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Planning a Wedding in Toronto
Although planning the wedding is exciting, you must remember the legal aspects such as the marriage license. In Toronto, the law states that you must have:
- Proper ID
- Both partners must be over the age of 18
- There are no citizenship or residency requirements
- Proof of foreign or Canadian divorce (if applicable)
- If you are getting married through a church, make sure you check their requirements beforehand.
The average cost for Toronto weddings range from $20,000 to $35,000, depending on many different variables.
Items to include while planning a Toronto wedding are; your budget, number of guests, region, and will it be an indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony. The season you wish to get married in will help decide if you will have an indoor or outdoor wedding in Toronto.
Indoor weddings are great for all seasons and offer a wider canvas for choosing your color schemes. Outdoor weddings are great in the spring, summer and fall. The seasons in Toronto allow more room for theme weddings and the scenery provides a natural colour scheme.
A Toronto wedding guide will help you arrange for all the small details. Items to look for in a Toronto wedding guide would be jewellery stores, bridal registries, wedding cakes, flowers, invitations, officiants and limousine rentals. There are online guides and wedding planners that can help you with this in Toronto.
Toronto Wedding Venues
Depending on what you are looking for, Toronto wedding venues vary from churches, temples, outdoors, and everything in between. The price ranges for venues in Toronto vary from $7,000 to $20,000 depending on location and number of guests attending.
Many hotels in downtown Toronto also offer magnificent halls for weddings and receptions. Some restaurants also provide space for weddings and receptions. Items to look for, especially if you are getting married in downtown Toronto, are parking and handicap accessibility.
Being a multicultural society, Toronto is the one of the best places for cultural weddings. Each region of the city (Little Italy, Little India, Chinatown etc) offers venues, officiants and related services geared towards your specific religion or culture.
For outdoor Toronto wedding venues there are beautiful conservation areas promoting green living. Most outdoor venues in Toronto now cater to the green earth philosophy. Other options for outdoor Toronto weddings are the many parks surrounding the city.
Cruises are very popular for Toronto weddings. Most ships travel around Toronto or towards the Toronto Islands. Prices range from $1,000 to $3,000 and can hold from 50 to 100 guests, depending on the boat size.
Same Sex Marriage in Toronto
Same sex marriage has been legal in Ontario since June 11th, 2003. Officiants are the personnel who actually perform your wedding ceremony. They can be performed through a church or a justice of the peace. Officiants in Toronto usually cost on average around $350 to $400. If you are acquiring an officiant through your church, you may require extra information such as proof of baptism.
Toronto Wedding Gowns
Let us not forgot one of the most important part of the wedding; the brides dress. Wedding gowns in Toronto are not hard to find, especially downtown. Toronto also holds regular Bridal and Wedding shows. The most popular one being Canada’s Wedding Expo. They also offer accessories such as veils, shoes, tiaras and bridesmaid gowns for a lower cost than you’d find in a bridal store.
Toronto Wedding Photographers
Wedding photographers are all over in Toronto and costs range from $2,500 to $7,000 depending on what kind of photography services you are looking for. Some photographers offer a lower price, but keep in mind the quality and experience of the photographers.
Toronto Wedding Cakes
Wedding cakes are an important aspect in any wedding. Toronto wedding cakes vary in price depending on the design, complexity, and size based upon the number of guests attending. Toronto has some of the best wedding cake bakers.
Toronto Wedding Rings
Wedding rings can be purchased all around Toronto. Some of the chain stores are well known for quality, cut and customer service. There are also many independent jewellery stores that offer great prices and quality products. It is always a good idea to research your jewellery store to find out where they receive their diamonds and others stones from.
Toronto weddings are always unique, and the city offers great variety in regards to themes and religious ceremonies.
Getting married? Looking for a great wedding venue? Toronto has some of the best wedding venues available. We have listed some of these popular wedding ceremony venues below.
Ever thought of a castle wedding? Casa Loma is a castle in the middle of the city. A magical place with stables, secret passageways, turrets and 5 acres of gardens. This offers a surprisingly affordable wedding venue in a regal setting.
The Carlu is great for a luxury wedding. Step back in time to the 1930s offering world-class style and service of an era gone by. This is an exclusive wedding venue and is a gracious oasis in downtown Toronto.
The Elgin and Wintergarden Theatre offers you an elegant wedding venue with two Edwardian auditoriums to choose from. It has a whimsical atmosphere and a magical décor that make it a beautiful wedding venue.
The Japanese Canadian Cultural is a lovely and unique wedding venue. The architecture of the cultural center is both modern and rooted in Japanese style. Both large and small wedding receptions can be accommodated at this affordable wedding ceremony site.
The Design Exchange is housed in the former 1937 Stock Exchange building. It is now the heart of design in Canada and is a unique wedding venue. It is a popular wedding venue whether you are planning a small intimate wedding ceremony or a large glamorous wedding reception.
The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is a charming and beautifully restored Victorian School House built in 1848. It is a small, romantic and inexpensive wedding venue.
The Distillery District, Toronto Life Magazine calls it “the hippest address in town”. Originally a thriving whiskey distillery, it has now been transformed into a village entirely dedicated to arts, culture and entertainment. Their buildings offer some of the best wedding event facilities in the city and a really fun place for the ceremony or reception.
The Edward Day Gallery is a commercial contemporary art gallery. All art exhibits remain intact for the duration of your wedding, making this an original and unique wedding venue.
The Richmond is Toronto’s first Green Venue. The Richmond is committed to reducing the environmental footprint of each event to a minimum. The event space is a blank canvas in a gallery setting. This is unique wedding venue for small inexpensive wedding receptions.
Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall are two of Toronto’s landmark concert and event venues. These venues offer unique wedding event spaces for large wedding receptions in Toronto’s downtown core.
Toronto Bata Shoe Museum an unusual venue that offers a dramatic setting for small wedding receptions and ceremonies. The building is in a modern style that features details forged in glass, steel, leather and wood. It offers a memorable and unique wedding venue.
The Rosehill is a stylish venue that is centrally located in midtown Toronto. For an intimate wedding, the Rosehill effortlessly combines elegance with versatility. It is one of Toronto’s “hidden gems” of small inexpensive wedding venues.
The Royal Ontario Museum is a wedding venue that surrounds your wedding guests with the priceless collections of Canada’s largest museum. This is a truly beautiful wedding party venue that will leave a lasting impression on your guests.
The St. Lawrence Hall is an elegant wedding venue. Guests walk up the grand staircase to the Great Hall with its huge gas-lit chandelier and into a world of red plush furnishings and fine paintings and décor. It is a beautiful and luxurious wedding party venue.
George Brown House was built in 1876 for the founder of The Globe newspaper. This carefully restored mansion offers four private rooms available to rent. Decorated in period style and complemented by modern amenities this venue offers a gracious and intimate setting for your wedding.
The Estates of Sunnybrook hosts small weddings from 25 to 150 guests in two historic mansions set on 42 acres of landscaped gardens. Whether you are looking for an outdoor summer garden wedding, or a cozy indoor winter wedding ceremony, the Estates of Sunnybrook offer you an elegant wedding venue environment.
Most of these venues offer one stop shopping including catering, rentals, staffing, insurance liquor permits, and gratuities. These venues also have a preferred list of photographers, videographers, wedding planners, DJs’ musicians, wedding cake designers, table linen, chair covers, florists, and decorators they recommend and use frequently.
With all these Toronto wedding venues to choose from you can be sure to have a wedding ceremony and reception truly beyond the ordinary and an experience to be remembered by all in the years to come.