Post # 1
My fiancee and I are recently engaged and hoping to have our wedding in between mid-July and mid-August 2017 in the GTA, Kitchener-Waterloo or even downtown Toronto (if we can afford it).
The problem is we live out of province (I’m in school and only get 5 weeks off in the summer). I know I won’t be able to check out a ton of reception venues, I want to narrow down a list to see (or send my mom to see) and hopefully they’re not all booked up. We will be having our ceremony in a church so I only need a reception venue.
Our wedding will be ~200 guests, budget $50k (not including dress or honeymoon), and the most important thing to us is great plated food and open bar.
What reception venues do you think would work for us?? I would LOVE to have it right downtown but if it’s not going to work with our budget than I’m open to the surrounding GTA or Kitchener-Waterloo, but not too north (not interested in the Vaughan/Woodbridge banquet halls as it’s too far for my family coming form Kitchener-Waterloo).
Also, any wedding planner or photographer recommendations would be great as well!
Post # 2
Hello fellow Ontario bee!
Our reception is at Enoch Turner schoolhouse, but it only holds 130 seated.
You should definitely look at Berkley church or their Fieldhouse. They do food on site, and you can bring your own alcohol so that definitely cuts down on cost. It was slightly too big for us but the site is gorgeous. It’s right downtown at Parliament and Queen area.
Post # 3
Awesome! Will check it out!
Post # 4
I think you can find something in Toronto. I’m still looking for my perfect venue but have a list of like 50 places in the GTA (but a smaller guest list). The old mill has lots of lovely rooms but a bit of a banquet vibe. There’s also the Rosewater supper club, Windsor arms hotel, Capitol theatre looks gorgeous, the eglinton grand. I could go on and on! It really depends on what kind of a vibe you want. Oh and the fermenting cellar in the distillery district is gorgeous.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview
We got married at Carmens Lakeview in Hamilton (not a far drive from Toronto or Kitchener/Waterloo). Price was amazing and it’s right on the lake! For about 85 guests it included food, venue, onsite day of coordinator, cake, open bar, ceremony fee, centrepieces, linens, hotel the night of, and so on! Definitely worth checking out. http://www.carmenslakeview.com. They can only accommodate up to 120guests though so There’s also Carmens Banquet Centre as well which holds more people but not on the lake.
I did all my planning out of province (I’m in SK). We had only 1 trip to Ontario the entire time we were planning and Carmens definitely made it easier and I can’t stress that enough. Plus you only pay a certain amount every few months instead of having to pay half upon deposit or something which makes it easier financially. They also have recommendations for photography, DJ, florist, limo, etc which can help. Needless to say I dont have enough good things to say! Lol
Post # 5
I am getting married at Whistle Bear in Cambridge it’s a golf club that got renovated last year. I been there to a couple weddings and the place it’s beautiful and the food is amazing check their reviews. Their recommended dj is great and has awesome reviews, for a photographer check latte productions and flowers check Julia’s weddings they do beatiful centrepieces and had won a bunch of awards. Check their website. I did extensive research prior to booking my venue and choosing my vendors. If you need any help let me know. 😉
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview
I got married at Carmen’s Lakeview in Hamilton, so not a far drive from Toronto or Kitchener/Waterloo. We chose it because it was in the middle of both of our families (Niagara/London). It’s right on the water and for about $10,000 at 85 guests it included, food, venue, chairs, centrepieces, linen, openbar, cake, ceremony site fee (as we had our ceremony there), hotel the night of, onsite day of coordinator, etc. It was well worth it. They can only accommodate 120 guests though, so you can always check out Carmen’s Banquet Centre and/or Hotel (also in Hamilton) for a larger space. They also provide a list of vendors who are familiar with their work, which is helpful including limos, photography, florist, cakes, ministers, etc.
I planned my wedding from another province (in SK) and we only had 1 trip back to Ontario before our wedding and I don’t have enough good things to say about them and definitely made it easier for planning. They also let you pay in installments over a few months, rather than half all upfront or something which is nice financially. They also skyped us so that we could see the venue, being so far away.
Post # 7
We’re getting married at the Gladstone Hotel on Queen West – about $6000 for 50 guests, so that might work within your budget. Just stay away from August 19th *hisses and recedes into cave*
Seriously though, if you inquire with them, just be prepared that you will have to guide the entire process. The co-ordinators at that venue can get overwhelmed and as a result are not very communicative at times. If you’re out of province at the moment, this could be a blessing or a source of stress.
I’ve also heard good things about the restaurant Archaeo in the Distillery District.
Post # 8
Have you checked out the Atlantis Pavilion (Toronto). It’s like a glass globe on the water. So neat!
Post # 9
We had our engagement at the Rosehill and we loved it. The staff and the atmosphere is a great experience. We are getting married in May at the Eglintion Grand, the coordinator is so helpful and the place is just magic.