- Pictured here: Seana and Zach's engagement shoot at the Taste of Little Italy festival; photography by Shlomi Amiga.
This neighbourhood may be known for its top notch Italian fare, but it’s got a lot more to offer than just pizza and pasta. From beautiful bridalwear to stunning cakes, Little Italy has plenty of wedding vendors lining its streets. Whether you’re planning a massive church wedding or a low-key restaurant affair, here are the must-try spots to visit while planning your big day.
Here’s how to plan the ultimate Little Italy wedding.
Venue: Bar Isabel (797 College Street)
If you’re on the hunt for an intimate College Street wedding venue, look no further than Bar Isabel. This trendy restaurant is a fan favourite for dinner, drinks and events thanks to its killer menu and stylish digs. It can seat up to 75 guests, so you don’t want to go overboard with your invitations. P.S. it cannot be bought out between Thursday to Saturday, so plan accordingly.
Dress: Felichia Bridal (601 College Street)
Right near the corner of Clinton and College you’ll find this stunning bridal boutique. Whether you’re on the prowl for that timeless Kate Middleton-esque gown or something with a bit more of a modern edge, Felichia Bridal has got you covered. It carries labels like Willowby by Watters, Martina Liana, Soft by Rosa Clara and Essence of Australia, giving you plenty to choose from.
Suit: Pasqualino Menswear (654 College Street)
Looking for that GQ-worthy suit for your big day? Head to Pasqualino Menswear. This family owned and operated shop has been dressing dudes since the ‘80s, so you know you’re in good hands. It does made to measure tuxedos and stocks a variety of designer suits, so you should have no problem finding “the one”.
Flowers: Botany Floral Studio (626 College Street)
This College Street studio is packed to the brim with stunning blooms and is helmed by creative florists that can help you craft the perfect arrangements for your big day. It favours vintage-style bouquets that are guaranteed to garner more than just a few likes on Instagram. From spring to fall it brings in hyacinths, hydrangeas and more from its Caledon farm, so you know you’re getting Ontario’s freshest and best.
Cake: The Wedding Cake Shoppe (859 College Street)
Bake Shoppe is one of the city’s most beloved bakeries, whipping up everything from Drake cookies to homemade pop tarts in its kitchen. If you’re a fan, good news, they also run a wedding cake business out of the same College Street shop. The designs here range from sleek and modern to downright whimsical, so let your imagination run wild.
Catering: Torsh Catering Kitchen (705 College Street)
Want to treat your guests to a stellar meal at your reception? Torsh Catering Kitchen won’t let you down. Specializing in Persian cuisine, the chefs here can stack your menu with tasty eats like kebabs, eggplant dips and khoresht stews. They can handle vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, too.