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!
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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!
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Burlington, Window Painting, and Starbucks: The Whim Girls’ Guide to Window Seating Charts – Toronto Wedding Planner
This past Sunday Michelle and I decided to get going on a project we needed to complete for an upcoming wedding. We meant to do it sooner, but we’ve had a few other projects come up along the way. In any event, we have a rustic wedding coming up later this month, and we are designing all of the décor for this beautiful ceremony and reception. The venue is Skyloft Ski Resort, and it is the perfect setting for all sorts of pretty little rustic details. One of the ideas that we came up with was repurposing old windows and using them as a seating chart.
Our first task was to locate old windows. Michelle found a great listing on Kijiji that was advertising old windows from a cottage for $25 each. The panes were painted a soft yellow, which made them a perfect find, since they were both affordable and easy to repaint white.
So after verifying that our vehicle could hold all of these windows, we scooped up my cousin Nirvanie from Brampton and hit the road for Burlington!
The owner was very nice and helped us load up the windows into our already-stuffed car, and we headed over to Michael’s to purchase a few supplies.
Once we arrived at Michael’s, we immediately began searching for appropriate markers to write on panes of glass. It took a while to find the right kind of markers in white, but we eventually found them and bought two, as we had 18 panes of glass and 140 names to write. And by we, I mean my cousin Nirvanie, as she has the best writing of the three of us. Thanks again, Nir!
While taking some time to apply a bit of lipstick, and stop for a much-needed Starbucks-infusion, we headed back to Markham to begin our adventure in window re-purposing.
Once we arrived back in Markham, we created a workspace in the garage by laying down some old sheets, and setting out our supplies. We had 3 windows that needed to be cleaned and painted. We used clean cheesecloths to clean the wooden parts of the windows and windex and paper towels to clean the panes of glass.
Next up was probably the most tedious part: applying painter’s tape to each pane of glass. This part is especially important because getting paint on the glass is no fun to clean up later, and if we are honest with ourselves, none of us are master painters. We enjoy colouring outside of the lines J.
We decided to use a white paint with primer already in it, just to avoid having to put several coats of paint on the windows. The yellow paint on the windows was a very soft colour and easy to cover up, and because this was designed for a rustic wedding, we didn’t want the windows to look too modern and clean.
The exact colour of our paint was eggshell, and one can was more than sufficient to cover all 3 windows. We used two sizes of paintbrushes, one medium in size and one smaller, thinner brush to get into angles and corners nearest to the glass.
After a while we moved our operation into Michelle’s bedroom because it got a bit chilly in the garage, and we also wanted to watch The Walking Dead J. As you can see, the painter’s tape was a necessity!
Once the paint dried, which took about half an hour tops, Nirvanie was able to begin transposing the seating chart names onto the panes of glass. She went through a few dry runs before deciding on the appropriate size and orientation of the text, but overall, we are very happy with how the windows turned out.
As you can see, one coat of paint covered the yellow nicely, and hand writing the names, while tiring for poor Nir, added a lovely touch to the windows.
The last task to complete these windows is to add hinges onto the sides so that the windows can stand up on their own on the receiving table, which we will add in a little later. All in all, this was a fun way to spend a Sunday! Bookmark our blog to see these beauties in all of their glory at our client’s wedding later this month.
If you are interested in having us design a custom piece for you, contact us at –firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 647-990-5474. Remember, if you can dream it, we can design it! Our décor selection is extensive, and we are always excited to add to our repertoire.