You’ve said “Yes!”, the champagne has been popped, friends and relatives have been called and the congratulations are rolling in. A date has been set and now the exciting part begins – the planning, and you naturally start with looking at wedding venues.
You most likely have a Pinterest board or two with all your favourite ideas you are excited to bring to life, you have a vision. But visions have to sometimes be brought to the reality that is your wedding budget.
And what is the biggest guzzler of that budget? On average it’s not the rings, the alcohol or the entertainment, but the wedding venue. We are breaking down five venues that are close to home (for us) that can host both breathtaking and awe-inspiring weddings and ceremonies.
We remind our wedding planners (that’s you!) that everything boils down to your guests, in regards to how many you will invite it. There are sweet spots when it comes to numbers and it’s always something to keep in the back of your minds.
But without further ado, here are 5 of the best wedding venues in (and around) London, Ontario that are good for every budget and number of guests.
Elmhurst Inn – Ingersoll, ON
Why we love it Less than 40 min from London, situated just off the 401 in Ingersoll, ON. Everything is run so smoothly, the food is delicious and everything from getting ready, ceremony and reception can happen in one place.
From a photography perspective 5-stars for potential shooting locations, both indoors and outdoors, which makes this venue ideal for any season. A beautiful fountain adds something extra special, especially during our favourite night time shoots.
Notable feature Offering three different all-inclusive packages featuring on-site ceremony on the grounds or indoors, multiple coursed meals, decorations and many more.
This is really a one-stop shop and with the three tiers, you have a lot of options for customization and are not subjected to a single “wedding package”.
A popular venue we frequently have the opportunity to shoot here, check out some images from Ashli & Steffan’s Wedding. We are also based in Ingersoll, so we are always happy to make the trip down the road!
Why we love it perfect for a smaller amount of guests, around 100 people (more guests if outdoors and less indoors), adorned in a historic charm and nestled on expansive grounds, it’s is a stunning option for a more intimate celebration.
From a photography perspective the grounds are absolutely remarkable, the estate itself is includes private bedrooms alongside the main rooms that are perfect for getting ready and make for a delightful atmosphere that makes those early morning pictures something so sweet. Plus, the estate itself boasts such wonderful architecture.
Notable feature This venue is actually a not-for-profit organization, and is dedicated to maintaining the beauty and history of the venue, and all of the money made by hosting weddings goes back into the house and the organization. Couples that choose this historical estate for their weddings, make a contribution to London heritage.
Best Western Lamplighter – Southdale, London, ON
Why we love it for those that want a destination wedding but can’t get behind the travelling and the fuss, look no further than this space. With an enormous glass ceiling, exotic gardens and indoor waterfalls, it will feel like you are in a another world.
From a photography perspective calling all winter brides! And all brides in general, a space like this means that rain or shine pictures will be unaffected. It also means you don’t have a long way to travel between photos and your reception – and anything that saves time is a good thing.
Notable feature they boast about their competitive pricing and are the largest venue on this list, able to accomodate 500 guests.
The Rose Chapel at Stoneridge Inn – Tempo, ON (Not technically a wedding venue but still makes the list)
Why we love it here we are highlighting the ceremony location rather than the reception venue. Just south of London, ON and situated right off the 401, the Rose Chapel was originally built in 1886, and has since been restored to its full glory. Ideally it can fit around 120 guests.
From a photography perspective nothing beats natural sunlight, and in this chapel you get plenty of it. It helps gives photos a dreamy look.
Notable feature steps from the Best Western Stoneridge Inn which includes seven different ballrooms and customizable packages.
The Clearing – Sheddon, ON
Why we love it practically a blank canvas to work with, you are surrounded with thirty acres of woodland to create something magical. Everything is found all in one place, from the “outdoor cathedral” to the reception space; it’s really a space that gives you the freedom for an incredible outdoor celebration.
From a photography perspective a fairytale setting, with woodchip pathways, glowing lanterns your wedding photos will be breathtaking and you can feel like you are lost in another world.
Notable feature there are no all-inclusive packages, instead at The Clearing the staff is more than happy to work with couples individually to bring their visions to life.
Are you recently engaged or know someone who is getting ready for their big day? If you are looking at wedding venues then we invite you to take a look at our Portfolio where you can see many of these venues in action!