Wedding of Bonnie Lamotte & Alex van der Ven
All the things we were looking for in a wedding venue, we found in one complete package at Noto’s Old World. We sought elegance combined with friendliness, class combined with fun, superb food with a gourmet flair, and value for our investment.
The greatest thing about planning our daughter’s wedding day at Noto’s was Joann. She was there every step of the way, assuring us that she had it all under control. We had no reason not to trust her, but that nagging little voice in my head that questioned everything was put to rest completely as our schedule progressed toward the big day. I found Noto’s to be flexible with our needs and attentive to details as much as I would be if I were doing the job. Those two qualities combined to generate perfection for the wedding day. We used the gorgeous marble staircase and landing area at the first floor for the site of the wedding ceremony. Our daughter made a grand entrance on her dad’s arm and it was a sight I will never forget as I watched them descend the steps to make their way down the aisle. Following the ceremony, our guests were invited to the wine cellar for the reception. Joann spent the time with us that we needed beforehand to understand options and go over details to make sure that everything was perfect. She guided us through their recommended vendor list and I did not have to worry about a thing after that. She helped me find the perfect beauty salon, florist, photographer, videographer, musicians, limo and DJ service. They worked in tandem perfectly on the day of the event.
The food and wine served at Noto’s is beyond compare to anything I have experienced at another venue. In the wine cellar, there are no buffet tables or self-serve anything; wait staff is there to greet and care for the guests, and they attended to all their needs, providing explanations about the beverages and sharing knowledge about the wine selections. Joann herself provided each table with information about the wine selected for the upcoming course, including what area of Italy the wine was from and why it perfectly complements the course to come. The chef was marvelous, making tableside visits and explaining about the food being served. He was lively and knowledgeable, and I received many compliments about the service and the food quality from my guests; an absolute gourmet experience is what our guests had. Additionally, chef prepared individualized meals for guests with special dietary needs, paying attention to both flavor and presentation, and, at the end of the evening, I was even told by one of my guests, “I’ve been vegan for a decade, and I have never, until tonight, been offered an alternative dessert at an event. It was delightful and every course was thoughtful and elegantly presented.” Every detail was perfect when it came to the food quality and presentation, gourmet in every way. Our guests loved the Noto’s experience of enjoying the company of the people you are with, being able to engage in relaxed conversation, all while having a 7-course meal that is perfectly timed and beautifully presented and beyond delicious. Also, Joann planned it so that the bride and groom, as well as the parents of the bride and groom, rotated around to the various guest tables for each course, ensuring that all guests were able to visit with the newly married couple and their parents! It was so important to us that our guests felt valued and were thrilled with the dining, and the Noto standard was exceptionally high.
Noto’s made every area of their beautiful venue available to us and the photographers and videographers; from the outside grounds to the wine cellar and the upper level, we were able to utilize the beauty of the venue to maximum effect. The curving marble staircase, the Chicago-brick domed dining alcoves in the wine cellar and the expansive front window panels and beautiful chandeliers—all these served as beautiful backdrops for the wedding pictures. They prepared the wine cellar perfectly so that we could fit in musicians, a DJ, and a photo booth, and have room to dance! We never felt rushed all day, we enjoyed every element of the wedding, and we had the best of times with our family and friends. Joann and Tony checked in with us frequently throughout the day; we appreciated the personal touch.
As for value, well, weddings are expensive affairs. Noto’s charges what may at first seem like a higher rate (they charge for a minimum food and wine threshold, but they do NOT charge for the space itself, so that cost is pretty much offset), but the value remains in the details and in the finer aspects and the personal touch that elevates the whole experience. We may have spent a couple ticks higher at Noto’s, but the amount was negligible when we considered that what we were getting was an advantage on the elegance scale. Further, Joann was willing to work with us to stay within a budget that was acceptable to us, not a pre-determined budget that was based on the business side. The contract terms were negotiated based on what we needed and wanted, and it was truly tailored to meet our constraints.
I think that the Noto’s difference is that it is a family-run business, and every time we were there, we were welcomed as if we were family. They take great pride in their business and they know that every event is the most important event; they treat their customers the way we all want to be treated. We felt valued and we are very happy indeed with our choice of Noto’s as our wedding venue for my daughter and our new son! We will be back in the cellar again when we have our next big celebration!
Pat and Norma Lamotte
Parents of the Bride
Schneider Wedding Reception
WOW!! The food was amazing! The service, the cake, the venue… You have it all!! I can’t thank you enough for everthing! You created my dream wedding and gave me and my family so many great memories! We will be back, you can count on that! =) Many thanks!! God Bless
Pheney/Lamoreaux Wedding Reception
Now that all of the celebrating is behind us, I wish to thank you for the wonderful job you did. I know that dealing with the needs of the various wedding parties you encounter must be a very stressful job. As a very detail oriented person, I recognize how smoothly our wedding was handled. From your protection of our cookies from melting, to the seating of an unexpected guest, you and your brothers did everything to put me at easte during the wedding. I have received nothing but praise from our guests. Since this was the fifth wedding I have been involved in for our children, I certainly recognize and appreciate your professionalism.
Marklevitz Wedding Reception
Thank you and your staff for doing an outstanding job for our daughters wedding. Everything went BETTER than we could have anticipated. The staff was very helpful, food was great, and set-up was perfect! I am sure to recommend you to anyone else who may be having a get-together!
Dan and Sara’s Wedding for 285
We wanted to say thank you for making our wedding reception so wonderful. Every detail, from the decor, the timing, the food and your hospitality, was just perfect. The pride you all take in your family business really shows, and made our wedding a night we’ll never forget! Thanks for all your hard work – we will definitely be back soon! Thank you!
Wedding Reception – Mother of the Bride for Jessica and Brian’s reception
A warm, sincere thank you! for a perfect reception! The food, the service, the whole atmosphere was simplyoutstanding! If you ever need a reference, I would recommend your place in a heart beat! Thanks a million!!
Wedding Reception – Bride & Groom: C & G
My new husband and I would like to thank you again for a wonderful wedding reception on Saturday night. I couldn’t have imagined it going any better. Everyone enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and service. He and I were commenting on Sunday that for a couple of nerdy, science types, we sure did throw a good party – we have you to thank for that! We’ll definitely recommend Noto’s to our friends! Thanks also for arranging for a ride back to the hotel for our friends. We really appreciate not having to deal with that on our wedding night and know it wasn’t you job either. So thank you for that as well.
Wedding Reception – Wedding Guest at Sarah & Kevin’s Reception
Just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic time here tonight and that this is wedding #2 for us (as guests). We were blown away by your establishment and your staff, everyone was so friendly and professional. Also, the food was awesome…well done everyone!
Wedding Reception – Bride and Groom H & B
Thank you for making our wedding celebration so incredibly perfect! You were so fabulous to work with, and so thoughtful! The food was fantastic; we could not have been happier or more satisfied. The cake was exquisite and delicious! Noto’s is a tremendous establishment and we will recommend you always! Thank you so much for making our wedding so fabulous and memorable!
Wedding Reception – Mother of the Groom for Kelly and John’s Reception
We want to thank you for hosting such a wonderful reception. The food was superb, the service was excellent, and the setting was perfectly beautiful. We all had such a good time and we appreciate all the work to make it all come together so well. The bride made the comment that it was the most fabulous wedding reception she had attended…and to think it was her own!! Thanks again!