Built in 1848 as Toronto’s first free school, this red brick house with ivory pointed-arch windows has been a community centre for the duration of its existence. Situated next to Little Trinity Evangelical church, with its matching architecture, a park, and walking distance to the Distillery District, this is a very serene and photogenic spot.
Inside. Once inside, start your tour with the West Hall. Filled with light, with cream-coloured walls, triple-lancet windows, receding multi-layered ceiling and an intricate pattern of green wooden beams, it is a room of a near-square shape. Although it is large enough for up to 150 guests, its shape and beam placement make it intimate and comfortable. Simple décor will go a long way – texture of the walls and the ceiling lends itself to spectacular light effects, beams can hold light centerpieces or flowers, narrow windows need only small bouquets. Piano completes this quaint picture.
Also at your disposal you will have the School Room, a rustic room with lots of wood, and, true to its name, a chalk board and old-fashioned school tables. Accessible washrooms can be adapted as the bridal change room. Your set-up could include a ceremony in one of the rooms (or the church next door), cocktails in the lobby or outdoors in a fenced area, and dinner in the West Hall. The shape of the West Hall inspires creative solutions: in addition to the long tables offered by the venue, you could rent round tables, cruiser table reception, or even lounge furniture.
Suitability. This venue seems to have an irresistible draw for teachers, but it would be perfect for anyone looking for a rustic downtown wedding with space for creativity. The venue is fully wheelchair-accessible, and parking is available on side streets nearby.
Costs. The Saturday venue rental is $2,750, on Fridays the fee lowers to $2,000 and Sundays even further to $1,800 (not including tax). 20% discount on rental fee applies between January and April. Rental period is from 1 pm to 1 am, but the venue usually allows you to pick up your belongings in the morning of the next day. Long tables and chairs are included with the rent, together with the support of an on-site coordinator. The venue offers a selection of 4 caterers who will supply furniture, linens and tableware.
Catering bill generally is in the ballpark of $120/guest (which includes a landmark fee of 15%). The venue offers a great option to save on the beverages if you wish to buy your own and obtain Special Occasion Permit and insurance – no corkage would apply. Extra fees will be charged for a rehearsal and piano tuning.
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