On WeddingWire since 2020
Last update: April 2023
Cellar 52 is a wedding venue located in St Jacob’s, Ontario. Built in 1852, this renovated lodging hotel provides happy couples with a contemporary yet historic atmosphere to say “I do.” As the owners, Trella and Stephanie are eager to help partners craft a one-of-a-kind joyous occasion.
Facilities and Capacity
With space for up to 165 guests, this location is available for ceremonies and receptions. The building’s indoor event space boasts a bright and airy ambience, with clean white walls serving as a blank canvas for events. Couples can exchange their vows under drop chandeliers and a cozy fireplace for an elegant ceremony. Outside, soon-to-be spouses can tie the knot in a romantic riverside celebration surrounded by lush greenery. For a romantic outdoor reception, the seasonal bar and patio area features dreamy string lights, a wooden bar, wood-burning fireplace and comfortable furniture. This venue can be transformed with floral arrangements, furnishings, and custom floor plans. The on-site get-ready rooms are equipped with wine fridges, vanities, showers, and more, ensuring a comfortable place to prepare before the big day.
The dedicated event managers at Cellar 52 are eager to work closely with happy couples to ensure their vision for their special day becomes a reality. With their packages, they can provide a variety of rentals, including tables, silver Chivari chairs, lounge furniture, altars and arches, aisle markers, and decorative items. These professionals are also happy to supply the necessary food and beverage equipment such as china, flatware, and glassware. The venue’s in-house caterer, Gilt Catering, offers customizable menus and packages for rehearsal dinners and receptions. Couples and their guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, family-style meals, buffets, food stations, and plated dinners. In the back parking lot of the venue, Block 3 Brewing serves a wide spectrum of on-tap beers. Knowledgeable bartenders are pleased to host cash, limited, or open bars and serve a wide spectrum of beverages, including:
- House beer, wine, and liquor
- Premium liquor
- Specialty beer and wine
- Signature drinks
- Champagne toasts
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A helping hand every step of the way
Perfect venue and helpful staff
Many Improvements needed
For one, we were promised that we could have the meat halal at the wedding as that was a must in order for us to choose the venue. A couple of weeks before the wedding and after collecting meal choices - I was told that the halal beef could not be “sourced” or accommodated. Everyone ended up getting chicken by default because no other options were available to guests. This was embarrassing as guests had already chosen their food.
Secondly, THE HEAT! If you plan on getting married here in the summer - or even spring, think twice. Guests were constantly complaining and asking the staff to turn on the AC. However, it never ended up getting cooler. Made for a very very sweaty party. Perhaps if you have a 20 person wedding , this venue would be more suitable. I have genuinely never been to a wedding venue this hot.
What really bothered me, my family, and the bridal party was the absurd attitude the girls who work there have. They will talk down to you consistently - but once you dare say something back their feelings get hurt. Again, just not as professional as we are used to for tje service industry.
Not to mention the food that was taken away from guests (taco bar) while guests were lining up to eat. Again, embarrassing.
On my wedding day, one of the staff members came to my room to ask us to come help unload decor from my car which I had kindly parked right in front of their door. Not something that I expected on the morning of my wedding when we were getting hair and makeup done.
The wedding ended up being beautiful due to our amazing vendors, performances, decor, and the DJ who kept the dance floor moving all night! However , the venue has long ways to go in their organization and service they provide to couples. Nothing was straight forward and even the wedding day felt chaotic as they would constantly lock access to the hotel where the entire wedding party had their stuff.
All in all, the bones are there and the building is beautiful as is the patio. However, there’s much work to be done to match the cost with the service received.
Best day EVER! June 3rd 2023
Just had my brunch wedding at Cellar 52
It was the most perfect day
Our coordinator Amanda was such a sweetheart and even came to the rescue last minute with our name places. 😅🤍
Everything was taken care of which removed so much of the stress for not only myself but my wedding party as well. One of the best parts was just chilling with my people, listening to tunes and eating some delicious foods!
An Extremely Unhappy Bride
So far, so good!
Amazing venue and exceptional team for an intimate and beautiful wedding!
Great venue, exceptional service
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Meet the team
We are Trella and Stephanie, the friendly faces behind Cellar 52 in St. Jacobs. It has always been a dream of ours to operate our own event venue! We promise to provide you with our expertise and advice every step of the way through your planning process! We didn't end up in the wedding world by chance, it is by choice and success. We are excited to share that with you.
We are two very best friends who love food, wine and travel. We were room mates at Wilfrid Laurier, where we completed our Business degrees together. We always had the drive to work for ourselves & together. We have that once in a lifetime type friendship, you don't find it everywhere and we don't take it for granted.
We gained our experience in this industry from our restaurants but our passion has shifted to catering, weddings and events.
The corporate world really opened up our eyes to creativity and pushing boundaries (thank you, our corporate clients). Companies trusted us to plan, organize and cater some of their most elite events. It was fun and challenging! These perfectly planned and buzz worthy events pushed us to move into the wedding world, and we just fell in love with it. (yes, we fell in love with the love of weddings).
We know your wedding will be one of the best, most important days or your life and it is an honour to be trusted and so closely involved. We do not take this responsibility lightly, and are committed to using our vast experience and attention to detail to curate a day you wont forget. It is our personal mission and company standard to ensure your wedding is everything your ever imagined from your walk down the aisle to the late night dance floor.
We are committed to you, our clients. You are forever family for us, and we can't wait to make your dreams come true.
We love what we do, and we hope that it shows.
Can't wait to meet you,
Trella and Steph
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