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Edgardo Spano

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Are you in the middle of wedding planning but having trouble deciding on the venue? You’re in the right place. When it comes to choosing the perfect Toronto wedding venue, we have expert advice, and we know the essential venue questions to ask that’ll save your wedding.

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Here’s how to choose the perfect Toronto wedding venue.

The Views

Incredible views might be a key feature in your dream Toronto wedding venue, and a stellar view can really set the mood for the big day. The Henley Room offers a gorgeous lakefront view for guests to enjoy, while St. James Cathedral features a stunning backdrop overlooking the grounds and park.

From stunning city skylines to a bird’s eye view, a backdrop makes for a pretty amazing feature—no decoration required.

The Floorplan

It’s hard to enjoy the day if everyone is crammed into the space. Do you want room for a dance floor in addition to a seated dinner? The right venue allows your wedding to flow naturally. Have the plan drawn to scale to ensure it’s not too tight, and, on the opposite end, not incredibly cavernous.

Whether you have an intimate guest list and need a smaller venue, such as The Richmond, or require a bigger place, such as The MaRS Center, the physical space should fit all of your wedding guests with the configuration you want.

The Décor

When you’re not big on decorating, you want to pick a venue that speaks for itself. Other times, you want to be in charge of creating the vibe. For a Toronto wedding venue with its own features, try The Gates. Its stylish brick interior is reminiscent of the former prohibition era. There’s also the Royal Ontario Museum, which has playful exhibits and architecture that incorporate their own historic tone.

For a blank canvas and open possibility, Vaughan’s W Event Boutique is perfect for creating any wedding theme you desire, with the colour palette you've been dreaming of. Some places have their own elements that merely require simple touches, while others are designed for any vision in mind.

The Location

Toronto is filled with great spaces, whether it’s the heart of downtown, such as Andrew Richards Design, or outside the city core, such as the McMichael Art Collection. Your location has a dramatic effect on the wedding, so consider what your choice says.

Logistics impact travel time. Keep in mind where guests are travelling from; if the ceremony and reception are in two separate spaces; and if there are hotels nearby for any guests staying overnight.

The Accommodations

Does the venue have ample parking spaces, a separate bridal suite, and accessible washrooms? Is there a loading dock or alternative option? Can the temperature be easily modified? Everybody should be able to arrive and move around the venue without unnecessary hassle. The ideal Toronto wedding venue should accommodate all of your individual needs.

The Amenities

Are kitchen facilities available? Does the venue include a great stereo system for dancing? It’ll be unfortunate to discover the venue lacks key features. A partial kitchen can make the caterers’ job difficult, while renting additional furniture quickly eats into your pre-set budget.

Look to The Burroughes Building as an example. It offers a full kitchen and in-house services, including equipment and lighting. These are just some features important to the Toronto wedding venue you choose.

The Budget

An informed couple has a grip on the budget to ensure they get all the services they asked for. Find out if the potential Toronto wedding venue includes a minimum spend or if it offers set wedding packages. It’s great when the venue can meet everything you need without breaking the bank. Knowing how much you can spend makes it easy to narrow down venue choices. The most value for the venue helps you save in the overall budget.

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Edgardo Spano

Ed has always been drawn to taking on challenges and basks in the opportunity to be creative and visionary. From its inception, Ed has been a part of Seventh Heaven Event Catering. On paper, he oversees all the marketing, social media and sales of the business and is a Senior Catering Consultant for larger events, but what he does is so much more than that. Ed is the mastermind behind bringing together flawless presentations under tight deadlines. His motto is, “Anything is possible!” and he loves to be the one to make it happen at each new event. With the keenest eye for detail, Ed specializes in ensuring that each aspect is considered in every unique layout while bringing each one to life. He prides himself on being at the forefront of innovations for creative food presentation and is responsible for keeping Seventh Heaven on the cutting edge. For Ed, the best part of his job is a satisfied client, making them look good at their event and properly representing them to their clients. If Seventh Heaven can elevate their clients’ social or corporate presence in the market, he considers it a job well done.
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