We had a great wedding one month ago on November 5, 2011. Our ceremony was held at Merciful Redeemer Parish. We then headed to the Benares Historic House for pictures - it was a perfect fall day and a wonderful backdrop for our photography. We only had an hour for pictures before we had to rush over to the reception hall, which was Pavilion Royale (Dixie/Matheson area). A few little bumps throughout the night, but overall we had a wonderful day. We hope our reviews help you to find some good vendors (and avoid a few not-so-good ones).
Christine Hasler is amazingly talented. She did a wonderful job recreating a cake from an image we supplied and it tasted fantastic. Best of all, she was the most reasonable compared to all the other bakers we had found! We would highly recommend her to everyone!
We had a great limo driver and everything went smoothly except when we were arriving at the reception, the limo started smoking. We all rushed out, we made it in time, but it seemed like he was stuck there for a while. I'm glad it happened at the reception and not along the way!
Overall our experience was good at the venue. We received compliments about the food, and the cheesecake in particular. We were in the upstairs Starlight room. They will be undergoing renovations to update the place, which may correct some of our complaints - the dance floor was really dark which did not make it great for pictures (though we were told their would be lights operated by the DJ). We also ha an issue that we did not anticipate - there is no washroom on the same floor we were on, but one is located in between the two floors. We had some guests with walkers or canes that had a lot of difficulty walking. The washroom is not accessible by their service elevator. This was a real problem throughout the night and we ended up having some guests use the bridal suite. The staff were very helpful, particularly Francesca who helped us organize everything. One major complaint: I didn't find the place very clean (for example, the table skirting around the two head tables had stains and food left on it when we went to set up the day before). Other than that, we were quite happy. The price was very reasonable and the old fashioned look was very charming.
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