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Oct 13, 2010 08:58 AM



We are looking to get married in the next year and are really looking for a venue to fit our budget and needs. We are only planning on having approximately 60-70 people so it does not have to be a huge place. I do prefer there being a patio... perhaps a garden area?? The biggest problem is I need it to be in close proximity to a garden area for photos and ceremony. I haven't found a lot of this in the GTA. Our budget for the meal and venue cannot be anything over $10K which sounds like very little but can get us a lot if we aren't dead set on a large hotel etc. I do not like any sort of banquet halls --- again, I would like it to have a nice outdoor area. Also it does not have to be in the GTA as long as it is not past Milton area on the West.

Does ANYONE know of a good affordable place we can try?? Please not all the general venues... I've seen them all --- Grand, Hart House, Patella Mansion, anything like this. I need some outside-the-box thinking.

Please help...



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  1. What about a buy-out at a small restaurant that you love? Something that has a lovely patio area. I'm sure that many small places could make it work on your budget it you're not set on a sit down dinner.

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    1. re: JennaBean

      Oh and one place I forgot that may be suitable (but requires a catering) is The Richmond. They seat about 80 ppl for sit-down and can hold about 120 for a cocktail reception. Right downtown and a space that a lot of ppl don't really know about. I only remembered it b/c of an email I got today.

    2. You could try Archeo in the Distillery District. You might have trouble with availability though.

      Distillery District
      55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

      55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A3C4, CA

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      1. re: JBmaxx

        Give Le Select Bistro a call. They might just be the right size for you. I believe there is a patio. I can't comment on the price, but a restaurant is definitely the way to go if you don't want to spend $$$. I'm throwing a party at Cava soon (max. 53 seats) and the buyout is about $6,000 before taxes and gratuities. 50 of us can eat our way through the menu and have lots to spare for drinks/wine. Consider a medium-sized restaurant, but not one that is super high profile. By the way, I called Origin as well, and the space is too large for my group. The buyout is $10,000 before taxes and gratuities, but with 70 people it might work for you.

        Le Select
        432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

        1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

      2. it is more west than you'd like, but the Ancaster old mill has a beautiful space with great food...and if you hold it on a Sunday-even cheaper

        1. What about something like the Estates of Sunnybrook?

          1. There are lots of options - plenty of small restaurants would be happy to work with you. One of my faves for this type of thing: Pallucci ( on Mount pleasant (at Davisville). Talk to Chris - he's great. It's right across the street from the park and close enough to the Belt line - could make for some cool pics.

            Or....what about a cooking school? I once held a party at Cirillo's ( It was fun, delicious, and very reasonably priced. The space is beautiful, but I'm not terribly familiar with the area so I don't know about parks. Work with Margit, she's amazing.

            Relax, there are plenty of options. Be open and enjoy it!

            523 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA