Post # 1
I’m trying to find some affordable venues in Muskoka. The total amount we want to spend on the wedding is 10k, and after looking at some places, I don’t know how possible it is. We would prefer to have a host bar, or atleast wine and beer.
We also plan on doing it on a weekday (our anniversary), so I hope that brings some prices down.
Any tips are welcome!
Post # 3
@memo: Deerhurst is a beautiful resort. I have been there for a weekend, but not for a wedding. I am not sure how their pricing is. I’d assume a weekday date would drastically bring the cost down.
I have also been to Cranberry and it is a TERRIBLE resort. I would highly recommend that you don’t have your special day there or it will be special in the wrong way!
Post # 4
We were married at the Shamrock Lodge, Port Carling. It’s a small family run resort on the shores of Lake Rosseau. Beautiful area, and quiet. Tim Bryant is the contact person there and he is wonderful, as are all his staff members who did a fab job for us.
He didn’t charge a venue fee. He can make a menu that you want work within your budget. You will have to rent maybe a tent, but he has a solid concrete patio that a 30×40 tent covers completely.
Rate was good. You will find with Muskoka resorts that they will have a two night min. for you and your guests. With Tim, he gave us a special price for our wedding guests for the weekend if we had it outside of his busy season (July 1 – August 31). I had looked at the resport Bayview Wildwood, but what turned me off them was that I would have to book a set number of rooms based on the people that I had there. Basically if I had enough people at the wedding that totaled 60% of the total room in their dinning hall, then I would haev to book 60% of the rooms, regardless if these guests were staying or not – and it was a 2 night min. there).
Our wedding in total was $8,000 – and I believe it was just under $3,000 for us to have the wedding at Shamrock (we didn’t do a bar though and instead paid a corkage fee and brought our own for the guests to use).
Post # 5
@karleyrap12: thanks! I’ll have to check out Shamrock! I was looking at Bala Bay Inn-they don’t have a nightly minimum. Bayview Wildwood sounds horrible! I have a feeling a lot of my guests will end up renting cottages or something like that, so I would hate Bayview Wildwood!
Sounds like you had an awesome rate 🙂
@BoxerLady: Thanks! I’ve been to Deerhurst years ago. I did look at them, but I think the price was high. Didn’t inquire about weekdays though. I’ll stay away from Cranberry for sure. Thanks for the heads up