Have you always dreamed of a having beautiful outdoor summer wedding? Saying ‘I do’ on a perfect sunny day with the perfect picturesque scenery as a backdrop? While the idea of an outdoor wedding holds appeal for those who enjoy the beauty of nature, there are a few of practical issues to take into consideration — especially here in Southern Ontario. It really comes down to how much control you want over your special day.
Southern Ontario’s outdoor wedding season is just five months – May to September. That’s twenty-two weekends. This number gets reduced drastically when you factor in rain, wind, overcast days, days when the weather is too hot or too cold, or when the humidity seems determined to destroy the best efforts of your hair stylist. In reality, there are only about five to six “perfect” wedding weekends, and it’s anyone’s guess when they will be.
With an indoor venue, regardless of what’s happening outside, the forecast will be perfectly predictable!
Creating your dream wedding space outside takes a lot of work and planning. Everything you want to include must be rented, brought in and set up. It’s decorations, chairs, tables, and table settings. It’s tents, a dance floor, lighting, portable washrooms, and even mosquito control. Then everything must be packed up again at the end of the event. Depending on the location you chose, that might mean cleaning up long after your guests have left or coming back the next day. And, of course, there is the cost associated with procuring all of these various amenities.
In contrast, an indoor venue, like the Grand Maple Event Centre, is a well-equipped, fully accessible facility offering a choice of tables, deluxe chairs, dance floor, well-appointed restrooms, and a magnificent 30,000 crystal sparkling chandelier. This fully renovated 160-year-old former church combines old world charm and grandeur with contemporary ambiance — requiring little or no additional décor. No stress, much less for you to organize, and nothing to clean up after.
Having your wedding dinner outside also adds complexity, and limits your pool of caterers, as not all caterers have the equipment required to do an outdoor service. Simply serving food at the ideal temperature is a challenge for outdoor venues.
At Grand Maple, our facilities are a caterer’s dream, allowing your catering team to complete their creations to perfection. The food is served on time and delectable. Our facility also meets strict pandemic requirements and is approved by the Ministry of Health.
When factoring in everything we’ve discussed so far, the full costs for an outdoor wedding are often unknown until the very last detail has been executed. It can be surprising for many to realize that an outdoor wedding can actually cost more than a comparable indoor celebration.
At Grand Maple, the cost of your wedding is presented up front, with no hidden fees. You have full control of your budget without any surprises, because there simply are no variables that cannot be arranged before your big day.
Your wedding day should be memorable, fun, and stress free. It should be exactly as you envisioned it and enjoyed by all in attendance. Having your wedding indoors is simply the best way to ensure this, while at the same time providing the best value.
Find out today how the Grand Maple Event Centre can help you plan the indoor wedding of your dreams.
Bill and Catherine invite you to experience the Grand Maple with a virtual or in-person tour — to arrange a time contact them via email or phone at 705-922-2106.
Or, for a sneak peek, view the Grand Maple video tour.