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Suggestions for a restaurant wedding

Having combed through the many wedding-related posts on Chowhound, without much success, can I appeal to you all for help?

I am looking for a venue either in Toronto or somewhere west of Toronto (as far as Brantford, let's say), where I can host 70-80 people for a nice dinner in celebration of a wedding. This will not be your typical wedding: there will be no bouquet, bridesmaids, dancing, long speeches, wedding cake, garter events, etc, etc. We will likely have a ceremony beforehand i.e. not at the venue. It should be comfortable, and the food should be great. We are willing to spend 100-200 a head, but with everything included (tax, tip, drinks, etc.).

We have looked at Niagara On The Lake, briefly, but found that even a nice meal at a restaurant (a Ravine restaurant buy-out, for example) means paying a premium for a "wedding" menu (which is essentially the same as the regular menu), a 5,000 set-up fee (for setting what up, exactly, I'm nots sure), and a separate bar package instead of payment based on consumption--basically, all of the commotion we were hoping to avoid by "sacrificing" a dance floor, and all the pageantry.

As we are at the brink of resorting to elopement, your help would be much appreciated. So far, we've looked at Le Select and George. Geore is outside of our budget. Le Select is great--we are looking for other similar suggestions so that we can make a choice. If you have any idea of the "buyout" of your suggestion, that would be helpful to know.

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  1. Not sure if it's what you're looking for, but Via Norte can probably do it, and their chef is really talented. It's at college and dovercourt, so parking could be an issue though.

    1. I have been to weddings at Canoe, La Maquette and Archeo and Academy for Spherical Arts. Weddings were not conventional and very similar to what you envision. I am pretty sure that Archeo, and Academy drinks were just billed. I might recommend that you also think about places you really like and see if you can do a buy out. I know when we were getting married we had considered Auberge du Pommier as a potential venue so this is not uncommon. Good luck! Report back!

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        1. re: Apple

          All good suggestions but from my experience both Canoe and Auberge will be out of the budget. George is the other venue that is on par in terms of offerings but also budget.

        2. I had my wedding at La Maquette (even had the ceremony there). Following from their website:

          Weddings and family celebrations

          All Special Events
          from 10 - 150 people
          ~~~
          Special Wedding Packages
          and group menus
          call Direct 416 366 8191 ask for the event specialist

          1. A few more places to look at - Crush Wine Bar on King West, Biagio on King East, Joy Bistro on Queen East.

            Just a note regarding Apple's post - Academy of Spherical Arts closed at the end of 2012.

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            1. re: midtowngirl

              We had about 100 people for our casual wedding party in the upstairs room at Joy, and loved it (food and location). It wasn't formal but I'm sure they could do something with the room downstairs also if you're looking for a sit down dinner as I don't think they could seat 80 people upstairs.

            2. You could consider these options (narrowed to TO, Halton, Peel and Southern ON, 51-100 guests):
              http://www.opentable.com/info/banquet...

              Out of the options listed on Opentable, I'd probably consider Volos, Little Anthony's, Crush, possibly one of the Terroni's. I went to a wedding reception at Rosewater, and it was quite a nice space, and the food was decent. You could also look into places like Luma and Biff's.

              I think your idea of Le Select is a good one.