- 5 years ago
Hello Bees! I’ve been following these boards since I got engaged last August, but now I’m in full planning mode and I need HELP!
My Fiance and I live in British Columbia. We will be getting married in July 2017 in the Greater Toronto area (surrounding area – NOT downtown!), as our parents live there and more of our family is close to there. We are hoping to have 100-115 guests (we’d have 150 if we could afford it!) My mom is helping to check out venues, as I’m restricted to creeping other people’s wedding photography and the venue’s websites. LOL! So here are some of my options, I’d love some feedback, or let me know if I’m missing any obvious venue choices.
Kortright – outdoor ceremony, outdoorish reception (under the glass house wood hut) — this is surprisingly at the top end of my budget (who knew a non-profit wedding venue would charge so much), but I love the grounds etc. I’m wondering if it’s a big dingy though? The chairs provided are patio chairs. Anyone been to a wedding there and felt really disappointed by the chairs? Or did you not even care or notice them being plastic?
Blackcreek Pioneer Village – my Fiance isnt sure about this one as we’re attending a friends wedding here this summer, he’s worried it won’t feel like its “ours”. I’ve seen on the boards (at least from 2012 posts) that some people felt this was definitely the step up from Kortright, in terms of not feeling super rustic or dingy. Thoughts? If we were married here (instead of Kortright), we’d save enough to pay for chair covers or chair rentals. (Or to have 5 extra guests – what would you pick!? Gah).
The Manor – (or as I’ve nicknamed it, the “Wedding Factory”) — this place pumps out THREE weddings each day on Friday/Saturday/Sunday. One on each floor of the place. The ceremony could be outdoors but it would have to be at 1:30pm, leaving our guests FOUR hours of cocktail hour — wtf!?!?! Its all inclusive pricing, but who cares, everyone would be S&*tfaced by dinner! Also, even though the building and grounds looks gorgeous, it just doesn’t have the intimate and naturey feel I’m after.
Emerald Hills Golf Club – we could have our outdoor ceremony on the front lawn (very close proximity to the parking lot, pro-shop, etc), then move inside. Typical golf course wedding, but I know that its a pretty nice place, been golfing here many times etc.
King’s Riding Golf Club – another clublink course, haven’t been but my mom had a look around, she loved it. We would have an outdoor ceremony on their patio then move inside. Again, typical golf course wedding. A bit more expensive than Emerald Hills.
Trafalgar Castle School – when my fiance and I got engaged, we saw a castle just hours later in Victoria BC and he fell in love with the idea of a castle wedding. This would likely be close enough! The pricing is comparable to the other venues, but everyyything would be inside. And to add to that, we are both Athiests, but would be married in a church (they’ve got a chapel there, with the stained glass, wood pews, everything – about as churchey as it gets). If you’re reading this thinking *suck it up* .. well if you’re Christian you wouldnt think it appropriate to be married in a mosque, nor if you were muslim would you want to get married in a church … this is the same kind of idea for us. If you are reading this and you’re also athiest — advice!? We have to hire our own officiant anyway and we get to dictate the entirety of the ceremony, so it wouldnt be a christian ceremony. But… yea.. Also there is no smoking anywhere at all on this property (its a big property!), and we dont know if this would inconvenience our guests.. we (and our families) don’t smoke, but we have members of our bridal party that do.
ANY advice on how to narrow it down would be SO helpful. How do I decide which elements of the wedding are most important? I want our guests to feel comfortable and happy, and even though I think I really like Kortright, I’m worried that it will seem like we cheaped out…