With summer and wedding season fast approaching, many couples will be gearing up for their walk down the aisle.
For those in the midst of wedding planning, besides choosing the most beautiful wedding dress, a key decision to make is nailing down the location of their dream wedding. Most couples spend $11,046 on their wedding venue – almost half of the average $30,717 price tag of a wedding in Canada.
To choose the perfect wedding venue in Toronto, couples need to consider their budget, the venue’s amenities, and the theme of their wedding. In some cases, finding the perfect wedding venue can take a long time: sometimes over a year. And while the current pandemic has restricted weddings in some regards, many of these wedding venues in Toronto are still open for viewings and bookings – with all the bells and whistles attached.
Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Venue
When it comes to wedding venues, there is no shortage of styles to choose from in Toronto. Your wedding venue serves as a foundational step in deciding the mood for your big day, so you must take your time when choosing one. Therefore, before you go around booking virtual tours, think about the non-negotiables you want from your wedding venue. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive wedding experience where you can host your wedding rehearsal, ceremony, and your overnight guests, then a hotel like The Broadview Hotel is a good place to start. The vision you have for your wedding also plays a role. Those going for a whimsical feel for their wedding, complete with a castle backdrop and a ballroom, the Casa Loma or Eglinton Grand are popular wedding choices in Toronto.
Of course, you should also consider your budget and your intended guest list. Couples seeking a budget-friendly wedding venue in Toronto can use the Arta Gallery in Toronto, where a rental session can cost from $950 and 100 people can be seated. However, be sure to contact the venues you are considering directly to speak about their adjustments for the pandemic. While many venues in Toronto remain open for ceremonies, they have had to reduce headcounts, adjust seating arrangements, and implement new safety protocols to align with the current wedding planning guidelines for Toronto. Wedding experts recommend working with your vendors to narrow down rescheduling costs and processes for cancellations or postponements. The government guidelines for wedding ceremonies are changing all the time, so it helps to choose a wedding venue that is willing to work with you.
The Wow Factor: The Royal Conservatory Of Music
If you’re after an elegant and opulent wedding, the Royal Conservatory of Music is a great venue to host it. Steeped in rich modern and traditional architectural details, the conservatory is the perfect blend of old meets new, and an ideal choice for the couple who wants to pay attention to the finer details. The venue is well-lit, thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings, and surrounding foliage.
With rave reviews from Wedluxe and Wedding Bells Magazine, it’s easy to see why the conservatory is a favorite for a top wedding venue in Toronto. Located in downtown Toronto, The Royal Conservatory of Music gives your guests a glimpse of the true metropolis that is Toronto, all while maintaining that classical feel. It is also a versatile wedding venue. You can either choose to utilize their outdoor spaces and views of the city for a stunning wedding backdrop, or hold your ceremony, cocktail reception, and sit-down dinner indoors at the LAD Galleria. If you’re eager to see more, the Royal Conservatory of Music website offers a virtual tour powered by Google Maps.
A Wedding With A View: The Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Carrying on with the perfect wedding view theme, brides who are after a stunning backdrop should also take a look at The Royal Canadian Yacht Club for its outdoor wedding venue setting. The venue’s East Lawn gives your guests a memorable front seat to Toronto’s city skyline during the ceremony, and can accommodate up to 232 people (subject to current regulations at the time of your ceremony).
They also provide an inclusive catering service in their 2021 wedding package deal, which saves you the hassle of choosing a caterer for your wedding. A three-course dinner, hors d’oeuvres, and menu tasting for two are all included in the wedding package price. Also, the wedding package includes the use of a private bridal suite, LCD projectors, and the provision of white table linens. The menu also includes a build-your-own buffet and children’s menu, which makes it a great place for kid-friendly weddings.
A Beachy Wedding: The Sunnyside Pavillion
Wishing you could whisk your loved ones away for a sunny beachside destination wedding? Well, while travel may restrict your choices right now, you can still get that beachside wedding at The Sunnyside Pavillon. Located on Lake Shore Boulevard, the venue offers a stunning venue of Lake Ontario, and can host between up to 90 guests. It is a beachfront café with highly ranked cuisines and cocktails, so you know your wedding menu will be loved. The Pavillion is open from May to September (based on the weather conditions) so if you are looking to get married during that time, it is worth taking a look at. Wedding venue packages and costs are given on request, but typically average at least $2,500 for the ceremony.
Romantic Wedding Venues: The Florist’s Loft
You can bring nature indoors for your wedding at The Florist’s Loft in Toronto. The botanical venue seats up to 80 guests (or 125 standing), and is the perfect backdrop for a bloom-filled wedding. The venue is perfect for any nature lover, and also makes a great backdrop for a private birthday party – the perfect experience gift to help a friend celebrate a landmark birthday. The price for the venue rental ranges between $1,300 and $3,350 according to Event Source Canada and was also the winner of Event Source’s Toronto Choice Awards for 2020. They are also incredibly flexible and offer guideline-compliant packages, including elopements and micro weddings.
There are two rooms to choose from: The Green Room and The White Room. The Green Room comes with intricate floral designs and plant installations, which can be customized according to your taste and wedding color scheme. The White Room has ceramic and wooden floral designs, which gives you the freedom to decorate as you wish. You can have a cocktail reception with appetizer choices on the menu like Peking duck crepe roll, sweet potato crab cakes, and mushroom and truffle risotto cakes.
Elegance And History But On A Budget: Old Mill Toronto
If you and your fiancé want an elegant wedding but still want to keep your wedding affordable, The Old Mill Toronto is a must-add for your list. Currently, the venue has launched its Whirlwind Weddings package, which is helping couples get married in line with current government guidelines. On their website, you will find a list of pre-released dates and time slots to choose from.
Most ceremonies are held on The Garden Room Patio and cater for 20 or fewer guests, so it is an intimate affair. The cost is $3,000 plus taxes and gratuity, and also includes a wedding cake, venue décor, wedding DJ, and a 60-minute photo session. The Old Mill Toronto comes highly recommended by past couples. It won the Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice Awards in 2016 and comes highly recommended if you want to add a vintage element to your nuptials.
Old Hollywood Glamour: The Eglinton Grand Theatre
Built in 1936, The Eglinton Grand Theatre was designated a National Historic Site by Parks Canada. It is the perfect place if you are planning a larger wedding, since it can accommodate between 227 and 400 guests. The venue comes with the use of an exquisite ballroom and fits well if your wedding has an art deco theme. Prices range from $70 to $150 per guest, so it can get a bit pricey.
The Eglinton Grand Theatre has maintained its historical architecture over the years, including its mahogany woods and art deco décor. You also get access to the entire space for the evening of your wedding, so you can hold a cocktail hour on the mezzanine before hosting your ceremony in The Gallery. For your reception, The Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 400 people, and comes equipped with the services of an experienced catering and design team, all there to make your day unforgettable.
Your Fairytale Garden Wedding: Madsen’s Greenhouse
If you have dreams of a beautiful outdoor garden wedding but don’t want to host it in your garden, then Madsen’s Greenhouse is the place to go. Steeped in romance, the greenhouse comes with a waterfall and fountains, and is set over four acres of beautifully landscaped garden grounds. For an outdoor ceremony, you can book The Garden Chapel, which houses up to 200 guests. You and your guests can then retire to The Fig Leaf Room or The Ivy Chapel and Cocktail Room. Prices for The Fig Leaf Room start at $7,500, while The Ivy chapel and Cocktail Room will cost $1,000 for a three-hour rental slot. As a bonus, Madsen’s Greenhouse also boosts its own DJ, bartenders, and romantic miniature lighting as the night envelopes you and your guests. You will, however, need to apply for a liquor permit and provide your own alcohol if you plan on serving it at your wedding. With such varied choices, you and your spouse-to-be are bound to find the perfect venue for your nuptials. Whether you’re after an outdoor wedding space, a beachfront venue, or a venture back in time to Old Hollywood for the day, Toronto is filled with possibilities for your perfect wedding venue.