Today, I want to introduce you to one of the most unique wedding venues in Toronto in my opinion – the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). With a recently renovated building, the Frank Gehry designed building is a piece of art in and of itself. This venue is a great option for a couple looking for a luxury venue that isn’t a hotel, but wanting something truly unique. Keep reading for our wedding venue overview of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

Wedding venue overview: AGO

Venue Overview:

  • The AGO would be closed at the time of your event, for a fully private celebration
  • Permanent collection includes more than 80,000 works of art, with the AGO among the most distinguished art museums in North America
  • The first Frank Gehry designed building in Canada
  • One main ceremony space and two popular reception spaces to choose from (a few smaller spaces as well)
  • A few parking lot options nearby, but valet can be an additional option for guests
  • Private gallery tours can be enhance your event
  • In-house catering
  • One-year AGO membership is included for couples booking weddings here
  • Only couples getting married at the venue are allowed to take photos here (no permits!)
  • Events are booked based on a minimum food and beverage spend, plus a room rental (additional costs include rentals, security, staffing and AV)

AGO overview: Walker Court Ceremonies

Modern AGO Art Gallery of Ontario wedding
Photo: Stephen Ding Photography

Walker Court overview:

  • Get married under the iconic wooden staircase
  • Bathed in natural light and beautiful angles, photography is guaranteed to be great here

AGO overview: Galleria Italia

Wedding Venue overview: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Photo courtesy of the AGO.

Galleria Italia overview:

  • This is my favourite space in the AGO! It is the beautiful space just behind the front facade of the AGO with lots of natural light and a beautiful architectural backdrop
  • One long, dramatic banquet table is best suited in this space, as seen in the photo
  • Seats up to 120 for dinner
  • Located on the 2nd floor

AGO overview: Baillie Court

Photo: Stephen Ding Photography

Baillie Court overview:

  • This is the venue’s largest space, seating up to 400 guests for dinner
  • Long banquet tables serve the room well, but rounds can work as well
  • The room has a number of rigging points in the ceiling, allowing for suspension of lights, draping and unique decor
  • Located on the 3rd floor

AGO overview: Other event spaces at the AGO

  • Sculpture Atrium (main floor) is an intimate space with elongated glass windows, perfect for smaller receptions. Seats up to 60 guests for dinner.
  • Frank Restaurant (main floor) is the AGO’s restaurant boasting contemporary finishes and Canadian cuisine. Seats 100 guests for a full buyout or 50 guests in their smaller function rooms.
  • Norma Ridley Members’ Lounge (main floor) offers a warm living room feel, perfect for a tea ceremony or bridal suite

Isn’t it fabulous? The AGO is a design and art lovers dream, with architectural insta-worthy features around every corner.

See more from our understated and modern wedding at the AGO here.

Rebecca Chan is a Toronto event designer and event planner. If you have a brand activation, media launch event, design project, trade show or a special event, connect with her today to see how we can collaborate on your next project.