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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


Interesting Downtown Venues for family-size weddings for 12-80 people

BlogTo has a couple of lists that I (mostly) l like, of interesting, quirky or unusual venues for smaller weddings, meaning from a dozen people to about 80. Of course that is a good size for a restaurant wedding, and that's another list for another time.  (but the Cadillac Lounge is quite fun, and Le Select is perfect for 20-60).  Art Galleries are also good for 30-80.  That's another list, another time...

Here's a recent list of places I have enjoyed -
  • Market Kitchen above St Lawrence Market Great view down King Street
  • Arts and Letters Club (Think Harry Potter + Group of 7) We have had small weddings in the Great Hall for only 60 guest.  Gothic and great, right downtown.
  • Campbell House  (across from Osgoode Hall. Wedding upstairs in the ballroom. They served candlelight dinner in the kitchen for 30)  Incidentally, you can rent Osgoode Hall, too...
  • George Brown, Enoch Turner schoolhouse, Birkbeck buildings (Ontario Heritage Trust). We just had a ceremony at the Birkbeck, which has great acoustics and oak Corinthian columns.
  • Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor mezzanine.  You can rent the ballroom, but we've also used the upstairs hall, with the nice balcony, and the couple can come up in the antique elevator :-)
  • 918 Bathurst Community Centre.  Lovely wedding for 80 people.  I think it's a former Zen temple?
  • Hart House.  We usually have small weddings in the non-denominational chapel (max: 30) or in the Debates or Music Room.  But you can ALSO rent the Gallery Grill during the school year.
  • Propeller Coffee House, near Lansdowne on Wade.  Great garage open concept.
  • Hotel Suites and rooms - King Eddy, Hyatt, 4 Seasons, have BIG suites where you can host 20-40 people, and most will have staff serve as bartenders, etc.  Most Hotels will do this, so it's worth checking the rooms, the views, the amenities, of several big hotels.  Boutique hotels usually don't have rooms big enough for 40, but may have meeting rooms, and upstairs patios and lounges, or convertible seminar rooms, like Royal York.
  • Loft 404 - funky, labrinthine, we just had a wedding for about 50, great spaces.
  • Brickworks, Allan Gardens, Riverdale Farm, Todmorden Mills, for green downtown venues. Though you may want inside cover (eg., Allan Gardens) for bad weather. Also of course, there are all the clubhouses and Artscape on the islands, and the lovely Rectory Cafe, but summer weddings on the islands can be a transportation nightmare. Best on weekdays. Rectory is fun in the winter by the fireplace, and is also quick to convert to an inside wedding if the clouds gather.
    You can bring your homebrew/wine to Todmorden, in the art gallery location (hint).


Alternative destination wedding -- At the airport!

Here is the story of a couple who planned a 'destination' wedding abroad, but in the end, it got too complicated, including trying to get their family overseas.

So, they used the opportunity and the funds they'd saved to go to ... PARIS!

And here is the actual legal wedding, in the departure lounge at Air France!  We had the witnesses, the photographer, and the sunset - and we moved a few chairs, and stood in the corner where we weren't bothering anyone, and -- Voila!  I think the fancier pix from the photographer show the jet behind us.

NOTE, this actually takes a bit of planning, and certainly some flexibility, so please contact me if you're considering this kind of option.. but it was spontaneous fun.


Small Hotel Wedding - King Eddy

This was a wonderful wedding in a hotel suite at the King Eddy. The couple had been partners for 34 years!  King Eddy has are a series of rooms (I think that end in 86? you can ask the desk...) which have an alcove in each room, and they make a perfect space for a wedding.  Note the gingers in the group!

King Eddy Private Wedding