- Ms. Martian
- 11 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
I hope some of you can help me make a decision! I want something a bit different (no banquet halls) for our wedding so I have found some venues that fit this criteria but I am not sure what to do & who to go with.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection – The space inside is beautiful & the grounds are amazing. This is the only venue I have seen in person & it’s amazing.
Costs: Rental is fairly low comparatively (1500) and includes staff, set up & take down, tables and chairs (ugly folding classroom chairs). The catering is done by their exclusive caterer and from what I have been able to calculate it would be a minimum $145pp taxes/gratuities/rental/landmark included. How much of the catering stuff can be negotiated?? I find it absurd that caterers are charging a 15% service fee, 16% landmark and then on top of it all we have 13% tax.
Black Creek Pioneer Village – Grand Pavilion – open pavilion space but I have not seen it.
Costs: $98pp + taxes + services charges. No rental fees & their package is pretty good as far as what is included in the meal/drinks. My concern is will the food be good? If anyone has been there & tried the food, let me know.
Kortright Centre for Conservation – Have not visited yet but will probably next week. I absolutely LOVE the ceremony area and would probably go with that even if I pick McMichael for the reception. From what I can tell & from one review online the reception area is very dingy and a little too rustic.
Costs: $110pp + taxes + service charges. These last 2 places are both owned by the Toronto Conservation Authority so their packages are very similar just different menu options.
Does anyone have any other suggestions? Other options? Our guest list is currently 150, I can probably get it down to 120-130.
I have looked into some vineyards/vineries in the Niagara region as well but I am not sure if it’s the best choice since most of our guests are coming from the Toronto area.