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Reserve The Manor For A Day, Host The Wedding of A Lifetime

Request more pricing, details and info from this vendor!The Manor, built in 1929, is an ideal place to have your wedding. Walking through the wrought iron door and peering through the entrance’s stained glass window, you immediately feel transported back to Tudor England. When reserving The Manor you get an entire estate at your disposal.

From the Gazebo, perfect for an outdoor ceremony, to the Bride’s Boudoir, a great enclave for the bride and her party to freshen up and relax, no detail is overlooked in this spacious setting. Whether you are looking to accommodate 50 guests or 100 (which is the maximum allowed), The Manor has everything you need to create an intimate and joyous environment. The two story estate is replete with photo opportunities as is the beautifully maintained grounds. Even in the case of inclement weather, couples will certainly not be at a loss for indoor areas to celebrate. Joanne Bursa, the facility director, mentioned in the case of a rain shower a couple getting married in front, the ivy of the building serving as a lovely background.

Yet it is not just beauty and elegance that make this wedding locale such a singular selection. The history of The Manor itself often plays a role in why couples are so eager to make it their “I do” destination.

The History

Originally named Stonedene, The Manor was sold to The Ontario Mission of the Deaf in 1976 with the goal of building an unparalleled community centre for the deaf, which was soon realized through the efforts of Canada’s Bob Rumball. In 1996 the Junior League of Toronto brought in a design firm, giving The Manor a much needed “facelift” while still preserving and restoring much of the original architecture and fixtures. In doing so The Manor became known as a popular site for weddings, corporate events and outdoor parties. All proceeds from the rental of The Manor go towards the Ontario Mission of the Deaf. Knowing that they’re helping to make a difference while hosting the event of their lives, is probably another couples reason to love this space.

Booking The Manor

SPACE | The Manor is available to host both the ceremony and the reception, however it is better geared to more intimate weddings. The Manor comfortably accommodates 50 – 80 people inside (100 people total, inside and out) – a fact to consider if planning for a winter indoor ceremony.

When reserving The Manor for a wedding it’s all yours from 3pm to 12am (although Joanne says she is flexible if brides want to arrive earlier to set up).

When you book The Manor you get the entire house which includes, on the first floor, a very large outdoor patio space with a gazebo area, separate dining room, drawing room, a study (great for just slipping away and catching up with friends) and a renovated kitchen area which is one of the most lovely kitchens we have ever seen in any event location.

Upstairs you will find the Bride’s Boudoir with separate bathrooms for ladies to retreat and freshen up, as well as an additional room where the wedding party can get ready and perhaps share a celebratory glass of pre-wedding champagne.

FOOD & BEVERAGES | The Manor allows you to choose your own caterer and bring in your own bar staff. If you’re planning on serving alcohol, you’ll need to obtain a special occasion permit as The Manor does not have a liquor license.

Even though The Manor does not have a designated on-site caterer they employ exclusively, they do have about four different caterers that they deal with regularly and recommend – en Ville Design and Catering (www.enville.com) – ask for Daniel Johnson being one of their favourites.

BOOKING AHEAD | In terms of booking The Manor, Joanne advises reserving a slot no later than six months before your desired date. Every weekend in the summer they are usually booked for a wedding, while corporate events and other parties are more popular in the non-summer months. Of course that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t host a winter wedding, so that’s something to keep in mind.

COSTS | The cost of renting the venue is $1200, which is due in full in order to secure your reservation. They provide some tables, chairs and place settings but you may also need to supply your own if you need more than 50. There is also free parking on the premises and the facility is wheelchair accessible with ramps readily available.

Our favourite things…

The charming and yet comfortable feel of The Manor make it a very unique place to have a wedding. The decorative and working fireplaces throughout, the well appointed seating areas and incredible architecture, not to mention the amazing landscaping give it a very majestic feel. When speaking with Joanne about the venue she made a point to mention that it is really about customizing the space for the couple’s needs. As the facility manager she is available to guide you through your special day and advise you in creating the wedding of your dreams. When asked what makes the venue stand-out from others Joanne said “The fact it is a charity is very unique.” We couldn’t agree more. Of course The Manor’s gorgeous old-style windows, high ceilings and impressive patio space doesn’t hurt either.

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Details, details, details

• Rental rates for The Manor range from $600.00 plus 15% of the catering subtotal for functions taking place on weekends from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and $2,200.00 plus 15% of the catering subtotal for evening/weekend functions from 4:00 pm to 12:00 am . Events carrying past 12:00 am will be charged $300.00 per hour. The Manor rental rate includes the use of the entire main floor, the gardens and the Bride’s Boudoir for all weddings.
• The Manor does not hold a liquor license. A special occasion permit is the required and is the responsibility of the client booking the manor (There is a $6.50 per person fee for corkage).
• Deposit Required to Book: full amount of rental fee is required to confirm your booking with the Manor
• Months to Book Ahead: you can book whenever you wish but book early if you are set on a specific date of course

Contacting Bob Rumball Manor

To find out more, contact Joanne Bursa of Bob Rumball Manor by email using the form below 🙂 They are located at 2395 Bayview Avenue, about 20 minutes from downtown Toronto. You can also visit Bob Rumball Manor online at bobrumballmanor.org.

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The Manor was built for the Plummers, then owned and enjoyed by the Matthews family for many years before Bob Rumball converted the property in 1977 to the current school for the Deaf. http://www.bobrumballmanor.org/history.htm What is important is that this lovely vintage heritage house and lands have been preserved for generations to come and have not ended up subdivided into bland tiny condos. A bit of Toronto history has been thus preserved !
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