Every single part of your wedding will have a special place in your life. That is why choosing venues are incredibly important and is also precisely why this is one of the first things that couples decide on during wedding planning. It’s always a choice between having just one location for everything or having two separate settings. This is entirely dependent on your beliefs, needs, and budget.
For this article, we’re giving you Toronto and GTA’s best wedding reception venues. After the ceremony, your celebration continues during your reception. Choose a location depending on your personality and how you want your reception to go. Do you want a chill sit-down dinner with a few loved ones surrounding you? Or, do you want a space that offers a dance floor to party? Of course, you will also have to think about the theme and look of the venue itself. No matter what, we hope you find your match in these 10 locations we’ve rounded up for you below.
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A beautiful mixture of history and art deco, Balzac’s Café is a quaint two-story Parisian-inspired venue that is perfect for a relaxed wedding reception. We can definitely imagine a casual and intimate celebration here at any time of the day. Breakfast, lunch, cocktails, or dinner time, is a welcoming space to enjoy after your ceremony. It can accommodate a maximum of 50 seated guests and 80 for standing cocktails.
- website: www.balzacs.com/
- address: 29 Powerhouse St, Toronto ON
Bellamy Loft is a clean space that can easily transform into a casual reception venue or an upbeat party spot. From the same people behind VintageBASH, their team is especially skilled in events and weddings. Not only is it a multi-function space, they also have full-service and ala carte packages that will help make the planning process easy and stress-free. Create the wedding of your dreams here, the possibilities are endless!
- website: www.bellamyloft.com
- address: 1230 Sheppard Ave West, Unit #4, North York ON M3K1Z9
Berkeley Events – Bright Lights & La Maquette
Berkeley Events has several different venues that would be stunning for your reception. Here we’re putting the spotlight specifically on two of their spaces. First, Bright Lights. This is an indoor greenhouse with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a glorious view of the city. It also has an open floor plan that you and your stylist can customize to suit your needs. Their La Maquette venue, on the other hand, offers an outdoor patio that opens to the Toronto Sculpture Garden. It also features a Cinderella Solarium which is all in all just a gorgeous location for your wedding reception.
Miller Lash House
For couples leaning toward a rustic-themed wedding will love Miller Lash House as their romantic venue for their reception. They really have a beautiful space, both indoors and outdoors. Not only is it charming, but it is also very easily styled to fit your theme. It features classic furnishings and its immaculate gardens are a wonderful combination of history and nature.
- website: www.millerlashhouse.ca/
- address: The Miller Lash House 130 Old Kingston Road Toronto ON., M1E 3J5
When you say wedding reception, you’re thinking about good food. This is one of the reasons why choosing a restaurant is a wonderful choice for your after ceremony gathering. Sassafraz is an impressive restaurant with floor-to-ceiling frosted glass panels. It fits right into the charming neighborhood of Yorkville. With its warm and inviting ambiance, it can accommodate from 32 to 100 guests.
- website: www.sassafraz.ca/weddings/
- address: 100 Cumberland Street Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1A6
Globe and Mail Centre
The Globe and Mail Centre is a beautiful venue with a breathtaking view of the city. You can celebrate the night away with the lights of Toronto as your backdrop. With a staff and packages that cater specifically to your needs, you can have a seamless and delightful reception here. You’ll have spectacular areas for your photos that will serve as unforgettable memories for everyone in attendance.
- website: www.globeandmailcentre.com/
George Restaurant not only offers splendid interiors, but they also have absolutely mouth-watering food for you and guests to enjoy. From its striking wrought iron doors to its romantic Parisian terrace courtyard, this is one of the best venues for a reception. Whether intimate or grand and loud, George Restaurant is a wonderful space to celebrate this momentous occasion.
- website: www.georgeweddings.ca/
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Known for its delicious and authentic modern French cuisine, Cluny Bistro is a favorite restaurant for many in the Toronto area. It has delightful interiors with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing for much natural lighting to pass through. You can rent the entire space that can host up to 80 people but you can definitely rent out their smaller areas for intimate gatherings, too.
- website: clunybistro.com/
- address: 35 Tank House Lane, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4
Granite Brewery and Restaurant has so much character and depth to it. It has a picturesque courtyard patio and an attractive private dining room. As a brewery, you won’t be short of amazing drinks for your party. But also, they have amazing food to match this too. This absolutely ticks off all the must-haves in what you could want for a reception venue.
- website: www.granitebrewery.ca/
- address: 245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P 3B7
The Jam Factory
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A 3000 square foot venue, The Jam Factory is a gorgeous space for weddings. It features exposed brick and beautiful wood beams. It also has jazz-age industrial décor and a view of sunsets overlooking the Don Valley. The Jam Factory is truly an endearing location that you can use for your reception.
- website: www.jamfactoryto.com/
- address: 2 Matilda Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M4M 1L9