In February Lady Luxe Events Co. took an adventure outside of the GTA to visit one of the most unique venue locations we have yet to come across, Hacienda Sarria. This venue space has been through many transformations in its history beginning as Canada’s first sugar beet mill in 1902. Then becoming a distillery, a scrap metal yard, a steel factory, and eventually by 2004 it was converted into the event space as we know it today.
Lady Luxe is happy to be able to provide you with an inside look at this stunning space. You too could schedule a visit if you like what you see here and want even more information. A lot of you living in the Greater Toronto Area might think that the idea of driving to Kitchener is just way too much for yourself and guests, but we are telling you it is totally worth it!
The atmosphere immediately pulls you in from the first look at the building’s exterior you feel a warm and inviting presence you don’t often get from your typical banquet hall. Seeing the outside of the space in February does not do it complete justice as the fountains and ponds were not in full operation, but of course the space in the spring or summer months, along with the professionally manicured gardens would definitely act as a beautiful backdrop to your photos. Seeing the outside of the space in February does not do it complete justice as the fountains and ponds were not in full operation, but of course the space in the spring or summer months, along with the professionally manicured gardens would definitely act as a beautiful backdrop to your photos.
On your way in you can’t miss the beautiful and heavy wooden door & mural as you walk up the main entrance under the covered porch. You are soon greeted by high vaulted ceilings showcasing a staircase and landing above, where you can’t miss the large piece of art work on the wall and other unique architectural features in the foyer.
The staff were extremely friendly offering coat check services and directing visitors to the beginning of the tour which took us up the stairs to see the bridal and groom suites. The rooms were cozy and provide ample space for you and your bridal party to get ready and relax before the main event. The grooms room also sports access to a couple of balconies overlooking the main courtyard.
Around to the south side of the building is the perfect space for your guests to be welcomed in with cocktails and light refreshments served butler style before the main dinner begins. The room is warm with colourful tile floors, wood burning fireplace and provides access to the patio for those warm summer nights. You will definitely be impressed with the selection of cocktails or mocktails the bar has to offer, as well as the assortment of hors d'oeuvres that would please a variety of taste buds. Hacienda Sarria sources it’s ingredients locally and even grows a lot of its produce on the grounds themselves. You can taste the difference freshness makes & the professional catering on site will impress you with their creative creations. Some of samples offered included their green pea fritter, arancini, freshly shucked oysters, mini beef sliders, yellowfin tuna taco & the beef tenderloin chips to name a few. All were delicious, we may have even had more than one! One of the many benefits about booking with this venue is that they include a menu tasting for the couple & up to 2 guests. They also allow you to customize your 3-course plated menu upon request, but in our opinion it’s unlikely you would feel the need to do so as the offerings are already pretty fantastic.
The open house also showcased some local vendors throughout the space such as Pink Poppi Designs, Pirate Smile Stationary & Design, Rouge Beauty by Cassie, CM Entertainment, Flamenco Guitarist Juneyt, Anne Edgar Photography, Crème Couture and several others.
After spending time in the Lounge, we moved into The Courtyard. This is in our opinion, the main feature of the venue and what will leave your guests in awe. The room is set with 40ft ceilings, massive skylights that bring in lots of natural light and numerous Spanish style architectural features that will transport you into another world. The space comfortably seats a maximum of 120 people without feeling too tight. The venue showcased their house linens and décor with Edison bulbs beautifully draped across the room adding to the rustic charm of the space. The beauty of this space is that very minimal additional décor is required (which can save you some money!)
The last room we wanted to share with you is The Ballroom located at the North end of the building next door to the Courtyard. This space can be used for your ceremony, cocktail hour or a smaller reception. It’s a large rectangular room with custom wood flooring and a stunning fireplace. During the open house it was decorated with a beautiful floral design by Flower Studio Designs based in Waterloo. The candles and draping added to the ambiance of the room, really giving it a warm inviting feeling to all who were in attendance. Right off of this room through some barn doors was a large bar space for guests to grab a drink and or grab a cup of Hacienda’s signature blend while checking out the authentic coffee grinder on display.
This venue is by far one of the most unique that we’ve come across and a big selling point is that the space is all yours for the day you book. You are given the venue from 9am to 1am, giving you ample time to get set up and ready for your big day and most importantly celebrate! The venue offers an extensive list of inclusions in the price, that even though the plate price per person rate may seem on the higher side, it’s important to consider all of the bonuses they offer that most other venues would charge extra for or not even provide for you. If you are interested in seeing more, please check out the venues web site and view their packages and gallery. Lady Luxe would love to assist you in planning your next event at Hacienda Sarria, so please feel free to contact us for all of your event planning needs and we’d love to put you in touch with one of the top-notch venues in the business.
Happy Planning! <3
Kristine Hardy, Creative Director