The Waters Edge at Giovanni's Reviews

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29 Reviews for The Waters Edge at Giovanni's

Recommended by 100% of couples

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  • Quality of service 5.0
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  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Portia & Anthony · Married on 08/17/2019

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    Farrow/Gross Wedding- 8/17/2019

    Michele Esposito is a great coordinator. Her attention to detail is phenomenal. The wait staff at Giovanni’s provided superb service throughout my reception. I highly recommend this venue for any special event. You will not be disappointed!!

    Thank you, Giovanni’s!!!

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    Nicole Perone · Married on 04/27/2019

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    Trust Them for the Perfect Wedding Experience!

    WEG is the best venue from start to finish. Look, people will remember the food, alcohol, and music at your wedding, and WEG ensured that the reception experience was stellar at every turn.

    The space is gorgeous; the staff is thorough and courteous; and the food is OUT OF THIS WORLD. People are STILL talking about how delicious everything was! The fresh mozzarella bar and the Venetian dessert hour were HUGE hits. The bartenders were befriended by our groomsmen and I hear the drinks were great (do yourself a favor, don't drink on your wedding day). Your guests will have a sterling experience at WEG.

    Michele is all-world! The best coordinator ever! She is accessible 24/7, always kind and enthusiastic, and has answers for everything. She is also a great resource for other vendors and how to navigate those decisions. I was in such capable hands with her. I felt like she had become part of the family by the end of it! Additionally, every time I was there, Sal and JoAnn were present to me and very welcoming. JoAnn was even the one who bustled my dress at the reception! That's how involved everyone at WEG is. I simply cannot recommend them highly enough!

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    Sent on 06/12/2019
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    Denise · Married on 04/27/2019

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    The Gold Standard of Weddings

    We recently had our daughter’s wedding at WatersEdge at Giovanni’s in April 2019. Everything was perfect. There isn’t anything we would do differently.

    Everything was wonderful, especially the delicious food, wait staff and an amazing bridal coordinator, Michelle.

    People often ask us what was the best part about our daughter’s wedding day and for both of us it was the fact that we didn’t have to worry about anything. Michelle was in total control - working very closely with the vendors. Their operation is smooth and slick, the co-ordination they have with their staff and vendors is amazing It was an incredible feeling to know that we could relax and enjoy the day knowing everything was going smoothly and our guests were all enjoying themselves. 

    Months later we still receive endless comments about how good the food noting it was the best wedding they’ve ever attended. WEG sets the bar very high and exceeded all our expectations.

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    Murielle · Married on 07/07/2018

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    My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Waters Edge at Giovanni's on Saturday, July 7, 2018. It was the best decision. Bonnie made me feel very special from the beginning. She went above and beyond in making sure everything went well. For our wedding reception, my husband and I wanted the food to be from our culture. We were delighted when we found out that The Waters Edge at Giovanni's offers special menus from different cultures. Bonnie was absolutely wonderful throughout the whole process. All of our guests had a great experience and are still talking about the service, the amount of food and how delicious everything tasted. Thumbs up to Chef Mancini. The food was amazing. The whole staff were very nice and helpful. I recommend The Waters Edge at Giovanni's 100%!

    Sent on 07/20/2018

    The Waters Edge at Giovanni's's reply:

    Hello my newlyweds,
    Thank you for the kind words. We had so much fun getting to know you and helping you plan your special day. Please stop by and share some of your pictures. we'd love to see you.
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    Meg · Married on 07/05/2018

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    We recently had our wedding here and it was more than we could have ever dreamed of! The venue is beautiful and they transformed the ballroom into a romantic, elegant setting for our black tie reception. From our first initial meeting with the wedding coordinator to our big day and everything in between, the staff was always reachable, prompt to get back to us, and helpful in the planning process. We had a lot of unique requests such as putting a tent up out back for cocktail hour and getting food trucks come for our after party and they were able to deliver on all of our requests! The day of staff was so attentive and professional and many of our guests commented on how excellent the service was. On top of all of this, the food was amazing! I would highly recommend The Waters Edge at Giovanni's to any bride and groom looking for their dream wedding.

    Sent on 09/18/2018
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    Kaitlyn · Married on 06/30/2018

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    Our wedding was on June 30, 2018 at The Waters Edge at Giovanni's and everything was absolutely perfect! From the initial meeting all the way to the day of, everyone at The Waters Edge was helpful, patient, and willing to sit with us to go over every last detail. On our wedding day, Bonnie and the entire staff at The Waters Edge was friendly, attentive, and professional. Even our guests were blown away by how excellent the service was on our wedding day. We cannot recommend the Waters Edge at Giovanni's enough for your wedding, truly a 5-star venue!!

    Sent on 08/23/2018
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    Betsy · Married on 04/27/2018

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    Not a wedding - we recently a Gala for a local high school. As always, Joann was a pleasure to work with. Our meal was delicious, the staff attentive.

    Sent on 05/07/2018
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    Jodi · event on: 01/13/2018

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    Today, we enjoyed a wonderful milestone birthday party at The Water's Edge at Giovanni's, and I have to thank everyone who helped me to make this party run so smooth and wonderfully! From Michele Esposito who very kindly and competently helped me to arrange all the details (all within two weeks' notice) to Bonnie and Sal who helped us on site the day of to Syed and the other wonderful wait staff who made us feel welcome, special, and added extra/special touches I did not even think of (and they went very well). Thank you for making my Doug's 50th birthday a memorable event that everyone enjoyed! (And our family give their high compliments, too!)

    Sent on 01/13/2018

    The Waters Edge at Giovanni's's reply:

    Hello Jodi,
    It was truly our pleasure and we hope to see you and Douglas again!
    Happy Birthday Douglas!!!!!!
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    Ellen · Married on 11/11/2017

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    We had our daughter's Bat Mitzvah at the Waters Edge on 11/11/17. It was an amazing experience! From day 1, it was a pleasure working with Sal and his team. We absolutely recommend this venue.

    Sent on 11/19/2017
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    Anna Lisa · Married on 10/28/2017

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    I have to say after our venue we booked caught fire and had to look for another one I was pretty disappointed but let me tell you now I know things happen for a reason and for the best cause Giovanni’s would now be my first choice!!! They did such an amazing job and I had a blast at my own wedding and they made it go so smoothly!! Was little nervous with 275 guest how it would go but it was wonderful!!! Thank you!!

    Sent on 10/31/2017
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    Leeann · event on: 09/17/2017

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    Stopped there on our way home from a vacation in Virginia. We stumbled upon this restaurant by accident. Best accident ever. Fine Italian restaurant, fantastic cuisine and service. Our waiter Douglas was informative, with an old school professionalism very refreshing. Also got to meet Giovanni the owner who was equally pleasant. We will make the 3 hour drive from Mass to enjoy another dinner.

    Sent on 09/16/2017
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    Tasha · Married on 09/09/2017

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    Bonnie was great! Very knowledgeable and put my mind at ease about my day. I was nervous and did not know what I was supposed to be looking for and she answered all my questions as well as added some suggestions that got me inspired.

    Sent on 03/08/2017
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    Linda · Married on 08/12/2017

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    We had our daughter's baby shower here and was very happy with the whole experience. Staff were attentive, very easy to work with, & accommodated our every request. Food was excellent, portion size could have been a tad larger so I would recommend getting the offered first course pasta dish which we declined thinking it would be too much food. Would highly recommend Giovanni's for any event!

    Sent on 09/23/2017
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    Anabel · Married on 08/12/2017

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    My husband and I got married at The Water's Edge at Giovanni's on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Let me tell you this was the best choice we could have made. Everything was just perfect. We are from out of town and Sanchi and JoAnn helped us throughout this entire stressful process called wedding planning. We originally had a different wedding coordinator (we booked about a year and a half before wedding date) by the time our wedding was happening she wasn't there any more. Let me tell you Sanchi and JoAnn put all the missing pieces together and helped us have the best wedding of our lives. The food, service, drinks was FANTASTIC!!!! They were so accommodating and helpful throughout the entire process. All my guests are still raving about our amazing wedding and how great and welcome they felt at The Water's Edge at Giovanni's. I would recommend this place a 100000000%. They stood calm even when I was a nerve wreck hehe and we will forever be thankful and grateful with them.

    Much love,

    Anthony & Anabel from Long Island

    Sent on 11/02/2017
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    jill · Married on 10/22/2016

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    My husband and I just got married at The Waters Edge at Giovanni's at the end of October. From the very second we walked into Giovanni's we knew this was going to be the venue were going to get married in. We met with Jessica who sat right down with us, showed us the rooms, walked us through the entire place and put us right at ease. She was so incredible to work with. She was very calm but professional and knew exactly what she was doing. All my emails, questions, and concerns were always answered right away. We also had the chance to work with Bonnie on the actual big day. She was wonderful to work with, she jumped right in and was by my side from the second I walked out of the party bus into the bridal suite. She even cooled me down with a wet hand towel! Every single guest told us that the food they had was the best food they ever had at a wedding. From cocktail hour, to the reception- everything was incredible. Being gluten free was no issue for them! All the cocktail hour apps were made gluten free for me, as well as my filet for dinner. The staff go above and beyond to make all their guest have an amazing night. My parents went back the next morning to pick up everything we had left there to find Bonnie had already put everything to the side for us, all organized, which made it extremely easy for my parents. I can go on and on about Giovanni's and their staff. I would highly recommend this venue to every single person I know who is engaged and looking their special place to get married. They do an exceptional job.

    Sent on 11/08/2016
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    Judith · Married on 10/08/2016

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    I wish I could rate them even higher. They truly helped to make my wedding a dream come true! My guests (even the picky ones) felt they were flawless. They are the gold standard in this area and they surpassed the great reputation I had heard about. I look forward to having other events and many dinners in the restaurant at this venue.

    Sent on 10/17/2016
  • User4030660 · 2+ years ago

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    My parents hosted my engagement party here.
    From the initial planning to the date of the party, Bonnie the banquet manager was a pleasure to work with. The food was absolutely plentiful and delicious! The banquet room is gorgeous with water views. The dance floor is huge. The location is excellent right off 1-95 on the Post Rd. My fiance and I so enjoyed everything that we felt like we were in a fairy tale!

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    Nicholas · Married on 10/13/2013

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    The Water’s Edge at Giovanni's could not be any more of an ideal place to hold a wedding or any type of major event. The staff and ownership were beyond incredible and catered to our every need. Additionally, they alleviated and prevented any type of stress that comes with making sure things were perfect for our wedding. It was a worry-free and beautiful day and we would never in a million years consider hosting another occasion of this type of importance anywhere else. IT WAS A PERFECT DAY!

    Sent on 12/26/2013
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    Robert · Married on 10/12/2013

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    From the first moment we walked into The Water’s Edge Giovanni’s we were greeted, and treated like family even though we didn’t have an appointment. Bonnie Littlefield made us feel right at home, she didn’t miss a beat even though she was in the middle of setting up for a wedding that same day. We were introduced to Giovanni who couldn’t have been nicer, and Sal the manager was accommodating, informative, and professional. We were offered a cocktail, coffee, etc. and tour of the venue. It immediately felt like we were with family, and they didn’t miss a beat when we announce it would be a same sex wedding. We were given a beautiful and detailed package of wedding pricing, and extensive menu choices. We made a follow up appointment to see the venue again and to discuss or needs in more detail.

    Our second visit was even a greater pleasure, and having already visited 5 or 6 other venues we could tell this was the place for our wedding. Bonnie was patient, kind, professional, caring, and a wonderful person. Again we left there feeling like we were at a family’s home and not in a wedding mill.

    So contract in place we began the process and Bonnie was there for us every step of the way… the tasting was to die for… the food is excellent… Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon, Lobster Tail, there are so many to choose from, and the cocktail hour better than any meal I ever had, and being Italian that’s not an easy task. Bonnie made the process go smoothly from start to finish.

    Our wedding day was a fabulous and grand affair… Our family and friends are still talking about the venue, ceremony, amazing cocktail hour, spectacular dinner menu, unparalleled service, excellent music by DJ Kurt, and the most magnificent flowers by JP Licari!

    To quote one of our guests “It’s the best wedding I’ve been to in 20 years”

    Sent on 12/21/2013
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    Easy decision and best we could've chosen! Amazing food, quality and service! Would do it again at Giovanni's in a heartbeat!

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    Lisa · Married on 07/27/2013

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    This was a second wedding for us. Giovanni's was incredible...the attention to detail, the kindness and professionalism of the staff. Everything was just perfect. They also recommended a fabulous DJ. It couldn't have been easier. This day was so very special to both of our families. The guests raved that it was one of the best weddings ever.

    Sent on 12/22/2013
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    Iris · Married on 04/27/2013

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    From the moment we stepped into The Waters Edge, we knew that we were going to have our wedding reception there. Although it was only the second venue we saw, we both felt that there was no better place to celebrate our wedding. After we saw a few more venues, we had to go back to The Waters Edge because nothing we saw compared to it.

    Perhaps one of the most important reasons we chose this venue was the food. The quality of the food (all made on the premises) is exceptional, and we had a taste of that in their adjoining restaurant. Our menu provided a choice of chateaubriand, rack of lamb and Chilean sea bass; guests have raved about each of these. Moreover, the service was excellent, with servers assigned to each table. The servers ensured that each guest, including those with specific food allergies, were happy. Our guests are still talking about how delicious everything was and how smoothly the night went. The pricing for their wedding packages is also reasonable, and, given the service and quality of the food, is far superior to most venues in the area.

    Last but not least, perhaps the most valuable asset to The Waters Edge is Michele Esposito, their wedding coordinator. She assisted us in every way, and her attention to detail, warm demeanor and enthusiasm made the whole wedding process much less stressful! From planning the menu to making sure we ate our dinner during the wedding, Michele did it all.

    We cannot say enough great comments about The Waters Edge. If we had to do it all over, we would choose this venue again without hesitation. We HIGHLY recommend The Waters Edge!!

    Sent on 05/21/2013
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    Christine · Married on 04/06/2013

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    After looking around at several locations for the perfect wedding we fell upon Giovanni's. The Waters Edge totally exceeded our expectations. The elegance and warmth of the facility carried throughout the wedding experience. Michele assisted us during the entire process and was welcoming and efficient. I didn't have to worry about a thing. Absolutely wonderful!!

    Sent on 05/17/2013
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    Eleanor · Married on 11/12/2011

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    The wedding banquet director was Professional, friendly, and flexible. Our family was very pleased
    with the total outcome of my daughter's wedding

    Sent on 12/22/2011
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    Maggie · Married on 09/10/2011

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    The Waters Edge at Giovanni's did an AMAZING job on our wedding. We were treated like a king and queen from the start of planning through the end and even after the wedding. I recommend The Waters Edge to EVERYONE. You will NOT be disappointed. Such a fabulous job! LOVE THEM!!!!!!

    Sent on 09/28/2011

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