(Closed) Toronto wedding cost?

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: total cost
    under 2k : (0 votes)
    2-5k : (1 votes)
    1 %
    5-10k : (8 votes)
    9 %
    10-20k : (20 votes)
    24 %
    20-30k : (19 votes)
    22 %
    30-50k : (29 votes)
    34 %
    50-80k : (3 votes)
    4 %
    over 80k : (5 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We live in Toronto, but are getting married in London. From the (admittedly small) amount of research we did, there was definitely a huge price discrepancy. I know that even my dress was more expensive in Toronto (which really shouldn’t be the case at all).

    The other difficult thing that people I know have come across when getting married downtown is availability of locations. I know someone getting married at Casa Loma and they couldn’t get a Saturday at all for next summer already! For the date they wanted they would have been fourth on the waiting list.

    I think there are definitely ways to do it less expensive though…for example my girlfriend had her wedding at the Four Seasons, and they did a brunch reception instead of dinner….

    Post # 18
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    We got married in Toronto and, including rings, our wedding came in at under $15000.  I think that it was around $13,000 + or minus a few things

    Given what you want (your pictures are really awesome) I honestly think that you are going to have a difficult time doing it within your budget.  That doesn’t mean that it will be impossible, but you will have to be flexible.

    Here’s what we did:

    We had a cocktail reception for 100 people in The Distillery District.  The food was awesome and we had an full open bar.  I want to say that it cost under $8000.  

    My mom made our cake.

    I had a friendor do flowers.  We wanted very basic flower arrangements (3 window boxes, bridal bouquet, hair flower, a lot of flowers for family).  It came to just over $550.  I went to quite a few florists first.  I was consistantly quoted over $1000 for the same flowers.

    I bought a sample dress (I wish that I hadn’t done this in retospect) at Becker’s Bridals.  With alterations, it was just under $1000.

    No limos.

    My photographer (who kicks butt) is from Barrie.  Yes, we had to pay a small travel fee, but I got 3 hours of coverage, digital copies of all images, and an engagement session for $750.

    We did semi-DYI invites.  I bought the base from Wedding Paper Divas and then made the rest of the pocket folds and inserts.

    Decor at the venue was just the window boxes, hand-glittered pinecones, candles, and my mom’s silver bowl collection.

    What I discovered, is that you can do this more cheaply but it takes way more effort and time.  We decided what was important to us (guest experience, so food, booze, etc) and then went pretty budget, frugal, DIY on everything else. So you have to decide if that is worth it to you.  I would also look off the beaten track for non-traditional venues.  We looked at a rowing club, for example.  We were looking at renting furniture from a home staging company or a place that rents to the film industry.  This was a lot cheaper than rental companies that rent for events.

     

    Post # 19
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    Buzzing bee

    well im a little confused about your post. It look like you’re looking at december but also entertaining outdoot options? December is cold in toronto lol.

    As for wedding costs you can make it as expensive or cheap as you want. In the off season you can of course get deals. We had ours at black creek pioneer village and te prices were great for off season and compeltely customizable. We had 80 guests and spent $15k. They also have a sister facility called kortright conservation centre which is also nice and very reasonably priced.

    Post # 20
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    Buzzing bee

    As others have stated you may need to be creative, look at a variety of less popular venues, and maybe look slightly outside of the city. I would highly recommend you looking aat kortright conservation area if you want nature!

    As mentioned before we did black creek – same owners as kortright, and we cut down the bar to a beer and wine open bar – we could pick exactly which wines and beer we wanted, we customized the menu, and they were very flexible with everything we wanted to do 🙂 

    http://kortright.org/private-functions/weddings/

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    OMG… you have to check out the Kortright centre. It is a beautiful outdoor venue and the reception space is out of this world. I has a glass roof so you can see the stars. The price isnt also crazy expensive…. when i got pricing it was $125/head

    here are some pics

     

    ceremony site

    Reception room

    Post # 24
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

     

    I live in the GTA but am having my wedding in Muskoka at my future in-laws, it’s costing us about $10,000 but we are only spending $5000-$6000 as the rest is covered bI the -in-laws. 

    I was looking for inepensive venues in Toronto & found: 

    http://www.bobrumballmanor.org/

    Very pretty, I attended a wedding there years ago, intimate &relaxed feel with indoor & outdoor options.

    Halton Regional Museum

    Heritage Park, Milton

     

    Post # 27
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    We were just outside of the city (in the east-end) and for 120 people it was about $26K.  $19K of that was venue/food/booze.

    Post # 28
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @teabiscuit:  We seriously considerd the Miller Lash House. It is gorgeous. They have 2 potential ceremony sites – a grassy location and a waterfall site. Amazing!

    It is pricy though. I still have pricing info on hand, since it made our cut list. The venue fee is $4200-4700 (depending on if you do standard or full site rental) for the reception. If you want to do the ceremony there, the grassy location costs $375 and the waterfall lcoation costs $500. Then you have to pay for 3 staff (I forget for what, but I have a note of it), which costs $24 pp/hr, and works out to approximately $800-900 apparently for the full night. Then the catering can be done by a list of 6 potential caterers, whose starting packages range form $125-155 pp (I don’t think that is including alcohol). So, even at the minimum of $125, that would be $12,500. Plus then you need to add taxes onto everything. The good news is you can get a LCBO permit and provide your own alcohol (a rarity in Toronto), so that will save you some money. Still though, you are at a minumum of over $20,000 for the most basic package before alcohol, gratuity, dress, flowers and decor, favors, transportation, photography, etc. It is a beautiful venue though, so I understand the temptation 🙂 I still have tons of notes from our meeting there so if you havea any questions, just let me know and I will try to answer them!!

    Post # 29
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    Sugar bee

    What about the Toronto Botanical Gardens?  They have a great courtyard where you can have the ceremony and then either an indoor or outdoor reception area.

    Post # 30
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    It all depends on your taste and what are your must haves. If you want a top notch location in the city, you’ll be paying a significant amount for it. If you do it outside, you’ll pay less. Ours is outside the city (east end) and our venue alone with food/decor/alcohol is 15k for just over 150 people. To compare, my girlfriend is getting married right in the heart of downtown and for the same amount of people and not including alcohol or decor is 22k.

    Post # 31
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    Buzzing bee

    Ok I got another suggestion for you in you’re willing to g a little farther out. My friend is getting married at Ganaraska Forest Centre. It’s out in Orono which is off the 115. It’s pretty neat… there’s a foest area for the ceremony and then the hall is a hall but it has open beams, stone, windows… and a fire pit as well outside. Youc an rent the place for hte whole weekend if you want and have guests/bridal party stay at the centre in cabins.. there’s horse back riding, rope course.. lotts of activities.

    http://www.grca.on.ca/centre-facilities.html

    Link to another bride who had her wedding there:

    http://saratanner.ca/sondra-and-ashton-wedding-in-the-ganaraska-forest-center

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