This article provides relevant information that will help you make your Toronto Botanical Garden wedding a success. First, I included a list of the best locations and times for photography, information on the venue, the gardens, parking, accommodation and much more. Also, you can find more gorgeous images taken in the gardens at the end of the article.
Because the city of Toronto was the establishment, this is one of the most affordable wedding venues in the GTA. Here is some information on renting spaces. The fees cover only the space or rental and do not include the food and beverages, DJ, wedding photographer, decor, etc. The cost is the same whether you have only a ceremony or a ceremony and reception.
The Floral Hall is a is a 3,400 sq. ft. room that can accommodate up to 200 guests. The adjoining patio can be used as a cocktail area and for ceremonies and can accommodate up to 145 guests when set up as a theatre. The Courtyard features a water wall in the patio. Large skylights in the room let in lots of natural lighting. The base rental rate for this room is $3100 on a Saturday or $2600 on a Friday or Sunday, on a long weekend Sunday the rate is $3,100.
In addition to the rental rate there are mandatory fees:
For more information on the SOCAN fees, please visit the SOCAN licensing page
The approximate cost including the additional mandatory charges for the the Floral Hall will be $4,300. This includes the tables, chairs, podium, projector screen and basic A/V equipment. The rental fee gives you access to the garden grounds for free (a wedding photography permit costs $275). Please note that if you want to photograph in Edward Gardens you need to purchase a permit from the City of Toronto by calling 416-392-8188.
Important Information about renting the spaces. You'll be able to access the venue from 10 a.m. on your wedding day. Your reception should end by 1 a.m. because the staff has to tear down tables, the decorations and to clean up the space by 2 will a.m.
Garden Hall can accommodate up to 80 guests for a reception with a dance floor and the Garden Hall patio can seat up to 120 guests theatre style for ceremonies or be used for cocktail receptions (max. 100 people). This space features beautiful light fixtures and a patio surrounded by a water channel with a waterfall. The base rental rate of this room is $1,300 on a Saturday or $1,200 on a Friday or Sunday.
To see that the gardens offer beautiful backdrops for your wedding day an engagement portraits would be a massive understatement. I personally prefer the following settings.
As a Toronto wedding photographer, I always try to take advantage of the best light possible. The light is the first step in achieving a great image. The best time to photograph the wedding day and engagement portraits is during the golden hour. The following two tables present the morning and the evening Golden hours. For more precise sunrise and sunsets by day and location, please visit this page.
Table 1: Morning Golden hour in Greater Toronto Area
|Month||Morning Golden Hour|
|January||7:50 - 8:50 a.m.|
|February||7:20 - 8:20 a.m.|
|March||7:30 - 8:30 a.m.|
|April||6:30 - 7:30 a.m.|
|May||5:50 - 6:50 a.m.|
|June||5:35 - 6:35 a.m.|
|July||5:50 - 6:50 a.m.|
|August||6:20 - 7:20 a.m.|
|September||7:00 - 8:00 a.m.|
|October||7:30 - 8:30 a.m.|
|November||7:10 - 8:10 a.m.|
|December||7:40 - 8:40 a.m.|
Table 2: Evening Golden hour in Greater Toronto Area
|Month||Evening Golden Hour|
|January||4:00 - 5:00 p.m.|
|February||4:40 - 5:40 p.m.|
|March||6:20 - 7:20 p.m.|
|April||7:00 - 8:00 p.m.|
|May||7:30 - 8:30 p.m.|
|June||8:00 - 9:00 p.m.|
|July||8:00 - 9:00 p.m.|
|August||7:20 - 8:20 p.m.|
|September||6:20 - 7:20 p.m.|
|October||5:30 - 6:30 p.m.|
|November||4:00 - 5:00 p.m.|
|December||3:40 - 4:40 p.m.|
Parking is free at TBG and donations are welcome. Unfortunately, you cannot reserve parking for your guests and there have been cases where parking was insufficient. That is the case, your best bet is to find street parking on Blaine Dr., Brian Cliff Dr. and Lakefield Dr., located within five minutes walk from the gardens entrance.
If you have out of town guests, you should be aware that the establishment has an agreement with Westin Price Toronto hotel located 6km from the gardens. Ask them for any specials they have on group reservations.
Luke and Cam had a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the patio adjoining the Floral Hall. In the image below you can see how splendid the place looks.
Cam got ready in the Studio 2 upstairs. The photographs below are only a few of the many shots I took during the bride's preparation.
The following image of the bride putting on her veil is one of my favourites.
As we were running out of time, the bride left for the outdoor ceremony.
The picture below captures not only the beauty of this wedding venue, but also the intensity of the processional.
A perfect spot for a group shot is the Arrival Courtyard in front of the main building.
After the traditional group photos we moved to the wedding portraits session, my favourite part of the day.
Cam and Luke's reception was held in the Floral Hall. The couple prepared a few surprises for the guests. Below you can see the lions dance in a cinematic picture that reminds us of a James Bond movie.
During the evening we took a few more creative shots. Among them, the picture below is my favourite.
If you prefer to watch the video clip containing highlights of the day, please find it below.