My fiance and I are starting to plan our wedding. We currently live in Los Angeles, but have family in both New York and Toronto. We've settled on having the wedding in Toronto as there's more family there, but definitely want to hold it downtown, since we'll have a lot of out of town guests and don't want them to have to rent cars or be removed from the nightlife.
Because we're doing all the planning from afar, my fiance's mom is going to be helping us a lot in terms of visiting places. Right now we're trying to narrow down the list to interesting locations that we can afford on a relatively tight budget. We'll have between 85 and 100 guests at the shindig.
The locations that we like the most (from pics/advice from friends) are:
- Steam Whistle Brewery
- Rosehill Event Venue
- Fermenting Cellar
- Berkeley Church
I have some information on Steam Whistle (friends got married there, know about the 15% landmarks levy) but don't know much about the others. I believe that the first three are BYOC and the last one provides catering.
So here are the questions that I have:
- Does anyone know the approximate costs for rental at Rosehill/Fermenting Cellar?
- How much is it per head at Berkeley Church?
- For the first three venues, which caterers are the best when also factoring in cost? (We'd like to keep it as close to $100/head as possible including rentals & service/gratuity).
Also, does anyone have recommendations for places with a similar aesthetic to the venues listed above? Or any reviews of those four spaces? Also, do all heritage buildings charge a 15% catering markup? Unfortunately, we probably won't be able to make it to Toronto before Christmas time, and we'd like to do an August 2010 wedding so we'll need to book a place ahead of time.
Any thoughts are welcome - we need all the help we can get!