This year, Blush Magazine has selected the Winspear as its Venue of the Year because not only is it the perfect venue for the arts enthusiast, but it is also one of city’s most unique spaces, located in the heart of downtown Edmonton. For the past sixteen years, Edmonton has been home to The Francis Winspear Centre for Music, a world class concert hall and home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The centre, best known as simply the Winspear, represents a lasting legacy to the life and work of Dr. Francis G. Winspear. It hosts a variety of events, including concerts and private events, such as wedding ceremonies and receptions.
The Winspear has spaces to accommodate ceremonies of as few as 50 to as many as 250 guests and can host traditional dinner and dance receptions for as many as 300, with cocktail receptions being a popular choice for clients of the venue. While the two of the spaces are private, the Main Lobby, Dress Circle Lobby, and Upper Circle Lobby are open to the rest of the space. They allow beautiful natural light to shine through the floor to ceiling windows that open to the venue’s main entrance and main floor lobby area. Also available are the Landmark Group Founders’ Room and Studio spaces, which offer completely private, enclosed rooms and have private entrances.
When reserving the venue for a ceremony, clients are provided with use of the room(s) reserved and additional available spaces for photos. Guests are invited to reserve their ceremony up to a year in advance, as available dates fill quickly. Should you wish to host a reception at the Winspear, dedicated staff are available to ensure that your event is flawless. All sound technicians and bar services are provided directly by the venue. Catering can be provided exclusively by one of the Winspear’s preferred caterers. Proud to be an environmentally friendly venue, the Winspear maintains a policy discouraging the use of disposable catering items. Helpful staff can offer a list of various musicians who can assist you in adding to the romantic atmosphere of your event. Ceremony and reception venues can be booked separately, or as one; however, should you already have your venues chosen, the Winspear is still happy to be your location of choice for your wedding photos. This can be reserved up to five months in advance, permitted there are no other events taking place.
While the Winspear is recognized for its great acoustics by concert-goers and music aficionados, it can also become the perfect setting for a wedding, for any couple seeking one of Edmonton’s most admired venues. With five beautifully unique spaces, the Winspear is bound to have a suitable option for the discerning bride and groom.