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WEDDING VENUE HELP!

Hi there fellow TO-ers,

My fiance and I are looking for a wedding venue for an end of September wedding. We have done some very thorough research, and now turn to you for your help. Our numbers are between 200 - 250.
Our criteria includes:
- great food
- a venue with a terrace to allow guests to be inside or outside (gorgeous venues such as the Carlu force guests to come down the elevator and hang out on Yonge street for a smoke)
- somewhere unique (not a typical banquet hall)
- somewhere elegant and with character
- somewhere with a good flow for traffic

we have looked at Hart House but are concerned about the lack of AC, and that the AC truck may not be sufficient

Also seen Steamwhistle, but the space is small and a bit too industrial (not elegant enough)

Casa Loma does not meet our numbers

ANY input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated from past brides or brides to be.

Thanks :)
T

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  1. Did you look at the liberty grand? It may be too banquet but worth a look if you haven't.

    The Burroughs building might work as well as the have a rooftop patio.

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    1. re: JennaBean

      Thanks for the reply, JennaBean!

      We did look at the Liberty Grand, and it is a bit too banquet hall - The Burroughs was an option, but I think the capacity was limited. I'll definitely look at it again.

      Any input on the Hart House?

      1. re: urbancoupleto

        Hart House is beautiful but I haven't done an event there with the a/c truck. I would have the same concern but because it is Sept it may not be that big of an issue.

        1. re: JennaBean

          It is gorgeous - we went to see it. But with the amount of people combined with drinking and dancing, we really need the AC. I'll need to look into how effective the truck is.......

          What are your thoughts on the food?

          1. re: urbancoupleto

            Both the food and service are good IMO but I wouldn't say great. I think for large events they do a good job but I don't think it will blow your mind if you're a real food first person.

            1. re: JennaBean

              we're pretty big on food, and the AC really does have us hesitant.....do you have thoughts on Dinardo Mansion or Capitol Theatre?

              1. re: urbancoupleto

                While the Capitol is a lovely venue the food is just ok and service about the same in my experience.

                I've never been to or worked with Dinardo so I'm not helpful there.

    2. The first place that enters my mind is the Park Hyatt. If you took over the Roof Lounge and one of the adjoining rooms, you'd hit your capacity and terrace targets.
      http://www.parktoronto.hyatt.com/hyat...

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      1. re: Googs

        Thanks, Googs - I just gave them a ring and the capacity on the Roof is 120 - it doesn't connect to another room in the hotel, and cannot be rented exclusively for terrance purposes - rather unfortunate, but thank you for the suggestion....the search continues!

        1. re: urbancoupleto

          Check out Oakdale Golf and Country Club. Beuatiful venue bordered by Jane, Sheppard and the 400. Club house and patio overlook the course so you have no idea you are in the city. Food is great...tons of parking...been to several weddings and other functions there and they do a great job.
          Link attached...

          http://www.oakdalegolf.com/

          1. re: urbancoupleto

            I was thinking of a South Ballroom and Roof combo to meet capacity. Then again I was also thinking this was the reception, not wedding. Having two rooms steps apart for a reception is workable. For a wedding, not so much.

            1. re: Googs

              sorry, I should have mentioned, it is for our ceremony and reception

        2. How bout Palais Royale? http://www.palaisroyale.ca/

          Not sure about anything from them it's just the only space that I can think of that has a patio and rather large. Traffic/Parking is a little janky though.

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          1. re: jlunar

            we checked them out - our date is already gone (for 2014!)

            these are the next few we are looking at if anyone has input:

            1. Capitol Theatre
            2. Dinardo's Mansion

            any thoughts?

            1. re: urbancoupleto

              Avoid Capitol . I hosted an event there, service was dreadful. The manager was really rude to me actually. Food was fine ( nothing exciting ) but the drinks were all really watered down.

            1. re: kbdid

              I know, it is a great venue, but my good girlfriend is getting married there just before me!

            2. We had our wedding at Eagles Nest Golf Club in Maple. We were very pleased and highly recommend it. I found out about Eagles Nest here in chowhound when I was searching for venues. We loved that we are the only event going on that night and the floor to ceiling windows on 2 of the walls overlooking the course. The food was very good and they did not skimp on portions either. Service and staff were all superb and very attentive and accommodated last minute changes some guests requested in their entrees. There is also great terrace just outside the main hall where guests enjoyed cocktail hour (they could move inside or outside) and could go out there at night.

              1. A place that is not too 'typical' of a wedding banquet hall, yet offers elegance, history and character that is worth checking out is the St. Lawrence Hall by King/Jarvis.

                We had our wedding there and the history and decor of the hall, with the high ceiling, old style oil chandeliers were amazing.
                http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/st_la...

                Don't mistake it for the St. Lawrence market, Most people would never knew there was a nice banquet hall nestled beside the market. Back in the 1800's it served as the first town hall/city hall of Toronto.

                Another note, could be good or bad, but you have to bring your own catering service in.

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                1. re: commie

                  Thanks for the suggestion, I think their capacity is too small for our numbers........

                2. Find a good caterer first then work on the venue I know there are going to be some new really unique venues opening up this year. The catering companies got their finger on the pulse, especially if you want something new and different.

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                  1. re: LexiFirefly

                    Thanks for the reco, LexiFirefly....

                    Can you expand on the new venues to open this year (where, names, timing)....

                    Only problem with picking the caterer first is that most venues have exclusive or preferred list we must use.

                    1. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the Carlu. It is beautiful, urban and can accommodate the size you are looking for. Went to a wedding there with food stations by D & D that was very good.

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                      1. re: Phoenix

                        The OP mentioned the Carlu; she specifically wants a place with a terrace.

                        1. Have you looked into 1 King West? Doesn't hit all your criteria (ie the smokers, but there is a patio on gym level I've used when I've been to parties with friends that live there) but the different rooms are pretty unique. I've been to two receptions and both have been wonderful. That's about all I can add.

                          http://www.onekingwest.com/

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                          1. re: eppicurious

                            I have - we are going to see it this coming Tuesday.......

                          2. Hi,
                            I was just at 99 Sudbury last Thursday and it has an outdoor patio. You might want to check it out.
                            Jayne from Jayne's Gourmet

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                            1. re: jayne dunsmore

                              That was on my initial list, but they are doing renovations in 2014, and therefore are not booking any events....

                            2. Hi Again,
                              Ink Entertainment has a few venues and they are going to renovate Polson Pier. If you send your email, I can forward a link to several of their venues - both with patios.
                              Jayne

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                              1. re: jayne dunsmore

                                that would be fantastic! I actually am also considering Polson Pier - if you can send me the list to talachebib@gmail.com, i'd really appreciate it!