Unique Wedding Venues in TorontoMay 30, 2012 2 Comments
If you’re like most brides when choosing a wedding venue, you want the venue to reflect your individual taste and leave a lingering memory for you and your guests. For you, a banquet hall just won’t do. These unique wedding venues in Toronto, ranging from the affordable to the lavish, offer exceptional settings and style that will imprint a distinct seal on your wedding day.
This casual, lakeside club can host your wedding reception in their Henley Room, which has French doors that open on to a 75 foot terrace overlooking Lake Ontario and is for the exclusive use of wedding guests. The air-conditioned Henley Room can seat a maximum of 180 persons or 250 for a cocktail reception and the room rental is an affordable $1400 plus HST. The club has a list of preferred suppliers and caterers and you must purchase alcohol from their bar. Free parking for your guests is included. The Argonaut Rowing Club is located at 1225 Lake Shore Blvd. W., just west of Jameson Ave.
If you’re looking for a venue with first-class dining that your guests will talk about many months after the event, you may want to consider holding your wedding reception at Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner. The Gardiner Museum’s Terrace Room overlooks Queen’s Park and the Royal Ontario Museum and seats up to 100 people or can accommodate up to 200 for cocktail receptions.
Up on the 6th floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox, you’ll find a stunning venue with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city and an optional rooftop terrace with tent for your wedding reception. Malaparte can accommodate up to 150 people for a sit-down dinner and up to 200 for a reception. Fees for spring and summer weddings are $3,000 for the room rental with a minimum spend for food and beverages of $12,000 for Friday wedding receptions from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and $2,000 for the room with a minimum spend for food and beverages of $18,000 for Saturday receptions from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. If you want to use the rooftop terrace and tent, you’ll be charged an additional $2,500. Alcohol must be purchased from their menu and cannot be brought in.
Why not gather up all your guests and whisk them off on the ferry to Centre Island for a private wedding reception at the Island Yacht Club. Your wedding will have a cottage feel without having to leave the city. The clubhouse was renovated in 2006 and features spectacular views of Lake Ontario and Centre Island parkland.
Located at 185 Graydon Hall Drive at Don Mills Rd. north of York Mills, Graydon Hall Manor offers a phenomenal setting with spectacular groomed gardens in the vein of for outdoor dining or cocktails. You can choose a terrace canopy that will seat up to 250 guests or an air-conditioned dining room in the Georgian period manor. Rental of the terrace canopy is $12,500 while the manor rental, which includes the use of the dining room, conservatory, library, bridal suite, groom’s room, courtyard and gardens is $3,000 for Fridays and Sundays (5 p.m. to 2 a.m.) from May to October and $6,000 for Saturdays (5 p.m. to 2 a.m.) from May to October. The minimum spend for Fridays and Sundays from May to October is $20,000 while the minimum spend for Saturdays from May to October is $25,000. Free parking for up to 120 cars is included.
The Berkeley Church at 315 Queen St. E. just west of Parliament St. was converted to an event venue in 2000 and provides a decidedly sacred yet swanky air to your wedding reception. The venue boasts 17-foot stained glass windows, a hardwood floor, wonderful acoustics and an outdoor garden by Taddle Creek Pond. The church will seat 400 while the neighbouring Field House will seat 150 for a sit-down dinner. The rental fee for the Berkeley Church and Field House during the regular 2012 season is $3,100 Wednesday through Friday and $3,800 on Saturdays. Food, provided by Berkeley Catering, is innovative and flexible and you can purchase your own alcohol with an LCBO permit to reduce wedding costs. The average price per person for a full wedding reception, venue rental, coordinator, tables, chairs, three-course meal with passed hors d’oeuvres, soft bar and staff is $150.
Set upon the Highland Creek Valley at 130 Old Kingston Rd., the Miller Lash House specializes in outdoor weddings and can seat up to 220 people on their outdoor tented patio. The tent has clear walls in order to view Highland Creek and the expansive gardens. If you choose the Miller Lash House for your wedding reception, you’ll have exclusive use of the venue. Friday evening receptions cost $3,200 plus HST while Saturday and Sunday receptions are $4,200 plus HST. Caterers must be chosen from a list of exclusive suppliers. You can, however, obtain an LCBO permit to provide alcohol at LCBO prices, which will reduce your bar costs substantially. Free parking is available for your guests.
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