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Wedding Venues

I'm starting to do research for my wedding. Does anybody have recommendations for venues to accommodate 100 or fewer people that's nice without breaking the bank?

Maybe another way to ask is, where did you do your wedding and why did you end up picking that particular one out of the hundreds available across the GTA, and would you still recommend it? TIA
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stryder1587 wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 11:26 am
I'm starting to do research for my wedding. Does anybody have recommendations for venues to accommodate 100 or fewer people that's nice without breaking the bank?

Maybe another way to ask is, where did you do your wedding and why did you end up picking that particular one out of the hundreds available across the GTA, and would you still recommend it? TIA
Weddings inherently will most likely break the bank.

Best bet is to do off season (if $ is #1 priority). Vendors are most likely to give big discounts, and more room to bargain.

That said, we had ours 3 yrs ago, in January. Sunny, -5, and 1 inch of snow. Perfect for outdoor pics, and wasn't brutally cold.

Venue was at Le Jardin (one of the higher end venues around the GTA IMO), asian caterer for food. It was great for us, would recommend.

In season cost would've been around 50k, but since it was off season, it was slightly under 30k.

Such a good deal (as in RFD fashion).

Congrats btw!
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I had 58 people and held a ceremony and luncheon at Auberge du Pommier. We opted for a restaurant buyout, but for the food/drinks/service we got, we felt we got a good value from it.
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The Glenerin Inn and Spa is a unique getaway spot located just outside the busy city. Their outdoor space is the perfect urban oasis for an intimate ceremony and completely private!
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Check out Golf & Country clubs. We did ours at one and it was nice with the different backdrop (vs a venue with 4 walls and no window).
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Just attended a wedding at the Granite Brewery in Toronto. Food, drinks, Dj and ceremony.
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Had ours this year at JUMP downtown. Excellent service and food and was CHEAP for what you get downtown.

Service was impeccable - everyone raved about it. When we had our tasting we were disappointed but the chef made EVERY suggestion and brought us back for another free tasting and it was fantastic! They were very open to all suggestions!

They set up everything except for florals.

We had 88 guests total and paid the venue under $14k (taxes, tips all in) for a four course meal, 3 canapes each, all drinks that we wanted offered (no hard liquor but you can offer that) , ceremony, set up, menus etc. Minimum spend was $7k for the entire restaurant (Sunday long weekend). For everything they did for us, I don;t know how they made money from us.

You add your own decor (you won't need much since it's a beautiful restaurant).

The rest is on you, we brought in our own desserts at night (cheaper than restaurant), flowers (minimal), DJ etc etc.

In total we spent $23k for everything and we had it on Victoria Day (Sunday) long weekend.

Parking for guests was $2 underground direct access! Pretty good for downtown.

Oh and in true RFD fashion we paid using AMEX on multiple cards to maximize the points and spending minimums ($5k, $5k, $3k and $3k) so we got a ton of points. The venue even encouraged us!

Responses were pretty prompt and they were always nice and friendly. They basically wanted your wedding to run as smoothly as possible.
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avrilcc wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 2:19 pm
The Glenerin Inn and Spa is a unique getaway spot located just outside the busy city. Their outdoor space is the perfect urban oasis for an intimate ceremony and completely private!
It's beautiful but a few things, my brother had his wedding there and 3 things stood out to us which was negative:
1) too many separate spaces
2) food is terrible and service was so-so
3) reception room looks beautiful, bright but in photos, it looks pretty bad, plain and boring since the background is all white white white with oddly located emergency signs and other bright coloured stuff you don't want and it was quite cramped
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Stressful time indeed.
I had 350+ guests at my wedding ("+" were those that did not RSVP).
My suggestion would be to rent a hall and decorations and bring in your own catering etc...
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Sunday of a long weekend worked out for us, but not every venue honor Sunday discounts for long weekends.

We had ours at Ancaster Mill - venue and food was amazing, planning
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I had mine at Estate of Sunny Brook but in the larger room. There are small rooms in the back, but likely on the pricier side. Depends on how much people drink. A la carte menu really isn't too bad.
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Had ours at the Thompson Hotel and would definitely recommend.

Wedding packages jump every year so secure our pricing as soon as possible.
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What kind of wedding do you want? There's plenty of places that can host 100 people in Canada.

Think about what you want first and then go around asking random places that people might not think of. Let them know what you want though. You can always get like some chef to cater on the location that you pick! It's a once in a lifetime experience, be creative and cost effective!

Lastly, be responsible. Don't ruin someone's place in your once in a lifetime experience.
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Just to update this thread, thanks for all the helpful responses!
We had consultations at Ancaster Mill, Spencers at Waterfront, St George Golf and Country, Old Mill, Kortwright Centre, Arlington Estate, Willowspring Wineries, Angus Glen Golf Club, Oakview Terrace and Guild Inn.
We ultimately decided on Guild Inn because we liked the huge windows backing on to Guildwood Park (good for photos), newly renovated this year (April/May 2017), price was within our budget and within GTA.

The next step is booking photographer/videographer. Any recommendations?

For invitations, we were thinking online (e-invitations). There are some that think you can't replace the personal touch of a well design hand mailed card, while some think it's a waste of paper, costs more and people don't end up sending mail replies anyway and easier to manage RSVP's online. What do you guys think? Are there any good online invitation companies you'd recommend? There are some free ones, but some have ads in them. We want to be able to customize the response options so they can reply whether they attend ceremony only, reception only, or both, so we can keep track.

Thanks!
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stryder1587 wrote:
Dec 4th, 2017 2:04 pm
Just to update this thread, thanks for all the helpful responses!
We had consultations at Ancaster Mill, Spencers at Waterfront, St George Golf and Country, Old Mill, Kortwright Centre, Arlington Estate, Willowspring Wineries, Angus Glen Golf Club, Oakview Terrace and Guild Inn.
We ultimately decided on Guild Inn because we liked the huge windows backing on to Guildwood Park (good for photos), newly renovated this year (April/May 2017), price was within our budget and within GTA.

The next step is booking photographer/videographer. Any recommendations?

For invitations, we were thinking online (e-invitations). There are some that think you can't replace the personal touch of a well design hand mailed card, while some think it's a waste of paper, costs more and people don't end up sending mail replies anyway and easier to manage RSVP's online. What do you guys think? Are there any good online invitation companies you'd recommend? There are some free ones, but some have ads in them. We want to be able to customize the response options so they can reply whether they attend ceremony only, reception only, or both, so we can keep track.

Thanks!
Assuming you know the people you invite well, you should already know their preferred ways of communication and their habit.

You can send invitation out all you want but if people don't look at them, they won't know.

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