Cotillion Room and Garden
16816 E Us Highway 40, Independence, MO 64055
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
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So - my story as a father is as follows... I went with my son to help him with his wedding reception on Nov 2, 2013. Little did I known that later that day I would be a victim in an armed robbery when I took my 71 year old father-in-law to get a carton of cigarettes at the Stop N Shop off 291 & 24 highways. We walked out of the store and out of the corner of my eye, I saw that my father-in-law had been grabbed and was being held at gunpoint, being accosted and robbed... I turned to help, but was shot. Life changes.
I paid in full that day to reserve the Cotillion Hall for Dec 14, 2013. Due to the extenuating circumstances, I contacted the Cotillion owners on November 18 to notify them of our desire to cancel the venue as my son and his fiancé had decided to wait regarding definite plans until we have recovered. The owner responded that she was 'sorry about my luck but we won't refund your money because we don't have it - because we had bills to pay.'
What's this world coming to? A young couple wants to celebrate their marriage with their family present for the event. If this business - a business set up to provide a venue for life events - is so hard up that they cannot even afford to show compassion, they should get out - and certainly not burden families/clients with stories of their financial problems. It looks as though I'm not the only one that feels this way.
If I told my best friend about this…
If I told my best friend about this place nothing good would be mentioned. The place was supposed to be set up, swept, power washed, and ready for us to decorate the day of our wedding. The cotillion did not have the dead leaves from the winter picked up and our wedding was in July. I had to convince the owner that it as not a wise idea to power wash the area with under an hour before our wedding was suppose to start and my bride to be was taking pictures. The inside looked great due to the help of my family and friends who put together the chair covers that were suppose to be done in advance. The photographer that they recommended took our pictures and it has been over 8 weeks with still no pictures. The DJ was great he kept the crowd interested and had a lot of fun activities that made the wedding fun and helped me forget about the beyond poor experience I had just paid good money for. Pay more for a better place or you will regret this place.
If any one asked me about this place nothing good would be mentioned. The place was supposed to be set up, swept, power washed, and ready for us to decorate the day of our wedding. The cotillion did not have the dead leaves from the winter picked up and our wedding was in July. I had to convince the owner that it as not a wise idea to power wash the area with under an hour before our wedding was suppose to start and my bride to be was taking pictures. The inside looked great due to the help of my family and friends who put together the chair covers that were suppose to be done in advance. The photographer that they recommended took our pictures and it has been over 8 weeks with still no pictures. The DJ was great he kept the crowd interested and had a lot of fun activities that made the wedding fun and helped me forget about the beyond poor experience I had just paid good money for. Pay more for a better place or you will regret this place.
12/13/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This was the perfect place to hold a large gathering. It has a unique beauty both on the outside and on the inside that you won't find anywhere else. The owners are wonderful and gracious people that will work with anything you are wanting to do, whether its decor, music, or food. Will hold many gatherings there in the future!
10/08/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I can not wait for our upcoming Fall wedding 2010. The process from day one for any bride to be can be cumbersome. Acting as my own wedding coordinator, I researched a lot of places in KC and surrounding areas, i.e. Independence, Lee's Summit, Greenwood, Blue Springs, to name a few. A well maintained web site gets you to the place yes. But common sense, reality, and relationships built between owners or employees and their customers say so much more.
Cotillion Room and Garden definitely attracted me with their pictures. So did many others. I was hesitant only about lack of pricing details. After researching and visiting several in the area or even in Kansas, I ended up at Cotillion Room and Garden. Looking back, the amazingly positive experience I have had, I wish I had gone to Cotillion in the beginning. (This review is lengthy but well worth the read)
My first visit left me amazed. My visit was in the late spring 2010, so prior to a heavy wedding season. Flowers were blooming, grass beginning to grow, people working in the outdoors and inside. A few other potential customers, business associates, and ballet students were also on site and it was apparent each connection was very important to the owners. I was greeted very warmly and as the visit progressed; my stress for the search for a venue was washed away by the warmth and attention from the owners. Perhaps there was a catch.
After visiting the garden area and surrounding property, I was further pleased with the upkeep. There was some overgrowth in a few areas but if you know anything about the mid-west seasons and the types of flowers or such that were growing (which I don’t that much) paired with temperamental weather it is common sense these areas were probably in process of being worked on. The owners were working on putting in a new stone and water fountain, which current web site does not reveal. The owner put this in himself and it is a gorgeous update. As well, the owner was also laying more stone to enlarge the patio area. There were a lot of projects going on. Thus, greenery that was going to grow rapidly as spring progressed wouldn't be a priority. A smart business owner knows how to prioritize and once wedding season was in full bloom itself I was sure all would be taken care of. Their care and attitude toward details in our conversations about the pricing and all they do for the customer made this very apparent. One should look at the big picture.
An all inclusive type of deal, caring and down to earth personalities...still I was thinking ""too good to be true?""
After speaking with my fiancé and several family members and yet even a few more venues, I went back to Cotillion the same week. Too many other venues were less personable not to mention over-priced or charging you for the air you breathe while on their property. Again, the warmth and hard-working demeanor of the owners was evident at my second, non scheduled visit.
I can't begin to say how many times I ""dropped"" by to make payments, update details to our special day, or take family or friends to visit. EVERY TIME whether they were busy with other customers, ballet students, construction projects, they welcomed us in. (continued in comments)
09/26/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I never liked Independence but the photos of this place that were displayed on their website and others were very appealing so I decided to check it out for my wedding and reception.
Three words: Unkept. Cheap (not in a good way). Dirty.
All the shrubs and flowers were overgrown. The pond was full of moss and algae. Trash was scattered around the grounds. Your back drop is the highway and industrial buildings. The outdoors chairs were full of rain water and dirt, terrible parking lot conditions. Not much of a garden, there is a field and some random plants that look more like overgrown weeds. The outdoor alters were not attractive either.
If you're trying to make a place appealing to the public, keep it looking nice AT ALL TIMES!! No excuses for it to ever be filthy or trashed.
Me and My fiance didnt even bother going inside. It was nothing but a wasted 45 min drive from home.
We had out wedding reception last March and We loved the place. The owners are great and so is the DJ. Our parents needed a ride home from the reception and the cab never showed so the DJ took them to the hotel for us. They are willing to do anything and everything that is asked for and we loved working with them. We would recommend this place to anyone that is looking for a great place and at a great price.
This is a great place for weddings & receptions. The service was exceptional and the cost was very reasonable. Thanks for the great DJ provided with the service! We had a great time and my guests were very impressed with the garden. I'm glad my friend told me about it.
11/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have already booked my wedding and reception with the Cotillion. I am very nervous about it...I have already received conflicting information. I first went in to look at the place and was told that you can bring in your own caterer, photographer, etc. My fiance and I then went back about 3 weeks later and as we are signing the contract they informed us that we had to use their catering service and photographer or there was a fee. The contract I have says NOTHING about a fee, which I will not pay. My friend also booked his/her wedding there and their contact does include a clause regarding the 'up charge' for not using their preferred vendors, and she just booked her 2 weeks after mine.
I informed them that since we have friends flying in from all over the US that we need to have the rehearsal dinner on a Friday night, they informed me that it would depend on if they had a wedding booked for that night. I can understand that but my point was that I have friends flying in town and I do not want to inconvenience them. They really didn't seem to care much about that part.
The main reason I booked my event here is because we could bring in our own caterer and whatever else we wanted. It was very nice to have a place that was very relaxed but beautiful.
I have VERY VERY nervous about this place since the service has not been exactly 'up to par', but since we will see what happens. Maybe they will get their act together and stick to telling people the same thing