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Are you looking for a wedding venue that comes complete with a little history? We’ve put together a list of 8 Toronto Wedding venues that do just that, some with over 100 years of history. Enjoy the list in no particular order…
Originally built in 1929 as one of Canada’s grand railway castles (er hotels) by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The hotel at 28 storeys tall was at the time the tallest building in the British Empire. Today it’s as grand as ever, and stands proud as one of Toronto’s nicest buildings. With banquet and accommodation space for hundreds of people you can expect to throw a grand wedding at this historic hotel. A little known (or maybe it’s a little more known nowadays) is that the hotels 13th floor rooftop is home to an organic garden complete with an apiary housing 3 queen bees and over 40,000 worker bees. Now if only we could round up that army of workers to put some finishing touches on your wedding decorations.
Set in the scenic Don Valley, Todmorden Mills is a set of historic buildings which were once part of the small industrial community of Todmorden. There are two historic millers homes that remain on location plus the Brewery building and the recently renovated Papermill Theatre and Gallery. Perhaps the piece that sets this location apart as a perfect wedding venue is the attached 10 hectare wildflower preserve. It’s managed by a local group and focuses on preserving the areas natural beauty. The walking trails through the forests, wet and dry lands, and the wildflowers are a perfect backdrop for a historic Toronto wedding.
I’m pretty convinced that the Evergreen Brickworks is one of the most magical locations in Toronto. It’s located in the Don Valley, has a rich history as an industrial facility and has been recently reborn into ”one of the top ten geotourism destinations in the world” accordingly to National Geographic. The facility offers a wide range of modern, eco friendly buildings and beautiful outdoor spaces. If you were going to shortlist your historic Toronto wedding venues I’d definitely recommend adding the Brickworks to your list.
Everytime we drive past Wychwood barns Ashleigh is always pointing it out saying how cool it looks. I’m not sure if that’s a hint about it being a perfect wedding location or just that it’s such a cool looking space. I’m a big fan of industrial buildings reborn especially when they are done with a respect for the original details that made the spaces so unique in the first place. These old TTC streetcar repair barns have been transformed into 60,000 square foot arts and cultural centre surrounded by over 100,000 square feet of public park. The space is awesome and would make a perfect wedding venue.
Going back to school to get married? Well sort of. I guess if you were lucky enough to go to school in a building that looked anything like this one going back to school for your wedding wouldn’t be so bad. Hart House’s Great hall is one of Canada’s foremost elegant and attractive venues in which to celebrate a wedding. The grandeur and charm of the Hall makes it the perfect setting for a romantic wedding. The property is so full of charm you might forget just how drunk the best men get at the wedding.
Allan Gardens Conservatory is over 100 years old and has over 16,000 square feet of greenhouse area. This garden is open to the public year-round. It contains tropical plants from all over the world from palm trees to cacti. There are also seasonal plantings throughout the year, the only catch is that it’s city run so you better get in line for a permit if you’re planning on holding your wedding here.
We are doing a post on historic venues so I didn’t think it would be complete without presenting an opportunity to literally step back in time for your wedding. Here you’ll have the opportunity to make you wedding feel like it took place in a typical crossroads community village found in the Toronto area during the 1800′s. The historic atmosphere, exceptional banquet facilities and catering services make Black Creek an ideal location for hosting small or large weddings.
I said earlier that the Royal York was one of Toronto’s nicest looking historic buildings. I might go out on a limb here and suggest that the building originally dubbed Eaton’s on College IS Toronto’s nicest historic building (funny seeing as how the same architect designed both buildings). Inside and out this is one gorgeous mix of Art Deco and Art Moderne. The Carlu is occupies the 7th floor of the building and is named after famed french Architect Jacques Carlu. With sleek lines, marble panelling and metal accents this space is a perfect fit for a lavish Toronto wedding. If you didn’t catch the Episode of HGTV’s design Inc. Sarah and Tommy put their special accent on the Clipper rooms here too.
Ok I know… I said 8, but number 9 couldn’t be left off this left. I can’t find proof of the statistic but we were told that the Distillery district is the second most popular wedding venue in North America. I wouldn’t doubt it considering they are often booked up to two years in advance. A brief history for you I scrounged together. The Distillery District is a national Historic Site with an incredibly rich history. The site was once The Gooderham and Worts Distillery, and represents the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America. In December 2001 an ambitious project was undertaken to restore The Distillery and its more than 40 buildings and transform it into a pedestrians-only village entirely dedicated to arts, culture and entertainment and of course weddings!