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Toronto's Top Wedding Venues: Unveiling the Spaces



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One King West Venue


Planning your wedding isn't easy. With so many decisions like photographers, wedding dress', florists, DJ's, bridesmaids and of course wedding venue's, it's a bit overwhelming. As one of Toronto's top wedding photographers, I have shot over 100 weddings in the GTA and have seen a lot of amazing spaces along the way. From Castle Loma to The Arlington Estate, below I have compiled my favourite Toronto top wedding venue's to help you pick the perfect one that best suits your wedding style and budget.


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:



1. What is the best wedding venue in Toronto for a large number of guests?


When it comes to spaces you need for 300, 400 or even 500 of your guests to fill into, the number of venues begin to diminish. For these large capacity spaces we recommend Liberty Grand, One King West or Steam Whistle Brewery



2. What are some of the more rustic feeling venues in Toronto?

Some of our favourite weddings we have shot were in these types of spaces including Evergreen Brickworks and The Burroughs Building. These are filled with charm and boho inspired love!

3. What are some of the venue’s that provide a lot of outdoor space in Toronto?


To be honest there are not a lot of these in Toronto proper but the three that do are all quite amazing! Toronto’s only castle, Casa Loma , The Guild Inn Estate, and Graydon Hall Manor. Casa Loma has a large lush garden perfect for wedding ceremonies along with a glass filled tent which holds many receptions.


Guildwood Park located behind Guild Inn Estate
Greek Theatre at Guildwood Park

The Guild Inn Estate with its large lawns also historic park provide a large beautiful ceremony space nestled right next to a lush ravine. And last but not least Graydon Hall Manor offers a posh Great Gatsby feel to its VERY large backyard and green space both suitable for ceremonies and receptions alike.


4. What are some of the more smaller wedding venues in Toronto?


It’s not about the size it's about the love! I get this question quite often from people and my immediate answer would be The University Club of Toronto or The Burroughes Building .


5. How far in advance should I book a wedding venue in Toronto?


It is recommended to book your wedding venue in Toronto at least 12 to 19 months in advance, especially if you have a specific date or popular venue in mind like Shangri-La Hotel or Aga Khan Museum. This ensures y ou have ample time to secure your preferred reception venue!!



1. Casa Loma


If you are looking for a castle conveniently located in Toronto, Casa Loma is the place. This famous castle provides a spectacular setting overlooking the skyline. Access to the conservatory, library , terrace and gardens are all available and who knows, you might even get a chance to see a famous Toronto Raptor or Hollywood celebrity.





2. Graydon Hall Manor


Graydon Hall is STUNNING. This venue offers a beautiful outdoor ceremony space located on the back lawn. You will feel like you are at a Great Gatsby party smooching with guests while sipping the quality wine and delicious hors d'oeuvres.






3. The Guild Inn Estate

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Guild Inn Estate Wedding

Have you been to the The Guild Inn Estate yet? Thanks to the completion of the new restoration and renovation, you can have your entire special day all in one place! The open concept and high ceiling gave the wedding a magnanimous feeling, not to mention it’s also a photographer’s ideal shooting conditions. The elegant wood and stone combination with sharp geometric design combines modern aesthetic with a rustic feel. If you’ve not gone yet, you’re missing out on some great sights! Best of all there is a one of a kind park aptly named Guildwood Park located directly behind it.






4. The Steam Whistle Brewery

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Steam Whistle Brewery Wedding Photography

The 4000-square foot loft style space at the back of the Steam Whistle Brewery radiates a rustic country charisma with its exposed brick walls and 30 foot high hardwood ceiling, reminiscent of weddings of days gone by. For something as traditional as a wedding, this inviting old building is the perfect fit, with it’s country feel juxtaposed with iconic city sights of the CN Tower and the Rogers Center, formerly but also always known as the Skydome.






5. The Aga Khan Museum

Aga Khan Museum is the first museum in the western world dedicated to Islamic art. It is a one of a kind event space with multiple area's for your ceremony and reception space. Located just off the DVP in North York.





6. The Arlington Estate


As a preferred photography vendor at The Arlington Estate, I have come to know this space very well. It has a beautiful back lawn with a large pool and fountain. Also optional now are fireworks and the ability to arrive by helicopter.





7. The Eglinton Grand


The Eglinton Grand is a very unique space in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 2016, it was designated a National Historic Site by Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Built in 1936, the Eglinton became one of the best examples of the Art Deco-style in Canadian theatre design.





8. Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex


Liberty Grand is another historic Toronto venue with 3 separate reception rooms to choose from. In the centre of these rooms there lies an epic courtyard for holding the ceremony and cocktail hour. Highly recommend this one!




9. One King West Hotel

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One King West Wedding Venue

One King West Hotel is located just off Yonge St. in downtown Toronto. It is a very prestigious event space which has an epic photography location located in the basement called "the vault". Set in a modern high rise and a grand beaux-arts-style building dating from 1914, this elegant all-suite hotel is a 5-minute walk from both the Hockey Hall of Fame, and upscale shopping at the Toronto Eaton Centre mall





10. Harding Waterfront Estate in Mississauga


Located on the calm shores of Mississauga, Harding Waterfront Estate offers an epic spot for some great photos! Not only is the outdoor location very well suited for this, but the indoor wedding venue is also there just in case!





11. University Club of Toronto



Nestled in the heart of Toronto, the University Club of Toronto exudes elegance and sophistication, making it an enchanting wedding venue for couples seeking timeless charm on their special day. With its historic architecture, refined interiors, and impeccable service, the University Club offers an ambiance of grandeur and intimacy. Whether exchanging vows in the majestic Great Hall adorned with intricate detailing or celebrating amidst the lush greenery of the outdoor terrace, couples are treated to a picturesque backdrop for their wedding festivities. The culinary offerings, curated by acclaimed chefs, tantalize the palate with exquisite flavors, while the attentive staff ensures every detail is flawlessly executed, creating memories to last a lifetime in this distinguished setting.





12. Palais Royale Ballroom


Originally called Deans Sunnyside Pleasure Boats,a canoe-boat-building factory that opened up in 1922, Palais Royale is now a popular wedding and events space on Lakeshore Blvd West. It is styled after the Art-Deco era and has a beautiful back patio were a lot of wedding ceremonies are held.




13. '1871' Berkeley Church Event Venue

'1871' Berkeley Church Event Venue

Originally built in 1871, this venue has preserved its Gothic Revival architecture, featuring stunning stained glass windows, soaring vaulted ceilings, and intricate woodwork. As you step inside, the space exudes a timeless ambiance, perfect for creating unforgettable wedding memories. The main hall offers a grand yet intimate setting for ceremonies and receptions, while the adjacent mezzanine provides a cozy, elevated view for guests. Whether you're drawn by its historic allure or the seamless fusion of old and new, the 1871 Berkeley Church Event Venue promises a magical backdrop for your special day.





Here are some other Toronto Wedding Venue's that might host your big day!





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