James and I were married on February 17, 2012.
As soon as we walked into the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, we knew we had our wedding venue. You have to visit Colgate to really understand the “old worlde beauty” that captured us. Everything about the chapel (where we were married) and the venue (where we had our reception) was exceptional.
We met with Jim Reynolds of Colgate/Special Events Catering. Jim and his staff were outstanding with everything from the venue planning, to the chapel rehearsal, to our reception. We received high compliments from our guests on all aspects of our event as it related to Colgate.
Jim availed himself to us throughout our wedding planning, and even took time to answer any wedding questions we had that were not related to our planning with Colgate.
We selected a Menu package that included a pastry table, and if there was an item on the menu that we wanted to change, Jim was flexible with that. We even added a hot chocolate station, which was not part of our menu package! Jim gave extremely helpful suggestions, but ultimately he stated it was “our day”, so he did not try to push anything on us which was appreciated. It was a little overwhelming selecting our hors d’ouvres because a selection menu was not available (since they have so many to choose from). I would have liked to see more than one platter of hors d’ouvres for the entire bridal party during the formal picture hour, as we did not attend the cocktail hour since we all needed to be available for pictures.
We made our own table centerpieces and pew decorations; I was able to go into the chapel on the morning of our wedding to set up our pew decorations (Jim offered to have this taken care of for me but I wanted to do that myself), and we were encouraged to visit the ball room before our guests entered to ensure that everything looked as we had envisioned it.
The Dining Hall Manager surprised us by setting up part of James’ Grooms Gift that I bought him on the pastry table for everyone to see. She did a great job with candles and the high display! James got a kick out of that, and I was touched at this special extra detail.
Our package also included lit tiki torches guiding our guests to the building entrance, as well as parking lot attendants, both of which was appreciated since the weather was a little snowy and blowy.
We are still awaiting our formal wedding pictures, however the pictures that were taken by other guests took very well both in the Chapel and in the Ball Room.
We would recommend Colgate to anyone.