Preparing to say ‘I do?’ to something other than the uninspiring, dime a dozen banquet hall or dreary church basement? Look no further than your own backyard. Check out these alternative event spots for your big day. Already married? Drop these hints the next time you’re dragged to an engagement party. You won’t be sorry.
Known for their gourmet cafés, Balzac’s in the Distillery District is home to more than just great aromas. Housed inside the historic Pump House, this site is the perfect setting for your nearly traditional nuptials, with unique touches and an honourable nod to the city’s rich history.
This ultra-stylish east end office space co-op can also be the setting for your magical day. In addition to the stunning interiors, the architecture and refurbished bones are ideal for photography shoots or a sophisticated reception.
If stark white is a part of your mood board, then the striking interior aesthetic of District 28 is your ideal match. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto’s Studio District, these stylish organizers can throw together an impressive, editorial-approved function in a pinch.
In addition to serving up delicious coffee, this urban roastery works as the ideal backdrop for your special day. Once a metal factory, the industrial space features rustic accents, exposed brick, high ceilings and lots of light—for up to 150 of your best friends.
The iconic (and massive!) Steam Whistle Brewery is a wild alternative for your intimate vow exchange (30 guests), or your massive blow-out reception (750). Also, pilsners within reach at all times? No brainer.
Bask in the sumptuous foliage and serene vistas, or take it inside to the rustic, exposed-brick shell. Everybody’s favourite offbeat outdoor space offers everything you could want for your scenic ceremony.
Recently named winner of the 2016 Favourite Canadian Event Venue, this charming (despite its name) locale—another Distillery District gem—is a perfect canvas for your décor dream, and (BONUS!) adjacent to the heavenly Cluny Bistro.
Fitness buffs look no further. Housed within a restored glass factory, this versatile space, which also features a state-of-the-art gym, film studio and after-hours nightclub, can also be rented for personal milestone events.
The popular community centre and park in the Bracondale Hill neighbourhood (Christie Street + St. Clair Avenue West) features impressive outdoor views, and delightful landscapes for those all-important post-nup shots.