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The Mauch Chunk ballroom knocks it out of the park. Our reception was held there Nov. 14th 2015. People have not stopped calling me and commenting on Face book what a wonderful venue it was. Tara was an amazing planner and organized our off-site reception as well as the the caterer and cake. You could not and will not find a place or a person or place better able to make your special day a memory that last a lifetime. I could go on and on forever. But Tara had all the details covered and our day was PERFECT! Trust me. If you looking to have a wedding in a beautiful, affordable, stress free setting and great food, Tara and the Mauch Chunk Ballroom is the place. The pictures say it all. – Cassie & Rob , Nov. 14, 2015

“Tara and her staff were out.of.this.world. My wife and I met with her a little over a year before our wedding and can honestly say that she made out hopes and dreams a reality over the next 14 months. Everything we had imagined came to life on our special day with minimal work on our part. She helped us every step of the way, from helping us select vendors to coordinating with first time vendors for the day of. There was not a thing we wanted that couldn’t be done. I warn you all, if you choose to work with Tarah, be prepared for a very skilled, outspoken, and somehow very relaxed individual. She gave me insight when I needed it and helped me hold strong to things I really wanted. She will stand up to your family when needed and make sure that you get the very best day that you and your partner deserve. If I could give her 10 stars I would. The venue itself is so amazingly unique. It is historic, beautiful, centrally located and has the perfect small town charm. Not only will you get a great venue and planner, but you will get great photos and memories too. Only downfall is parking, but Tarah even has a solution for that!”  – Jocelyn & Megan, Dec. 6, 2015

“The Mauch Chunk Ballroom was an amazingly beautiful, perfect setting for our ceremony and reception. The town was adorable and the surroundings were incredible. Our wedding guests hiked the Glen Onoko falls and explored the town by day and had a fantastic experience by night. It was in fact an experience and Tara made it all possible. Amidst any doubts or concerns leading up to the wedding, everything was flawless and on point on our special day. I don’t think we could have imagined a more perfect day. Any stress I had was gone the second I walked into the ballroom, and it stayed that way all night long. Tara was attentive to every detail and it blew me away. Thank you for the best day of our lives!” – Maggie & Dan, Aug. 29, 2015

“Tara planned my sister’s wedding 4 years ago and this year she planned mine. Everything turned out beautifully and my husband and I could not be happier.” – Harlee & Terry, May 22,2015 

“We chose to have our wedding at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom, not only because it is a beautiful setting, but also because we knew we could trust Tara to help bring our vision to life. Throughout the whole wedding planning process, Tara was very responsive and flexible with us. It was very convenient to have a “one-stop shop” – with the catering and cake included, plus Tara’s recommendations for all the other vendors – but the Ballroom was in no way a “cookie-cutter” wedding factory. Tara gave us individual attention and customization. She worked with us to help plan our menu, coordinate our florist services, find our officiant, and plan our sparkler send-off for the end of the reception. We were able to bring in our own photographer and purchase our own alcohol, which helped keep costs down. Overall, Tara’s services at the Ballroom are a perfect mix of convenience, professionalism and customized attention.”  –  Kelly & Frank, November 1, 2014

“I absolutely feel like my wedding was the most beautiful small budget wedding ever, and the ballroom offered the most beautiful backdrop. They offer catering packages that fit every budget, small to large. They even let you have your ceremony there at no extra charge. Tara was extremely helpful and made sure everything was perfect for the day of. The town is full of gorgeous photo opportunities. We got so many compliments. This venue is a must see!” – Tonya & Chuck, October 25, 2014

“Tara,  Thank you so very much for coordinating our wedding on October 17th.  Jon and I had such a wonderful time at our wedding!  All who attended loved your facility and the food.  We would just like to thank you for making our day so very special and memorable! Thanks again” – Cheryl & Jon, October 17, 2014

“I really enjoyed working with Tara and her crew at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom. There were two key factors that really stood out for me with Tara. First and foremost, she was responsive and extremely helpful throughout the process. I often e-mailed her and usually had a response by the following morning or afternoon (I’m a late night e-mailer). And like so many people, this was my first (and hopefully my only!) wedding so I had question upon question. Tara always answered my questions thoroughly and even came back with suggestions. Loved that. I did not hire any vendors that I would have to chase around; that is the very last thing you want to worry about for your wedding. The other thing that I loved about Tara is that I did not have to worry about ANYTHING the day of the wedding. I had a blast and she took care of everything, thought about things that I hadn’t thought about, and was totally prepared to handle them. And I have to say, everything went perfectly for the wedding. She really took care of us.”  – Triceara & Chris , September 13, 2014

“My service from Tara came in two parts: the ballroom and her planning. The ballroom was an absolutely fabulous venue. It is very unique, in a beautiful town, and a great size for hosting a wedding or event. The wooden floors and stage are perfect for dancing, and the lovely painted walls are a nice feature. The chandeliers are also extremely elegant. If you want to surprise guests with a romantic or elegant evening, this is the place! The service was also excellent. Tara is a great networker, which meant she was able to offer suggestions and recommendations for different services for the wedding. She even coordinated the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, which was at a venue owned by some folks down the road from the ballroom. She was available throughout the entire process of planning the wedding, and though I didn’t utilize her for every aspect of the wedding, she was willing to do much more than I expected. Especially when it came to set up and tear down, Tara went above and beyond what I predicted her to help with. She would have done the entire set up if I had wanted! Finally, my husband and I were very conscious of the money we were spending along the way, and Tara’s fees were by far the best price for the level of quality that she offered in our area (within 45 min of Allentown, PA area). This allowed us to spend the money on dressing up the ballroom even further, and she was happy to help with suggestions.

Overall, my husband and I would highly recommend Tara and her services!” – Christine & Alex, June 21, 2014

“Tara did a great job helping us organize our special day! The venue is beautiful by itself, but Tara went above and beyond to help us add the finishing touches to achieve our romantic vintage theme. The food was fantastic and catering/drink packages are flexible and customizable. Both our ceremony and reception were in the same location, and the room was beautiful and accommodating for both. I would recommend the Mauch Chunk Ballroom to future brides & grooms. Beautiful venue, beautiful town.” – Juliette & Harold, July 12, 2014

“Tara at The ballroom came to my rescue when my guest list grew to large for my scheduled venue. In a pinch, Tara and I planned my husbands birthday celebration in which she accommodated everything on my wish list, and fit it into my budget.  Thanks Tara- your the best!” – Carol – 60th Birthday Party – July 5, 2014

“Our wedding last weekend was perfect. Tara did a great job of keeping everything flowing smoothly throughout the night, any issue that occurred was quickly resolved. She also helped us bring our vision to life. The venue was overall beautiful.” – Tracy & Winston, June 14, 2014

“We loved everything about our Wedding day! Tara was extremely helpful and organized! I have already been recommending people to go through her and will continue for years to come! I would do it all over again and have her by our side again. She was so kind and knew what to say in moments of panic. She was so attentive and understanding. She became a friend in my opinion. Thank you so much for everything! Our day was enchanting with your help!” – Jennifer & Joe, May 24, 2014

“Tara, it was a pleasure working with you through the course of our wedding planning!! I highly value working with someone as down-to-earth as you are, and who was flexible in arranging meeting times over the course of the past few months. You transformed the Ballroom into my vision!! I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things from my guests! Your staff was incredibly friendly as well. The food was excellent….and again, I’ve heard the same feedback from guests. Stephanie Shay from Icing on the Cake was incredible!! Very pleasant and friendly…she welcomed us into her home for some yummy tasting! The cake looked amazing and was probably one of the best tasting wedding cakes I’ve ever had!!!! All around, this has been an incredibly positive experience!! I’m sad to see our day has come and gone so quickly…I’m ready to do it again!” – Megan & Bryan, April 26, 2014

“Thank you so very much for a great, no amazing job well done. Your staff, your service, the Ballroom and just every single detail you did was amazing. I can’t thank you enough for all your help!!”  –Tammy L. Committee Member – Jim Thorpe Policeman’s Ball March 22, 2014

“The Mauch Chunk Ballroom was a great place to have our wedding. The ballroom really set the tone for our wedding and worked well with our Winter Rustic theme. Tara was very accommodating and always made sure our needs were met. I am sad our wedding is over…I would relive that day over and over again if  I could.” – Shannon & Ray December 28, 2013

“The Mauch Chunk Ballroom is a beautiful wedding venue in the historic and charming town of Jim Thorpe. I really enjoyed being able to have the ceremony and reception at the same place. Tara and her staff were very friendly and accommodating. They truly appeared to enjoy being a part of our special day.”- Wendy & Ed October 19, 2014

“Very flexible and able to assist us through phone and email. We were not local to the area.” – Josh & Amanda October 13, 2014

“The Mauch Chunk Ballroom is a gorgeous venue with historic charm and grace. We also enjoyed the flexibility that the Ballroom offers in terms of choosing your own catering and bar list. (We had an amazing meal from a local, organic farm called 14 Acre Farm!) Tara was an accessible, amiable and thoughtful wedding planner with amazing listening skills. With our choice of the Ballroom as our wedding venue, we enjoyed knowing that we were supporting a cultural treasure, and an independent business woman. Thank you to Tara and her staff for throwing an amazing party! All our guests have been raving about how much fun they had! – Regan and Marie August 3, 2013

“The event ran smoothly, the food was great, and the company was wonderful. Would recommend anytime!” – Lisa Corporate Luncheon  December 2012

“Thanks for doing a wonderful job with our wedding. It was amazing and we had so much fun. We really appreciate all of your hard work.”  – Allison & Jon October 27, 2012

“Tara Banninger and her team at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom did an absolutely fantastic job handling my son’s and daughter-in-law’s wedding in May, 2012. Tara was prompt and always “two steps ahead” anticipating our every need. The day went off without a flaw – organized, but not stiff. The food was top-notch, the service stellar. The Ballroom is a perfect venue in Jim Thorpe. I would highly recommend Tara, and the Mauch Chunk Ballroom team.” – Bill Berkelbach (father of the groom) , May 2012

“Our wedding day turned out to be perfect and a lot of the credit goes to Tara and the staff at the ballroom.  The setting at the ballroom was exactly what we were looking for, unique but very tasteful.  The food was great.  And the ability to manage the various components by Tara behind the scenes took a lot of the concern off our backs and allowed us to focus on enjoying the day. I would not hesitate to recommend their services to family and friends.” – Meghna & Quentin, May 5, 2012

My husband and I went away for my 30th birthday in September 2010 and he proposed to me in Jim Thorpe.  After spending  a weekend  in the quaint little town, we just knew we had to have our wedding there. When we got back to NY, we were on an internet search mission to find a place that would accommodate our guests (all of whom came from out of town) and satisfy our vision for a magical and romantic wedding.  It was at this time that we came upon Tara’s website.  From the moment we called Tara to the day of our wedding she was nothing but helpful, friendly and accommodating to not only my husband and I but to our two children as well (ages 1 and 5).  She helped us with everything–from picking out colors, helping us find lodging for our guests to providing a babysitter for our wedding day!  Planning a wedding two states away can be quite stressful; but Tara was there to calm us when we became frantic and obsessive.  Tara is the type of person that will be there for you through all the stages of planning, her creativity and calm personality make her an amazing wedding planner and I would recommend her again and again!!  –Courtney & Ernie Wedding September 3, 2011

Thanks for everything you have done, and all of your contacts. Without you…..I would not have been able to pull off my dream wedding in my dream town. Your are a terrific event planner! Thanks for also dealing with my schedule. You made this very easy for me! – Kimberly  & Randy