Kira and Stephen opted for a boozy brunch reception, complete with dancing, followed by an after party in a hotel lobby. This couple were the epitome of laid back with their plans, choosing things which made the day enjoyable for everyone rather than sticking to tradition. There was no cake (who needs one when you’ve got so many delicious pastries!?) and the bridesmaid wore whatever they wanted. The groom and his groomsmen opted to match in bright blue suits.
The rooftop terrace at The Fifth Terrace & Grill is where they had both their ceremony and brunch reception. The bride explains, “We wanted to have a laid back wedding where we could focus on having fun and catching up with our favourite friends and family. When we think of long weekends in the summer we think of cottage times in Muskoka, laughing all day in the sun, drinking, dancing and playing lawn games.”
“We decided on the Fifth and Terrace as our wedding venue because of its rustic cottage feel. The rooftop terrace that is completely made of wood with eclectic décor and large ceiling fans immediately gave us the cottage vibe we were looking for. Situated in the heart of downtown Toronto, it was a convenient location for our friends and family which was important to us to keep the weekend as easy going as possible. We had a brunch ceremony with cocktails served upon arrival and live music. The reception included a late lunch followed by an open bar with dancing and lawn games like jumbo Jenga, corn hole and ring toss.”
“The first look and the after party were our favourite parts of the day”, the bride continued. “The first look was such a special moment for us. It was so wonderful to have that intimate moment together before the ceremony and before the day got so busy! We had the after party at this little saloon Stephen had chosen for our very first date, Weslodge Saloon. It brought back all the feels for us!”
Of their $45,000 (CAD) budget they spent the most on having an entirely open bar for the whole day. They wanted their guests to kick back and relax so went all out with the cocktails and drinks options for a full day of celebrations!
“Discussing what was most important to us for the wedding and what our true values were was our highlight of wedding planning. It definitely brought us closer together and made us so excited for the big day. Our advice to other couples would be that the wedding industry can be so overwhelming so really focus on what is most important to you and your partner, and forget the rest!”