Top 10 Unique Wedding Venues - Toronto
Lisa Ng is a Hip and Urban Girl who I have had the pleasure of working with over the 7 years of wedding and event planning. Lisa has been DJ extraordinaire at many events I have coordinated. Lisa has put together a list of Top 10 Toronto Unique Venues. Here's the list. Let us know if you have others to add to the list, or agree/disagree...
1) Steam Whistle Brewery - Host your wedding in the historic roundhouse with features like exposed wood beams, warm red brick, huge windows with views of the city skyline and 30-foot ceilings. It's the opposite of a sterile window-less banquet hall. Best part? Fresh Steam Whistle on tap! Guests can take tours of the brewery during cocktail hour or hang on the huge, newly renovated back patio. The gallery space (bar) can be rented for cocktail hour and there's even a classic photo booth on-site. It's one of our favourite venues in the city. AV works with a built-in house system - you bring the band of DJ. Choice of exclusive caterers, event furniture/decor would have to be brought in.
2) The Berkeley Field House - The clean white space can be left minimal or jazzed up with as much decor as you want. Think South Beach interior, big greenhouse windows, a lovely garden patio and outdoor tent option. Even comes with its very own treehouse and eclectic dressing room for the wedding party. I once attended a family-style Thanksgiving wedding here and the food was phenomenal. The chef is extremely flexible and open to ideas - no rubber chicken or typical steak and potatoes here.
3) The Berkeley Church - The old church has been converted into an event venue and is more edgy than the Field House next door. The space has a large stage (perfect for a live band), exposed cement walls, stained glass windows and a mezzanine upstairs to host your ceremony or cocktail hour. If you're thinking cocktail reception, this would be an excellent space as well. Lots of capacity here for a large wedding.
4) Casa Loma - We love all the different spaces available for use in this castle-like mansion. Host your ceremony in the gorgeous glass conservatory, move into the great hall (with 60-foot ceilings) for cocktails and then into the library for dinner. The picturesque gardens make for great pictures and guests will love lounging on the expansive patio too. The catering is done exclusively by Pegasus Group and I've been to four weddings here. The food is consistent and excellent. The staff are on the ball and even connected over headsets to execute the service of meals perfectly. Book in the late spring or early fall here, the space is not air-conditioned.
5) The Royal Conservatory of Music - Your guests will feel like they are in a floating glass box in the trees in the newly-built The Leslie and Anna Dan Galleries inside the RCM Telus Centre on Bloor Street. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlook the quiet Philosopher's Walk. The Upper-Level Gallery or the Conservatory Theatre can be rented for the ceremony. Bring your own caterer & furniture/decor - exclusive suppliers list.
6) Palais Royale - If you're set on having your wedding on the water, the 4,000 square foot, two-tiered patio at Palais Royale is the best in the city. This 86 year-old dance hall has undergone a major restoration with an art deco vibe, stage and a dance floor to host regular Big Band Dances. The bartenders are trained in flare and will even set the bar on fire!
7) Enoch Turner Schoolhouse - Interestingly enough, the majority of weddings that I have attended here have been for teachers. This charming little schoolhouse even has a working classroom, where you can host your ceremony. Choice of exclusive caterers and furniture would have to be brought in.Bonus: you can stock your own bar from the LCBO by purchasing a Special Occasion Permit. Huge savings here.
8) St. Lawrence Hall - This hidden gem is a city-owned property and the old town hall/event space sits on the third floor of this historic building. Think gold accents, an ornamental ceiling, gas-lit chandeliers all in a crazy pink room. The pictures don't always do it justice, you have to see it in-person. Bonus: Gold Chivari Chairs are included in the rental price. Saves you $10/piece in rental fees. Bring in your own caterer and furniture. You can even stock your own bar with an SOP.
9) The Distillery District - Lots of interesting spaces here including restaurants, art galleries and cafes that can be rented for an event. We recommend that you check out The Fermenting Cellar, Archeo, Balzac's, Arta Gallery, The Boiler House and The Thompson Landry Co-operage Gallery.
10) The Gardiner Museum - Catering is done in-house by Chef Jamie Kennedy and it is hands-down . Do the late-night french fry cones, you will not regret it. It's a modern minimalist space with lots of natural light and a view of Queen's Park.
Let us know your thoughts...any favourites that we missed? Agree or disagree with the top 10 on the list?