|Address:||11421 164th St E, Puyallup, WA 98374, USA|
I absolutely LOVED my wedding at Rock Creek Gardens. It was the perfect setting for my wedding and it was the exact look I was going for. My fiancé and I decided to do a Thursday evening wedding to save on costs and we were so happy that we did. The Good: Rock Creek Gardens is a great venue for couples who do not want to do a ton of decorating (you can if you would like). They have almost everything that you need like chairs and tables so rentals are needed only for personal tastes. One thing I love is that they have enough chairs to cover both the ceremony and reception. Their staff was very responsive and I got my questions answered very quickly. Another reason we choose RCG was that they have in-house day of coordinators that they assign to you. We LOVED our coordinator. She was absolutely wonderful to work with. One thing to note with this is that their coordinators work for RCG and you may want to bring in some help which we did. They have a rain plan. Thankfully we did not need this at all because our wedding was 100 degrees but it made me feel so much better that if we did have rain we would still be able to have a lovely wedding. You can purchase sparklers for an exit through the venue and they handle the clean-up and everything. This was well worth the $50ish we spent. They have preferred caterers and we went with Mama Stortini’s and absolutely LOVED the food. You can choose your own catering company but I believe there is an additional fee for that. Things to watch out for: There aren’t any BADs from us but instead just a few things to watch out for. If you are planning on having over 150 guests there is an additional fee (I did ask and this is not a hard number so if you have 155 I’m sure they won’t charge you). Also if you need additional time (more than 9 hours for the event and 1 hour of cleaning) then you will be charged per hour. Bring your own trash bags! This was something I was not aware of until the following day but my clean-up crew told me that they didn’t have trash bags for us to use. You should probably just have a box of cleaning supplies (paper towels, trash bags, ect.). RCG is very proud of their venue as they should be and they may not allow you to do certain things. One thing we struggled with was during our ceremony we provided babysitting for children 5 and under. We wanted them babysat inside the carriage house so that they would be contained and easier to watch. We were not told until 1 month before this wouldn’t be an option but thankfully they relented when the forecast predicted 104 degrees. You will need to rent the drapery fabric for the arbor. This will run you $250.00 but they put it up. We did not go with their preferred florist and I do wish that they had more than one option. My fiancé and I felt a little pressured by the fact that their florist can get in earlier than if you hire someone different. Things to save costs: We choose a Thursday wedding which saved us about $3000.00. We also purchased our own linens which RCG allowed us to do (usually the catering company does this). We saved at least $300 plus I can resell the linens. All in all we are both so happy with our choice of venues and I would totally book with them again!
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By J R. I arrived at the Rock Gardens for an event and was awed by the the beauty. I had no idea I was entering the bowels of Purgatory. The owners are the rudest, most insulting people I have ever had the displeasure of coming across. It was like being at a party.... in a prison camp! Im not sure if its an all family run compound or what, but these people (I referred to them as guards or nazis) surround your party and monitor every move you and your guests make talking to eachother on their walkie talkies and making notes on their clipboards! And dont be shocked if their slobbering disgusting dogs are wandering around your party begging for food. And if your party is scheduled to end at 10....You can bet it will end at 10! They will fold chairs and breakdown tables at 10:01 while your guests are still there! I felt like I was a trespasser not an invited guest! I understand that they are a very new venue, but if you are going to open up your property to a customer, the PAYING customer (and their INVITED guests) should feel welcomed, and should be treated graciously. The staff / guards should not be seen until the end of your function. I would not recommend this place to any of my friends, family, or even someone I disliked for that matter. Save yourself the embarrassment and the hassle. As a matter of fact, I would hold my function at a water sewage treatment facility before stepping on that property again!
Rock Creek Gardens really disappointed me. Upon arriving the space was very nice--great for an outdoor wedding. However, the wedding I was in that was held at Rock Creek was during a terrible storm and outdoors was looking like it wasnt going to work. I am aware that the weather is not the venues fault, however, I am giving a low rating because I was disappointed with how the staff at Rock Creek handled the storm and the bride on her wedding. The power was out at the venue and they did little to comfort the bride or her family and assure her that the event would be fine. They were unable to give any solutions of how to fix the wedding and it ended up going off with a lot of errors that made the bride very disappointed. As I was helping to set up the wedding I did not see the coordinators all day--the entire group of bridesmaids was down setting up the reception hall and the wedding coordinators were no where to be found. Additionally, when they called the bride to address a few issues they were impatient, rude and stubborn. The entire day was very stressful and the venue did not seem to understand that they were making it worse. I would not recommend any one using Rock Creek Gardens for their wedding, I was not impressed.
There are 4 reviews not counting this one. Two of them were written by the staff. There is a reason you Only get 1 or 5 stars. This venue is a money trap. They hustle you into booking a date using every sales scare tactic known to man. Then once your booked, they could care less about your special day. Yes the venue looks great in the spring, just wait till mid summer. The owner is never around for a reason the venue does not make enough Capitol for him to be in the wedding business. There are much better places to get married either outside or inside, with absolutely better service and staff. I was once told there are three things to offer when selling something. Quality, customer service, and price. You can only have two, if anyone offers you all three they are lying. Rock Creek Gardens offers none of the three, we were fooled. I hope that your special day isnt ruined like ours.