I am so excited to spill the details of this particular venue, I will admit I am a little biased since my couple who got married there on a New Year’s Eve a few years back fell in love with the space. Located at 639 Queen St. West and Bathurst St, this location is eclectic and has quite the history!
The F.C. Burroughes Furniture Company erected the building in 1907 as its flagship retail department store. King Sol, a well known sporting and camping gear retailer called it home for 53 years, ending in 2002. Finally, the Queen Street Partners redeveloped the building. It’s beautiful exposed brick, hardwood floors and rustic essence minimizes the need for excessive décor. Another feature worth highlighting are the two 100 plus year old restored elevators which brings to life the historical relevance to the venue.
This hidden gem has actually hosted some of the city’s high profile events such as TIFF events, Holt Renfrew and Phillip Sparks fashion shows. It has also been chosen for fashion designer and bridal magazine photo shoots.
Since we are discussing venues in the 6ix, it makes sense that I highlight that the 6th floor is the most popular location to hold a wedding or event. This floor give you access to the rooftop terrace, I might add that this “View from the 6ix” is unobstructed and absolutely gorgeous and has a bar and heaters (for those planning winter weddings!).
For those attending you wedding or event who are from out of town, this venue is located close to six (notice a theme here?) beautiful 4-5 star hotels including the Fairmont Royal York, The Thompson Hotel and the Shangri-La. Parking won’t be an issue either as there are several lots in the area that can be utilized.
Something to take note of is that The Burroughes requires outside catering but to make life easy, their venue coordinators (not to be confused with wedding planners) have preferred vendor lists that you can use to contact.
All in all this is a terrific and very unique space to host your event or wedding and is absolutely worth a tour!
Photo credits: www.derekcampbell.net; www.ashleyvictoriaproductions.com; www.theburroughes.com
During some intense outsourcing I was conducting for some clients, I came across this intriguing and equally beautiful venue located at 1000 Finch Ave West (Finch and Dufferin) in the northwest area of the city- National Event Venue. When you first walk in, all I can say is – black and gold. Accents of gorgeous Baroque style furniture, dramatic velvet curtains held together by thick ropes, chandeliers…have I sold you yet? I’m not finished though!
There are so many eloquent features of this diamond in the rough that as a planner, get you so excited for your clients. The lobby/cocktail area has a stylish bar where you can order your Cosmopolitan or scotch and has plenty of space for mingling. The European reception room is open concept with two stunning chandeliers at each end, a visible dance floor in the center and then a stage at the front. Mind you this isn’t just any stage, if the bride and groom so choose they can stand on a platform that is below the stage that will rise to the top of the stage for a surprise entrance!
In addition to all of this, there are massive LED TV screens with 360 projection mapping that allows you to share videos and photos with all of your guests. As of recently they provide limousine services for pick up and drop offs as well. They have an incredible team that boasts stunning entertainment, whether it is professional dancers, live musicians, acrobatics or eek…snakes and fire!
Shall we talk gourmet cuisine? They have 3 menus or you can choose essentially any national cuisine you like, from Russian, Portuguese, Italian and more. Their chefs create beautiful and artistic presentations with each dish and will not disappoint your palate by any means. I accompanied my clients to a Saturday night tasting and they left full and completely impressed.
Alex and his staff are truly lovely people, so easy and kind to work with and are ready to cater to whatever your needs are. I am grateful to have such a fantastic working relationship with them and would recommend National Event Venue to everyone who is looking for a superior, first class experience for their wedding day! If you are a couple would like to book a viewing please contact me at Ashley@ashleyvictoriaproductions.com and I will be happy to take you or contact the venue directly at 416-650-0019
Photos taken from: http://www.nationaleventvenue.com; IsaacImage.com
The Avenue is a fantastic little spot in Vaughan Ontario and one of the not so obvious but convenient aspects of it is that it’s close to all major highways (401, 407 and the Allen). We love the fact that parking is free, and if you have out of town guests, the hotels close by have reduced rates for those who choose to have their event at The Avenue.
One thing that I can say I absolutely appreciated about this venue is that it’s literally one venue, so you don’t have to worry about multiple events taking place simultaneously to yours! This is a great selling point for brides who want to ensure there are no mix-ups or distractions on their big day. As a planner, even though we are used to it, it’s a relief to know there are no “hidden fees” that you will have to dig to find and explain to your clients. Many venues have so many additional fees and truthfully it can add up quickly. The Avenue is an exception, everything is up front and visible so there are absolutely no surprises!
Another convenient aspect of this little gem is it has the main hall that it has lovely high ceilings and can hold up to 400 guests. There is also separate ceremony room and a private bridal suite and a variety of catering menus to choose from including Mediterranean, Portuguese, West Indian, Italian and more!
Whether you are hosting an event or a wedding, the most comforting aspect of this venue for some will be the many 5 star reviews it has received from clients. There are rave reviews about the food, the service as well as working with Marla Kay and her pleasant and valuable experience. As I have met with Marla myself, it’s refreshing to say that she is one of the most open and candid venue coordinators I’ve met thus far and she loves what she does.
All in all, The Avenue is a venue to consider for any event or wedding so please contact them and book a time to view this banquet hall, you won’t have any regrets!
1600 Steeles Ave, Vaughan ON 905 669 0777 firstname.lastname@example.org
As promised, we are back with the part 2 of the savory fall drinks that we love from Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot!
Vanilla Pear Cocktail– The Knot
Photography by Sarah Love Photography
- Pear-flavored vodka (we like Absolut Pears)
- Pear juice
- Vanilla bean
- La Croix Peach-Pear flavored sparkling water
- To make one drink, pour a single shot of the vodka into a shaker, and mix it with a half cup of pear juice.
- Place the vanilla bean on a hard surface like a cutting board, and using a paring knife, slice the vanilla bean lengthwise. Then, using the knife (or even a spoon), scrape the seeds out of the inside of the vanilla bean and into the juice mixture. Shake everything to combine.
- Pour over ice into a highball glass. Top everything off by adding a splash of the flavored sparkling water to your cocktail. Now just add a straw and enjoy!
Pumpkin White Russian- The Knot
Photo by Sarah Love Photography
- Pumpkin-flavored vodka (try Crop Organic Spiced Pumpkin)
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Heavy cream
- Add 4 ounces of the pumpkin-flavored vodka to a tumbler along with 2 ounces of Kahlua and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Shake to combine.
- Add a handful of ice to a lowball glass and pour in the drink mixture, filling the glass halfway. Finish the cocktail by filling the rest of the glass with heavy cream. Now just stir and serve!
Hot Apple Cider with sugared cranberries- Martha Stewart Weddings (MSW Fall 2012)
- 2 1/4 cups apple cider
- 2 whole allspice berries
- 3 ounces bourbon or dark rum
- Sugared Cranberries
- Bring cider and allspice to a boil in a saucepan.
- Remove from heat and cover. Let stand 10 minutes.
- Skim foam and strain, discarding the allspice.
- Ladle 1/2 cup hot cider into each mug, and add 3/4 ounce bourbon or dark rum.
- Garnish each glass with two sugared cranberries skewered on a stir stick.
Cider Sangria- Martha Stewart Weddings
Photography: Seth Smoot
- 6 cups green seedless grapes
- 4 kiwis, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
- 8 small apples, such as lady apples or crab apples, thinly sliced, stems and seeds removed
- 1 bottle (750 ml) dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
- 1 quart apple cider
- 1 cup apple brandy, such as Calvados
- Freeze half of the grapes on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Place remaining grapes in a large pitcher with kiwis and apples. Stir in wine, cider, and brandy.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours. Partially fill drinking glasses with frozen grapes and fill with sangria.
Nothing gets us into the festive fall season like these delicious fall cocktails from Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot. These are perfect for a fall themed engagement party or wedding and will be sure to impress your guests and get them into the spirit!
Fall Manhattan- Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2007
Photography: Thayer Allyson Gowdy
- 1 1/2 ounces applejack
- 1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- A few dashes orange bitters
- About 2 ounces Champagne
- Blood-orange rind cut into strips for garnish
- Combine applejack, whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker, and shake over ice. Strain into a 6-ounce martini glass, and top with Champagne. Garnish with orange rind, and serve.
Orange Maple Whiskey Cocktail- The Knot
Photography: Sarah Love Photography
- Maple syrup
- Orange bitters
- Orange wedge
- Splash of club soda
Step 1: Measure out 2 tablespoons of syrup and add it to a lowball glass along with 2 dashes of orange bitters. Squeeze an orange wedge to the mix and muddle slightly before adding a handful of ice.
Step 2: Add 2 ounces of whiskey to the cocktail and top with a splash of club soda before stirring.
Step 3: Top with fresh orange zest and serve.
Rob Rose-Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2015
Photography: Bryan Gardner
- Rose water (Fee Brothers Rose Water, $7, kegworks.com)
- 1⁄2 ounce Amaro CioCiaro liqueur
- 2 ounces Compass Box Spice Tree malt scotch whiskey
- Rose petal, for garnish
- Fill an atomizer with rose water and spray an old-fashioned glass with four sprays.
- Add liqueur, scotch, and ice. Stir and garnish with rose petal.
Sidenote: (Rose water is the scented secret to this wedding-worthy scotch concoction by New York City mixologist Tom Richter.)
With fall comes change and 2015 wedding color schemes don’t disappoint! Shades of blue are a staple wedding color and always will be, the popularity of frostier colors has increased as well as gorgeous hues of wine and burgundy and varied tones of creams.
We took three of our favorite schemes from Elegant Wedding Invites to show you!
2015 trends: Navy blue and blush Table Settings, Bridesmaids and Chair Mandy Mayberry via RuffledFans Harwell Photography via Style Me Pretty
2015 trends: Pink, Khaki, nude and grey.
Gown-via Claire Pettibone/Invitations & Cake-L Hewitt Photography via Style Me Pretty/Table Settings-Buffy Dekmar via Elizabeth Anne Designs
2015 trends: Sangria, lavender and silver Bridesmaids Aga Jones Photography via Wedding Chicks Shoes via Lover.ly
Every couple wants to have as many memories of their wedding day as they can. Everything from the vows to photos taken and speeches- sentimental or funny! One really great way to create a long lasting memory is to get innovative with your guest book! Here are a few ideas to help you get inspired!
This is a great idea my girlfriend came up with. We grew up in the same town, went to high school and university together but her wedding took place back home in the beautiful countryside. The bought paddles and asked their guests to sign them and later mounted them!
Another nice idea that I came across in my research works for those who are having a destination or beach wedding! Purchase some smooth stones from a craft store, or scope out the beach ahead of time if you can. Make sure you have enough for all your guests, have them sign it and display at home.
Couples who love pictures, here’s a great 2 in 1 guest book idea. Have a makeshift clothes line with the names and tables numbers for each guest to sit at but there’s a catch! They have to replace their seating card with a Polaroid selfie!
For those wine lovers out there…myself included, you will love this! Start saving your wine corks and accumulate the number you need to reach the number of your guests. As they arrive, have them sign a cork and take it home and put it up for all to see!
Photo credits: Little Tree Photography’ designedbybh.com; stylecaster.com; emmaline-bride.com
Brides this may be one of the most important blogs you ever read, I say this because if you are currently in the midst of planning your wedding and you have a venue coordinator- you need things to be clarified. There are some fundamental distinctions between a wedding planner and a venue coordinator and if you don’t know the differences, you won’t understand what their responsibilities are.
The Wedding Planner
As a wedding planner, our sole purpose is to make your entire wedding day runs as perfectly as you could ever dream of. Planners are also very flexible in terms of the services they provide and will happily customize a package that suits your needs. We do everything from helping you develop a theme and color scheme, to meetings vendors and keeping track of payments. Planners also walk you through creating your budget and timelines step by step if you require it. We have back up plans, lists of suppliers, we know to keep Uncle Sam away from your MOH, and will feed the best man his speech behind the scenes. On the day of, we are there before the first vendor arrives, oversee the complete set up, catering and we know the wedding day schedule backwards. We are there for the ceremony, pictures, has the emergency kit, arrange the dinner seating plan and leaves after the last vendor has tore down. Essentially planners will hold your hand from the moment you are engaged until we put you, your bridal party and the three empty tequila bottles in a limo and send you to the hotel. We might even express post the high heels you kicked off in the bathroom earlier that night because your feet hurt too much rocking out to Bruno Mars!
The Venue Coordinator
A venue coordinator is not, I repeat is NOT a wedding planner. Think of it this way, they are like any other vendor you have hired for that day. So if you have a florist that is scheduled to deliver the flowers for the tables at 2pm that afternoon, they deliver them, give you a receipt and leave. That’s it. The venue coordinator is your point of contact for anything to do with the venue, period. You want to add candles; you ask the coordinator if you are permitted to have open flame on your tables. If you need to have the venue re-swept because it wasn’t done properly, you page the venue coordinator. They will provide you with packages the venue offers with regards to renting it and have your payment receipts for the venue. They will have a list of the furniture you need, make sure the venue is ready for your set up team and help you find supplies for the washroom and other things like that. They do not plan your wedding; they don’t have your supplier lists, tide sticks, day of timeline or help you set up your centerpieces. A venue coordinator is specifically for the venue only!
It’s is crucial that brides understand and can distinguish between these two individuals. Without understanding those differences you might end up with misplaced expectations and in need of help. Many brides make the mistake of not hiring a planner because they think their venue coordinator is the same thing. If you decide not to hire a planner that is fine, just know that it means you will be planning your own wedding.