• 1.Rod Foster Consulting

    472 Suwanee Oaks Dr

    Suwanee,GA

    3.92 mi

  • 2.The Foster Group Inc

    3440 Strawberry Ln

    Cumming,GA

    8.22 mi

    BBB Rating: A+
  • 3.Rod W. Cook & Company, Inc.

    309 Camden Rd NE

    Atlanta,GA

    30.27 mi

    BBB Rating: A+

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10/11/2013
By: Mary W.
Simple Gatherings
We chose Four Oaks Manor because the grounds provided the rustic charm we wanted, the pricing was within our desired budget, and we were sold at our consultation on the idea of all we have to do is show up on our wedding day, as our coordinator (Laura) would ensure all details were attended to. While the first two items remained true, the last was at best questionable. Meetings: Set yourself a reminder - there is no confirmation call, email, nothing, which I would expect from such a high-touch industry. It also would have been good to have some sort of meeting agenda to prepare from to be more efficient – but I guess that defeats the purpose of why they charge for additional consultation hours outside the 3 meetings! Coordinator: There were many things we were told each time we met with Laura that later, she’d change and say she never said. For a while, she wasn t even sure if she would be working on our wedding day! She ended up disappearing after 8pm at our reception - another coordinator finally stepped in during our exit at 10pm.Things really went south in the last 2 minutes of our final meeting, 2 weeks before the big day. As we were leaving Laura said she’d forgotten one minor detail and advised us of a wedding the morning after ours that had been scheduled for 2 years and that they’d be rehearsing ON SITE at 4:30pm the day of our wedding (our ceremony starts at 6pm). When we objected - because we’d be taking photos, decorations getting set up, family/friends arriving - an email from Randy, the owner, advised us that the time at the venue PRIOR to our ceremony start time was “only given as a courtesy” and that “they can do what they would like on the property until that time”. I presented page 1 of our contract where it clearly states our lease begins at 2pm on the day of; Randy still insisted the other party would hold their rehearsal on the premises as we prepared for our wedding. We were told we would find it minimally invasive and there was nothing we could do. This couldn t be more untrue as we watched their rehearsal party (20+ people) disturb our decorations and tables, and they repeatedly walked THROUGH our photos with not so much as an apology. Not once did an employee of Four Oaks intervene.Furthermore, our plan for inclimate weather was to move all activities into the Carriage House. Much to our surprise, as we arrived for our rehearsal on Thursday evening, tents were set up over the tables. There wasn’t a single phone call or email to ask if we wanted this or if we were willing to pay for the tents. Randy and Laura refused to take the tents down at our request several times, before begrudgingly offering to remove them. So as not to make our situation more uncomfortable with them, we agreed to allow the tents and were charged the full amount for them. Music: They are able to hook an iPhone to the speaker system to play music, which saved us money on a DJ we didn’t need for our small wedding. We were told to also bring a charger so the phone won’t die during our event. Around 8:45, the music stopped, because no one plugged the charger in! We sat in silence for a few minutes, then had to go find a staff member to assist, as they were all in the kitchen chatting, unaware what was happening at their event outside. Food: 7/10 considering it was made en masse – which never will be a mind-blowing food experience. FYI food tastings are NOT included and cost $30-35/pp. We added the fire pit/s’mores to our event. It was a hit with all our guests. Cake: We’d been told the venue would handle cutting/plating cake for the guests. However, our guests had to cut cake themselves. Many of our guests were unable to even have cake because the venue ran out of cake plates, and no staff was around to help.Lesson learned in all our wedding planning - it s a service-oriented industry and you certainly get the service you pay for at Four Oaks Manor/Simple Gatherings!
12/04/2013
By: Amy J.
Simple Gatherings
Four Oaks Manor was a wonderful find for my wedding venue. I always envisioned an outdoor garden wedding that through planning transformed into a fun summer evening wedding surrounded by lush greenery. Their staff was excellent in assisting with the planning process. I was planning the wedding from Rome, GA and they were always able to provide evening appointments so that my mother, fiancé, and I could attend them easily. The only thing I was not able to attend was the tasting due to work, but I had family members attend their tastings, and on the wedding day I was very impressed with the food. They make the day of the wedding a breeze. We were able to drop off the decor, favors, and such a few days before the wedding and they handled all of the set up, including putting up tents for the rain on our wedding day. It was so nice not to have to decorate, but to be able to enjoy the wedding day and admire the details. It was exactly what I wanted in a wedding venue. They made it simple to plan with vendor recommendations, planning meetings, and handled everything the day of. We are still getting compliments about our wedding. The setting was wonderful, guests were able to roam between the carriage house and tents and outdoor paths. I would highly recommend Four Oaks Manor because it made being the bride easier.
12/05/2013
By: Stacia H.
Simple Gatherings
I cannot begin to describe how wonderful our wedding was. This 1920's home is full of character and charm. Four Oaks Manor was an absolute dream to work with. They were accommodating and cooperative in creating my vision. The venue and grounds is beautiful, especially when in full bloom! I am so glad we chose to have our special day at Simple Gatherings. Even with an 80% chance of rain on our wedding day, Randy and Jessica insured that my wedding not be affected by a little rainfall. Luckily, the rain held off, but Simple Gatherings was able to put up the tents for us, and the show went on! The dinner was exceptional. Our guests are still raving about it! Every element of our wedding was just lovely. Thank you, Four Oaks Manor.
12/04/2013
By: Stephanie S.
Simple Gatherings
This facility not only provided a cute and intimate setting with very friendly help, but they do most the work for you! They take care of catering with delicious food, decorate with all sorts of cute lights and lanterns and candles, arrange getting your flowers done for you, set up the music for the night, and whatever else you need. No extra hidden costs or sticking you with extra things at the end. It came out to exactly what it initially was supposed to be and was a great experience. We planned and completed our wedding in 4 weeks and it was spectacular. We had some cold weather unexpectedly and they hurried to put up tents and heaters and make everyone comfortable without any issues.
12/04/2013
By: Jaymie K.
Simple Gatherings
I absolutely CANNOT say enough good things about Four Oaks as a venue, and also the amazing people who work there! We had a small wedding/reception, and Four Oaks was the perfect venue for our more laid-back, kid-friendly event, and the staff was AMAZING! From the initial planning to the day of the event our coordinator, Laura, was attentive and responsive. We didn't have to worry about anything on our wedding day...the Four Oaks staff had everything handled seamlessly and with no issues. Everything was fantastic, and I couldn't have asked for a better venue or better people to work with!
12/05/2013
By: Lauren F.
Simple Gatherings
Everything about this venue was perfect. I just had my wedding (June 2013) and the site could not have been more beautiful. Leah and Madison were always there to help and accommodate my wants and needs. The food was delicious, the decor was rustic and romantic, the staff were all great. Everyone loved my wedding, it is a day my husband and I will never forget and if I had to do it all over again I would definitely go with Simple Gatherings.

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