We chose The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion because it’s near the Shrine of St. Therese. It is relatively new, and it also has simple Zen-style pavilions. We had simple flower arrangements in the tables and no drapings on the ceiling, but the venue was still very beautiful. The pocket garden where we had our cocktails got a bit crowded for our guests, but it was still nice.
We got their smallest pavilion, the Jade Pavilion, because Ian and I initially wanted a small, intimate gathering of 100 guests including family, close friends and wedding vendors. The Jade Pavilion has a maximum capacity of 200 persons. And since our caterer has a minimum order of 150 heads, we figured we can still invite 50 more. But our guest list ballooned to 200 because our parents kept on inviting people. It seemed that for every 1 guest who’d RSVP that he/she won’t be able to make it, our parents would invite 5 additional heads. And of course , there were people who did not RSVP at all. When we asked them through text messages, they said “not sure”. So we dropped them from our guest list. But they still showed up. There were a total of 210 guests that night, not including the wedding vendors who were around 30 heads. The venue got a bit cramped.
Even though we had a band stage but no dance floor, I give The Blue Leaf a perfect. Why? Because in spite of the limited space due to the increased number of guests, there were ample parking spaces outside. My friend remarked that the pavilion was cozy and the washrooms were nice. We had no problems with the people who work at Blue Leaf. Because we had a band and moodlights, we were told about the need for a gen set beforehand. We chose to rent theirs. We also got back our security deposit a few days after our wedding. No hassle at all.
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