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The Empress Estate Wedding & Events | Woodland WA Couples Choice Award
The Empress Estate Wedding & Events | Woodland WA Couples Choice Award
The Empress Estate Wedding & Events | Woodland WA Couples Choice Award 2020

The Empress Estate is proud to be the winner of the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards in 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021 & 2023!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year. 

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Max & Anna Bondar - 5 Stars. Absolutely gorgeous venue! We're so glad that we chose it over any other option we had. Zoe went above and beyond to make our day extra special. My husband and I were both amazed at how much effort he put into it to make it perfect. Zoe accommodated all of our special requests for details and cultural preferences. We got everything in writing on the Empress planning guide and we stuck to the plan. Everything went very smoothy during our event (Zoe and Stevie were around to help out when needed). Best day of our lives! We received great reviews from our friends and family and we will definitely recommend this venue to anyone who is interested. Huge thanks to Zoe and the Empress team for making our dream wedding come true! PS: We were initially concerned about some of the negative reviews but we've personally had a great experience. After sitting down with Zoe, we've learned he has very extensive experience with weddings and he gave us a lot of great advice beforehand to make sure our wedding runs smoothly. If you show respect for the venue and the owner Zoe, you will have a blast! TIPS: #1 Prepare a solid plan with your future spouse & the Empress wedding coordinator. #2 Get it in writing on the Empress planning guide #3 Trust the Empress team to make it happen #4 Don't change things last minute #5 Have fun, and if it's not perfect, enjoy the day anyway! 

Dawnett Ellis Wright - 5 Stars. Omg!!!MyMy daughter was married here last week. it It was stunning! the coordinator took care of every detail. my beautiful little girl was able to just enjoy her day! there is not a thing I would change. it us simply gorgeous!!! The food was AMAZING!! THANK YOU EMPRESS ESTATES.

Candy Schuetze - 5 Stars.  Stevie and her entire crew were fabulous!  They pulled off a fairytale wedding for my son, Justin Schuetze, and his beautiful bride Shannon Ford Schuetze.  Thank you Stevie for everything!


Dani Bramley - 5 Stars.  Beautiful place.  The food was great.  And the owners were so professional.  All the people involved in the wedding were great.  There were into all the little details of our wedding and I could tell they were really happy for us!  The daughter that works there was awesome and very helpful too :) perfect night for sure.


Melanie Morgan - 5 Stars.  The Empress Estate is absolutely breathtaking.  The cared about me as a bride, and took everything I said was important to me whether it was in the decorations, the special request nachos for my picky husband, the sand ceremony involving my son, the cake, decor, the table situations, or the peanut butter with breakfast for my picky sister.  They made me feel stress less from start to finish.


Tianna Padilla - 5 Stars.  We can't wait for our wedding day here next year!  I wanted to have total control of the day but a week into it, we decided to go with The Empress because I want to enjoy this day not stress.  I am 100% confident it will be amazing.  Thank you, Zoe and Stevie, for making my dreams come true.  See you in May!


JoJo McBride - 5 Stars.  This place is excellent!  They take care of everything for you.  The ensure a magical, stress free experience.  My wife was made to feel like the princess she is. Thank-you Zoe & Stevie!


The Maraglios - We had our wedding at The Empress Estate and I couldn't be happier with the way everything turned out.  Everything I had envisioned in my head about how this special day would look was right on point.  Everything from the decor, to the food to the ceremony all the way down to how we were made to feel like the most important people on the planet.  My guests were so blown away by the entire event.  It brought tears to my eyes when it was all over.  I wanted the day to last forever.  Thank you Stevie and Zoe!!! We couldn't have done it without you, your staff and your beautiful venue!  You left an everlasting impression on my heart! There isn't a single thing I would have changed, Sincerely, The Maraglio's


Irene Lemen - I recently had a wedding for my granddaughter at this beautiful wedding venue...this place is one of the best surprises around this area, when you drive up the hill and then drive a small distance and then the "Empress" appears!!!!! everything was perfect., we started planning this wedding and stevie was there will all the help a bride wold ever need...we had meetings and more meetings with all the options presented to the families..every questions we had were answered....i was very nervous not ever having all these decisions but stevie took over. assured me time and again DO NOT STRESS...leave it to was an outside wedding (July) and the chairs were all arranged nicely...the dining room was set up so was all so elegant!!! everything went mishaps,,,..the cocktail hour was great, appetizers were delicious,,,the dinner was prepared by a chef that knew his was perfection!!!!!...there were plenty of staff and very well trained and attentive ., i would have to say this was such a beautiful wedding,,couldn;t have done it without stevie and her better half,zoe...i know i have gone on and on but this is how great this magical place and owners are !!!! if you are planning a wedding or any occasion. look in our own back will be amazed....stevie,,,thank you so much for making this so special for dani and tom...they were both thrilled and happy beyond all of us were...we had so many compliments from all our guest. ...thank you so much, again....irene and bud lemen and thanks for allowing such a long review !!!!!!


Robin Rapp - I recently had my wedding ceremony and reception at the Empress Estate.  Steavie worked with me (the bride) to help make my "winter wedding" theme come to life.  I had a vision I wanted to create and she made it happen.  The decorations were exactly what I wanted down the wreath that hung on the bannister.  Steavie was with me every step of the way.  What made me even more impressed was their attention to detail.  Steavie worked with my on making sure all the accent colors went along with the theme.  As a first time bride I will admit I was nervous going in because I had no idea what I was doing.  They really have figured out a structured planning that takes the stress off.  I was given 90 day checklists, 30 and even 10 day. This was my wedding and I was willing to put the work into every last detail but having someone there to help guide me went above and beyond.


The ceremony itself went off without anything going wrong.  IT was absolutely perfect.  Zoe, the other owner who we worked with, surprised me after with a huge fireplace lit up with an dozen or so candles which made for a beautiful photo back ground.  We worked with our wedding photographer/Dj to make sure everything was planned before hand. This planning my husband and I did helped make the day flow smoothly. We had everything planned own on a timeline that EVERYONE knew and and followed.  This was everyone was on the same page.


The reception....  We picked the centerpieces, the table cloths, the food, the drinks and much more.  It was the way we wanted and it turned out simply amazing.  Zoe was out on the floor making sure everyone's needs were attended to.  Then the food.  I have never had better food at a wedding then what the chef cooked up for us.  The food alone deserves 5 stars.  Everyone raved! Nothing over/under cooked.  They even made me a plate for later.  The presentation went above the typical "buffet".  The cake was so beautifully done I almost cried when I saw it!  Over all I had the most romantic, memorable wedding I could have ever imagined.  Thank you Zoe, Stevie, and your staff for helping me put together my dream.  I would recommend using this venue for more than just weddings.  The over all experience was easy, structured, and personalized.

The Knot reviews

"Look no further for reviews and CHOOSE this venue!
The owner takes the time to listen to every detail for your special day and make it come true. They have so many services available including: catering, sound systems, decorations, alcohol service, florist, etc! The venue itself has so many beautiful areas, including the Empress Estate, the Chateau, the open fields, gardens, arbors, and more. They truly help your wedding go smoothly by bringing the services to you, providing an excellent staff catering to your every need, and consistent communication during the planning process. XOXO Marquesa & Bejian" 

                                                          "My husband and I got married here in September and we had nothing but a positive experience! The owner was very kind, our coordinator was always on top of things and when we forgot to include a small dance in our plan, she was able to coordinate with the DJ for us right away and everything went smoothly! The food here is AMAZING, they weren't kidding when they told us they take pride in their food --- and our guests even got to meet the chef! We did the all-inclusive package so after the reception, my husband, myself and the wedding party got to stay at the location and the staff brought out midnight snacks for us to eat by the fireplace. We had such an amazing day and couldn't have asked for more. Thank you Empress Estate and the staff for helping us create such a magical moment!" - Kanae F

                                 "Oh my goodness. I am still in disbelief over how absolutely perfect my wedding day was. I can truly say that this day was the BEST day of my life, and a huge part of that is due to the excellent team at the Empress. The planning process with Ambree and Nichole was fabulous, easy and fun. Zoe, the owner was fantastic and eager to please. The Empress mansion is incredible and breath taking, and has hundreds of amazing photo opportunities, just calling your name! My now husband, Scott and I had our reception at the newer building, the Woodland Chateau. Wow. Just wow. The space is absolutely gorgeous. We didn't feel the need to bring in much decor at all. Natural lighting just flooded the space and allowed for some amazing photographs. The venue's grounds are breath taking as well. It is high up on a hill so you will be able to see the river in the distance and the town down below. Awesome selfie opportunities just everywhere ;) Back to the day of the wedding. Nichole is the woman of the hour, let me tell you. She made it happen and made everything flow so smoothly from beginning to end. She made sure everyone stuck to the schedule and that everyone was happy and had what they needed. ALSO. MY WEDDING DAY WAS HER BIRTHDAY! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY NICHOLE! She is the true MVP. I couldn't recommend this venue more. Go take a tour, you will not regret it. Oh btw, the food is to die for." - Lauren N

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