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10 ideas for your wedding party in Toronto

Looking for party ideas for your Toronto wedding? Maybe you're looking to make your big day one everybody in attendance will remember - and just having a band / DJ / trendy starch bar won't quite cut it. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to inject a little extra personality into a post-wedding bash - and make your reception as unique as you are, you crazy kids.

Here are my top ideas for your wedding party in Toronto.

Go beyond Instagram with a photo booth
Documenting your special day is essential (heck, you spent all this money on a party - may as well take good photos of it), but why not let some of your guests get in on the fun? You can rent an old-school photo booth from Snapz or PhotoboothTO or one set into the back of a tiny Volkswagen from Van Go, or go the indie-handmade route with Something Blue.

Bankroll your own viral wedding video with drone photography
Turn your wedding into a Michael Bay movie with some dramatic overhead photos and videos. Videodrone hires out camera-equipped drones for events and other shoots, giving a bird's eye view of your ceremony or afterparty.

Add some Brazilian flavour with Axe Capoeria
Did you know Toronto's top capoeria school also does weddings? If you think your guests might need a bit of inspiration to bust some moves on the dance floor the team at Axe will get the party started with a performance that can range from 5 to 45 minutes.

Go retro with cotton candy
Nostalgic snacks are all the rage in event planning these days, with cotton candy the latest to get a trendy makeover. (Take that, cupcake towers.) If you've got a sweet tooth, Fancy Pufs will show up at your ceremony with their adorable retro push-cart, whipping up flavours like chai tea, earl grey, or salted caramel.

Go trendy with Ice cream sandwiches
Every party is improved by ice cream sandwiches. Sweet Sammies, the folks behind ice cream parlour Scoop Shop, will bring the ice cream parlour experience to your reception, handing out a selection of ice cream sandwiches and ice pops from their cart.

Feed the need for caffeine with a latte booth
A little caffeine jolt can do wonders after a couple of hours of dancing (and a couple glasses of champagne). If your venue doesn't come with an espresso machine, the Latte Booth will bring their own handsome wooden bar and pro-grade equipment and whip up lattes, cappucinos and americanos for your guests.

Hire a portrait artist
Artist Olga Pankora specializes in painting scenes from events - she'll paint live throughout your reception, and you'll have a beautiful painting to take home at the end of the night. If you'd rather give your guests something to take home, maybe a carnival-style caricature artist is more your speed - check out The Nose for a sampling of artists.

Let your guests see their future with a tarot or palm reader
So you've made everyone at your wedding super jealous with how totally in love you are - maybe you'd like to give your guests a little reassurance that they, too, will meet a tall, dark stranger. If you're into the spooky stuff, call up Tara Greene, a "corporate psychic specialist" who also reads at weddings.

Go old school with cigar rollers
If it's just not a special occasion unless you're smoking a stogie, enlist the services of the Fernando Service Group, who specialize in lending a Cuban touch to events and can roll up cigars for your guests. (They also do mojito bars!)

Book a food truck
There's plenty of great event catering available in Toronto, but you can't beat the novelty factor of having a food truck pull up in front of your wedding late into the night. Many of Toronto's trucks will cater private events - to find out who's available, use this handy form on Toronto Food Trucks.

Did I miss any? Leave your picks for wedding reception ideas in the comments.

Photo via Gail Edwin Aguiar in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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