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Carmen's Banquet Centre by Carmen's Group

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About

Carmen's Banquet Centre is one of the most popular venues in Hamilton for hosting lavish, elegant events and weddings. Offering spacious interiors, sumptuous cuisines and boasting an inviting ambience, Carmen's Banquet Centre located 45 minutes from both Toronto and Niagara, is easily accessible from the highway. The venue, which opened its doors in 1987, till date has hosted thousands of events. Carmen's Banquet Centre features multiple function areas suitable for big and small events and also personalized services, for planning a unique celebration.

Facilities and capacity

Carmen's Banquet Centre has four exquisite, multi-purpose ball rooms that can easily accommodate an event for up to 1000 people. The halls feature towering 28-foot ceilings, two storey foyer space, mezzanine for cocktail receptions, hardwood flooring, and sparkling chandeliers.

Services offered

The venue boasts three decades of impressive hospitality. Popular for excellent catering service, with inspired menus, Carmen's Banquet Centre offers dedicated services with a great team, for perfectly planning your event.

Highlights

Type

Ballroom, banquet hall

Style

Classic, glamorous, vintage

Event Services

Accommodations, bridal suite, cake, catering / bar, event planning, lighting / sound, outside vendors, set up

Reception Site Fee - Peak Season

$8,500

Plated Service (per head)

$74

More information

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

What kind of settings are available?

Covered outdoor
Indoor
Uncovered outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What catering services do you offer?

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

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Liquor license
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Specialty wine

What event items are available?

Audio equipment
Centerpieces
Dance floor
Decor
Drapery
Lighting
Chairs
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 off-peak season?

$8,500

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?

$1,250

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

$1,250

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Event planning
Chairs
Tables
Linens
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/sound
Parking
Bridal suite

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

$74

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$74

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

$74

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

Server(s)
Dessert
Wedding cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$20

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

Open bar
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Signature drink
Bartenders
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    Monika D. Getting married on 06/10/2023
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    Highly recommend

    My fiancé and I are getting married at Carmen's Banquet Centre in August 26, 2023, and let me tell you, the experience has been amazing so far. Working with Hector has been so amazing. We've encountered some personal issues but Hector was relentless to give us a good experience and be flexible to out situation. Highly recommend.
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    Sabrina I. Married on 14/10/2022
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    The all in one, perfect venue for any event

    My husband and I got married at Carmen's on October 14th and we could not have been more pleased with them! I was blown away when I found out almost everything was included - decor (although I upgraded to some premium options cause I'm extra lol), cake, DJ, food, our night of suite, bar (8 hours and open during dinner too!) and so much more! Carmen's helped to ease a lot of our stress as everything was kind of all in one place, not to mention the venue is stunning! I had a few coordinators over the time I was dealing with Carmen's (we had to push due to Covid so the wedding was a 2+ year process to plan) but each and every person I dealt with was kind, patient and so helpful. For the day of I ended up dealing with Pam and she was incredible! Even as the night was ending and she approached me with some things to be done while I was completely inebriated, she was still so patient and helpful. If you are considering Carmen's for your big day, this is your sign to DO IT! Thank you so much to everyone on the Carmen's team for making our day so special ❤️
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    Douaa Married on 09/10/2022
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    Amazing experience

    Our wedding was amazing with the help of Brian he's an amazing person he made sure we were happy and delivered everything we asked for, and made sure our day went well. It was magical. Service was very good, food was amazing.
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    Lyndsay W. Married on 20/08/2022
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    Carmen's brought our vision to life!

    Carmen's was the first of many wedding venues that we visited the summer of 2020. Its stunning interior, high ceilings, staircases, and gold accents stood out to me and set an extremely high bar for our classic glam wedding. Despite touring several venues from Hamilton to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Carmen's was the one that never left my mind.

    Carmen’s is THE one-stop shop for your wedding. They will include almost everything, depending on your package: catering, continuous bar service, transportation, a hotel, DJ services, lighting, decorations, and even your wedding cake. We booked the venue in November 2020 after excellent communication with the Director of Sales at the time, Andi Pojani. Andi was an all-star and was extremely responsive, answered all of our questions in detail, and followed up with us at regular intervals to check in and ask how he could help us. We were devastated when he went on parental leave and even more so when he left Carmen's.

    Our menu tasting was hosted in April 2022 by Karen Da Costa and Ashley Walker, which was such a fun experience, and the food was great. However, right after our menu tasting Karen went on maternal leave and replaced by Marian Clark. I reached out to Marian in April (and again in May) and unfortunately a full month went by with no response. I then contacted Miranda Dias, the new Director of Sales, who was very helpful and apologetic. She transferred the care of our wedding to Heather Fontez who helped us to arrange a meeting with our new event coordinator, Dakota Raycraft. For whatever reason, that meeting was cancelled last minute, and we were again transferred to a different event coordinator, Ashley, in June 2022. Around this time, we also received a message from Carmen’s regarding their staffing shortages and personnel changes, along with an apology and hospital credit to use at our wedding. From here, communication improved vastly, and we are beyond thankful to have had Ashley step in to fill the shoes of Andi.

    Ashley was kind, accommodating, and extremely hardworking. She was so committed to making sure our wedding day was perfect that it felt like we were working with a friend or family member who wanted all of the same things that we did. Ashley helped us to customize our wedding exactly how we wanted – from the gold-accented décor, pink uplighting, and piano in the lobby, to the custom bar options like Rolling Rock, limoncello, and Irish coffee, to the extraordinary menu items like strawberry cheesecake for dessert and cannoli for our late-night table.

    Of course, we also owe much of these accommodations to the incredibly dedicated and hardworking bar and kitchen staff, including Phillip, the bar manager, and John, the head chef. The food was excellent, and guests were raving about the cheesecake in particular. The 3-tiered wedding cake was also incredible. I know that people say not to worry about a wedding cake because nobody eats it, which in many cases might be true, but I was so happy to taste the cake and know that my guests had yet another incredible dessert option. We took the leftovers home and froze them to enjoy with our families later.

    On the day of the wedding, Carmen’s set up all of our décor and signage for us so that all we had to do was walk in. It was such a great feeling to know that everything was taken care of, down to the smallest detail. It really was beautiful and such a load off of us as the couple. The reception was fantastic. There was a bit of confusion surrounding the start of the reception where the receiving line wasn’t ready and the guests were held back from the antipasto buffet, as the maître d’ (who we hadn’t met with or spoken to before) wasn’t aware of the receiving line, so she had to hurry and find the liqueurs once we arrived and told her. Otherwise, things went extremely well – our guests continuously commented on the food being excellent and the venue being beautiful.

    Our DJ, Matt, also did an excellent job. He cued up our songs perfectly, his transitions were great, and he kept the party going. We’re especially thankful that he played “Celebration” as the first song after our speeches ended (it wasn’t on our song list) as we didn’t have any dance floor invitations in our speech, but it brought everybody to the dance floor! The only thing we were a bit disappointed by was that he didn’t play any slow songs until much later in the night after we asked him to, when a lot of the older guests had gone home. But other than that, we could tell that Matt had a blast doing what he does best, which made it easy for the guests on the dance floor to enjoy themselves too.

    Overall, aside from some hiccups with communication, there is not one thing that I would change about my wedding at Carmen’s. The entire process, including the day of, was so smooth and I trusted them completely to bring our vision for a classic glam wedding to life. They delivered – and then some. We have been told by all of our friends that we have set the bar so high for their future weddings. We’re just glad to have been able to host such an incredible evening for our family and friends. Thank you, Carmen’s!!
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    Julie L. Married on 20/08/2022
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    August 20th, 2022

    Last week Carmen's hosted our wedding with 125 guests, to this day I am still hearing from people on how much they enjoyed the food! The food was the main thing that interested me in this venue as I am not from Hamilton but have had 2 prior cancelled covid weddings at other venues.
    The food was amazing and there was TONS of it, the bartenders were also wonderful as they were serving drinks that weren't necessarily on the "menu" like blue Hawaiians and different flavored shooters for guests upon request or as a surprise.
    I booked the last Saturday available of summer just four months before the actual date. This was quite concerning but looking back it was a very stress less process, they truly do it all for you. Right down to re arranging some of the minimal décor I had in the ceremony into the reception, I didn't ask them to do this but it looked amazing and was such a relief to me as I was stressed I may not have put enough thought/effort into the décor I brought on my own.

    If you are looking for a one stop shop, this is the venue for you!
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    Stephanie Married on 01/07/2022
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    Very accomidating and good personal touches

    We booked three years ago and they have happily moved our wedding twice due to covid. Great location and staff. Everything is super, they even offered to switch us to the hotel next door with a similar set up when the wedding on the other side of the dividing wall was getting big and our numbers looked small enough to fit and it worked out great.
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    Mariya Q. Married on 18/06/2022
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    Wedding Bliss!!

    I organized my sister’s wedding at Carmen’s and was incredibly impressed by the staff and the leadership there. Even though there was a turn in management happening at the time, Chantal, Andi and Karen were exceedingly helpful to make my sisters wedding day come true. Our Maître D for the evening, Derek, was instrumental to the evening going as well as it did. He didn’t hesitate to help and would jump into action the second I had any kind of request. He was also asking if he could be of further help in anyway and gave suggestions if it looked like I was stumped. In addition, I greatly appreciated his checking on me periodically to ask if I needed anything at all. The food was wonderful and the waitstaff was polite and kind, and the Hall itself (Milano) was gorgeous. If you would like a wedding that is minimally stressful and one where you have the support of the vendor itself, this is the place to go!
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    Kayla G. Married on 27/05/2022
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    Poor Experience

    We were very disappointed with Carmen's. The week of our wedding was chaos. They fired our wedding coordinator just weeks before our wedding and didn't let us know. They were inconsistent with what they allowed (for example - we were told we could have takeout containers for food as our favour, then 3 days before the wedding they said we weren't allowed to do that.) Every meeting we had with them was with a different person due to turnover, so there were many communication misses. Would not recommend.
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    Megan Married on 09/04/2022
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    You NEED to book your wedding at Carmen’s

    We just got married on April 9, 2022 at Carmen’s, with both our ceremony and reception at the venue. I understand we were incredibly lucky with all restrictions being dropped before our wedding, but all throughout the planning process and uncertainty, Carmen’s has been there for us. Karen was our coordinator and went on mat leave just before our big day, but she left us on such a high note with her wonderful colleague Marian who stepped in to finish off our planning. Karen and Marian are so warm and friendly, and so easy to work with - trust me, they know their stuff! We are one of those weird couples with horse shoes up our butts because our day was pretty damn near perfect! But I chalk that up to having experienced and organized vendors, and having our day hosted at such a respected venue like Carmen’s was a smart choice. We came prepared to every meeting with the Carmen’s staff, and we asked a ton of questions - some may have been stupid but the staff never made us feel that way, they were always very clear and responsive in what they needed from us. They also worked so well with our vendors in making sure the day went off without a hitch. We unfortunately missed our tasting prior to our wedding but you really can’t go wrong with the food choices there. We had an antipasto buffet with sautée station to kick off cocktail hour, followed by an incredible 3 course dinner, and an amazing late night buffet. Also a tip, don’t bother using an outside cake vendor, use Carmen’s bake team because our cake was PHENOMENAL!! Our florist added some extra roses for decor but the cake was so beautiful anyway and tasted even better. The compliments from our guests about how beautiful the venue was and how good the food was just keeps rolling in. Trust me when I say you should book Carmen’s for your wedding, you will not regret it! The only thing I will say is there unfortunately isn’t a ton of outdoor space for photos, but my husband and I did a first look with photos (and bridal party photos) prior to our ceremony at Dundurn Castle. We did family photos inside of the venue which turned out just fine because the building is so beautiful and romantic inside. From the staircases to the chandeliers and balconies, it’s major fairy tale vibes. I end my review with saying if you had a negative experience with Carmen’s, I’m sorry but you were probably the problem and probably weren’t organized yourself, because I can’t see how anyone could have something negative to say about this venue and their team!
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    Jessica N. Married on 19/09/2021
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    Wonderful wedding at the Lakeview by Carmens!

    My husband and I were so lucky to have the pleasure of getting married at the lakeview this weekend. We had to postpone our initial wedding date due to the pandemic, and the entire carmen's team were so easy to work with. They allowed us to swap our date without issue, kept open and clear communication with us during the entire process, and answered any of our (many) questions quickly and without hesitation. Charlie and Natasha were so helpful throughout the entire process, and the wedding information package and to-do list kept us on track during the entire planning process (we had NO idea how to plan a wedding beforehand). The venue itself was so beautiful, the décor was wonderful and the view of the sunset over the water during dinner was beautiful. All of our family and friends raved about how delicious the food was, how friendly the staff were, and how absolutely gorgeous the venue was. The DJ was so great, and was so easy going! Our Maître'd Gonia (I am so sorry if I misspelled your name!) Was a dream and made our entire day run smoothly. She kept the groomsmen in line, which was no small task! I have to say that even during the pandemic, we had such a beautiful wedding. For any future brides who may be hesitant about getting married during the pandemic, Carmen's will truly make sure that you have an amazing day. We danced (with masks), had drinks, amazing food, and I could not imagine a better evening. Thank you so much Carmens for giving us such a beautiful night to remember. ♡

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