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Most Unique Wedding Venues Toronto

Most Unique Wedding Venues Toronto (updated)

As Toronto wedding photographers, we have documented hundreds of  marriages. Here are the most unique wedding venues in Toronto according to brides, planners, photographers and other industry professionals.


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1. Thompson Hotel Toronto

Conveniently located in King West Village, one of Toronto's trendiest neighbourhoods, this unique event venue offers breathtaking views of the city skyline, phenomenal food and more. 

1.1 The Rooftop

One of the most unique features and main attraction of the Thompson Hotel is its rooftop, a perfect setting for outdoor wedding ceremonies and couple photo shoots. 

If you have your wedding ceremony on the rooftop and allocate 10 minutes for night photos, we guarantee stunning results.

1.2. The Lobby Bar & Mural

An interesting spot in this hotel is the lobby bar located next to the reception area. The bar features a large mural of Toronto skyline created by the Spanish artist Javier Mariscal. The mural constitutes the perfect backdrop for your family and wedding party photos if the weather does not cooperate.

1.3. Screening Room

Another unique feature of this hotel is the screening room, often used for private screenings and presentations. Here is where during dinner, we usually take the bride and groom for a series of romantic photos. The screening room is very close to the hall where your wedding reception will take place at Thompson Hotel.

If the weather is beautiful on your special day, we can take wedding party photos in the Victoria Memorial Square Park located across from the hotel.


Best One King West Wedding Photographer

2. ONE KING WEST HOTEL

Another unique banquet hall located in downtown Toronto is One King West. A former Dominion Bank building, the hotel offers several of halls perfect for your wedding reception and ceremony. 

Among this venue's most distinctive features we can list the cool vault, the longest bar in Canada and a huge banquet hall as well as smaller rooms for more intimate weddings.  

If you plan a wedding at One King West, the hotel offers so many beautiful photography backdrops that you won't even need to go outdoors to shoot if the weather is bad. Among many unique locations at One King West, we love the following:

2.1. The Grand Banking Hall

The Grand Banking Hall (photo above - 8,000 sq. ft. event space) can accommodate up to 500 guests and boasts 45 ft ceilings and the longest bar in Canada (100 ft counter).

2.2 The Vault

Another unique room is The Vault. A former vault of Dominion Bank, it is now one of the most famous photography locations in the city and used for fashion photo shoots and in movies. This special room can host smaller events up to 80 guests.

Tip for the bride and groom: If you are getting married at a different event venue and want to take your couple photos at the vault, you will need a photography permit. 

The Vault is very popular and it is common to have two photoshoots going on at the same time. Allocate extra time on your wedding day for a photo shoot at this location.

2.3. Austin Gallery

This 2000 sq. ft. two story room is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony or an intimate event. Your friends and family can watch you walk down the aisle from the large balcony or sitting in the main space that can accommodate up to 100 guests seated or 300 guests if you have a cocktail reception. 

2.4. Fifteen Hundred

Located on the fourteen floor of the hotel, this intimate wedding venue boasts floor to ceiling windows, a private rooftop terrace and breathtaking views of the financial district. 

You can see a full One King West wedding album here.  

For more information, please visit One King West website.


Groom Lifts Bride at Liberty Grand Wedding

3. Liberty Grand

This special 100,000 square feet luxurious event venue located on the shores of Lake Ontario, minutes from downtown Toronto, is unlike any other in the GTA. The Beaux-Arts building was built in 1926 and offers three luxurious banquet halls and one open concept event space, plus a courtyard. 

3.1. Governor's Room

Governor's Room is the largest hall (8,000 square feet) that boasts high ceilings (27 ft), french doors and a massive oak staircase.  With a capacity of up to 1500 people, this exceptional ballroom meets the exigent requirements of today's discerning couples.

3.2. Centennial Room and Renaissance Room

These two banquet halls (5,500 square feet each) are the mirror  image of each other and can accommodate up to 300 people in a banquet style setting. The massive arched windows give the bride and groom beautiful views of Lake Ontario. Each of the two share has its own foyer that can host your cocktail hour.

3.3. The Artifacts Room

This hall offers 20,000 of open space that you can design in whichever way you desire. The Artifacts room offers unmatched sound and lighting systems and often hosts fashion shows, TIFF opening nights and other high end events. 

A notable feature of the hall is its private terrace and the semi-private lobby.

3.1. The Courtyard

The triangular courtyard can accommodate up to 400 people and is the perfect setting for your outdoor wedding ceremony. Also, this is our favourite spot to take bridal party and family photos.

Please visit this page for a full wedding album at Liberty Grand. If you are interested in more information and tips on how to make your special day perfect , please visit our complete Liberty Grand wedding guide.


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4. Berkeley Church

Berkeley Church is a former church built in 1871 that was converted into an exceptional event space.

Berkeley Church unique features include a grand ballroom adorned with fireplaces, a Victorian inspired bar, a 60 ft ceiling towering over a sui generis 17 ft high stained glass windows. In addition, the establishment offers a mezzanine, a wine cellar, the Circa Lounge and a private courtyard. One of the hidden gems of Berkeley Church is its outstanding acoustic. 

4.1. The Grand Ballroom

This is the perfect venue for a cocktail reception or a sittingspecial event and can accommodate 330 seated guests or 580 if you plan a cocktail reception. 

To give you an idea of its size, the space has approximatively 3,600 square feet.

String lights hanging over the Grand Ballroom create a warm and inviting atmosphere while the 450 square feet stage makes this event space perfect for a lavish wedding ceremony. 

Among the most beautiful elements of the Grand Ballroom are the two fireplaces, 11 painted wooden columns a beautiful plank hardwood floor and the Victorian inspired bar. 

4.2. The Mezzanine

The Mezzanine is located on the second floor and offers 2,850 sq. ft. of trendy elegance. It is generally used for more intimate wedding ceremonies and it is perfect to host your cocktail hour.

In our travels to Berkeley Church I have seen the mezzanine host live bands, sushi bars, cigar rollers, photo booths and other attractions your guests will adore. 

The 17 feet stained glass windows create a perfect backdrop for your ceremony and intimate photos of the newlyweds. 

4.3. The Circa Lounge

This is an intimate room (1,000 square feet) used for winter indoor photo shoots, bridal party and family photos and it is adjacent to the courtyard.

4.4. The Wine Cellar

The 500 sq. ft. wine cellar is mainly used for bride and groom photo shoots and to host your cocktail hour.

4.5. The Courtyard

The Berkeley Church intimate courtyard offers 1200 sq. ft. of garden space that can be used for your cocktail hour and a perfect spot for night shots.

Tip

The establishment is only 1 km from distillery district and you could have a first look and your photo shoot there before you head to your ceremony.

Please visit this page for a full Berkeley Church wedding album.  


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5. EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS

Evergreen Brick Works is the second most popular venue in the GTA. Located near downtown Toronto, the  event venue is a unique setting for your special day. 

What makes it so particularly remarkable? The location features splendid backdrops for wedding photos from graffiti walls (above), greenery, heritage buildings, brick kilns, greenery, a pond, winding pathways and much more. 

Evergreen Brick Works is also a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainability and eco conscious couples love this green venue. 

5.1. Frances and Tim Prince Terrace

You could have an outdoor wedding ceremony on the Frances and Tim Prince Terrace, a 7,500 square feet space overlooking the pond and capable of accommodating 250 guests. Also, the terrace gives you the perfect backdrop for family photos. 

5.2. CRH Gallery and Koerner Gardens

Large weddings are hosted by the vast CRH Gallery and Koerner Gardens a space totalling 28,000 square feet of history and modern elegance. The two spaces can accomodate up to 2,500 guests and are the home to beer festivals and farmer markets. 

TIPs

CRH Gallery is a perfect spot for your first look! Also, don't forget to take a few photos along the winding pathways. 

If you are planning to have your engagement session here, the best time to shoot is early in the morning before the tourists arrive. 



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6. Storys Building

The multi floor building is the perfect venue for the sophisticated brides and grooms who are looking for a venue full of character, EXCELLENT food and service in the heart of our beautiful city. Storys building hosts plenty of movie premiere parties especially during TIFF and if it is good enough for George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, it might do for you as well. 

The exposed ductwork, wooden beams and brick walls, the string lights and chandeliers create a perfect ambiance for your ceremony and reception. The space (14,000 square feet) is divided in multiple floors that will host different parts of your day. 

Generally, couples tie the knot on the second floor while the third floor is prepared for the cocktail hour. Afterwards, guests enjoy the hors d'oeuvres and drinks on the third floor while the staff prepares the second floor for dinner. After dinner, everyone heads to the third floor for the dances and drinks. 

If you want to see a full Storys building wedding we photographed, please visit this gallery.

Given the popularity of this super trendy historical building, you might want to secure your date early. The venue is also home to one of Toronto's high end Byblos restaurant (you can also choose offsite catering). 

We highly recommend taking some night shots around the building and we can show you a few spots where in 5-10 minutes we can create magic images you will cherish forever.


King Edward Hotel Photographers

7. KING EDWARD HOTEL

King Edward is one of the our favourite event spaces in town for a few reasons. First, the hotel offers perfect backdrops for your wedding photos. The library, the columns on the second floor and more. Second, the rooms are beautiful and the food and service are stellar. After all, King Eddie is a five star hotel built for royalty. Also, its location is unbeatable, minutes from subway, Eaton Centre and the financial district.

The venue underwent massive renovations in until 2017 and it looks stunning.

7.1. Crystal Ballroom

The 5,000 sq. ft. room is the dream venue for your big day with floor to ceiling windows that allow you to admire the downtown area and Lake Ontario form the 17th floor of the splendid hotel. It can accommodate up to 280 guests.

The room received its name from the massive chandeliers adorned with crystals that complement the wall sconces in creating a warm and exclusive atmosphere. 

7.2. The Vanity Fair Ballroom

This large ballroom is located at the second level and boasts an arched dome and two large crystal chandeliers, a large dance floor and it can accommodate up to 280 guests. 

7.3. The Sovereign Ballroom

The Sovereign ballroom delights the couples with its Edwardian architecture and bright, dreamy look due in part to its massive floor to ceiling windows and high ceilings. The room can accommodate up to 190 guests. 

7.4. The Windsor Ballroom

The Windsor Ballroom is located at the lower level and can host weddings up to 150 guests.

7.5. Knightsbridge and Belgravia

The two hidden gems of King Edward Hotel are perfect for intimate weddings and couples usually get married in the Belgravia Room and have their intimate reception in Knightsbridge Room.


Chateau le Parc Night Shot

8. Chateau Le Parc

Chateau Le Parc is a brand new and modern event venue located north of Toronto, perfect for the couples who are looking for for an amazing experience.  And among its special features we love the courtyard, the two halls, two futuristic side entrances with splendid lighting fixtures, the two bridal suites, the lobby, perfect for wedding photos and more. 

8.1. The Halls (A and B)

The two halls showcase state of the art sound and lighting systems, screens that project live video from your wedding, dry ice and mist equipment and more. Each of them can accommodate 250-300 guests.

8.2. The Courtyard

The covered courtyard is perfect for outdoor weddings and has a capacity of 200 guests. Its canopy will protect you and your guests from the strong sun during the hot Toronto summers. It has direct access from Hall B and during your wedding reception, your guests can enjoy a drink outdoors. The courtyard is also perfect for taking romantic bride and groom portraits and bridal party photos.

8.3. Parking

While some venues are notorious for lack of parking spaces, Chateau Le Parc offers plenty of outdoor and indoor parking (and valet parking if you so desire).


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9. ATLANTIS PAVILIONS




Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding - The Courtyard

10. Toronto Botanical Garden



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11. KORTRIGHT CENTRE FOR CONSERVATION

Do you dream about having about getting married in a forest? Do you want your special day to have a rustic wedding feel without travelling too far outside the GTA? In that case, you might want to consider having a Kortright Centre wedding.

On your special day you can have an outdoor ceremony, dance under the stars, walk along splendid forest pathways, go horse riding and take advantage of many other unique features of this wedding venue. 

Kortright Centre is the third most popular wedding venue in Toronto by Google searches.

12. CASA LOMA

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