Post # 1
We’re trying to have a wedding on a budget but it’s proving VERY difficult. I’m at a loss for where to find AFFORDABLE venues & caterers – I live in the Greater Toronto Area. I live in an apartment & have no family here so a backyard wedding really isn’t an option. Everywhere is SO expensive. I’m hoping some of you bees will have suggestions for off beat places to look that might save us some serious cash!!!
Post # 4
@MsGinkgo: I remember your post awhile back about EoS. I guess you may have decided against EoS as a venue. May I ask what your price range is? Or what you consider affordable (per guest)? I might have some suggestions if I have a better idea of what you are looking for. Also, how far are you willing to travel from Mississauga? And, (last question, I promise!) do you need to have your ceremony and reception at the same venue?
Post # 5
Hart House has some pretty affordable options. One King West also has some decent variability to their packages so you may be able to get a really good deal (and I think think that venue is beautiful)! Also Berkeley Church…I’ve *heard* they’re affordable. Plus, all the photos that I have seen from weddings at Berkeley Church have been breathtaking. I really hope you find an amazing venue that you love! All the best with your hunting.
Post # 6
@Toronto_CDolly: It would be nice to stay under 10k but I know in the GTA that’s hard. Most places at $135+ a person for our 100 guests we’re already at $13,500 right there. I will likely have to have a cash bar with wine provided for dinner (PLEASE people don’t yell at me for this…I know I’m a terrible and rude person but it is what it is).
I’m a complete bargain hunter so I’m prepared to buy a sale/sample dress, I will make my own centrepieces, I think I’ll buy my boquet, bridal party i haven’t decided…the venue cost is the big one.
Post # 7
@MsGinkgo: I hear you…prices for weddings can definitely get out of hand easily, some things are ridiculous! Lol you’re not terrible or rude for having a cash bar. Have you thought about looking at venues that allow you to supply your own alcohol? That will help cut down costs. The first link below lists a few venues that allow you to bring your own. I was lucky because the majority of our guests did not indulge in alcohol for religious reasons. Plus, our wedding was comparatively small. So the alcohol thing didn’t end up being a massive issue…but I understand this is a major consideration for many brides.
First link (Comprehensive listing of GTA venues. Great because many rental costs and plate costs are listed upfront so that you don’t need to go hunting for it. Also some perks and drawbacks of venues are listed.):
Second link (Great ideas for saving on venues in Toronto/affordable venue suggestions from real brides!):
Hope this helps a bit!
Post # 8
Have you looked into doing it on a weeknight, and buying out a restaurant? The place we are probably getting is a smallish space that has a max of 72 people, and is a $3000 minimum spend on a Saturday night – so that would be all the food and drinks we buy counting toward the $3000.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2015 - Mulder Chapel
If you want the challenge of a complete diy wedding why not try to see if any local farms have a hall for rent. I found one that just started renting out an old airplane hangar and it proved to be the perfect space (it was for the bridal shower) and it was not expensive at all.