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Last update: July 2023
River's Edge at the Arlington Hotel is located in the picturesque downtown Paris, Ontario. This historic space is filled with countless stories captured through decades of celebration, indulgence, and unforgettable experiences. A boutique hotel and wedding venue, this property is where you and your loved ones can celebrate and stay during your wedding festivities.
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From intimate gatherings to large celebrations, River's Edge and the Arlington's versatile event spaces can accommodate parties of any size. Your magical day will begin and end with the stunning riverfront backdrop. River's Edge is located on the banks of the Grand River, with the Arlington Hotel adjacent, each offering elegant spaces to complement your lasting memories. The venue's team is committed to creating a truly unforgettable day, complete with culinary imagination and attention to the finest details to accompany its beautiful spaces.
River's Edge provides excellent services for your big day. These include an amazing culinary experience for your reception, event space hire and a dedicated team that will make your wedding day the most unforgettable day of your life. The mouthwatering culinary creations offered by the team at The Arlington Hotel will be everything you have ever dreamed of for your wedding reception. Executive Chef Trevor Hunt offers several food and drinks packages which include hors d'oeuvres, plated 4-course dinners, desserts and late-night eats, plus fabulous drinks packages.
The Arlington Hotel offers a collection of 23 rooms, all updated with comfort and tranquility in mind. Every room features contemporary amenities, playful quirks, and all of the character and charm you expect from a hotel that’s older than Canada itself. The end result is a night’s getaway from reality that will leave you and your guests feeling inspired and relaxed. From the classic Jane Austen Executive Suite to the eclectic Monty Python room, these guest rooms are certain to capture your imagination and transport you to an entirely new world.
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July 2023 Wedding
Our wedding day was lovely. Service and food were fabulous, and the staff were kind and organized. The Maitre-D was good and made us feel supported throughout the reception. The views from the floor to ceiling windows in the space are stunning and it’s the perfect backdrop for a wedding or other event. Also, the venue is reasonably priced in today’s wedding market which is always a plus.
On the day of the wedding, the groom and the groomsmen were supposed to get ready in a room we had rented for $250.00. This room was somehow double booked. The staff acted quickly to give us a different room. We were pleased with their swift action to resolve the issue day of.
Unfortunately, we were unhappy with our overall experience for a few reasons.
Due to the coordinator taking a planned month off, we were unable to have a menu tasting until long after invitations had to be sent. This meant we had to select our main course choices without getting to try the options. The coordinator even said to us “invitations should be going out now” while explaining that we couldn’t have a tasting for another month. We were disappointed in this and felt it was a lack of planning on River’s Edge/ Arlington Hotel’s part. There should have been a plan in place to ensure all couples had this very standard experience with the right timing.
During a site visit a few months before the wedding, we had asked about cards that we saw sitting on the bar. The coordinator explained that they were review cards, placed on the tables during dessert for guests to review the venue and this information is linked to staff performance. We asked that these cards not be placed on the tables as we didn’t want our guests to focus on/ feel pressure to review the staff when they should be enjoying our wedding. This was explained to the coordinator multiple times. While we completely understand the importance of reviews, a wedding reception is not the time or place. We were told the cards would not be placed on the tables. Day of our wedding during dessert, what was on every single guest table? Review cards. We were busy and did not notice until closer to the end of the night. We understand mistakes happen, but we were very clear about how much this mattered to us. These review cards were never disclosed to us. We only found out after stumbling upon them and specifically asking. Multiple other seasoned wedding vendors assured us that asking guests to review the experience DURING the wedding was an inappropriate ask. We feel they should be more transparent about this and honour the wishes of the couple.
During a planning meeting, the coordinator asked us for our photographer’s contact information so she could “get all of our photos”. Our original contract indicated that we did not want our photos to be shared with the venue for purposes of posting on social media/ for advertising. While we were on our honeymoon, the coordinator reached out to our photographer to ask for our photos, without our permission. Luckily our photographer was great, did not release our photos and ensured we were aware.
The coordinator informed us they would reach out the week after the wedding to ensure we enjoyed our experience, seek feedback and request a review. To this day, we haven’t heard anything from River’s Edge (wedding was 2 months ago).
We understand that the venue changed hands prior to our wedding. However, Carmen’s group took ownership, a well-established company based out of Hamilton, so we expected better.
Overall, we wouldn’t change our choice to get married here due to the beautiful space, great food and service from the day of staff. Our main issues were with the River’s Edge coordinator and how that shaped our experience.
Over and Above what was expected
Absolutely Amazing Team
0 complaints wedding turned out perfectly
They were super responsive.
Very flexible with extra requests and changes.
Wedding turned out perfect, beautiful setting and professional food.
Would highly recommend.
Incredible venue, food and staff! Simply magical!
Best Day Ever
Best Wedding Ever!!!!
Everyone did a great job and there was a nice continental breakfast served both mornings for us. Thanks to Ellen - the manager and the chef and all the other people I didn't get their names for making this the most memorable wedding for us.
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Hello! I'm Sabrina, and I am the Sales and Event Manager at River's Edge. My expertise in event planning will ensure that your wedding day is a dream come true! Thank you for reaching out to us, we look forward to working with you!
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