Columbus >Event Planning > Bennett Vicki A Rev DD
2511 McCutcheon Rd, Columbus, OH | Directions 4321940.033322 -82.919788
(Tuesday-Friday walk-in 10-5:00) Saturdays 10am -7pm (or by reservation Tues-Fri 5:30-7:00)
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Northeast Columbus
time to set the record straight.. – since there is no place for the small business owner to respond to allegations posted here, I decided that it was time to put an end to the nonsense posted by Alicia.
First off, the bride and groom arrived 40 minutes late for their hour time booked. NOT 5 MINUTES...40 MINUTES. We have all our couples sign a contract when they book their wedding, it states: "We understand that we are responsible for being on time and that if we are late (30 minutes formal or garden, 15 minutes elopement chapel) Weddings R Us LLC reserves the right to cancel our wedding without reimbursement of any funds or charge us a late fee of $50-100. (If we re-schedule we will be held responsible for all applicable ceremony fees, plus photographer fees.) "
When the bride arrived, she had a large wedding party with her, and our ceremony takes 9.5 minutes to perform (not including the "walk down the aisle"), I did NOT charge them the late fee (as stated in their contract) and I told her that if she wanted to be married today, she would have to just walk down the aisle with me and there would be no music or anything else.
I told her then (and I tell ALL my brides) that I book my ceremonies back to back...their time is clearly stated on their contract and I hold them to it. Our contract also states: "Time booked in our chapels includes the time for you to get your guests parked and seated, your ceremony performed and your guests out of the driveway."
And I also told her that I had another wedding that would be here in 18 minutes.
I performed their wedding, and they had about 8-10 minutes left in their hour booked...and they insisted on going out into the garden pavilion for photos. I told them that they had only 5 minutes to do so...
My next wedding was a large one and while I was still trying to get them out of the garden, the next wedding (which was on time) was within their rights to be parking in our lot. And she and her guests complained. Loudly.
It seems that the bride didn't feel that she had to respect the next couple who also paid for their wedding and actually arrived on time. So ruining someone else's day meant nothing to her or her guests.
This is a bride who ruined her own wedding and wants to slam me for it.
This is a small business and I believe that I provide a wonderful experience for anyone wanting a beautiful wedding at an affordable price. And I have married over 7000 couples...and only had a very few (what the industry refers to as..) Bridezillas...
As for the nonsense that I was "on the phone making an ebay purchase.." last I checked, ebay was an online auction, there is no phone access to bidding...
And a "rat" running in the garden...ludicrous! We do have brown bunnies, chipmunks and an adorable groundhog who make our over half acre their home...but rats.... come on...you are really reaching!
Next time you want to slam someone publicly, at least get the facts straight first.
Look elsewhere – My girlfriend and her new husband were married here recently. On their wedding day, they were running late due to a fiasco that took place at their home in the morning. Needless to say, they arrived hurried and flustered but only 5 minutes behind schedule. The first thing that the owner said to them was, "Bride and groom, downstairs. You have 12 guests and owe me $20." There was no attempt to calm them down, make them feel special. It was the first thing said to them when they arrived! While they were finalizing payments, the owner stopped in the middle of their conversation to take a phone call and finalize an ebay sale!
After that introduction to the ceremony, the owner proceeded to walk them through the rehearsal in the chapel in front of all of the guests. Again, it was a little tacky to do this. They chose the facility because they didn't want a tacky Vegas-style wedding.
While this was taking place, the guests had noise-makers/bells they were playing with & were for after the wedding. The owner continued to scold the bride for the noise that the guests were making. The bride was so upset about this and had to come and request for the guests to be quiet because the owner continued to "yell" at her until the noise stopped. The owner also sharply corrected a guest to stop blowing bubbles inside for the bride and groom, a pretty typical wedding activity. The bride was also supposed to receive flowers for the service and did not.
In the middle of the ceremony, the one that the owner was adamant be silent, her phone started to loudly ring because she did not silence the ringer. Again, tacky.
After the ceremony, we were permitted to photograph in the garden. Walking out to the backyard facility, we watched a rat run across the yard!
The owner took a couple of photographs and left us alone. When we returned to the front, the next wedding couple and their guests had already started to arrive. She had scheduled the weddings within 1 hour of each other.
Overall, the chapel was not up to the bride and groom's expectations at all, and the guests also felt this tension with the owner. The happy couple was not at all happy with their treatment.
Because this is a chapel, not a church, I book our weddings back to back. I give all our couples plenty of time for their ceremony. I am very up-front with all the couples about how I schedule weddings, and they all sign a contract with the time of their wedding and the number of guests they have paid for. It also states that any additional guests must be paid for before we can perform their ceremony. And I do not talk on the phone during ceremonies, nor do we have rats.
Not your run of the milll wedding chapel – My husband and I were married here in 2008. We met with Vicki beforehand and told her our love story. We had been engaged in 1980 but split after a tragedy and found each other again. She laughed and cried along with us.
She made the entire ceremony, sweet and touching and incredibly beautiful. She made mention of our fairytale relationship during the ceremony and did all she could to make it special. It was!!!
Hassle free beautiful wedding – My husband Tom and I were married here in 2007. It was really easy to set the wedding up. We had an intimate garden wedding with 10 friends and family attending and our dog Lexi who was our ringbearer. Vicki made our day so special. We can't thank her enough. The garden is gorgeous! I reccomend Weddings R Us to anyone who wants to have a small, intimate, easy to plan, stress free wedding.
great place, very romantic – Can't believe anyone would write a bad review of this place, I got married here last year and have recommended it to at least 10 friends (4 of whom have gotten married there). The place is so sweet (not huge) just right for a small intimate wedding, the owner is a doll baby, she made my day so special. We got married in the Formal Chapel but I have attended weddings in the elopement chapel and the garden...
I did the package with the gown and photos and had a spectacular wedding for less than I would have paid for a wedding gown. And the photos were incredible, all my friends raved and after they saw the pictures, they all wanted to get married there.
The owner/minister is charming and made our day so special...you have got to see this place to believe it. We looked at all the chapels in town before we chose this place and this one is so adorable.
Cute little place – I read another bad review on another site, and decided to see what else I could find when I ran across this one... Sounds like they are from the same wedding. Again, I have to tell you my experience, since it was so different from what is described here.
I live in West Virginia, and my sister lives in Columbus Ohio. We drove three hours to come to her wedding there, and we were pleasantly suprised when we arrived. The chapel is the downstairs area of the owners home, which she has turned into a charming area for weddings to take place. We were greeted as we drove in by a staff member who told us where to park our car so that we could fit in the maximum number of cars and no one would have to park on the nearby street. The cars have to be parked very carefully to fit them all in, and once you are in, you all have to leave at once. Since it's a wedding though, we didn't have a problem with that.
We were then shown into the chapel, which was decorated with candelabras, a stained glass window, and plenty of seating for all the guests. My sister had sent me the link to the website, so I knew what to expect, but it really is a cute little room. After a simple but beautiful ceremony, we were allowed to mingle and take photos, both inside and out. We were told when we had a few minutes left to clear out, because they had another wedding booked after us. We knew about this ahead of time though, and were ready for it. we simply had arranged to meet at a local restaurant to continue the party there. A great time was had by all, and on a budget that my sister could afford.
Would strongly discourage Weddingrus – During the rehearsal, the owner dictated exactly how the wedding was going to be. I had no say in how my bridal party was going to be set up.
The day was already quite gloomy because it was raining, but the owner of the location did not make the day any better. Right before I walked down the aisle, she told me how many total guests were present. Which meant nothing more than that I owed her more money, not a big deal, but her timing was tacky. After my husband and I walked out of the chapel, she told me that we again owed her money ($50). This wasn't 2 minutes after our ceremony. We had the pictures taken in the chapel and wanted to take some outside because it had quit raining (go figure). She told us we could only take 2 or 3 pictures, which by the way we had 20 minutes left. After taking those pictures, she hassled me again about the $50 because she was afraid that I was going to leave prior to paying. What an insult to me!! I was trying to get all of the wedding guests to leave so that the next wedding could start.
There is not any transition time between weddings, she pushes you in and out. It is all about making as much money as she can in a day.
We also had two individual who are disabled at our wedding and she did not have any handicap accessibility ramp, so it was a challenge to get them in and out of the location.
I will never recommend this location to anyone. A one star rating is an overrating.
On a positive note, our minister performed the service and I married the love of my life.
In a rebuttal to the owner's response: I did come into the wedding location, but my best friend was trying to pin her recently passed father's military pin on my dress prior to the ceremony. Therefore, that is why I stayed outside for one second. I was pretty happy prior to the wedding, even though it was raining outside. As stated prior, the owner was very unprofessional in her manner of getting her $50. We also paid for a photograph that we never received.
Prior to booking my wedding at this location, I asked if I could bring my own minister. Actually, it is posted on the website that you can bring your own minister so long as you have a rehearsal. So, for her to say that she allowed me to bring my own minister is a false statement. She did not do anything above and beyond what she would have done for any other client.
The owner told us that we could go and take a couple pictures outside since the weather had cleared and we were supposed to have an outside wedding. So, for her to state that I wanted to go outside and take pictures is false.
Lastly, my day was just fine after I left that location and continued on with my day and my family.
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