Explore the historical, romantic atmosphere of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse. It is situated in Toronto's Corktown neighborhood and is regarded as the oldest school in the city. Originally built in 1848 as a one-room school, the site's West Hall was added in 1869.
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The venue features expansive event spaces from which couples can choose. The Schoolroom, ideal for hosting ceremonies, is spread over an area of 32 feet by 34 feet. The West Hall, on the other hand, is perfect for receptions and has an event space of 48 feet by 48 feet. The venue has the capacity to comfortably accommodate a total of 150 guests. Celebrations can also be held at the Salon, which covers an area of 27 feet by 27 feet of space. Finally, The Centre Hall is ideal for hosting a cocktail hour.
The dedicated event team of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse will assist you in making decisions for every aspect of your wedding. The venue offers outstanding catering and bar services, as well as chairs, linens, and other event rentals. Couples are welcome to bring outside vendors for additional services.
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is approximately 24 minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport. The venue is near the Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown, Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre, and many other hotels.
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Gorgeous and Everything We Dreamed Of!
This venue is a stunning canvas to create the event of your dreams - very DIY friendly. However, it should be made clear this is a historic place first, then an event space as a secondary function. Definitely not for you if you are looking for a full-service venue. They are incredibly good at recommendations for whatever you’re looking for - planners, caterers, music, you name it, they’ve got somebody. They have do preferred vendors for catering and some other services but the options are excellent and can accommodate various budgets. Even better that string lights in different configurations can be set up by the venue for a small fee. A number of tables and chairs are included with the venue; the chairs were recently (mid-2022) upgraded to chiavari style chairs in a dark wood.
Stunning Space and Warm, Wonderful Staff!
Perfect venue for a couple of teachers
-Catering: When choosing a caterer, look no further than En Ville. Sommer met with us right away, asked us about our story, and designed a menu that incorporated our favourite foods and significant meals in our relationship. We cannot stress enough how smoothly catering went from creating the menu, tasting, and coordinating day-of. We also cannot stress enough how delicious the food was and how impressed our guests and we were with the expert professionalism of Sommer and her team.
-Décor: Let the natural space and features of Enoch Turner do most of the decorating for you. We had a small guest list (75) and were able to have our ceremony in the original schoolhouse room. We didn’t add a single decoration to that room and it suited us (2 teachers) perfectly. We added minimal decorations to the foyer (seating chart, family wedding photos, guestbook). In the reception hall, we had long tables with simple greenery and candles to complement the green posts. We put the bridal party’s flowers in vases in the windows behind our sweetheart table. Go for all of the stringed lights- the room has beautiful natural lighting and they create a warm glow for the evening and dance party. Don’t stress about over-decorating the space- it’s already gorgeous!
-Bar: When planning the party part of the reception, we were a bit concerned about our guests leaving the dance floor to visit the bar in the foyer. We had En Ville set up a satellite bar next to the dance floor to solve that problem and everyone danced the night away.
-You need an alcohol permit (SOP) to serve liquor. It’s easy to get online. However, if you want your guests to be able to drink outside, you’ll need an indoor-outdoor permit, and you have to apply for that 30 days in advance. You’ll also need to supply a drawing of the space, which ETS can forward to you. Just don’t leave the permit too late ☺
We will admit that we found the venue aspects of our wedding planning daunting, but we hope these tips are helpful!
The high ceilings, green beams and archways, and cathedral like windows in the grand hall gave a dramatic, ethereal feel to the ceremony – at night, the candles we had placed in the window sills and the strings of lights across the beams added a lovely ambience to the evening. (Note: We went through the venue to have the lights installed as they were less expensive than our catering/rental company for this task.)
Everyone we spoke to leading up to the wedding was very responsive and helpful – especially Stacey and Ben who assisted us with all of our last-minute questions as well as keeping us looped in on when we could have access to the venue to complete some small set up ahead of the big day.
A couple notes on logistics:
- They are VERY strict on the SOP/Liquor License here because they are a Ontario Heritage Property; there was some confusion on how to/if we could serve some champagne that was gifted to us by my parents. Even though I flagged it several times ahead of the wedding, there was still a need for my dad to clear things with the venue and caterer before the wedding, small bump, it all worked out.
- We had a total of 78 guests + staff and there was plenty of room in the great hall for the ceremony and dinner, we did have a live band though and had to remove a couple tables (one of them being the band’s table) before we started the live music portion of the evening so there would be room for a dance floor.
- The bar area was a bit too small for all of our guests to hang out in while they changed over the room for the reception, it was a bit of a rainy day so not everyone was keen on going outside - we had people spill into the classroom after we had finished the legal needs in there after the ceremony
- The caterers required a space in the corner on the north side of the hall, while the corner on the south side is ALWAYS used as storage – so keep that in mind when planning for the amount of space you may have.
- Acoustics were great for live music – I heard some people say they had a wonky experience with sound in this venue, but we felt things sounded great – we did rent a proper PA though and have a sound guy FYI
- If you’re looking for a “dance party” at the end of the night, I suggest you rent some coloured/flashing lights to create that mood.
Fast forward twenty years, when I discovered that Enoch Turner hosts weddings! It felt meant to be! The cost was reasonable, our wedding day was available, and as someone who is especially enamoured by the history of the city where I was born and raised, I was happy to know I would be supporting the Ontario Heritage Trust. Our decision was made without hesitation.
Dealing with this venue was stress-free. They were gracious, accommodating, and kind all the way through. I was especially thankful for the meeting I had with the event co-ordinator about a month before our wedding.
What really made this venue special was that we had an on-site co-ordinator for the Big Day. Soraya kept everyone calm when my bridesmaids and I were late arriving for the ceremony. She soothed my anxieties and ensured everything ran smoothly.
It was a fantastic day in an incredibly unique and beautiful venue that had special meaning to me, and I'm so glad this was the place where we chose to get married.
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