The Distillery District

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Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

my sister got married there in ’08

she had her ceremony in the gibsone jessop gallery and reception at archeo trattoria…

SO awesome!

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m getting married (ceremony and reception) both at Archeo on March 19th, 2011! I’m very excited!! I can’t wait.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m also having my reception at Archeo (June 2012). 

Can I ask if you decided to do based on consumption bar or per person?

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

A co worker of mine is getting married on Toronto Island outdoors and then heading on a private ferry to the reception at Archeo…. I should get her on this board to share…

 

I also looked in the Distillery District for mine and there was some nice options of using a art gallery and just trucking in booze and food to make it a fun upscale party…

 

I ended up booking the Steam Whistle Brewery for mine.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@leembee:  I’m also having my reception at Archeo.  How did your reception go?  How did you feel about the service?  

We’re going back and forth over the open bar issue – should it be by consumption or should we pay a flat rate.  Not sure what will happen yet.  What did you end up choosing?

How was the food – what food did you have served?

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@jesssr:  How was the reception at Archeo?

I’m having my reception there too – what did you think of it?  How was the vibe?  Decor?  

Do you think the guests enjoyed the venue?  It’s soooo unlike the typical banquet hall sort of venue, so that might sour the place for certain people who expect the “grand” and “formal” wedding feel.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Maria444:  Archeo was a nice venue – had a very relaxed vibe.  The service was fantastic and although there were no guest complaints about the food – it was not up to par with our tasting.  I would have given our tasting a 10/10, and the day of a 7/10 at best.  No one else except myself and Darling Husband had that to compare to though.

We went with open bar based on consumption and are SO glad we did.  We spent a little over $2800 on ALL drinks and offered above basic rail – bar was open from 6pm until the end of the night (midnightish).  I recall their basic package being about $50 per person, so for 100 people it didn’t make sense to pay per head. 

Post # 11
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Newbee

@leembee – debating on the open bar vs. consumption.  How many people did you have at the wedding? Age range?  I feel like I have a mixed bag – my side will probably drink while on the groom’s side there won’t be?  Concerned we will make the wrong decision!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SanzWalla:  Im also debating what to do for the bar.  Im leaning towards per a head.

Post # 13
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Newbee

@sensuna

I’m feeling the same way.  I think I’m concerned because I would still need wine at the table for dinner and that alone will probably increase consumption.  You figure at least 2 – 3 bottles for 10 people  and that’s without having beer or liquor.  The cost of the bar is not even too bad – I’ve seen it worse at other venues so I guess I shouldn’t complain.

Have you decided on a menu?  I think we are looking at this:

Antipasto Platter for the 1 hour mingle at 6pm and then a 3 course dinner.

1. Salad

2. Beef / Fish

3. Dessert – now with the dessert, I am actually using my wedding cake and have asked for a price for a scoop of ice cream served with it so it will only be $2.50 per head for the ice cream + cake cost. (they don’t charge cake cutting fee which is nice)

You?

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SanzWalla:  we are actually doing a cocktail style reception, no formal dinner just lots of passe food and possibly two or three food station plus cupcakes and a candy bar.  Because we are having the cocktail style and no sit down dinner I think that paying per a person might be our best option. 

I think we have finally decided to have the ceremony start at 6.  People will start to arrive after 5:30 is my thought, and will be offered the welcome drink  on arrival before the ceremony.  The welcome drinks are not included in your 7 hour bar service so its a way to extend the time. 

Im hoping to have the ceremony outside on their patio, weather pending.  Im considering removing the umbrallas they have and having a tent put up.  Its a huge cost though.  I couldnt beleive it!

Im hoping everything will just fall into place.  Im working on my invites right now and wondering if I should just have them made.  I really like the pocket folds but they seem like a lot of work.  Have you finished your invites yet?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@SanzWalla:  We had just under 100 people and also a mix bag.  Some drank heavily and others didn’t drink at all.  We also offered wine at the table during dinner.

Here is a breakdown of what we paid for what:

Beverage Service
Soft Bar – pop         9      2.50$       22.50$
Soft Bar – juice        4      2.65$       10.60$
Lg. Bottled Water    2      6.95$       13.90$

 

Bar Service
Beer

Bottled                   32    6.00$     192.00$
Bottled                   14    6.64$       92.96$
Bottled                   39    7.00$     273.00$

Spirits

Basic bar rail         104     5.53$     575.12$
Basic bar rail           15     5.97$       89.55$
Scotch                      1     9.00$         9.00$

Wine
Red                       19    45.00$     855.00$
White                    20    35.00$     700.00$

TOTAL $2833.63  for just under 100 people. 

At $50 per person, we would have paid almost double that!! 

Post # 16
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Newbee

@sensuna – I never thought of tenting the patio.  I remember looking into my mom’s bday and was going to tent the backyard and it was around $500. How much are you looking at? I know what you mean about not wanting the ceremony in the same space seated!  We are having the ceremony at Arta Gallery which is on the premisis of Distillery and a 3 minute walk to Archeo. 

@leembee – Thanks so much for the breakdown! It is very helpful – at this point i’m still undecided and I think its because I know some people on my side like their Scotch and spirits!  Oh well, there will be lots of questions that I will have throughout this process that I will debate over!  What did you decide for your menu? Decor?

Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@leembee:  Hmm…7/10 on the food?  What went wrong?  What food did you order for your meal?  My family is all about the food, so if there’s anything that goes wrong, I will definitely hear about it!

I heard that they really overdress the salads – did you have that experience too?  We were thinking of doing the boeuf bourgignon short rib and chicken option for the main meal.  I was really intent on doing beef/salmon but I seem to get more people leaning toward the chicken.

We’re definitely doing open bar by consumption rather than the flat rate.  Seriously – $50 per person???  Highway robbery.  We’re having about 110 people at our wedding and there’s no way I’m paying that much for alcohol.  I think it might be smarter (I hope) to go with the consumption bar.

How did you find the coordinator?  What did you think of her?

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