In a city that’s so diverse, it’s earned the nickname “City of Neighborhoods”. Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken, it’s no wonder that a wide array of wedding venues are also available. And, Toronto is not just diverse in speech, but in landscape, cuisine, and architecture as well. This variety means that the following venues are not just affordable but are also filled with special details that will make your wedding sparkle with one-of-a-kind magic!
Balzac’s offers an inviting French café ambiance that is perfect for the laid-back couple that has an eye for style. This café includes modern furniture mixed with antique artifacts that the owner, Diane Olsen, collected from markets and auctions around the world. In addition, there is an upstairs art gallery curated by The Distillery. Rental of this space includes the café, all furnishings, the outdoor patio and furniture, a location supervisor, and security officer. This is an ideal place for the couple that wants to feel like they’re getting married in Paris, without having to pay that high price tag.
Typical Cost: $2,800 – $3,250
Bonus: The large French-style chandelier hanging high above the main room of the café creates a romantic and mysterious mood.
This bright, airy, and contemporary glass factory room creates an edgy canvas for your wedding, which includes 17-foot high exposed beam ceilings, ample light, hardwood floors, textured brick, and glass block walls. If it’s not too chilly, your celebration can spill out onto the patio that can accommodate up to 65 people. You can also take advantage of the elegant and intimate lounge at 99 Sudbury that includes gorgeous splashes of Renaissance style, and a fully licensed rooftop patio. If you’re looking for a space that’s classic, without being too traditional, this is the venue for you.
Typical Cost: $100 per person
Bonus: This building includes the super urban 99 Gallery where you could host an epic musical performance for your guests
It’s not often that you discover a venue that features exquisite food, pampering, luxury accommodations, and on-site floral design. George Restaurant is a truly special and well-deserved treat for couples as it’s a one-stop shop for pretty much everything they could desire. The Ivy at Verity, a European inspired boutique hotel is in the same building as George, in addition to the Sweetgrass Spa, which offers hot stone massages, martinis and manicures, facials, body treatments, makeup artists, and more. And, there’s no need to fret over flowers with the floral artist Elizabeth Munro on-site. Hopefully, all this pampering leaves you hungry as George’s award-winning chef, Lorenzo Loseto, will prepare a decadent menu featuring local, seasonable, and sustainable ingredients.
Typical Cost: $500 to $10,000 depending on the time of day and year, and the spaces you would like to rent.
Bonus: To ensure your meal is expertly rounded out, a sommelier will select the ideal wines for the evening.
Historical elegance is front and center in this building, which features Georgian architecture and décor that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to the early 1900s’. Chef Patrick Desmoulins will be at the culinary helm of the event, working with you to craft a three or four-course meal that perfectly suits your tastes and dietary restrictions. In addition, the top floor of the club features 12 contemporary bedrooms offered to you at a very reasonable rate. If you’re hoping to feel like royalty on your special day, the University Club of Toronto will provide the ideal backdrop.
Typical Cost: $6,750
Bonus: When the club is booked for a wedding, no other events will take place in the space that day, meaning you will have the full attention of the staff.
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Wouldn’t it be ideal to look out to a panoramic view of Scarborough Bluff’s Marina, from the comfort of a heated room that’s made of windows? This killer combo makes this venue ideal for couples having a winter wedding and wanting outdoor vibes without the chill. The fee for this venue includes hors d’oeuvres, rum punch, wine, champagne toast, dessert tables, and a five-hour open bar. A three-course meal can also be served.
Typical Cost: $93 per person
Bonus: The restaurant sits on a 400-acre parkland that offers breathtaking lookouts, walking trails, and a sandy beach.
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Bailey Gaddis is the author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood, a childbirth preparation educator, birth doula, and hypnotherapist who works with mothers-to-be, new mothers, and their support teams. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.