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weddings in restaurants in Toronto

Looking to hold our wedding in a restaurant. Thought it would be nice to hold the ceremony and recepetion in one location. Ideally like to have an outside spot, i.e., a courtyard or rooftop patio. Any suggestions?

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  1. I married at La Maquette.
    The ceremony was on their patio (which is in the Toronto Sculpture Garden on King). Used a 'rent-a-rev' from City Hall and had to get permission to hold the ceremony in the sculpture garden, but realy minimal hassle. And great place for pictures with waterfall outside and rose garden across King Street.
    The food was pretty good (but safe) and they handled all the details perfectly. Even matched the table flowers to Chowspouses bouquet.

    1. how about the Old Mill Inn in the west end....The setting is gorgeous....especially for pics....I have eaten there on a few occassions and the food is good....I am not sure how it works for weddings, but they have both a restaurant and banquet rooms. Definataly worth looking in to.

      1. George on Queen East (111 Queen E., 416-863-6006).

        I haven't been there myself, but friends have attended weddings there and always enjoyed it. I know the building well- it's actually an old chocolate factory, so lots of character, exposed brick, etc., but renovated and well maintained. They've got a beautiful courtyard with lots of trees, so it's never too hot, if you're thinking summer. The entire complex is run by Verity Spa (verity.ca), who also owns the restaurant itself, I believe. This means you have access to several smaller rooms, plus the restaurant, plus the courtyard.

        Definitely worth checking out.

        - Lea

        1. Auberge du Pommier...the classic option.

          1. it's not a restaurant, but you might want to consider the heintzman house in thornhill. it's a gorgeous historic home with beautiful gardens, and it's owned by the municipality, so it's very reasonable price-wise. they also allow you to bring in your own caterers and booze.

            1. I had thought of George but didn't know much about it. It sounds like it's worth checking out. I had not that of La Maquette. Was the ceremony private or did you seem like you were on display?

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              1. re: lissaj

                We only had eyes for each other!!!!!
                But I don't recall any intrusions. We married in May on a Friday evening. And our rent-a-rev had timed the chimes from the cathedral opposite so completed the ceremony in 13 mins (between the chimes).

                And (as midtowngirl comments below), it's ALWAYS necessary with any venue to clear anything you bring in - we did bring our own cakes (had 2 of these -long story) and a special wine with which we toasted our guests - (this was before BYOW legislation).

                And a further thought (which applies anywhere) - our ceremony had us facing the 'audience' (rather than the traditional view of the happy couples backs). This also helps to focus everyone on the ceremony.

              2. I was at a wedding at La Maquette this summer with the ceremony in the sculpture garden and it was really lovely (although at times the service was drowned out by the church bells ringing across the street). People were walking past on King Street, but they didn't stand around and gawk so it didn't feel intrusive. The restaurant interior is a bit dated, but I seem to remember the food was quite good. The management got really bent out of shape though about the groomsmen bringing in some Red Bull so probably best to pre-clear anything like that to avoid any conflict.

                You might also want to check out Hart House at U of T.

                1. Has anyone ever heard of a wedding in the distillery district. What is the food like there?

                  1. We have been to a wedding at both Maquette and George-Maquette is nice( abit date inside)and food is good(but more like reception hall food-than restaurant food) The Courtyard is nice-but depedning on who's walking by you may get some loudmouths...
                    We attended a wedding at George in the fall-and it was fabulous-I has already eaten there one evening and the food again was great...