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One of the first major decisions you’ll need to make when planning your wedding is the venue. The venue often needs to be booked well in advance, and will leave a lasting impression on guests. Of course, this decision will vary based on the theme, size and traditions of the couple, so keep that in mind as you consider your venue options.

There are many different types of venues to choose from, so here we’ll walk you through the main types of venues and list some pros and cons to you decide what works best for you.

Banquet Hall

If you’ve attended a large wedding before, chances are you’ve been to a banquet hall. Banquet halls are known for their spacious rooms and are very common for large weddings.

 

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Pros:

  • Hold high number of guests
  • Staff is experienced at handling weddings
  • Photographers are typically familiar with the space, thus taking pictures is easier

Cons:

  • Commonly used for weddings, may not feel unique
  • May be hidden restrictions on food, drinks and other vendors
  • Set space means less flexibility for unique decor options

 

Restaurant Reception

Restaurant venues are available all over the GTA and they usually offer a good mix of space and dependable food and staff. Here are some things to consider for a restaurant reception.

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Pros:

  • Food! You typically know exactly what you’re getting into food wise at a specific restaurant
  • Equipment (tables, chairs, linens etc.) are readily available, often without rental costs
  • Staff is experienced at serving and clearing tables

Cons:

  • Limited flexibility in table seating charts and layout
  • Restricted use of external vendors, and/or additional hidden fees
  • Restricted decor options and limited time for setup

 

Outdoor Wedding

For a unique vibe and more casual feel, outdoor weddings are a great fit. Here are some things you’ll want to consider if an outdoor wedding is your preference:

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Pros:

  • Surrounding landscapes provide a beautifully natural decor
  • Less common, therefore more unique
  • Customizable decor options with amble space

Cons:

  • Weather! Mother nature doesn’t always cooperate, so rain plans are especially important
  • Temperature control is difficult in tents
  • One of the most costly option as everything from catering, staffing, heating/cooling system will need to be brought on site.

Hotel Wedding

Much like banquet halls, hotels often have large ballrooms to hold large, or even smaller, weddings. Consider these pros and cons if you’re leaning towards a hotel wedding:

 

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Pros:

  • Convenience! Hotels have built in accommodations for guests
  • Usually great service with experienced staff, both for meal service
  • Photographers are often used to the hotel halls, making photography easier

Cons:

  • May not feel like a stand alone venue, in that other hotel features can distract guests
  • May be hidden restrictions on food, drinks and AV costs
  • Higher service charge
  • Set space means less flexibility for unique decor options

Every wedding requires a different type of venue space. Remember that the size of your wedding and your theme can help you narrow down options. We hope this list helps you decide what type of venue is best for your wedding.  Happy Wedding Planning!

 

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Gung Hei Fat Choy!  Last week, Wendy Lee from Asian Fusion Weddings and I were invited to Focus Cantonese on Omni TV to speak about home decorating and styling tips for Chinese New Year.   The segment was based on a recent photoshoot we collaborated that was featured on Toronto Star yesterday.

We created two looks for the table top using traditional Chinese tableware.  As seen on set, the one on the left was a more traditional style with Mun Shou Longevity porcelain pattern that can be found at home for most Chinese families.  The look was elevated by adding a touch of elegance using a high quality table linen and creating layers using gold beaded chargers.  

On the right, we created a more muted modern look with the traditional Ching Tung blue and white porcelain tableware and vases coordinating with tones of pink flowers.  The blue and white porcelain pattern tableware could also be found in most Chinese homes and it is easy to recreate the look.  It is also a very popular pattern right now and this look can be reinterpreted for other celebrations such as bridal showers and baby showers.

Here are some behind the scene shots by Pepper and Light.  Shout out to Bridal Secretary for dolling me up and Secrets Floral Collection for providing the flowers on set.  Tableware by Event Rental Group and Plate Occasions.  Stay tuned for more photos of our photo shoot this week on our blog!

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Behind the scene photo by Rebecca from Pepper and Light

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Posted by OMNI 都市聚焦 Focus Cantonese on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Here is a video of the segment in case you missed it.

 

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In addition to our blog post, we are sharing more information on upcoming wedding venues open houses with you to help you with venue shopping. Finding the right venue that fits your style and budget is one of the most important step in wedding planning.

District 28 – Thursday, January 26th, 6:30pm

Location: 28 Logan Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2M8

RSVP: events@district28.ca

District 28 is an unique event space located in downtown Toronto. What’s so special about this venue is it’s blank walls in each of their event spaces that allow you to be creative and customize your wedding

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Langdon Hall

Winter Wonderland and Open House

Date: Saturday, January 28th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: 1 Langdon Dr, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8

RSVP: No fee or tickets required

Full Open House

Date: Sunday, January 29th, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: 1 Langdon Dr, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8

RSVP: No fee or tickets required

Langdon hall is named one of the loveliest wedding venues in Canada in 2016 by Weddingbells Magazine and top 20 hotels in Canada. Located in Cambridge, It’s known for its luxurious service and 5-diamond award winning restaurant with beautiful venue spaces indoors and outdoors. It is the perfect venue for those who want an intimate wedding and amazing culinary experience.

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The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon

Date: Saturday, February 4th, 11am-5pm

Location: 789 Yonge St., Toronto

The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon is a versatile space with high ceilings for an airy and spacious feel. With ample natural light and modular design, it has plenty of room for different events – or it can be combined into one large space with a large capacity of 575 people. This venue also has two outdoor terraces, which could be utilized for photos. It is conveniently located at Bloor and Yonge.

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Chez Lavelle, Sunday, February 5th, 11am -5 pm

Location: 627 King Street West, Toronto

RSVP: Email Events@tmhos.com | 647-344-3570

Lavelle was just opened last year and it has been known as one of the best rooftop spaces in Toronto. It is a stylish venue for bridal shower, bachelorette and even weddings with pools, rooftop patio, restaurant and bar with an unobstructed view of the city’s skyline.

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Angus Glen Golf Club

Date: Thursday, February 23rd , 2017, 6pm-9pm

Location: 10080 Kennedy Rd, Markham

RSVP: Email awayling@angusglen.com

Angus Glen Golf Club is located in Markham, and is one of Canada’s best known golf courses. It offers a variety of rooms of different sizes, with a capacity of 450. The rooms are unique, and are sure to appeal to most couples. This venue has stunning landscaping and outdoor gardens that great a perfect backdrop for photos.

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Miao and Kenny’s Wedding

The Albany club

Date: February 28, 2017

Time: 5pm-8pm

Location: 91 King St E, Toronto

RSVP Required: Email weddings@albanyclub.ca

The Albany Club is one of Canada’s oldest private clubs, founded in 1882 by Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald. This venue showcases its historical charm and is located in the heart of Toronto. There are a variety of rooms to suit your needs, and a new rooftop patio that has views of downtown toronto and the historic St. James Cathedral.

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Hacienda Sarria

Date: Saturday, March 4th, 2017, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Location: 1254 Union Street, Kitchener

RSVP on website http://www.haciendasarria.com/openhouse

Hacienda Sarria is a lavish Spanish-style estate with beautiful gardens and picturesque architecture. The old-world style and charm, mixed with the experienced staff creates unique weddings guests are sure not to forget. The spectacular amenities Hacienda Sarria has to offer are truly incomparable, and the majestic location provides a gorgeous backdrop for wedding photos.

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Source: Hacienda Sarria

 

 

Mississauga Convention Centre

Date: March 5, 2017

Time: 1pm-7pm

Location: 75 Derry Rd W, Mississauga

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mississauga-convention-centre-wedding-fair-open-house-tickets-30520908860

The Mississauga Convention Centre has six grand ballrooms to house your perfect wedding day. With rooms that showcase stately 18’ coffer ceilings, not to mention gorgeous chandeliers that are sure to catch guests eyes, this location is full of potential. Conveniently located by Toronto Pearson Airport, this is an easy to get to location for residents of the GTA.

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Source: Mississaugaconvention.com

 

 

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