I’m always grateful when there is an opportunity to provide wedding planning tips to couples. Here is an article that Asian Fusion Weddings was recently featured in by Renee Ferguson on www.Examiner.com.
Lee finds that there are a few key components that must be considered when “selecting the right venue for that right couple. There’s really got to be a great fit between the two.” Her top two key components are utilization of space and cuisine options.
1) Utilization of space – Wendy takes her clients through a comprehensive approach to design that considers all aspects of an event and the way the couple and their guests interact within the event environment.
2) Cuisine – Wendy helps couples facilitate the selection of cuisine options depending on the couple’s religious and/or cultural requirements and preferences. This is particularly vital as many of her clients are trying to incorporate more than one culture into their wedding celebrations as both are not necessarily from the same background.
So when Lee came across the Palais Royale for her couple Amy Yu and David Paskar’s she knew it was the perfect fit. It was originally used as a boat house and closely tied in with Sunnyside. It was then converted into a successful dance hall. In 1974, the building was listed as a Toronto Historic site. “Not only is the venue a beautifully restored and stunning facility, but the history behind it is a like a fairytale for the couple” says Lee. The groom’s grandmother danced there in her younger days and since the couple are avid Dragon Boat racers – it was fairly easy to realize that this was going to be a fabulous fit for her couple. Yu and Paskar states that “very early in the process, Wendy listened very carefully to our visions and helped us secure the beautiful, lake-front venue which was picture-perfect for our outdoor ceremony”.
For Yu and Paskar’s wedding, there were South Asian hors d’oeuvres, the main entrees were a fusion of East Asian (from an outside caterer) and Western food and the evening was capped off with a full European sweets and savoury Western food stations. Palais Royale exceeded this couple’s expectations of being the waterfront outdoor wedding location that could accommodate all their cultural dietary requirements.
Stunning, flexible catering, historic, and of course grand Palais Royale is a great wedding venue destination for the unique Toronto couple. And a great way to find a venue like this; hire a wedding planner. Lee states that “one of the professional wedding planner’s roles is to streamline the venue selection process and assist the couple to make a well informed decision”.
Wendy Lee specializes in Asian Fusion weddings where East marries West. You can find out more by visiting her website http://www.asianfusionweddings.com.
Wedding Planner and Designer – Wendy Lee at www.AsianFusionWeddings.com
Photographer – Stephen Sager at Sager Photography www.stephensager.com
Wedding Cake – Shirley Nguyen at Shirley’s Sweet Creations www.shirleysweetcreations.com
Ceremony Florals and Head Table Decor – Wendy Lee at www.AsianFusionWeddings.com
Centrepieces and Body Flowers – Amber at Cool Green and Shady www.coolgreenandshady.com