We’ve featured stunning weddings on farms and hotspots like the Carlu. But one type of venue we think you should consider is a restaurant. Here’s why:
1. One-stop shopping. Hosting a wedding at home or in some venues requires serious production to pull together the necessities and frills When you book a restaurant, the chef, servers, furniture, tableware and experience are all part of the deal.
2. Décor? Done. Restaurants are about ambiance, which means one less thing for you to plan. “You don’t need spend lavish amounts to create that intimacy or that romanticism,” says Betty Little, who handles special events for Oliver & Bonacini. Paris lovers might love the French look at Auberge du Pommier, the fun vibe at Jump or the modern space at Malaparte.
3. No surprises. Choosing a familiar restaurant removes an element of not knowing what to expect. What you get on date night is what your friends and family will experience at your wedding: the same service, attention to detail and, of course, incredible food.
4. OK, maybe a few surprises (but mostly good!). Oliver & Bonacini venues take care of details like candles, table numbers, menus, seasonal flowers (though most couples bring in table centerpieces) and complimentary parking for buyouts. Couples may find a restaurant wedding costs less than expected, since the price includes so many elements that cost a la carte elsewhere. The downsides: scheduling a rehearsal may be challenging, there’s usually no bridal suite, and few restaurants can accommodate a guest list beyond 100 or 150.
5. A special memory. There’s something truly memorable about walking into a restaurant that would normally be open to the public, and reserving the whole space for your party.
For more information about weddings at Oliver & Bonacini contact at Betty email@example.com or 416-364-1211
Looking for other great venues in the GTA visit The Wedding Co.’s The List!
Story by: Trish Snyder
Photography by: Mango Studios