He finally popped the question, gave your dream engagement ring and you gave him you’re “no-doubt answer, YES!” and in a heartbeat, your world is about to change, you’re now engaged! Chills and excitement run down your spine as you are finally now a fiancé and you simply cannot wait to just start planning your wedding.

Getting engaged is one of the greatest milestones two people who decides to spend the rest of lives together, can experience. It is indeed an exciting time – one that’s going to be jam-packed with all sorts of fun-filled celebrations down the road. But there is one thing engaged couples all face once the spur-of-the-moment emotions have died down a little – what happens next?

The next few weeks or months (after you’ve broken the news to your families, friends and SOCIAL MEDIA – can’t forget that), would really be focusing on deciding when you both would like to officially tie-the-knot. Then start doing your research and start creating a blueprint on what you would like to prioritize in your wedding planning.

Then the next BIG things you would need to do are: Set a BUDGET (YES, this is DEFINITELY the first thing you would need to do in the initial stages of planning) and then find your dream wedding venue.

Sounds about easy right? Well not quite, if you have way too many to choose from within the city you live in and if you’re overwhelmed with the different information each venue comes with.

So, what we’ve done for you is narrow your choices down a bit and compiled information from different venues that we thought would be extremely gorgeous and worth your time to check out.

Here’s my tip about choosing your dream venue – it needs to fit right in with you and feel right with your celebration!

FEATURED VENUE SITES

As you search high and low for that dream wedding, we’ve gathered a portion of popular wedding venues in Toronto to help you jump-start your wedding planning.

HART HOUSE

Average Price/pp: $200 and up

For a more detailed quote, contact Valary Thompson at Hart House valary.thompson@utoronto.ca or 416.978.8393

For a more detailed quote, contact Valary Thompson at Hart House valary.thompson@utoronto.ca or 416.978.8393

If you’re into historic but beautiful venue giving you the vintage feels, and a building that has stood still through the test of time – then hart house would be really worth considering.

This architectural gem has been around since 1919 and was built using exquisite elements - uniquely designed with high and intricately designed ceilings, Italian travertine floors, and stained glass windows. This beautiful space has hosted various weddings and events and remains to be a favourite by most photographers.

Hart House has four signature spaces that can accommodate various guest numbers. The Quad Garden and the Great Hall can fit between 120- 250 guests while the Debates and Music Room can fit anywhere between 50 – 100 guests. This beauty can also host ceremonies on-site even if the couple may choose to host reception venue, elsewhere.

YORK MILLS GALLERY

Average Price/pp: $250 and up

Note: Room rental fees vary between Saturday and Sunday weddings.For a more detailed quote, contact Isaac Drookman at info@yorkmillsgallery.com or 416.525.5683

Note: Room rental fees vary between Saturday and Sunday weddings.For a more detailed quote, contact Isaac Drookman at info@yorkmillsgallery.com or 416.525.5683

If your style lies along the lines of “urban/industrial chic”, where fantasy marries artistic elements and textures – then this venue is just right for you.

York Mills Gallery 1 & 2 are one of the most popular venues in Toronto that offers everything you may possibly need, under one roof. This beautiful space is a 22,000 sq. ft. open concept space that includes high warehouse ceilings, large chandeliers, ambient lighting, acrylic chairs, white leather lounge furniture and the convenient free parking spaces. Not to mention, this open concept space can be easily transformed to fit your wedding style - however way you may want it to be.

YMG 1 & 2 can accommodate any types of celebrations- could be as little as 30 guests all the way up to 850 guests.

This beauty offers extreme flexibility for the bride and groom-to-be in order to make their wedding planning journey as simplified as possible.

MONTECITO RESTAURANT

Average Price/pp: $60 and up

For a more detailed quote, contact Leslie Bernardi at events@montecitorestaurant.ca or 647.522.0379

For a more detailed quote, contact Leslie Bernardi at events@montecitorestaurant.ca or 647.522.0379

Some couples prefer to host lavish and grandiose weddings while some prefer to keep it intimate. There are a lot of factors that could tie into these decisions – ultimately it’s the guest experience that plays a huge factor in deciding whether or not the wedding is an intimate gathering or a lavish celebration.

If you’re one of the many couples that prefer a low-key wedding but still maintain a high level of elegance and sophistication and of course, exceptional dining experience, then I would highly recommend Montecito Restaurant. Their ambient lighting and floor to ceiling windows, are just to die for!

Located in the heart of Downtown Toronto, this modern and sleek beauty can host celebrations as little as 80 guests for a seated wedding up to a maximum capacity of 130 guests.

If your styles fit in the modern, cocktail style reception, the maximum capacity of this beautiful venue with seating, passed canapé’s and food stations would be 300 guests. Amazing right?!

Montecito’s vision has always been to attract a wide range of guests and draw them into their beautiful space. This venue is so worth checking-out.

This venue also comes well-equipped to host a ceremony on-site and also has a bridal suite for the convenience of the bride and her bridal party. Check it out!

See you in my next post.

XOXO,

Aussie Marie