Hi everyone...I need some help with wedding venue ideas. I'm originally from Buffalo, NY and currently living in NYC. Toronto is one of my favorite cities and my fiancee and I are planning to get married there in either winter or summer 2010 (I know the summer seems far away, but dates are already going fast!). Not being from Tornoto I could use some help finding some additional places to look into. It would be a larger wedding (minimum 220, if there is room slightly over 300). Currently we have a date held at casa loma (hence the 220 number) but I haven't been there in a long time so I will need to see it first. I'd love any reviews on weddings you've been to there. Other ideas we are considering: the Hart House at UT and Capital Events theatre. I would perfer a place that has better than average food (not typical wedding food, but also not anything too "crazy" for the nonfoodies!) and has more of a historical feel. Not a typical banquet hall. And of course 220 is the minimum in size.
Any ideas/imput on the venues I mentioned would be so much appreciated. Thanks!!
I haven't hosted an event at Casa Loma but I have at Hart House. The venue is nice, but I think the food is lacking.
I would suggest that you try the Carlu and the Liberty Grand. Both would be able to hold a group of 300 with a sit down dinner and cocktail reception and their selection of caters is good.
The Capitol Event Theatre is a really nice space, but (despite its age) it doesn't have a super-historic feel IMHO. I've only been to drinking events there, so can't comment on the food.
Have been to the Liberty Grand for a couple of events and it's also a nice space but, to me, it seems to have a wee bit of a banquet hall feel -- perhaps because there are multiple events there at the same time.
Someone else mentioned the Eglinton Grand. I can't personally comment on it, but you may want to check out this thread, which should probably cause you some concern:
There are a few options in the Distillery District, which would be a fantastic spot to have it if you want a historic vibe (is is especially great if you have a lot of out of town guests). Archeo's nice, but probably too small for you. The Boiler Room is an option size-wise, but I'm not crazy about the layout for a wedding (we checked it out when we were planning ours). The Fermenting Cellar, however, may be a good bet. You have to bring in your own caterer, so the food would definitely be good (assuming that you choose well!).
I haven't been to the Carlu, but I've heard it's great (though a bit pricey). You also bring your own caterer there so, as with the Fermenting Cellar, you'd be assured of good food.
Re; Casa Loma, someone once told me that it's not perperly air conditioned inthe summer, but that was a long time ago, so I have no idea if that's still the case...