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Last update: May 2023
Thank you for your interest in The Berkeley Church!
Let us introduce ourselves.
Berkeley Events has been Operating Toronto’s most unique event venues for over two decades. With the launch of the much-acclaimed Berkeley Church in 1999, Berkeley Events & Catering has expanded to include the Berkeley Fieldhouse, and La Maquette. Our versatile venues can accommodate a gamut of event types: corporate events, product launches, holiday parties, training sessions, and our specialty - weddings!
The Berkeley Church
No other event venue in Toronto offers the amazing combination of historical tradition and contemporary vibe that is inherent in the Berkeley Church. The main floor features a grand ballroom with fireplaces and a Victorian-inspired bar. Overlooking the main space is a classically beautiful mezzanine, featuring 17ft high stained glass windows. The Circa 1871 Lounge on the lower level, with its inviting exposed stone walls also features intimate nooks, a wine cellar and an enclosed courtyard. The historical character and charm of our 151-year old church provides a unique backdrop for any occasion
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The facilities found at the Berkeley Church are of the most unique in the city. No where will you find the grandeur and history showcased throughout this entire building.
The Berkeley Church offers soon-to-be-married couples a huge number of different services. We pride ourselves in being a one stop shop, offering: in-house catering, staffing, security, tables, chairs, linen, bar, rentals, sound system, lighting, and use of a bridal suite, to name a few. We have also recently launched Day Of Coordination services. Allow our dream team of industry experts to guide you from the point of inquiry, to the close of your event.
We thank you for your time in considering our venues, and look forward to hearing from you!
- The Berkeley Team
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Have two bars!!!
A dream wedding!
Unique and beautiful venue
Highly recommend this very special venue
The food was delicious! The quality and consistency of the meal was just as great when served to 120 people as it was during our tasting. Being able to bring in our own alcohol and late-night food was an appreciated budget-friendly option and allowed us to tailor our selections to the tastes of our guests.
Derek was our assigned Venue Coordinator leading up to the event. It was an absolute pleasure working with him through the entire planning process. He was super organized and clear in providing us with all the required documentation we needed. He was incredibly responsive to our many questions and he also provided helpful guidance about what he thought worked well for other weddings and events.
Nash was the Event Manager assigned on the day of the wedding. He was great and worked closely with our MCs to make sure the night ran smoothly. The catering and bartending staff were friendly and professional. We appreciated how one server seemed to intentionally seek us out throughout the cocktail hour to make sure we were able to try each of our hors-d'œuvre and he genuinely congratulated us on our marriage. The bartenders also made a point to tell us how much our guests enjoyed our signature cocktails – it’s nice to hear this kind of feedback when you put thought into the details.
Overall, we couldn’t be happier with our wedding at the Berkeley Church. Highly recommend for any couples looking for a very special venue downtown Toronto!
I’m sure this venue makes tones of money. My only criticism would be that they should spend some more money on repairs and upkeep. Some parts of the venue look run down. Still came together wonderfully isn’t the glow of the night.
Beautiful Venue with Amazing Staff
Thank you for making our wedding an even more wonderful experience.
Our coordinator, Ashley, from Berkeley Church was amazing!! So accommodating and quick to respond. Very thankful for her!
From our first visit with Tom who barely showed us the full venue during the tour (there were areas that later our caterer showed us that Tom hadn’t taken us through) all the way to our venue coordinator Kathy, losing a vendor’s easel that we needed to return, this was overall a dysfunctional place to have an event or wedding.
First of all, this venue does state that it has an exclusive caterer that must be used. They told us they were willing to allow us to bring in our own caterer but for a Landmark Fee. We said no problem. It was very tough to coordinate with Tom as he seemed to be “out of the office” quite often and we seemed to be nickel and dimed throughout the entire process (I’m sure it’s because we weren’t using their caterer even though we still paid an arm and a leg for the venue and extra fee).
Fast forward to the day of the wedding, their staff had agreed to help set up tables on 1 floor while the caterer would look after the other level. Caterer showed up to find that nothing had been done. The worst part about this venue? COCKROACHES. My caterer later told me that during the wedding they witnessed a cockroach fall out of a cupboard in the kitchen (luckily our food was cooked offsite and stored in a separate area). To top it all off, a Berkeley staff member told my caterer to not leave purses or valuables lying around close to the back door as sometimes hookers and homeless people will wander in and steal wallets. How are you still operational?!?! A staff member also scribbled out a drink menu option on one of our signs that we were meant to keep as a memento of the night from our calligrapher. It’s now ruined and unusable.
To top it all off, our venue coordinator lost an easel that we need to return to our calligrapher. It was supposedly on her desk. It sounds like even the staff steal from each other.
Whatever you do DO NOT BOOK HERE. Totally unprofessional and an awful experience.
Although our initial contact was slow and sporadic and our tasting was misbooked (when we drove all the way from Philadelphia) they bent over backwards to make things right and genuinely cared about delivering a quality day. I couldn't have asked for more and we would do it again in a heartbeat.
The pasta was incredible, the fish and beef were perfect and everyone can't stop talking about the roast beef appetizer.
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