My daughter's wedding was a great success at the Victorian Veranda Inn. We found the owners and staff to be welcoming, helpful and responsive to requests. We all enjoyed the breakfast provided, especially the excellent quality fresh fruit (I did not try the biscuits and gravy, but others in our party said they were good,) and the absence of bacon, eggs, etc. was not a problem for me. Nor was I bothered by the passing trains at night (I never travel without Hearos soft foam earplugs, as I always assume there will be some source of noise in a hotel!) and no trains happened to pass by during the outdoor ceremony.
The interior of the inn was clean and attractive, and the room my husband and I had was comfortable, though not as spacious as you would expect in a modern hotel chain such as Hampton Inn. Our room was too hot the first night (I don't think anyone else in our party had this problem), but the owner was very apologetic the following morning and corrected the problem. Nevertheless, I much prefer a room where I have control of the thermostat!
The ceremony in the garden was lovely, with lots of flowers in bloom. We were lucky with the weather (apart from the ubiquitous Kansas wind) and our photographer was able to use the rural Kansas setting to good effect. But it occurs to me that, had it been raining, attractive options for taking photos might have been limited indoors.
The reception room in the big barn worked well for our wedding party (about eighty people in all.) We were able to make it look festive very easily, the day before the wedding, by hanging brightly colored paper lanterns from the wires provided, and by placing colorful cloths and fake floral centerpieces on the tables (no candles allowed in this venue.) The music had to stop by 11:00 pm, which was fine by me (it had been a long day by then!) but might be considered too early by some. The reception room is on the upper floor of the converted barn, and I think I am correct in saying that there is no elevator in the building. So this venue would probably not be a good choice if you expect to have disabled or very elderly guests unable to walk upstairs.
Overall, a very happy experience and also a great value for money compared with some other venues the couple considered.
- Also Known As:
- Country Inn Lawrence
- Lawrence Country Inn