day so unforgettable, thank you.
There are not enough good things I can say about Mark and the staff at 10 Downing. People are still talking about the food and the to-go boxes months after our wedding :) From beginning to end Mark makes you feel comfortable, answers all your questions, and helps you as much as he possibly can. I planned my Savannah wedding on NYE while living north of Atlanta. We ended up getting a tent and fire pits last minute and he made it all so easy. He even sent someone to my hotel to get my 2nd dress and shoes for that night. This is all not even to mention how simple and stunning the venue is and the unbelievable value. I couldn't find anyplace in Atlanta for a more affordable price and I was able to get married in Savannah which was so much better!
You get the room, the rooftop and the wine cellar for happy hour which is separate and stunning!
Mark is the most easy to work with person. I even used him for day of coordinating and it worked out perfectly. I knew exactly what I wanted and our wedding couldn't have been more perfect. They let us stay as late as we wished so we didn't have to rush out at anytime. We danced the night away.
If there was a way to give over 100 I would!!!
There are literally no words to describe how amazing the staff at 10 Downing is and how much they care about their brides. I spent 8 months planning my wedding and the entire time Mark was prompt and pleasant to respond no matter what I needed. However, they really showed how much they cared when the week before my wedding Hurricane Matthew started heading our way. Starting the Monday before (wedding was on Saturday), Mark was in constant contact with me to reassure me that everything would be ok and they would do everything they could...and they did! Sunday morning I got a text that Mark and two staff members had made it to the venue and we were having the wedding. It was the most amazing day, we were catered to with a smile. The venue is beautiful, the food is amazing, and the staff are LITERALLY THE BEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD! They don't have enough stars for me to give these people but they are definitely 100!
Mark at 10downing is wonderful at making sure you don't miss anything!He is very responsive and super friendly to work with. The staff was attentive to our needs and the guests needs as well. My advice for this venue is to have atleast a day of coordinator if you plan to have ceremony and reception there because you have to flip the room in 45 minutes. Without Mark and my coordinator, I would've been stressed about this,but I just got to walk in and see all the beautiful decorations I had envisioned all set up. I also advise that you include 2 bartenders if you rent the outdoor terrace. Finally please have your credit card ready and have a person appointed to take care of the final bill. This got overlooked and my groom had to pull his credit card out in a hurry before out sparkler send off. It was a little stressful but really was my fault as the bride for not having this detail covered. No wedding is perfect I guess.
We had a perfect event at Churchill’s in the 10 Downing Room, mostly due to Mark and his staff. We had a small wedding, 35 guests, but were just as valued as a larger wedding party. Mark went out of his way to accommodate some of our requests for substitutions on the menu, notifying us when menu changes were made and coordinating with the various vendors dropping items off (flowers, favors, cupcakes, etc.). The bride only met Mark and viewed the space 2 days before the wedding, when we stopped by impromptu and he was more than gracious enough to open up the room and give her a sneak peek!
It was a destination wedding for us, but the groom was able to do the tasting and view the space a few months early. The groom and his parents were stuffed to the brim with the tasting 3 months before our event – go hungry, very hungry, to the tasting. Mark made it easy for us to have confidence in his team and in our decision to sign a contract for a space sight unseen, from 6,000 miles away!
The evening of, he was there – unobtrusive, professional and in charge. The wait and bar staff were phenomenal and we didn’t hear of a single complaint of the wrong meal (more that people had forgotten what they’d requested) and nobody’s glass remained less than half full. Churchill’s was able to accommodate each guest selecting their own appetizer, salad and entrée – mostly unheard of – and we were so excited that each guest could customize their own meal. Not sure if this is realistic for a much larger group but we appreciated the extra work that goes into that level of catering. The food was fabulous and had generous portions – we did plated dinner, not the buffet.
10 Downing is beautiful all on its own, so we had little in the way of décor – lots of tea lights, simple flowers and the room was perfect – our guests were our focus and Churchill’s made it feel intimate and special. They had a custom bar menu for us and signs at the entrance of the building guiding our gue
I would highly recommend 10 Downing for any event or occasion! Mark Royston was amazing to work with! He answered all of our questions within 24 hours (we had a lot of questions) and provided us with great recommendations on DJs, etc. The staff was all very friendly and nice, and the location could not be better being downtown in Savannah! 10 Downing has everything needed for a perfect wedding! The tables, chairs, and overall appeal of the banquet room along with the outside rooftop was beautiful! Could not be happier with how things turned out! Mark was really great and helped us out along the entire process!
This venue was perfect. We were able to have our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all in the same place.
I was overwhelmed. I was worried that I would forget a critical piece of the wedding puzzle. It seemed like I was getting bombarded with more information than I could handle. A co-worker caught me crying in the office storeroom one morning and after listening to my increasing anxiety over the tsunami of tasks in front of me and my fiance, she calmly insisted that after work we go meet someone she claimed would make all my worries immediately vanish. Her sister had gotten married in 2015 and had used 10 Downing at Churchill's as the location and most importantly, had utilized Mark Royston of 10 Downing as her wedding planner/organizer/miracle-worker. Even after 3 months have passed since our ceremony and reception at 10 Downing, my husband and I cannot stop raving about Mark Royston, his co-planner wife Meg, and the entire staff. Before writing this review, we read some of the other WeddingWire comments and could not agree more that Mark's ability to well in advance envision the entire experience down to the smallest of detail is beyond amazing. Like a professional juggler, he is able to keep about a dozen balls up in the air at one time while still treating the one in his hands at that moment as the only thing on his agenda. It's one thing to see someone perform as a master event planner. It's an entirely different (and extremely rare) thing to see them execute every step as planned down to the smallest of detail. I apologize for the lengthy review. So if you're looking for one word to describe our wedding and reception and all of the planning and execution that went into it, here it is: MAGICAL. Thank you Mark and Meg. You were the difference.
We hosted a wedding after-party at Churchills and a wonderful experience, start to finish. Mark was timely and gracious with all communications, the service was wonderful, and the space absolutely beautiful.
10 Downing is a hidden gem downtown and a lovely spot to have a reception for your wedding, or any type of party really! We came across this location while checking out spots downtown, all of which were too big for our small wedding. We were already patrons of Churchill’s and when we realized they had a reception area upstairs we jumped at the chance to check it out. We truly loved how self-contained the space was; the private bar, kitchen and facilities meant our guests didn’t have to leave and cut through the restaurant. In the days leading up to the wedding there was a chance weather would affect our outside ceremony. It was such a relief knowing that we could have the ceremony at 10 Downing should Mother Nature not cooperate (which she did thank goodness!)
From the very first email with Mark I was immensely impressed and knew we had picked the perfect place for the reception. Through the whole process he was extremely patient as we emailed, called and sometimes just dropped by to ask questions or clarify items. He would meet with us before the restaurant opened and even allowed us to get in the night before to set everything up and come back the next day to pick everything up because of inclement weather the night before. Working with Mark was a blessing as he was just as organized as I was which made follow ups very smooth.
The food was absolutely outstanding! We didn’t do one of the dinners or buffet but opted to do dozens of different appetizers. This let our guests try all sorts of things like baked brie, five spice dumplings, and while keeping the chatting and party atmosphere going. Also being able to pick the bar selections helped us save a little bit of money while still having an open bar. The waitstaff seemed very nice and as soon as we walked into the reception one of the bartenders came right over to get us drinks which was fantastic!
We truly loved how perfect the size of the space was for our event and all the details as well!!
As if meeting (and exceeding) all of my needs and calmly addressing all of my reception concerns was not enough, Mark Royston goes and negotiates with the local parking garages to secure complimentary parking for my family, wedding party, and guests!!! I did not even think of this! Mark’s ability to, as they say in business, "see around the corner" and address topics before they become problems is almost magical. His wife, Meg, works with him throughout the wedding and reception planning process and she does an incredible job of adding just the right touch of quality southern grace and charm to every aspect of the experience. They coordinated with local bakeries, florists, officiants, and even found an item at a local antique shop that they thought would add a "special touch" to the decor theme we had selected. It was non-stop satisfaction throughout. We could not be happier with how things turned out! Thank you 10 Downing staff and applauds all around for Mark and Meg Royston. Their endless hard work (which they seemed to constantly do without even breaking a sweat) allowed us to fully embrace our wedding and the reception experience. Well done!
My husband and I were married on May 7, 2016 in beautiful Savannah, Georgia. We live in Daytona Beach, Florida so planning an out of town wedding was a little nerve racking. Luckily, we couldn't of been happier with the results. The vendors we chose were a huge part of the day feeling stress free, and turning out better then we imagined.
10 Downing is on the top of that list. We booked this reception venue before seeing it in person, and it was even better in person then pictures. The exact space we wanted for a more intimate size wedding. I can't say enough great things about MARK! He was our contact through the entire process, and always responded so quickly to any questions. Even his staff would respond quickly if he happened to be off. He was very detailed oriented, and made the planning process so easy for me. The space was beautiful, the food was amazing, but what really stood out to us was the service of Mark and all other staff!
10 downing and Mark Royston are amazing! I read the reviews prior to booking this venue for my wedding and all the reviews are true! The venue is beautiful, Mark is beyond helpful and you will not find a better price for a venue this gorgeous in downtown savannah with such a great staff. I highly recommend this venue to everyone!