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May 25, 2010 10:35 PM

Anyone attend or have a wedding at the liberty grand or berkeley church?

Hi we're looking into Toronto wedding venues and wanted to see whether any chowhounders have been or had a wedding at the governors room at the liberty grand or the berkeley church.

Primarily Interested in hearing about the number of people at wedding, the quality of food, food service, and general experience at both venues. We know that both venues are very different but want to get your take. Any help would be greatly appreciated as we live out of town.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. I haven't been to weddings at those venues but I have been to other events. The food at the Liberty Grand is not great.

    Berkeley Church is better, and it's a much more interesting spot, in my opinion! A more memorable location. I've been to two events there and was happy with service both times... I can't really remember the food, to be honest, but I would definitely remember if it had been bad!

    1. I was the best man for a wedding at the Liberty Grand. I don't remember the food being outstanding or poor, I do remember the portions being small. At the end of dinner service I remember another guy in the wedding party say 'when does the real meal start?'

      We had strip loin steaks, and a dessert containing mixed berries. I'm not sure if it comes as a package....

      1. My son's wedding was in the Liberty Grand's Centennial Ballroom 3 years ago which I believe is half the size of the Governors.
        As far as the food goes, we had a wonderful meal and portion size is based on what you pay for and ask them to prepare. They had tastings a couple of weeks before the wedding and made adjustments and upgrades as we wanted. We had both filet beef and chicken and the beef in particular was fantastic considering it was for a large group. The food quality and portion size was definitely not an issue for us. The chef and staff there were wonderful to deal with in helping decide on a menu and were very flexible. Presentation was beautiful.
        The ceremony was in the centre courtyard which was the most memorable part of all.
        But, while I found the ballroom and decor beautiful, it is wide and felt that the guests were so far apart in seating.
        Cannot comment on the Berkeley Church never been there.

        1. We had our wedding at the Governor's Room at the LG three years ago. 325 people, the food was deeeelish and plentiful, the service was top notch. We got married in the courtyard (they are flexible depending on the weather). We can't say we had a single problem on the day or leading up to the day.

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          1. re: MeMeMe

            HI Me, Me, Me,

            You seem to have a glowing review of the food at the LG (Govenor's Room).

            Since we are going to be around 300 people, I'm concerned how the food might turnout considering the volume of guests. I realize that there a number of variables at play as far what was served etc at your wedding vs. others experiences at the LG.

            In your opinion did the food match up to what you had settled upon in the tasting. I'm not sure if you went to taste with anyone else who was not a part of the wedding party to see if the general consensus matched what you had at your tasting.

            May ask what you decided upon for the menu at your wedding?


            1. re: swicks77

              Hi there!

              We had three options - NY steak, Arctic Char and Vegan portobello mushroom/ puy lentil stack. We started with a mushroom soup, which is my fave on any menu (salad, to me, is either unwhelming or just terrible). Then the mains. They were very good. The vegetarian dish, while delicious, was not as as visually pleasing...likely because the lentils expand the longer they are in liquid. However, that was just me - but my vegan friends loved it - it was different and creative. The dessert - we alternated fruit in a sugar cup (i can't explain it better) and a chocolatey dessert - and let people choose or share. We also had a dessert table (including cheeses and port....ordered for 120 people as many leave and they always overserve anyways). We had tonnes of hors d'oevres and some crudite upstairs in the mezzanine for cocktail hour. All in all, everyone reported they loved the food - people were pleased with the options of fish, veg or meat.

          2. My sister-in-law got married at the LG last year. Approximately 200 people as I recall. From the main entrance (facing Lakeshore) the reception was in the room to the right. The service was excellent as far as I could tell (my wife was at the head table while I was not). The food was fine. It's not spectacular, but certainly not bad or inedible (which I've experienced elsewhere). The mixed seafood plate that came out was a bit rubbery, the main course was fine and there was a cold starter that was fantastic (can't remember exactly what it was). I would recommend the venue in general.

            If you want food to really be memorable, then you should go elsewhere. Maybe choose a restaurant or a venue that lets you bring in your own caterer. But the LG will deliver a solid meal that lets your guests remember the great wedding.

            Lakeshore Restaurant
            2390 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1C3, CA