With the New Year just around the corner, we know a lot of newly engaged couples will be scouring the city for the perfect venue. What better time to shine a light on some of Edmonton’s most unique wedding and event venues?
Transformation Potential: Art Gallery of Alberta
This architectural stunner in the heart of Edmonton’s downtown can host all your wedding events, making it a convenient option for couples looking to streamline their day. Begin with a romantic ceremony in the theatre, enjoy cocktails and urban views on the 3rd floor terrace, then host a delicious dinner catered by Zinc on the main level in Manning Hall. Offer your guests a unique wedding favour by providing access to the exhibits. Most comfortable for 180 attendees.
Gem in the River Valley: Edmonton Country Club
You don’t need to be a member of Edmonton’s first private golf and country club to host an event at this historic property. The dramatic views of the river valley and city skyline provide an ideal setting for momentous celebrations. Your guests can order their entrée at the wedding – no need to request meal selections in advance. Having a summer fete? Hold your dance outdoors on the patio under a tent! Best suited for 150 guests.
Warehouse Vibe: Yellowhead Brewery
Beer lovers take note! Yellowhead Brewery has quickly become a favourite Edmonton venue for those seeking an intimate, non-traditional space. Exposed brick and wooden beams offer character and warmth with little décor required. Perfect for couples who love to celebrate, the festivities can continue until 3:00am after a 2:00am bar closure. Holds up to 100 guests for a seated meal.
Grandeur in West Edmonton: Oasis Centre
With impeccable service comparable to that of a 5-star hotel, the Oasis Centre has developed an outstanding reputation as one of Edmonton’s top wedding and event venues. Luxurious finishes including marble pillars, rose quartz chandeliers and 24 ftceilings are highlights among couples who favour timeless elegance on their big day. Bring your favourite caterer and bar selections, and enjoy the beautiful outdoor gardens for photos or cocktail hour. Suitable for up to 350 guests.
Dramatic Blank Slate: ATB Financial Arts Barns
Located in Edmonton’s popular Old Strathcona area just off Whyte Avenue, the Arts Barns’ Westbury Theatre offers a unique setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Built-in lighting capabilities and dramatic theatre backdrops provide intriguing ambiance and make this venue a favourite for creative visionaries. Bookings include a highly skilled in-house technician to operate the theatrical lighting. Another plus? Bring your favourite caterer. Best suited for under 200 guests.
Rustic & Cozy: Old Timers’ Cabin
With a log cabin feel, Old Timers’ Cabin is perfect for couples after the ‘shabby chic’ theme. Hire your favourite caterer and bring in your own bar selections for a personalized food and beverage experience. Conveniently located near downtown, guests have ample options for nearby accommodation and transportation. Keep your guest count under 200 for a seated dinner and dance.
Summer Lovin’: Blatchford Hangar at Fort Edmonton Park
Set in historic Fort Edmonton, the Blatchford Hangar’s tall wood beam ceilings and concrete floors give this space a trendy warehouse vibe. The large hangar doors open up to an expansive green space, making it a perfect venue for summer weddings. No B-list required – the Hangar accommodates up to 450 guests.
Best View: Shaw Riverview Room / Shaw Hall D
With floor to ceiling windows, Shaw Conference Centre’s Riverview Room (cap: 130) and Hall D (cap: 1000) offer stunning views of Edmonton’s river valley, providing a gorgeous backdrop in every season. Clean lines and modern styling make Shaw’s spaces easy to personalize with décor, and you can have a corkage bar for weddings (a huge plus, especially for larger celebrations).
As featured via a collaboration with ExploreEdmonton.com.
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Jennifer + Team | Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Edmonton Wedding Planning + Design
On Sunday, February 3rd we held our first ever wedding planning workshop for brides, grooms and their special guests to enjoy a day of professional wedding planning guidance through a variety of topics. All participating brides received a planning folder complete with checklists, budget guides and valuable resources, as well as a gift bag with generous offers (valued at over $1,000!) from Edmonton area vendors.
Held in Matrix Hotel’s Amber Ballroom, the day flew by with lots of great questions and interactivity. A big thank you to our interns Kelsey and Suzanne for helping out all day!
Tuscan Garden: rustic, earthy, warm and fresh with a palette of walnut, taupe, terracotta, ivory and natural greens
Modern Drama: bold, modern and linear with a palette of deep reds, purples, pewter and black
Traditional Elegance: formal and elegant with a palette of pewter, silver, white and blush
Vintage Romance: soft, feminine and romantic with a palette of ivory, gold and rose
Thank you to our sponsors and partners for their support!
Gift bag partners: Baseline DJ, Cake Couture, Esquire Limousine, faBLOOMosity, Laugh Photo Booth, Novelle Bridal Shop, Pinkpolka Wedding Design, Special Event Rentals, Erica Viegas Singer/Guitarist, Ashton’s Liquor.
Finally, a very special thank you to Funmi from FO Photography for graciously offering to photograph the workshop for us. Funmi and her husband recently moved to Edmonton from the UK. Check out their Facebook page to see a photo each day from their 365 Photo Project!
If you are interested in attending Plan Your Wedding Edmonton in the future, please email us at info@JenniferBergmanWeddings.com.
Jennifer + Team | Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Edmonton Wedding Planning + Design
Still hunting for the perfect venue to hold your reception? The Matrix Hotel is one of the newest and most modern hotels in Edmonton. I had the pleasure of chatting with Matrix Hotel’s Catering Manager, Nancy Holan (WPICC), about what makes the Matrix such a unique space for weddings.
Why is Matrix Hotel a great wedding venue in Edmonton?
Matrix Hotel is the proud recipient of the Greater Edmonton Chapter MPI Event Management Award: 2010 Venue of the Year! Not only do we take pride in our food and service, but the aesthetics of the hotel display upbeat, modern designs and cool décor.
Our Quartz and Amber Ballrooms are perfect for weddings. Both feature 30 feet of floor length windows with silk coverings. As natural light is not commonly found in hotel ballrooms, this is a very unique feature that appeals to many brides and grooms. As well, our hardwood dance floors provide your guests with the ultimate dancing experience.
What spaces does Matrix Hotel have available to accommodate weddings?
- The Quartz Ballroom holds 200 guests for dinner and dancing;
- The Amber Ballroom holds 100-110 for dinner and dancing;
- The Prism Banquet room holds 48 people for a dinner.
One of the most important components of a wedding is the food. Tell us a bit about what sets Matrix Hotel apart from other wedding venues in regards to cuisine.
Matrix Hotel is very proud of our culinary team and the absolutely delicious creations provided to our guests on a continuous basis. Award-winning Executive Chef Emmanuel David is always open to working with couples to create custom menus and recipes.
Does Matrix Hotel offer any special “extras” for the newlyweds?
Absolutely! Our brides and grooms receive a complimentary suite the night of the wedding, valet parking and deluxe continental breakfast for two. For their guests, we offer a guestroom rate reduction at $10.00 off our regular rate and we’re more than happy to provide special menus for guests with allergies or specific dietary requirements.
I worked with Nancy on a wedding held at Matrix Hotel in September and both the food and service were exceptional. Stay tuned for photos from that wedding in the coming weeks!
Considering a destination wedding to a tropical location? How would you like to say your vows on one of the top ten beaches in the world?
I recently vacationed in Barbados with my husband and we absolutely loved it! We spent most of our time at The Crane Residential Resort and it was an amazing place. Here are a couple shots of the resort from our balcony:
I also had the opportunity to meet with the Wedding Coordinator at The Crane and she took me to the various sites on property available to brides and grooms for their wedding ceremonies.
The Beach Wedding
Crane Beach is a stunning stretch of pink sand beach which has been voted ‘One of the top ten beaches in the world’ by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and ‘One of the sexiest beaches in the world’ by the Travel Channel. The Beach Wedding backdrop is best suited for a smaller ceremony of 20 guests or less.
The Cliff Pool Wedding Garden
With a surrounding backdrop of four waterfall infinity edge pools, the Cliff Pool Wedding Garden offers a breathtaking panoramic ocean view. Suitable for up to 150 guests.
The Historic Wedding Garden
Located adjacent to the original rooms of the Marine Villa dating back to the mid 18th century, the Historical Wedding Garden overlooks the cliffside and offers an amazing view of the ocean. Up to 150 guests can be seated comfortably at this ceremony location.
The Crane Beach Pool Wedding
Located adjacent to The Crane’s Beach Pool featuring classic Doric columns and a captivating view of Crane Beach, this area with its surrounding balcony overlooking the cliff is ideal for an intimate wedding ceremony with your two witnesses.
If you are interested in learning more about a destination wedding to Barbados or another location, I’d love to chat with you about it – perhaps over a lime daiquiri?
Here’s a quick look at Carolynne + Dan’s blissfully blue wedding reception held this weekend at the Blatchford Field Air Hangar in Fort Edmonton Park. More photos to come soon!
Looking to add a little drama to your wedding vows? Take to centre stage and say ‘I Do’ in a non-traditional ceremony venue. Edmonton has several theatres that can host wedding ceremonies of all sizes. Here are a few to consider for your big moment:
- The Citadel Theatre: Tucker Amphitheatre at The Citadel offers a unique setting to declare your love for one another in front of up to 150 guests.
- Festival Place, Sherwood Park: Your rental fee for the theatre at Festival Place includes experienced lighting and sound technicians.
- Convocation Hall, University of Alberta: Seating over 400 in the audience, Convocation Hall has a truly classic look. Plus, you have the option to rent a grand concert piano for your debut down the aisle.
- Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre: Protected from the rain and accommodating up to 1,100 guests, the Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park is a great outdoor ceremony choice for our unpredictable climate!
Have a wonderful long weekend!
If you’re searching for a completely unique, urban venue for your Edmonton wedding, look no further. The new Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is now open and is a perfect fit for the contemporary couple looking to wow their wedding guests.
Designed by Los Angeles-based architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 square foot iconic building is certainly its own piece of art in Edmonton’s downtown core. And with a handful of different spaces for 20-250 guests, there are a lot of great options to explore for your wedding.
Drop us a line – we’d love to talk about planning your amazing wedding at the AGA!
Photo Credit: Art Gallery of Alberta.