Post # 1
Our ceremony is in Oakville and our reception will be in downtown Toronto (this is non-negotiable). However after requesting wedding packages from around 10 downtown Toronto hotels/venues they all seem crazy expensive and include nothing (ie. I would have to hire a decorated, AV, etc…)
Do any bees have any experience with downtown venues?? Do they include more for you if you go and speak to them in person? I’d like to hear any experiences you guys have had. Thanks =)
Post # 3
I think ‘affordable’ is a very subjective term… we’re having our ceremony and reception downtown Toronto and I think it’s fairly reasonable. I’m finding weddings are generally expensive… unless you do a backyard, low-key event. If you want everything to be included, you might be better off looking for a banquet hall rather than a hotel.
Post # 4
@pennylou13: Yea i guess I should clarify… I dont mean low-budget but preferably under 50k. What venues have you looked at downtown?? Did you find you had to hire a decorator, AV, etc… on top of what the venue was providing?
Post # 5
I think under 50K is absolutely possible downtown Toronto… we looked into Steam Whistle and Berkeley, and both quoted under $20K. Mind you we have a fairly small guest list of just under 100. We did have to hire our own DJ, florals, etc but our caterer is in-house which is great. I think if you do the legwork you’ll be able to find good deals and keep it all within budget.
Post # 6
I’m doing it at the Gardiner Museum in November 2013 for about 100 people, and we are spending about 22K. This includes food, space and alcohol (although alcohol is consmpution based so we could have to pay more). But, I’m finding that once you add in all the other things – dress, photographer, DJ, decor, etc – we’re much closer to 40K. Which is a bit crazy. The Gardiner is a beautiful space, so you could get away with minimal decorating, and they do have basic AV included. Your DJ does need to bring speakers in, though, and lights if you are into that.
When looking, I found that locations that needed rentals (chairs, tables, etc), inclduing Steam Whistle, were much more pricey. The food/rentals quote for Steam Whistle (by Daniel and Daniel) for 100 people was close to 20K, and that didn’t include alcohol. So I steered clear of anywhere that didn’t come with tables, chairs, etc.
Post # 7
We looked at the Renaissance at Rogers Centre, it was a really good space, and it was a really good price (we didn’t go there because I wanted a place where we could have an outdoor ceremony and reception nearby, and their ceremony location was atop the train tracks). The gentleman we spoke to there was very friendly and helpful.
A friend of my Maid/Matron of Honor had her reception at Steamwhistle, and my Maid/Matron of Honor said it was amazing. We struck that one from our list though because you had to find your own food/rentals, and I wanted something that was all together.
Friends of our are doing theirs at 1 King West and said that it’s very reasonably priced. I would recommend checking out the hotels. I know Sheraton on Queen just renovated their courtyard and it’s supposed to be a great space.
Post # 8
@RaspberryMartini: I don’t know how many people you are having, but I am getting married at the Old Mill Inn & Spa, and they are quite reasonable. They have packages starting at $100 for 3 course meal, hors d’euvres and open bar for 5 hours.
Post # 9
We had ours at the Berkekey Fieldhouse and it cost us just over $13,000 for the space and the food. We had a 3 course meal and h’oer duevres during cocktail hour. They also provided all non alcoholic drinks, it has an indoor and outdoor space, a bride suite and a grooms suite(up in the treehouse) and a coordinator.