As a Live Wedding Painter I have the unique position of having experienced weddings as both a bride AND a vendor.
I know from experience that picking the right venue for your Wedding Day is a monumental task. Not very long ago, I was a Bride too. Frantically searching for venues, vetting vendors, deciding on color themes and trying to stay within a very symbolic budget.
I will be sharing with you:
The best venues I worked at as a vendor
Tips how to pick the right venue for you
Plus the venues that are on my wish list to work with
Hopefully this makes your search a little less daunting!
Toronto Wedding Venue For the Artistic couple: Twist Gallery
(1100 Queen St W)
If you and your fiancé are patrons of the arts or just looking for a space that is full of color, art and history, then this might be the venue for you. Located in the heart of Queen West this New York style loft space has many attractive features, but the main attraction is the rotating roster of local and international artists that display their work. I've been fortunate enough to display my paintings there and to paint for a couple events including a wedding in this beautiful space.
For the Green Thumbs: Evergreen Brickworks (1550 Bayview Ave)
Evergreen Brickworks is an eco-friendly paradise, that is already a family favorite for Sunday hikes and farmer's markets. So if open green spaces with repurposed brick structures sound like your ideal setting, this might be the venue for you. The space is surrounded by nature and the Don Valley river, which will add a pop of green into your special day. This one is definitely on my wish list to work with in the future!
For the Minimalists : TCE on Sterling (213 Sterling Road)
This Toronto wedding venue was the brain child of a family run, planning company Micro Weddings. Built in the 1930's TCE on Sterling balances perfectly historic charm with modern industrial elements like exposed brick and huge ceiling to floor windows. The venue has a crisp and elegant minimalist esthetic that can be either dressed up or softened down with the right décor choices. Luckily the ladies spearheading operations at TCE are experts at all things décor, florals and design. This venue is also a wish list venue, but I have worked with TCE on other projects like corporate events and mural artwork.
For the Retro couples: The Great Hall (1087 Queen St W)
This one is for the history buffs and the nostalgia lovers of yesteryear. This venue is seeped in romance, ageless charm and history. The rooms that remain in classic Victorian style and the crystal chandelier will have you convinced that you've stepped back through time into an old-world soirée. As a live painter I'm well familiar with this space, as I often get to paint there for public and private events.
For the Sommeliers: Château des Charmes (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
If you and your partner love wine, look no further - this is the perfect place. While Château des Charmes is definitely not located in Toronto, it is well worth the drive to idyllic Niagara-on-the-Lake. This has been one of my personal favorite venues to paint at, hopefully it came through in the artwork as well!
The Château is located on an operational winery that was founded in 1978 by Paul Bosc, a fifth-generation French winegrower. The nature surrounding it is lush and inviting, the décor is festive and the atmosphere is elevated. Even as a vendor I noticed how dedicated and detail oriented the staff was. My favorite part was the magical setting - which was an absolute treat to paint.
Hope this information made your hunt for the wedding venue that is perfect for you a little easier and if any this helped or if you are interested in learning more about my Live Art service, please feel free to see my previous work or reach out to me directly!
Best and happy planning!