Weddings at the Manitoba Club offer an incredible balance of historic surroundings, amazing food, unmatched service, and modern day conveniences ... but we're sure you still have questions! Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we answer on a day-to-day basis.
Should you have any additional or more specific questions, or would like to reserve a time to tour our amazing downtown venue, please contact Danielle Podaima, Member Services Supervisor & Wedding Coordinator by email, or by telephone 204-946-3507.
I have never eaten at the Manitoba Club, what's the food like?
The Manitoba Club was founded in 1874 on the simple principal of providing the finest food, beverage and service experience in the province - we honor that principal to this very day.
The Club boasts one of the city's finest culinary brigades led by Executive Chef Albertino Costa. The time and care associated with the procurement, handling and preparation of each ingredient that creates your personalized menu is astonishing. Chef Costa's menu items are steeped in centuries of European culinary heritage and are balanced with progressive gastronomic influences and presentations.
What is the Capacity of the Grand Ballroom and where would the pre-dinner reception be held?
The Grand Ballroom can accomodate up to 250 people for a served dinner, and up to 450 for a marchée style event. The pre-dinner reception is hosted in the Galleria, just outside the four sets of doors that lead into the Grand Ballroom.
Do you offer on-site ceremonies?
On-site ceremonies can be hosted in the Galleria or in the Bonnycastle Garden overlooking historic Upper Fort Garry. Both venues can accomodate up to 160 seated guests. The Club's Oak Room is also available for on-site ceremonies of up to 130 seated guests.
What type of table linen is available?
The Club offers white 'signature' table linens, white overlays, and white napkins at no additional charge. We are happy to source and provide alternative table linens and chair covers upon request from one of our preferred vendors.
How many other events will be taking place at the Club during my wedding?
For any wedding in excess of 120 guests, the Galleria and Grand Ballroom are reserved exclusively for your event. There may be some circumstances when the second floor Oak Room is in use for a seperate event. If desired, the entire second floor of the clubhouse can be reserved for your event's exclusive use.
What is a typical room setup?
The Club uses 60-inch (8 person) and/or 72-inch (10 person) round tables. Depending upon your final number of guests and preferred seating arrnangment, the Club's experienced operations team will make a recomendation regarding the optimal room setup. A traditional head table can be set comfortably for up to 16 people.
Where is the dance floor located?
The floating dance floor is constructed in advance of each event and can be located anywhere within the Grand Ballroom. Our experienced Wedding Planners can provide suggestions with respect to the best place to setup the dance floor based upon the final number of confirmed guests. For events in excess of 200 people, the Oak Room can be setup to accomodate a band or disc jockey to host the dance portion of the event.
How does beverage (bar) service work?
The Club can accomadate either host bar service, cash bar service, or a combination thereof. In the case of host beverage service, you are billed for what your guests consume throughout the evening.
Can I bring my own wine?
The Club's liquor license does not allow commercial wine, that is not purchased by the Manitoba Club, to be consumed on its premises. Non-commercial (home or on-premises brewed) wine also can not be conumed within the Club due to the provisions of our liquor licence. We will be pleased to provide wine recomendations that will perfectly match your menu, or source specially requested products for your event.
Can my guests choose from a selection of entrée items?
The Club encourages you to offer your guests a selections of entrée items so that they can better enjoy the full Mantioba Club epicurean experience. For wedding events, it is requested that your guests entrée selections be confirmed in advance of the event. A small per-person charge is levied for events that offer multiple entrée selections.
How can I use the Grand Ballroom's four in-set 65-inch plasma televisions?
Many of our brides and grooms use the Grand Ballroom's four in-set 65-inch plasma televisions to display a slide show of pictures throughout the dinner service and post-dinner festivities. This unique offering allows you to share your photographic memories with your guests on your special day.
Where can I have pictures taken?
Pictures can be taken anywhere in the Grand Ballroom, Galleria, Grand Staircase or Garden on the day of your wedding. Special advance accomodations can typically be made to allow for pictures to be taken in the Oak Room, Billiards Room, Fort Garry Gate Dining Room, Grand Foyer, Fireside Lounge, Manitoba Lounge, President's Room and Buffalo Bistro.
Where can my guests park?
Complimentary parking is available for your guests across the street in the Wawanesa Insurance Building's (191 Broadway) parking lot. Guests can leave their cars in the lot overnight, however, they must be moved within 24-hours on weekends or by 7:00 a.m. on weekdays to avoid towing.
Do you have a list of preferred vendors?
We have very high standards and expect nothing short of the same from our suppliers and vendors, therefore, we have created a database of preferred vendors that have earned our trust over the years. Our database includes a selection of decorators, photographers, limousine companies, florists, cake creators, linen providers, bands, and disc jockies. We are pleased to share our list of prefered vendors with any bride and groom that reserves the Manitoba Club for their wedding.
Is there a Manager on-site during my reception?
The Manitoba Club's Catering and Events Manager and/or Food and Beverage Manager will be present throughout your event to ensure that it is executed professionally to the standard of the Manitoba Club.
For more information on hosting weddings at the Club please contact Danielle Podaima, Wedding Coordinator, by email or 204-946-3507, to arrange for a tour of our world-class venue and discussion on how the Manitoba Club is your best choice of wedding venue.