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Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding – the Ultimate Guide

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 gorgeous images taken in Toronto Botanical Garden at the end of the article.

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding Cost

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.

Floral Hall Base Rental Rate

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 Toronto Botanical 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 BASE RENTAL RATE

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.

best locations for wedding day and engagement portraits

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.

The Best Time to Photograph At Toronto Botanical Garden

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

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.

Accomodation

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.

Tips For a Great Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding

TBG Wedding Pros and Cons

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Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding Album

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.

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding - The Courtyard

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.

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding - Bridal Portrait

The following image of the bride putting on her veil is one of my favourites.

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding - Bride Getting Ready

Bridal Portrait at Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding

As we were running out of time, the bride left for the outdoor ceremony.

Bride Heading to her Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding Ceremony

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding Bride Descending Stairs

The picture below captures not only the beauty of this wedding venue, but also the intensity of the processional.

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding Processional

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding Guests

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding Ceremony

A perfect spot for a group shot is the Arrival Courtyard in front of the main building.

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding - Group Photo

After the traditional group photos we moved to the wedding portraits session, my favourite part of the day.

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding - Newlyweds

Romance at Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding

Groom Lifts Bride at Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding Fun

Couple Having Fun at Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding

Intimate Moment at Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding

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.

Lion Dance at Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding

Children Have Fun at Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding Venue - Floral Hall

During the evening we took a few more creative shots. Among them, the picture below is my favourite.

Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding Silhouettes

If you prefer to watch the video clip containing highlights of the day, please find it below. 

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