Well my choice seem a bit limited after a looksy but am deciding it might be more cost wise to stick with an outside wedding..Any ideas on this?ANy help is greatly overly appreciated.
I would highly recommend the Vue Cafe (http://vuecafe.com/), it was absolutely amazing! Not only was it decorated with gorgeous art work (meaning no need to spend money on decorations!!!), the staff were unbelievably helpful. It was the easiest, stress free, decision we made. When we got married we spend $600 for the use of the gallery from 5pm-1am. We didn't have to worry about anything but showing up. The night couldn't have gone any better! They were extremely helpful with any requests that we had made (more candles, tables/chairs).
We had a cocktail style reception (which we opted for because it is a fraction of a sit down meal-we paid for the wedding ourselves too). They have an in-house catering company that made the most amazing food. I think we paid $28/person with a toonie bar. They provided soo much food (to the point that we had half a dozen doggie bags at the end of the night, which wear perfect for the day after the wedding). Even our photographer (Sarah Murdoch http://modernphotography.ca/) commented that it was the best wedding food she had ever had. It was amazing. The only down part- you aren't able to taste the food before... but seriously... you don't have to worry. it is such good food (the cafe is open for lunches- so you can sample some of the amazing food).
Seriously you need to check it out! It was the best reception- not only for the food... but the lack of stress!!!
for the ceremony (if you are ok with a non-church wedding)- try and find parks with gazebos or fountains... if it is public property it it free. The only downside- you can reserve the location. So we ended up having a friend hang out in the park for a hour before the wedding to secure the location.
We used Inverness Square in McKenzie Towne.
Give the Al Azhar Shrine Center a look. My daughter and son-in-law were married there in August 2010. They were very pleased with the location, food,service and price. She found the staff easy to work with. Their wedding was outdoors, but there is also a very nice area inside available. Congratulations and happy planning!
If you could provide me with more information on what type of venue you would like to have that would be of great assistance to me.
I would need to know how many guests as well as bridal party.
Also most community halls provide only tables and chairs. Kitchen use is usually an extra fee.
Are you bringing in a caterer if the venue allows.Any info would help a great deal.
A Wedding in Wonderland
First of all would like to thank all of you wonderful ppl for taking the time to reply was a bit stressed...for a bit but now some ideas to look into.
CJKOZAK thank you for the awesome venue idea..I loved the place..seeing how I come from a family of artists..it would be perfect and doesn't hurt to look into the prices seem so affordable.This is one idea I am going to definitely discuss with my better half.As for the Cocktail reception style I think that works perfect for myself it is an idea I had never considered.And also have considered doing an outside wedding..that would seem more cost effective and I love how your pictures turned out they are beautiful.You planned an amazing wedding and reception.
aweddinginwonderland: I was originally looking for a venue where I could preform the wedding ceremony and the reception so less cost, also as for the caterer if the place did not provide an option that was affordable I opted to bring in my own caterer if the venue allows.Am kinda skeptical in getting married in a hall..the ones I have seen seem a bit forgive me for saying this a bit dumpy something I can't work with.Just looking for an affordable place with the potential to be prettied up if you get me. :) As for the wedding party it will 10 including me and my husband, and as for the guests I am hoping aiming for 150 will lessen if needed.
Westgate Community Hall is pretty nice and for $500, you can't go wrong :o) Keeping it simple with long white linens and fresh in season flowers will make the wedding look more classy without having to go too crazy on decor. There's also a park right outside so the party can be taken outdoors as well as the ceremony and there's ample parking. Clean facilities with a huge professional kitchen so you can bring in your own caterer and alcohol. Rocky Mountain BBQ will do the service for around $25 per head and the menu is yummy! I'm a wedding planner and will be having my wedding this June too but my challenge is to do it on a small budget just to see how if I can pull it off :o)
A couple of my favourite venues would be \edgemont Community Hall.There is a very nice area outside for a ceremony and the hall is quite nice when decorated.
Dewinton Community Hall is really nice as well.They have a gazebo outside as well as a large area with quite a lovely natural setting.You can bring in your own caterer as well.I definetly recommend Vintage Catering.
The Lougheed House downtown has a beautiful area for a ceremony as well.
I als o agree that the Shriner's Hall is a great place for an outdoor ceremony and the hall is nice as well.Three of my client's had their wedding there last year and were very pleased with the food.
But keep in mind that you should have an alternative in case of bad weather. The attached photo is Canyon Meadows Hall
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