(Closed) Great outdoor venues in Ontario? Go!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@holister:  Where in Ontario? What kind of venue/vibe are you going for? And also do you want completely outdoor or partially outdoor (eg. outdoor ceremony, indoor dinner) and do you want an option for indoor if bad weather?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@holister:  agree with PP – where are you looking? Kortright Centre has an ourdoor area, so does The Manor, there’s Holland Marsh Wineries that has an outdoor patio… more details and I’d be glad to help if I can!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ya, Ontario is a pretty HUGE place… at over a MILLION Square Kilometers !!  Bigger than most countries.  Heck it takes over 24 Hours straight thru to drive the over 2,000 Kms (1200 Miles) from one side of the Province along the Trans Canada (East to West) alone… lol, or about the same distance from Toronto to Miami !!

So, having more of an idea of WHERE ideally you’d be looking would therefore be helpful in making relative suggestions (information that might be pertinent in formulating a realistic location is WHERE do you live, and WHERE are the majority of your Guests located / coming from ?  And how far are people willing to travel ?)

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

If you are in the GTA… then you might want to concentrate on South & Southwestern Ontario… down Niagara way, or over towards the Tri-Cities area (Cambridge – Kitchener – Waterloo) or scenic Stratford.  Northerly from the GTA you could look at “Cottage Country” (The Muskoka Lakes – The Haliburtons) … or to the East, Prince Edward County.

All of these areas would be within say a 2 to 3 Hour span from downtown TO.

Niagara and PECouty are two of Ontario’s premier Wine Regions… so there are choices in regards to Vineyard Venues (you can get ideas on what is out there by taking a look at Ontario’s Wine Guide = http://www.winecountryontario.ca  )

Also, the Guide to Ontario’s Resorts might give you some ideas / inspiration = http://www.resortsofontario.com

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

We’re getting married at Ancaster Mill which is in GTO. You should check it out, it’s gorgeous, has ceremony in the outdoor pavilion and a waterfall next to it. I’m obviously blast but I think it’s beautiful, the food is great and they have been super nice and helpful through the whole process. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

@holister:  oh great! Good luck! let me know how you get on ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MrsGo and @holister:  I got married there!!! We LOVED the Ancaster Mill.  Now, our wedding day ended up being cold and foggy so we moved the ceremony indoors and had it in front of a roaring fire, but it was still amazing.

Let me tell you, the food was fabulous, every single guest raved about it.  And the service was above and beyond.  Literally right before I was scheduled to go to the ceremony from the bridal suite, I noticed one of my false eyelashes was half detached!! ACKK! (lesson….avoid the falsies or carry glue with you).  Anywhoo, my Ancaster Mill “coordinator” asked if we should hold off the ceremony and I said no, as everyone was already seated and waiting.  She tried so hard to stick it down but it just wouldn’t stay.  So I walked down the aisle and got hitched with one lash flapping in the breeze LOL.  Honestly I didn’t even care at that point and figured I’d send my brother out during cocktail hour to get some glue but before I even got to that the coordinator pulled me aside to say that she sent an employee to Shoppers and bought some glue, and took me into the bathroom to fix it for me!  

The other amazing thing for us was a bit funny, but it was the tasting dinner.  They give you an option of 2 soups, 3 salads, 6 entrees and 3 or 4 desserts to choose from for your day (you choose 2 entree options for dinner and guests decide at the time, which was important to me). For the tasting, they give you each one FULL SIZE and pour all the wines to consider full glasses.  The food was so plentiful and so so so tasty that it made it very difficult for us to make the final decision for our day.

Again, service was just beyond wonderful.  Highly recommend!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

@cdncinnamongirl:  thanks so much for telling me your story, that is amazing! one of the reasons we decided on Ancaster Mill was, aside from how gorgeous the venue is, because they genuinely seem to really care about making our day special and they also seem to have thought of everything including the little logistical details one might never have thought of if one haven’t organised a wedding before. We are both super excited about having our wedding there and I am so glad to hear you had a great experience. It settles the nerves for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

Toronto Botanical Gardens has a beautiful outdoor space with a waterfall, and an indoor space for the reception.

The grounds also make for beautiful pictures.

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