Post # 1
I have been searching high and low for about a month now for the perfect venue. And I am starting to think it just doesn’t exist. 🙁
My main criteria was that I wanted something non-traditional. So no banquet style hall. Including a golf course!! And I have found some neat solutions……..Alton Mill, or a winery.
However, our guestlist currently sits at 200….I know that not everyone will come, but most wineries are about 125-150 max. I like Ravine, Cave Springs, Chateau des charmes….but each one has it’s flaws. Ravine has a corking fee of $12.50 a bottle, which makes it really expensive for what you get. The Chateau is fully booked for Sat weddings in 2012. And cave springs is 140 max. 🙁
I don’t HAVE to have a Niagara winery. I haven’t had much luck finding much info on Prince Edward County……….
Anyone know of any really cool spots (that seat about 175-200 ppl)? I don’t really care if I have to rent everything. I’d say a max of 2 hours from Toronto? Maybe 2.5?
Sigh. I thought weddings were suppose to be fun. So far I am just stressed! 🙁
Post # 3
I think we all know this feeling 🙂
I don’t know about wineries, as I didn’t check any of them out. But I was looking for an untraditional venue as well and these are some of the best ones I came up with:
Terra Cotta Inn (it’s a restaurant).
Country Heritage Park (in Milton). I really loved this one and if it hadn’t been in Milton probably would have booked it. (I needed something closer to the airport because I have a lot of international guests). Also, their website gives almost no information. Google for a wedding there and the pictures are awesome. The people were super nice to us when we randomly showed up as well.
Kortright Center: This place really is kind of hit and miss. But it’s pretty cool.
Royal Ambassador: They have the traditional banquet center, but they also have a tent.
Hope that helps.
Post # 4
Black Creek Pioneer Village (seriously!) has a really nice open barn kind of area.
HyHope Farms just put in a big tented area, they’re on Lakeridge Rd about halfway between Whitby and Uxbridge, they have gorgeous gardens and a beautiful view out to the lake. They have a golf course (sorry!), but they’re mostly an orchard/farm and the tent area is right next to the orchard.
Check out Ms Martian’s thread for some other great off the beaten track ideas. I knew there was one floating around… Just read through the comments, there are some really great suggestions on there!
PS – Glad you made your way here 😉
Post # 5
We got married in the Distillery District- ceremony in an art gallery, reception in a restaurant. It was definitely an untraditional venue, and so beautiful.
Post # 6
@bakerella: Aww thanks for linking to my thread!
I think Terra Cotta is great and a good size for you (fits 200) however you will need to ask about the renovations. I wasn’t happy with her answer when I went there a few weeks ago but maybe they have made some decisions by now.
What about Eaton Hall? It’s in King City (www.eatonhall.ca) and they can accommodate 400 guests outside.
Post # 7
I got married at the Capitol Event Theatre in May, and the place was AMAZING!!! Most of my guests had never heard of it, so it was unique in that aspect. But the venue itself is so unique too – it’s an old movie theatre restored to be an event space and it has a very classy but cool vibe too it. The bar is a huge round bar, and the area around it has leather lounge chairs, which makes it feel so social. And then the dining/dancing area is grand and beautiful. The old marquee is still outside too, so you can have a custom message put up for your wedding day.
The food was SOOOO good – we received so many compliments on the meal, the appetizers, and the late night snacks.
I can’t say enough good things about the service and the day itself!
Any questions, let me know!
P.S. The price was very comparable to most other venues in the city. And the staff there were great about working with our budget.
Post # 8
Sorry I am little bit late to comment, I hope you found a place! But if not, check out The Manor in Kettleby byPeterandPauls.com It is BEAUTIFUL!! (I’m getting married there..so I may be a little biased)
A friend of mine was planning a wedding (it got called off) at the Steam Whistle Brewery downtown Toronto which was really cool and different
Post # 9
I just booked my venue yesterday after a long and frustrating search (a few weeks last winter and all of August. I also was looking for something different (not a banquet hall). I also wanted to avoid golf/country clubs (I thought they’re too snooty/preppy). I also needed it to be reasonable … like, under $130pp with taxes & gratuities. The search was also frustrating because it felt like my fiance and I were on completely separate pages!! That sucked.
For a while I thought it had to be outside of the GTA to be gorgeous AND affordable but ended up being VERY surprised to find an amazing place in Mississauga: Credit Valley Golf & Country Club. Yup, a golf club, after all. The catering manager there (Teresa) is really nice and helpful, the setting is amazing (the photos online don’t do it justice), the location is convenient for all my 100 guests, the golf stuff is pretty separate from the catering side, and they only do one event at a time… I love it.
Take a look at it. I’m pretty sure they accomodate up to 230 or something. Their grounds and patio are AMAZING.
They’re all booked for summer of 2012 though. Last I checked, they had some May dates, June 30th, Sept 1st, and Oct 20th and 27th available. You’ll have to check with them though. They may just be worth waiting until summer of 2013 if your ideal summer date is taken in 2012.
Other ones we considered:
- Atlantis (this was a close second for us!)
- Radisson Admiral Hotel (close third!!)
Other places we looked at:
- Kortright (outdoorsy and cute, but not polished enough)
- Red Crest (pretty and very reasonably priced, but too far)
- Capitol Events Theatre (unique, but too pricy)
- 99 Sudbury (different, but not sure about neighbourhood and having to rent everything)
- 1 King West (gorgeous but pricy)
- St. Andrews Conference Centre (views similar to Canoe, but too banquet hall-ish)
- McNeil Room at Whistlers (very nice interior & pricing, but views/locale nothing special)
- Archeo (nice vibe in Distillery district, but pricey)
- Carlu (pretty but OMG $250-300 a head!)
- Liberty Grand (pretty classy but too big for our group, also pricey)
- Miller Lash House (nice property, but too pricey overall, not including catering)
- Rosewater Room (very nice)
- Thompson Toronto (classy and modern, but pricy)
- Halton Hills Place (came recommended but we thought it was too far)
- Banquet Royale (they were fantastic for my sister’s wedding, but they are do have typical banquet hall look)
- Eagle’s Nest Golf Club (nice and friedly, but the smaller room for 100 on the top floor was the least nice of the ones they had)
Post # 10
@caterinacanadese: Where in the Distillery District did you have your reception? I’m having mine at Archeo…..very nervous about the whole thing. I really, REALLY wanted the Boiler House but they’re going through renovations this year and will be closed during the summer. Archeo was the next best thing – I think….I hope!