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Located in Calgary, Alberta, Reader's Garden Cafe is a charming venue that specializes in creating beautiful weddings on its historic property. This is one of Calgary's best known cultural landscapes, offering stunning views and a commitment to the preservation of plants and natural beauty. This will be a lovely location to create a dreamy wedding!

Facilities and capacity

The facilities found at this garden wedding venue include a historic building surrounded by spacious green lawns and Reader's Rock Garden. These facilities are ideal for both private functions and corporate events and they have a capacity for up to 50 guests.

Services offered

Reader's Garden Cafe offers couples affordable services to plan a unique, stunning event. The wedding package may feature the following:

  • Bridal suite
  • Catering
  • Bar
  • Event rentals
  • Food and beverage items

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What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

25

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Historic
Park/zoo
Restaurant

Describe the style of your venue:

City
Garden
Rustic

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower

What event services do you offer?

Bridal suite
Catering / bar

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail reception
Dessert
Family style
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
House wine
Liquor license
Open bar
Signature drink
Outside alcohol

What event items are available?

Furniture
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$301

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$296

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$651

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$651

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Clean up
Parking

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$48

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$58

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$58

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$28

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake cutting
Server(s)
Dessert

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$9

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Signature drink
Bartenders
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3.9 out of 5 rating
2 reviews
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    3 out of 5 rating
78% Recommended by couples
2 reviews
Dan
Dan B. Married on 12/08/2022
3 out of 5 rating

Really cute venue, but so many challenges for a wedding and reception.

We booked our wedding at Reader Rock Garden, and our reception at Reader's Garden Cafe. We were really excited to book our big day at a favorite place of ours, and loved the idea of having the ceremony and reception all in one place. There were a few great things about Reader's Garden Cafe. The cocktails and the appetizers were really wonderful, and they were served out on the lawn, with nice little cocktail tables set up.

However, there were many challenges with the cafe. Logistically, our wedding was on a hot day, and there is no air conditioning in the cafe, which was something we didn't think of initially. If you book the bride's room to get ready upstairs, it is even more uncomfortable up there. Right from the start, the management of the cafe was difficult to work with and inflexible in almost all aspects of our reception. This included where we could have tables and our seating chart, whether we could provide our own wine for a corkage fee, whether we could have a projector and small screen inside the building, and other small things. They offered us a corkage fee, but later increased it on us after the wine had been ordered, and were very difficult to communicate with about why this had happened. We had to really fight for them to honour the original price they had provided us, and it was not a great situation. Ultimately, one of our guests had a cardiac arrest during our cocktail hour and the cafe did not have an AED on site. This has been rectified now by the City of Calgary, but it was a very bad situation.

It is too bad, because we really loved the idea of having our reception on site after our ceremony, and partnering with Reader's Garden Cafe for it. But, after the fact, we really felt like the cafe didn't have much interest in weddings, and were not eager to accommodate much of our day. A wedding is a stressful enough day without having to field so many constant, small issues leading up to it, and on the day of. I hope that others who decide to book here have a better experience than we did.
J
Janet W. Married on 31/07/2021
4.8 out of 5 rating

Reader's Garden Cafe

Excellent communication, the food & service was outstanding. It was a beautiful venue for our special day. The only negative was that it was a very hot day & they don't have central air conditioning.
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311 25 Avenue SE T2G 5V1 Calgary (Alberta)
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