(Closed) Toronto City Hall wedding: what actually happens?

posted 3 years ago in Toronto
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

naturalflight:  I can’t help with all of your questions, but a friend of mine was married at Toronto City Hall a few years ago. From the photos, her Mother walked her down some stairs and to the front where her now Husband was standing. There seemed to be some sort of space where at the front where all the chairs were facing. It had flowers up there too. 

There is plenty of parking downtown Toronto – so finding parking won’t be a problem.

For the rest of your questions, you could probably contact City Hall to ask.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Sassafraz in Toronto, Ontario

naturalflight:  Like the PP, I haven’t been married in City Hall, but I attended a wedding there as well as one in Mississauga. Also, I looked into marrying there, but ultimately choose another location. 

Toronto City Hall weddings are actually held by a private company, but I guess you know that if you booked it? 

 

1. There is no “podium”, but there is an aisle, and you stand at the front. You can walk up however you choose. Here is a gallery: http://www.marryus.org/chamber.htm

 

2. I assume you will meet with the officant about the ceremony, or at least have a chance to discuss over email. Their site mentions you can write your own vows, and include readings so they would have to know before hand, right? Vows are a particular part of the ceremony, so the officant will annonce that it is now time to exchange vows. Then you’d either read your own or repeat the officant’s. 

3. From their website: Do you provide music at the Wedding Chambers?
We carry a selection of classical music on CD at the Wedding Chambers. However, you are able to bring your own selection of music (either in CD format, or from you phone. Please note, we provide an auxiliary cable to connect your phone to our sound system).

 

4. Saturday should be fine. There is literally a parking lot in the complex: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Green+P+Parking/@43.653737,-79.3915316,16z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1sparking+near+Toronto+City+Hall!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xeee1c96921452319 

Re: photos – Their website says: 

Pictures and/or video may be taken during the ceremony. Pictures may also be taken in the first floor lobby of City Hall, in Nathan Phillips Square or at the Osgoode Hall Gardens (located West of City Hall).

I’d suggest you also scope out Osgoode Hall Gardens – it’s a hidden gem and any other park of that quality would normally need a photo permit. You know, after you get a picture with the big TORONTO sign at Nathan Philips. 

 

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