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There are few venues with the sheer opulence and grandeur of the Crystal Ballroom in the Omni King Edward Hotel.
Dubbed the first luxury hotel in Toronto, its history of hospitality is unparalleled, much like the Crystal Ballroom itself. Every space in the Omni King Edward drips with style, but the newly reopened Crystal Ballroom is truly a space like no other. If you are interested in reserving the Crystal Ballroom for your function, it is important to note that the venue is considered one of the most-sought after spaces, and should be booked well in advance of your wedding or event.
The beautiful space underwent a $6.5 million renovation to restore the ballroom to its former state, with many modern touches, like the chandeliers and state of the art AV system. The history of the space is impressive, dating back to the 1920s with some of the most high profile events in the city happening in this decadent space.
My favourite features of the Crystal Ballroom are the floor to ceiling windows that wash the room in bright, sunny light, which make for stunning wedding photos. The space is approximately 5,000 square feet, and so can host gala-sized events easily. I also love that the space is completely private from the rest of the hotel. The hospitality team is amongst the best in the city, and the history of the Crystal Ballroom is both extensive and interesting, a fine talking point for guests. Fine art wedding enthusiasts, designers and anyone who is a fan of urbane, romantic space will want to check out the Crystal Ballroom as soon as possible!
Whim Event Planning and Design is a team of Toronto wedding planners and day of coordinators, specializing in modern romantic weddings for fun, sweet couples who are madly in love. Get in touch with us today to start planning your dream day!
Guyssssss! It’s a new week, I’m feeling good, and I want to share some solid wedding inspiration!
I’m excited to share our Broadview Hotel wedding editorial that we shot last March in Toronto!
Wedding editorials are my favourite! Why? Because our team gets together with other wedding vendors in Toronto and we produce something that we dreamed up from scratch. How does the process work? Usually a few wedding friendors get together over a class of prosecco and a tasty snack and start talking. Usually the conversation turns to wedding trends and inspiration, and from there one of us will throw out a crazy idea and BAM, a shoot is born! I particularly love working with Paulina from Fete Floral because she understands my need to not recreate someone else’s ideas but to create our own. We usually think of ideas that are centred around a destination or an era, or even food!
This particular editorial was featured in print in the fall issue of Today’s Bride, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! We wanted to create a geometric design with some cosmic features that showcased the beautiful architectural history of the Broadview Hotel. The colours popped and so did the models!
A huge thanks to our amazing team, who showed up early, worked late and help put this great collaboration together! We’re only as strong as our team and I’m so proud of everyone! We absolutely could not have done this without the Broadview Hotel, and we’re so grateful that they chose partner with us on this!
Co-conspirator, Producer & Stylist: Whim Event Planning & Design
Co-conspirator, Producer & Floral Designer: Fete Floral Boutique
Photography: Samantha Ong Photography
Venue: The Broadview Hotel
Beauty: Blush Pretty
Cake & Sweets: Mademoiselle Vanilla
Stationery: RSVP by Whim
Bridal fashion & Accessories: Vera Wang Toronto
Menswear: C|E Clothier
Entertainment: Alley Entertainment
Vintage furniture and accessories: Vintage Glam Events
Place settings: Plate Occasions
Tabletop rentals and candle wall: DX Event Rentals
Luxury chocolate favours and lollipops: Succulent Chocolates
Cosmic floral wrap: Designer Dance Floors
Candles: Helix Candles
Whim Event Planning and Design is a team of Toronto wedding planners and day of coordinators, specializing in modern romantic weddings for fun, sweet couples. Get in touch with us today to start planning your dream day!
Problem: You want a beautiful space in Toronto that has old world charm, classic neutral interior design, and green space. Solution:
The Estates of Sunnybrook Wedding Venues!
If you are looking for a beautiful manor venue in Toronto, I encourage you to consider the Estates of Sunnybrook wedding spaces! The Estates of Sunnybrook boasts three historical venues, outdoor ceremony space and beautiful landscaped grounds for wedding photos. Sweet additional bonus – free parking! The venue can comfortably accommodate anywhere from 20-150 guests, so the space is perfect for rehearsals, too! The three spaces are called the Vaughan Estate, the Coach House and the McLean House. The Estates of Sunnybrook has an appropriate space for any event, from a formal ballroom to an intimate retreat. Check out these lovely photos of the venue, captured by Olive Photography!
The catering team at the Estates of Sunnybrook have experience creating culinary experiences to suit the pickiest of palettes, and the presentation acts as an extension of the decor. Check out their upcoming 2018 open house to sample the delicious fare and meet their exclusive in-house vendors! If you are looking for a classically stylish and intimate venue, the Estates of Sunnybrook is the wedding venue of your dreams. We guarantee that you and your guests will enjoy every moment of your wedding and you will leave with memories to last a lifetime!
If you and your SO are fans of cozying up to a nice glass of red by the fire, then a winery wedding is the perfect choice for you. And, well, even if you don’t fancy a glass of chardonnay every now and then… it might still be your ideal venue. Wineries in Ontario are absolutely stunning in every way, and offer an exceptional backdrop for your nuptials. Whether it’s your dream to get married in a vineyard or in the quaint accommodations of a historic winery, there’s one place in Ontario that we can guarantee you’ll find it all: Niagara. Just outside of the GTA is brimming with stunning Niagara wineries with exquisite wines and more importantly, beautiful wedding venues. If you’re interested in tying the knot at one of the elegant wineries Niagara has to offer and aren’t quite sure where to begin, worry not. Take a look at some of our favorite Niagara wineries—we guarantee you’ll find something you love!
Beautiful Niagara Wineries for Your Wedding
Located in St. Catherines, Hernder Estate Wines is the perfect option for any type of wedding. Their outdoor facilities are gorgeous, with a quaint little bridge for photos, and a gazebo just begging to be strewn with flowers. They have indoor facilities if you fancy a winter wedding, with two different rooms that seat from 140 to 300 guests. The barn-like structure of this venue gives us some serious rustic vibes, making it perfect for a rustic chic event.
Just outside of St. Catherines is where you’ll find this stunning winery. Well-suited for a more intimate affair, this quaint venue is ideal for someone looking for a cozy place to say I do. The stunning view of their vineyard that seems to go on forever is incomparable, and makes for a gorgeous outdoor backdrop.
If you venture a little further out of St. Catherines towards Beamsville, you’ll stumble upon Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery. Since it sits right at the gateway to Niagara, you’ll find incredible views of the Niagara Escarpment, Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario when you visit this venue. What’s most unique about this location is their incredible charming coach house, where you can entertain just under 50 guests for a sit-down dinner. This makes it the perfect spot to have the intimate wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
This Niagara-on-the-lake winery’s ambiance is surprisingly modern, while still maintaining the peaceful and elegant atmosphere of the surrounding area. They have a number of stylish rooms you can host you guests in, their most notable being the Press Alley Industrial Chic. Here, Stratus Winery can become the setting for your reception, with 50 to 100 of your closest loved ones seated at a harvest table among the oak fermenters and stainless steel tanks. Could your winery experience get any more authentic?
If you’re looking for a winery with a grand Victorian mansion, you’ve found the place. If you’re planning a winter wedding, you can take advantage of their stunning stained glass windows and cozy fireplaces in the Great Hall. In the summer, couples have a wrap-around verandah and an acre and a half of gardens to take gorgeous photos that’ll last a lifetime. With something to offer year-round, you’ll find that the Reif Estate Winery is the embodiment of the term ‘quaint.’
An absolutely regal venue, Chateau Des Charmes is a stunning winery that absolutely begs to host the most luxurious of winery weddings. As is the Bosc Family Wines weren’t delicious enough, their grounds are swoon-worthy. With both indoor and outdoor accommodations, this is the ideal choice for those that want to forego the cozy and quaint vibe associated with most wineries, and opt for something a little more grand.
These are just a few of our favorite Niagara wineries, and we hope you found something you like too! Did we forget to mention your favorite Niagara winery? Leave us a comment and let us know!
And we’re back with another edition of Wedding Venues in the GTA! This time we’ll be tackling rustic wedding venues in the GTA, for all of you who are aiming for that shabby-chic vibe on your big day. These venues aren’t just suited for casual affairs (although they’re perfect for those, too), they can also be glammed up for for a glitzy event with an added rustic edge. Rustic glam weddings have been on the rise in popularity, and we aren’t mad it it. From naked cakes, lace dresses, to venues strewn with fairy lights, we can’t get enough of this trend. Living in the big city can make it tough to find the perfect venue that’s a mixture between rustic and chic, but you don’t have to worry since the Whimlets are here to help. We’re super excited to share some of our favorite rustic wedding venues around the city with you, so let’s jump right into it!
RUSTIC WEDDING VENUES IN THE GTA
Ward’s Island Clubhouse
Steps from the Ward’s Island Ferry docks, you can find this adorable clubhouse on the Toronto Island. It may be a bit of a treck, but it’s totally worth it— you can get that beach house vibe without venturing too far from the city. In addition to its charming aesthetic, the location of this rustic wedding venue offers a great opportunity for stunning photos against Toronto’s skyline. Whether you choose string fairy lights from the stunning cathedral ceiling and go all out with decor or leave the setting in its natural beauty, you can’t go wrong with Ward’s Island Clubhouse.
You probably won’t believe us when we say you can have cocktails in a tree house and a stroll along a creek, followed by a gathering in a natural garden in the heart of downtown Toronto, but at Berkley Fieldhouse, you can have it all. Located in the centre of our bustling city, this venue is an ideal option for those that want the feel of a country carriage house, without having to actually go into the country. With quaint accents like antique chandeliers, wood walls, and french doors that lead to a garden patio, it’s tough to beat the charm of this rustic wedding venue. rustic wedding venues in the GTA
Black Creek Pioneer Village
This name might ring a bell— and yes, it’s the place you went on your seventh grade field trip to. But we promise we aren’t insane to suggest you have your wedding here! You might be surprised at how adorable the facilities are. With different options, both indoor and outdoor, of where to have your ceremony and reception, Blackcreek Pioneer Village gives you a ton a freedom when deciding what your big day will look like. Whether you choose to get married at Town Hall and celebrate in the Grand Pavilion, this village offers its 19th century charm wherever you go. rustic wedding venues in the GTA
There’s no better way to achieve that rustic vibe than getting married in a barn. You may question how you’ll prepare a barn for a chic wedding, but it’s simple when you choose Cambium Farms. An architectural masterpiece with exposed beams, braces, posts, and rafters, the intricate craftsmanship on display here doesn’t require draping or sheaths to be covered up. You can use the barn’s original form along with a few delicate embellishments to create a perfect setting for your big day. rustic wedding venues in the GTA
Pathways on Pleasure Valley
Located just 45 minutes outside Toronto, this is the perfect rustic wedding venue for couples who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy their day in a tranquil location. Described as a “hidden gem” on their website, Pathways on Pleasure Valley is just that. You can choose to hold your event at their picnic area underneath a heavenly canopy, or inside their quaint lodge. If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing venue to get married, then look no further. rustic wedding venues in the GTA
Artscape Wychwood Barns
A wonderfully unique venue in midtown Toronto, this is another option that offers the charm of a rustic barn without leaving the city. With soaring ceilings, a full-length skylight, and incredibly detailed architecture, it’ll be tough to find a more stunning rustic wedding venue in Toronto. The Covered Street Barn can accommodate up to 450 guests in the theatre, and up to 600 in the reception area. However, if you’re planning on a slightly small affair, the barn can be partitioned into smaller spaces for a more intimate feel. rustic wedding venues in the GTA
These are just a few of our favorite rustic wedding venues around the GTA, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more. Toronto is crawling with rustic-chic venues that might be perfect for your big day, so if you didn’t fall in love with any of the ones on our list, don’t get discouraged! Have we left out any rustic wedding venues you think should have an honourable mention? Leave us a comment below and let us know!
Claire & Ryan’s Wedding Recap
The Jewel Event Centre, a lovely wedding reception venue in Woodbridge, was home to Claire & Ryan’s wedding this past July. The Whimlets had the pleasure of assisting with the coordination and execution of this beautiful and family-filled celebration. Take a peek at the photos below, from the fine folks at Red Planet Studios.
The simply elegant wedding ceremony was held at Merciful Redeemer Catholic Church in Mississauga, a bright and lovely church with little need for added decor.
The day started off sunny and beautiful, and though a few showers didn’t change the joyous mood of the bridal party. We loved the energy this group had, all smiles and ready to party!
After the bridal party shots in Mississauga, it was time to party! Over at the Jewel Event Centre, all of the vendors were working away, finishing up the final details so the reception could get started. The Whimlets especially appreciated the lovely food displays and personalized service provided by The Jewel staff.
All in all, we had a blast assisting Claire and Ryan with their big day. We wish this fabulous couple nothing but the best for a long, happy marriage and we can’t see what they get up to next! A huge thank you to the many vendors who helped make this wedding a huge success!
Day of Coordination/Month Of Coordination: Whim Event Planning & Design
Photography: Red Planet Studios
Videography: Blue Daizy Films
Church: Merciful Redeemer Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Jewel Event Centre
Entertainment: The Dreamboats
Florist: International Florist
Decor: Ti Amo Decorating Service
DJ/MC: Digital Entertainment Group
Cake: Sprinkles N More
Transportation: Allure Limo
The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPIC) brings the fire every year for its annual kick off, and this year was no exception! Our own Alisha had the pleasure of attending, and blogging the event for EventSource! The theme for this year was #ClubWPIC, a classic speakeasy, and held at a gorgeous newer Toronto venue, The Forth! So many fantastic vendors contributed to this great event, including Brent Miller Live, G. Pinto, the Linen Closet, Paras Events and much more!
WPIC Kickoffs Rock!
Being WPIC certified means that we have access to a talented, experienced and helpful network of other event professionals, and their passion for this industry showed in all of the details. We loved the fun, relaxed vibe of this year’s fete. Most of the time, as planners, we’re behind the scenes ensuring everything is running smoothly, but we all look forward to this event because it’s our chance to celebrate the previous year and get inspired for the year to come. A huge thank you to the amazing team of planners who put this event together for us to enjoy! It felt great to be an attendee and enjoy the fruit of someone else’s labour!
Check out the fab pictures of the event, captured by the awesome folks at Take1 Photography!
What an amazing night! One of my very favourite parts was the keynote speech, by Arthur of Fusion Events. He did a talk on the importance of social media marketing for wedding and event pros, and simple ways for us all to up our game! I also really loved the gentlemen from Yuk Yuks who had me literally in stitches throughout both sets! Be sure to check out the generous vendors below!
WPIC Kick Off Vendor Love
Eventsource – http://www.eventsource.ca/
Venue and F&B
The Forth – http://theforth.ca/
Jeremy Robertson Wedding Films – http://jeremyrobertsonweddingfilms.com/
Take 1 Photography – http://take1-photography.com/
Linens and SWAG bags
Linen Closet – http://linencloset.ca/
DJ (Devon John) and MC (Wayde Salmon)
D&W Entertainment Group – http://www.dwentgroup.com/
Yuk Yuk’s Stand Up Comedy Clubs Toronto – https://www.yukyuks.com/
Arthur K of Fusion Events – http://www.fusion-events.ca/
Paper Decorum – http://www.paperdecorum.com/
Lipstick & Lash Bar and Regional Rep hair and makeup
Blush Pretty – http://blushpretty.com/
Snaptique Vintage Photo Booth – http://www.snaptique.ca/
Sweet Table and swag item
Staij & Co – https://www.facebook.com/staijandco/
Cremahh Artisan Gelato & Specialty Drinks – http://www.cremahh.com/
Wedding Planner Problems author and “Best Dressed” prize
Crystal Adair-Benning, Distinct Occasions – http://www.distinctoccasions.ca/
Black Jack Table, Dealer and swag item
Ultimate Party Services – http://www.ultimatepartyservices.ca/
MC Wayde’s and DJ Devon’s tuxedos
Andrew’s Formals – http://andrewsformals.com/
Regional Representative Manager – Janis Martinello, Brocade Events
Durham Region Representative – Amy Stevenson
Halton/Peel Region Representative – Suzzette Patten, Exquisite Occasions
Hamilton/Niagara Region Representative – Heather Declavasio, Wisdom Weddings
Edmonton Region Representative – Jenn Denis, Something Beautiful Weddings
Jamaica Region Representative – Denneisha Blair, Unique Bridal & Tux
Jamaica Region Representative – Andrea Wilson Green, With Ease Magazine
By Tarisha Beniprashad
Intimate wedding venues in the GTA
These spots are ideal for a cozy ceremony and a reception just for you and your closest loved ones. Keep on reading if you’d like to find out more about some of the most popular intimate venues in the GTA!
With a variety of rooms to choose from, the Old Mill offers class and Victorian style like no other. They also have an on-site 16th century candlelit wedding chapel with stained glass windows that would make for some amazing photographs. With amazing in-house catering and luxurious outdoor gardens, Old Mill is an ample choice for any small event.
Located next to the Stephen Bulger Gallery, the Camera bar is decorate with beautiful art pieces. However, the majority of the space had been left raw, which allows for you to run free with your creativity and create your ideal room. Capacity is 30 for a seated dinner and 110 for a cocktail reception.
Featuring high arched ceilings, fireplaces, antique furnishings, and wooden trim, the Miller Lash house is both versatile and beautiful. The University of Toronto owned spaces allows for 50 seated guests, and a cocktail reception of 100.
An authentic Parisian bistro in the heart of downtown Toronto, Le Select features a beautiful rear garden equipped with heaters for the cooler months, and a wine cellar with 1,200 different labels. This bistro would be a great option for a slightly more casual affair.
The Ancaster Mill is a little oasis in the scenic suburb of Hamilton. With a waterfall complementing the exquisite exterior, this is the ideal location for a small outdoor wedding. There are also a number of rooms inside of the inn to choose from, if you’re interested in an indoor ceremony. You can choose from rooms with a more modern feel, or go for something a little more rustic. intimate wedding venues in the GTA
This location might be the most unique amongst our suggestions. You have the opportunity to exchange your vows amidst free-flying butterflies, serene waterfalls, and lush tropical foliage. The conservatories facilities may accommodate up to 200 reception guests. intimate wedding venues in the GTA
Established in 1908, this club features a Tudor style hall, baronial fireplace, cathedral ceilings, and gothic stained glass windows. In-house catering features seasonal flavors, and local tastes. The largest room in the club had the potential to accommodate 112 reception guests. intimate wedding venues in the GTA
Offering exceptional French-inspired Canadian cuisine, Sassafraz is set in an array of Victorian row-houses in the historic city of Yorkville. Despite having been around for decades, the interior of this intimate wedding venue in the GTA has a refreshingly modern twist. intimate wedding venues in the GTA
We hope that this collection of intimate wedding venues in the GTA helps narrow down your search, and gets you closer to finding the perfect venue for your wedding! Are there any venues you think should be on our list? Contact us today so we can get started on finding the perfect intimate venue for your wedding!
intimate wedding venues in the GTA
Markham Hindu Wedding
We have waited with baited breaths for the professional photos from one of our favourite weddings from 2015. A huge thank you to G+H Photography for sharing these snaps with us! Here it is…
Gorgeous Markham Hindu Wedding at the Markham Hilton Hotel
Back in Fall of 2015 we had the pleasure of meeting Anil & Ilina, aka #Anilina2015. We immediately loved this fun, vibrant couple – I mean how could you not? They made a freaking palindrome anagram of their names and turned it into their wedding hashtag! It was true love, right from the start!
Meet Anil & Ilina – Aren’t they adorable?
We worked with a multitude of vendors to bring this wedding to life. Anil & Ilina are one of the most thoughtful couples we’ve worked with so far. Their main concern was that their guests be as comfortable as possible. We love couples who put a focus on guest experience as a key element to their wedding. For example, a variety of flip-flops were provided so the ladies in attendance could ease their aching feet while dancing. Pretty sweet!
The bride and groom created custom favours. These were no ordinary favours – they customized each individual message for each guest in attendance!
The beautiful decor for both the ceremony and reception was crafted by Diya Decor. The look and feel in the Markham Hilton Hotel was very sumptuous, thanks to the elegant decor and lighting. Anil & Ilina’s guests had a wonderful time and enjoyed every bite of the food, catered by The Host. As an aside – we really enjoyed it, too! Markham Hindu Wedding
As you all know, I love weddings. I love every part of a wedding. What I especially love are speeches, and I wanted to take a second to acknowledge the truly wonderful displays of love toward Anil & Ilina by their family and friends. It was beautiful to behold, and I felt like I was in the presence of a great and everlasting (and super fun) love. The groom’s father Terry, who happens to be an international motivational speaker gave the best wedding speech I’ve ever heard! Markham Hindu Wedding
Here are more snaps of the happy couple – and please do check out the full vendor listing at the end of our blog post!
Coordination: Whim Event Coordination and Design
Venue: Markham Hilton Hotel Markham Hindu Wedding
Photography: G+H Photography
Videography: Digital Concepts
Caterer: The Host
Decor: Diya Decor
Baraat: Ponies R Us
Makeup/Hair: Amplified Soul
Snacks: Tiny Tom Donuts & Chipotle
Entertainment: Flipbook Studios
We hope you enjoyed this recap of #Anilina2015! Let us know in the comments if we hit the mark on this blog post. We’d love to chat more with you about your wedding! Contact us today to get started with a no-obligation initial meeting!
First off, we wanted to wish you all a very happy new year! We took a little break for the last part of December to enjoy some family time, but now we’re back at it. We wanted to start the year by highlighting one of our recent events. Without further ado…
Masquerade Party – B2B Bank 2015 Corporate Holiday Gala!
For the past few years the Whimlets have had the pleasure of designing the B2B Bank corporate holiday gala, and boy do we love it! They allow us the creative flexibility to design an elegant themed party, and this year was no different. The concept was a masquerade party. We took that and decided to put a modern twist with elegant satin, rose gold and upscale furniture. The masquerade party was held at the fabulous Liberty Grand in Toronto in the Governor’s Room.
Our team acted in a design capacity for this event. We started by creating a colour scheme to match the venue. We then selected linens, centrepieces, and furniture options. Michelle then matched all of the stationery and created a custom brand that we carried throughout the venue.
The beautiful rentals featured in this blog post were provided by the very talented and friendly Sharon of Enchanting Events Decor. She worked with us to create an upscale, luxe feeling for B2B Bank’s masquerade party. The decor was a huge hit and we couldn’t be happier!
Check out some of our photos below and let us know what you think! These gorgeous photos were provided by Nirvanie Srikishun Photography.
Did we hit the mark with the design of this party? Let us know by leaving a comment below! Contact us today and let’s get started on designing an event to remember!