Recommended by 63%
Steve · Married on 01/10/2015
I was a bit hesitant in the beginning after reading some of the reviews on this site. Well I have to say that I am so glad that I picked the Chico Event Center. They were helpful and courteous, my wedding went off on time and cost exactly what I was quoted. Thanks DwanielleSent on 04/05/2015
Haley · Married on 06/07/2014
We held our reception at this location and overall, had a great experience. The venue itself is very nicely laid out, beautiful (requires little decoration) and is conveniently located in downtown Chico. Certainly, you could probably find a cheaper option in town, but there were a number of perks to using this venue. For example, the on-site manager and event coordinator Dawnielle, did an excellent job of decorating the reception room. Meaning that we came in the day before, dropped off some boxes, gave a very general description and she took it from there. You have multiple consultations that allow you to work out the details of the reception timeline, their event coordinator provides thoughtful input along the way. In addition, for a very small price ($50), they will pack up all of your stuff for you the night of the wedding and have it ready for pick up the next day. That being said, our wedding (and the days leading up to it) were far less stressful because of some of these perks. One reviewer commented that the food prepared by the on-site caterers was bad. All I can say is the menu and chef have either changed, or some people have impossible standards. My husband and I, plus all of our guests, loved the food. It would be nice if a reasonable, small tasting were included in the venue fee (since it does cost extra to use an outside caterer), it was sort of a bummer to pay out of pocket for that. But nevertheless, we have no regrets about using their catering. Our final venue price was consistent with what was estimated from the get go. Don't let other reviews on this site sway you, just be conscientious about what you're willing to spend and be up front. If the price looks too extreme, cut back where you can and ask them to remove certain items from the estimate before the big day. This is what we did and we were not met with any hostility nor inflexibility. Great venue, helpful and professional staff, I highly recommend the Chico Event Center.Sent on 06/20/2014
Amy & Armando · Married on 11/05/2011
Loved our venue! The panoramic windows, twinkle lights and nice bar really made the difference. Both our guest and bridal party had a blast! Beautiful!Sent on 03/03/2012
Selina · Married on 09/12/2015
The place was so nice. I can't believe I found this place just in time. I'm so happy that I got to have this venue. Honestly ladies and gentlemen if you're getting married in the area go here. I really enjoyed it!!Sent on 09/19/2015
Andrew · Married on 06/29/2013
Where to start...our initial meting with our wedding coordinator, Marci went flawlessly. Everything was set in motion, we had a price point that was manageable, dining options were discussed, the layout of our wedding was all set to be as close to perfect as possible. Then Marci left, and was unceremoniously replaced with Dawnielle. Sad to say that once Dawnielle came onboard, things went down hill quickly. Our initial estimated doubled, and when asked, Dawnielle said that she had no record of the estimate provided to us by Marci. When I produced the estimate given to us by Marci, Dawnielle informed us that what we had was a 'mock-up' not an estimate, and that our fee was, in fact over $4500 more than quoted. Mind you that this was dropped on us 4 weeks prior to our wedding. Needless to say, with no other options, we were forced to pay the difference.Sent on 08/01/2013
The wedding day itself fell on one of the hottest days of the year topping out at 114 degrees. A miscommunication from our limo driver found my groomsman and myself stranded outside The Chico Event Center before the building was set to open. I contacted Dawnielle and asked if just us four groomsmen and my 9-year-old son could be let into the foyer to get out of the heat, to which she grudgingly obliged. Fast forward to the end of the night and Dawnielle informs us that because she let the groomsmen into the venue foyer before the agreed upon start time, we were to end the reception early. I understand that this a business, but common decency dictates that personal well being and caring for other's safety should come before business acumen. As a result of Dawnielle's decision to close the reception early, we missed out on several planned events, including our money dance.
Due to space limitations, I am going to close with this: Dawnielle Scott is NOT a professional. Please think twice about using this vendor!
Bianca · Married on 06/26/2010
My experience with this venue was not very positive. The place is gorgeous, but that is about it. I booked this venue for my wedding reception. I would have turned around right out the door had I known how I would be treated. On my initial visit the coordinator quoted me a price, but when it came time to book, she quoted me a price that was $500 more!!! I requested a tasting for the in-house caterer. They charged me full price but gave me "tasting" portions. The in-house catering is VERY expensive. You do not get a lot for your money. It is worth it to pay the $400 outside catering fee (I know, ridiculous) and use a different caterer. It also does not taste very good. They also said cleaning the cobwebs from around the windows would not be a problem, but almost did not clean them in time for my event. I hired an outside wedding coordinator for my wedding. If I did not have her to "deal with" this place, I would have had a horrible reception. She told me that she tried to meet with the coordinator on a couple of occasions, but she cancelled many times and when they did meet, she showed up late. I would NOT do business with this place again. Very sneaky and dishonest.Sent on 07/15/2010