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Lisa Kitzmiller · Getting married on 09/12/2021
Amazing and breathtaking place!!!!!
100% recommend. Our wedding was the best one people have been to in a while! Landscaping was breathtaking. Everyone had a great time! Pat and his wife were so easy to work with!Sent on 09/12/2020
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you for the review, however, Pat is the wife, John is the husband. No worries. Thank you, John and Pat
Maisie Stanton · Married on 09/05/2020
Beautiful Unforgettable Wedding Venue
Everything was wonderful. Very beautiful with the waterfalls and the river. Everything was set up perfectly how we requested. John was very accommodating. The only thing was the designated smoking area, everyone seemed to gather around there instead of at the reception pavillion.Sent on 09/11/2020
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so much for the review, many blessings to you both in your future together. Thank you, John and Pat
Jennifer Derry · Married on 06/13/2020
Amazing experience and relief
I was extremely nervous and overwhelmed until I found this website. It helps immensely!Sent on 06/24/2019
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you, our Venue website is http://www.riversidereceptionsetc.com/
Joseph · Married on 06/06/2020
Amazing venue and amazing people.
This review is a little late as we had our wedding here in September 2019 but we still wanted to get our review out. We couldn't have picked a better spot to have our wedding and every single detail about the day was absolutely perfect. John made sure that every thing we needed we had and every question we had was answered. If you are able to find a day to book and have your wedding here you will never regret it and will be very lucky to have this place be the place to spend your important day. Everything from setup in the morning to flow of the wedding and then cleanup at the end of the night was made so easy by John and his staff and helped made it a night we'll never forget. We are forever thankful for them for allowing us to spend our day there and if you get the opportunity please book with them!Sent on 04/28/2020
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so much for this review !!! We have openings for 2020 due to the virus and need to fill the dates, so please do as Joesph says and book your wedding today !!! Thank you again, John and Pat Please take a moment to post on The Knot also.
Marissa Olsen · Married on 10/19/2019
We had the most amazing wedding at Riverside Receptions! If I could give them more than 5 stars, I would! Unique outdoor wedding venue in MI!Sent on 11/02/2019
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so much !!! It was a great fall day and everyone had such a great time. Please spread the word about our venue, we still have openings for 2020 dates. John and Pat
Jena Jackson · Married on 09/19/2019
This is a breathtaking venue! It was absolutely beautiful. It was exactly what we had pictured in our heads when looking for a venue. Lush and green and the pavilion was large enough to have everyone seated comfortably and still have a huge dance floor.
Book it, you won't be disappointed!!Sent on 09/28/2019
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Hello Jena, Thank you so much for the review, Please take time to place one on The Knot also, we only need a few more there to win Best of the Knot.
Melissa and Matt Clark · Married on 09/07/2019
Beautiful venue and highly recommend
Venue is absolutely beautiful and everything you could want for an outdoor wedding! John is great to work with. Set up and tear down is seamless and John coordinates is with your vendors you bring in. The cabin you can rent on site is prefect for the groomsmen to get ready in prior to the wedding if needed. John is quick to respond to questions willing to let you come on site for whatever you need to help plan your wedding. Our way was absolutely perfect and the venue was gorgeous! We received so many compliments about how beautiful and amazing the grounds were. We would recommend this place over and over again for a wedding! Hands down the best!!Sent on 09/11/2019
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you for the review, It was a spectacular day, we enjoyed you, your family and friends. Have a blessed new life together as husband and wife. Thanks, John and Pat
Caleb Khon · Married on 08/31/2019
Waterfalls :) Beautiful venue
John was great to work with. My spouse and Mother in law had done most of the work setting up the venue, but I got involved at the last minute because we had forgotten to send final payment. John was very understanding and responsive throughout the entire process. The property is absolutely perfect. I was a best man at this venue a few years ago as well and both times the staff was great to work with. Would highly recommend.Sent on 09/06/2019
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so much, everyone was great to work with and we work hard to make everything at Riverside the best it can be. John and Pat.
Lindsey · Married on 08/17/2019
A gorgeous venue
We got married at Riverside Receptions a few weeks ago. John was very easy-going and wonderful to work with! The venue was amazing and gorgeous! We got an incredible number of compliments from our guests, including multiple who said it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to. They also have an on-site cabin that my husband and a few of our attendants stayed in, and that I stayed in the night after the wedding. It is a wonderful cabin, and it was great to be able to just walk over there and crash after the reception! All and all, we can't recommend Riverside Receptions enough!Sent on 08/29/2019
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you, We had a wonderful time as well, wishing you both the very best in your new adventures together. Blessings, John and Pat
Meredith Stepien · Married on 08/10/2019
Most beautiful fairytale forest land!
This venue is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. We wanted our wedding to have an aesthetic of Bilbo's 111th Birthday mixed with Jane Austen mixed with Mamma Mia. And this place was PERFECT. Getting married there in the summer was so magical- the light was glimmering through the trees and reflecting off the river for our ceremony and people's minds were blown. It's amazing because you have the whole place to yourself and can choose to get married by the river, up in the pavilion, or over by a waterfall... but your guests can then walk around and enjoy all of them! Seriously our guests said that when they first walked around the corner and the grounds were revealed to them, they took their breath away. The nature surrounding the area is beautifully curated, but still natural. It doesn't look like a golf course or a perfectly manicured lawn. The river and the trees are wildly beautiful. Not only that, but all of the other checkpoints we were looking for were met- we could bring in our own vendors, we could house 250+ guests, they provided all the tables and chairs and bar, and their indoor pavilion option was still open to the beautiful nature surrounding it, so that if it rained we weren't locked inside somewhere. This place was totally affordable and allowed us to have a big wedding in an affordable way. We didn't have any flowers or decorations other than simple centerpieces, and we didn't need them at all because you're literally surrounded by natural decor. For the ceremony itself we just used the gazebo by the river and had no extra decor down there, and once again it was totally fine because the landscape itself is more than enough.
John is a super nice Pure Michigan man who will respond to your emails immediately. Who could ask for more?? Also, on the day, I noticed him driving our elderly guests around on his golf cart- which wasn't even something I asked him to do, but he just saw that they needed it and stepped in! He also offers several options for beautiful lighting, tables, and chairs. Based on what your priorities are as a couple, he can help give you exactly what you're looking for.
There's also a super cute cabin on the property that you can rent. My parents rented it for the weekend with my Aunt and Uncle, so they were walking distance from the wedding! It was awesome.
We live in Chicago and it's about 2.5 hours from the venue. This was no biggie for our guests! They all stayed in either Three Rivers or Sturgis. If you go to visit this place, be aware that you're going to drive through some pretty basic Michigan farm land, and you might be thinking "Where is this place?" When you arrive, you'll park in what seems like a simple corn field. But then- when you walk around that pavilion and down the stairs overlooking the grounds, your mind will be blown. It's literally a fairytale forest. It's unreal. It sounds like I'm over-exaggerating but I'm very serious. Everyone should get married here!!!!!!Sent on 08/22/2019
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so much, All of us here work hard to keep the grounds in the best of condition and to make your day truly special. Please post on The Knot as well, John and Pat
Jim Smith · Married on 07/27/2019
Still being acclaimed by friends and family.
Riverside Receptions was amazing. The scenery was beautiful and provided a perfect place to take pictures and to party. John was a responsive host, my wife and I visited the venue at least 4 times beforehand to look at things, all it took was a text message to him. Everything went according to schedule.Sent on 07/31/2019
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you both for the review, we enjoyed the day as well. It was a pleasure to host your wedding/reception. John and Pat
Jeff and Kelsey · Married on 06/28/2019
Riverside Receptions is amazing!
Exceptional wedding venue. We were beyond pleased. Would recommend this venue to any soon to be newlyweds looking for a place that they will never forget.Sent on 07/07/2019
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so much, enjoyed you both and family and friends, great day !!! Blessings to you in your new life as husband and wife !!!!
Katrina · Married on 06/15/2019
Amazing Venue and wonderful owners
We had our wedding at Riverside on June 15th 2019. The venue is absolutely stunning and John couldn't be a better host. We also had the pleasure of renting out the cabin that is located on the property for the night before the wedding and the night of. The venue will take your breath away. Even though it ended up raining on the day of our wedding John and his staff were great and we were able to get the ceremony set up under the pavilion. We highly recommend this venue for anyone looking!Sent on 07/08/2019
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so very much, Many blessing to you both in this new life you are starting together ! John and Pat
Breanna · Married on 06/08/2019
John has the venue right on his personal property. It’s the most gorgeous venue I have ever seen. John is very helpful through the whole process. He helps you with recommendations on vendors around the area, and brings to life your very own vision of your special day! The day of he is there making sure every part of the day goes smoothly. Everything was perfect and I give a huge thank you to John!Sent on 06/11/2019
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so much, It is our pleasure to provide everyone with a great experience for their wedding. John and Pat
Aliyah · Married on 06/08/2019
Everything from booking the venue to the big day was nothing but joyful. Everyone was professional, Helpful and I am so grateful ! The Venue is so beautiful and it speaks for it's self. We had an amazing time and couldn't have asked or a better time. Thank you John!Sent on 09/17/2019
-Aliyah & Kris
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you both so much and your family, it truly was a magnificent day !!! Many blessing to you all in your future together. Sincerely, John and Pat
Madhura Sundararajan · Married on 05/26/2019
Absolutely STUNNING Venue!
This venue is a dream. My husband and I had a very complicated wedding, with a Hindu ceremony in the morning and a Christian ceremony in the afternoon, followed by a reception. The whole day had so many moving parts and so much back and forth. John was by far the most responsive person I worked with for this wedding and he did his absolute best to accommodate all of our needs and wants. Even after I mentioned that I wanted bistro lighting and wooden bars he made it happen for me. I am so, so appreciative of him and this gorgeous, magical space. The wedding was just a fairytale and our guests were in awe. The feedback we got most often was that it was the best wedding our guests had ever been to. We didn't have much of a problem with insects. It rained in the morning but we were able to sort it out relatively quickly and have a ceremony in the hall. The whole day was just absolutely stunning thanks to John. We HIGHLY recommend this space. It is a place that made our day so extremely special and we will cherish every bit of it for the rest of our lives.Sent on 05/30/2019
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so much for this review, It means alot to us and our staff here who work so hard to to make this happen. John, Pat, Kayla, Chelsea, Daven, Sammy, Graci, Bri, Laurie, Chris, Calvin, Melody and Todd.
Sarah · Married on 09/07/2018
Very helpful and awesome to work with so far.Sent on 08/16/2017
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:I am sure we will continue to be helpful and great to work with, If you need any assistance with planning or have any questions or concerns , please let us know. Thank you, John and Pat
Hannah Zimmerman · Married on 07/14/2018
Best Day Ever!!!
This place is unlike any other venue you will find! Once we saw it for the first time nothing else even compared! The setting os breathtaking! It was absolutely perfect for our wedding!!Sent on 10/25/2018
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so much Hannah, We would love for you to post a review on The Knot as well. Please follow this link : https://www.theknot.com/review-wedding-vendors/331108
Becca · Married on 05/12/2018
John and Pat were amazing to work with! After looking at 4 other venues, I feel that we got the best bang for our buck with choosing Riverside! Everything was very fairly priced but still had an elegant look to the whole venue! Very prompt with responding to any questions and always included plenty of insight on how people have done things in the past. The day of our wedding, there was 100% chance of rain. John knew that my husband and I really wanted to get married by the river so he was constantly checking the radar to make it happen! His team was outside setting up and tearing down in a very timely manner.
We also rented the cabin for the weekend. My Bridesmaids loved staying together in such a beautiful place - and so convenient since it's on the same property as the venue!
We received so many compliments from our guests on how beautiful the venue was, and I couldn't agree more!Sent on 06/01/2018
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so very much for this awesome review, We had a great time ! Many blessing to you with your new life as husband and wife. !
Kim · Married on 10/21/2017
Absolutely amazing! John and his staff were amazing and very helpful! Our guests loved the venue! It was a dream wedding come true!Sent on 10/25/2017
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so much, John and Pat
Liz · Married on 10/07/2017
This venue is incredible. The owners, John and Pat, responded promptly to my (many) questions leading up to the wedding. The venue itself is already decorated and beautiful so I only focused on table decorations. Unfortunately, the day of our wedding it rained BUT it was still amazing. John ran around and kept everything dry. He was soaked but did not stop for a minute. The sides that were put down were clear so you could still see the rain falling. With the rain falling all around us and the waterfall, it was actually very romantic and serene. We had many compliments on our choice of venue. People seemed very impressed! We were unable to take pictures outside but fortunately, the waterfall still gave us a great backdrop for pictures! Having our wedding ceremony and reception here was a great decision!Sent on 01/16/2018
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so very much, John and Pat
Byers · Married on 09/23/2017
5 Stars all the way. It's obvious the owners are proud of their venue and must do an enormous amount of work to make and keep it so stunning. John, the owner went out of his way to accomodate our every need and was always near by anticipating what may be needed. We had some crazy requests which he fulfilled, too. What an environment to enhance the beauty and love of our daughter and now, son in law. I cried for a week.Sent on 10/18/2017
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so very much, We love what we do and Pat and I and others work very hard everyday to keep up with the gardens lawn and overall venue. An example: I got a phone alert about this review right after I got off the phone with my brother-in-law. He asked " What are you doing?" I said: " Fertilizing the gardens"
Angel · Married on 09/09/2017
I am very excited to have my wedding with Riverside Receptions. The grounds are beautiful, and creates the perfect setting for your special day. I can't wait for mine to arrive!Sent on 05/28/2016
Tieg · Married on 09/03/2017
This venue is gorgeous! I originally went to see it for the first time during the off season when it was raining cold and all the pretty flowers weren't in bloom and I still fell in love with it! There are so many beautiful flowers it makes decorating so easy you could do nothing to the place and it would still be beautiful! The day of my wedding all of the staff was so helpful everything was picture perfect and I heard from numerous people (including my photographer that photographs a ton of weddings a year) that it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to! This is a must see for sure!!! A huge thanks to riverside receptions for help making my dream wedding even more beautiful than I could have imagined!Sent on 09/12/2017
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Everyone here at Riverside Receptions works very long hours and diligently to provide the perfect backdrop for weddings/and receptions. It is so great to see the hard work pays off, Thank you so much and blessings to you all. John and Pat and staff.
Meaghan · Married on 08/12/2017
Riverside Receptions is absolutely stunning in every way. We cannot say enough good things about this venue. While we viewed a few venues before this one and were debating our options, once we found and visited Riverside, it was an easy and immediate decision. It is truly a hidden gem, situated right along the river which flowed calmly in the background of our ceremony and reception. Water is pumped from the river to an outdoor waterfall which is absolutely beautiful. It is not noisy, you cannot hear the waterfall, and it was a gorgeous background of our ceremony. Plus, there is an additional waterfall in the reception hall. My partner and I both agree this venue was perfect, and our guests would not stop talking about how beautiful the venue is. The grounds are well maintained by the owners, John and Pat. Featured on the grounds include floral decorations and features such as two gazebos, one on the river and one further away covered in pink flowers. The outdoors are fogged in the early morning of the wedding day to keep mosquitos away. There was no chemical smell and there were no mosquitos. If it does rain on your wedding day, the venue has a plan for it. The pavilion where the reception takes place has clear plastic panels that roll down to keep the pavilion dry. You can have your wedding in the reception hall as well. John was our point person for questions. He was very responsive with all of our questions, and we had a lot of them during the 15 months of planning after we selected our venue. He was responsive to all of our vendors as well. I cannot emphasize enough how great this venue is. It is definitely worth it and I HIGHLY recommend you visit the venue if you are looking for a place for your wedding. One suggestion we have would be to build a getting ready room for the groom and groomsmen on site.Sent on 08/28/2017
Riverside Receptions Etc's reply:Thank you so much for this great review, we loved working with you as well and wish you many blessings for your future together, John and Pat