Of course you can hold a fancy wedding at the Yacht Club, or a not-so-fancy but lovely wedding at the Rectory Cafe. For a beach wedding, you can try to get an event permit. - be prepared to be frustrated, though. If your event is casual, picnic permits are needed for groups over 25, or for a corporate party. If you mention the word 'wedding', always say "simple, low key, no fuss, civil ceremony" - and be prepared for lots of questions about props and confetti and high heels and champagne and photographer, etc. The only officially bookable spot on the island is the fountain at Center Island, available for up to 100 people with the Parks department, though you have to check with the Island Authority first.
Here is a handy pdf of the PICNIC SPOTS on the island - all numbered. The circle with the x is a fire pit. We suggest you go exploring before you call to ask about booking a wedding spot. And here's a Toronto bride, on her way to Algonquin island for a summer wedding and reception at the Algonquin Island Association clubhouse - which IS bookable for a large party.
Welcome to ElopeToronto.com!
Welcome to ElopeToronto.com! We provide simple, meaningful, secular (non-religious) Humanist marriage ceremonies in Toronto, legally equivalent to a 'civil ceremony' or 'justice of the peace' wedding, for couples looking for a personal alternative to a 'City Hall' - wedding. This blog discusses how to arrange small private, non-religious legal weddings, elopements, simple legal ceremonies for destination weddings (sometimes known as 'signings' or 'registration of a marriage'), and family-sized weddings. It complements our main site WeddingsofToronto.
Humanism is an ethical philosophy of living, stating that we all have the duty of care to lead ethical lives of compassion and respect, for each other, and for the world we all share. Humanist Wedding Ceremonies are simple, meaningful, non-religious marriage ceremonies written specifically for each couple, which reflect your wishes, your values, and your story. We also provide humanist ceremonies for baby-namings, memorials, and other life events.
See FAQ: HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING: How to get your license, find a location, legal requirements, divorce and witnesses, the process of 'signing the papers', aka "registering a wedding' and how to apply for your Certificate of Marriage Registration. See the Toronto Registry link for information on a MARRIAGE LICENSE and MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (online application, hours & location, fee, divorced applicants, IDs required, etc.)