I recently attended a wedding and reception at the Reedley Country Bed and Breakfast and while there were aspects that were very nice, the not so nice outweighed my experience.
The Pros: Lovely gardens, gazebo, and what I assume to be buildings of the Inn, although I only happened to see the inside of one. Very nice Victorian charm, an air conditioned room that was greatly appreciated. Dinner tables were beautifully set, no problems with linens. Very nice dinner served, wait staff was competent.
The Cons: There were no plates provided for hors d'oeuvres, nor napkins. Someone finally got a roll of paper towels for guests to use and set it on the table. Wow - might expect to see that at a BBQ wedding, but not at this kind of affair.
The same thing happened when the wedding cake was served. Fortunately the MOB brought some paper plates, but when those ran out, the owner finally provided some that didn't come close to matching - and there were no forks provided - quite a back up for cut cake that was waiting for utensils, and when forks were brought out, they were brought in the big food service cardboard box. Again, not in keeping with the event.
There were other cons, but those above were things that should have been no-brainers and should have been prepared for.
The biggest con of all was the owner.
I don't know how she dealt with the families involved, I only speak of what I saw and heard, and working in the hospitality industry myself, I was completely taken aback by her behavior.
She seemed like she was put out at having an event like this at her establishment. I heard her speak rudely to guests. I witnessed her come into one of the house-like buildings where 2 women were speaking to one another. The owner walked in the door and barked "What are you doing in here?!" I don't believe the women thought she could possibly be talking to them that way, so again she barked "WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN HERE?!" At that point one of the women replied she was speaking with her friend and was told "THIS IS OFF LIMITS, NO ONE CAN BE IN HERE - WE HAVE TO CLEAN UP!" As far as I could tell, there were no signs anywhere that said ""STAFF ONLY, or NO GUESTS, PLEASE." But that would have been too polite for the owner..
Perhaps the owner prefers to run this as a bed and breakfast, but with her lack of people skills, she is clearly not a wedding planner, someone who caters to the wedding couple, guests,, and goes out of her way to make sure everyone has a more than pleasant experience. The owner would not last a day where I work, as guest service is of the utmost importance. She'd be fired before the end of her first shift.
Oh, and as a side note (and this is not a reflection on the Reedley Country Bed and Breakfast) do not consider that just because you are out in the country, your car is safer than in the city. I came out to my car after the reception to find my front passenger window was smashed in and someone had gone through the console of my car. Fortunately the only thing stolen was my GPS. Again, I don't hold the inn at all responsible, just saying: don't be lulled into a false sense of security.
The Tulare County Sheriff who came out for my report was much more pleasant then the owner of the inn. Maybe they should swap professions!
- Also Known As:
- Reedley Country b&b
- Reedley Country Hotel Reedley