The Commons Calgary

1206 20th Avenue S.E T2G 3G2 Calgary (Alberta) Map
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Number of guests 6 to 175
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About The Commons Calgary

The Commons Calgary is a stunning and unique loft wedding venue located in Calgary, Alberta. The exposed brick wall and quirky furniture make this venue an ideal one for couples who are looking for as wedding venue that is a little bit different. You have the opportunity to hold both your ceremony and reception here, all in the one venue.

Facilities and capacity

The Commons, has over 5,000 square feet of exceptional and convertible event space. The event spaces accommodate both intimate weddings as well as larger parties with up to 175 guests. The Parlour Room, The Commodore Room and The Hemingway Room are all perfect for weddings. The Parlour Room, The Commodore Room and The Hemingway Room are all perfect for weddings. The Parlour room accommodates up to 100 guests, the Hemingway can hold 155 guests and the Commodore Room can accommodate 25 guests.

Services offered

Highly recommended partners work with the venue, to provide the best of services, like:

  • DIY wedding or turn-key experience
  • Catering and bar services (bring your own alcohol!)
  • Graphic design
  • 3 day rental, including set up and clean up
  • Decor and furniture
  • Lighting and sound
  • Number of guests From 6 to 175
  • Type Historic, loft
  • Style Classic, eclectic, glamorous, modern, vintage
  • Event Services Bridal suite, clean up, outside vendors, set up
  • Reception Site Fee - Peak Season C$ 3,633.00
More information

More information about The Commons Calgary

  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal shower
    Engagement party
    Rehearsal dinner
  • What event items are available?
    Decor
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Chairs
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    C$ 2803
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    C$ 3077
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    C$ 2590
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Set up
    Bridal suite

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3 Reviews for The Commons Calgary


3.2 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 3.3
  • Professionalism 3.0
  • Flexibility 4.0
  • Value 3.3
  • Response time 2.3

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  • Jenn

    Jenn Duxbury · Married on 26/10/2019

    2.6
    • Quality of service:
      3.0
    • Responsiveness:
      1.0
    • Value:
      3.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      2.0

    Amazing space, but below average service.

    Venue - Amazing Venue, If you are looking for a industrial/brick/loft like venue this is the one. Nice and open, decent lighting and good location.
    Negatives about the venue .
    A/V system is not good enough, it's also pointed in the wrong direction so you will need to rent your own. You may end up using their projector but it is pointed in one direction and it really depends on which way you do your wedding.
    They don't have any supplies, so your rental costs will be quite high. Their chairs are disappointing so your will likely rent chairs and the tables are very narrow so you can't do much for decor in the centre of the table. We ended up renting our own tables and chairs.
    Catering will have issues with power and location of kitchen/storage so you will end up paying more for that.
    The overall cost of the venue is the highest for any venue we looked at and doesn't come with any extras, except the included A/V which you won't use. You will pay for everything.

    Contact/Events person
    The point of contact caused significant stress, confusion and disappointment during the process of planning the wedding. We both work in the events industry and were extremely disappointed with the lack of professionalism and the below average and sometimes non-existent communication.

    1/3 of the way into the process we had a major complaint with the owner of the facility and she promised to rectify the situation. It wasn't rectified. Then a little later in the process (about 1/2 way) we had another conversation with the owner and she ended up removing the point of contact person from our event and took over herself.
    From this point on things definitely got a little better and the staff worked to make sure our event was a good one.
    I can't stress enough that if you do not get the owner as your point of contact that you will have problems.
    The overall cost of the venue attached to the amount of money you will need to spend on rentals makes this venue very very costly. When you add in the fact that they don't really manage it very well as an events space it makes it difficult to recommend.
    If you have a large budget and can hire an events coordinator to take care of things for you and you love the look of the venue then it could work out for you.
    For the cost of the venue you expect a certain quality of customer service, and unfortunately it's just not there for the price.

    Sent on 26/03/2020
  • Meri

    Meri Pogosian · Married on 19/07/2019

    4.4
    • Quality of service:
      4.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.0

    Wedding Experience

    Had our reception at the Commons Calgary last weekend. This venue is absolutely beautiful. It take very very little decor to create a beautiful look. Location is great, free parking and easy for your guests to call an Uber. The staff was amazing. Gave me the chance to go in and review minor details as many times as I wanted. I always felt welcome. We had minor issues the day of the wedding which the staff dealt with absolutely wonderfully and very professionally. I would highly recommend using the Commons Calgary for your wedding!!!

    Sent on 28/05/2019
  • O

    Owen Watson · Married on 14/09/2019

    2.6
    • Quality of service:
      3.0
    • Responsiveness:
      2.0
    • Value:
      2.0
    • Flexibility:
      3.0
    • Professionalism:
      3.0

    Beautiful Venue But Perhaps Not Worth the Hassle

    We booked our wedding at The Commons after touring the facility. The exposed brick is no doubt beautiful and the venue has a lot of very fitting furniture. There were a lot of nice things about the commons, such as the ability to run your own bar, a room to have cocktail hour in and just a very aesthetically pleasing venue. During the time between booking and the wedding the staff at The Commons were helpful, but perhaps a little slow to respond as I believe there were a few staff changes at the time. There is no doubt there are a lot of nice features about this venue, but also some hassles that come with. For one, their event insurance requirements took a while to figure out and our insurance broker even said “I have never seen requirements like this before”. Additionally, the night of the wedding, we ran into issues as the supervisor at the commons never gave us access for the next day’s take down. This could have potentially left us upon to large fines from our vendors as they had to pick up next day. It was only because we had a mutual friend that knows a worker there that we were able to organize access and luckily no vendors show up on time. This did add significant stress on the day following our wedding. Additionally, The Commons are able to change the pick-up date at any time prior to the event. This caused significant calamity as a communication error caused one of our vendors to pick up late due to a change within a week and left us losing some of our damage deposit. The venue has a lot of positives, but I would caution anyone looking at this venue as to the high price tag, lack of staff on weekends and increased costs that can occur due to policies and procedures between your vendors and The Commons. It may cost you big time and create a lot of unnecessary stress.

    Sent on 13/11/2019

    The Commons Calgary's reply:

    Hi Owen,
     
    Thank you very much for choosing The Commons as your wedding venue. We are so glad to hear that venue fit the ascetics for your special day and that our customizable package offered a variety of options for you.
     
    We are, however, sorry to hear about the issues you experienced with your insurance broker in regard to the Special Event Insurance . It is standard practice for large event venues to require occupants to obtain and show proof of $2 million in general liability insurance. This policy is in place to protect you in the event that there is accident with your guests or the venue. The insurance also grants us the ability to allow you to bring in your own alcohol without a corkage fee and for you to have a very “do it yourself” approach to your big day.
     
    We acknowledge and apologize for the mix up with your access card. Thankfully, we were able to grant you access remotely and you were able to get into the room for your booked time.
     
    One of the great features about our wedding packages is the flexibility offered for you to clean and pack up on the Sunday or Monday after your wedding. Here at The Commons we believe that newlyweds should be able to enjoy their big day and not have to worry about cleaning the space that night. We work with our clients to confirm exit times 10 days prior to the event so we can arrange access times for other events and vendors that are coming into the space. Additionally, communication about our timeline policy is standard in all of our contracts.
     
    As a company we do not like withholding any portion of our client’s damage deposit. We work to be fair, reasonable and accommodating when considering the cause and effect of having to withhold any costs. It is not something we take lightly. For our “DIY” events, we do not oversee or run any of your day-of wedding coordination – we leave that you. We entrust our clients (you), and the vendors that our clients choose to hire, to coordinate and communicate effectively and within the terms of the venue contract. We understand that when planning your wedding you are putting a lot of trust in the vendors you hire and for them to deliver on your agreement. For that reason, we sympathized with your situation and reduced the calculated cost of damages by over 50% for you.
     
    Your feedback is important to us as we can take this as a learning and can work to create a better process for our clients, their vendors and our space.
     
    We truly hope that, outside of the instances outlined, your wedding was an extraordinary day and wish you and Laura all the happiness as you build your life together!
     
    Sincerely,
    The Commons Team

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