Wedding Venue-- St. Lawrence Market Hall vs Gladstone Hotel
A friend of mine is getting married and wants a real "Old Toronto" feel. These were the first places that came to mind for me (been out of the city a while, forgive me). Can anyone provide insight? Food, most importantly, obviously, but also ambiance and cost, if possible. Thank you all so much
...thought just occurred. Does St. Lawrence Market Hall cater its own events? Sorry for ignorance
My friends had a wedding at the Gladstone, although they only served hors d'oeuvres. Obviously cost will be more than holding it at a banquet hall up in Woodbridge. The package included a suite at the hotel.
It went off smoothly. There was even an article in the star recently about it......You can see pics in the gallery/love section.
If they have the budget for it, take a look at The Carlu. The owners restored it to it's orginal circa 1930's art deco beauty. It's an extremely well-run venue that requires little to no decor.
SLM Hall is essentially a barn space that would require heavy intervention to make it a wedding space. While it's possible, you have to look at it's price with all the add-on's VS the Carlu's higher price with the ability to simply use it's space "as is".
I think you've got your St. Lawrence Halls mixed up. I'm sure that what hungrystudent's friend is thinking of is St. Lawrence Hall, not the St. Lawrence Market hall.
St. Lawrence Hall, at 157 King East, is a fabulous space with high ceilings and crystal chandeliers in an amazing 1850s building. Might be pricey because I think you have to pay for rentals of tables, chairs, dishes, etc., but the place is magnificent and needs little in the way of decoration aside from a centerpiece on each table. The Gladstone, on the other had, is far less grand and can seem cramped.
I'm not totally sure, but I think St. Lawrence Hall has a roster of caterers that can be brought in to use the facilities. The Gladstone, of course, has its own catering kitchen, run by Marc Breton.
Have you considered the Enoch Turner schoolhouse? It does lovely weddings and definitely has an Old Toronto feel.