Edmonton Wedding Venue Review – Whitemud Creek Community Centre
Take it from me, planning a wedding as an ‘insider’ – someone who works in the wedding industry – is a unique experience. On one hand, you’ve had insight into many different weddings to see how all sorts of couples tied the knot. On the other hand, it can be hard to choose between all of the awesome vendors and details that you’ve had the pleasure of working with.
The booking: We met with Cliff, the hall coordinator, and did a walk around the hall. He was very helpful and answered all of our questions. We reserved the hall for one day. We had the option to book the day before and after our wedding but it would have doubled the cost of our rental so we opted for one day. We were able to go in early on the morning on the wedding day to set-up and we had to be out of the hall and cleaned up by 1:30am. To secure our day we required to pay in full for the price of renting the hall and security deposit which was returned to us two weeks after the wedding.
Pros of having our wedding at the Whitemud Creek Community Centre:
– Has an area for both the ceremony and reception. Our reception was outside by the fountain but if it is raining there is an upstairs area that can be substituted.
– You can hold your ceremony indoors or outdoors. Both locations are beautiful. One has a fountain and one has exposed wood beams. Tough choice!
– We had a small wedding of 100 people and the hall size was perfect! It didn’t feel like it was empty and it didn’t feel too full.
– They provide chairs and tables of all different sizes.
– The exposed wood beams make the hall very warm and cozy. We really wanted to stay away from the community hall feel and the Whitemud Creek hall was perfect!
– You can bring in your own caterer. There is a kitchen.
– There is an extra room that can be used for setting up your buffet tables or setting up extra tables.
– There is an upstairs lounge that has couches and is a great place for parents to bring their children away from the crowd for a bit and people to take a break from the wedding.
– A bar with a sink is in the building.
– There was playground right beside the hall for kids to play at before and after the ceremony.
– Around the hall there is a beautiful walking path and other nature areas for taking formal photos.
– They have a employee who will come in late after the wedding to do the final sweeping/moping for a great price. I think it was about $100.
-The kitchen is small and not a full commercial kitchen. There is a house size fridge and stove. It worked, but the caterers were definitely in a tight area.
– No sound system.
– The fountain is operated by the city so the hall has no control whether it is on or off.
– It was kind of a pain to have to set-up and tear down on the day of the wedding. We had lots of help from family though. We also hired a decorator which was a huge help.
– You can’t walk straight down the aisle at first so your groom may see you and react before you see him.
Final verdict of the hall:
Zac and I are so happy that we had our wedding at the Whitemud Creek Community Hall. Our guests loved it and kept commenting about how cute the hall was with its rustic feel. We loved having our wedding outside near the fountain. We would highly recommend hosting your ceremony/reception at this if you are looking for a budget venue where you are able to create a wedding custom to your budget.