Welcome to ElopeToronto.com!

Welcome to ElopeToronto.com! We conduct simple, meaningful, secular (non-religious, non-denominational) humanist marriage ceremonies in Toronto, legally equivalent to a 'civil ceremony' or 'justice of the peace' wedding, for couples looking for an alternative to a 'City Hall' wedding. We also provide simple legal weddings for those planning a destination wedding. Mary is licensed as a Marriage Officiant by the Registrar General of Ontario, and the Ontario Humanist Society


Wedding in the wind and water

- in parkas and gloves and long underwear.  And hard to hear in the wind! - but oh, so very happy.  And then hot chocolate, and THEN wine!
Congratulations to everyone,  - you can see the wind on the waves!

House Call weddings - in your apartment!

A quiet morning wedding in a sunny apartment by the lake.  Just the couple, their witnesses, and me - and some yummy cupcakes.  And the cats, who knew something was up.  Best wishes and all happiness to this great (and funny) newly married couple!

Toronto's Historic Museums - Facility Rentals for weddings

Toronto's Historic Museums – facility rentals Here is their new website - info on renting historic sites for weddings. It's hard to find downtown sites, so MacKenzie House, for instance, is available @ $100 p/h (3 hour minimum).  That's the same price as the Hart House chapel, and about the same SIZE, basically - BUT, you have to pay for staffing as well, which is required at all city facilities. It looks like the East Sun Room at Spadina House is the same situation. And the rules can be strange, because the SITE and the GROUNDS are sometimes under different jurisdictions.  For instance:  it seems like  very inexpensive place would be the verandah at Colborne Lodge at High Park but again there is a 3 hour minimum (even if you don't use all that time), plus staffing. But note - you have to stay on the porch - so it's best to PHONE the booking staff, and see what you need to pay for.

Mackenzie House:
Bob Webber
  • The grounds surrounding Colborne Lodge are under the jurisdiction of Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Use of these grounds requires a permit from their permit office (416-392-8188)
We've had  nice weddings at the Blue Barracks at Fort York and I enjoy Todmorden Mills (modern facilities in the Art Gallery) as I can walk there from home.  Note - most of these places have little parking, and you can't use the kitchens, and you can only book them after hours, but some are quite nice for little ceremonies for 30 people or so.


Small wedding locations - private dining in Toronto

Private dining in Toronto

Here's a piece from BlogTo - with a few ideas for private dining rooms, where - of course! you can hold a wedding.  You can also book out a small restaurant for your 'private function'. (When talking to a venue, we strongly suggest you simply enquire about a private function/celebration booking before you use the word "wedding" - which may conjure up a bridezilla event). Our restaurant ceremonies are usually quite simple 15 minute functions, followed by a little champagne. You can discuss those logistics once you find out about the booking fees.

We've had weddings in private and semi-private spaces at places like Fuzion, Colborne, Local, La Maquette, Globe Bistro (both locations), Balzacs, Edward Levesques - and on patios at Fieromosca, Le Select, Les Provences Delices, Grace, (pix above), Vertical, etc. Sometimes the rest of the place stays open, and your party can ask for the patio or an inside room for a short simple wedding, and then brunch, lunch, or dinner for all.  Suggest you simply wander in to your local bistro/boite, and chat with them - we've sometimes had the 'first' small wedding in a restaurant, and when it goes well, they are happy to experiment with more events.