As restrictions on group settings begin to ease, Toronto is embracing the new trend of micro weddings and the return of other intimate-style events. We know the last few months have not been easy on engaged couples but with small gatherings now being permitted, you now have the option to tie the knot in front of your nearest and dearest. Even if you had originally planned for a large-scale, bells-and-whistles reception, this new trend is the perfect opportunity to cut down your bloated guest list and host an intimate wedding that will allow you and your partner to spend quality time with each other and each of your guests!
With this in mind, we’re pleased to present a handful of downtown Toronto venues that are perfect to accommodate small gatherings of up to 50.
Fun fact: Once upon a time, this Balzac’s location was home to the Canada Foundry where steel and cast iron goods were manufactured, and then sold to Canadian General Electric. Today, it’s known as Balzac's Café - Powerhouse, an intimate cafe and event venue that celebrates the golden era of electrical technology and art-deco design. Their signature vintage style may just be the perfect backdrop for a celebration with your nearest and dearest, comfortably seating a maximum of 50 guests. Note: the venue operates as a cafe daily and is only able to accommodate events during the evening.
Nestled in the heart of the Distillery District is the neo-Parisian bistro, Cluny Bistro While it’s private dining room can accommodate groups as large as 80, did you know that it also has the ability to separate? When the room is separated, it’s perfect for even more intimate gatherings of 32 or 48! Offering French inspired menus, gorgeous French inspired design, and vibrant music, what could be more romantic than transporting those closest to you to France for your intimate nuptials at Cluny Bistro?
Twist Gallery boasts gorgeous skylights, French Arch windows, and long wooden beams accentuating it’s high ceilings. If modern art is your style, you can’t go wrong with the built in contemporary decor! Over looking the (currently) quiet city streets, this New York-style loft will surely sweep you and your guests off your feet!
If a rustic/boho theme is more your style, the cozy The Lodge On Queen might just take your breath away! Located in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district, this stunning venue occupies two floors of a century old heritage building – sounds romantic! With the venue’s new “worry-free” wedding package for up to 50 guests, your intimate wedding is sure to leave you and your guests feeling all the warm and fuzzies!
Built in 1843 and located in Toronto’s studio district, District 28 is a little hidden gem in the east end of the city! Boasting soaring white walls and amble space, we love that this venue’s blank canvas gives you the creative freedom for any style/theme you want! The design world is your oyster!
Perhaps you’re looking for a modern, contemporary vibe for your upcoming intimate wedding. If so, Second Floor Events might just be the perfect fit! Located at King and Spadina, this chic, urban, turnkey venue is super modern and trendy boasting exposed brick, romantic lighting and a sleek built-in bar.
Visually stunning – and super cozy – featuring industrial-chic decor and exposed brick walls, Arta Gallery is a unique commercial arts space, perfect for an intimate wedding! Not only are they up-to-date with their sound and lighting system, you and your guests will get to enjoy added sophistication by the beautiful Contemporary Canadian and International art curated on the gallery walls.
The 175-year-old Storys Building is a charming, modern designed venue in downtown Toronto that also maintains the integrity of its original heritage. It may be equipped to host a larger crowd, but the team will happily accommodate your intimate wedding in their ultra-romantic space as well!
Of The Broadview Hotel‘s five distinct venue spaces, The Tower is the perfect space for an intimate wedding, with room for up to 20 guests for seated dinners or cocktail receptions. With it’s impressive vaulted ceilings, warm wood tones, and beautiful arched windows, this gorgeous space is all about bringing people together.
Formerly one of Toronto’s railway inns, the cozy Gladstone Hotel is known for its dynamic venue spaces, rotating art exhibitions, and social responsibility. You read that right! The Gladstone is committed to environmental sustainability and socially conscious practices – because even your intimate guest list could potentially produce a lot of garbage!
The Toronto Wedding Chapel & Event Venue has been hosting micro weddings long before the days of social distancing and COVID-19! This intimate and elegant wedding chapel is located in the heart of mid-town and is sole focused on catering to micro weddings for you and up to 30 of your nearest and dearest.
Built in the 1800s, The VandenBerg House is a the perfect intimate space for those who love a good, historic venue! The venue has maintained its original hardwood floors and structural features. It also features rustic furniture, chandeliers and 11’ ceilings that will be truly inspiring for you big day! This cozy, authentic venue comfortably seats up to 35 guests.
Parisian patisserie by day, cozy event venue by night, The Tempered Room boasts tall ceilings, exposed brick, and cozy wooden finishes with rustic appointments – perfect for a warm, intimate gathering! Situated in the heart of Parkdale, the venue has a maximum seating capacity of 35, or a standing capacity of 50 if you want to host a cocktail reception.
The elegant Ballroom is the largest space in the historic Campbell House Museum with the ability to accommodate up to 50 people for a sit down dinner. It’s floor to ceiling windows, fire place, high ceilings and beautiful chandeliers give the room a classic-yet-cozy feel for an intimate celebration!
Additional Toronto Restaurants
Many restaurants in the heart of downtown are perfectly designed to accommodate intimate groups for your special day in private rooms or closed off sections of their space. Check out some of the great downtown restaurants the city has to offer!