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Congratulations to everyone who is getting married! Such an amazing time in our lives! My boyfriend and I are looking to get married in fall 2015, possibly 2016 if we really have to wait. We are looking to have about 150 guests and we are in the early stages of planning our wedding. We are trying to pick a venue and I have been calling so many different venues all around Toronto and am quite confused! We are paying for this wedding ourselves, with no financial help from family or friends. Can anyone recommend any venues that would be reasonably affordable? We do not want to go into debt over our big day. Any suggestions would be great!
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Post # 3
I live in the same area and I can tell you that wedding costs decrease greatly once you leave the GTA. That is why we are having our vow renewal in Niagara Falls.
If you are open to having a brunch or lunchtime reception, that will certainly save you a great deal. Another cost saving option is to marry between November-April as well as marrying on a Sunday or any weekday. Lastly, you can have an intimate wedding.
http://www.glenerininn.com/mississauga-wedding-venue/formal-luncheon-wedding/ They have great deals for off season and lunch weddings.
I have heard bad things about Le Treport.
If you are interested in leaving the GTA, I know many venues that are reasonable.
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- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
I am not sure what your arm and a leg is but my friend got married at Colombus Event Centre, which is not too far from downtown. The thing she liked about it the most is that any money they make from the events they hold is given to charity (since it is run by the Knights of Colombus). It was really nice. I don’t know anywhere else because I’m not from Toronto.
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+1<br /><br />I was going to say the Glen Erin Inn as well. So beautiful and they seem to be reasonable. I had seen some fall wedding photos here and it was the perfect fall backdrop.
Post # 6
It is certainly a very beautiful place.
Post # 7
I feel your frustation, I’m planning a 150 person wedding for next summer and it’s been a CHALLENGE trying to find somewhere that’s not redic expensive and still charming, nice, fun.
One: have you considered doing just a cocktail reception with passed appetizers and a few food stations instead of a plated meal? I went to a wedding at the Gladstone like that, it cost about $10k and was super fun.
Two: Avoid anyhere with a Landmark fee. This is basically any historic venue in Toronto. A 15% fee on top of all catering costs is just madness.
Three: Try an all-in venue instead of somewhere that uses cateres. i.e. the McNeil Room. My fiance and I also looked at the Latvian Centre which uses in-house catering and is very cost-effective (we were quoted $89-110pp INCLUDING alcohol)
Sidenote: I have yet to find a single caterer in this city that I have enjoyed talking to and working with. I also have not gotten a single catering quote for less than $146pp for JUST FOOD (no booze!) and sorry that is just stupid. If anyone has a catering company they love… do share!
Post # 8
I love the cocktail reception option.
However, I have heard that cocktail weddings can also be expensive because guests will drink more booze.
Post # 9
I agree with looking outside of Toronto at locations in Vaughan and Markham
Post # 10
I’ve been looking into less expensive Toronto Venues as well. Some of the venues I’ve found to be reasonable (for my small wedding) are:
The Donalda Club – starting at $142 pp including apps, meal, dessert, open bar, all taxes and gratuity (pretty much everything!). No venue rental just $350 ceremony set up fee and chair rentals.
The Boulevard Club – not nearly as expensive as I thought it would be: $130 pp for meal and open bar, but there is a minimum spend – no rental fee
The Thompson Hotel – $130 pp for meal and 7 hours of open bar – no rental fee except for rooftop lounge ($2000) as far as I know
Hart House: $90 for meal and consumption bar pp (but their room rentals are ~3 grand)
Bayview Golf and Country Club: $87 pp for meal + open bar – no rental fee as far as I know.
Richmond Hill Country Club: $130 pp for apps, meal, dessert, late night table, wine with dinner, and 5 hrs open bar – no rental fee but $1000 ceremony fee.
The Island Yacht Club: Starting at $38 for 3 course dinner, but consumption based bar only, and lots of extra costs such as rental, ceremony set up, cake cutting, and private boat tender to carry guests to the island.
I also talked to the people at Palais Royale who gave me a quote of about $187 per person including everything (food, bar, venue rentals etc) for min. 150 people. They’re out of my budget though personally.
Post # 11
I’m not sure how far you’re willing to go from TO, but my friend got married at Deer Creek in Ajax last year. She said it was only $105 PP and they went all out with the food, snacks, open bar, everything.Their ballroom is beautiful with large windows and has a separate welcome room. Might be worth checking out.
Post # 12
I know this place has reasonable packages that include, DJ, cake, 7 hour bar and meal… Last I saw it was under $100 pp…. Having the cake and DJ included saves some serious $$
It’s in Mississauga…
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I know this is an old post, but for future reference for other brides, if you do your wedding on a Sunday, Atlantis actually has a really great deal for a full sit down meal, with appetizers and open bar at around $80PP.
Post # 15
I just want to say, this has been the most helpful post I’ve seen and I’ve contacted almost every venue. Thanks! 🙂