Photo above: Kendra Ruth Photography
Revival House is romantically chic with a touch of modern hipster
Whether it’s the cathedral ceilings, stained glass windows, spectacular food, extensive drink selection or the heritage and ambience, Revival House is downtown Stratford’s hippest VIP hideaway. From the chill upstairs gastrolounge to the historic sanctuary, Revival House is a unique and chic venue to host your ceremony and reception.
Staff at The Ring sat down with Alysha Devocht, Special Events Planner of Revival House in Stratford to find out what couples can expect from this romantically chic venue.
The history behind the Revival House…
As with many successful businesses, the idea behind the business is often thought of by an entrepreneur figuring out a need that isn’t being met. Rob and Candice Wigan saw the need for a ‘boutique’ venue after attending and working many weddings in the area. The result was Revival House – an elevated dining experience that offers couples everything they need under one roof.
The business was bought in January 2015. After extensive renovations, it was officially open for business in July. Although the business has only be open for a short time, Candice and Rob had been building the concept of the business for years. With the exceptional services, gorgeous venue, and exquisite food, it’s not surprising that dates for 2018 and 2019 are filling up quickly.
“We are building a reputation for having outstanding food and service,” admits Alysha Devocht, Special Events Planner. “Since we are a full time restaurant, we are gaining a lot of exposure.” As the Special Events Planner, Alysha has been helping brides say “I do” for almost seven years. At Revival House, she is responsible for showing the space, planning and executing the wedding. She also offers her advice and experience when selecting third party vendors or accommodations. In fact, she’s there from the beginning to the end to ensure everything goes smoothly.
“I truly have the best job in the world,” says Alysha. “I get to share the happiest day of people’s lives, and help them plan a milestone in their life and relationship together. Who else gets to do that?! When I see my brides smile when talking about the reason behind their first dance, or when the groom is blushing during the rehearsal – I get to witness true love every day.”
Cathy and Derek Stephens chose Revival House for their wedding because of the gorgeous downtown location that was classy and offered a real ‘church’, restaurant, bar and dance floor, but they were very impressed with the overall experience. Cathy admits that the Revival House team was very accommodating and took care of every desire and responded to text and emails in a very polite and prompt fashion.
Meet the Revival House team…
Prior to Revival House, Alysha sold bridal gowns for three years in Stratford. She then worked weddings as a Special Events Planner for two years. Being the youngest daughter with a family of four girls who are all married, Alysha offers her clients a professional and personal perspective when it comes to planning a wedding. She graduated from George Brown College with a diploma in Special Events Program.
As a graduate from Seneca College with a certificate in floral design, Candice was involved in the floral design industry before becoming a business owner. Her previous experience lends well to helping Revival House brides with all their floral needs. She also has her level one sommelier from George Brown College.
Loreena Miller, Revival House’s Executive Chef graduated from Stratford Chefs School in 2014. She has worked at many great restaurants throughout Stratford as well as trained in Toronto and London England before starting at Revival House in 2017. Loreena meets with clients to help them select their menus and is great at working within a budget to provide that extra touch to your menu.
Rob was known as Stratford’s ‘DJ Wigs’ and was no stranger to weddings and events. Rob has worked many weddings over the years and has catered many events
Revival House’s 3 Biggest Selling Points….
1. The space
The building Revival House occupies was formerly a church, so it has a very classic feel with a modern twist. The main dining room holds 150 people and the Belfry which can hold 73 people is perfect for cocktail hours or more intimate wedding. The banquette room offers a comfortable space that can be used for creative floor plans.
2. The food
Creative, beautiful and delicious, Executive Chef, Loreena Miller creates beautifully plated food that is almost to pretty to eat. All food is made in-house and Loreena utilized fresh and local produce on the menu.
3. The staff
As many couples know, the vendors and people you hire when planning your wedding is an important decision. The team at Revival House build a friendship with clients to ensure they always feel comfortable asking questions about the venue, food or services. The serving staff are well trained and understand they have a huge role to play on the day of the wedding. From the chef and kitchen staff, floral designer, DJ, decorator and special events coordinator, the team ensures that all guests are in good hands.
About the venue…
One of the most popular features at Revival House is the balcony, which holds up to 16 people and overlooks the entire main dining room. Imagine Juliet leaning over her balcony as Romeo entices her with sweet words from the popular Shakespearean play.
“With the Juliet balcony feel, it is always sure to make our brides feel special,” explains Alysha, who believes brides visiting Revival House because the venue offers something different. “We are creating that unique space that she wants, but has the traditional feel that grandparents are going to be pleased with.”
For anyone considering Revival House, Alysha encourages them to come and visit, since she feels that pictures don’t do the venue justice. “Once they see the space and move around in it I like to sit and hear more about what they want and see if or how we can help,” says Alysha. When Cathy and Stephen met with Alysha, they were impressed with how accommodating and flexible the venue and services were.
“It was totally open ended,” admits Cathy. “We could custom make any wedding ideas possible! They could accommodate whatever we desired!”
For Alysha, she ensures everything last detail is planned before the wedding day, so couples can enjoy their day. She is there first thing in the morning to ensure everything is ready and she remains throughout the day and until the end of the night, to make sure everything follows the desired schedule.
“Everything is cleaned up that night because I need to have the building put back from Lunch the next day. If anything needs to stay overnight we just clean it up and meet the next day before noon for pick up,” explains Alysha.
Wedding trends at Revival House…
An upcoming trend that Alysha is noticing is a Sunday brunch wedding.
“I really hope this becomes a thing,” she admits, adding that it would be such a gorgeous and unique wedding. A current trend that couples are requesting, is having an intimate ceremony with ten or so people, and then hosting a huge party afterwards. “This is giving people an intimate feel for their special moment – but doesn’t exclude the classic reception celebration with all of their friends.”
Details, Details, Details …
• Wedding packages starting at $119 per person
• Rental fee for the main dining room is $3000
• The restaurant can also host engagement party, rehearsal dinner, and all of your wedding shower events
• Average bride spends between $25,000 and $35,000
• Packages and services are flexible and tailored to client’s needs