Donovan Pavilion Reviews

37 | Vail, CO
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37 Reviews for Donovan Pavilion

Recommended by 95% of couples

4.7 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.6
  • Value 4.5
  • Average response time 4.8

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  • Shannon

    Shannon · Married on 01/21/2012

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We loved having our wedding at Donovan Pavilion. It was the perfect venue for a mountain wedding because you weren't stuck in a basement ballroom. The room is so elegant little had to be done to make it special and the service is incredible. The other greatnthingnis you can bring in all outside vendors and select people you want to use, including alcohol! This saved us quite a bit of money to bring in liquor. The only down side was that we had a very large group and had to tent the back for cocktails because there are no other rooms, but it was worth it.

    Sent on 02/06/2012
  • M

    Ashley · Married on 06/08/2008

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Everyone raved what a beautiful site it was and Mindy really just took charge of the rehearsal and everything and it was perfect... If anyone wants a mountain wedding check this place out!!!! It is breathtaking and if you are having kids at the wedding the parents will love you (or at least ours did) because there is a playground right next to it and in order to keep the kids under control and able to handle they took them over there and played for a while. We even went and played for quite a bit :D.

    Sent on 07/25/2008
  • L

    Lauren · Married on 07/15/2016

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      3.5
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    This place is soooo beautiful. All the wood and high ceilings and glass windows. It is so magical. Mindy who works there is super sweet and helpful with advice and recommendations and she even let my husband come early to setup an altar he had built for our ceremony. But be prepared for a lot of renting because this venue does not come with any silverware or china or tablcloths. Also, there is no bridal or groom rooms so you have to hang out in random areas before the ceremony starts. But it was all worth it because it is so perfect at the Donovan!

    Sent on 07/22/2016
  • User3419567 · 2+ years ago

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.5
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    What a beautiful and affordable place to hold a Colorado wedding. The Donavon Pavilion was naturally beautiful. You do not get very many options as far as chairs and using different equipment, but it was still wonderful. The location is easy for people to get to and if you have a Spring/Summer wedding you are able to use the outdoor fire pit and even the park!

    Sent on 07/25/2013
  • L

    L · Married on 07/22/2018

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    My (now) husband and I fell in love with the Donovan Pavilion the moment we stepped inside. The architecture provides décor in and of itself, and truly reminds you that you are in the mountains. We decided to have our ceremony on the patio (in Mid July with 125 guests) and the Aspen trees are a beautiful ceremony backdrop. The first Donovan employee who toured us through the space wasn’t terribly kind or helpful, but we then dealt with Mindy for the rest of our planning and she is INCREDIBLE. I truly can’t say enough great things about Mindy. Between vendor recommendations, or constant questions via phone and email, she was patient and gracious and excellent to work with. We were able to use their wooden chairs for the ceremony and then round/ rectangle/ cocktail tables for the reception, but had to rent everything else. Planning a wedding here is not easy because you really do have to bring so many vendors in- rentals, flowers, cake, alcohol, bartenders, caterer. It was a lot to manage. We also purchased additional hours at the venue (you aren't contracted for the full day). I certainly recommend using the local liquor store for some of the alcohol, if you are having it at the wedding. Their pickup/ delivery is truly helpful. Overall, it is a beautiful structure in an exceptional town. While it certainly was more difficult than a “full-service” venue, if you want full control of all aspects, I definitely recommend the Donovan.

    Sent on 09/28/2018
  • S

    Stacy · Married on 05/19/2012

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      4.5
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.5
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Wonderful staff! Mindy was awesome throughout the whole planning process! BEAUTIFUL venue.

    Sent on 05/31/2012
  • R

    Rachel · Married on 09/06/2009

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.5
    • Professionalism:
      4.5

    This is the perfect venue. A gorgeous room inside and great patio out back. The staff is wonderful to work with and they were very accommodating to the vendors on the day of set-up. It is the perfect place to host your reception if you wish to bring in your own catering.

    Sent on 10/21/2009
  • R

    Sarah · Married on 09/27/2008

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.5
    • Value:
      3.5
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    What a gorgeous facility! It took our breath away! Although quite pricey, it was worth it! We loved it because it was a blank slate, were we could bring in all of our own decorations and food, etc. Mindy was a gem to work with - So kind, responsive and helpful!!

    Sent on 12/04/2008
  • K

    Katie · Married on 07/28/2008

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    I spent a long time looking for a venue and so finding the Donovan was a godsend. It was beautiful inside and out, no weirdly patterned carpet and huge windows to enjoy the view. The only downside was that you had to pay for that great view, this place is pricey. Compared to other mountain locations it is not so bad, but all the fees for extra time and if you serve alcohol really add up. Also, it is very popular so we had to settle for a weekday. Mindy was great to work with and always answered my emails promptly. There are lots of great places for photos nearby. Overall a great location.

    Sent on 11/03/2009
  • H

    Harmony · Married on 09/21/2014

    4.2
    • Quality of service:
      4.5
    • Responsiveness:
      4.5
    • Value:
      3.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    The Donovan Pavilions venue is absolutely breathtaking! We received so many compliments about our wedding that it was overwhelming. The staff at the Donovan Pavilions were very accommodating and quickly responded to any emails/phone calls that we had. While the price tag is a little hefty you can save some money by being able to bring in your own alcohol. The venue is so pretty and well maintained that you do not even need to bring in any extra decor (besides centerpieces) Thanks Donovan!

    -Harmony and Dan

    Sent on 01/02/2015
  • J

    Jamie · Married on 05/22/2010

    3.8
    • Quality of service:
      4.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      3.5
    • Flexibility:
      3.5
    • Professionalism:
      4.0

    Beautiful location! Loved having our ceremony out back!

    Sent on 08/05/2010
  • M

    Mj · Married on 09/19/2016

    1.0
    • Quality of service:
      1.0
    • Responsiveness:
      1.0
    • Value:
      1.0
    • Flexibility:
      1.0
    • Professionalism:
      1.0

    Our son had his wedding here a month ago. It was a beautiful venue and setting. We left the place Immaculate before we left that evening at 11pm. The reason for the 1 star is they did not return his $500 deposit claiming damage to the floor and a small dirt stain on a raggedy entry carpet that we offered to vacuum up ourselves if necessary. We don't even know if this dirt was from our party!!! And As if the $5500 rent for the place for 5 hours wasn't enough! We took photos and got the run around. They finally conceded and said he would receive the full deposit. After emailing again after a month of not receiving it they finally sent a check for less! I DO NOT recommend doing business with them!!!! Very sad way of doing business especially for two newlyweds!

    Sent on 11/01/2016