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Getting married downtown Toronto means choosing a wedding venue that is both unique and inspiring.  Options in a city as large as Toronto are endless, and more couples today are moving away from the traditional banquet halls and are opting for Art Gallery Wedding Venues.  Wedding venues in downtown Toronto  range in price and size, so its just a matter of choosing the one that is right for you.

This blog focuses on venues within museums and art galleries.  Both are unconventional venues, perfect for couples who are seeking an urban contemporary vibe for their big day.

Museum and Art Gallery weddings offer the chance to explore a range of interesting historical collections as well as a variety of art.  Many museums and art gallery are set in beautiful buildings some modern, others classical, both interesting and elegant.

Most galleries can accommodate both the ceremony and reception.  The art can act as automatic decoration and can add to the ambiance to create a guest experience steeped in culture.  You will be able to entertain your quests along side internationally renowned art, dazzling architecture and spectacular views of Toronto’s skyline.  Galleries and museums are venues appropriate for any size of event.

You can find many fabulous art gallery venues scattered through the city.  There are the big museums like the AGO, The Gardiner Museum, and the ROM.  There are also many smaller gallery spaces with a more intimate atmosphere, located in and around downtown Toronto.  Each space offers something different, so it really comes down to personal preference.

Art Gallery Wedding Venues – Inspiration Board

Art Gallery Weddings Toronto

The Art Gallery of Ontario:

You can exchange vows underneath Frank Gehrys magnificent sculptural stair case, with stunning 40 foot glass ceilings.  For the reception, use Baillie Court, a stunning event space with panoramic views of the city.  The AGO can accommodate weddings of up to 300 people.  When you book your wedding with them, you receive an AGO membership for two, perfect for any Art Lover.  As an added bonus, you also get a private viewing of 5 works of art exclusive to Baillie Court.

The Gardiner Museum:

Jamie Kennedy’s restaurant in the Gardiner Museum can accommodate 100 guest for a seated dinner, and 200 for a cocktail reception.

The space is modern, and minimalist and has plenty of light with its floor to ceiling windows. There are many options to have the ceremony onsite as well.

The Royal Ontario Museum:

The ROM offers both a modern backdrop, and something more traditional.  It has a great deal of architectural detail and history.  Within the ROM you will find high vaulted ceilings, soaring windows and detailed stonework.  Whether you are considering an intimate dinner for 20 people, or a large reception for 500, hosting your private event among the priceless collections within will leave a lasting impression on guests.

This boards inspiration draws from the Gardiner Museums bright and modern interior space.  Designer Louis Ghost Chairs keep the interior decor light and simple.  The subtle table decor of yellow flowers and glass vases provide colour and levels, while keeping the lines clean.  The cake is elegant and contemporary, perfect for such an event.

Its important to have a coherent theme or style when designing a wedding.  Pick one or two colours and use them throughout.  The invitation should fit your theme.  Picking a modern invitation gives guest an impression of the overall event.  Dress the groomsmen in grey suits, and the bridesmaids in either soft yellow or grey dresses.  Most importantly, get creative!  When it comes to details such as guest favors, or the guest book, try thinking outside the box.  I love the guest book idea shown here.  Instead of having everyone sign their name, have them leave a brightly coloured finger print to create a modern piece of art that you can later frame and display at home.

Designing the perfect reception isn’t easy, it takes time and creativity.  Start with the venue, then choose an object or colour that inspires you and build from there.

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Toronto Wedding Planner,  Erica Reavell, WPICC:

Erica Reavell, WPICC