We absolutely loved everything about the venue we used for our reception - The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto. It's downtown on Elm St at Young. You can take a virtual tour on EventSource.ca. It's a not-for-profit organization so the meals are priced well (~$40-75/plate) and the chef is phenomenal! We also loved the catering manager, Sarah - she was incredibly helpful and accommodating!
Best luck in your search for the perfect venue. Once you've found it, everything else starts falling into place!
I just switched my venue to the Halton Museum at Kelso conservation area in Milton for next July. It is lovely there, if you aren't the "banquet hall type". And gorgeous in the fall.... The only thing is that you may need to be flexible with your date- ask if they have any Fridays or Sundays available. They have a list of caterers you can choose from. A friend of mine just used Silver Thyme for her wedding and they were great. That's who we've chosen and they are fairly reasonable.
Good luck, and have a wonderful wedding!
I had my reception at The BrazenHead Pub in Liberty Village near downtown Toronto. Don't let the word Pub scare you though. It's very nicely set up inside with great food. My guests still comment on how it was fantastic to actually go to a wedding dinner with memorable (in a delicious way) food. Seats up to 70 for a seated dinner but opens up to more if you do an hors d'oeuvres / appetizers style (the mini-fish and chips were a huge hit). Flexible menu, but I'd make sure to inquire about the minimum spending limits. When I was there it was a tad outrageous for a Saturday. The bonus part: for pictures, Liberty Village provided a great old-building style shoot location. Similar to the Distillery District without the photography licensing fee!
We had our ceremony and reception at Balzac's Cafe in the Distillery District. Can't say enough about the venue and you get to bring in your own caterer.
We booked the Steam Whistle Brewery for our reception next July. It's right across from the CN Tower and Rogers Centre. It may be a little big for your wedding but check it out anyway, you could do some decorating to make the space more intimate! You can pick your caterer from a list of 6 or 7 preferred caterers so the possibilities are endless...and delicious!! Good Luck!
The great hall at queen and dovercourt was an amazing venue for us, definitely not traditional!
Thank you - I contacted them! How many people did you have? Was there room for dancing as well?
I love this venue and have emailed them twice but have not gotten a reply - so thinking it's not meant to be or that they were booked during the date we requested. Thanks for getting back to me though I appreciate it!
Thank you! I emailed them so just waiting to hear back!
Thanks for your response!
We had 125 and a dance floor.
Sorry girls - I thought I was replying to each of you seperately!
I have contacted all venues you provided thanks and much appreciated!
Dear Bride from Balzac's Cafe,
Did you have a sit down dinner and dance at this cafe? How big is it? Also, where did you have your ceremony?
Dear Bride from the Brazenhead pub,
Did you have a dance after dinner at the pub? Do you get the entire pub for the night, or just the main room? Also, where did you have your ceremony? We don't want to get married in a church, so had trouble finding a ceremony location that fits 80 people.
Re: Balzac's Cafe
We had our ceremony and reception at Balzac's. Ceremony was early evening and then we went straight into dinner/dancing. We took our picture in the Distillery District before the ceremony. We had a buffet style dinner, but not a formal seated dinner. There were table and chairs scattered throughout and people sat wherever they wanted. It was a very relaxed atmosphere. Balzac's has a patio that you can also use for seating. The cafe is small, but it is two levels, plus the outside patio, so guests can be spread out. We had approx. 75 people, but it could accommodate more. What I liked about it is it has so much character and required very little in terms of decorations. I placed candles throughout and had two arrangements of flowers on the bar and that was all that was needed.
p.s. the picture I've added is from our wedding. We had our caterer bring in one larger table for additional seating upstairs.
Thanks for the information on Balzac's! I emailed them and am waiting to find out if it might work for us.
Good luck. Feel free to ask if you have any other questions about Balzac's.
RE: BrazenHead Pub
Yes, after dinner, the staff cleared out the middle tables and we danced! We could have hired a dj but we just did a simple ipod set-up. The pub is pretty big and divided into sections so we stuck with the main room (The Grand Dining Room) capacity. Although if you wanted to expand into other rooms it's another possibility.
Our ceremony was in the Caribbean so this was our at-home reception for those who couldn't make it. Although I would have seriously entertained getting married on the Brazenhead patio (if they permit it). And the BrazenHead is situated right in some prime photo opportunities. I can send you a link to some of my shots... Just email me at porkaroo[at]gmail.com
The banquet hall I booked is high class and decently priced for what you get. There is no gratuity charge and they include a cake. I'm having double the guests, but they do have a room for under 100.
Le Dome Banquet Hall in Oakville.
You should consider a lot of things when booking a banquet hall. Do they charge you corking fees for the wine/champagne? Do they even include wine/champagne on tables? Is there a charge for the bartender in addition to the bar? Is there a "cake cutting" fee?
Try the Toronto Argonaut rowing club. They are located right on the lakeshore and have a beautiful view of the lake, very affordable
Thanks everyone!! We actually just booked this weekend at the Oakville Club. They are so great there and we got the chance to eat there before booking which was really important to us because the food portion to the wedding is top priority for us!
Anyone considering a water front wedding look here - they were suppose to be closed next year for reno's but just changed that so many dates are open!
Hello there just curious how I would contact that vendor :)
If you asking about the Oakville Club:
Contact Rob Cheevers - He is the Food & Beverage Manager.
His contact info is: 905-845-0231 ext 303
www.oakvilleclub.com (website bit dated - need to see in person) - perfect for 100-120 people and you get exclusive use of the 3 rooms + balcony over the water.
Good Luck! :)
I wanted to gve you a couple options...give me a call if you would like to talk about it!
I make the bookings for both these venues, and what is such a key is that the owners work within any budget, and the food and venues are incredible. They are located in Mississauga, and Burlington.
I would love to show you around!
I was considering Solarium located at Polson Pier (Toronto) as an option when I was planning for my wedding. It's a beautiful venue that's surrounded by glass and you get a wonderful view of Toronto's harbour skyline. They also have cool, 2-sided fireplaces, creating a cozy atmosphere for you and your guests as they hang out indoors or outdoors on the patio.
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