Looking for a non-religious site in the GTA for your wedding ceremony? Here are some suggestions.
While there are many beautiful outdoor garden options in Toronto, such as Edward Gardens, we’ll try to highlight some indoor sites or outdoor covered sites, which are harder to find.
Toronto has sure seen a huge growth in cool, hip and non-traditional wedding venues since I got married. Here are just some you might want to consider, many are available as a reception space as well, but depending on your wedding guest list, they may not fit all your guests.
Salon at the Toronto Reference Library
I know, not the first place you thought to look at right? But what a beautiful sleek modern space!
Capacity: 350-400 seated
Location: Bloor & Yonge
The Wedding Chapel, downtown Toronto, capacity 35
A quaint site for a small ceremony, conveniently located downtown. The hall even provides full service packages that includes the officiant, photography, and decoration service.
Heintzman House (Uptown Bayview and Steeles) is a stately house with a solarium, grand sitting room, and outdoor site for wedding ceremonies.
Many art galleries also offer their facility for events. The AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) makes an impressive and memorable space for your ceremony, but it doesn’t come cheap (starting at $3,000). Also check out Blue Dot Gallery in the Distillery District for a smaller but still modern ceremony space.
Berkeley Church, downtown Toronto
A former church turned into an event site, this place offers the look of a religious site for couples looking for a non-religious alternative.
Most banquet halls can accomodate your ceremony as well, usually by converting your hall for both purposes. Some halls also have a gorgeous garden site. In particular, Shangri-La Banquet Hall in Markham offers a separate indoor ceremony site so you can have 2 separate indoor spaces for both events.
A hip, urban loft style space with exposed ceiling and chandelier, with a rooftop terrace to boot.
Location: Queen West (Bathrust)
Location: Queen West (Dufferin)
A loft style space downtown with the same exposed bricks and high ceilings. The venue has separations to allow you to create rooms for different experience.
2nd Floor Events
Location: King West (Spadina)
Oakville Terrace, Markham
If you’d like to have an outdoor ceremony, the terrace offers an area that’s outside but covered so you won’t have to worry about a rain plan.
There is also a slew of great restaurants in Toronto that can host your ceremony and reception.
Finally, the City of Toronto has a number of Civic Centers open for ceremony bookings, but they are often not the best looking sites. Markham Wedding Chapel (capacity: 8-45 ppl) is one of the better City of Toronto Civic sites. But, the city also has a number of historic sites and museums that are open for weddings.