Testimonials

Wedding Testimonials

See what others have to say about their Virginia Beach wedding experience at the Founders Inn and Spa hotel. Please come back and include your wedding testimonials as well! 

KIERNAN-DANICO WEDDING 8/13/2016

Dear Brittany,

Just wanted to drop you a note and thank you so much for helping to make Caitlin's wedding so perfect.  We could not be any happier with how the event turned out.  The whole evening ran perfectly and I just can't say enough about how polite and efficient the Founders Inn staff was towards our guests. 

I must also mention how wonderful the appetizers and the plated meals turned out.  The food was delicious and the wait staff was exceptional!!! Loved the white gloves!! The staff was quick to fill our glasses and remove the plates. Really, they did a phenomenal job in keeping up with all of the guest's needs. We couldn't have been more pleased.  The rehearsal dinner was equally delicious and all of our families remarked on the awesome cornbread. haha!!! 

Thank you again for coordinating with Sandy and all of our vendors.  You did a remarkable job that day. Everything was perfect. So thanks to you and the whole Founders Inn staff, Caitlin's rehearsal and wedding day turned out to be everything she was hoping for on her wedding day!! 

Best of luck on your promotion. You're the perfect person for the job!! 

Sincerely,

Mary Beth Kiernan

Mother of the Bride

Grier-Holt Ceremony 7/3/16

The Founders Inn and Spa is a very nice venue! We had a very nice, small ceremony here. There are wonderful spots for photographs as the landscaping is very beautiful. The food is also delicious. We chose the elopement package which included brunch as an option. I really recommend the brunch! There is a great variety of food and it is so delicious! Our guests truly enjoyed every bite. Finally, the event managers are so nice and responsive to any questions or concerns! We were very pleased with everything.

KOHUT-GRASSANO WEDDING 6/18/16

The Founders Inn is the idyllic wedding venue and picture perfect. The outside formal gardens, pool and spa area are beautiful and immaculately kept, and were enjoyed by all. The rooms are spacious and absolutely lovely. The convenience for our guests to stay on site,added to the personal enjoyment of the evening.

The main Inn and Lobbies set a beautiful formal impression both warm and richly elegant. Our formal dinner service was flawless as was the delicious meal. Thank you to all at the Founders Inn who worked to add to the "Once in a Lifetime" wedding celebration of our only daughter.

Marianne and Michael Kohut

Parents of the Bride

Budowsky-Bennett Wedding 6/11/16

I just wanted to take a moment and thank you on behalf of Melissa, Mark and our entire family for the wonderful wedding my daughter had this past Saturday, June 18th.

I have been a Wedding a Planner/Caterer for nearly twenty years and I must compliment you, Brittany, and your entire banquet staff for your attention to detail and impeccable food and service. Living over 400 miles away, you and your staff treated my daughter as if she was your own and I can't thank you enough.

Typically the food at the "tasting" is vastly different than the food at the wedding but at the Founder's Inn, that was NOT the case. From beginning to end you, Brittany and your culinary and banquet staff exceeded our expectations and I wholeheartedly recommend the Founder's Inn!

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart and I can honestly say I have made some dear friends at Founder's Inn!

Best regards,

Eric Budowsky,

Father Of The Bride

Phelps-Logan Wedding 6/11/2016

How do we begin to say thank you for all you and your staff did to create the most magical, beautiful, and perfect wedding just as we imagined it.  Starting with the entrance for all our guest, it was an elegant first impression. The outside wedding in front of the pond was beautiful along with easy access to the cocktail area. This allowed guest to relax between ceremony & reception with great appetizers & drinks. 

Preparation of the Grand ballrooms took all day with many hands working hard to create the most beautiful magical dream come true. Allowing a first look, The bride burst into tears with the groom standing in awe. The guest were all full of compliments stating , "this is the most beautiful wedding I've ever attended."  

Please thank the many people who worked so hard & were so kind, willing to help, & quickly changed anything that we asked. 

Miss Carol was amazing to not let me worry about setting up the tables. Her assistant chipped right in to carry 12 heavy lighted trees into the ballroom.  You allowed Stage Right plenty of time to prepare the room with 11 chandeliers, a 20' lush fabric  rectangle  truss, multiple up lights, wallpaper lights, spots lights, all which took time & cooperation from Founders Inn staff. All our vendors told me they had worked with Founders many times & knew exactly how to work together. It gave us confidence that it would all come together. I was able to stay with my daughter - the bride & her 10 bridesmaids while getting their hair & make up done in the same facility.  Our own Founders Inn wedding planner, Brittany, helped immensely to take care of so many details ahead of time & during the event as well.  We couldn't have the same result without her.  Thanks for providing the lunch for the girls, food for all vendors, a storage room, a room for the band to get ready,  surprise cookies, great kids food, but more importantly an outstanding dinner buffet. The food was over the top!  A great variety, all deliciously prepared, kept hot, & you constantly kept replenishing.   The bartenders kept up with the highly sought after signature drink. 

Our daughter & son in law were so appreciative & so happy that their special day was so beautiful & we will be forever grateful that you paid attention to so much detail & treated us like we were special.  The bridal couple loved being able to stay the night right there in a beautiful room including a nice massage the next day. It was one stop shopping!!  

Many hugs to all. Please pass on our appreciation to all. 

Marsha Kreighauser 

Martin-Barney Wedding 6/4/16

I wanted to say the Founders Inn was the perfect place for my wedding!  Everything was so beautiful and I am glad we chose it for our ceremony and reception!  Everyone was saying how beautiful everything was.  I am like you and can't wait to see the photos and video of it!  I am also glad the weather held out and it was such a perfect day. 

I want to thank you for everything you and Lydia did to make everything come together.  I know Lydia is planning her own wedding and I hope she has as beautiful a wedding as I did! I will miss working with her as well!

The Founders Inn is very convenient for my family and I  when we visit Virginia Beach and we will definitely be staying there again in the future.  I will be sure to leave a review on wedding wire or the knot!   

Thank you again!

April 27, 2016

We loved having our wedding at the Founders Inn! I planned our wedding while going through nursing school, so the stress was incredible. And, of course, during the most important planning period (1 month out) my husband was underway, which is a fancy Navy word for out at sea. However, Ann and Brittany were both so understanding and accommodating about everything. We booked about 1 year in advance. The most important advice I can give is to book your venue at least 10 months prior to when you wish to get married, especially if you want to have it at Founders! The place is so incredible and books up very fast. Not a lot of brides get to say this, but I honestly felt like our wedding went perfectly! There is nothing I would have wanted to do differently or change about it. I think the key to having this feeling is to just let everyone do the jobs that you hired them to do and sit back and enjoy your big day! They are PROS at Founders and you can rest assured that they will handle every crisis without you ever knowing it even happened! :-)

April 17, 2016

The Founders Inn and Spa did all they could do to accommodate me with the preparations for our son's wedding. It was absolutely beautiful and God blessed us with beautiful weather for the special day.

Knowing the "headaches" that go along with planning a wedding in only 5 months, The Founders Inn and Spa was the perfect choice for our son and daughter-in-law's wedding venue. By being able to have literally everything from overnight rooms for our out of town guest, facilities for meals without having to leave the grounds, the rehearsal dinner and a beautiful wedding buffet for our guests at The Founders Inn and Spa made it so easy. And...the food was incredible. Our guests just raved about the entrées and buffet at the wedding. All the staff and servers were pleasant and very professional at the rehearsal dinner and during the wedding. I give them a perfect 10.

This wedding had guests that spoke absolutely NO English and presented some special challenges. With the help from Lydia Tracy and her ability to translate, she quickly became my little angel. She was able to prepare signs for the wedding in both Spanish and English which made the day special for all of our guests. So at this time I would like to give a special THANK YOU to Lydia for translating our son's vows during the ceremony so our Spanish speaking guests didn't feel excluded. Our Daughter-in-law spoke her vows in English and then in Spanish which was very special as well. Lydia went above and beyond her job description to make the wedding inclusive for all who attended. Thanks again Lydia.

I would recommend the beautiful venue of The Founders Inn and Spa for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers and any other event you might need for a special event.

Respectfully, 
Janis B
Mother of the groom

April 2, 2016

Dean Ann and Lydia
We wanted you both to know how incredible our wedding was! It was absolutely everything I dreamed of and wanted for my special day. You both went above and beyond our expectations and my day was flawless. Even the rain and having to be moved inside did not put one minute of negativity into my day I think it was almost even more special inside with that amazing atrium! All brides talk about all the unexpected things that go wrong on a wedding day and I was told to expect a few of them myself and I prepared myself to accept anything that came my was. . . and not one thing went wrong! Not one! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you did to make our day special.

Also, our friends and family have informed us of how amazing their food was! They were very impressed that every dish for over 154 people came out on time, looking beautiful and perfectly cooked! Please give our regard to our chef who out performed for our wedding day!

Thank you again,

Rachel and Gregg Ziemke

April 23, 2016

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say that we are indescribably grateful to Brittany for everything she did for us to make our wedding day perfect.  From the beginning she worked to make sure that every detail was covered and actually pointed out several things that we had neglected a few weeks before the actual date.  Our designated wedding coordinator pulled a no-show the day of the rehearsal, needless to say she is no longer in our circle of friends, and Brittany stepped up to run the show.  She walked us through our rehearsal and coordinated with our new fill-in wedding coordinator on the day of the ceremony to make sure she was up to speed. Also, there was an issue with the tablecloths we ordered from our florist (they sent sequined gold when they should have been light pink) and Brittany found a work-around using the chair sashes we had provided.  Not to mention she, and your other employees, tied the sashes on the remaining chairs which was a requirement for us to complete but we ran out of time with the florist's failure.  The end result was a beautiful reception ballroom that we could not have been happier with.  At every opportunity Brittany went above and beyond her responsibilities to ensure we had a day we will never forget.  We have received numerous compliments on our wedding from friends and family, and none of that would have been possible without her!

Thank you again for making our wedding day memorable.

Dennis-Harrell Wedding

July 18, 2015

The staff was awesome, especially with handling such a big wedding like ours. We couldn't have been happier with how everything turned out. Ann Smith & Melanie Bowman were especially great to work with and did everything they could to ensure our special day was perfect! We definitely couldn't have picked a better venue to have our reception. Thank you guys so much!!!

Lapid-Macaraeg Wedding

July 14, 2015

My husband and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary on Tuesday, June 16th by renewing our vows at The Founders Inn & Spa. From the very beginning when I first spoke with the Catering Sales Manager Emily Andersen, we knew this would be the place. When we arrived in Aug. 2014 for an overnight stay, Emily was on vacation (which she had already informed me about) and she told me that Ann Smith another Catering Sales Manager would be taking care of us by showing us around.

 Well, Ann made sure we were well informed about everything Founders Inn had to offer for our big day. We knew we were having a small affair with family and a few close friends and that we wanted our renewal outside at sunset. However, we were also shown the inside areas/rooms where the ceremony and reception could be held in case of inclement weather. We had a wonderful stay and everyone there made sure we were well taken care of.

 The following year as our renewal approached, we were contacted by the Conference Services Manager, Brittany Duarte. Brittany called to make sure we were on track and helped with the menu selection and anything else we needed. She was very professional and handled all our needs in an efficient manor. My husband and I were really impressed when we arrived the day before our renewal for a quick rehearsal (which was Brittany's day off) and she insisted on being there to make sure our questions were answered and to see if she could help with any last minute details. All of the managers we came in contact with at Founders Inn were very helpful, professional and kind. We couldn't have been more pleased with how it all came together. 

 Our guests were also impressed with the beautiful well kept grounds, the spacious Colonial style rooms and the delicious food/desserts and wedding cake served during the reception.

 

We are both so happy we decided to renew our vows at the Founders Inn & Spa. Everything was beautiful! Thank you all!

 

Melanie and Mark Butler

We held our wedding at the Founders Inn and Spa in June and had an excellent experience. We selected the venue primarily due to the beautiful outdoor setting (English Garden, lake, fountain, etc.).

A couple of notes around our experiences:
1) The planning approach was clear and well documented. We did have a transition of staff and that resulted in some missed communications. The only criticism would be around some of the last minute options items – some of that was not clear at the beginning. That said, this was very minor and created no setbacks.
2) During our planning visit (we live over 6 hours away), we explored several options and as a result asked for several changes to the reception room (plants, dividers, 2 larger chairs, etc.). This was readily accommodated, at no charge.
3) Several hours before the wedding, we made a last minute change to the seating location outdoors as the temperatures had risen to 100 degrees. The staff accommodated this with a smile.
4) In the weeks leading up to the wedding, our guests ran into a couple of issues with room reservations and the offered discounts. These were normal issues. I raised each of these with the appointed contact and they were resolved to our guests (and our) complete satisfaction. Excellent service.
5) On the morning of the wedding the selected upgrade chairs were not available in the reception room and the word was they were overbooked. We contacted the staff and they assured us that they would correct the issue, even if they needed to get added chairs form another vendor. They came through.
6) We were a little concerned about how the reception room would come together. As we went our separate ways to get ready, there were still doubts. When we set foot into the room after the ceremony, we were positively stunned at the transformation. What looked more like a conference room setting had been transformed into a great ambiance.
7) We used several of eth recommended vendors (Susan Turner as the officiant, Classy Event Rentals, and Lasting Impressions), and each of them provided excellent personal service and advice to make the experience pleasant and fun.

Overall, the experience was good. There were no surprises and the value for the money was great. We definitely recommend this venue.

Nina and Andy Schulte of the Lebo-Schulte Wedding – June 13th.

June 29 at 10:25am · Virginia Beach, VA ·

Our daughter's wedding weekend here was absolutely AMAZING!!
Her and her now husband had all their friends and family come from all over to stay here and everyone had the most amazing experience!
The planner they selected Brittany Duarte was extremely friendly and professional and she attend to each detail from the very first meeting all the way to our final checkout. The food was fabulous, all the staff were very accommodating the pool and spa was so fun and relaxing! Thank you Founders Inn for helping to make Diana Bayless and Tristan Pietrzak wedding one we will always remember!

Andrea London

We are beyond pleased with the outcome of our daughter's wedding.  It was amazing!  From the ceremony to the cocktail hour, and reception, everything flowed so smoothly.

I just wanted to thank you for all your help! With all my questions you were always very pleasant and polite to me and my daughter, Delia.

My husband and I were very, very pleased with everything.

 

Thanks again Brittany for your help in making Delia and Martins wedding day a success!

 

Fobbs-Burwell Wedding 6/14/15

Bonnie Fobbs-Mother of the Bride

It is with great pleasure that I write this review for the Founders Inn and Spa. My husband and I got married at the Founders Inn on April 25, 2015- just about a month ago! From the very beginning of the wedding planning throughout our wedding day, the Founders Inn provided us with the BEST service. Each staff member that we worked with was beyond competent and professional. They went and above and beyond to make sure that our wedding weekend would be everything that we wanted it to be. We had about 300 guests at the wedding and more than half of those guests stayed at the Founders Inn. They were all treated with great care and many have commented on the incredible service that they received and how beautiful the hotel grounds are. I honestly feel that the staff at the Founders Inn was truly happy to participate in our event and their positivity and genuine sincerity made this entire experience that much more special. From the staff working at the front desk, to the head chef, to the manager to my two wedding coordinators, each of them helped to make our wedding day perfect. Their hard work, expertise and advice helped us along the way and together, we all came up with the perfect day. To be entirely honest, I miss the near daily communication with my two wedding planners and I hope to visit the Founders Inn again very soon!

Stepanovich-Skaros Wedding 4/20/15

 

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this venue and their staff! We were given our own day of coordinator, Brittany, who was wonderful! She spent time getting to know us, listened to us, and guided us through the process so it was the perfect day! The food was incredible and the thing our guests commented on the most. We were impressed because we received our own private tasting with the head chef who came out with each meal to get our thoughts on the food-it was wonderful! We had a lot of out of town guests and the staff was able to accommodate everyone's needs from booking rooms, to shuttle transportation, to even making sure we were all in the same building! Family and friends loved their experience of VA mainly because of all the Founders Inn hospitality and assistance! The grounds are gorgeous and made for beautiful pictures. They know how to do weddings! They are professional, kind, and most of all FUN!! I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to anyone looking at a VA wedding! You will NOT be disappointed!!!

Litle-Wellbrock Wedding 5/9/15

 

Elegant and beautiful wedding

Reviewed on 3/19/2015 Monica J

My wedding was here last week and it was absolutely beautiful. Our ceremony was in the atrium; it did not require any decoration as that room is stunning without any additional frills. My family and bridal party were able to take pictures outside in the beautiful garden (we were lucky and had the most perfect weather that day). My cocktail hour followed on the balcony overlooking the atrium (but I didn't get to go to that since I was doing photos!). My reception for 50 people followed in the Benjamin Franklin room and was just perfect. My guests had their choice of three entrees from the buffet and everyone loved the food. The Founders also did my wedding cake, a stunning three tier piece with three delicious flavors. It was very convenient that many of my out of town guests were able to stay at the venue in one of their comfy rooms right there on site. (And my husband and I got a complimentary night there for our wedding as part of our contract. Very nice not having to leave the reception site to get to your wedding night.) The Founders Inn was a beautiful place to have my wedding, and I honestly just wish I could spend more time there, for whatever reason. The Inn and staff were able to accommodate all my requests and make my wedding just perfect. They were very attentive to making sure everything was taken care of and I had everything I needed.

Jordan-Osterhout Wedding Events 4/9/2015

My Guest Accommodations

I can't express how BEAUTIFUL this place is. Not only are they a wonderful place to stay and make you feel comfortable and do everything in their power to make sure you are happy, but they are the most beautiful Inn and Spa you could ever step into. All of our guests were very happy with every aspect of the Founders Inn and we are more than happy to go back when we get the chance!

A Happy Bride


The Second Best Decision We Made- even for a Budget Bride

Reviewed on 11/19/2014 Katie W

We researched many, many venues when trying to settle on a place for the wedding. We read many positive and negative reviews about the Founder's Inn. However, I can say with zero hesitation that we have zero regrets about choosing the Founder's Inn. We had our wedding close to home, but essentially our entire wedding was traveling to be with us. Choosing the FI allowed people to stay on property before and after the wedding. No driving home after our awesome evening! I was able to meet several times with the event coordinator (Shout outs to Margaret, Emily, and their whole team.) They were thoughtful, helpful, and honest. They host multiple wedding each weekend, but I always felt like their #1 bride. The ceremony outside was absolutely beautiful. (We were definitely on a budget, but were able to skip decor outside as it is so naturally lovely.) They have an equally gorgeous rain-space, just in case. The service was astounding, the venue was always clean, helpful, and accommodating. (They even helped my mother get around in a wheelchair when she broke her ankle the night before the wedding. Not even kidding!) They have a state of the art spa, indoor/outdoor pool, and fireplaces abound. If you consider a wedding near the holidays- just wait until you see it! It truly felt like a vacation for everyone involved. Finally, we are a month out and everyone is STILL raving about the food! We have enjoyed few meals this delicious- ever- and this was at a wedding. Our guests LOVED the food. We never thought we could afford a place like the Founder's Inn; however, we did almost everything else ourselves, went wholesale on the flowers...we do not regret a single penny we spent at the Inn. Being able to crash after our magical night and enjoy breakfast with the family the next morning was irreplaceable. I hope your experience is as wonderful as ours was!

Winborne-Henderson Wedding  10/4/14

 

 

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this venue and their staff! We were given our own day of coordinator, Brittany, who was wonderful! She spent time getting to know us, listened to us, and guided us through the process so it was the perfect day! The food was incredible and the thing our guests commented on the most. We were impressed because we received our own private tasting with the head chef who came out with each meal to get our thoughts on the food-it was wonderful! We had a lot of out of town guests and the staff was able to accommodate everyone's needs from booking rooms, to shuttle transportation, to even making sure we were all in the same building! Family and friends loved their experience of VA mainly because of all the Founders Inn hospitality and assistance! The grounds are gorgeous and made for beautiful pictures. They know how to do weddings! They are professional, kind, and most of all FUN!! I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to anyone looking at a VA wedding! You will NOT be disappointed!!!

Litle-Wellbrock Wedding 5/9/15

 

The BEST of the BEST is the only way to describe the Founders Inn and Spa. The venue, the staff they are all amazing!!!!! From the moment that I met Emily Andersen and Ann Smith they made my life so easy! My wedding was a destination wedding, so at first I was very nervous to travel all the way to Norfolk, Va on blind faith, I am from New York so I know good quality reception halls, but when I finally showed up at the Founders Inn it well exceeded any of my expectations! It was the best venue to have my extravagant wedding!!!!! My wedding party consisted of 380 guest and 42 children, and the Founders Inn made sure to roll out the red carpet to make us feel welcomed. If you are looking for a fairytale venue to host an awesome wedding, you have to go to the Founders Inn and Spa. You will definitely not regret this awesome decision.

Boston-Caine Wedding 7/20/14

 

I want to have another event just to be able to work with them again! They were wonderful in accommodating our needs because we had a brunch "reception" and they were kind enough to workout a customized package for us. They answered every single question we had and made sure we were getting what we wanted and some more. I was still hesitant on paying as much for one party (yes I'm that kind of bride) but when the day came I had no doubts I did the right thing with the right people! Their food was amazing, so was their service, and the people that helped us keep it all together throughout were so kind, helpful, and a pleasure to work with! To this day, I hear how amazing the food, service, staff, landscape, cake, basically everything was!
Oh! And their Spa is pretty amazing, I just got a massage though. Definitely consider this venue for your special day or ANY other event that needs amazing in it ;)

 

A Happy Bride 2014

 

If you are looking for a beautiful venue to get married, choose the Founders Inn! I felt like a princess, a complimentary massage, seeing our event on the TV screens, the beautiful setup. Worth every penny! Founders Inn can give you the perfect wedding in your budget...I was surprised at how much everything was, it was very affordable considering how elegant everything felt and looked. The weather was amazing, and everyone still compliments me on how amazing everything was. Spring/Summer or Fall/winter...choose The Founders Inn!!

 

A Happy Bride 2014

 

Testimonials

Wedding Testimonials

See what others have to say about their Virginia Beach wedding experience at the Founders Inn and Spa hotel. Please come back and include your wedding testimonials as well! 

KIERNAN-DANICO WEDDING 8/13/2016

Dear Brittany,

Just wanted to drop you a note and thank you so much for helping to make Caitlin's wedding so perfect.  We could not be any happier with how the event turned out.  The whole evening ran perfectly and I just can't say enough about how polite and efficient the Founders Inn staff was towards our guests. 

I must also mention how wonderful the appetizers and the plated meals turned out.  The food was delicious and the wait staff was exceptional!!! Loved the white gloves!! The staff was quick to fill our glasses and remove the plates. Really, they did a phenomenal job in keeping up with all of the guest's needs. We couldn't have been more pleased.  The rehearsal dinner was equally delicious and all of our families remarked on the awesome cornbread. haha!!! 

Thank you again for coordinating with Sandy and all of our vendors.  You did a remarkable job that day. Everything was perfect. So thanks to you and the whole Founders Inn staff, Caitlin's rehearsal and wedding day turned out to be everything she was hoping for on her wedding day!! 

Best of luck on your promotion. You're the perfect person for the job!! 

Sincerely,

Mary Beth Kiernan

Mother of the Bride

Grier-Holt Ceremony 7/3/16

The Founders Inn and Spa is a very nice venue! We had a very nice, small ceremony here. There are wonderful spots for photographs as the landscaping is very beautiful. The food is also delicious. We chose the elopement package which included brunch as an option. I really recommend the brunch! There is a great variety of food and it is so delicious! Our guests truly enjoyed every bite. Finally, the event managers are so nice and responsive to any questions or concerns! We were very pleased with everything.

KOHUT-GRASSANO WEDDING 6/18/16

The Founders Inn is the idyllic wedding venue and picture perfect. The outside formal gardens, pool and spa area are beautiful and immaculately kept, and were enjoyed by all. The rooms are spacious and absolutely lovely. The convenience for our guests to stay on site,added to the personal enjoyment of the evening.

The main Inn and Lobbies set a beautiful formal impression both warm and richly elegant. Our formal dinner service was flawless as was the delicious meal. Thank you to all at the Founders Inn who worked to add to the "Once in a Lifetime" wedding celebration of our only daughter.

Marianne and Michael Kohut

Parents of the Bride

Budowsky-Bennett Wedding 6/11/16

I just wanted to take a moment and thank you on behalf of Melissa, Mark and our entire family for the wonderful wedding my daughter had this past Saturday, June 18th.

I have been a Wedding a Planner/Caterer for nearly twenty years and I must compliment you, Brittany, and your entire banquet staff for your attention to detail and impeccable food and service. Living over 400 miles away, you and your staff treated my daughter as if she was your own and I can't thank you enough.

Typically the food at the "tasting" is vastly different than the food at the wedding but at the Founder's Inn, that was NOT the case. From beginning to end you, Brittany and your culinary and banquet staff exceeded our expectations and I wholeheartedly recommend the Founder's Inn!

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart and I can honestly say I have made some dear friends at Founder's Inn!

Best regards,

Eric Budowsky,

Father Of The Bride

Phelps-Logan Wedding 6/11/2016

How do we begin to say thank you for all you and your staff did to create the most magical, beautiful, and perfect wedding just as we imagined it.  Starting with the entrance for all our guest, it was an elegant first impression. The outside wedding in front of the pond was beautiful along with easy access to the cocktail area. This allowed guest to relax between ceremony & reception with great appetizers & drinks. 

Preparation of the Grand ballrooms took all day with many hands working hard to create the most beautiful magical dream come true. Allowing a first look, The bride burst into tears with the groom standing in awe. The guest were all full of compliments stating , "this is the most beautiful wedding I've ever attended."  

Please thank the many people who worked so hard & were so kind, willing to help, & quickly changed anything that we asked. 

Miss Carol was amazing to not let me worry about setting up the tables. Her assistant chipped right in to carry 12 heavy lighted trees into the ballroom.  You allowed Stage Right plenty of time to prepare the room with 11 chandeliers, a 20' lush fabric  rectangle  truss, multiple up lights, wallpaper lights, spots lights, all which took time & cooperation from Founders Inn staff. All our vendors told me they had worked with Founders many times & knew exactly how to work together. It gave us confidence that it would all come together. I was able to stay with my daughter - the bride & her 10 bridesmaids while getting their hair & make up done in the same facility.  Our own Founders Inn wedding planner, Brittany, helped immensely to take care of so many details ahead of time & during the event as well.  We couldn't have the same result without her.  Thanks for providing the lunch for the girls, food for all vendors, a storage room, a room for the band to get ready,  surprise cookies, great kids food, but more importantly an outstanding dinner buffet. The food was over the top!  A great variety, all deliciously prepared, kept hot, & you constantly kept replenishing.   The bartenders kept up with the highly sought after signature drink. 

Our daughter & son in law were so appreciative & so happy that their special day was so beautiful & we will be forever grateful that you paid attention to so much detail & treated us like we were special.  The bridal couple loved being able to stay the night right there in a beautiful room including a nice massage the next day. It was one stop shopping!!  

Many hugs to all. Please pass on our appreciation to all. 

Marsha Kreighauser 

Martin-Barney Wedding 6/4/16

I wanted to say the Founders Inn was the perfect place for my wedding!  Everything was so beautiful and I am glad we chose it for our ceremony and reception!  Everyone was saying how beautiful everything was.  I am like you and can't wait to see the photos and video of it!  I am also glad the weather held out and it was such a perfect day. 

I want to thank you for everything you and Lydia did to make everything come together.  I know Lydia is planning her own wedding and I hope she has as beautiful a wedding as I did! I will miss working with her as well!

The Founders Inn is very convenient for my family and I  when we visit Virginia Beach and we will definitely be staying there again in the future.  I will be sure to leave a review on wedding wire or the knot!   

Thank you again!

April 27, 2016

We loved having our wedding at the Founders Inn! I planned our wedding while going through nursing school, so the stress was incredible. And, of course, during the most important planning period (1 month out) my husband was underway, which is a fancy Navy word for out at sea. However, Ann and Brittany were both so understanding and accommodating about everything. We booked about 1 year in advance. The most important advice I can give is to book your venue at least 10 months prior to when you wish to get married, especially if you want to have it at Founders! The place is so incredible and books up very fast. Not a lot of brides get to say this, but I honestly felt like our wedding went perfectly! There is nothing I would have wanted to do differently or change about it. I think the key to having this feeling is to just let everyone do the jobs that you hired them to do and sit back and enjoy your big day! They are PROS at Founders and you can rest assured that they will handle every crisis without you ever knowing it even happened! :-)

April 17, 2016

The Founders Inn and Spa did all they could do to accommodate me with the preparations for our son's wedding. It was absolutely beautiful and God blessed us with beautiful weather for the special day.

Knowing the "headaches" that go along with planning a wedding in only 5 months, The Founders Inn and Spa was the perfect choice for our son and daughter-in-law's wedding venue. By being able to have literally everything from overnight rooms for our out of town guest, facilities for meals without having to leave the grounds, the rehearsal dinner and a beautiful wedding buffet for our guests at The Founders Inn and Spa made it so easy. And...the food was incredible. Our guests just raved about the entrées and buffet at the wedding. All the staff and servers were pleasant and very professional at the rehearsal dinner and during the wedding. I give them a perfect 10.

This wedding had guests that spoke absolutely NO English and presented some special challenges. With the help from Lydia Tracy and her ability to translate, she quickly became my little angel. She was able to prepare signs for the wedding in both Spanish and English which made the day special for all of our guests. So at this time I would like to give a special THANK YOU to Lydia for translating our son's vows during the ceremony so our Spanish speaking guests didn't feel excluded. Our Daughter-in-law spoke her vows in English and then in Spanish which was very special as well. Lydia went above and beyond her job description to make the wedding inclusive for all who attended. Thanks again Lydia.

I would recommend the beautiful venue of The Founders Inn and Spa for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers and any other event you might need for a special event.

Respectfully, 
Janis B
Mother of the groom

April 2, 2016

Dean Ann and Lydia
We wanted you both to know how incredible our wedding was! It was absolutely everything I dreamed of and wanted for my special day. You both went above and beyond our expectations and my day was flawless. Even the rain and having to be moved inside did not put one minute of negativity into my day I think it was almost even more special inside with that amazing atrium! All brides talk about all the unexpected things that go wrong on a wedding day and I was told to expect a few of them myself and I prepared myself to accept anything that came my was. . . and not one thing went wrong! Not one! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you did to make our day special.

Also, our friends and family have informed us of how amazing their food was! They were very impressed that every dish for over 154 people came out on time, looking beautiful and perfectly cooked! Please give our regard to our chef who out performed for our wedding day!

Thank you again,

Rachel and Gregg Ziemke

April 23, 2016

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say that we are indescribably grateful to Brittany for everything she did for us to make our wedding day perfect.  From the beginning she worked to make sure that every detail was covered and actually pointed out several things that we had neglected a few weeks before the actual date.  Our designated wedding coordinator pulled a no-show the day of the rehearsal, needless to say she is no longer in our circle of friends, and Brittany stepped up to run the show.  She walked us through our rehearsal and coordinated with our new fill-in wedding coordinator on the day of the ceremony to make sure she was up to speed. Also, there was an issue with the tablecloths we ordered from our florist (they sent sequined gold when they should have been light pink) and Brittany found a work-around using the chair sashes we had provided.  Not to mention she, and your other employees, tied the sashes on the remaining chairs which was a requirement for us to complete but we ran out of time with the florist's failure.  The end result was a beautiful reception ballroom that we could not have been happier with.  At every opportunity Brittany went above and beyond her responsibilities to ensure we had a day we will never forget.  We have received numerous compliments on our wedding from friends and family, and none of that would have been possible without her!

Thank you again for making our wedding day memorable.

Dennis-Harrell Wedding

July 18, 2015

The staff was awesome, especially with handling such a big wedding like ours. We couldn't have been happier with how everything turned out. Ann Smith & Melanie Bowman were especially great to work with and did everything they could to ensure our special day was perfect! We definitely couldn't have picked a better venue to have our reception. Thank you guys so much!!!

Lapid-Macaraeg Wedding

July 14, 2015

My husband and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary on Tuesday, June 16th by renewing our vows at The Founders Inn & Spa. From the very beginning when I first spoke with the Catering Sales Manager Emily Andersen, we knew this would be the place. When we arrived in Aug. 2014 for an overnight stay, Emily was on vacation (which she had already informed me about) and she told me that Ann Smith another Catering Sales Manager would be taking care of us by showing us around.

 Well, Ann made sure we were well informed about everything Founders Inn had to offer for our big day. We knew we were having a small affair with family and a few close friends and that we wanted our renewal outside at sunset. However, we were also shown the inside areas/rooms where the ceremony and reception could be held in case of inclement weather. We had a wonderful stay and everyone there made sure we were well taken care of.

 The following year as our renewal approached, we were contacted by the Conference Services Manager, Brittany Duarte. Brittany called to make sure we were on track and helped with the menu selection and anything else we needed. She was very professional and handled all our needs in an efficient manor. My husband and I were really impressed when we arrived the day before our renewal for a quick rehearsal (which was Brittany's day off) and she insisted on being there to make sure our questions were answered and to see if she could help with any last minute details. All of the managers we came in contact with at Founders Inn were very helpful, professional and kind. We couldn't have been more pleased with how it all came together. 

 Our guests were also impressed with the beautiful well kept grounds, the spacious Colonial style rooms and the delicious food/desserts and wedding cake served during the reception.

 

We are both so happy we decided to renew our vows at the Founders Inn & Spa. Everything was beautiful! Thank you all!

 

Melanie and Mark Butler

We held our wedding at the Founders Inn and Spa in June and had an excellent experience. We selected the venue primarily due to the beautiful outdoor setting (English Garden, lake, fountain, etc.).

A couple of notes around our experiences:
1) The planning approach was clear and well documented. We did have a transition of staff and that resulted in some missed communications. The only criticism would be around some of the last minute options items – some of that was not clear at the beginning. That said, this was very minor and created no setbacks.
2) During our planning visit (we live over 6 hours away), we explored several options and as a result asked for several changes to the reception room (plants, dividers, 2 larger chairs, etc.). This was readily accommodated, at no charge.
3) Several hours before the wedding, we made a last minute change to the seating location outdoors as the temperatures had risen to 100 degrees. The staff accommodated this with a smile.
4) In the weeks leading up to the wedding, our guests ran into a couple of issues with room reservations and the offered discounts. These were normal issues. I raised each of these with the appointed contact and they were resolved to our guests (and our) complete satisfaction. Excellent service.
5) On the morning of the wedding the selected upgrade chairs were not available in the reception room and the word was they were overbooked. We contacted the staff and they assured us that they would correct the issue, even if they needed to get added chairs form another vendor. They came through.
6) We were a little concerned about how the reception room would come together. As we went our separate ways to get ready, there were still doubts. When we set foot into the room after the ceremony, we were positively stunned at the transformation. What looked more like a conference room setting had been transformed into a great ambiance.
7) We used several of eth recommended vendors (Susan Turner as the officiant, Classy Event Rentals, and Lasting Impressions), and each of them provided excellent personal service and advice to make the experience pleasant and fun.

Overall, the experience was good. There were no surprises and the value for the money was great. We definitely recommend this venue.

Nina and Andy Schulte of the Lebo-Schulte Wedding – June 13th.

June 29 at 10:25am · Virginia Beach, VA ·

Our daughter's wedding weekend here was absolutely AMAZING!!
Her and her now husband had all their friends and family come from all over to stay here and everyone had the most amazing experience!
The planner they selected Brittany Duarte was extremely friendly and professional and she attend to each detail from the very first meeting all the way to our final checkout. The food was fabulous, all the staff were very accommodating the pool and spa was so fun and relaxing! Thank you Founders Inn for helping to make Diana Bayless and Tristan Pietrzak wedding one we will always remember!

Andrea London

We are beyond pleased with the outcome of our daughter's wedding.  It was amazing!  From the ceremony to the cocktail hour, and reception, everything flowed so smoothly.

I just wanted to thank you for all your help! With all my questions you were always very pleasant and polite to me and my daughter, Delia.

My husband and I were very, very pleased with everything.

 

Thanks again Brittany for your help in making Delia and Martins wedding day a success!

 

Fobbs-Burwell Wedding 6/14/15

Bonnie Fobbs-Mother of the Bride

It is with great pleasure that I write this review for the Founders Inn and Spa. My husband and I got married at the Founders Inn on April 25, 2015- just about a month ago! From the very beginning of the wedding planning throughout our wedding day, the Founders Inn provided us with the BEST service. Each staff member that we worked with was beyond competent and professional. They went and above and beyond to make sure that our wedding weekend would be everything that we wanted it to be. We had about 300 guests at the wedding and more than half of those guests stayed at the Founders Inn. They were all treated with great care and many have commented on the incredible service that they received and how beautiful the hotel grounds are. I honestly feel that the staff at the Founders Inn was truly happy to participate in our event and their positivity and genuine sincerity made this entire experience that much more special. From the staff working at the front desk, to the head chef, to the manager to my two wedding coordinators, each of them helped to make our wedding day perfect. Their hard work, expertise and advice helped us along the way and together, we all came up with the perfect day. To be entirely honest, I miss the near daily communication with my two wedding planners and I hope to visit the Founders Inn again very soon!

Stepanovich-Skaros Wedding 4/20/15

 

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this venue and their staff! We were given our own day of coordinator, Brittany, who was wonderful! She spent time getting to know us, listened to us, and guided us through the process so it was the perfect day! The food was incredible and the thing our guests commented on the most. We were impressed because we received our own private tasting with the head chef who came out with each meal to get our thoughts on the food-it was wonderful! We had a lot of out of town guests and the staff was able to accommodate everyone's needs from booking rooms, to shuttle transportation, to even making sure we were all in the same building! Family and friends loved their experience of VA mainly because of all the Founders Inn hospitality and assistance! The grounds are gorgeous and made for beautiful pictures. They know how to do weddings! They are professional, kind, and most of all FUN!! I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to anyone looking at a VA wedding! You will NOT be disappointed!!!

Litle-Wellbrock Wedding 5/9/15

 

Elegant and beautiful wedding

Reviewed on 3/19/2015 Monica J

My wedding was here last week and it was absolutely beautiful. Our ceremony was in the atrium; it did not require any decoration as that room is stunning without any additional frills. My family and bridal party were able to take pictures outside in the beautiful garden (we were lucky and had the most perfect weather that day). My cocktail hour followed on the balcony overlooking the atrium (but I didn't get to go to that since I was doing photos!). My reception for 50 people followed in the Benjamin Franklin room and was just perfect. My guests had their choice of three entrees from the buffet and everyone loved the food. The Founders also did my wedding cake, a stunning three tier piece with three delicious flavors. It was very convenient that many of my out of town guests were able to stay at the venue in one of their comfy rooms right there on site. (And my husband and I got a complimentary night there for our wedding as part of our contract. Very nice not having to leave the reception site to get to your wedding night.) The Founders Inn was a beautiful place to have my wedding, and I honestly just wish I could spend more time there, for whatever reason. The Inn and staff were able to accommodate all my requests and make my wedding just perfect. They were very attentive to making sure everything was taken care of and I had everything I needed.

Jordan-Osterhout Wedding Events 4/9/2015

My Guest Accommodations

I can't express how BEAUTIFUL this place is. Not only are they a wonderful place to stay and make you feel comfortable and do everything in their power to make sure you are happy, but they are the most beautiful Inn and Spa you could ever step into. All of our guests were very happy with every aspect of the Founders Inn and we are more than happy to go back when we get the chance!

A Happy Bride


The Second Best Decision We Made- even for a Budget Bride

Reviewed on 11/19/2014 Katie W

We researched many, many venues when trying to settle on a place for the wedding. We read many positive and negative reviews about the Founder's Inn. However, I can say with zero hesitation that we have zero regrets about choosing the Founder's Inn. We had our wedding close to home, but essentially our entire wedding was traveling to be with us. Choosing the FI allowed people to stay on property before and after the wedding. No driving home after our awesome evening! I was able to meet several times with the event coordinator (Shout outs to Margaret, Emily, and their whole team.) They were thoughtful, helpful, and honest. They host multiple wedding each weekend, but I always felt like their #1 bride. The ceremony outside was absolutely beautiful. (We were definitely on a budget, but were able to skip decor outside as it is so naturally lovely.) They have an equally gorgeous rain-space, just in case. The service was astounding, the venue was always clean, helpful, and accommodating. (They even helped my mother get around in a wheelchair when she broke her ankle the night before the wedding. Not even kidding!) They have a state of the art spa, indoor/outdoor pool, and fireplaces abound. If you consider a wedding near the holidays- just wait until you see it! It truly felt like a vacation for everyone involved. Finally, we are a month out and everyone is STILL raving about the food! We have enjoyed few meals this delicious- ever- and this was at a wedding. Our guests LOVED the food. We never thought we could afford a place like the Founder's Inn; however, we did almost everything else ourselves, went wholesale on the flowers...we do not regret a single penny we spent at the Inn. Being able to crash after our magical night and enjoy breakfast with the family the next morning was irreplaceable. I hope your experience is as wonderful as ours was!

Winborne-Henderson Wedding  10/4/14

 

 

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this venue and their staff! We were given our own day of coordinator, Brittany, who was wonderful! She spent time getting to know us, listened to us, and guided us through the process so it was the perfect day! The food was incredible and the thing our guests commented on the most. We were impressed because we received our own private tasting with the head chef who came out with each meal to get our thoughts on the food-it was wonderful! We had a lot of out of town guests and the staff was able to accommodate everyone's needs from booking rooms, to shuttle transportation, to even making sure we were all in the same building! Family and friends loved their experience of VA mainly because of all the Founders Inn hospitality and assistance! The grounds are gorgeous and made for beautiful pictures. They know how to do weddings! They are professional, kind, and most of all FUN!! I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to anyone looking at a VA wedding! You will NOT be disappointed!!!

Litle-Wellbrock Wedding 5/9/15

 

The BEST of the BEST is the only way to describe the Founders Inn and Spa. The venue, the staff they are all amazing!!!!! From the moment that I met Emily Andersen and Ann Smith they made my life so easy! My wedding was a destination wedding, so at first I was very nervous to travel all the way to Norfolk, Va on blind faith, I am from New York so I know good quality reception halls, but when I finally showed up at the Founders Inn it well exceeded any of my expectations! It was the best venue to have my extravagant wedding!!!!! My wedding party consisted of 380 guest and 42 children, and the Founders Inn made sure to roll out the red carpet to make us feel welcomed. If you are looking for a fairytale venue to host an awesome wedding, you have to go to the Founders Inn and Spa. You will definitely not regret this awesome decision.

Boston-Caine Wedding 7/20/14

 

I want to have another event just to be able to work with them again! They were wonderful in accommodating our needs because we had a brunch "reception" and they were kind enough to workout a customized package for us. They answered every single question we had and made sure we were getting what we wanted and some more. I was still hesitant on paying as much for one party (yes I'm that kind of bride) but when the day came I had no doubts I did the right thing with the right people! Their food was amazing, so was their service, and the people that helped us keep it all together throughout were so kind, helpful, and a pleasure to work with! To this day, I hear how amazing the food, service, staff, landscape, cake, basically everything was!
Oh! And their Spa is pretty amazing, I just got a massage though. Definitely consider this venue for your special day or ANY other event that needs amazing in it ;)

 

A Happy Bride 2014

 

If you are looking for a beautiful venue to get married, choose the Founders Inn! I felt like a princess, a complimentary massage, seeing our event on the TV screens, the beautiful setup. Worth every penny! Founders Inn can give you the perfect wedding in your budget...I was surprised at how much everything was, it was very affordable considering how elegant everything felt and looked. The weather was amazing, and everyone still compliments me on how amazing everything was. Spring/Summer or Fall/winter...choose The Founders Inn!!

 

A Happy Bride 2014