Oktoberfest Garden Wedding
In a nutshell: Wilcox Manor was magical, unique, hands-on, affordable, & very easy to work with.
At length: We met with Lindburgh McPherson & had a tour of the Manor. It is a historic home that was built in 1880, originally as a hotel, & now serves as a beautiful piece of living history for Old Town & Tustin in general. Lindburgh & his partner, Michael, live in the home & have filled the interior to the brim with antiques & creative pieces from their travels around the world. The exterior is filled with flowers, statues, café & string lights, & special touches abound. There's a beautiful, huge fuerte avocado tree shading the entire bar & side-patio that is over 150-years-old (If you are lucky, Michael will send you home with a GIANT avocado.), a built-in dance floor, gazebo & more.
For history buffs or art aficionados on your guest list, you'll be delighted to know that docents from the Historic Society will be on site to show your guests around the ground floor of the estate & answer any questions they might have about the building, its history or the eclectic contents. There is so much to see! In fact, my only regret is that we were so wrapped up in all the fun & busyness of the wedding that we forgot to take some professional photos of ourselves inside the home.
Through their contacts, we ended up hiring 5 servers/bussers to help with passed appetizers & the buffet & 1 bartender for our self-stocked bar & it worked out perfectly. We had 90 guests to help put that in perspective. The bar is supplied by the venue with ice & glasses. We brought in our own caterer (a taco cart w/ two cooks) & provided our own alcohol. Since the caterer was new to the venue, Lindburgh asked to do a walkthru meeting with them to feel them out & go over specifics - I was afraid that the catering company would charge us for the extra time/visit, but it worked in the caterer's favor, as they were happy to get their foot in the door. They met us at Wilcox Manor for free & the walkthru was extremely helpful for all parties.
There is a guest cottage/bridal suite available all day for the bridal party to get ready or for the bride & groom to escape to after the ceremony for some peace & quiet. There are 4 guest restrooms (each themed after a different member of royalty), chandeliers will be hung from café lights, & all your tables/chairs/place settings/linens/etc. are included. Lindburgh has a plethora of color choices & he'll meet with you several times to review your ideas for your event & will stage a full table setting so that he can take pictures of just how you want it setup. They have an aisle runner for the bride, 50 parasols for guests to use in the sun, two TV's for photo slide shows, & two shuttle buses to provide transportation to & from their off-site. The best part? All of this is included in their price. EVERYTHING. They even provide ice, water w/ pitchers on the tables, a drink station, a coffee station... Everything is included except for the consumables & vendors, but they are more than happy to offer recommendations.
Now, while it was a fantastic evening, it did have a few hiccups - Nothing is perfect. It was 90+ degree weather & there was no a/c in the guest restrooms; this was unfortunately where the groom & groomsmen were supposed to get ready & hang out. The bridal suite had an a/c unit, but it was doing next to nothing for us. Michael brought in two fans, but it was just so hot in general that it barely made a dent. The only other issues we had were electrical. For some reason, our DJ's mic would not work with the sound system, but at least the one for the ceremony did... We also had power fluctuations between our photo booth & some string lights. So, they need to do a little work on making sure everything electronic is working efficiently. Otherwise, it was a wonderful night.
Both Lindburgh & Michael were there helping to keep the evening running smoothly. Lindburgh worked hand-in-hand with my day-of coordinator to make sure everything was setup & paced how I wanted it. Michael hosted tours of the home for some of our family & friends. Our guests had nothing but delightful compliments on how pretty & unique the location was. Our photographer had a field day with all the little details. We ended up having a fantastic & memorable wedding & we are so grateful to have Lindburgh, Michael & Wilcox Manor to thank for it.
Please feel free to send me a message if you have any questions about our experience, any details you want to know about, etc. We were married on 09/19/15 & had our event from 3-10pm. I'd be more than happy to answer any of your questions. Cheers!
A Night To Remember
We fell in love with this venue from the moment we stepped on the property. We cannot say enough good things about Wilcox Manor. Lindburgh was professional and warm and helped to manage our big day smoothly. They provided a myriad of table ware, colors, options for chairs, etc. It even rained periodically throughout our day, but we had absolutely no concerns that Wilcox Manor would have the even tented beautifully and would go off without a hitch. We did not have a care in the world to worry about. It was a breath of fresh air.
Your event is held outside at the Manor's beautifully maintained grounds. Don't let the 55 decibels deter you in any way from thinking you won't be dancing all night. We had our DJ in the enclosed outdoor patio and the acoustics were amazing which kept our dance floor packed from the moment we started dancing 'til the end of the event.
Lindburgh and Michael were extraordinary with making sure all our personal needs for the event were met. Additionally, the needs of all our attendees to the wedding were comfortable. All of our family and friends commented on what a wonderful package and service Wilcox Manor did for our special day. We would use Wilcox Manor again and highly recommend it to others.
Quality of Service; Responsiveness; Professionalism; Value for Cost; Flexibility; ALL EXCELLENT
I went to the Wilcox Manor last night for a wedding. It was a great venue, with a variety of areas to gather throughout the evening. I was encouraged to take a tour of the home and was not disappointed
What a great place for an event. Michael and Lindburgh were so helpful and everyone enjoyed themselves.