I went to visit the resort after finding it online as a destination wedding site. I requested information regarding wedding packages and was presented with the following option (dated 2014):
"Sunday weddings that are tailored for more intimate party sizes of 25 – 50 guests require 5 cottages for 2 nights at an average rate of $400-$600 depending on the season, per cottage per night and a food and beverage minimum of $10,000. "
I spoke with them to confirm the package and scheduled a visit. After spending $600 per night for a weekend cottage, meeting with the new wedding planner Dale, and even selecting dates and menu options, I received my email estimate. In that, the minimum was $15,000 with 8 cottages for 3 days. I asked for the original package as quoted but was told that was not available. A "Sunday wedding" actually meant a Sunday arrival with a Monday wedding. Otherwise, the original quote was not an option. If your guests are arriving on Saturday, you are subject to the Saturday wedding food and beverage minimum of $40,000.
I absolutely loved the resort. I even chose my dress to fit the chapel. It is truly beautiful. But I absolutely can not understand the deception in the email proposal. Essentially, I spent over $1200 to visit a wedding site that is not within reach. I am terribly disappointed and can not understand why the resort is not upfront in their pricing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montage Palmetto Bluff, a prestigious luxury inn with gracious South Carolina cottages and village homes, is located along the May River. Just 30 minutes from nearby Savannah, GA and Hilton Head, SC, the resort has beautifully appointed cottages, cottage suites and resort rooms as well as luxury two, three and four bedroom home rentals. Spa Montage is one of the top-rated spas in the United States. 6 on-property restaurants and a gourmet food shop all provide for an array of dining options from casual to exquisite. Multiple pool facilities, fitness centers and a movement studio with complimentary classes are available. Extensive activities are offered including: equestrian, boating, kayaking, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and croquet and tennis facility. The resort also features a wealth of stunning and intimate locations for weddings and events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At Palmetto Bluff, An Auberge Hotel Bluffton
- Hotel At Palmetto Bluff
- Resort At Palmetto Bluff