If a lavish 500-person, sit-down affair complete with a choreographed dance routine, multiple dress changes, and an outrageously expensive band isn’t quite your thing, perhaps we could interest you in a smaller, more intimate venue to say “I do”?
From charming gardens to celebrated restaurants, we’ve rounded up the 12 best intimate wedding venues in Toronto that fit no more than 100 guests.
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For those looking to hold their wedding somewhere other than a restaurant, Balzac’s is a charming alternative. The Distillery District location is an intimate, freestanding space that allows most outside caterers and event planners.
Capacity: Standing up to 100 people, seated dinners 40-50
Address: The Distillery District, 1 Trinity Street
This hip Ossington restaurant is perfect for those looking for a cozy locale with clean decor and lighthearted ambiance for their closest friends and family. From start to fish the Boehmer team will make your big day (or night) one you’ll never forget.
Capacity: Up to 100 for a sit down dinner
Address: 93 Ossington Ave
For those looking for an intimate locale, look no further than Le Sélect Bistro, a charming French bistro located in the heart of downtown Toronto. There are private rooms or a back terrace available for weddings,
Capacity: Up to 70 guests
Address: 432 Wellington West
Located in Toronto’s bustling Cabbagetown, this traditional family-style restaurant serves not only amazing authentic and fresh Northern Italian food, but also an intimate atmosphere that is truly perfect for a gathering of family and friends.
Capacity: 100 guests in the summer and 70 in cooler months
Address: 12 Amelia St.
If you’re looking to say ‘I do’ in an edgy Queen West venue, look no further than Camera Bar. Located within Stephen Bulger Gallery, here you’ll find a unique wedding space that combines a renowned gallery, lavish lounge complete with fireplace and a private screening room.
Capacity: Up to 50
Address: 1028 Queen St. West
There are few better wedding photo backdrops available in Toronto than those found in the city’s historic Distillery District. Here, you’ll find one of the city’s best French restaurants that serves as an ideal intimate wedding venue complete with modern French cuisine in a breathtaking Parisian inspired room complete with floor to ceiling windows.
Capacity: Can fit groups up to 80 with the option of a separate room for more intimate gatherings of 32 or 48.
Address: The Distillery District, 35 Tank House Lane
Located on the second floor of the Tiff Bell Lightbox, the stylish space is perfect for Toronto foodie couples. They describe their menu as “showcasing global and Canadian artisanal cuisine, featuring the finest local and regional ingredients”. When it comes to weddings, one of the venues most notable features is the private terrace, which can accommodate up to 64 guests.
Capacity: Up to 64 guests
Address: 2nd Floor, 350 King St. West
This charming Liberty Village restaurant is bright and industrial, yet relaxed and intimate. Mildred’s will go above and beyond to make sure everything is flawless and will help plan the menu, decor, flowers, music, ambiance, and ensure the day is one to remember.
Capacity: Up to 100 guests
Address: 85 Hanna Ave
If a wedding reception venue that’s a combination of classic and sleek is right up your alley, look no further than Jump Restaurant. Here, you’ll find a sky-high glass atrium, dramatic lighting, a New York-style bar, a private room for intimate receptions, and a courtyard patio, which provide the perfect backdrop for a smaller city wedding.
Capacity: Jump offers private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 54 seated guests, and 80 for a reception.
Address: 18 Wellington St. West
Located in the east end of the city, Miller Lash House is an old estate home and property that has a country feel and lots of natural beauty while still in proximity to downtown. The Principle Rooms are stunning with high arched ceilings, wooden trim, fireplaces and antique furnishings making a beautiful serene setting to say ‘I do’. If you want to have an outdoor wedding, the grounds are absolutely gorgeous and are the perfect backdrop to your big day.
Capacity: Allows for comfortable seating of 50 with a cocktail reception limit of 100 guests
Address: 130 Old Kingston Road
If you’re looking to have an intimate garden wedding that has both sweeping city and lake views, look no further than Toronto’s charming Music Garden. This location is perfect for couples wanting a small ceremony, which can then be followed by a larger reception nearby in the city.
Capacity: Up to 20 guests
Address: 475 Queens Quay West
If you’ve been dreaming of saying “I do” amidst lush greens, then a wedding at Allen Gardens Conservatory is your dream come true. Allan Gardens Conservatory is a garden-filled greenhouse containing tropical plants from all over the world, which will make for a beautiful and peaceful setting for a romantic wedding. Bonus: Your guests will love taking selfies in front of the exotic plants.
Capacity: 40 people
Address: 19 Horticultural Avenue