As a wedding photographer I have seen so many venues – everything from banquet halls to outdoor weddings. Many folks are happy with a more traditional location for their nuptials, but what if you want something different for your wedding venue? A location that is so out of the box that your wedding guests will remember it always? Well, check out my list of The Top 5 Most Unique Toronto Wedding Venues to see if your dream venue is listed here:
5) The Art Gallery of Ontario
Located on Dundas St. West, the Art Gallery of Ontario has been a hot spot in Toronto for years, but mostly for a cultural outing. People don’t automatically think of the Art Gallery of Ontario when they think “wedding”, but they should!
The AGO is a spectacular venue for a wedding in Toronto. There are so many different areas inside, including Walker Court (shown setup for a wedding ceremony below) and Gallery Italia, with its beautiful wooden architecture and huge windows & beautiful light.
The best part? Photography is now allowed inside the galleries themselves! This is an amazing opportunity to create some beautiful portraits, and it’s even a great indoor location in case of rain on your wedding day.
4) The Berkeley Church
Next on our list is one of our favourite venues in Toronto. A total haven for anyone who wants a more edgy wedding venue, The Berkeley Church not only delivers on ambiance but also has amazing food! The braised short rib is to die for. But enough about food…
There are so many nooks and crannies in this place that I could probably find places to shoot all day long. The Berkeley Church was built in 1871 and is full of historic charm.
From the exposed brick to the stained glass ceremony area upstairs, the whole place just exudes the coolest vibe. It’s definitely one of the most special & unique places in Toronto to get married.
3) The Berkeley Field House at Taddle Creek
Although it’s right next door, The Berkeley Field House at Taddle Creek is a completely different venue than its neighbouring Berkeley Church. The Berkeley Field House offers indoor space with painted white wooden walls, a gorgeous chandelier, mirrors, a spiral staircase and more. There’s also a really gorgeous outdoor patio space which can be used for somewhat intimate ceremonies and cocktail receptions. It’s a nice size for small wedding. One of the coolest features of the Berkeley Field House has got to be the treehouse. Yes, I said the treehouse. It’s this amazing wooden treehouse structure built up high above the outdoor party space. You take a huge flight of stairs to get up to it and inside it a great spot to shoot some groomsmen getting ready photos. Pretty amazing and unique for downtown Toronto!
2) McLean House at Estates of Sunnybrook
We have shot weddings at the Estates of Sunnybrook for years but at the neighbouring Vaughan Estate (which is also lovely!) but we only recently discovered the little gem that is McLean House.
Located in Toronto, but nicely out of the downtown core, sits the beautiful McLean House. This Toronto wedding venue has so many great spots to take advantage of when planning your wedding day. We loved the outdoor ceremony space behind the house, where you can tie the knot surrounded by beautiful greenery.
As a photographer I loved how many great nooks there were while shooting the bride’s portraits upstairs. Every detail at McLean House is gorgeous and it’s almost like old meets new when you see details like the stunning modern chandelier that is hanging in the hallway.
A great space for an intimate wedding, check out McLean House if your guest count is smaller (seats 72 for dinner inside) and you want something with amazing ambiance. But be aware – there is apparently a history of funny happenings that have led some folks to believe that McLean House might be a wee bit haunted. We didn’t notice anything strange when we visited, but maybe next time, eh?
1) The Burroughes Building
… And our #1 most unique Toronto wedding venue has to be The Burroughes Building. This one is a more recent additional to the slew of interesting places to get married downtown, and it’s unique because it was originally built as a department store back in 1907, and it apparently the tallest building in its neighbourhood of Queen Street West. Although it’s been totally renovated, the owners did a wonderful job maintaing that cool retro exposed brick style which is encompassed throughout the Burroughes Building.
My favourite detail has to be the amazing Burroughes lettering painted on the wall where your wedding reception takes place. It’s such a special and unique backdrop for reception photos.
The Burroughes Building also offers a Rooftop Terrace, which is great for guests during cocktail hour. It even has a pretty great view of the CN Tower!
Check out the Burroughes Building if you want somewhere really different for your wedding. As with many of the more unique Toronto wedding venues, this one isn’t massive and is best suited to a small or mid-size wedding if you are having a seated reception.