The Wedding Ring Magazine ONTARIO Spring/Summer 2016

Page 1

{ ONTARIO } SPRING/SUMMER 2016 Vol 9 No 2

MAGAZINE | WEBSITE | EXPO | COMMUNITY

get local. plan fabulous!

A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE THINGS FROM WATERFALLS TO CENTREPIECES

BUDGET SPREADSHEET

HOW MUCH TO BUDGET FOR EVERY ELEMENT OF YOUR WEDDING SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO

BRIDAL SHOW CALENDAR EXPERT TIPS

30

PAGES FILLED WITH

DESIGN PALETTES & REAL WEDDINGS

18

WEDDING WORTHY VENUES SIZE, APPEARANCE,

CATERING OPTIONS, & MORE

FROM ONTARIO PROS

ONTARIO S/S 16

0

01 02 03 FnL1 EEZpbmVMaW5lIFRvcm9udG8PRmluZUxp bmUgVG9yb250AFZq8EIEMTAuNAI4MAMx LjUFVVBDLUEMMDU2Njk4OTM2OTc4AA== 03 0096

61

56698 93697

8


e u tr e m o c g in d d e w m A drea

Bingemans Embassy

Traditional, modern, rustic or historical. No matter what type of setting you are looking for we have the most exclusive venues in the region. We can make your dream come true at our beautiful facility, one of the ones below or at a location of your choice. Here are a few other details that can make your day extra special. • Newly renovated halls • All inclusive wedding packages • Customized menus • Outdoor ceremonies in the Pavilion

The most exclusive venues in the region. The Tannery

For more info contact: Tiffany Van Der Burg (519) 744-1231 ext. 2266 tvanderburg@bingemans.com

Steckle Farm

Waterloo Regional Museum

www.bingemans.com 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, Ontario


It’s the compilation of these moments that fill your wedding day to

CREATE MEMORIES.

PACKAGES STARTING AT $2500

PACKAGES STARTING AT $1500

WWW.MCCORMICKPHOTOGRAPHY.CA | 888.302.4462



Inside this issue... p33-35 PHOTO, ABOVE: lynismael.com | PHOTO, BELOW: dudekphotography.com

FEATURES Ontario Guide to Reviews on Wedding Experts p6-7 Bridal Show Calendar p55 Wedding Worthy Venues p59-63

EXPERT TIPS & FAVOURITE THINGS Epic Milestone Reached by Music Central p10-11 The Budget Spreadsheet p12-13 The Ring’s Expo Events p18-19 The Ring Gets a Makeover p53 Favourite Things: Featuring Ontario Wedding Experts p1417 F avourite Things: Gorgeous Centrepieces p36-37 Favourite Things: Beautiful Sparkly Heels p52 Extreme Makeover: Venue Edition p56-57

DESIGN PALETTES & LOVE STORIES Sophisticated Elegance p22-23 A Historic Love Story p24-26 A Rebel Creek Wedding Day p27-29

p44 & 45 PHOTO, BELOW: mecreative.ca

A Bingemans Wedding Day p30-32 Culture, Art & History in Downtown Kitchener p33-35 Butterfly Beautiful p38-41 Blissful at Brookside p44-45 Magic at Stoneridge p46-48 A Revival House Love Story p49-51

(♥) = WHEN YOU SEE THIS SYMBOL IT MEANS THE VENDOR IS FEATURED AND/OR REVIEWED IN THEWEDDINGRING.CA

p24-26 p54

GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 3


MAGAZINE | WEBSITE | EXPO | COMMUNITY

Your Perfect Moment.

DESIGNED & CAPTURED AT WALPER HOTEL

SPRING/SUMMER 2016 PUBLISHED BY Wedding Ring Inc.

912 Foxbrook Crt., Kitchener ON, N2P 2W1 519.568.8007 | 1.877.203.3338 | brides@theweddingring.ca The Wedding Ring Magazine [Ontario Edition] is published two times, yearly: January and September. This is The Wedding Ring’s 18th [Ontario Edition] magazine. www.theweddingring.ca/magazine

MAGAZINE TEAM Jennifer Goulden | jag@theweddingring.ca Co-founder | Editor-in-Chief | Layout & Advertisement Design Anne Warren | anne@theweddingring.ca Co-founder | Director of Sales | Associate Features Editor Kristen Sullivan | kristen@theweddingring.ca Media Staff | Content Coordination | Assistant Copy Editor Desirée Goulden | desiree@theweddingring.ca Assistant Layout & Design Artist

COVER PHOTO PHOTOGRAPHY: Spirits Intrigued (♥) sipimage.com THANK YOU! Thank you to the brides, wedding experts and associate writers and editors who have contributed to this issue of The Wedding Ring Magazine. Numerous wedding professionals have contributed expert tips, retail or rental products, popular décor and/or photography services for the various features in this issue. Each professional is credited in their respective feature article, and many of the articles are expanded online, in case you’re looking for more details. The statements, opinions and points of view expressed do not necessarily represent those of the publisher, advertisers or Wedding Ring Inc. Photographs are submitted to Wedding Ring Inc. by vendors for the purpose of publishing online and/or in print and are used with permission. © 2016 Wedding Ring Inc. Contents copyrighted. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any article, photograph or artwork without written permission from Wedding Ring Inc. is strictly prohibited. Printed in Canada. ISSN 1920-499X

{ EXPERTS WANTED } WORK WITH THE RING

Each year, The Wedding Ring is honouored to work with some of the most unique and talented experts in Southwestern Ontario, helping these professionals grow their wedding industry businesses. In that effort, we operate on the proven theory that Content is Queen! At The Ring, we research, create and curate quality, need-to-know, wedding-changing, life-saving content, year-round, alongside our clients. We then deliver it all in print (The Wedding Ring Magazine) and online (www.TheWeddingRing.ca) to a geographically targeted bride and groom audience. As a result, our clients book more weddings and our bride and groom members find it easier to plan the ultimate local wedding. And on the odd chance you ever find Jenn, Anne, Kristen and the team at The Ring more than a few feet away from their wifi connections, it’s likely because you’re at one of The Ring’s Wedding Expo events which take place seasonally in Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Brantford, Newmarket, Cambridge, Paris and various other areas across Ontario. Couture bridal shows filled with over the top exhibits, live design palettes, and many, many engaged couples. If you’re a wedding professional who offers products that every bride should have, raises the bar on service and rewrites the definition of couture, we’d love to work with you - online, in print, and/or in person. The Wedding Ring will help you reach your target brides, share (and show off) your expertise, grow your business and make headlines. To find out how content marketing, online advertising, event exhibiting or hosting a Wedding Ring Expo in your city can change the way you approach the wedding market: contact brides@theweddingring.ca & visit theweddingring.ca/for-vendors

4 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca

20 Queen Street South Kitchener, Ontario 519-745-4321 www.walper.com


Pink...

GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS!

What is

BIG...

and has FABULOUS written all over it?

local wedding experts ~ sample sales ~ designer gowns starting at $99 ~ live design palettes ~ custom labels for giveaways ~ prizes

Kitchener-Waterloo ◆ Brantford ◆ London Newmarket ◆ Cambridge ◆ Paris ◆ Orangeville Fall, Winter & Spring

REGISTER FOR FREE ADMISSION, SWAG & CUSTOM LABELS AT:

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo


Reviews

ONTARIO GUIDE TO

ACCESSORIES URBAN BRIDE 519-722-9206 | urbanbride@gto.net www.myurbanbride.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

ALTERATIONS ELLEN & COMPANY 519-229-6395 | tshute@quadro.net FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA BEAUTY: SPAS, HAIR & MAKE-UP ERIKA SNYDER MAKEUP ARTIST 519-404-0806 | erikasnydermakeup@gmail.com www.erikasnydermakeup.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA EVOLUTION CONCEPTS IN HAIR & SPA 519-743-0009 | info@evolutionhairspa.com www.evolutionhairspa.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA KU’R SALON & SPA 519-896-2111 | info@kursalonandspa.com www.kursalonandspa.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA SONIA RYAN & CO 519-573-0314 | info@soniaryan.com www.soniaryan.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA CAKES THE BAKING COMPANY 519-267-6869 | info@thebakingcompany.ca www.thebakingcompany.ca FIND IN CAMBRIDGE REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA JIRINA’S BAKERY 519-570-0790 | jirinasbakery@hotmail.com www.jirinasbakery.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA CATERING BINGEMANS 519-744-1555 | tvanderburg@bingemans.com www.bingemans.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA CHAPELS HISTORIC ELLIS PIONEER CHAPEL 519-824-4679 | ellischapel@sympatico.ca www.ellischapel.ca FIND IN CAMBRIDGE REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA KNOX ELORA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 519-846-0680 | knoxelora@bellnet.ca www.knoxelora.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA DECORATORS, DESIGNERS THE CREATIVE BRIDE 519-621-9812 | kim@thecreativebride.ca www.thecreativebride.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA DECORATING DREAMS 519-662-6880 | decoratingdreams@golden.net www.decoratingdreams.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA DEVINE WEDDING DESIGN 519-348-4191 | info@devineweddingdesign.ca www.devineweddingdesign.ca FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA FRESH LOOK DESIGN 519-954-8978 | fld@freshlookdesign.ca www.freshlookdesign.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA NOW & ALWAYS 519-302-0398 | cindy@nowandalways.ca www.nowandalways.ca FIND IN BRANTFORD REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA TO SUIT YOUR FANCY 519-488-5079 | jackie@tosuityourfancy.com www.tosuityourfancy.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA WEDDING DREAM 519-635-8982 | info@weddingdream.net www.weddingdream.net FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA DJs ALLEGRO PRODUCTIONS 519-221-2798 | allegroproductions@outlook.com www.allegroproductions.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA DJ CHARLIE CLEAN - CUSTOM EVENTS 519-265-8086 | info@djcharlieclean.ca www.djcharlieclean.ca FIND IN GUELPH REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA MAXIMUM MUSIC DJ SERVICE 416-255-2910 | rod@maximumDJ.com www.maximumdj.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

ON LOCAL WEDDING PROFESSIONALS IN THE RING MUSIC CENTRAL ENTERTAINMENT 519-680-0698 | musiccentral@musiccentral.ca www.musiccentral.ca FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA OLYMPIC SOUND 519-577-7847 | info@olympicsound.com www.olympicsound.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA FAVOUR IDEAS WEDDINGFAVOURS.CA 519-485-4222 | info@weddingfavours.ca www.weddingfavours.ca FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA WEDSY 519-568-8007 | wedsy@theweddingring.ca www.wedsy.ca FLORAL DESIGNERS BELMONT FLOWERS 519-570-1490 | order@belmontflowers.ca www.belmontflowers.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA JIM ANDERSON FLOWERS LTD. 519-434-3266 | wecare@jimandersonflowers.com www.jimandersonflowers.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA LA PETITE FLEUR 519-589-9730 | info@petitefleur.ca www.petitefleur.ca FIND IN CAMBRIDGE REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUBS CUTTEN FIELDS 519-824-2650 x 223 | info@cuttenfields.com www.cuttenfields.com FIND IN GUELPH REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA FIREROCK GOLF CLUB 519-471-3473 | melanie@firerockgolf.com www.firerockgolf.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA PINE KNOT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 519-268-3352 x 22 | events@pineknotgolf.com www.pineknotgolf.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA STRATFORD COUNTRY CLUB 519-271-4212 | jjacob@stratfordcountryclub.ca www.stratfordcountryclub.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA GOWNS & BRIDAL ATTIRE BEST FOR BRIDE 647-430-7498 | sales@bestforbride.com www.bestforbride.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA JIRINA’S BRIDAL 519-954-8205 | sales@jirinasbridal.com www.jirinasbridal.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA PAM CHORLEY’S FASHION CRIMES 416-592-9001 | info@fashioncrimes.ca www.fashioncrimes.ca FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA SEW STYLISH WEDDING WORKS 519-485-7097 | sewstylishweddingworks@outlook.com www.sewstylishweddingworks.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL CONSIGNMENT AND BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 289-442-0095 | info@shessobeautiful.ca www.shessobeautiful.ca FIND IN BRANTFORD REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA WHITE ROMANCE 519-291-4111 | jlr@whiteromance.ca www.whiteromance.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA HOTELS FOR GUESTS & THE HONEYMOON BOARDWALK HOMES EXECUTIVE GUEST HOUSES & SUITES 519-997-2722 | info@boardwalkhomes.ca | boardwalkhomes.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA THE PUDDICOMBE HOUSE 519-662-2111 | puddicombehouse@rogers.com www.puddicombehouse.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA INVITATION, STATIONARY SCRIBES’ NOOK INC. 519-725-0453 | scribesnook@netscape.net www.scribesnookinc.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA STEPHITA WEDDING INVITATIONS AND STATIONARY 905-489-1199 | info@stephita.com www.stephita.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

MINISTERS & OFFICIANTS CELEBRATE LOVE & LIFE WEDDINGS 519-574-5540 | eagleheart@rogers.com www.celebrateloveandlife.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA FEELINGS FROM THE HEART WEDDING CHAPEL & OFFICIANTS 519-743-3101 | pat@theweddingchapel.on.ca www.theweddingchapel.on.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA LONDON WEDDING MINISTER 519-245-6273 | info@londonweddingminister.ca www.londonweddingminister.ca FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA MUSICIANS THE LEITH QUARTET 519-654-0735 | leithquartet@gmail.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA PHOTOGRAPHERS ALICIA RILEY PHOTOGRAPHY 226-268-0430 | alicia.riley@gmail.com www.aliciariley.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA ANNE EDGAR PHOTOGRAPHY 519-616-2214 | anne@anneedgarphoto.com www.anneedgarphoto.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA CAMERON SHAVER PHOTOGRAPHY 519-579-9471 | info@cameronshaver.com www.cameronshaver.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA CAPTURED SOUL PHOTOGRAPHY 519-578-8222 | michelle@capturedsoulphotography.com www.capturedsoulphotography.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA HRM PHOTOGRAPHY 519-936-8977 | info@hrmphotography.com www.hrmphotography.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA INLIGHT PHOTO STUDIO 519-221-FOTO | inlightphotostudio@gmail.com www.inlightphotostudio.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA KEEPSAKE PHOTOGRAPHY 519-771-1725 | info@keepsakephotography.ca www.keepsakephotography.ca FIND IN BRANTFORD REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA LATTE PRODUCTIONS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY 519-745-8368 | info@latteproductions.ca www.latteproductions.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA LYN ISMAEL: EVOCATIVE IMAGERY OF LOVE STORIES 226-750-2044 | info@lynismael.com www.lynismael.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA NESO BASARA PHOTOGRAPHY 519-575-1573 | neso@nbweddings.ca www.nbweddings.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA SHEILA BRAAM PHOTOGRAPHY 519-574-8594 | sheila.braam@gmail.com www.sheilabraam.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA SPIRITS INTRIGUED PHOTOGRAPHY 519-721-5468 | alex@sipimage.com www.sipimage.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA RECEPTION LOCATIONS ANCASTER MILL 905-648-1828 | info@ancastermill.ca www.ancastermill.ca FIND IN HAMILTON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA ARCADIAN COURT 416-861-4517 | events@oliverbonacini.com oliverbonacinievents.com/Venues/Arcadian FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA ARROWWOOD FARMS 519-289-0389 | info@arrowwoodfarmontario.com arrowwoodfarmontario.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA THE ARTS & LETTERS CLUB 416-597-9544 | info@artsandlettersclub.ca www.artsandlettersclub.ca FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA ATLANTIS PAVILION 416-260-8000 | info@atlantispavilions.com www.atlantispavilions.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA


BACKUS-PAGE HOUSE MUSEUM 519-762-3072 | angela@backuspagehouse.ca www.bakuspagehouse.ca FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

FANTASY FARM 416-425-9122 | info@fantasyfarm.ca www.fantasyfarm.ca FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

BEAVERDALE GOLF CLUB 519-658-5951 ext. 22 | bwarry.beaverdale@golfnorth.ca www.golfbeaverdale.ca FIND IN CAMBRIDGE REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

FOREST CITY NATIONAL GOLF CLUB 519-451-0994 x 230 | fcn2@fcngolf.com www.fcngolf.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

BERKELEY FIELD HOUSE 416-361-9666 | info@berkeleyevents.com www.berkeleyfieldhouse.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

GALT COUNTRY CLUB 519-621-7020 | rhoch@galtcountryclub.com www.galtcountryclub.com FIND IN CAMBRIDGE REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

BEST WESTERN PLUS® BRANT PARK INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE 519-753-8652 ext. 142 | events@bestwesternbrantford.com www.bestwesternbrantford.com FIND IN BRANTFORD REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

THE GEORGE BROWN HOUSE 416-314-3585 | bookings@heritagetrust.on.ca www.heritagetrust.on.ca FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

TEATRO CONVENTION & EVENT CENTRE 905-864-8511 | info@teatrocentre.ca www.alemiliagroup.ca/teatrocentre.ca FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

GRAYDON HALL MANOR 416-449-5432 | concierge@graydonhall.com www.graydonhall.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

TORONTO BOTANICAL GARDEN 416-397-1349 | rentalsales@torontobotanicalgarden.ca www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

GREY SILO GOLF COURSE 519-884-3556 x 224 | kreinhardt.greysilo@golfnorth.ca www.golfgreysilo.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

TORONTO CENTRE FOR THE ARTS 416-733-9388 | enealon@tocentre.com www.tocentre.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

BEST WESTERN PLUS® LAMPLIGHTER INN 519-681-7151 | sales@lamplighterinn.ca www.lamplighterinn.ca FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA BEST WESTERN PLUS® STONERIDGE INN AND CONFERENCE CENTRE 519-652-6022 | natalie@stoneridgeinn.com www.stoneridgeinn.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA BINGEMANS 519-744-1555 | tvanderburg@bingemans.com www.bingemans.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA BOB RUMBALL MANOR 416-449-9651 x 103 | jbursa@bobrumball.org bobrumballmanor.org FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA CAMBRIDGE BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY 519-653-1234 x 112 | weddings@cambridgebutterfly.com www.cambridgebutterfly.com FIND IN CAMBRIDGE REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE 519-624-7732 | bduffield@cambridgehotel.ca www.cambridgehotel.ca FIND IN CAMBRIDGE REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

GROSVENOR LODGE 519-645-2845 | info@grosvenorlodge.com www.grosvenorlodge.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA HART HOUSE 416-946-7196 | weddings.harthouse@utoronto.ca www.harthouse.ca FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA HAUSER HALL 519-747-1138 | info@hauserhall.com www.hauserhall.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA HESSENLAND COUNTRY INN 519-236-7707 | hessen@hessenland.com www.hessenland.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

CAMBRIDGE MILL 519-624-1828 | info@cambridgemill.ca www.cambridgemill.com FIND IN CAMBRIDGE REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

THE HOLIDAY INN KITCHENER-WATERLOO HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE 519-894-8512 | hi-kitchenerwaterloo@fortisproperties.com www.holidayinn.com/kitcheneron FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

THE CARLU 416-597-1931 | events@thecarlu.com www.thecarlu.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

IVEY SPENCER LEADERSHIP CENTRE 519-675-5529 | jclark@ivey.uwo.ca www.iveyspencerleadershipcentre.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

CASA LOMA 416-923-1171 | events@casaloma.org www.casaloma.org FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

LIBERTY GRAND 416-542-3789 | info@libertygrand.com www.libertygrand.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

CHELSEA HOTEL TORONTO 416-585-4340 | cstor.weddings@chelseatoronto.com www.chelseatoronto.com GTA > REVIEWS

MARIPOSA CRUISES 416-203-0178 | sales@mariposacruises.com www.mariposacruises.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

CONCORDIA CLUB 519-745-5617 x 101 | ruth.rajna@concordiaclub.ca www.concordiaclub.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

MILLER LASH HOUSE 416-287-7000 | info@millerlashhouse.ca www.millerlashhouse.ca FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

CONESTOGA GOLF & CONFERENCE CENTRE 519-664-2851 x 227 | ssharkey.conestoga@golfnorth.ca www.golfconestoga.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA DELTA LONDON ARMOURIES 519-679-6111 | kassandra.kilback@deltahotels.com www.deltalondonarmouries.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA DUNDEE COUNTRY CLUB 519-696-3257 | rarquette.dundee@golfnorth.ca www.golfdundee.ca FIND IN CAMBRIDGE REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA ELM HURST INN & SPA 519-485-5321 | erin@elmhurstinn.com www.elmhurstinn.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA ELSIE PERRIN WILLIAMS ESTATE 519-432-7961 | info@elsieperrinwilliamsestate.com www.elsieperrinwilliamsestate.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA ENOCH TURNER SCHOOLHOUSE 416-314-3585 | bookings@heritagetrust.on.ca www.heritagetrust.on.ca FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

NITHRIDGE ESTATE WEDDINGS & EVENTS 519-632-1234 | info@nithridge.com www.nithridge.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA THE OLD MILL 416-236-2641 | info@oldmilltoronto.com www.oldmilltoronto.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA ONTARIO HERITAGE CENTRE 416-314-3585 | bookings@heritagetrust.on.ca www.heritagetrust.on.ca FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA PALAIS ROYALE 416-533-3533 | info@pegasushospitality.ca www.palaisroyale.ca FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA PARIS GRAND COUNTRY CLUB 519-442-0880 | hstubbs.paris@golfnorth.ca www.golfparisgrand.ca FIND IN BRANTFORD REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA THE PUDDICOMBE HOUSE 519-662-2111 | puddicombehouse@rogers.com www.puddicombehouse.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

ESTATES OF SUNNYBROOK 416-487-3841 | mansions@estatesofsunnybrook.com www.estatesofsunnybrook.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

REBEL CREEK GOLF CLUB 519-634-8666 | dcotey-greb.rebelcreek@golfnorth.ca www.golfrebelcreek.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE 519-457-1296 | rentals@fanshawepioneervillage.ca www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

RENAISSANCE TORONTO 416-341-7100 | sales@renaissancetoronto.com www.marriott.com/yyzbr FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

REVIVAL HOUSE 519-273-3424 | weddings@revival.house www.revival.house FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA SPENCER’S AT THE WATERFRONT 905-633-7494 | info@spencers.ca www.spencers.ca HAMILTON > REVIEWS ST. LAWRENCE HALL 416-392-7809 | stlawrencehall@toronto.ca www.stlawrencemarket.com/st_lawrence_hall FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

THE WALPER HOTEL 519-745-4321 x 116 | akonovalova@walper.com www.walper.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA WESTIN HARBOUR CASTLE HOTEL 416-869-1600 | experienceteam@westin.com www.westinharbourcastletoronto.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA WHISTLE BEAR GOLF CLUB 519-650-2327 | info@whistlebear.ca www.whistlebear.ca FIND IN CAMBRIDGE REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA WINDSOR ARMS HOTEL 416-971-9666 | catering@windsorarmshotel.com www.windsorarmshotel.com FIND IN TORONTO REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA TRANSPORTATION BRENTWOOD LIVERY 519-741-5700 | info@brentwoodlivery.ca www.brentwoodlivery.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA GRANDEUR LIMOUSINE 519-453-7030 | info@grandeurlimousine.com www.grandeurlimousine.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA VIDEOGRAPHY DIRECTOR’S CUT VIDEOGRAPHY 519-578-5464 | mike@directorscut.ca www.directorscut.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA JJJ VIDEO PRODUCTIONS 519-747-2621 | john@jjjvideo.ca www.jjjvideo.ca FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA WEDDING PLANNERS BLISSFUL BOOKINGS 226-688-4816 | jennifer@blissfulbookings.com www.blissfulbookings.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA DAY 2 KNIGHT EVENTS 519-280-8633 | dan@day2knightevents.com www.day2knightevents.com FIND IN LONDON REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA DREAMSTYLE WEDDINGS 519-362-5436 | danielle@dreamstyleweddings.com www.dreamstyleweddings.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA HIGH GLOSS WEDDINGS 519-275-4535 | highglossweddings@hotmail.com www.highglossweddings.com LONDON > REVIEWS UNMISTAKABLY YOU 519-852-7879 | unmistakablyyou@gmail.com www.unmistakablyyou.com LONDON > REVIEWS WEIGHT LOSS/FITNESS IT WORKS! NAT-TAY WRAPPING DUO 519-312-2534 | leducnatalie@gmail.com www.facebook.com/Natalie.Taylon FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA WINE MAKING VINTNER’S CELLAR WATERLOO 519-725-9463 | vintnercellarwaterloo@hotmail.com www.vintnerscellarwaterloo.com FIND IN K-W REVIEWS @ THEWEDDINGRING.CA

For full reviews (specialties, experience, prices, samples of work, bride interviews and more), simply go to www.theweddingring.ca, click on your city, and read reviews on local experts


Come see us at our NEW Bridal showroom!

Whether you’re wanting a simple, elegant, vintage or classy look, we can help!

Marlene

519.720.0123 519-717-6616 firststopweddingdecor@hotmail.com


Expert Tips

The following sixteen pages of features are an accumulation of tips from experts, including Ontario wedding vendors and the team at The Ring.

PHOTO: Anne Edgar Photography VENUE: Ancaster Mill GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 9


Epic Milest one Reached by Music Cent ral

Photo from Music Central’s Open Air Photo Booth which was set up for the Masquerade Ball at Elsie Perrin Williams Estate. Just for fun, The Ring’s own Co-founder, Anne Warren, is the lovely lady in the middle.

An event at which Music Central Entertainment was the Disc Jockey. Photo by HRM Photography (hrmphotography.com).

10 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


A Q&A WITH ROB AITKEN, OWNER & DJ, MUSIC CENTRAL ENTERTAINMENT, LONDON, ONTARIO Rob

Aitken,

Owner

of

Music

Central

Entertainment (♥) (musiccentral.ca) recently reached a milestone that not many DJs in Canada have been able to get anywhere near; he DJ’d his 1000th wedding (not 1000th event. 1000th WEDDING.) in November 2015. If that doesn’t make him an expert in the field of wedding music, we don’t know what does... So when the team at The Ring finally caught up with this busy pro, we asked him questions that surely that all brides & grooms would be wondering about... AFTER 33 YEARS, WHAT HAS CHANGED IN THE INDUSTRY? Over the last 33 years there have been some major changes in weddings. Alcohol consumption has gone down due to drinking and driving awareness. There are fewer church weddings now then ever before which created the all in one location wedding that very frequently involves having your DJ at your ceremony. 10 years ago this just wasn’t heard of. And of course the digital age has affected everything from planning to photography to DJ’ing. HOW HAS THE DIGITAL AGE AFFECTED THE DJ’S ROLE IN A WEDDING? Before the digital age the DJ was the keeper of the music. Few people had a music collection the size and scope of a wedding DJ. The digital age brought affordable access (and easy storage) to everyone. Now the DJ has to create something beyond the music and individual songs. It’s about how songs are played, order, flow, beat and reading the crowd.

WHERE DO YOU SEE THE ‘WEDDING DJ’ IN THE FUTURE? The digital age brought the big change. IT leveled the playing field. The wedding DJ is a dying breed. Most DJ’s prefer the club environment where they entertain a crowd with a very specific demographic and typically, genre of music. The only thing they really need is personality and the ability to beat match too. Wedding DJ’s need to beat match but they also need to entertain an enormously eclectic crowd ranging in age from 15 to 95 who listen to all genres of music. The group of DJ’s that can and want to do this is shrinking. At Music Central we’ve always been wedding and event DJ’s.

never gets boring, and that’s part of why I do weddings. Even after 1000 of them. WHAT GETS A PARTY STARTED/MAKES IT SPECIAL? It’s all about the crowd. The DJ needs to be in sync with the crowd. The crowd is ready to dance when they’re ready to dance. It’s just a DJ’s instinct/experience that lets them read the crowd and know what to play next. We can’t make the guests dance. But the bride and groom can. The more time the bride and/or groom spend on the dance floor the more time your guests will. HOW DO YOU PREP FOR A SUCCESSFUL

WHY ARE YOU STILL DOING WEDDINGS? WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Passion! Every wedding is unique. We like to think of the wedding vendors, wedding party and guests as the soup. We’re all ingredients in making this day distinctly different and unique. It’s your wedding. We’re always looking for that spark, that magic moment from every wedding. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WEDDINGS SINCE IT’S THE CORE OF YOUR BUSINESS? I love being a part of this special moment in their lives. I love the couples that love to dance. PET PEEVES? When someone requests a song but then doesn’t dance. lol WHAT DIFFERENTIATES MUSIC CENTRAL FROM EVERYONE ELSE IN THE INDUSTRY? We’re more than just DJs. We help with the flow of the evening, planning the schedule. We have all this experience. And we’re happy to help. Just ask. MOST MEMORABLE WEDDING MOMENTS FROM WEDDINGS OVER THE YEARS: Those moments are what you’re always trying to achieve as a wedding DJ - that magic moment when the two parents, their kids and all the guests are on the dance floor and super enjoying themselves, or when two moms who don’t really even know each other yet are up dancing together, really having a blast... The magic moments aren’t scheduled - they just happen. Last Saturday I played until 4 in the morning and I would’ve kept going. Each group is different from one event to the other. That’s why it

WEDDING? We don’t use a template or an email or a checklist, nothing cookie cutter. Let’s talk. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU THINK EVERYONE (VENDOR OR BRIDE/GROOM) NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT WEDDING DJ? Location! Location! Location! This is an important tip for everyone. Where you put the DJ affects the whole evening. If they’re too far away from the dance floor the music ends up being too loud and annoys the people in between the DJ and the dance floor. The DJ won’t be able to read the crowd properly if they can’t see the crowd. To have a great party, put the DJ near the dance floor!

MORE ON MUSIC CENTRAL: Music Central Entertainment has been in business for 33 years, has approximately 15 professional DJs on it’s team, and is a member of the BBB, the CDJA, is reviewed in TheWeddingRing.ca and has DJd events of all sizes, including The Ring’s own Brides’ Ball events. Music Central specializes in weddings and special events music, offering DJ services, live music, photo booths, lighting, karaoke and more. They come highly recommended by some of the top venues in London and Southwestern Ontario, such as Delta London Armouries, Elm Hurst Inn, Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, FireRock Golf Club, Hessenland Country Inn, Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, Best Western PLUS Lamplighter Inn, London Club, London Hunt Club, Museum London, Old Court House, Stoneridge Inn and many, many more.

GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 11


The Budget Spreadsheet The DOWNLOADABLE WEDDING BUDGET SPREADSHEET (visit TheWeddingRing.ca and search for ‘wedding budget spreadsheet’), created with the prices and packages of 1000+ Ontario wedding vendors, from London to Toronto, Brantford to Guelph and beyond, over the past twelve years, is one of TheWeddingRing.ca’s most visited pages online. Like your wedding budget, this spreadsheet is always under construction, and it’s based in reality. Use it to guage price ranges. Put the various wedding elements in order of priority so that you can budget on the higher end for those items, and lower on others. When taking each item within this spreadsheet, it’s obvious that you could probably spend less, and easily spend more, but you will most certainly benefit from this jumping off point. The Budget Spreadsheet is realistic, local, and can be a fantastic guideline for plan ning your Canadian wedding. CINDERELLA BUDGET

REAL ROMANCE BUDGET

GALA AFFAIR BUDGET

MARRIAGE LICENSE (prices differ by city, see TheWeddingRing.ca)

$100.00

$120.00

$149.00

OFFICIANT FEE

$150.00

$275.00

$500.00

CEREMONY LOCATION (church vs outdoor vs outdoor w/tent)

$200.00

$500.00

$750.00

CEREMONY (church or location fee)

$200.00

$350.00

$500.00

RINGS

$300.00

$750.00

$3,000.00

BRIDAL GOWN & ALTERATIONS

$500.00

$1,500.00

$5,000.00

VEIL, FACINATOR, HAIR PIECE

$150.00

$300.00

$750.00

BRIDE’S SHOES (department store vs bridal salon shoes vs Jimmy Choos!)

$30.00

$225.00

$995.00

GARTER, GLOVES, PURSE, JEWELLERY, ETC (accessories)

$100.00

$300.00

$2,500.00

LINGERIE

$60.00

$200.00

$500.00

HAIR & MAKE-UP FOR THE BRIDE

$65.00

$150.00

$750.00

HAIR & MAKE-UP FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS (each)

$50.00

$75.00

$100.00

GOING AWAY OUTFIT & ACCESSORIES

$100.00

$300.00

$500.00

GOWN CLEANING & PRESERVATION

$150.00

$250.00

$350.00

GROOM’S ATTIRE (purchased)

$500.00

$1,200.00

$2,500.00

GROOM’S ATTIRE (rented, including accessories)

$150.00

$500.00

$3,500.00

$7,500.00

$20,000.00

$800.00

$1,100.00

$2,000.00

OPEN/HOST BAR (open bar at family estate vs at reception hall, etc)

$1,000.00

$2,500.00

$5,000.00

WEDDING CAKE (Basic 2 tier vs many tiers with deluxe decorating)

$275.00

$750.00

$2,200.00

DECORATIONS & RENTALS (lighting, pedestals, ceiling panels, etc)

$500.00

$2,500.00

$7,000.00

$1,200.00

$1,500.00

$3,500.00

BRIDE’S BOUQUET

$75.00

$225.00

$450.00

BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS (3 total)

$50.00

$175.00

$275.00

CEREMONY

ATTIRE

THE WEDDING RECEPTION (based on 100 guests ) RECEPTION HALL CATERED MEAL INCL GRATUITIES ($35-200/person) CHAMPAGNE, WINE FOR EACH TABLE

TENT RENTAL FOR OUTDOOR RECEPTION (basic tent vs tent plus rentals, dance floor, larger sz) FLORALS FOR BRIDAL PARTY, CEREMONY & RECEPTION

*BUDGET GUESSTIMATES ARE BASED ON 100 GUESTS 12 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca

ACTUAL BUDGET


CINDERELLA BUDGET

REAL ROMANCE BUDGET

GALA AFFAIR BUDGET

GROOM-GROOMSMEN BOUTONNIERE (each)

$12.00

$25.00

$65.00

CORSAGES FOR VIPs (grandma, etc)

$20.00

$35.00

$65.00

FRESH FLORAL CENTREPIECES (17 tables)

$595.00

$1,275.00

$4,250.00

$170.00

$425.00

$850.00

$300.00

$1,500.00

$5,500.00

$150.00

$450.00

$1,000.00

$400.00

$800.00

$1,500.00

RENTED ARTIFICIAL FLORAL/PROP/OTHER CENTERPIECES (17 tables) CEREMONY FLOWERS/DECORATIONS (one alter arrangement vs several throughout & more)

ACTUAL BUDGET

MUSIC TO SET THE MOOD CEREMONY MUSIC (organist vs harpist or duet vs string quartet - $150250+/person) DANCE MUSIC (DJ) DJ FOR CEREMONY & RECEPTION, PHOTO BOOTH, LIGHTING,

$2,200.00

ADDITIONAL HOURS PRESERVING MEMORIES PHOTOGRAPHER (minimal experience)

$1,000.00

PHOTOGRAPHER (experienced, plus some prints)

$2,500.00

PHOTOGRAPHER (experienced, in demand, plus print package)

$5,000.00

PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL

$300.00

VIDEOGRAPHER (old school, there to capture the day and nothing else)

$750.00

VIDEOGRAPHER (pro, experienced, some editing)

$500.00

$900.00

$1,500.00

VIDEOGRAPHER (high-end, may include photography, aerial shots, etc)

$6,500.00

STATIONERY CUSTOM DESIGN & PRINTED STATIONERY

$300.00

$600.00

PROGRAMS, PLACECARDS, TABLE NUMBERS, SEATING CHART POSTAGE

$2,000.00 $600.00

$54.00

$108.00

$108.00

$175.00

$500.00

$125.00

$250.00

$800.00

$1,200.00

WEDDING NIGHT BRIDE AND GROOM HOTEL ROOM OUT OF TOWN GUEST’S ROOMS (guests often pay for their own)

$75.00

TRANSPORTATION LIMOUSINE (6 seat for 3 hours)

$405.00

HORSE & CARRIAGE (4 hours) LIMO BUS (all day)

$1,895.00

PLANNING FULL WEDDING PLANNING (hourly or often 10% of budget)

$1,500.00

$3,500.00

$5,000.00

DAY OF PLANNING & PARTIAL PLANNING

$650.00

$800.00

$2,500.00

CONSULTATION (one hour)

$150.00 $38,363.00

You just don’t want to know.

TOTALS

$17,036.00

*The prices here are all estimated, based on information found while reviewing wedding experts across SouthWestern Ontario. You’ll find that some vendors in major metro areas such as the GTA may be more expensive than in smaller cities, but this is no longer always the case. Search for your wedding experts both in your local area and in nearby towns/cities. Depending on the popularity, availability, and specialties of the vendors you’re hiring, pricing may be higher or lower than seen here. Please check with your wedding vendor for specific pricing. GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 13


A Few of Our Favourite Things FEATURING ONTARIO WEDDING EXPERTS

BEACH WEDDING PHOTOS @ ONTARIO’S WEST COAST You don’t have to board a flight to find a fabulous beach on which to pose for the camera. Lake Huron is easily accessible and a gorgeous backdrop for any wedding shoot, like these, shot just steps from Hessenland Country Inn (♥) (hessenland.com). With a multitude of ceremony and reception spaces, overnight accommodations, inside and outside options, two pavilions, two gazebos and a lookout tower, Hessenland’s sitation along Lake Huron shores, and their many accomodation options, make this venue one fabulous beach photo opportunity.

14 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


VENUE: Fanshawe Pioneer Village PHOTO: mecreative.ca

VENUE: Arrowwood Farm arrowwoodfarmontario.com

PHOTO: hrmphotography.com

RUSTIC CHIC LOCATIONS Old, rustic barns that have been made over for an event and the buildings and wide open natural spaces of the family farmstead... These are among the top of our list of favourite wedding locations. In the photo above (top), FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE (♥) (fanshawepioneervillage.ca) offers numerous rustic chic backdrops and wedding spaces that not only take advantage of historic architecture but also play into the gorgeous big wood beams that come along with chooseing a barn or farm location for your wedding. Picture dancing your first dance among friends and family in a barn with the big doors wide open to the outside (photo, above, left). Think country decor and hanging large style, classic string lights with large bulbs. Consider taking both your wedding photos and your engagement photos (engagement photo, above right) outside, using the farm buildings like those of ARROWWOOD FARM (♥) (arrowwoodfarmontario.com) as your backdrop. GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 15


VENUE: Elm Hurst Inn PHOTO: hrmphotography.com

VENUE: FireRock Golf Club PHOTO: dudekphotography.com

VENUE: Hessenland Country Inn PHOTO: simplephoto.ca

16 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca

VENUE: Whistle Bear Golf Club PHOTO: anneedgarphoto.com


VENUE: Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory PHOTO: fostervisuals.com

VENUE: Ancaster Mill PHOTO: anneedgarphoto.com

GAZEBOS

Who wouldn't love a beautiful gazebo, such as this one (left page, top photo) at historic Elm Hurst Inn (♥) (elmhurstinn.com). Many different

venues offer gazebos in various sizes and styles, which are most often used for ceremonies and photo shoots.

WATERFALLS

There is nothing like a

bubbling waterfall when you’re looking for incredible photography options or simlpy a romantic getaway spot to escape to with your groom and take a moment for yourselves. Among our favourite waterfalls are those at at Ancaster Mill (♥) (ancastermill.ca), Elm Hurst Inn (♥) (elmhurstinn.com), Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory (♥) (cambridgebutterfly.com), FireRock Golf Club (♥) (firerockgolf.com), Hessenland Country Inn (♥) (hessenland.com), BEST WESTERN PLUS® Lamplighter Inn (♥) (lamplighterinn.ca), Pine Knot Golf & Country Club (♥) (pineknotgolf.com) and Toronto Botanical Garden (♥) (torontobotanicalgarden.ca).

FOUNTAINS

Hosting photos, cocktails or a ceremony around a gorgeous fountain is a fantastic feature of any high taste event. A few favourites can

be found at Elm Hurst Inn (♥) (elmhurstinn.com) in Ingersoll, Bingemans (♥) (bingemans.com) in K-W, Casa Loma (♥) (casaloma.org) in Toronto, Graydon Hall Manor (♥) (graydonhall.com) in Toronto, NithRidge Estate Weddings & Events (♥) (nithridge.com) in Ayr, Chelsea Hotel (♥) (chelseatoronto.com) in Toronto, and Dundee Country Club (♥) (golfdundee.ca) in New Dundee.

STONE & WOOD FIREPLACES

These large architectural features create the

ultimate head to your ceremony aisle, photo opportunity or simply, one of your reception’s best décor features. You can find this feature at Arrowwood Farm (♥) (arrowwoodfarmontario.com), Whistle Bear Golf Club (♥) (whistlebear.ca), Cambridge Mill (♥) (cambridgemill.com), Ancaster Mill (♥) (ancastermill.ca), Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre (♥) (iveyspencerleadershipcentre.com), Hart House (♥) (harthouse.ca), George Brown House (♥) (heritagetrust.on.ca), Else Perrin Williams Estate (♥) (elsieperrinwilliamsestate.com) and many others.

PATIO SPACES

Grand patio spaces can create incredible outdoor ceremony,

reception and/or cocktail hour spaces. FireRock Golf Club (♥) (firerockgolf.com) is has one of our favourite patios, expansive with a great view, and can be used just for your ceremony overlooking the greens, or it can be the centre of your day, so that your guests dance underneath a fireworks display personally arranged for you. Other favourite patios can be found at Elsie Perrin Williams Estate (♥) (elsieperrinwilliamsestate.com), Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre (♥) (iveyspencerleadershipcentre.com), Hart House (♥) (harthouse.ca), Graydon Manor Hall (♥) (graydonhall.com), Fantasy Farm (♥) (fantasyfarm.ca), Elm Hurst Inn (♥) (elmhurstinn.com), Cambridge Mill (♥) (cambridgemill.com), Dundee Country Club (♥) (golfdundee.ca), Grey Silo Golf Club (♥) (golfgreysilo.ca) and others.

MICRO VINEYARD

How can we not love the fact that Hessenland Country Inn (♥) (hessenland.com) broke ground on their own micro vineyard in

Spring 2015, with big plans for future vintages of 'Hessenwein'? This adds yet another creative and personality-filled feature of this Huron County wedding location. GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 17


The Ring's Wedding Expo Event s A SNAPSHOT OF SOME OF OUR BEST WEDDING SHOWS FROM LONDON TO TORONTO, PARIS TO NEWMARKET & BEYOND

18 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


The Ring's Wedding Expo events are some of Southwestern Ontario couple's favourite wedding shows. They are hosted in London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, Paris, Orangeville and beyond. The Ring's Wedding Expos are designed to connect brides and grooms with the local wedding expert and talented professionals in their communities while helping them save months of planning footwork. From design palettes created by local gown shops, tux shops and decorators, to cake samples and wedding sample sales with gowns starting at $99, there's a lot to see and do at one of these events. Depending on the show, couples may also find on-site make-overs, catering treats, full ceiling to floor dĂŠcor, favour ideas, floral bouquets and centrepieces, and more. Over the past five years, The Ring has had the pleasure to meet and work with hundreds of Ontario wedding experts in the pursuit of creating the ultimate bridal show. You can find out which events are coming up in your area, by visiting theweddingring.ca/wedding-expos/

GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 19


PHOTO: hrmphotography.com PLANNING & PROPS: blissfulbookings.com FLORALS: villagevinesflorists.com

V I N TAG E D E C O R , M U ST- HAV E SU P P L I E S , FA BU L OU S FAVOU R S , S W E E T S A L E S & F R E E SH I P P I N G | W E D SY. C A

Especially lovely items for especially lovely weddings


Design Palettes The following sixteen pages of features are all about wedding design

inspiration, thanks to talented Ontario wedding experts, killer photography, creative couples, and many, many design details.

PHOTO: Lyn Ismael: Evocative Imagery of Love Stories (♥) (lynismael.com)

GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 21


Sophist icated Elegance THis design palette is a collaboration of talented Ontario wedding experts, set in The Bruce Hotel (thebruce.ca), a gorgeous, newly built venue in Stratford. An oasis that sits just steps from world renowned theatres. The Bruce Hotel is designed to be elegant, sophisticated and yet offer a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for any wedding day or overnight stay.

PHOTOS, This Page & Next: Amanda Kopcic Photography (amandakopcic.com) 22 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY:

GOWN: Once Upon A Time Weddings (onceuponatimeweddings.ca)

Amanda Kopcic Photography (amandakopcic.com)

TUXEDO: Bud Gowan Formal Wear (budgowan.com), carried at

DÉCOR & COORDINATION: High Gloss Weddings (♥) (highglossweddings.com)

HIGH GLOSS WEDDINGS uses a deep red for the primary colour in this

VENUE: The Bruce Hotel, Stratford ON (thebruce.ca)

palette, highlighting the colours of the Fall season. Gold adds sparkle alongside

FLOWERS: Olive Lane Floral Design & Gifts (facebook/olivelanefloral)

complimentary browns and greens. SMITTEN PAPER DESIGNS spells

HAIR & MAKE-UP: Selah Vie Hair and Makeup Artistry (selahvie.ca)

out the love story with luxury antique gold and wine coloured stationery.

CAKE: Fancy That Cake (fancythatcake.ca)

FANCY THAT CAKE takes the reception décor (and taste!) to new levels with a

STATIONERY: Smitten Paper Designs (smittenpaperdesigns.com)

gorgeous five tier ivory & gold wedding cake, adorned with eye catching flowers. GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 23


A Hist oric Love St ory AT FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE

PHOTOS, This Page & Following Two Pages: mecreative (mecreative.ca)

24 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 25


BRIDE & GROOM: Rachel & Matthew Kerswill PHOTOGRAPHY: mecreative (mecreative.ca) ARIAL PHOTO: This page, top, taken by Mason Tucker WEDDING DATE: September 19, 2015 CEREMONY LOCATION: Victoria Park & Lawson Gazebo, Fanshawe Pioneer Village (♥) (fanshawepioneervillage.ca) RECEPTION LOCATION: Village Barn, Fanshawe Pioneer Village “It was extremely exciting to use Fanshawe Pioneer Village as our wedding venue as we’ve always valued the importance of culture and history. My grandparents and parents used to take my brother and I to Fanshawe as a kid, so it’s history and nostalgia made it that much more special! We are a very outdoorsy couple who appreciates nature, so we wanted to make use of Fanshawe’s beautiful space by having our ceremony and cocktail hour outside on the lawn. I think everyone enjoyed the large and unique space...” COLOUR PALETTE: Sage and myrtle green, hints of rusty orange, white, and gold THEME: Eclectic, natural and musical. “Music is a large part of our lives, so we wanted to ensure our 26 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca

reception had a great playlist and live music that all

GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Indochino& the Tie Bar

generations could dance and sing too. A big thanks

BRIDESMAID ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES: Floor

to The Honeybadgers for bringing so much energy!”

length, whimsical and flowing dresses from

BUDGET: Roughly $18,000 “We spent the most on

various stores

food and rentals, least on décor, venue and music.”

BRIDE’S DRESS AND ACCESSORIES:

DIY PROJECTS: Almost everything was a DIY

♥ Dress is Tadashi Shoji from BHLDN (bhldn.com)

project, including...

♥ Crown is from Sash and Bustle, Toronto

♥ Wooden signs that surrounded the venue, labeled

(sashandbustle.com)

the bar, and bride and groom chairs

♥ Bracelet and earrings were borrowed antiques

♥ Wood slice table numbers (the wood was collected

♥ Rachel’s engagement ring was originally

from Robyn’s family farm)

Matthew’s Great Grandmother’s ring from 1906

♥ Wedding favours, which were brown bags

♥ Rachel’s wedding ring is from Cynthia Findlay

stamped with custom green logo and filled with

Antiques (cynthiafindlay.com)

fair-trade coffee

♥ Matthew’s wedding ring is from Peoples

♥ Table flower arrangements

CATERING: Blackfriars Catering & Bistro

♥ Seating chart

(blackfriarsbistro.com)

♥ Menus and menu packages with ribbon and

LATE NIGHT PIZZA: Dominos

custom tag

RENTALS: A&B Party and Tent Rental

♥ Poem and family wedding photo arrangement

(a-bpartyrental.com)

♥ DIY Candy bar and dessert table

ACCOMMODATIONS: Delta London Armouries

STATIONERY: Robyn Murphy, Maid of Honor

Hotel (♥) (deltalondonarmouries.com)

CAKE: Becca Mortlock, Bridesmaid (she creates

TRANSPORTATION: School bus

custom fondant cakes)

HONEYMOON: “We went to Iceland!!!”


Rebel Creek Wedding Day PHOTOS, This Page & Following Two Pages: Alicia Riley Photography (aliciariley.com)


Rebel Creek Golf Club is nestled in the rolling hills of Petersburg Ontario, from

just

minutes

downtown

away

Kitchener.

Surrounded by beautiful ponds, and gorgeous green trees, this golf club gives the secluded feeling of a destination wedding location, and is ready to cater to your ultimate Kitchener-Waterloo or Cambridge area wedding.

This romantic wedding day plays out at the wide open spaces and beautiful indoor banquet rooms of Rebel Creek Golf Course. From the outdoor ceremony to the photos by the water and lovely escapes for poses against stone walls, this is one incredible love story. BRIDE & GROOM: Caitlin & Noel Simpkins PHOTOGRAPHY: Alicia Riley Photography (♥) (aliciariley.com) VENUE: Rebel Creek Golf Course (♥) (golfrebelcreek.ca) CAKE: The Cake Box (cakebox.ca) FLORALS: Riverside Flowers (riversideflowers.ca) DÉCOR: Decorating Dreams (♥) (decoratingdreams.ca)

28 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 29


A Bingemans Wedding Day JOCELYN WESSELS & PAUL BENKO NOVEMBER 14, 2015

CEREMONY: Dublin Street United Church in Guelph RECEPTION: Bingemans (♥) (bingemans.com) DÉCOR & FLORAL DESIGN: The Creative Bride (♥) (creativebride.ca) PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Evans Photography (♥) (garyevansphotography.ca) GUELPH PHOTO LOCATIONS: Covered bridge, York Road Kitchen & Chocolate Bar, Guelph Arboretum


PHOTO: sipimage.com


32 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


Cult ure, Art & Hist ory FROM A HISTORIC WALPER HOTEL CEREMONY TO AN ART & CULTURE FILLED RECEPTION AT THEMUSEUM ~ DOWNTOWN KITCHENER ~

BRIDE & GROOM: Kayla Dickinson and Nick Davison WEDDING: October 3, 2015 CEREMONY LOCATION: The Walper Hotel (♥) (walper.com) RECEPTION LOCATION: THEMUSEUM (♥) (themuseum.ca) PHOTOGRAPHY: Lyn Ismael: Evocative Imagery of Love Stories (♥) (lynismael.com) FLOWERS & DÉCOR: Jodi Leigh Designs (jodileighdesigns.com) WEDDING COORDINATOR: Janine Dietrich, All Dressed Up Events (alldressedupevents.ca) DJ: Mark Caravaggio from DJ Charlie Clean (♥) (djcharlieclean.ca) CAKE: The Cake Box (cakebox.ca) MAKEUP: Makeup By Cassie (cassieshuttleworth.com)

GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 33


PHOTOS, This Page & Next: Lyn Ismael: Evocative Imagery of Love Stories (♥) (lynismael.com)

34 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 35


Favourite Things:

GORGEOUS CENTREPIECES


PHOTOS, LEFT PAGE & RIGHT: HRM Photography (♥) (hrmphotography.com)

delicate baby’s breath instead of more statement blooms. For an elegant,

Centrepieces have always been one of our favourite design elements. They set the tone and ambiance for your wedding reception, making them the ideal detail to focus your reception décor around. For the rustic, romantic wedding, consider old wooden frames, lanterns, vintage hard cover books, slices of trees, painted mason jars and blackboard accents. Think

accents and florals in classic whites and ivories. Indulge in big groupings

sophisticated design palette, consider tall vases, glassware, silver and crystal of hydrangea, mixes of roses and greens, orchids, anything sparkly, and of course, large, beautiful pillar candles. Vintage centrepieces can work with all backdrops in today’s weddings. Look for brass, silver and china.


Butterfly Beaut iful

DESIGN PALETTE | This pretty in pink design palette is all about the beauty beholden to weddings held at the

CAMBRIDGE

BUTTERFLY

CONSERVATORY.

Nowhere else can you find a tropical destination wedding location, complete with waterfall, all within a few

PHOTOS, LEFT & RIGHT PAGES: devoncphotography.com

minutes of Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph.


design palettes VENUE: Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory (♥) (cambridgebutterfly.com) PHOTOGRAPHER: Devon Crowell Photography, Kitchener-Waterloo (devoncphotography,com) DÉCOR: AWE Events, Cambridge, Ontario (aweevents.ca) FLOWERS: La Petite Fleur (♥) (petitefleur.ca) The CAMBRIDGE BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY offers the option of a garden ceremony area without the stress of potential incliment weather. Tropical gardens create a beautiful backdrop, year round. The venue’s Wedding and Event Coordinator, Cayla Vanhouwelingen, works with each of the venue’s couples to help create the ultimate wedding day. A wedding at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is an all-in-one location for your romantic wedding with your I-Do’s under the waterfall, photos in the tropical gardens, and reception in the artistic Butterfly Gallery.


PHOTO, LEFT & RIGHT PAGES: devoncphotography.com

In this design palette, Tanya Wormsley, of AWE Events (aweevents.ca) takes risks with colours, blending ivory and cream colours together, going against traditional colour palettes for a soft elegant reception space. Tanya says that when it comes to décor trends, “Unique is a word we hear often from our clients. Couples more than ever are putting their own spin on the big day to make it reflect who they are. We’re starting to see a lot more mixed metals incorporated into design palettes which we love! Delicate laces are still hot, giving Weddings a traditional feel. Mixed neutrals, herbs and wild flowers are great options as well!” 40 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


design palettes

Here, Brandy from La Petite Fleur (♼) (petitefleur. ca) uses soft, nectar-rich flowers like Scabiosa, Chamomile and Alstroemeria in her bouquets, chosen both for their ability to attract butterflies and for their understated beauty. The reception space features a breathtaking mix of intricate blush dahlias, paired with imaginative florals and bursts of fresh greenery.

Devon Crowell of DEVONCPHOTOGRAPHY (devoncphotography.com) is a preferred photographer of Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, as well as a number of other area venues. In this photo shoot, Devon collaborated with area wedding experts, successfully capturing the many gorgeous details - butterflies, tropical foliage, gardens, fields of russian sage - that can only be found at this incredible venue.

GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 41


THAT PERFECT MOMENT. THAT SPECIAL DAY.

A beautiful beginning. Before you spend the rest of your lives together, it’s time to show the world how much you love each other in your own special way. Lamplighter Inn has been that special place to celebrate your love, hosting memorable weddings for generations. ALL AT ONE UNIQUE LOCATION.

Contact one of our wedding specialists to make your dreams a reality. 591 Wellington Road South, London, ON t: 519.681.7151 toll free: 1.888.232.6747

lamplighterweddings.ca

Lamplighter_Wedding Ring_3.875x5.125_2014_PRINT.indd 1

weekly auctions monthly sales daily wedding love

ANTIQUE, VINTAGE, SHABBY CHIC, MODERN, GLAM, COUNTRY & FUN WEDDING SUPPLIES

WEDSY.CA

2014-11-20 3:53 P


be part of a

gifted community More of your friends register with Hudson’s Bay than anywhere else. That’s because our top-of-the-line products make it easy to ensure that every room is as beautiful and functional as the next. See what our couples recommend at thebay.com/registrytruetales.

Register with Hudson’s Bay in store, at thebay.com/registry or download our free app for tablets and smartphones.

# C A N A D A S G I F T R E G I S T RY


Blissful at Brookside

“Everyone at Blissful Bookings were

beyond

helpful

and

made sure that all details were accounted for, no matter how small or minuscule they may have seemed. Every concern that we had was addressed.

They

helped us right from day one with picking the right venue, throughout the year and then made the big day run smoothly. We think the most important fact was that they alleviated the stress of the wedding thereby allowing everyone to enjoy the wedding day PHOTO: Dudek Photography

(dudekphotography.com)

itself. Everything came together perfectly with their help and our vision for our perfect wedding became a reality thanks to them.” - Kathryn & Kevin, May 30, 2015

44 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


PHOTOGRAPHY: Dudek Photography (dudekphotography.com) BRIDE: Kathryn & Kevin WEDDING: May 30, 2015 CEREMONY: St. Peter’s Basilica RECEPTION: Brookside Banquet Centre (brooksidebanquetcentre.ca) GUESTS: 190 STYLE: Vintage Glam PALETTE: Blush, Yellow, Mint, Rose & Gold WEDDING COORDINATION: Blissful Bookings (♥) (blissfulbookings.com) FLORAL & DÉCOR DESIGN: Village Vines Floral and Event Design (villagevinesevents.com)

HAIR/MAKE-UP: Melo Hair and Beauty Bar (facebook.com/MeloHairBeautyBar) CATERING: Culinary Catering (culinarycatering.ca) VIDEOGRAPHY: AV Artisan Productions (avartisanproductions.com) TRANSPORTATION: All Star Limousine (allstarlimo.ca) CAKE & SWEETS TABLE: Petit Paris Crêperie & Pâtisserie (petit-paris.ca) STATIONERY: PaperBoat Creations (paperboatcreations.com) LIVE BAND: Black Belt Jones (blackbeltjones.ca) DJ: Mahervelous Music (mahervelousmusic.com) GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 45


Magic at St oneridge

Meagan & Trevor Bauman | July 26, 2014 | This gorgeous London Ontario couple played out their love story in one full day at BEST WESTERN® PLUS Stoneridge Inn and Conference Centre (♥), beginning with a romantic ceremony at the historic Rose Chapel (owned and operated by Stoneridge - and located just steps away from the Inn’s front doors) and ending in a fabulous reception with family and friends, held in a Stoneridge Inn ballroom.

PHOTO: Love Knots Wedding

Photography (loveknots.ca.ca)

46 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


design palettes

“To be honest, the theme was ‘Us’! We had tables named after movies (Trevor is a movie lover), we had Harry Potter tributes, and Teacups/pots for my love of tea! We incorporated the blueberries to pay homage to my nutrition studies (and they looked adorable as decor anyway!)...”

PHOTOGRAPHY: Love Knots Wedding Photography (loveknots.ca) “We really loved their style of photography, the price was afforable, and we really clicked with their personalities. We thought it was so important to be able to feel comfortable with them, and they were incredible.” CEREMONY: The Rose Chapel (♥) (rosechapel.ca). Located on the grounds of the BEST WESTERN PLUS® Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre (♥), this century-old chapel has been painstakingly restored into a beautiful nondenomination ceremony venue. The Rose Chapel can accommodate up to 150 guests. “We were also sooo happy with the venue we chose. Stoneridge Inn was amazing. The food was incredible, they were so accommodating, and they were just overall really pleasant to work with.” RECEPTION: Best Western® Stoneridge Inn and Conference Centre (♥) (stoneridgeinn.com). Stoneridge offers multiple spaces for couples to choose from. The Town and Country Ballroom accommodates up to 220 guests with large windows overlooking the waterfall and gardens. The Somerset Ballroom has space for up to 120 guests, with a large stone fireplace and sage

green walls. The Townsend Ballroom accommodates up to 60 guests, also has a fireplace and features two large chandeliers. The Townsend Ballroom adjoins The Somerset Ballroom and many brides opt to combine the use of these two smaller rooms, using one for the cocktail reception or ceremony and then the other for the sit-down meal and dance. DESIGN PALETTE: The colours were blue, grey, ivory and blush. “Our theme was a bit rustic, with hints of blueberries, pretty teacups and pots, ribbon wands for flower girls and the wands were also used for our exit with all of the guests having one!” DÉCOR & FLORALS: Village Vines (villagevinesflorists.com) “Our flowers were an arrangement of dahlias, blueberry stems, blush roses, and scabiosa pods. They were provided by Village Vines, as well as some of our decor! (ie linens, chairs, glasswear, etc.). They also provided us with beautiful charger plates, linens with glitter and chairs.” BUDGET: $24,000 - “We were pretty adamant about sticking with it!” FAVOURITE DETAILS: “Both of us being Harry Potter fans, and Trevor having proposed to me in the Harry Potter studio tour in England, we really wanted to incorporate that somehow while still being subtle. Right outside of the chapel we set up a rootbeer float/butterbeer station complete with mason GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 47


jar glasses and blue and white striped straws. It

the pictures from that night, as well as notes from

was amazing! We also carried our rings down the

people where they signed.”

aisle in a hollowed out Harry Potter book, right on

A NON-TRADITIONAL GUEST BOOK: “We

the chapter of The Unbreakable Vow from the 6th

used this big wooden letter “B”. We are so happy

book in the series.

we did that. It is a fun keepsake that we have

DIY ELEMENTS? “To be honest, our wedding

hanging in our home.”

planner, Jenna of Tregenza Parties, did all of

FAVOURS: Little blueberry pies, individually

the DIY. And I am so thankful for that. She

packaged.

created incredible watercolour programs for

STATIONERY: “Our Save the Dates and

the ceremony, and was absolutely incredible.

invitations were designed by Trevor’s brother (our

Even in all the midst of me being the WORST at

best man) Tyler! He is a graphic designer and it

trying to meet our deadlines, she was so patient

meant a lot to us that he took the time to make our

and understanding. She made our wedding so

invitations so perfectly suited to our taste.

beautiful.”

CAKE: A lemon cake with lemon meringue

FUN PARTS: ”We booked a photobooth that

buttercream, made by Daisy’s Delights in London.

came with our DJ. It was a huge hit. People were

“Instead of using a wedding topper, we put

lining up all night to take pictures with the props!

sparklers on top of our cake. It was so much fun!”

We even ended up with a little scrapbook of all

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “I had purchased this

48 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca

beautiful ivory leaf crown for my head and it went missing the day of the wedding!! My grandparents had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary the day before and my grandpa had bought this huge bouquet for my grandma with babys breath in it. I ended up weaving some of the flowers from their bouquet into my hair instead. It made it much more special!” ONE SWEET MOMENT: “Our DJ had us choose a song that would be ‘ours’ - one that could be played at any time during the night and wherever we were, whether it be talking with family or caught up in something. When the song came on, we needed to stop what we were doing and find each other on the dance floor. I absolutely loved knowing that in that exact moment, we were trying to find each other to share a special moment.”


A Revival House Love St ory Sarah Brown & Connor Scallon chose to host their many outof-town guests to a full wedding day in one incredible location, Revival House (♥). This venue offers cathedral ceilings, stained glass, heritage and ambience, offering a destination wedding venue for the quintessential Stratford experience.

“Our best wedding decision was going with a venue that was as committed to our event as we were. We really needed help navigating everything...being two hours away added another layer of challenges. We met with Rob, Alysha and Chef Kyle at Revival, and they were on the same page as us. They became our extended family in the wedding planning process (and on the wedding day) and made everything perfect...And the food was overwhelmingly awesome. People still talk about it months later. The huge charcuterie board should be a mandatory element for any wedding held there.” -Sarah & Connor

PHOTO: re:action photography

(reactionphotography.ca)

GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 49


50 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


BRIDE & GROOM: Sarah Brown & Connor Scallon PHOTOGRAPHY: Reaction Photography (reactionphotography.ca) WEDDING DATE: September 6, 2015 CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION: Revival House (♥) (revival.house) GUEST COUNT: 80 THEME: Late summer fun OFFICIANT: Rev. Art Hodgson BRIDE’S CUSTOM GOWN: Mina Bridal Designs (minabridaldesign.ca) GROOM’S ATTIRE: Custom Joseph Abboud at Moores Clothing for Men (mooresclothing.com) FLORALS: Candice Sanderson-Wigan of Revival House FAVOURS: Revival House Honey with homemade labels. WEDDING PLANNING: Alysha Ford of Revival House (♥) CATERING: Revival House (♥) CAKE: Shari Langis (sharilangis.com)

HAIR AND MAKE-UP: Make-up Artistry by Heather and Hayley Meltcalf (makeupartistrybyheather.com) FAVOURITE PART OF WEDDING PREP: “My favourite part was our engagement seemed like a year long celebrations - with our friends and family and also with all the great people that worked with us for the wedding. We had such a great ‘team’ behind us that genuiniely wanted our day to be the best. It’s a pretty wonderful feeling.” DJ: Rob Wigan, DJ Wigs VIDEOGRAPHY: WeddingMix (storymixmedia. com/weddingmix/) BIGGEST PLANNING CHALLENGES: “We live in Toronto and our celebration was in Stratford as were all our vendors - which meant that we had to travel quite a bit. That meant we needed vendors to be available on days when we could travel. Sometimes they weren’t able to, so we would have to go in another direction.” DIY DETAILS: We created our own wedding invitations and all printed materials. My family

also made beautiful marquee signs with ‘LOVE’ and ‘SARAH & CONNOR’ as well as a beautiful ‘happily ever after begins here sign’.” FAVOURITE MEMORIES: “It was the most relaxing and stress free day... I think the overwhelming feeling of joy from everyone was the best. Everyone was relaxed and having a great time.” ANOTHER REASON TO LOVE REVIVAL: “Also having the ceremony and reception later in the day and at the same venue. it meant we could enjoy so much more of the day and didn’t have to worry about timing and travel. And our guests really appreciated it too as so many were coming from out of town!” ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS: Keep it simple. If it’s too complicated and too much it causes stress. it doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. WHAT YOU WOULD CHANGE IF YOU COULD: Nothing. It was the best wedding ever! GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 51


Favourite Things GORGEOUS, SPARKLY HEELS

There are countless ways for a bride and her bridesmaids to accessorize their look, but it’s the gorgeous, sparkly heels that come in various colours and degrees of sparkle that have captured our hearts this season. All shoes seen here were found at Downtown Kitchener’s Urban Bride Boutique (myurbanbride.com)

$498

$198

$165 $198

52 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca

$198

$189 Photos, this page: Simona Gagliostro, Urban Bride & Contrast Photography


The RingGet s a Makeover

After months of intense work and sleepless nights, TheWeddingRing.ca officially launched our new website on December 3, 2015. The very large, super gorgeous makeover was an all encompassing redesign. The entire site was rebuilt from the ground up – from design to functionality. Every inch was improved to maximize bride-friendliness. Everything has a new look - articles, reviews, photo galleries, menus and more. The new site will make planning your wedding about 1000% easier, faster, and more fun... A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE THINGS...

♥ The search is sweet. Find anything you could possibly imagine needing for your local wedding.

♥ Nagivation is MUCH easier. ♥ It's pretty. ♥ The front page feature slider will always spotlight what's fabulous in weddings thsi week, from shows to reviews to design palettes.

♥ It's photo-heavy for ultra inspiration. Perfect for getting design ideas.

♥ There's no need for anyone to log in for any reason unless you're a part of the team at The Ring. Less complicated = more love.

♥ Wedding eNews newsletter software is cuter and will give you up to the date news on what's happening in your wedding community.

REVIEWS ON LOCAL VENDORS Now more than ever, TheWeddingRing.ca is your go-to source for finding everything you need to know to plan your fabulous local wedding, especially if you've come to rely on the prices, packages, details, samples of work and references found in vendor reviews. But even vendor reviews have received a fancy facelift. They have more of what you need to know, yet are now condensed to present the most information in the shortest read time. Photos have also been expanded for better views on what each vendor has to offer. Want to leave a review on your favourite vendors? There’s still space for that as well. The updated BRIDAL SHOW CALENDAR makes it as easy as pie to find the wedding event or expo closest to you. With a full listing of show times, details and Google maps to point the way, you’ll never miss another event. GET

LOCAL.

PLAN

FABULOUS!

When assembling your team of wedding vendors, we believe that you'll find some of the best talent close to home. That's why, for twelve years, TheWeddingRing.ca website is divided into City sections, from London & Huron County to Toronto, from Brantford to Guelph and beyond. Find your home in The Ring and start planning.

Need to start planning your wedding theme and design? DESIGN PALETTES & REALITY WEDDINGS feature details and décor from rustic vintage to modern contemporary and beyond. Need FASHION INSPIRATION instead? Use the GOWN GALLERY which features real gowns for real brides that you can find at Southwestern Ontario shops. Not just on fashion runways. SAVE WHAT YOU LOVE! Pin the latest design palette, gown idea, wedding worthy venue simply by clicking on the little red P on any page. Looking for the DOWNLOADABLE BUDGET SPREADSHEET? Use The Ring's savvy (way better) search and look 'budget spreadsheet'! PLAYING TAG will also help you find what you love. Click on the WATERFALLS tag to find all venues that have waterfalls. Or try TENT WEDDINGS to see which venues allow you to host a reception under a big tent. Need some music ideas? Use the dozens of wedding music lists created by real local DJs, or surf the WEDDING TUNES DATABASE to plan out every musical moment, from the first dance to the last. The Ring is constantly evolving to make sure that you have everything you need to plan your dream wedding. We hope that you love it as much as we do. ♥ GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 53


BRIDAL SHOW SURVIVAL TIPS!

The team at TheWeddingRing.ca has done a lot of the research so that you

1. PRINT PERSONALIZED LABELS

show you the decor, room capacities, indoor and outdoor options and

Shows are home to some of the best giveaways of the year. You

our favourite features (waterfalls, waterside ceremony options, historic

have the chance to win items such as honeymoon getaways and

architecture). LOOKING FOR A LONDON DJ? We’ll introduce you

huge online shopping sprees. Save yourself from hand cramps

to some of the best, outline their personality and style, and then show

by printing labels at home. When you circulate through the

you how much you’ll want to spend on them. NEED SOME DESIGN

various booths at the show, just stick your labels onto the many

INSPIRATION? We’ll show you design palettes from some of the best

ballots you’d otherwise have to fill out by hand! On your labels, include... • bride’s name • groom’s name • wedding date • address & phone number • email address

2. PREPARE TO CARRY ON Be sure to bring a bag with a comfortable shoulder strap, a

GET LOCAL! PLAN FABULOUS! don't have to. NEED A TORONTO RECEPTION LOCATION? We can

wedding decorators in your area. JUST NEED TO GET IN FRONT OF THE VENDORS YOU’RE SEARCHING FOR? The Ring’s Bridal Show Calendar will show you how, when and where the next wedding bridal show or event is taking place. WANT TO LEAF THROUGH COUNTLESS GLOSSY PAGES OF WEDDING INSPIRATION? The Wedding

backpack, or better yet, a bridal party (or the groom!) to help

Ring Magazine will feed your wedding cravings and spell out who’s local,

carry things. You’ll be given countless brochures, gifts and

fabulous and perfect for your wedding. We’ve done the planning foot-

magazines and you don’t want to be left juggling them for

work so that you don’t have to. One area (London, Huron County, K-W,

hours.

Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford, Hamilton, Toronto & Beyond) at a time.


Bridal Show Calendar

Full list of bridal shows (updated year round!) can be found on The Wedding Ring theweddingring.ca/bridal-show-calendar ♥

THE RING’S KW WINTER WEDDING EXPO ♥ January 2nd-3rd, 2016 Local brides Unite! @ The Holiday Inn KW 30 Fairway Road in Kitchener theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

SCHWABEN CLUB WEDDING SHOWCASE January 24th, 2016 at the Schwaben Club 1668 King Street East in Kitchener kitchenerschwabenclub.com

FERGUS WEDDING SHOWCASE February 28th, 2016 at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex 550 Belsyde Avenue East in Fergus ralphbasset.com

HAMILTON-HALTON SPRING WEDDING SHOW January 9th-10th, 2016 at the Hamilton Convention Centre 1 Summers Lane in Hamilton topweddingshows.com

THE RING’S BRANTFORD WINTER WEDDING EXPO ♥ January 30th, 2016 Local brides Unite! @ The BEST WESTERN PLUS ® Brant Park Inn 19 Holiday Inn Drive in Brantford theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE ORIGINAL BRIDAL SWAP LONDON March 5th, 2016 at the Hellenic Community Centre 133 Southdale Road West in London london.bridalswap.com

CONCORDIA CLUB WEDDING OPEN HOUSE January 10th, 2016 at the Concordia Club 429 Ottawa Street in Kitchener concordiaclub.ca THE RING’S ORANGEVILLE WEDDING EXPO (NEW) ♥ January 16th, 2016 Local brides Unite! @ Horizons Event Centre 633421 Hwy 10 in Orangeville

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

STRATFORD COUNTRY CLUB BOUTIQUE BRIDAL SHOW January 23rd, 2016 at the Stratford Country Club 53 Romeo Street North in Stratford stratfordcountryclub.ca ROYAL WEDDING SHOW January 23rd, 2016 at the Hanlon Convention Centre 340 Woodlawn Road West in Guelph facebook.com/royalweddingshowguelph THE BURLINGTON/OAKVILLE BRIDAL SHOW January 23rd-24th, 2016 at the Burlington Convention Centre 1120 Burloak Drive in Burlington thebridalshow.ca

BRIDE TO BE WEDDING SHOW February 7th, 2016 at the Qssis Banquet Hall 3474 Kingston Road in Scarborough bridetobeweddingshow.com 6TH ANNUAL CANADA SOUTHERN RAILWAY STATION BRIDAL EXPO February 7th, 2016 at the CASO Train Station Talbot Street in St. Thomas facebook.com/CASOstation THE RING’S LONDON WINTER WEDDING EXPO ♥ February 20th-21st, 2016 Local brides Unite! @ The Brookside Banquet Centre 99 Brookside Street in London theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo THE RING’S PARIS WINTER WEDDING EXPO ♥ February 28th, 2016 Local brides Unite! @ The Paris Fairgrounds 139 Silver Street in Paris theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo KINCARDINE WEDDING SHOW February 28th, 2016 at the Davidson Centre 601 Durham Street in Kincardine kincardineweddingshow.ca

ANCASTER WEDDING SHOW April 1st, 2016 at the Ancaster Fairgrounds 630 Trinity Road in Jerseyville ancasterweddingshow.com THE RING’S CAMBRIDGE SPRING WEDDING EXPO ♥ April 9th, 2016 Local brides Unite! @ The Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre 700 Hespeler Road in Cambridge theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo THE RING’S NEWMARKET SPRING WEDDING EXPO ♥ Date To Be Announced theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

The

Ring’s

CALENDAR

BRIDAL ONLINE

is

SHOW updated

on the fly with upcoming wedding shows & events as they are posted. Check The Ring regularly to see what's coming to your wedding community in the near future! bit.ly/wedshows GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 55


Ext reme Makeover: Venue Edit ion PARIS FAIRGROUNDS | BEFORE & AFTER

before 56 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca

after


PARIS FAIRGROUNDS | SPECIAL EVENTS BUILDING & EXHIBITION HALL

your dream wedding, but in many cases, it’s easier to find a wedding venue location (banquet hall, ballroom, hall, legion, private estate, barn, community centre or otherwise) that checks all the must-have boxes (fits your wedding size, budget, and availability), than it is to find one that looks the way you’re envisioning. But with a great decorator, you can make just about any venue perfect for your wedding. Cindy Hefferan, owner and decorator at Now and Always Wedding and Special Event Décor (♥) (nowandalways.ca) in Paris, Ontario shows us that any space can be made over to look incredible, if you do it right. “All it takes is a little imagination [and some serious decorating talent] to make any venue the ideal

Here, [images, left], you can see how Cindy uses grand white ceiling treatments, lighting, linens, tall centrepieces, chair covers & theme-matching sashes, have taken the Special Events Building from a wedding option to one gorgeous rural

expert tips

Location can be everything, when it comes to planning

wedding venue. The Exhibition Hall at Paris Fairgrounds is essentially one huge open space for countless community and fair events. But for a wedding, it doesn’t work as is. Here. [images, below], Cindy takes advantage of the soaring ceiling by hanging a multitude of large flower balls. A large backdrop lines one wall, filled with rustic and glam features, such as weathered doors and chandeliers. With the principle colour being white, Cindy ties in the bride and groom’s colour palette with lavender fabrics in tables, backdrops, in chair table sashes.

venue for your wedding,” she explains. So with plenty of parking, tons of square footage, budget-friendly pricing and The Special Events Building at Paris Fairgrounds (parisfair.ca) is ordinarily used

an ultra helpful staff on site, Paris Fairgrounds checks all the boxes. And with

for community events, auctions, Stag & Doe’s, and the annual Paris Fair. But that

a decorator like Now and Always Wedding and Special Event Décor (♥), your

doesn’t mean it can’t be transformed into a gorgeous wedding reception space!

design palette options are truly limitless. ■

before

after


COUNTRY CHARM MEETS CITY CHIC Located just minutes from downtown St. Jacobs on the picturesque Conestogo River, Three Bridges Event Centre offers beautiful indoor space and professionally landscaped grounds, making it the perfect setting for your wedding or special event. We offer all-inclusive packages for easy, stress-free planning or completely customizable catering options to meet the most unique of tastes. Three Bridges Event Centre prides itself on ensuring your event is everything you have dreamed of and more! CONTACT: Melany Bentley

CAPACITY: • Reception 250 • Dinner 200

VENUE FEATURES: • • • • • •

Indoor & Outdoor Spaces All Inclusive Packages Professional Staff Competitive Pricing Event Planning Support Full Service Bar

| 519.501.8678 | info@threebridgesevents.ca

635 Hawkesville Road St. Jacobs, Ontario NOB 2NO


Wedding Wort hy Venues ADVERTISING FEATURE

Wedding Worthy Venues is a feature of The Wedding Ring Magazine that’s designed to give you an at-a-glance look at some of the amazing wedding locations

found

in

Southwestern

Ontario. Browse the profiles for the basics such as capacity and bar

options.

everything

Want

from

more?

colour

Find

schemes

to wedding menus, and package pricing by checking out reception hall reviews at TheWeddingRing.ca.

VENUE: Elm Hurst Inn PHOTO: dudekphotographycom

GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 59


Photo courtesy of The Tannery

THE TANNERY

IN KITCHENER sales@bingemans.com bingemans.com/catering/venues/the_tannery The Tannery has been revitalized from a turnof-the-century mill to a contemporary trend setting venue with exposed brick, wooden beams, and soaring ceilings. This venue is rustic, urban and chic, and can compliment any scheme, décor and flowers. Let your photos be the backdrop for your event with state of the art digital media walls. 519-744-1231 Ext. 2266 | 100 TO 170 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

Photo courtesy of www.timjacobsphotographer.com

Photo courtesy of Waterloo Region Museum

IN STRATFORD jjacob@stratfordcountryclub.ca www.stratfordcountryclub.ca

IN KITCHENER sales@bingemans.com waterlooregionmuseum.com

STRATFORD COUNTRY CLUB

WATERLOO REGION MUSEUM

A beautiful backdrop for any style of wedding. Stratford Country Club offers a new location for outdoor ceremonies or the option of hosting the ceremony inside. The newly renovated dining room has modern décor with gorgeous chandeliers and an outstanding view of the golf course.

Experience the unique ambiance of the Grand Foyer with its soaring walls of Ontario Limestone, repurposed 19th-century barn timbers and dramatic skylights. Choose from the Willow Green Gazebo or the Freeport Church for your ceremony.

519-271-4212 | 150 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING

519-744-1231 Ext. 2266 | UP TO 150 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

Photo, left, courtesy of detrixdesigns@gmail.com

GROSVENOR LODGE IN LONDON info@grosvenorlodge.com www.grosvenorlodge.com A park setting in the heart of London, Grosvenor Lodge, is a 160 year old estate home and a favorite venue for intimate weddings. The Heritage gardens and beautiful wrap-around veranda are perfect for outdoor ceremonies and photos. 519-645-2845 | INDOOR RECEPTIONS 60 (SIT DOWN) TO 100 GUESTS | OUTDOOR TENT RECEPTIONS UP TO 120 GUESTS 60 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca


LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION... Whether you host

your

wedding

at

a

century old mansion in the city, on one of the gorgeous beaches of Ontario’s West Coast, or beneath the crystal chandeliers of a modern hotel banquet hall, your location choice is one planning

decision

that’s

guaranteed to play an integral role in the overall style and atmosphere of your fairytale day.

Choose

the

venue

that’s truly perfect for you.

Photo courtesy of Berkshire Club

BERKSHIRE CLUB

IN LONDON berkshireclub@sifton.com www.sifton.com/residential/berkshire-club.html A venue for all of life’s special moments. The Berkshire Hall offers an exclusive setting for up to 100 guests to celebrate with you. The McConnell Lounge is the perfect location for an intimate fireside wedding ceremony or cocktail reception up to 50 guests. The professional Berkshire team will be on hand to personally assist you in planning your event from beginning to end. Their specialty is all in the details. 519-471-4590 | 10 to 100 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING

Photo courtesy of davidandkara.com

BINGEMANS

IN KITCHENER sales@bingemans.com www.bingemans.com

Bingemans has the flexibility, experience, and space options to suit any bride. With six banquet rooms on the Bingemans property including the Ballroom and Marshall Hall, there’s no shortage of possibilities. Bingemans is perfect for all sizes and styles of weddings. Bingemans grounds are a beautiful back drop for pictures to capture your special day. 519-744-1231 Ext. 2266 | 6 CEREMONY & RECEPTION OPTIONS | 50-1600 GUESTS | ONSITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

Photo courtesy of www.hrmphotography.com

BEST WESTERN® PLUS LAMPLIGHTER INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE

IN LONDON info@lamplighterinn.ca www.lamplighterinn.ca

Courtesy of Best Western® PLUS Stoneridge Inn and Conference Centre

BEST WESTERN® PLUS STONERIDGE INN AND CONFERENCE CENTRE

IN LONDON natalie@stoneridgeinn.com www.stoneridgeinn.ca

Exceptional cuisine, innovative menus, three elegant banquet rooms some with fabulous stone fireplaces, outdoor water gardens, unique individual wedding packages, newly remodeled hotel rooms, century old “Rose Chapel,” personal Wedding Coordinator. 519-652-6022 | UP TO 200 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING ONLY

Photo courtesy of www.adamskitom.com

CONCORDIA CLUB

IN KITCHENER mail@concordiaclub.ca www.concordiaclub.ca

The Best Western PLUS Lamplighter Inn is sought after for it’s all-inclusive wedding packages for fifty to five hundred guests, gorgeous Atrium ceremonies, exquisite ballroom, special accommodation rates, onsite wedding planners, customized menu selections, fantastic indoor photo shoot locations and limitless décor options.

Known for throwing one of the biggest and most famous annual Oktoberfest parties, Concordia Club is also an incredible venue for an elegant wedding reception. From small and intimate to large and lavish events, Concordia Club gives personal attention to every detail to ensure a memorable wedding day. Indoor and outdoor ceremony options, plenty of parking, within minutes of downtown Kitchener.

519-681-7151 | 50-500 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING

519-745-5617 | UP TO 450 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING GET LOCAL. PLAN FABULOUS! • 61


Photo courtesy of Steckle Heritage Farm

Photo courtesy of garyevansphotography.ca

Photo courtesy of www.lynismael.com

IN KITCHENER sales@bingemans.com www.stecklehomestead.ca

Formally known as The Cutten Club IN GUELPH info@cuttenfields.com www.cuttenfields.com

tvanderburg@bingemans.com | threebridges.wix.com/threebridges

Steckle Heritage Farm is one of Waterloo Region’s most unique event facilities. Steckle Farm is a designated heritage property in the City of Kitchener dating to 1833. This beautiful property has the original farm infrastructure, the feeling of old fashion country and a perfect mix of modern amenities.

Cutten Fields has been home to the community’s most prestigious weddings & events for over 80 years. The picturesque golf course and club house, complete with elegant modern halls, makes the perfect venue for both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Located just minutes from downtown St. Jacobs, on the picturesque Conestogo River, Three Bridges Event Centre offers beautiful indoor space and professionally landscaped grounds, making it the perfect setting for your Wedding or special event. The Three Bridges Banquet Hall is dedicated to ensuring your event is everything you expected and more!

519-824-2650 | BALLROOM RECEPTION | 10 TO 250 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING ONLY

519-696-3257 | INDOOR WEDDINGS FOR UP TO 250 GUESTS | OUTDOOR CEREMONY OPTIONS | OUTDOOR TENT WEDDINGS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING ONLY

STECKLE HERITAGE FARM

519-744-1231 Ext. 2266 | 150 TO 165 GUESTS | ONSITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

Photo courtesy of Pine Knot Golf & Country Club

PINE KNOT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

IN DORCHESTER events@pineknotgolf.com www.pineknotgolf.com

CUTTEN FIELDS

Photo courtesy of www.shutter-fotos.com

ELM HURST INN & SPA

IN INGERSOLL erin@elmhurstinn.com | www.elmhurstinn.com

Pine Knot offers a picture-perfect setting with amazing views from a raised outdoor terrace. This venue is well known for outstanding food and impeccable service. Pine Knot features a private dressing room and complimentary ceremony when you book your wedding. Pine Knot Golf & Country Club is the perfect setting for your ceremony, pictures, cocktail hour and reception. All inclusive packages and customizable options available.

Home to many gorgeous weddings! Elm Hurst Inn & Spa is a picture perfect venue for indoor or outdoor celebrations. Located in Ingersoll (15 minutes east of London), the inn features unique reception spaces as well as on-site ceremony options including the beautifully manicured grounds. At Elm Hurst Inn & Spa you can expect all-inclusive packages and an on-site wedding coordinator. Inspired by tradition since 1872.

519-268-2986 | 125+ GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING

1-800-561-5321 ext. 236 | 4 TO 230 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING

62 • The Wedding Ring Magazine { ONTARIO } www.theweddingring.ca

THREE BRIDGES BANQUET HALL IN ST. JACOBS

Photo courtesy of www.davidraposo.com

ELSIE PERRIN WILLIAMS ESTATE

IN LONDON info@elsieperrinwilliamsestate.com www elsieperrinwillamsestate.com

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, run by Heritage London, allows the bride and groom to indulge in the unique luxury of having a gorgeous century-old mansion to themselves for their entire wedding day. With a reputation for upscale weddings - indoors and out - this venue books quickly! A beautiful new garden gazebo has been built to enhance the property and offers a very special romantic setting for your service. 519-432-6620 OR 519-432-7961 | INDOOR WEDDINGS FOR 80 TO 120 GUESTS | OUTDOOR TENT WEDDINGS FOR 100-150 GUESTS


Photo courtesy of elishakphotography.com

Photo: courtesy of Dundee Country Club

IN CAMBRIDGE sales@bingemans.com www.rosevilleestate.com

IN CAMBRIDGE rarquette.dundee@golfnorth.ca www.golfdundee.ca

ROSEVILLE ESTATE

The gorgeous, private Roseville Estate built in the 1800’s offers a beautifully crafted interior, lush forested areas, a waterfall, barn and more. This enchanting setting is perfect for an intimate ceremony followed by memorable pictures, a casual pre-dinner cocktail reception and an elegant meal. Roseville Estate brings the traditional and country bride together in perfect harmony. 519-744-1231 Ext. 2266 | UP TO 200 GUESTS | ONSITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

DUNDEE COUNTRY CLUB

Just a few minutes West of Kitchener, Dundee Country Club is a Golf North Property that has been home to countless K-W and Cambridge area couples’ weddings for over thirty years. With ceremony and reception options, cocktail hours by the fireplace, photos by the pond, complimentary tastings, flexible catering and bar options, beautiful banquet rooms and an attitude that’s all about you. 519-696-3257 | INDOOR WEDDINGS FOR 10 TO 150 GUESTS | OUTDOOR CEREMONY OPTIONS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING ONLY

Photo courtesy of www.hrmphotography.com

FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE

IN LONDON rentals@fanshawepinoeervillage.ca www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Celebrate your future with a step back in time. Choose a 19th century church or beautiful park with gazebo for your unique wedding ceremony, and heritage barn or expansive grounds for your reception. For a more modern facility with a view of the lake we have Trillium Gallery, the newest addition to our venues. 519-457-1296 | UP TO 400 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING



A Setting as Special as Your Love Manicured Gardens | Renowned Cuisine | All-Inclusive Packages Elegant reception spaces for up to 230 guests. Outdoor celebrations for up to 500. For more information, or to schedule a private tour and consultation, please contact:

Erin Lister, Weddings & Special Events Co-ordinator tf: 1 800 561.5321 x 236 | erin@elmhurstinn.com | www.elmhurstinn.com Hwy 401 @ Harris Street, Ingersoll Ontario, midway between Toronto and Windsor Photography By: Large Photo - Trish Roberts Wedding Photography | Small Left: Trish Roberts Wedding Photography | Small Right: Abela Photography


FOR THAT SPECIAL DAY

YOUR ALL-INCLUSIVE LOCATION

WEDDING RECEPTIONS & BANQUET FACILITIES

. Comfortably seating for up to 200 . Bridal suite . Free parking . Full kitchen, catering & bartending . DJ & nightclub lighting

Our Red Room provides the perfect setting for your ceremony. The majesty of old woodwork and red carpeting and seats for up to 250. The layout of the room will ensure that everyone has a great view of the ceremony.

453 Dufferin Avenue, London, Ontario t. 519.439.4913 dufferinhall.ca