Nate & I knew that we did not want a typical AZ wedding at a golf course or resort. Although those places are beautiful, we wanted something unique that really suited our personalities. When we saw the Icehouse, we knew it would be the perfect venue for our wedding. We loved the industrial look with the exposed brick and loved the option of being able to decorate it however we desired. We received so many complements on the venue and many guests said it would be a wedding they will always remember because it was so unique. I could not have asked for a better wedding venue!
We LOVED having out wedding at Bentley Projects! The space is so unique and it was a truly magical night. I can’t even count how many friends and family said that they have never been to a wedding in such an amazing venue. Riette was a joy to work with and helped make our evening one to remember!
Riette was such a joy to work with and Downtown Phoenix Venues far exceeded my expectations! Lulus.com was very excited with the monOrchid Gallery and the success of our event can be directly attributed to the beautiful venue, the professionalism of Downtown Phoenix Venues and to the expertise of Riette Bartlett! I hope to work with them again in the near future!
When looking for a venue to get married at, my fiancé and I knew that we did not want a traditional Arizona wedding- golf course or hotel. Downtown Phoenix Venues was not only better priced than the traditional venues, but far exceeded anything we could have imagined. DPV was prompt with all emails, easy to work with, and when I had any concerns, they were able to calm me right away! The day of the actual wedding, as I didn’t have a planner, I thought it was going to be a bit hectic, but Riette and her crew were always there making sure that everything was going right at schedule, and all vendors were working together quickly and smoothly. If I had to do it again, I would do it the exact same way!
The Bentley Projects was a unique and perfect place to have a wedding! All of my guests loved the different feeling that it added to the wedding, rather than what a traditional venue gives. The different galleries allow you to create multiple sceneries that are equally amazing!
The Bentley Projects is a bit off the beaten path but worth the trip. Many guests commented how much they liked the venue and enjoyed being somewhere different.
The Icehouse is an incredible venue for brides and grooms that want to have the freedom to design their own wedding, instead of leaving it in the hands of a golf course, hotel or resort.
Besides the unique atmosphere, industrial vibe and central location, Riette is one of the main reasons we decided to choose the Icehouse for our wedding. She was so professional, understanding, organized and personable which helped make the wedding planning process go so much smoother.
The cathedral room of the Icehouse made the most incredible setting for the ceremony. All of my guests walked in with looks of awe on their faces because of the beautiful and unique design.
Thank you so much!! If I could live at my wedding, I would! I loved everything about it and it wouldn’t have been as wonderful with out the help of Riette, Gretchen and Encore creative. I was so proud of all the hard work everyone put in and I think it came out perfect! Thank you Thank you Thank you!
I cannot imagine having had my wedding any other place! Riette was such an amazing person to work with and handled so many of the details I could not have thought of. It was great to have an experienced hand around for our special day. She really filled in all of the small details for the ceremony and made everything run so smoothly. Even though I felt like I was always forgetting something, Riette really helped us to make sure everything was taken care of. She was so nice to work with and we really can’t find enough kind things to say about how great it was to have our wedding at Bentley Projects with Riette! People are still talking about the wedding and how beautiful everything was, so I really owe that all to Riette for taking so much time and consideration for us. ________________________________________________________________________________________
Our birthday party was a huge success – our guests loved the venue and Downtown Phoenix Venues staff was wonderful to work with. Having planned the entire event myself, I couldn’t have done it without their constant support! Thank you Downtown Phoenix Venues.
Riette was amazing to work with! She was very on top of everything! She was a huge help leading up to the event and especially the day of! We would not have made it without Riette’s help!
The Icehouse was a fabulous place for our wedding. Our coordinator Riette was very attentive throughout the year of planning and had the experience to give excellent suggestions and advice. They were flexible with the vendors we used, so we were able to create the day we wanted without many stipulations. The Icehouse looks great “as is”, but when we added our special touches, it was beautiful and romantic. We were really able to make it what we wanted.
The venue is gorgeous, allowing for incredible decorating flexibility. In an urban car culture, it was fun to walk from a party to a bar and a hotel and enjoy the entire evening out!
I would recommend Bentley projects for any party, event and celebration. It offers great space, unique atmosphere and centrally located in the phoenix area. The service is personal with monthly check-ins, which were quite helpful in the planning process as well as answering questions and the private event coordinator was available when needed.
I do events full-time for my church. I have produced large events for 800+ in top venues from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and all across the West US. I got quite a bit a positive feedback from our parishioners on how much they loved the venue and how unique it was. It was refreshing as it was definitely unique and exciting and not in keeping with “the usual” venues one finds in Phoenix. The best part was the friendly staff who were on a more personal level then you being just another client. Both the Event Coordinator and the Bentley Project staff were extremely nice and accommodating. I would certainly recommend this venue and its staff to anyone seeking an exciting, out-of-the-norm event experience
Riette and Downtown Phoenix Venues made my wedding! I was so excited to find a venue I could bring my own vendors into that didn’t overprice everything. Riette was amazing, she checked on me every month before the wedding to make sure things were going all right, and took the initiative to make arrangements with my vendors on my behalf. She really helped to make our wedding a stress free experience. The MonOrchid was also AMAZING! We received so many compliments on our choice of venue, the pictures look fantastic, and everyone had a blast. Thank you!
Well what can I say about our wedding experience at MonOrchid….It was what I had always imagine the best day of my life would be like. While obviously my wife and I were caught up in the emotion of the day we each took a moment to recognize what an amazing reception venue we were in. From the art on the wall to the photo studio quality dance floor, it all looked and felt as special as one’s wedding day should feel and look. We can thank downtown Phoenix venues and Riette enough for the help in making our special day just that, special.
Hosting our corporate client dinner at Bentley Projects gave our firm an opportunity to show our clients the trendy and sophisticated side of Phoenix. We had been searching for a venue with a depth of culture and history; BP allowed us to mold its art nirvana into a space that felt like our own while still embracing its character and roots.
The gallery’s mix of local and nationally acclaimed artists added a fun and lively contemporary vibe to the event. The art opportunely engaged us to utilize the whole space, as guests ventured around to find their favorite piece.
The staff at Bentley Projects is as unique and distinctive as the space itself. Private Event Coordinator, Riëtte Pretorius in particular was a delight to work with. She was accommodating, flexible, and did not fluster throughout the entire planning process. Riëtte is sincerely passionate about the space she represents. Her guidance and expertise were instrumental in creating a smooth evening despite the short (one-week) lead time. Preparator Craig Randich was equally impressive, as he mingled around the event gently educating interested guests about the pieces they were seeing.
Two words to describe our experience at Bentley Projects: simply impressive. Our firm will definitely be returning for future events.
We recently held our first fundraiser at Monorchid and could not think of a more unique venue to have chosen. We continuously hear how nice it was to have an event some where “different”, it was a nice change of pace for those who regularly attend events at country clubs and hotels. We were able to use the white walls of the gallery to display our presentation and video, which was a great use of space and made it visible to all our guest.
Riette was awesome to work with, from start to finish she was there to help and make our event memorable for everyone involved. The event was a hit and with her assistance raised the bar high for our next one; we will definitely be looking forward to working with Riette for future events.
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We could not have chosen a more perfect venue for our wedding and reception by choosing monOrchid; it was completely unique and totally ‘us’! Riette was fantastic to work with from start to finish. She held my hand the whole way and kept in great contact with me and suggested the best vendors as well. The day of the wedding she was invaluable to making sure our special day went off without a hitch. We are both so grateful for such a wonderful experience, our wedding was amazing, and our guests thought so, too!
We chose Monorchid to host our daughter’s wedding because the building’s design is absolutely inspiring. We were smitten from the first moment, owner/architect, Wayne Rainey introduced us to the steel, spiral staircases and exposed wooden rafters; thru the final moment when they rolled open a huge side gate, revealing a starry sky, and our daughter escaped, hand-in-hand, with her new husband.
Monorchid offered us the opportunity to create an artistic and absolutely unique wedding experience and we’re still receiving compliments from our guests!
The team at Monorchid provided service above and beyond.
The Wedding of Kaitlyn & Alex Facista
Stjepan and I loved working with Riette. When picking a location for our reception, we knew right away that we really wanted to support the arts, so our first thought was to hold it at an art gallery. Riette has access to some of the best galleries downtown Phoenix. When visiting, she really helped us imagine how we could use the unique spaces to make the celebration special for us. Riette was always accommodating with our hectic schedule, and was wonderful with offering advice when we needed it. We couldn’t have asked for more.
I’d always heard that finding a venue is the worst part of wedding planning – once you handle that, everything else comes together relatively easily. Riette made the whole process so easy! She is prompt, patient, and a consummate professional. That would be enough on its own, but she’s also warm and friendly. She really took the time to get to know us and only showed us venues that fit our overall vision.
Our Best of the Capitol Awards party was a huge success and our guests commented on how they enjoyed being at the Bentley Projects. In addition, you provided extraordinary customer service every step of the way from initial planning to the event that night.
It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend Bentley Projects as an outstanding event venue and appreciate your efforts.
Arizona Capitol Times