We recently had our wedding at Elk Mountain. The begining of the whole process was great. The wedding coordinator worked with our budget, was prompt on returning our calls, and agreed to everything we wanted. She assured me numerous times that the events I had been planning for the wedding guests would all be available and go off with not problems.
Well when the wedding weekend came, everything seemed to have a glitch or problem. The guys in the wedding party along with some other guests were supposed to have a game of paint ball the morning of the wedding, while all the gals were getting pampered. I had spoke with the manager of the shooting range and set the whole thing up, times, equipment, etc.... before the wedding weekend. Most of the guys had their own paintball guns, so they didnt want to have to pay to rent the facilities guns. This was okay prior to the actual game. When it came down to it, the manager would not let them use their own equipment. He told them they had to rent it, at the normal fee, which is outrageous, along with purchasing their paint balls.
The wedding guests were to be picked up for the ceremony with Elk Mountains SUV's. Which they did, but none of them had any air conditioning, and most people know that western colorado gets very hot in the dead of summer, air condition is a must. When my 70 year old grandmother asked if she could open a window to get some air flow, she was rudely told she could Not! That all windows had to remain closed for the entire drive up the mountain which takes appx. 30 min. By the time the guests arrived they were drenched in sweat, and ill from the long, hot, curvy drive.
After the ceremony, during dinner, which was on the patio, the weather turned very windy and rainy. So guests were told to go indoors, along with the wedding party. The wedding party was escorted into the restaurant attached to the facility, while the wedding guests that should be celebrating with us, were escorted into a seperate meeting room. So while 6 of us ate together in a huge restaurant, the other 150 guests were all piled in one meeting room. We didnt even eat with our parents! The menu that we had agreed upon prior to the wedding had also been changed, the dressing for the salad I requested was not served, and the guests did not get served any sort of a beverage until one hour until reception, not even water! This was all discussed before the wedding and there was to be water and ice tea served immediatly and continuously throughout the ceremony.
As the reception went on, guests started coming up to me complaining that the bartender had cut them off. As I started looking around the whole place was guarded with security, I mean like 8 men. Which would have been fine, if they would have attempted to mingle, but they stood firm with their arms crossed sternly. What had happened was that the security men would watch the guests, and when they felt they were getting to loud, they told the bartender they could no longer be served. By no means was this party out of control, everyone was enjoying each others company and celebrating the union.
I was supposed to have the facility until 2 am, but last call was yelled at 12:15am. Overall it was a horrible end to my great anticipation. The scenery was beautiful, but the accomodations were horrible. I would not recommend this site for any sort of event.
- Also Known As:
- Elk Mountain Hotel Montrose