Top Tips on How To Choose Your Wedding Venue

One of the first major decisions you’ll need to make when planning your wedding is the venue. The venue often needs to be booked well in advance, and will leave a lasting impression on guests. Of course, this decision will vary based on the theme, size and traditions of the couple, so keep that in mind as you consider your venue options.

There are many different types of venues to choose from, so here we’ll walk you through the main types of venues and list some pros and cons to you decide what works best for you.

Banquet Hall

If you’ve attended a large wedding before, chances are you’ve been to a banquet hall. Banquet halls are known for their spacious rooms and are very common for large weddings.


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  • Hold high number of guests
  • Staff is experienced at handling weddings
  • Photographers are typically familiar with the space, thus taking pictures is easier


  • Commonly used for weddings, may not feel unique
  • May be hidden restrictions on food, drinks and other vendors
  • Set space means less flexibility for unique decor options


Restaurant Reception

Restaurant venues are available all over the GTA and they usually offer a good mix of space and dependable food and staff. Here are some things to consider for a restaurant reception.


  • Food! You typically know exactly what you’re getting into food wise at a specific restaurant
  • Equipment (tables, chairs, linens etc.) are readily available, often without rental costs
  • Staff is experienced at serving and clearing tables


  • Limited flexibility in table seating charts and layout
  • Restricted use of external vendors, and/or additional hidden fees
  • Restricted decor options and limited time for setup


Outdoor Wedding

For a unique vibe and more casual feel, outdoor weddings are a great fit. Here are some things you’ll want to consider if an outdoor wedding is your preference:

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  • Surrounding landscapes provide a beautifully natural decor
  • Less common, therefore more unique
  • Customizable decor options with amble space


  • Weather! Mother nature doesn’t always cooperate, so rain plans are especially important
  • Temperature control is difficult in tents
  • One of the most costly option as everything from catering, staffing, heating/cooling system will need to be brought on site.

Hotel Wedding

Much like banquet halls, hotels often have large ballrooms to hold large, or even smaller, weddings. Consider these pros and cons if you’re leaning towards a hotel wedding:


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  • Convenience! Hotels have built in accommodations for guests
  • Usually great service with experienced staff, both for meal service
  • Photographers are often used to the hotel halls, making photography easier


  • May not feel like a stand alone venue, in that other hotel features can distract guests
  • May be hidden restrictions on food, drinks and AV costs
  • Higher service charge
  • Set space means less flexibility for unique decor options

Every wedding requires a different type of venue space. Remember that the size of your wedding and your theme can help you narrow down options. We hope this list helps you decide what type of venue is best for your wedding.  Happy Wedding Planning!


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