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Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

111 Queens Pk, Toronto, ON
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111 Queens Pk
Toronto, ON, M5S 2C7, CA

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By non-member47112 on Jul 13, 2012
Beautiful spot, iffy service
The Gardiner was a beautiful spot to have our wedding. The venue is in a great location, great architecture and views, and the food was wonderful. And surprisingly, the cost of the food isn't crazy considering you're getting Jamie Kennedy. I should also say that everything went off well on the day and I have no complaints with that. However, the event planner, Michael, is another story. I don't know if he is too busy taking care of his corporate clients but getting back to us was not a priority. We would try to set up meetings with him and it would take at least a week for him to get back to us. He would rarely answer his business phone and was generally unavailable. It wasn't until I complained that he gave me his cell number. It made the planning process very frustrating and much slower than it needed to be. Then, in the final week before the wedding, he expects you to be available for his many questions and for meetings because he doesn't want to deal with you much until that point. We are pretty laid back people but I think it would drive a lot of people crazy.
Other things to know: you don't have a tasting with Jamie Kennedy but he does invite you for dinner at his cafe and you discuss the things you like and dislike and then he comes up with a menu (which you can adjust). However, you don't actually get to taste the dinner until your wedding! So it requires a lot on faith but thankfully it turned out well and we got a lot of complements on the food. But don't expect typical wedding food, more like going out to a nice restaurant in the city, complete with smallish portions. I would recommend 4 courses or a late-night table. They were very flexible though and were pretty much open to all of our requests.
To sum up, we had a great time and the evening went exactly as we wanted. If you're looking for an interesting alternative to the usual golf club or hotel, this might be it. And if you rent out both the cafe and lobby you get free access to the whole gallery. Just be ready for some headaches while trying to get things organized.
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