Planning a destination wedding? Toronto is the perfect place to toast your nuptials. From urban castles to beautiful botanical gardens, “The 6ix” offers a mixed bag of unique wedding experiences that will impress your guests – and we’ve compiled some of the best.
For A Royal Wedding
Plan a royal wedding at Casa Loma, one of North America’s few castles. Built in 1914, this Edwardian estate exudes a fairytale feel in each elegant room, thanks to preserved original features like crystal chandeliers, marble floors, and stained-glass ceilings. Outside, there’s a lovely garden with sculptures, flower beds, and sparkling fountains, as well as a Glass Pavilion with majestic views of the castle and city for receptions.
For a wedding experience like no other, consider exchanging vows 116 stories above ground at the CN Tower’s EdgeWalk – the world’s highest full-circle hands-free walk. Wearing a harness, you and up to eight guests march around outside a five-foot ledge encircling the tower’s roof. At 1,167 feet above ground, you’ll get panoramic vistas of the city and Lake Ontario, as well as phenomenal photographs to show the grandchildren someday.
Afterward, move the party to the Hilton Toronto, just a 15-minute walk or five-minute taxi ride from the CN Tower. The hotel has a 20,000-square-foot flexible event space that can accommodate groups of varying sizes, as well as luxurious guest rooms for your wedding party. Bonus: Hilton provides an event planner to help organize every detail of your wedding.
Here’s a fun idea: hire a food truck to cater your reception. Some of Toronto’s best meals are served on wheels, with top-notch chefs opening food carts across the GTA. It’ll undoubtedly make for an Instagrammable moment when a taco truck or a pierogi wagon pulls up at the reception to serve a late-night snack.
For Art Lovers
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is a stellar setting for weddings in Toronto. This major public art gallery has 85,000 square feet of venue space, along with 100 acres of wooded landscape that offers a stunning backdrop for photographs. The hilltop makes a scenic spot to toast your nuptials, or take the party indoors to Gallery Eight – a luminous, art-filled space that overlooks the forested valley. Guests can tour 14 galleries before or after the ceremony, adding some art immersion to the festivities.
Since the gallery is a bit of a trek from downtown Toronto, block off rooms at Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites in Mississauga. Just 20 minutes away, it’s near the airport for out-of-town guests and offers great amenities, like an indoor pool, basketball nets, table tennis, and squash courts.
For Nature Lovers
Craving a city escape? Celebrate your happy day at the enchanting Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, the largest botanical garden in Canada. Surrounded by greenery and colorful florals, it’s a breathtaking venue for both the ceremony and reception, as well as picturesque photographs. Afterward, guests can check in to the cozy Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Burlington, just 15 minutes from “the RBG.”