Post # 1
Does anyone have experience with any great rustic downtown Toronto venues? (i.e. not a banquet hall, maybe some kind of heritage venue)
Even if just for the ceremony component (we’re not set on marrying in a church, and the ceremony and reception may end up being at the same location…looking at around 75 people in total)?
All ideas are welcome! Preferably a venue with windows?? I know that sounds weird..but so many places have beautiful interiors but little natural light.
Thanks so much everyone!!! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts/experiences/ideas!!
Post # 3
Berkeley Church!!!! OR Wychwood Barns, it’s GORGEOUS. The drawback with Wychwood though (don’t know if they’ve changed this) is that the event has to clear out at 10pm because of the neighbourhood bylaws 🙁 If not for that, we would have booked there.
Oooh and the Evergreen Brickworks, I think they may have finally opened for events, but I’m not 100% sure.
Have you looked at Black Creek Pioneer Village? I know it sounds awful (and brings back childhood memories) but they have an awesome big old barn. It’s not downtown though.
Country Heritage Park in Milton is gorgeous too, again though, not downtown.
My heart was set on the Kortright Centre (again, not downtown, just outside the city) but it didn’t work out. We ended up getting married at the Alton Mill just outside Orangeville. It’s really difficult to find a rustic venue in Toronto.
Post # 4
For 75 people you should check out locations in the Distillery or Liberty Village areas. They have restaurants/venues in buildings that are converted or re-purposed. Berkeley Church is also a great suggestion, we checked that place out.
Post # 5
I got married this August at St. Lawrence Hall and it was magical! It’s not exactly rustic, but it is a heritage building and it’s right downtown (King & Jarvis); we couldn’t have been happier with what we paid and the people we dealt with.
I posted some photos of our day HERE.
Post # 6
Steamwhistle Brewery! It used to be a trainyard, and their event room is amazing! If I wasn’t getting marriedm in Ottawa, I totally would have booked this. Maybe not ‘rustic’ in a nature-y type of way, but very cool – huge windows, exposed brick, high ceilings. Love!
Post # 7
I totally second the Berkeley Church, I’ve been to a lot of events there and it’s a great space, and more importantly, the food is amazing!
The Boiler House in the Distillery is also very nice.
Post # 8
- Wedding: December 2010 - University of Toronto Faculty Club
You’ve gotten some really good suggestions, but I’m going to add the Arts and Letters Club! The Group of seven used to hang out here. It’s gorgeous, not a banquet hall, and right downtown (Elm and Yonge). It was definitely on my list.
Post # 9
I’m getting married at Archeo at the Distillery District – check it out http://www.archeo.ca – I was looking for something similar (rustic, funky, hip yet classic) and we’re doing both our ceremony and reception there. We’re having a night winter wedding – ceremony and then cocktail reception (passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations) for 150 people on March 19th!