Unique in character
A wedding should reflect the personality of the special couple, who are embarking on the life-changing journey of marriage. There are many types of weddings: traditional weddings in a chapel or church, destination weddings in a tropical destination, and themed weddings at unique and personal venues. Choosing the right backdrop for a wedding is the most important decision a couple will make and it comes early on in the planning stages. Once the date is set, the couple should start researching venues right away. The time of year that a couple wants to get married will affect availability and pricing, so it's important to make a list of the top three choices and begin contacting event planners at those venues.
When meeting with the event planner, couples should bring along a list of questions to ensure the venue will meet their needs for the reception. For example, some venues have policies that limit the use of decorations, while others charge an additional clean-up fee when confetti is used. Some venues require the couple to obtain a liquor license, while others include it in the price of the venue rental. Couples looking to exchange vows and celebrate in an outdoor setting like a park or a zoo will require certain permits to allow caterers to prepare food outside as well as for personal use of a public space.
Creative venues paint a memorable event
Unique weddings allow couples to get creative and reflect their passion for each other and their collective interests into one fun night. Selecting a venue that showcases these passions is a great starting point for making a "top-three” venue list. For enthusiastic readers, a historical library may provide the best backdrop for a wedding reception. Many runners choose to exchange vows at the finish line of a marathon race. Many cultural landmarks, for example where the couple first met, also hold a personal connection to the venue. Toronto landmarks
like the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario Place and Casa Loma can offer a romantic and personal ambiance.
Some venues allow for a back-up plan, in case of rain or snow on the big day. Choosing a venue that will accommodate an indoor reception as well as an outdoor one leaves the couple with flexible options that can still appeal to the theme of the wedding. For instance, a summer wedding
on a spacious balcony would have to be brought inside due to inclement weather. Venues with the ability to meet a variety of reception needs will appeal more to prospective couples than those that are limited.
The catering needs of the wedding reception are also an important component of the planning process. The type of service the restaurant or catering company offers will be of great significance. Some couples may want full table service, while others may choose buffet style service. The venue also impacts how many guests can be in attendance depending on the space of the room. Couples looking for small and intimate receptions will have much different needs than those hosting hundreds of guests.
Toronto has many unique wedding settings, offering couples the perfect venue for their wedding ceremony or reception. From spectacular churches to cultural landmarks, Canada's largest city has plenty to offer. Hosting a unique wedding can involve more planning and execution than originally anticipated, but the one-of-a-kind experience will leave lasting memories for the special couple and their guests.