Why have flowers delivered to your venue, if you can have your venue set among flowers? Toronto Botanical Garden is a perfect marriage of the exquisite outdoors and the environmentally friendly indoors, your shelter in the inclement weather.
Toronto Botanical Garden is proud to offer a uniquely green venue which is LEED Silver certified. This means that the Pavilion has been certified by an international rating system called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design to have been built with green materials and to promote water conservation and energy efficiency. As an example, the Pavilion has a sloping green roof which provides insulation and reduces water runoff.
Facilities. Pavilion’s Floral Hall, with capacity to seat up to 200 guests, including a dance floor (or 240 guests without a dance floor), is a perfectly perpendicular, blank slate space which lends itself to creative decoration. For example, ample light comes in from the skylights, leaving walls open to decoration. The shape of the room facilitates clear lines of sight and fosters games and other activities. Floral Hall is adjoined by a smaller private garden designed with a water wall and natural stone. If the weather is good, the garden is an inviting space for cocktail receptions and can seat up to 145 guests, theatre style, for the ceremony. Dedicated washrooms are included with the space.
Suitability. Toronto Botanical Garden is very popular as a public park and wedding photography spot. This fosters a great community spirit among all wedding parties visiting the grounds to take pictures, as well as well-wishing from passers by. Parking is free, but due to popularity of the location, it might be a little difficult to find on the weekends.
Cost – as of mid-2018. The Floral Hall rents for the whole day (10 am to 1 am), for $3,100 on Saturdays or long-weekend Sundays ($2,600 on Fridays and regular Sundays). Additional mandatory charges include a venue coordinator fee of $40 per hour and a 30% surcharge on catering (excluding beverages) (15% if you engage one of the venue’s 12 or so preferred catering providers). A refundable security deposit is also required. Beverage service must be arranged by the couple through a Special Occasion Permit with the LCBO. SOCAN fee of $60 and Re:sound fee of $27 will apply as well. Tables and chairs and basic audio-visual equipment, such a projector screen, microphone and podium are included in the rental price, along with a bridal suite.
There is no additional charge for photography permit throughout the grounds (which otherwise costs $275). Note: canopy and lounge furnishings of the garden are not included in the rental price. Adjoining space (Lobby and Westview Terrace) can be rented separately at the price of $1000 on Saturday and $900 on Friday and Sunday.
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