Finding a wedding venue that perfectly fits your vision can be tricky. Luckily, Toronto is filled with event spaces, galleries and ballrooms for every type of couple - from art lovers to beer fanatics. If you need a hand hunting down the best of the best for your big day, read on.
Here are a few venues to look into when hunting for the perfect Toronto wedding destination.
For the couple who wants to feel like royalty: Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace)
Swap your shoebox-sized condo in for a venue worthy of kings and queens on your wedding day. Casa Loma, one of Canada’s few castles, offers an escape from the cities melange of towering office buildings and apartment complexes, harkening back to a simpler time. The gothic revival-style residence is equipped with sprawling estate gardens, a kickass view of the Toronto skyline and plenty of space for you and your guests to party the night away. Its capacity is 300.
For the art lovers: Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
The AGO is the perfect wedding venue for artsy duos who spend their nights off gallery hopping and creating their own masterpieces. The space comes pre-decorated with awe-inspiring works, so you won’t have to spend days searching for bunting, fairy lights and candelabras to wow your guests. It has several event spaces available and can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 350 guests.
For the bookworms: Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street)
Give your wedding a dash of literary flair by hosting it at the Toronto Reference Library, one of the city’s best and biggest athenaeums. If you want to have your first smooch in the stacks, rent out Level One or Level Two (both can accommodate up to 500 guests). Prefer something a little more modern? Go with the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon (it can accommodate up to 575 guests). Note: the Bloor/Gladstone Library, Fort York Library and Scarborough Civic Centre Library can also be rented out for weddings, if you’re in the market for something outside of downtown.
For the eco-friendly couple: Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue)
Do you and your S.O. want to throw the ultimate green wedding? The Evergreen Brick Works is calling out your name. The former industrial site has be transformed into an eco-friendly paradise dedicated to making city living sustainable. It’s filled with flora and fauna and has plenty of stunning event spaces available. Whether you’re looking to host a 2000 person reception or a handful of guests, it’s got your back.
For the foodies: Mildred’s Temple Kitchen (85 Hanna Avenue)
Toronto really is a food lover’s city, so you should have no trouble hunting down the perfect restaurant for your big day. While there is no shortage of eateries to choose from, we suggest taking a look at Mildred’s. The Liberty Village restaurant is known for crafting a killer brunch, but it’s more than just a one-trick pony. It’s neutral colour palette gives it the chameleon ability to transform for just about any colour palette and theme. Of course, what really makes it special is its menu, which is stacked with dishes like heirloom carrot and ancient grain salad and kimchi buttered trout. Its capacity is 100 seated (or 200 standing).
For the nature lovers: Allan Gardens (19 Horticultural Avenue)
If you and your partner love a good nature walk, always keep your home outfitted with fresh floral arrangements and can’t get enough of cherry blossom season in High Park, Allan Gardens may be the venue for you. The iron and glass building has occupied the corner of Jarvis and Carlton since 1910, and has established itself as a Toronto landmark. Its permit season runs from April 30 to October 31, so (unfortunately) winter weddings are out of the question. The space can accommodate up to 40 guests. Tip: Southern Ontario has a few more greenhouses available for weddings, all worth looking into.
For the historians: Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park)
For all the history buffs, the ROM is the obvious choice. Whether you want to say your vows in the presence of dinos or get hitched while surrounded by European treasures, this venue has got you covered. Capacity varies from room to room, but it can host intimate dinners of 80, massive cocktail parties for 2000 and pretty much everything in between.
For the aquatically inclined: Mariposa Cruises (207 Queen’s Quay West)
Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of city streets and hop aboard a cruise ship (or yacht) to say your “I dos” on the water. Mariposa has six wedding worthy boats available that can cater to both intimate and extravagant affairs. They’re outfitted with glossy floors, expansive decks and offer some stellar views of the Toronto skyline. The largest boat of the bunch, the Northern Spirit, has a capacity of 575 passengers, so don’t feel pressured to cut back your guest list.
For the scholars: Hart House (7 Hart House Circle)
U of T grads were gifted with a beautiful campus, so why not put it to good use one more time post-graduation? Paying homage to the early days of your relationship by tying the knot at your alma mater is a cute idea that takes care of your “something old”. While the university has a ton of amazing rooms and halls to choose from, we suggest heading to Hart House for your nuptials. The gothic revival building, established nearly a century ago, has a few impeccably-designed event spaces up for grabs. The largest can fit 400 guests, so feel free to add a few extra names to your list.
For the beer fanatics: Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Boulevard)
Do you and your S.O. spend your weekends grabbing pints at Indie Alehouse? Are gastropubs your go-to date night spots? Well, a brewery wedding may be in the cards for you. Head to Roundhouse Park, and you’ll find Steam Whistle Brewing, a Toronto favourite. It’s located inside of a decommissioned roundhouse and boasts sky-high ceilings, massive multi-paned windows and exposed brick walls (plenty of photo-ops here!). The space can accommodate anywhere from 30-750 people, so you can be pretty flexible with your guest list (if your budget allows).