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Nov 5, 2010 09:49 PM

Weddings at La Maquette (Toronto)

I'm just wondering if anybody has held or been to a wedding at La Maquette (King and Church). My partner and I are seriously considering this venue for our wedding next summer but haven't been able to find too many reviews or discussions about this venue. Any info or experiences would be helpful. Thanks!

La Maquette
111 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C1G6, CA

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  1. if want to hold a wedding at a restaurant, i would think you would want it to be a special restaurant to both of you. go for dinner, become a regular, if you love the restaurant and the restaurant loves you, it will be a marriage made in heaven

    1. Hey, I went to a wedding there just this past Sept. The upstairs was reserved for the reception and they had a nice little dance floor and bar off to the side. The service was really good and the staff friendly, but the food disappointed, especially given how long the restaurant's been around. I believe the choices for mains were NY Steak (some were too well done), chicken (my girlfriend traded hers away) and vegetarian wellington (way too much veggies and pastry was soggy, but sauce was nice). Dessert was either sorbet (very good fruit flavour) and creme brulee (pretty standard). They did organize a beautiful ceremony though, on the outdoor patio area. Hope this helps!

      1. Haven't been there for a wedding but I do think it's a beautiful space. Unfortunately I don't think the food is good. Ate there once, and it was enough. Everything I had was just totally lacking in flavour/bland. So I guess it would be ambience vs. food at this location, imo.

        1. I had my wedding there. Best wedding I've ever had!
          They were extremely competent - went extremely smoothly. Food was pretty good BUT I worked closely with them to ensure I got what I wanted. Incidentally I do that with EVERY function where food is involved. I've seen disasters that could have been avoided with good planning.

          Wedding itself was in the patio area/sculpture garden; kept to 14 minutes to fit between chimes of st James' clock. Pictures in sculpture garden and rose garden of St James's across the street. Reception on ground floor. Dinner upstairs (no dancing but we had a guitarist).

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          1. re: estufarian

            Thanks estufarian. I was just wondering what you mean when you say you worked "closely" with them for the food. Did you give them suggestions at the tasting? Where you able to diversify the menu? And were they open to that?
            That's actually one of my biggest concerns about this venue - the bland food. My fiance and I tried it out for dinner, and though it was OK and really wasn't anything special at all. But it gives me hope that with suggestions the food comes out better. Otherwise, I'm happy to hear that the service was impeccable and that things ran smoothly.
            Thanks for your posts!

            1. re: rajil

              Yes, I asked for a few changes - don't recall exactly what, but I was very happy with the result. And yes, it isn't the most exciting food - but my target was to choose dishes that nobody would dislike, rather than attempt to be innovative.

              And the overriding message is 'keep it simple'. Over-complicating the food CAN lead to difficulties in the kitchen (not just at La Maquette). 'Many' chefs don't think about the logistics of getting the food to the table. Preparing simultaneous meals for 6-8 people is the maximum for a typical restaurant. Doing 50 (or even 500) requires a totally different set of skills.
              I tried looking up our menu, but can't find it (somewhere in the basement) so hesitate to be specific. But I also organized an anniversary dinner there (for somebody else) and it was pretty good (not as impressive as my wedding, but still excellent value). Again, though, I asked for some specific dishes/ingredients and worked closely with the chef (Stretch).

              But, on the 'big night for us' everything worked perfectly. Our 'rent a rev' was superb and the people at La Maquette made sure they handled everything (even saved a botle of champagne for us behind the bar when the guests took full advantage of the interim time while we were involved in picture taking).

              Wherever you choose - go with people who have done this MANY times before.

              PS Our 'rent-a rev' turned the ceremony 180° so that we faced the 'audience' and the rev's back was to them (we used the patio). So simple, and a great hit both with us and our guests.

              La Maquette
              111 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C1G6, CA

          2. rajil and estufarian
            We are also thinking of having our wedding at La Maquette. Any thoughts or suggestions? Rajil, I'd be really intereted to hear how your wedding went. Thanks in advance!

            La Maquette
            111 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C1G6, CA

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            1. re: AndBoc

              No substitute for actually talking to them - they have a complete 'package' with different menus etc. They do this all the time, so ask for references as well.
              As I said above, food isn't spectacular - but it is solid (at least it was for me) - but the great thing was that they handled all the 'details', such as flower arrangements (although we did bring in our own cakes).
              The less you have to worry about on the 'big day' the better.