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Toronto Wedding Venue Help!

My fiance and I are looking into wedding venues in Toronto and having a hard time finding any with availability for our chosen day (I know, we should have looked earlier). I'm hoping someone can suggest a location, perhaps one that is not as well known, that I haven't looked into yet. We are trying to go for a 1920s theme, so anything that fits that theme or could be decorated to fit that theme would be great. We are thinking around 100-120 people will attend. We are hoping to book for mid-september 2011. Budget wise, we would like it to be mid-range (does not need to be super cheap but not super expensive). We don't mind going outside the city as long its not way out there. Obviously we want a place that can provide great food or atleast will allow us to bring in our own caterer.
We have already looked at St Lawrence Hall, Palais Royale, Atlantis Pavilions, Graydon Hall, and the Eglinton Grand with no luck. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please please please!

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Graydon Hall
185 Graydon Hall Dr, Toronto, ON M3A, CA

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    1. re: jimmynickel

      I just wanted to chime in on the Rosewater Supper Club as a wedding venue - I went to a wedding there recently it the food was dreadful. The steak was overcooked and uncuttable (they also did not provide steak knives which made it even more challenging to saw through it). Hors d'oeuvres were varied - some were okay others not edible. And to top it all off the butter on the tables was rancid. I will say the service was impeccable though - very friendly and prompt. And it is beautiful. But for food - no way.

    2. It may be worthwhile to look into theBerkeley Church, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Casa Loma, Rosewater Room at the Rosewater Supper Club, and The Great Hall.

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      Great Hall
      1087 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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      1. re: sillybuns79

        HI Goonies, I hear ya. I'm looking at venues for Oct 2011 myself. Rosewater is really nice but does not allow outside caterers and it's fully booked until Nov. 2011. Great Hall is ok, but can be quite expensive depending on ur budget b/c u have to rent everything except for tables. Check out Rosehill, it's swanky.

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        Great Hall
        1087 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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        1. What about the Carlu? If you're not set on a sit down dinner it can be affordable.

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          1. re: JennaBean

            We were thinking of the Carlu before going to the Gardiner, but the former would definitely fit the 1920s theme. The space is fantastic (you have a few rooms to choose from), but comes at a price: we were quoted $200-$250 per person which includes the rental fee, 3-course sit down dinner, booze, staff and rentals. I'm guessing this price would go down considerably if you wanted to have cocktail reception. They have quite a few caterers that you can choose from as well.

            1. re: klf

              You can do food stations there for about $150 per person all in. I think for a downtown venue of that quality it is worth the price.

          2. I got married at Archeo in the Distillery District. I think you could use the industrial charm of the area really well for your theme. The wedding was mid-priced (for Toronto!) and the service was superb. The venue did not need a lot of decoration, and the outdoor space was phenomenal. The food was the most important thing for my husband and I, and we were not disappointed, there was a menu at each place and the guests were able to choose their mains the day of the event, so we didn't need to fuss about with figuring that out on the invitation. It was restaurant quality food, with a great wine list. We ended up choosing Archeo because the price point seemed more reasonable than some of the other venues we looked at.

            http://www.archeo.ca/

            I attached a photo of the venue and one of the appetizers, to give you a feel for it.

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

            Archeo
            55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A3C4, CA

             
             
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            1. re: To Market To Market

              Not to take away from the original post - To Market to Market I have a few questions re Archeo. I am contemplating using the space for my wedding next fall. Was the food well prepared, hot, meat overcooked or anything you would have changed? It's usually hard to get an unbiased opinion from the staff that work at the same restaurant, but we want a good food selection. Also, what appetizer is that in the picture you posted? Is that picture of the veue with flowers your wedding? i was also contemplating centerpieces etc, and the staff say people rarely bring in anything since its a historic buliding. Glad you enjoyed it and the staff. Any more info would be great for me. I can even give you my email if u dont want to post here....thx

              1. re: torontobound

                The food was the best wedding food I have had, taking in to account it was my wedding and the head table always gets the hottest/best food. Being sat at many head tables at many weddings, I still think this was the most like restaurant food and not banquet food I have ever had at a wedding. Nothing was overcooked, I changed one of the sauces, I believe it was a cream sauce on red meat, to a truffle jus to be a bit more contemporary. I also had the late-night snacks and they were a huge hit with our guests, being a cook myself, we had lots of cook-types in the crowd who were also happy with the food.

                The appetizer was Panko Crusted Ontario Goats Cheese - mixed greens and melon honey vinaigrette.
                Thinking back, the only thing I would do different in regards to the meal is maybe ask for my wedding cake to be the dessert instead. I believe they will do this.

                The picture is my wedding, we used flowers inside the venue that were a bit rustic to match the building. We did not need flowers outside because they had huge hanging baskets and it was quite nice as it was.

                If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask!

                1. re: To Market To Market

                  Hi To Market,

                  I'm also considering Archeo for my wedding reception - I've been trying to make an appointment with them, but havent' gotten a hold of anyone yet. Do you mind if I ask how much approximately per person it ran up? And did they require you to meet a minimum on food/drinks to buy out the restaurant for the evening?

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                  Archeo
                  55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A3C4, CA

                  1. re: SONGAWAY

                    My step-sister got married at Archeo in June of last year. It was a beautiful spot and she had a short private ceremony for family only on the patio before her reception.

                    As a guest not seated at the head table, I found the food to be good, not spectacular. It may have had to do with her menu choices, since she opted for a rather traditional menu.

                    Hors d'oeuvres were better than the meal itself, individual lamb chops being my fave; there were some leftover however, perhaps because they came out just before the mealtime. Starter choices were ceasar salad (overdressed) or soup (not hot enough), mains were striploin (appropriately cooked but the meat itself was bland and lacked the 'beefy flavour' normally associated with that cut) or salmon (much better than the steak), and dessert was cheesecake (I think). There were mini desserts served a few hours later which looked great but tasted only okay.

                    When I spoke to her recently about her experience there, she was happy overall, but that the food was a bit of letdown for her, compared to her tasting before the event; in particular, the steaks were cut thinner, and the soup had been watered down. She also attended a friend's wedding later last year at Archeo, and said the soup was again watered down. So, if you must choose soup, beware!

                    Btw, SONGAWAY, I just noticed that you replied to my Market Kitchen post from a few months back, so thanks! I'd actually "secured" that space (to some degree) for my friends-only post-wedding party a few months ago, but it was difficult getting to that point.

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                    Archeo
                    55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A3C4, CA

                    1. re: 0ntar10

                      Thanks for the feedback, Ontar10. We did end up booking our reception with them, and I think I'll take your advice and skip the soup - it's a summer wedding, anyway. Factoring in the fact that we can have the ceremony + reception + pictures there, it made more sense financially. They charge like $250 for a photo permit at the Distillery if you're not having your reception there. It's not much but every little bit counts.

                      (I'm glad you were able to book The Kitchen, if my guest list was smaller that would have been my first choice, it's a great space).

                      1. re: SONGAWAY

                        Hi Songaway,

                        Can I ask how everythign ended up being - ceremony and reception?

                        Thanks in advance

              2. re: To Market To Market

                Hi Market to Market,

                I am thinking of also having my wedding reception at Archeo in the Distillery District. Could you give me an approximate price of what you paid for your wedding, everything included?
                Thanks in advance.

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

                Archeo
                55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A3C4, CA