My daughter was married Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Orthodox Church which is only a three minute drive from the Agua Caliente. We picked the hotel for the reception mainly because the first time we visited the church in February we walked out of the church and looked around. The casino was all we could see so we decided to check it out as a reception venue. Good decision. Although I was a pretty stressed out mother of the bride, everything went beautifully. The event lawn is a world away from the casino - very lovely atmosphere. The tables were set up on the lawn and looked great. We ordered the barbeque buffet off the banquet menu - a good value for 85 guests- the food was really the best we've had at a wedding - so many compliments and good choices for every guest from those on gluten free to vegetarians and of course regular omnivores - everything was really tasty. We received so many compliments on the food from our guests. The buffet included cookies and brownies - I only tasted one cookie and it was really good. You need to bring in your own wedding cake, or in my daughter's case, wedding pies. But the catering staff displayed the pies beautifully. Rick and Vickie, the banquet managers were excellent - they do know what they are doing. My husband selected the wines from the house menu and they were very good. My daughter and her bridesmaids got their hair done for the wedding at the hotel Spa - Alison was amazing in doing all four girls' hair beautifully.
This was a destination wedding of sorts as no one lived closer than Long Beach and many, including the bride and groom and both sets of parents came in from over a thousand miles away. Many of our guests, as well as the bridal party, stayed at the casino hotel all weekend. They all liked their rooms. My husband and I stayed in an executive suite the night of the reception and it was a beautiful room (actually two rooms plus a very big bathroom). The wedding couple had a similar suite on the 9th floor on their wedding night and they loved it. Weddings are expensive but I do think we got good value for our money. Nothing is perfect but I definitely recommend the Agua Caliente as a wedding reception venue.
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