Our local insider, Desiree Kotnala of Nyood Restaurant, provides us with some useful insight on the restaurant as a reception venue and some helpful tips for staying sane while planning your big day:
I have always appreciated the intimacy, personality and charm of the many beautiful restaurants in the many communities of Toronto. I thought to myself if I could be that engaged with the staff experiencing warmth and charm while dining with my husband, a simple table for two then surely it could be translated into a wedding ceremony and reception.
I felt it was my objective at Nyood to make guests feel special no what matter the guest count or budget. Due to my past experiences with couples–especially in the last two and half years–people are starting to look at how they are going to spend the rest of their lives together and not how are they are going to spend a large chunk of the their financial future on just one day! I feel the shift in the economy has exposed the option of hosting one’s wedding at a restaurant due to the many personal and financial benefits so that you can have a special and elegant day then hop on that honeymoon plane guilt-free.
At Nyood there are no room rental fees. The furniture, projector, up lighting, sound system, staffing and my services are packaged into the food and beverage minimum. Being the event coordinator, I am onsite five to six days a week and I know the venue as well as the products produced inside and out. I am fully immersed in the community and the surrounding businesses which can contribute to your function whether it be the local flower shop or one of the many tranquil art galleries next door. Future brides have access to as many meetings, telephone calls and emails leading up to the day, no extra charge! Tastings can be easily arranged as Nyood produces the food onsite and you will often meet the staff ahead of time who will be at your function serving you and your guests.
I also enjoy the fact that Nyood’s decor is neutral and elegant. You would be surprised how candles and linens can make the room sparkle. With a clean white backdrop, however, any colour will be sure to make the room pop, and for summer functions we open up our doors so guests can enjoy the views of Queen Street!
Here are some tips on how to stay sane and keep costs down: