Washington Pavilion Of Arts

★★★☆☆
  • 301 S Main Ave

    Sioux Falls, SD 57104

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  • 605-367-7397

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Sun 11:30am-7:30pm, Mon-Wed 9:30am-5pm, Thu 9:30am-7:30pm, Sat 9:30am-7:30pm, Fri 9:30am-8pm

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A TOTAL NIGHTMARE!!!!! Brides beware this is not a place you want your ceremony at for the price!

We felt so good about having our wedding at the Pavilion. Even though it was so expensive ?? we wanted it to be a memory that we would always cherish. People commented on how special and beautiful it would be to have it there. We had our wedding in the great hall on stage.

How embarrassing and what a disappointment! A sad memory we will always have!

The gift table skirt on backwards so the skirt faced the wall and the ugly back of the table showing ?? that??s the first thing our guests saw, dinner table clothes on lop sided - a few inches on one side and way long on the other and not just one, but several of them. What quality of help does the Pavilion have? Allyson even tried to stand in front of the gift table to hide it ?? when I bought to her attention ( this was when the mothers were being escorted in by the groom in for the ceremony) she said yes she saw it and would fix it. Too bad all our guests had already saw how particular and how much time was spent on details by the Pavilion for our event when they walked in to be seated. And why wasn??t Allyson checking on these things before the event even started? Allyson was never on site that??s why. She said she would be there the whole night, but every time we needed her she had to be paged and would show up 10 ?? 15 minutes later.
Also during the ceremony the que's for the music was horrible when transitioning from our unity ceremony, and back to song when walking out. The wedding party and Josh and Meghan stood there and looked like complete fools after the ceremony had ended there was almost a minute lag before the music actually started playing to que them to walk out. How horrible does that look?
Shouldn??t the Pavilion take more pride in their facility ?? their work? Is this common? The Pavilion puts on many events including concerts and what not..so how is it they couldn't get the music or slideshow to work seamlessly? I guess when I delivered the DVD and CD two days before our wedding they didn't have the courtesy to view it before to make sure the slideshow was in full color (like it was made), and the music was working correctly (when it had when I made it). I guess we should have sought out others that have had wedding in the Pavilion this summer. Ask them if this is how their event was handled. It is the Pavilion right? We thought we would get what we paid for! Funny they can take people??s money- do an awful job and you don??t even have a gun!!!!

When one of your wedding coordinators ( I believe Megan was her name) walked past the head table and knocking the entire 5 ft. centerpiece to the floor with a radio she had on her hip ?? breaking five vases full of flowers, broken rented branches, broken hanging votives and crystals. She just left. We were left with picking up all the pieces and mess and going back to our left overs back stage to try to put something together. And this was when the guests were being seated at their tables. What a beautiful sight they witnessed and to be greeted with. That was just another sign of your lack of their professionalism. And yet they make no reference to us being compensated for this.

It was so cold guests were going to their cars to get sweaters and jackets. I know of three times complaints were made to the bartenders or anyone we could find to tell. It took a long time before anything was ever done about it. Maybe if Allyson would have been there it could have been fixed a little sooner.

Guests were talking amongst themselves and telling us after the ceremony how they couldn??t hear a word of the ceremony and after the slide show they were wondering why there were big blobs of red and green on the screen, and the music was so distorted you couldn't hear the music that was being played during the slideshow. But how crazy it worked seamlessly when I played it on multiple dvd players, and computers everything was perfect! I had spent weeks working on this slide show ?? making it perfect. Only to be ruined by their staff.

As my parents sitting in the lobby of the downtown Holiday Inn listening to wedding guests as they checked in telling the clerk that they had been at a wedding at the Pavilion. The clerk telling them that it must have been wonderful and the guests responding by saying they couldn??t hear any of the ceremony and the slide show was bad bad color, and the music distorted. It made my parents feel so bad for us. We had spent so much time & money on this wedding. Do you know what it is like to cry on your wedding day? Not tears of joy, but because so many things are wrong ?? preventable things!

It makes it so easy for the Pavilion to dismiss what went wrong by saying ?? well - we won??t charge you for this or that. What are we left with ?? sad memories ?? and anger. Is this what we paid for? What an awful experience, I would NEVER recommend this place of business to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

A TOTAL NIGHTMARE!!!!! Brides beware this is not a place you want your ceremony at for the price!

We felt so good about having our wedding at the Pavilion. Even though it was so expensive ?? we wanted it to be a memory that we would always cherish. People commented on how special and beautiful it would be to have it there. We had our wedding in the great hall on stage.

How embarrassing and what a disappointment! A sad memory we will always have!

The gift table skirt on backwards so the skirt faced the wall and the ugly back of the table showing ?? that??s the first thing our guests saw, dinner table clothes on lop sided - a few inches on one side and way long on the other and not just one, but several of them. What quality of help does the Pavilion have? Allyson even tried to stand in front of the gift table to hide it ?? when I bought to her attention ( this was when the mothers were being escorted in by the groom in for the ceremony) she said yes she saw it and would fix it. Too bad all our guests had already saw how particular and how much time was spent on details by the Pavilion for our event when they walked in to be seated. And why wasn??t Allyson checking on these things before the event even started? Allyson was never on site that??s why. She said she would be there the whole night, but every time we needed her she had to be paged and would show up 10 ?? 15 minutes later.
Also during the ceremony the que's for the music was horrible when transitioning from our unity ceremony, and back to song when walking out. The wedding party and Josh and Meghan stood there and looked like complete fools after the ceremony had ended there was almost a minute lag before the music actually started playing to que them to walk out. How horrible does that look?
Shouldn??t the Pavilion take more pride in their facility ?? their work? Is this common? The Pavilion puts on many events including concerts and what not..so how is it they couldn't get the music or slideshow to work seamlessly? I guess when I delivered the DVD and CD two days before our wedding they didn't have the courtesy to view it before to make sure the slideshow was in full color (like it was made), and the music was working correctly (when it had when I made it). I guess we should have sought out others that have had wedding in the Pavilion this summer. Ask them if this is how their event was handled. It is the Pavilion right? We thought we would get what we paid for! Funny they can take people??s money- do an awful job and you don??t even have a gun!!!!

When one of your wedding coordinators ( I believe Megan was her name) walked past the head table and knocking the entire 5 ft. centerpiece to the floor with a radio she had on her hip ?? breaking five vases full of flowers, broken rented branches, broken hanging votives and crystals. She just left. We were left with picking up all the pieces and mess and going back to our left overs back stage to try to put something together. And this was when the guests were being seated at their tables. What a beautiful sight they witnessed and to be greeted with. That was just another sign of your lack of their professionalism. And yet they make no reference to us being compensated for this.

It was so cold guests were going to their cars to get sweaters and jackets. I know of three times complaints were made to the bartenders or anyone we could find to tell. It took a long time before anything was ever done about it. Maybe if Allyson would have been there it could have been fixed a little sooner.

Guests were talking amongst themselves and telling us after the ceremony how they couldn??t hear a word of the ceremony and after the slide show they were wondering why there were big blobs of red and green on the screen, and the music was so distorted you couldn't hear the music that was being played during the slideshow. But how crazy it worked seamlessly when I played it on multiple dvd players, and computers everything was perfect! I had spent weeks working on this slide show ?? making it perfect. Only to be ruined by their staff.

As my parents sitting in the lobby of the downtown Holiday Inn listening to wedding guests as they checked in telling the clerk that they had been at a wedding at the Pavilion. The clerk telling them that it must have been wonderful and the guests responding by saying they couldn??t hear any of the ceremony and the slide show was bad bad color, and the music distorted. It made my parents feel so bad for us. We had spent so much time & money on this wedding. Do you know what it is like to cry on your wedding day? Not tears of joy, but because so many things are wrong ?? preventable things!

It makes it so easy for the Pavilion to dismiss what went wrong by saying ?? well - we won??t charge you for this or that. What are we left with ?? sad memories ?? and anger. Is this what we paid for? What an awful experience, I would NEVER recommend this place of business to anyone.

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The Kirby Science Center for Children on the 2nd floor of the Washington Pavilion is definitely a kids' favorite. The two year old loves the preschool room with tunnels, foam logs and a water exploration center. My older child loves driving the Mars rover or playing with the man-made tornado. There is also an Imax Theater available, the art gallery, and the main theatre which hosts concerts and plays. Occasionally the Pavilion hosts special events for the whole family. We have attended ones on agriculture, Lewis and Clark, and health. It is definitely worth the money to buy a season membership to the Kirby Science Center and watch for special events hosted by the Pavilion.

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The Kirby Science Center for Children on the 2nd floor of the Washington Pavilion is definitely a kids' favorite. The two year old loves the preschool room with tunnels, foam logs and a water exploration center. My older child loves driving the Mars rover or playing with the man-made tornado. There is also an Imax Theater available, the art gallery, and the main theatre which hosts concerts and plays. Occasionally the Pavilion hosts special events for the whole family. We have attended ones on agriculture, Lewis and Clark, and health. It is definitely worth the money to buy a season membership to the Kirby Science Center and watch for special events hosted by the Pavilion.

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The Washington Pavillon of Arts and Science is a great place for family and kids. There is a gorgeous huge theater, a stage theater, and a science museum. There is so much to do.

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The Washington Pavillon of Arts and Science is a great place for family and kids. There is a gorgeous huge theater, a stage theater, and a science museum. There is so much to do.

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