Post # 1
Are there any Ontario brides on this board that might be able to suggest some venues to me or point me in th direction of some websites? I’m not quite sure where to begin!
I am in the GTA and open to anything within an hour and a half drive. I am not quite sure what I want yet, but I know we do not want to hold it in a banquet hall.
it will be a summer wedding, and we would like to hold the ceremony outside! One thing what appeals to me is having the ceremony on a beach by the lake, as we used to live in Australia and love the beach! Any ideas?!
Post # 3
@VallieC: You can try looking on Toronto Island. I think you’ll need a permit though. http://torontoisland.org/?TabId=293
Post # 4
Tobermory. I didn’t know is place existed until last week. My FI and I are totally getting hitched there.
Post # 5
That leads me to think Lake Ontario, Lake Huron, Lake Simcoe or the Muskoka Lakes.
Your challenge is going to be your 1-1/2 Hour distance… remembering that Toronto & the GTA has some of the worst traffic in North America !!
(1.5 Hours on the map could end up being 2 or 3 hours in a car)
Wasaga Beach offers up the longest fresh water beach in the world… (Collingwood as a vacation destination certainly has the types of facilities you’d need)
Not uber-beachy per se (but there is a shoreline, and gorgeous views) would be Niagara-on-the-Lake… tough to be this Destination for Romance… Historic Town, Gorgeous Gardens, Country Inns & Spas, Worldclass Restaurants, Wineries and of course Niagara Falls the Honeymoon Capital of North America is just 20 minutes down the road.
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
Viamede Resort – Stoney Lake
McMichael Art Gallery (not a beach but gorgeous and outside)
Toronto Botanical Gardens (ditto above)
Everygreen Brickworks (not a beach but it does have water and it’s also fantastic – although the rental fees are high – there are extras they don’t tell you about until you get an official quote)
Post # 7
These are all great suggestions! It definitely doesn’t have to be a beach, just a thought! At this point I’m really open to anything except a banquet hall so any and all ideas are welcome!
Post # 8
Have you looked into Liuna Gardens? They are located in Winona, so I am not sure if that factors into your 1-2 hour distance, but the outdoor ceremonies are on the water and the outdoor venue is just breathtaking. They even do an outdoor cocktail wedding, while the actual facility is a banquet hall itself.
We are having ours at Liuna Station which is owned by the same union, but it is in the city (Hamilton). It is a banquet hall, but used to be a train station and it is unlike any banquet hall in Hamilton or much of the surrounding area. They have kept all the train station elements as is and added very luxurious elements too. It is worth having a look!
Here are the links:
When are you planning on getting married? Just keep in mind that most of these bigger halls tend to book up 1-2 years in advance. It is craziness!!
Good luck, and I am sure you will find something marvelous!!
Post # 9
@BoomBoom: I have actually seen that Liuna Station on Pinterest and it looks gorgeous! I may make an appointment to see it 🙂
We will be getting married in the summer of 2015! Still a long time away but I would like to pick a venue within the next few months to make sure I get something I love as I know some places book really fast!
Post # 10
Do you have a price point?
Caledon has some nice venues. You could look into Terra Cotta Inn, Caledon Inn, Royal Ambassador (my wedding was here).
You could also look into Black Creek Pioneer Village, Kortright Center, and Milton Country Heritage Park.
Post # 11
@VallieC: The Lake House in Pickering is right on Lake Ontario – I believe it hits all of the marks you mentioned.
Post # 12
What is your price point? That would help narrow done some options that are in your price range =)
Post # 13
@fortheloveofsoccer: I LOVE IT THERE!! We’ve had a cottage in that area since I was 6, it is absolutely georgous!
@VallieC: There are some nice waterfalls and outdoorsy places in Hamilton, including the botanical gardens, not sure if you can get married there though? It would take some investigating.
There are tons of wineries near St. Catherines/Niagara Falls/Niagara-on-the-lake that would also be beautiful if you like that sort of thing.
One of my friends went to a wedding at Steamwhistle Breweries that looked amazing!
Post # 14
We got married at Horseshoe Resort just outside of Barrie. Outdoor wedding under their tent…
I can’t say anything but positive things about the accommodations, the service, etc. Guests are still raving almost a year later about how it was the best wedding food they’ve had (they actually gave us 2 tastings after the first one wasn’t up to par), and the Resort staff was super accommodating.
* Bonus about the tent – it looks very minimal/bare at first, but when the chairs are in, it comes to life. We Did very minimal decor, and I have no regrets. The only thing I wish I could have gotten rid of were the exit signs.*
Post # 15
These are all great options to look into! Thank you so much everyone! I will have to do some research!
I do not have a set budget set yet…. our families have said to look into some venues we like and get an idea of the cost and we can go from there.
We are thinking of inviting about 120 people, and we would like to keep the budget around $25,000. I’m not sure if this is realistic or not? If any brides have any advice on this I would appreciate it!
Post # 16
@VallieC: That makes sense. You should book a viewing! It is really gorgeous.
Good luck with everything! Can’t wait to hear what you choose 🙂