- 8 years ago
- Wedding: April 2014
We were married on Saturday, April 5<sup>th</sup>, 2014 at the Rosewater Room and words simply cannot do this place justice. I’m thrilled to write that every aspect of our special day exceeded all expectations. My review is a detailed account of our wedding. It’s a long one, but I’m paying it forward since I relied heavily on well written reviews to plan my own wedding.
Coordinator – 10/10
Renee, Rosewaters’ in house wedding coordinator, is the star of the show. She represents the company eloquently and single handedly sold us in the first 15 minutes we were there. From day one, she showed genuine interest and professionalism with each interaction exchanged. Much stress was eliminated because of Renee’s intuition – she knew the answers before we had even asked the questions. She always responded to e-mails and phone calls promptly (and there were many) and diligently followed up on every request or concern we had. She was extremely helpful in keeping us organized on our wedding day and several guests (including my parents) commented on how efficient and personable she was.
Venue decor/ambiance – 9/10
The Rosewater is an old renovated building that has retained its charm and features original elements (recessed ceilings bordered by the most regal crown molding, beams, chandeliers, gorgeous mahogany wood floors throughout). Weddings are usually take place at The Rosewater Room on the second floor of the renowned Supper Club. For privacy, the wedding venue has a separate entrance with a large majestic staircase and an elevator. I rated decor 9/10 because the staircase is very dated and in need of a facelift (shabby carpet, lighting…) First impressions right? But then again, the staircase was easily forgotten the second I entered the actual room.
The open-concept layout boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, chandeliers, a fireplace, a bridal suite, an outdoor patio (for smokers) and 4 private washrooms. The reception area consists of 12 square tables, elegant AND comfortable chairs, high quality white linens and Royal Doulton china. Everything you need is provided by the venue; however, you can opt to rent outside supplies. (I honestly don’t know why anyone would) The room needs very little decor.
SOMETHING I WISH I HAD KNOWN: I would recommend considering your wedding color palette if the Rosewater is your chosen venue. Golds, reds, yellows and eggplant would complement The Rosewaters chairs, wood floors and ambient lighting. The charm and style of the original decor is not to be ruined by chair covers or colored linens! Unfortunately, my bridesmaid’s dresses were purchased prior to booking our venue so changing the color palette was not an option for me. If you browse images of the venue, you will see that certain palettes really clash with the beauty of the room.
Also, I strongly recommend lower set centerpieces. I had my heart set on tall elaborate candelabra- esque centerpieces until I saw a picture of someone else’s HUGE mistake. The centerpieces were competing with the chandeliers which created a tacky and unappealing visual distraction upon entering the room. My centerpieces were set in square vases (tables are square so it was perfect) with lush dark colored flowers. Very happy I didn’t make that mistake. Tall centerpiece at the Rosewater = tacky & needless.
FOOD – 9/10
Overall, the food was excellent. I had read many positive reviews raving about the quality and I’m happy to say that our expectations were exceeded. Having been a guest at so many weddings we’ve lost count, we were painfully aware that most venues fall short in the food department since neither of us could recall a single memorable meal. But being self-proclaimed foodies, our wedding meal was of utmost importance to us.
ALLERGIES – The Rosewater goes the extra mile to show you that they take allergy restrictions very seriously. They personally speak to guests with allergies to assure them that all precautions have been put into place. Those with allergies know that this is of utmost importance, if not mandatory when choosing a place to eat! I am deadly allergic to shellfish and was re-assured that the kitchen was fully aware and cautious to avoid cross-contamination.
Hors d’oeuvres – 10/10 (assorted)
We selected the maximum (eight) passed hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail hour. They work it out to three pieces per person. I was so pre-occupied that I didn’t get to try any but my husband raved about the lamb chops and the empanadas.
Appetizer – 8/10 (antipasto plate)
Prosciutto, salami, boconccini, cantaloupe and grilled veggies – in my opinion, this is a nice alternative to a standard salad. Very delicious combination and the ingredients were fresh and well presented. Could have used a side of olive oil?
Pasta – 10/10 (penne with tomato sauce)
Carbs! At last, I could toss the wedding diet out the window! I enjoyed mine and my husband’s portion with heaps of fresh parmesan cheese… The tomato sauce tasted like it was made in a Tuscan kitchen and the penne was cooked perfectly al dente.
Main Course – 10/10 (steak with bourbon glaze and herb crusted chicken with white wine sauce, garlic mash, vegetables)
Prepping 115 steaks, all cooked to perfection, accompanied by chicken that is warm and juicy is a skill that very few kitchens can boast. I admit, I received more compliments on the steak than my wedding dress… but I’m ok with that! The quality of both the chicken and the beef was outstanding as well. The garlic mash was whipped to perfection and topped with 2 asperagus tips (not overcooked) and a buttery carrot. The food was served hot and well presented.
Dessert – 10/10 (Tahitian vanilla creme brulee)
By far, one of the best creme brulees enjoyed so far in my lifetime. The custard was cool, firm and creamy and the brulee was perfectly crispy and warm. The distinct flavor could only be the result of a freshly scraped Tahitian vanilla bean (not from concentrate)
Late Night Fare – 7/10 (sliders, montreal poutine, gruyere grilled cheese)
The sliders were phenomenal – so juicy that it got on my wedding dress (but I didn’t care!) 10/10
The Montréal poutine and the grilled cheese were special orders (not part of the menu) so kudos for accommodating our request!
I was a little disappointed with the size of the poutine – the container held 4-5 french fries and 1 cheese curd topped with gravy. Not worth $5 – you can’t give French Canadians bite sized poutine! 5/10
The grilled cheese was overdone. It almost seems like it was deep fried to its undesirable crispiness. 5/10
Beverages – 8/10 (premium bar package)
The good: great selection of beers and premium spirits, shots permitted, espresso and cappuccino
The bad: Their red house wine is awful. Even with the premium bar upgrade, no choices. It would be nice to let the hosts select from 2 or 3 different reds (of same value) because we really didn’t see ourselves serving wine that we couldn’t palate. We wound up purchasing wine from their corporate wine list and paid for every bottle consumed.
Cost – 10/10
This venue is very reasonably priced for a Saturday night wedding in downtown Toronto. The cost per plate includes linens, china, tables and chairs. Their onsite consultant will assist you with many details such as sourcing outside vendors (DJ, flowers and cake)
If you book your wedding between January-March, a 10% winter discount is applied. Food & Drink packages range from $105-$125/plate. Add $10 to upgrade to premium bar package. Dessert tables, special stations and late night food are all at an additional cost.
You can have your ceremony at the Rosewater Room as well – They magically convert the ceremony seating into the reception area while your guests enjoy the cocktail hour downstairs at the Supper Club. How they accomplish this in one short hour is a mystery to me! It is well worth it to keep all your guests happy and save them the agonizing commute between venues.
One cost we hadn’t initially taken into account was the mandatory gratuity (16%) and the HST (13%). This is something to consider because it inflates your final bill by 30%. Our final cost was $156/plate for 115 guests.