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Married on 11/09/2016 Phung Mai
We booked this venue for a Sunday, daytime wedding. It was great overall but there was somethings I did not like. Luckily we were pretty chill about our wedding so it didn't ruin anything. Things we loved 1) The food was ammmaaazziinngg. We had the vaughan buffet. Everything was ... View more was delicious 2) The staff was very nice. We loved Nicki. She was super fun and energetic. There were always some around too when we needed help. 3) The place was beautiful. It made for great pictures. The bads 1) When we booked, the lady that was helping us told us that we would be able to get things from other menus and put them on also so we could customize the menu. When it was menu picking time, another lady who was our wedding planner from them told us we can't do that. We told her that Diane told us we could and she said that we can't and Diane was away for a while. 2) Our wedding had for sure, only 70 guest. We invited 65 so we told them we would have 70 people for extra food. They charged us for 92 people saying there were actually 92 people. We managed to argue it down to 70 again. And no, I was not mistaken or super busy during my wedding that I wouldn't notice. We actually wanted to invite 70 people but we didn't know that many people. So 92 is a bit of a stretch. Also, I wasn't busy at my wedding. All photos were done before so we could just relax and enjoy the day and I didn't see anyone that we didn't invite. And lastly, the pictures showed that there were only 67 guest (someone brought their kids). 3) You have to tell them you want speakers for the whole house. I don't know if they all do this but the lady that was helping us only told us they had it, she never asked if we wanted it. We told her that is great (which isn't the same as saying we want it). Anyways, the day of the wedding, they told us we didn't ask for it so they didn't set it up... They did bring out small speakers though. Overall we liked it. The bads aren't to bad. Just something to be aware of.
Married on 21/08/2016 Serene Ma
We booked Estates of Sunnybrook (EOS) after doing tons of searches. Once we saw the McLean House we knew it was where we wanted to have our wedding. The house is BEAUTIFUL, the grounds are kept impeccably and the FOOD -- amazing. Though there were a few limitations, Diane our ... View more sales manager, and Paula, or catering director/manager made sure we had the best day. At the end of it all, our wedding was perfect and we wouldn't have chosen a different venue for our wedding. Both my husband and I loved the garden for our ceremony, the tent extension on the patio for our reception, and the other included rooms in the house for cake serving and late night poutine. Though our schedule was pushed back a little because of tent setup, small rainfall, and a day-of complication with our helium tanks, the EOS staff are very experienced and were very ad hoc and discussed with our GM what they could do to make the guests enjoy the day without any issues and I gotta say, it was fantastic. I was impressed. Also, our guests all said they LOVED the venue and that it was the best wedding food they've ever had (of course we ordered the best of the best menu choices for our guests -- and also the amazing chef allowed us to make a few substitutions to the food pairings -- things we enjoyed a great deal at the tasting). You really get what you pay for! The food was so amazing that after we looked back at photos of the day, we want to return just to have the meal again. Only 1 thing I would suggest is to allow 2nd wedding party of the day to setup earlier. Thanks again everyone at Estates of Sunnybrook for a perfect wedding planning and experience.
Married on 28/05/2016 Patricia Cheung
We chose Estates of Sunnybrook (the Courtyard Ballroom at Vaughan Estate) for our ceremony and reception. We had a mixed experience so my recommendation would be conditional. We chose Estates because it had the look that we wanted with a classic manor home. However, they don't ... View more keep up the exterior to a particularly high standard. There are stains on the exterior walls and chipped stones. Whenever I commented on something like this or weeds I was told that the hospital handles the yard work and there was nothing they could do about it. It is good to know (which I found out closer to the wedding date) that they don't do any planting out back other than two planters that looked fairly sad on our wedding day so some extra decor is needed outside. There was also ponding water at the bottom of the stairs over which they laid down some plain utilitarian black mats that didn't really work with the aesthetic we were looking for. We were also told closer to the wedding day, but not up front, that since we booked the Courtyard Ballroom on the bottom floor we weren't allowed any access to the front of the grounds, which meant we didn't have access for pictures in front of the main house, which is part of the reason we booked there (it would have been good to know this up front). Only days before our wedding we were told that they only had 60 chairs for a ceremony on the Courtyard Patio as opposed to the 110 (the number of guests we invited) that we had been told from the first day we went to see it. They just kept telling us that we should have been told this, which we agreed but was not our fault. They also said they wouldn't rent extra chairs for us or move chairs from the other ceremony space. In the end they let us have our ceremony in the larger arbour space, which luckily was still available, and waived the ceremony fee. This was a fine compromise but obviously this space wasn't our first choice and this was all done very last minute. Additionally, we were planning to have a day of coordinator. I called to ask my contact what the Estates-provided coordinator would do on the day of the wedding so I knew what to have our coordinator do. She told me that the Estates coordinator handled almost everything and that there was absolutely no need to have a day of coordinator. Therefore, we didn't hire a day of coordinator and then when it got closer to the wedding it turned out they didn't handle that much after all and we had to enlist the help of several friends to help set up on the day, which I hadn't wanted to do. Some of the set up that they said they would do resulted in pieces in the wrong location (such as a sequin table cloth that I rented for the head table but was placed elsewhere) or our vendors not having a table to eat at inside even though I had specifically asked about this in an earlier email. During correspondence it always seemed like they assumed I had planned a hundred weddings and knew exactly what to ask and they never prompted me if I didn't mention the correct thing. For example, I had gluten-free guests, which I indicated to them. When I asked about their gluten free dessert, assuming that they'd make accommodations accordingly, I was told that I had to explicitly order specific desserts for them and they wouldn't have given them anything if I hadn`t explicitly asked. It seems that as the professionals who are guiding the process they shouldn't assume that I would know to ask about every last detail such as this. The venue was also extremely hot. It was a very hot May day and the air conditioning just couldn't keep up with the heat outside. I was sweating through dinner. However, they were very accommodating with vegan foods for the wedding. I am vegan and my husband is not so we wanted half of the dishes to be vegan. Several dishes were modified to be made vegan. They even accommodated by getting vegan cake for the dessert and made a special point to get vegan gravy and vegan cheese so that we could have vegan poutine for our late night food! All of the food that I had was absolutely delicious and large portion sizes. Afterwards the compliments on the food were endless, people even saying it was the best wedding food they ever had. Also, they let you bring your own wine for a corkage fee, which was nice. In the lead up to the big day our contact was always available to answer questions, though often the answer seemed to be this is how we do things, you need to work around that. And they let us bring our dog and my parents' dog who were our ring bearer and flower girl so long as they stayed only for the outdoor ceremony. This really made our day and was also a big part of why we chose this location. Also, the event staff on the day was friendly to us and we got compliments from our guests about how wonderful the event staff were.
Our wedding at McLean House was beautiful, the people working there on the day of the wedding were wonderful, and the food was fantastic. I can't say enough positive things about the maitre 'd, servers, chefs and the rest of the team. We were hoping for an outside wedding, but it ... View more turned out to be raining. They set up for outside just in case, but were ready for having to move inside when that proved necessary at the last minute. The staff were also very accommodating in that the inside ceremony is usually upstairs, with the reception in the conservatory but because one of our guests was a wheelchair user, we had the ceremony in the conservatory, then they switched it over for the meal very quickly. The staff also was great at improvising a sweet table when it turned out they were given an earlier version of the contract/plan that had us providing a cake, rather than the sweet table. We would have given the venue 5 stars (more if that was an option) but for the event manager that was assigned to us who we found somewhat difficult to deal with, particularly around our guest requiring accessibility. (That the venue was accessible was one of the reasons we chose it.) She was less accommodating during the planning than we expected, based on all the positive things we had heard about the venue (and other event managers). And although we had a written agreement on the sweet table, that didn't get to the person responsible on the day of the wedding.
Married on 06/09/2015 Natasha Kang
Beautiful venue, fabulous food, perfect and very well kept grounds for photos. Breathtaking, actually. Excellent service from the staff on the day-of. Absolutely stunning bridal suite as well. Highly recommended for a wedding.