I had my wedding and reception at VV in November 2012. I think that if I could go back and do everything again, I may still choose Valle Vista, but I would do a few things differently.
- Very affordable, beautiful venue. We had the Ceremony of Lights (which I can't recommend enough) and it was breathtaking. I doubt that there is another venue that is as elegant, striking, and impressive looking for this price. We paid approx. $6,000-7,000 (can't remember exactly) for our ceremony, reception, table decorations and catering for 65. There was very little decorating that we still needed to do.
- They were pretty flexible with the things that I wanted to DIY, but had I wanted to do absolutely nothing, that would've practically been possible. I hired an outside bakery, did my own flowers and favors and centerpieces, but they have a lot there that they will do for a reasonable price.
- Almost all of the staff was excellent to deal with. Rosie was wonderful, very flexible, helpful, prompt, professional, and reassuring. A woman named Polly on the catering team was just a gem, although I only ever met her during our reception and just before, she was fantastic. Rebecca was very efficient and reassuring.
- They do set-up of centerpieces, etc. I didn't have to worry about this at all.
- My biggest issue with the entire process involved day-of pictures. Throughout the planning process, I was assured that the men and the women and the family would each have a room, and that a coordinator would direct us all to one place for photos, etc. This did not happen. I spent way too much time waiting in rooms, not knowing what time it was or where my groom was sequestered, searching for VV staff and not knowing if I was going to run into my groom before the wedding, sending people out to look for staff. It was just very disorganized. In the end, my dad was in almost none of the formal pictures because he was just not directed to where he should be, and I didn't even know where in the building he was.
- Several of our guests were late (which was of course not VV's fault!) and it wasn't until nearly 45 minutes after the wedding was supposed to start that anyone communicated with me about this - someone on staff made the executive decision to delay the start of the ceremony, which would have been fine for 10-15 minutes, but I was not even told about this situation until 45 minutes after it was supposed to start. It was nearly an hour late. Subsequently, so was the reception, and we only got to play a fraction of the songs scheduled - which was not the DJ's fault, never even got to do the garter toss, etc. If anyone had spoken to me, I would not have okayed delaying the ceremony by an hour.
- Our rehearsal was confusing, and I spent the rest of the night fielding questions from wedding party members needing clarification on things we'd all understood before the rehearsal.
- There was another wedding or two happening at the exact same time as mine. It's a little surreal to be passing other fully dressed brides in the hall and not be sure if guests in the lobby are your new spouse's distant friends' dates that you've never met, or belong to another wedding entirely.
- It was NOT a con for me, but you can only use their catering. I was fine with that, but it may be a drawback for some.