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Venues in Essex, MT,
(406) 892-2634
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3.5 out of 5
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  • 7 Reviews


    Julie Wall

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    1 out of 5
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  • Please be sure to read the other two reviews from summer 2019 before even considering this venue! Similar to Maggi’s experience, we made formal plans and signed our contract 15 month in advance, in hopes of avoiding last minute hassles and surprise costs. The four weeks leading up to the wedding could not have been more horrible. We couldn’t get a response or clear answers at all until several weeks before the wedding. We too had planned all along to have the rehearsal bbq in the lawn outside the house and railcars... all of which we had rented for four days. Then we were told that we could only have 25 or less people and that they would charge us $40 per person for anyone above that number. Fortunately, two weeks before the event we were able to secure the entire lovely back yard, including fire pit, horse shoes and picnic tables, of the Snow Slip Inn to hold the bbq, for a nominal charge. Also, the grooms grandmother had a bbq the next day outside the house she had rented at IWI... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Hi Julie, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We are very sorry to hear comments on the outcome of such a special day for you and your family. We certainly treat each and every one of our brides and grooms special days as one of the most important days of the year. It's such an honor to have the opportunity to participate in such an event. We apologize that our services did not meet your expectations. We do set very high standards for ourselves and are truly sorry to hear that standards was not met in your interactions with our services. You mention some of the costs being a surprise, however in retrospect certain costs do tend to fluctuate given the timing of the request and we certainly do not ever intend on surprising our clients with added costs at the last minute. With that said, we often do experience many of our brides and grooms in the heat of the excitement as we get closer to the big day, tend to add on last minute requests and or last minute alterations to the event that certainly can result in added costs. We agree that communication is so important with all parties involved. In a situation like yours where you have a wedding planner, a bride, groom, mothers and fathers, it can definitely be challenging for all parties to communicate effectively and in a timely manner and all remain on the same page. We do feel ultimately, given the challenges that were faced, the day could not have turned out better. The cooperation between our staff and the wedding coordinator coming together for the common goal of making the bride and grooms day nothing less than magical was pretty special in the end. We would be happy to discuss this matter in further detail with you anytime. Please feel free to reach out. We wish the bride, groom and mothers and fathers all the best!

    Angela

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    3.8 out of 5
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  • The Izaak Walton is a super cute historic Inn up by Glacier National Park. It was the perfect place for our out of town family to stay and have a vacation as well as get together for a wedding. There are many options to stay on the property and a few rental homes as well that are great for families. We really enjoyed that aspect of it. We would love to have another family vacation there. The people that work at the Inn are amazing. Super nice, fun, and very accommodating. They really went above and beyond my expectations. The wedding was amazing, however, here is where I will get to the disappointments. The whole entire planning process was very stressful. The people that coordinate for weddings work off site and it was really hard to get straight answers, prices, and even an email back sometimes. The communication was terrible. My advice would be to take the time to talk to them on the phone but also get everything in writing and to hound them as well if they do not respond. Besides l... Read more

    Maggi E

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    2.2 out of 5
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  • Although location is beautiful, and I used to be a regular here for weddings, the cons outweigh pros... We had a very upsetting experience. Although I saw one review before I booked that mentioned an issue with communication, I had no idea. The wedding coordinator was hard to get in touch with via e-mail. I didn’t find this a huge deal- if she didn’t respond to an e-mail after a week or two, we’d just give her a call to get our question cleared up. She was friendly in person! I did notice that when we met, she took notes on random different pages, so I thought things maybe weren’t very organized. This became a huge issue later. Our first meeting, she recommended an on-property house from Izaak Walton (called the Withrow house) we could rent and base rehearsal dinner out of. We thought that was wonderful and rented the house for two nights. Early in the process I had said my husband’s large close-knit family would attend dinner, and the coordinator offered an extra table ... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Dear Maggi, We are so sorry to hear this was your experience here with us at the Izaak Walton. This certainly is not the lasting impression of our brides and grooms or our guests that we wish to hear. This is such a special time in your lives and such a privilege to host that special day, that we approach with the upmost importance. No matter how big or small the event we wish all our guests to have a wonderful experience with us from start to finish. We are deeply saddened to hear that this was not the case for your event. As our events department has grown substantially over the past several months, we have as a result, had to make some necessary policy changes along the way.We are so sorry for any disruptions this may have caused along the way. We wish you both all the best in the years to come and as always our door is open in the event that you wish to discuss this further. Best wishes.

    Teah

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    5 out of 5
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  • We couldn't have picked a better venue! Staff and atmosphere was beyond our expectations (mine mostly) We had a roaring 20s themed wedding and with out a doubt best day of our lives spent at the Izaak Walton inn! We had a few hiccups along the way, on site management was awesome at helping our guest as well as us throughout our extended wedding weekend!!! We look forward to our next visit!!!♡

    Sarah

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    3.9 out of 5
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  • The event coordinator, Holly, was very helpful in answering all of our detailed questions prior to the event. We are very thankful to her, although there is certainly room for improvement in the actual event logistics (we'll get to that in a minute). The venue is reasonably priced. Our wedding budget was less than $5000 and we spent around $3500 at I.W. which included the venue, tables, chairs, linens, bartender, food, champagne, AND one night in a caboose. The food is delicious and if there isn't something you want on the menu option list, the chef (Corey) is willing to work with you to accommodate needs. We had a taco bar/buffet style and I heard absolutely zero complaints on the food front. A buffet taco bar may sound too laid-back for the cost, but I guarantee it was spruced up. There is real silverware and champagne flutes, so no skimping on the display either. Our only complaints were with the lack of communication between staff members. The pavilion gets chilly in Oct. (... Read more

    Merianne

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • While I occasionally had difficulties receiving responses to email questions, my overall experience was wonderful. The staff of this small train hotel on the southern border of Glacier National Park was outstanding. They were attentive and flexible, especially when it rained during and hailed after the ceremony, and some of the heat lamps struggled to stay lit. They went above and beyond to make sure we were dry, warm, and on schedule. The food, as is usual in their restaurant, was all delicious. It was nice that the venue provided the food and alcohol so I did not have to deal with an outside vendor. Also, the planning process was very flexible and there were many options. I very highly recomend this venue!

    Callie

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    4.2 out of 5
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  • The gorgeous venue sits between East and West Glacier and makes visiting the beautiful Glacier National Park so easy. The staff was friendly, flexible, and the food was amazing. It is the best price for the location and the historic Inn is quaint. My biggest complaint was working with Holly, the event coordinator. She didn't respond to emails in a timely manner and didn't even show up the day of our wedding. She made the process the most stressful. However, I do highly recommend the venue because everyone else from the chef and bartender to the rest of the staff were so amazing to work with. The staff took care of moving chairs, serving, and taking down decorations. The food was absolutely amazing. We had prime rib and seabass. You won't get a better deal anywhere else in the gorgeous location.

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