Wedding Humour

Hi Friends.

A friend of mine posted this link on my facebook page the other day. And I laughed my ass off!  How to know if you’re having the same wedding as everyone else on Pintrest.

I laughed not because i don’t like the sound of these weddings or because it’s the extreme opposite of my indoor winter wedding, i laughed because it’s true! You can’t look through one wedding related website and not find at least 5 of the elements they mention. It’s just the style of weddings these days,  like big shoulders and pouf and legion halls were our parents generation of weddings.

And while on the subject of humour. I’ve recently purchased this book for a fellow bride-to-be, it’s titled Scenes from an Impending Marriage. It’s a hilarious tale of planning a wedding… ingraphic novel format. If you’re looking for a kitchsy gift to get a friend as an engagement present – I highly recommend this book.

 

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Mission Accomplished!

Ladies (and Gents).

I have found and booked a venue! It’s a venue I checked out 8 months ago… and finally decided to just go for it! I don’t know why i waited so long. I was immediately in love with the space when i saw it online, and in real life it’s even better!

My fiance and i picked a date last weekend and without a moments hesitation i emailed the venue to check if the date we picked was still available and as luck would have it, it was available! Thank goodness, cause we’ve been engaged for 18 months already and we finally picked a date. If the space wasn’t available. I think we would have just had everyone over to our house instead! haha.

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the venue is the Rosehill Venue | Lounge.
We’ve booked a date for November of this year… I better get motoring! Tomorrow hopefully i will be checking one more thing off my ‘to do’ list, by picking my wedding dress! If you remember I went shopping back in October, and there were a few dresses that pulled forward as the front runners. I’ve since narrowed it down to two and i think tomorrow is the day to finally pull the trigger and pick THE dress. Yikes!

Here’s the scoop on the Rosehill. It’s located at Yonge/St Clair. Easy access by subway, and literally right next door there is a Green P parking garage that costs $5 for parking. You can pre-pay for your guests or your guests can pay, it’s up to you. The venue fee obviously varies on the time of year and day of the week. We’re getting married in their high season so the venue fee is $3500 for a Saturday. The fee includes the furniture on site, which are some loungey couches, there’s gold chiavari chairs (90 i think?), they have round tables  on site as well, and it also includes the tea lights that are around the venue and if you’re having an open bar it includes the fee for the bartenders. You have the use of the whole venue, including the very adorable classic smoker’s lounge the the basement that is often used as a Bridal Suite. Other perks are they don’t have any preferred caterers. They do have a list of places they recommend, but there’s no penalty for picking your own. Another thing i really liked was their bar package. We had decided early on that we wanted an open bar, all night. And the Rosehill offers two packages, the basic for $6.50 per person, per hour and that includes standard bar rail, mixers, beer, and a red and white house wine. And it’s all customizable (within reason). If you have a particular wine you really enjoy, you can have the Rosehill order it in and it will be served as the house wine, same with the beer selection, as long as the beer you pick is comparable in price to the beers they serve, there will be no extra charge.

Overall i have a really good feeling about this venue. I did a lot of research before hand and every review i read only had wonderful things to say about the venue and their staff.

So, here we go folks! Time to start planning!

xo.

Unique Wedding Venues in Toronto

I sincerely wish i wasn’t the first to post this list. But i’ve had to do some serious leg work to gather this list. So i would like to save you all the pain.

There are some truly unique places in the city. These places all mostly meet my requirements of wheelchair accessible, can hold 100 – 150 people for a standing cocktail reception, is in the downtown area, and does not remotely resemble a hotel or banquet hall.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, but this is a list of the ones I had to find by digging, there’s lots of cool spaces that get used on a regular basis like the Steamwhistle Brewery, Distillery District venues etc. These are places it’s unlikely you’ve already attended a wedding here. Which is another unwritten requirement of mine!

Here we go!

The Richmond
477 Richmond St W
Capacity: 80 seated, 150 standing
Something awesome about them: Their rental fee includes a bunch of furniture! They are also enviro friendly!

 

 

Analogue Gallery
673 Queen St W
Capacity: intimate weddings
Something awesome about them: Mick Jagger will be present at your wedding… in photo form!

 

 

 

The Rosehill
6 Rosehill Av (Yonge/St.Clair)
Capacity: 110 seated ceremony/130 seated dinners, 300 cocktails
Something awesome about them: They have this gorgeous old school smoking lounge in the basement that they use as a bridal suite.

 

The Venue @ NSC
5 Brock Ave (Queen W / Brock St)
Capacity: Banquet 150/ Reception 250
Something awesome about them: You can provide the booze!

 

Airship 37
37 Parliament St, Unit 2
Capacity: Gooderham Lounge 120 standing. Main Room 180 seated, 350 standing.
Something awesome about them: The main room is entirely a blank canvas for you to create your dream come true!

 

 

Fiber Living
58 Berkeley St.
I don’t actually know any of the details about this space apart from what i learned from the Toronto Life article. I know it’s a furniture store, but it is totally rentable!

 

 

 

LoftRaum @ Urban Amish
86 Parliament St
Capacity: I have no idea…
Something awesome about them: the venue rental fee includes the Urban Amish Interiors furniture and accessories!

VENUE: Ontario Heritage Centre

Hi Ladies,

A few weeks ago a few of us (more than i expected) headed out to the Ontario Heritage Centre at Adelaide & Yonge. As the name indicates it’s a Heritage building so it’s old, which is fine with me, this particular building still has a manually operated elevator which was one of the features that i LOVED. The elevator is used to take you up to the second floor Birkbeck Room where the ceremony takes place. After the ceremony the elevator is used to bring your guests down to the Gallery where the reception takes place, there is also a set of stairs for your able bodied guests to use – i just like the elevator.

The Birkbeck room was lacking in personality. There aren’t too many photos online of weddings that have happened there, so I wanted to check out the space in person to get a better sense of what it was like. The Birkbeck room just reminded me of any of the number of meeting rooms I’ve booked in my career, there just wasn’t anything to write home about, as i like to say.

The second room we looked at was the Gallery, the area where the reception would take place. A couple things that stood out to me, was the carpeting. WHY WHY WHY is there carpeting? Also, despite the fact that the website says it can hold 150 people, i just couldn’t see how everything would fit, and I don’t even want tables! It just seemed so uninspired but i have a tough time visualizing things, and i really don’t want to have to put in a lot of effort to make my vision come to life!

Anyway, needless to say that everyone who came to look at the venue was in agreement that this is not my venue.

The only numbers available are for the room rental, because everything else pretty much goes through their preferred caterers.

Mon-Fri Rental Costs for Birkbeck & the Gallery: $1795 (full day)
Saturday Rental Costs for Birkbeck & Gallery: $1950 (full day)
* these include the tables and chairs & if you’re interested a rehearsal can be booked in the Birkbeck for $300.

So the Room Rental isn’t bad, but the space just wasn’t for me.

Plodding on…

xo.