Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Brides – Cost / # of Guests / Location of Wedding

posted 2 years ago in Canada
Post # 2
1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I got married in downtown Toronto. Had 170 guests and spent about 70-75K. 

Post # 3
2478 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Crazy in terms of what…spending more than your siblings?

I think $50K is quite resonable.  I got married in Vaughan in 2016 and spent $160K on my 300 person wedding. yell

Post # 5
2478 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

lisadahlia88 :  We got married at The Venetian Banquet and Hospitality Centre.

I didn’t include my dress since my mom insisted on buying it or anything under $1K because it was too hard to keep track of but this was a breakdown of our budget…

Venue/food/drinks: $60,000

Floral/decor: $25,500

Cake: $1,100

Wedding planner: $7,345

Photography/cinematography: $10,237

Band with DJ: $9,600

Hair/makeup: $3,400

Groom/groomsmen attire: $8,500

Grooms shoes (2 pairs): $4,000

My shoes (2 pairs): $3,100

Wedding bands: $4,000

Flatware/glassware rental: $5,000

Transportation: $1,600

Hotel suites (for getting ready): $1,000

Stationary: $1,100

Chair/charger rental: $2,635

Entertainment (martial arts performers/lion dancers): $1,700

Entertainment (ballet performers): $1,700

Entertainment (statue artists): $1,750

Bridal party gifts: $5,500

AV/lighting: $2,100

Post # 6
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Burlington Bride. 100 people. Total wedding cost $17,000 in 2013.

Post # 8
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

lisadahlia88 :  

Our wedding is 2.5 weeks away and will be held just north of the city. I haven’t broken it all down but it’s goung to be just about 30K including everything and we have just under 100 guests. 

Post # 9
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

You are crazy if you don’t have that much money to spend. But if you do have it and that’s what you want to do, then don’t worry about it.

That being said, my 50 person off-season wedding will cost about $15k so spending $50k on 230 people is probably not that crazy for a wedding budget.

Post # 10
5954 posts
Bee Keeper

It makes me so mad that employers are using the ‘minimum wage went up so we have to gouge you because of our employees’. I could maybe understand this coming from  a struggling small business owner, but all too often it’s corporate greed/ almighty dollar. Even companies with record level profits and CEOs making obscene piles of money begrudge their employees a liveable wage. When you give an employee minimum wage with no benefits, IMO you’re saying “I’d give you even less if it were legal” So I’m side-eyeing the hell out of any venue that’s wringing their hands claiming they have to gouge you because minimum wage went up (lol I bet they were already gouging before this)

As for the wedding venue- there are venues out there to fit most budgets, especially if you can be flexible on the date or location. I went to a wedding once at Casa Loma (downtown Toronto) that probably cost more than my house! I’ve also been to amazing, super fun casual weddings that have cost less than $10k. 

What areas of the GTA are do-able for you? How far outside the GTA, if at all, would you consider? 

Also, do you want a formal plated dinner or is buffet an option? On-site caterers that come as a package deal with the venue tend to be pricier with only limited high-end menu choices. A venue that allows you to chose your own caterer may be another big cost-saver. 

Post # 11
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

We are getting married in Burlington and are looking at about 50k for 170 people

Post # 12
16 posts
  • Wedding: August 2018

We’re getting married in the city this year, 170 people, 30k. On a Friday though so we automatically saved about 25% or more. 

Post # 13
407 posts
Helper bee

We’re getting married downtown Toronto. 80 people. We would have loved a wedding for 15k but its just not doable in a city. We are likely going to be spending close to 20-24k

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