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Last update: October 2023
The Grand Imperial Banquet and Conference Centre is a wedding venue in Edmonton, Alberta. This captivating, state-of-the-art venue is the perfect setting for a fairytale celebration. Whatever your vision, you can count on their experienced and dedicated team to go the extra mile to ensure that you and your guests enjoy an unparalleled wedding experience.
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The Grand Imperial Banquet and Conference Centre is ideal for medium to large celebrations and can accommodate parties of up to 500 guests. The venue comprises several fabulous event spaces. The magnificent garden features a trickling waterfall and is the perfect location for a romantic outdoor ceremony. You can exchange vows beneath a flower-adorned arch or take your ceremony inside and have your first kiss as a married couple amidst the warm glow generated by the beaming 10-tier chandelier. Your guests can then relax in the cozy Lounge or make their way to the Grand Foyer to await your big entrance. Afterwards, you can all gather together in the Grand Ballroom for an evening of fine dining and dancing that none of you will ever forget.
The Grand Imperial Banquet and Conference Centre hosts wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. The venue's in-house bar catering and bar teams offer an extensive menu of delicious dishes and drinks for you and your loved ones to enjoy. They are happy to accommodate custom menu requests. Indoor and outdoor speakers, projectors, and television screens are available to help you create the perfect audio-visual experience. Other wedding package features and options include planning support, event rentals, and set-up and clean-up services.
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Absolute Disaster and Arrogance
Best Wedding Venue, Staff & Food!!
Above and beyond
During venue selection, we visited and met with staff at the Fairmont, Chateau Lacombe, Derrick Club, and the JW Marriot. The JW Marriot and the Fairmont had so many requirements and minimal prep time allowances for clients, and their staff lacked hospitality - they talked to us as if we're peasants and they will tell us what to do. The staff at the Derrick Club and the Chateau Lacombe hotel were really friendly, but the venue was a bit less "fancy" than we were looking for. The Grand Imperial venue was stunning from the first time we saw it. We knew we wanted the same feel for our guests and the staff were so friendly and accommodating in answering every question we had, that this was more or less a done deal the first time we saw it (although I didn't tell them that they are our choice until visit 3).
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They have their own preferred vendors for DJ and music but you're welcome to bring your own - which is exactly what we did! We brought DJ PS from Toronto and here's the coolest part. The preferred vendor Divinity DJ (Sam) actually called me and offered help to make sure DJ PS was able to hook up and run his requested equipment. Divinity was so helpful (and we weren't even paying them for anything) that we asked them to provide a dry ice machine, the concert lights, and indoor fireworks. It gets even better. No one told Sam, the Divinity DJ guy, when our first dance is and when it started, he quickly started up the dry ice machine and had the indoor fireworks on with perfect timing.
Their preferred vendor, Amy, worked with us to have us provide the culturally sensitive items and small touches like welcome cards + party favours on the tables, while we were limited to using her for common items such as chargers, and other indoor decor (not including fresh florals). At first, we thought it was inconvenient because they prices seemed high but after shopping around to see what similar vendors charge for the same items, we quickly realized Amy's prices were on par or below market rates.
We asked the venue management about sourcing flowers and they gave us a few names but also suggested that if we know florists that can help us, order them for ourselves but we have to prep them before bringing them. We bought our own flowers from Costco online, received them 3 days before the wedding, made the centerpieces at home and brought them to the venue. We set them up ourselves and the venue cleaned up after us. We paid about $3200 for 1700 white roses and 840 baby's breath stems. Quotes from florists for similar set ups ranged between $12,500 and $17,000. They saved us a lot of money in doing that.
We had a Persian wedding and we were quite picky about our food so we inquired about catering or using a preferred chef, but the venue - for obvious reasons - would only use their own. AND MY GOODNESS THEY DID NOT DISSAPPOINT. We did the food tasting 3 months prior to the wedding and the dinner on the night of looked and tasted 100% the same. What you get at the tasting is what your plated dinner would look like. The guests won't stop talking about the food. The salmon was likely the best we've ever had. The chef was able to make a phenomenal saffron chicken (we provided them the real saffron as we weren't taking any chances with that being anything but saffron) and Persian rice with "tahdig" (not an easy item to make). If the salmon and chicken were 10/10, the beef was an 8/10; still a fantastic dinner but it was obvious that the salmon and chicken were slightly better. I should note that the chef made food we requested and not items on the menu; therefore, the reality for menu items may be different. Finally, the tiramisu cake served with the dinner was fantastic and the servings are so large, we had 4 out of the 5 tiers of our wedding cake left over. By the way, they boxed the cake tiers beautifully for us and put them in the fridge for us to pick up the next day. The late night food pizza is unreal. I highly recommend the pizza option and every guest of our who tried it absolutely loved it. We had a guest ask if they can order pizza from them... that should speak for itself.
We provided our own alcohol and the were absolutely awesome about it. The bartenders were billed at rates below what we would have paid friends to do it, and they were super professional. We had an open bar, serving relatively higher end liquor (darioush wines, johnnie walker gold whiskey, Persian saggi, etc....) and they made sure everything went smooth. They bottled everything left over, put them in boxes for us, and had them on a cart ready for pick up the next day. We also had bottles of wines placed on the tables. Jonah's staff took care of that for us.
We obviously had a unique wedding for Edmonton as it was a Persian-Canadian infused wedding and we planned the entire thing ourselves with the help of friends and family. We even obtained a license for our family friend to be the officiant. We had minimal experience with weddings as we're the first of our friends to have a Persian wedding and we've collectively attended 3 weddings in the past 10 years so we really did this blindly. We relied on the venue for a lot of support and they were perfect for us. They were absolutely perfect. They let us plan and coordinate things our own way but were right beside us the whole way if we needed anything. Our ceremony was at the outdoor part of the venue at 4:30 and we started at 4:30:00. Not even a second off. Even the DJ said he's never seen timing like this. Imagine what they could pull of with a professional planner and a properly planned wedding. Our guests were told the lobby doors will open at 6:00 for the reception, and the reception doors were opened at 6:00:00. 2 weeks prior to our wedding, we sent the estimated timeline of the day to our guests and the estimates became the exact times.
I read a review about Jonah right before I wrote this review and I was really surprised because without Jonah, our wedding would have been a disaster. Jonah was the cog that made everything work so well. She was super professional, understanding, she worked with us the whole time, and she let us lead the way while directing her staff and kitchen to meet our demands. One of our friends who was helping us set up was giving Jonah many demands and she was very good at handling pressure from frantic patrons while making sure things go well. I cannot say enough good things about Jonah and her team. We wanted specific wine bottles on specific tables and I gave Jonah a simple excel sheet with minor errors on it. She caught the errors and somehow managed to ensure it was done perfectly. THANK YOU JONAH.
I cannot enough good things about this venue. I used to be quite active in cultural events and hosted 2 events per year (400-1000 people) at various venues, events that featured dinner, speeches, music/dj, drinks, and dancing. This was the most well organized, professional, and well managed facility I've ever had the pleasure of planning an event at - and lucky us, it was for our own wedding. For close friends and family, I will be a big advocate that they use the Grand Imperial with Jonah running the show and Ronaldo as the chef.
All I can say is: wow!
Most Amazing Venue ever!!
Charlene and Ron
Amazing food !! Gorgeous venue
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