Wedding Wednesday: The Drake Hotel, Toronto

by Kristina Fazzalaro on September 5, 2012

The rooftop lounge at The Drake Hotel is an ideal wedding venue for a rock & roll couple.

Rocker brides and grooms, get ready: We’ve found just the venue for your upcoming nuptials. Located in Toronto’s funky Art and Design District, The Drake Hotel is known for its edgy vibe befitting the neighborhood. Its 19 rooms each have their own hip style with modern touches — including Malin + Goetz toiletries, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks — and each comes with a “pleasure menu” that adventurous newlyweds (or “lucky” bridesmaids) might enjoy. And perhaps the biggest draw for hard-partying couples and their entourage is the hotel’s popular nightclub, The Drake Underground, where a flash of your room key lets you skip the line, and the bass pumps into the wee hours: Beauty rest before the big day is better gotten elsewhere…but that’s overrated, right?

At The Drake, you will also be in walking distance of parks, museums, and shopping, so anything you might need for the big day is close at hand. Not that you’ll have to worry about much. The staff at The Drake is known as much for their attentive service as for their partyin’ lifestyle. And they’re not all about Rock & Roll receptions (though those hosted in the Underground are known to be legendary). The rooftop lounge, Sky Yard, has seen its fair share of classic outdoor ceremonies, for those looking for a more traditional wedding with just a hint of edge (perhaps to satisfy a certain overbearing mother-in-law — not that we’re naming any names). And the hotel will gladly take care of all décor and catering details, offering custom bake sale options and fresh flowers. So if you like to party and want a non-traditional locale, The Drake Hotel is a rockin’ choice. Check out more wedding-inspired photos of the hotel here »

The Crash Pad Room shows off the hotel's funky style in one pint-sized package, and offers a solid value for wedding guests on a budget.

The Dining Room at The Drake, and its adjoining Raw Bar, are possible reception sites as well.

Prepare your mother-in-law: this hotel is not pretty pink ribbons and heart-shaped confetti.

But The Drake is sweet in another sense: The homemade treats here are fabulous, so your wedding cake is sure to be scrumptious.

And if sweets don't win over your guests, there's always the rooftop bar, serving scrumptious cocktails.

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