If you’re looking to have a completely unique wedding, choosing a venue that is genuinely quirky — as well as beautiful — is a wonderful way to make your dream come true.
A wedding venue is a fundamental part of the occasion and it pays to choose a place that reflects your personalities and shared sense of style. To inspire your choices as you prepare for the big day, we’ve handpicked five of the most outstanding and unusual venues across the country. Now all you have to do is decide which one is perfect for you...
Hôtel de Glace, Quebec
A must-see tourist attraction that has charmed over one million visitors since opening in 2001, Hôtel de Glace is a landmark venue in which to hold your nuptials. 10 minutes from downtown Québec City, the dazzling décor includes huge snow vaults and crystalline ice sculptures. Perfect if you want a wedding that combines natural beauty and hip, urban style, the magical, frozen theme continues throughout the venue (even cocktails are served in sparkling glasses made of ice).
If you marry here, expect the red carpet to be rolled out, and the torches guarding the hotel’s entrance to be lit, upon your arrival. Your guests can enjoy dinner under the heated tents before dancing the night away in the Ice Bar to music provided by a professional DJ. You can even end your very special evening with a sensational fireworks display.
Steam Whistle Brewing, Toronto
Wedding parties are hosted in the historic Roundhouse — an architectural gem with amazing features including hand-hewn support pillars and exposed red brick. “Couples love the relaxed, social atmosphere that the brewery provides,” Steam Whistle communications director Sybil Taylor explains. “At the same time, its unique heritage architecture and grand scale brings a certain nostalgic elegance to any gathering. The room offers 30ft vaulted ceilings, old Douglas fir beams, warm brick walls and large paned windows with panoramic vistas of the city’s skyline. The room acts as a blank canvas, with unique lighting, room setup, table settings and décor making each celebration here truly one-of-a-kind.”
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
With sensational staircases, vast windows and light-filled atriums and galleries, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has been described as “a masterpiece of modernity with classic roots”. For marrying couples, it offers full reception-style accommodation for up to 450 guests and the event planning department is staffed by a team of specialists who can make magic happen on a moment’s notice. Couples will have their own designated coordinator with connections to preferred caterers and suppliers, along with a wealth of creative ideas.
“We work with an incredible culinary team at the AGO,” says sales and events manager Beth Bruno. “We offer our couples completely customized menus based on their personal taste with a focus on local, organic and in season. Plus we produce pretty much everything within the walls of the gallery!”
Casa Loma, Toronto
If you’ve always dreamed of marrying in a majestic castle, Casa Loma can help to make that fairytale become a picture-perfect reality. When your guests arrive at Casa Loma (which means “house on the hill” in Spanish) they will step back in time with you to a period of European elegance and splendour. The former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Canada’s most famous castle sits 600 feet above the level of Lake Ontario and boasts decorated suites, secret passages, towers, stables and beautiful estate gardens. Built between 1911 and 1914 the castle was designed by Canadian architect E.J. Lennox, who also designed Toronto’s Old City Hall. Used for film and photo shoots, Casa Loma provides the setting for a truly memorable wedding reception with groups of up to 550 people accommodated.
Seasons in the Park, Vancouver
Set in the lush and beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in Vancouver, Seasons in the Park offers a breathtaking, panoramic view of the city skyline and North Shore Mountains. Known for its extensive wine list and fresh West Coast cuisine, the venue has earned the title of “Most Romantic Restaurant” three years in a row. Wedding parties can choose from four uniquely-styled spaces for larger groups, all offering spectacular views as a backdrop.
The Skyline Room is a split level space, encased by glass, perfect for enjoying Vancouver’s best city view; the Summit Room has its own private entrance and outdoor patio; the Garden Vista is accessible via a spiral staircase and offers a downtown city view; and the Main Dining Room, a semi-private space accommodating up to 130 guests for a sit down reception, showcases an unsurpassed, wall-to-wall view of the mountains and Vancouver skyline.
Images courtesy of: Hôtel de Glace, Steam Whistle Brewing, AGO, Casa Loma, Seasons in the Park.
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