by Katie J. on
We had our wedding reception at Terra's brand new lower floor, Mer, in November 2009. I cannot tell you how happy my husband and I were with how everything turned out. It was so much better than we ever imagined. We had decided to change our reception venue pretty late in the planning process, and with just 7 months to go before our wedding date (we had already reserved the church), we found that many places were already booked - as was the case with the upper floor of Terra when I called to inquire (this space is stunning!). I was disappointed that Terra was booked, but happy to learn that their new lower floor, Mer, was available for my date...however, it was under construction at the time and they had yet to throw an event there. Dusty, the owner, took me through Mer and helped me visualize what it would look like come November. It sounded perfect for what we wanted, and although many friends and family called me crazy, we booked the unfinished space. As the months went on, I had the pleasure of seeing Mer transform in record time. I was never nervous about the completion because it was clear that Dusty and his staff take a lot of pride in their events, and I knew they would never throw an event that didn't meet their standards. Dusty, Stephanie and Amy are all amazing and wonderful to work with. I had an idea of what I wanted going into the planning and they helped me make it happen while offering their expert advice. They have great taste and are true artists, and they really think of every detail. Stephanie was so easy and fun to work with, and she remained patient and understanding with me through all my flip-flopping and changes to the plan. We didn't have a huge budget, but they were able to easily accommodate that and in the end our reception looked like it cost a lot more than it actually did. My husband is a jazz musician, as were many of our guests, so we wanted to go with a jazz inspired reception with a space that felt like a romantic, dimly lit nightclub. The stage in the dining room perfectly showcased the musicians and there was plenty of room for dancing on the gorgeous hardwood floors they had just installed. The space is beautiful and is perfect for a wedding, in my opinion, because you have a couple separate rooms to work with. We held our cocktail hour in the front room, then moved to a larger room in the back for dinner and dancing - the rooms are separated by a large, open hallway so neither room feels closed off from the other. There are 2 beautiful bars, one in each room (a 3rd optional) and there's also a great outdoor patio area that was utilized by guests who needed a break from dancing or wanted to get some air. I was a little concerned that Mer is right next to a freeway, but you wouldn't know it when you're there and you can't hear the traffic even when you're out on the patio. We didn't have our wedding ceremony there, but it would be an ideal space to have both ceremony and reception because of the separate rooms, and although we didn't use their caterer, we've heard wonderful things about the food. The Terra staff worked seamlessly with our caterer, and the cake maker they recommended was fabulous. The day of our wedding, I was stunned when I walked into our reception. It was all beautifully finished and just perfect - the lighting, the table arrangements and flowers were better than expected. Their bartenders and servers were fantastic and there's not one thing I would have changed. Countless guests told us that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. And as if all that wasn't enough, one of the Terra staff members spotted and safely brought in a box we thought had gone missing (a friend accidentally left it outside while packing up a car at the end of the night!). This box was filled with gifts, cash and some irreplaceable wedding items - that goes to show how honest and reliable the Terra staff is. I would have another event at Mer in a heartbeat, and would welcome any additional opportunities to work with Dusty, Stephanie and Amy. It was truly a dream wedding!
by mind your b. on
I went here as part of my V-day gift from the hub and I enjoyed my time there. It was during a weekday which is way better than going on a weekend. We got to walk threw each exhibit and spend as much time as we liked without people blocking our view or pushing us out of the way. I also liked the touch tank, I felt like a giddy little school girl. We've been there multiple time and every time there is something new to look at.
by Laurence Sports on
The company I work for had its holiday party here tonight. I don't know how many people went, but it was waaay crowded -- so much so that you could hardly move around the space, much less get to the food and drink. I ate a couple of slices of pizza and a springroll, and then I'd had it with the crush and the noise of the music. Couldn't even really talk to people. But the thing that really bugged me, I guess, was that I wasn't really in the mood to drink. And despite an open bar, they didn't have any non-alcoholic beer, and I was left to a Coke or soda water and fruit juice. I didn't feel like fighting the noise and crowd to drink Coke. While the event side was packed -- I did like the area with the really high ceilings, old glass windows, and trees, which had lights on them -- the main side was much more mellow. I imagine that the event will spill over there eventually, but the main bar was much more manageable, and the dining room looked solid. The bathrooms are downstairs off the main room, not the event space, and there's a man in there who'll call you "buddy," turn on the taps for you, and give you Chiclets. The urinals are way old and quite large.