It’s time for another wedding post! Last year, I wrote a list of 7 types of wedding venues and this list is Part 2. I compiled this list due to finding more venues I wanted to share. Be sure to check out my list of questions to ask to determine your wedding venue. Disclaimer: The links in this post are Canada-specific. But let me know in the comments if you’d like me to add venues in the U.S and other countries.
Casa Loma in Toronto, Parkwood estate in Oshawa, Hacienda Sarria in Kitchener
If you’re looking for a regal wedding venue then estates would be a great option. Estates are majestic and grand. Many popular estates would have been the location for events since as film shoots, award dinners and charity events. They offer many different spaces/rooms such as in the garden, or great hall or the library, which allow for many different places for photos. You can host your ceremony in the garden and your reception inside. The number of maximum guests will be based on the room and the venue size. Wedding packages will include an event coordinator, full menu (as they usually have an in-house chef), host bar and oftentimes a complimentary bridal suite. Most well-known estates could provide a tour for your guests prior to the reception.
2. Concert venues
The Kee to Bala, Arts Common in Calgary, Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall in Toronto
A concert venue is a unique and atypical choice for a wedding venue. A favourite concert venue could become the wedding venue to host your wedding. Concert venues vary greatly in size which means their rental fees can be vastly different. But the bigger, well-known venues such as, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto have a very high rental fee for their auditorium but have much lower rates for their lobbies, if you’re looking for a small space. Concert venues usually won’t have their own in-house caterer but will have a list of preferred caterers in their city. It’s a given that concert venues will have lighting, effects and audio/visual equipment. The dressing rooms can be used for the wedding party to get ready in. If you pick an outdoor concert venue, keep in mind that they may be open seasonally. Bigger, concert venues have several spaces you can take advantage of for your photos for examples, lobby, balconies and smaller rooms.
Fallsview Resort and Casino in Niagara, Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary
When I think about weddings and casinos, the first thing that comes to mind are wedding chapels in Vegas (I blame tv shows). But you can have an elegant wedding at a casino. I found that casinos which have a hotel connected to it will include accommodations for the wedding couple within their wedding packages. Casinos typically have ballrooms to hold the wedding reception and they range in size between 200 people to 500+ people, depending on the ballrooms. For example, Caesars Windor’s has a ballroom which can accommodate up to 1500 people! Wedding packages for casinos include lighting and audio/visual equipment, dance floor, podium, stage, linens, full dinner menus, host bar and cake cutting service. A benefit of having your weddingat a casino and resort is that your guests won’t need a shuttle bus to travel to/from their rooms. In addition, your guests can enjoy the amenities at the hotel such as indoor pools, sauna and steam rooms and of course, they can go to the casino!
Hart House at University of Toronto, Cecil Green Park House at University of BC
If you two met during college or university, you can honor your relationship by getting married at the place that started it all. As an alumni, you may qualify for perks such as a discount on your wedding package. Universities will often have a catering or event team to assist in planning your wedding. There will be multiple different size event rooms on campus to use. There will be ample parking on campus or near the campus. You can take wedding photos on various locations within campus including on the football field, great hall, lockers etc. Perhaps, you and your new spouse can take photos where you had your first kiss on campus.