5 Unique Wedding Venues in Hamilton & Ontario
Hamilton & Ontario Wedding Photographer
Ontario has a lot of very well-known wedding venues that are beautiful big barns that perfectly match the bright and airy style. That is pretty but that doesn’t fit the wants and needs of a lot of brides. Because of this I’ve done some digging and found some hidden gems for those of you who identify more as an alternative bride. These spaces are both non-traditional and fun but still sure to please everyone!
These venues are perfect for the anti-brides, the couples who prefer a less traditional look, and people who want something that showcases more personality!
The venues listed below are also perfect for those of you who want an intimate wedding or if you have to downsize due to COVID 19. Downsizing is upsetting but as unfortunate as it is, it can still be a great celebration.
You get to celebrate your love for each other with your closest family and friends in an intimate setting.
If you have decided to downsize these venues might fit your needs perfectly. Enjoy, comment below and share with your friends!
I tried to keep them close to Ottawa but there were a couple of gems I couldn’t exclude that aren’t in Ottawa.
Jabberwocky Bar – AKA Union Local 613
- Centretown Ottawa
- 42 Maximum guest capacity
This bright, open space is both intimate and comfortable. Not only is the food great here but it’s right in the city centre. Jabberwocky is known as a creative specialty cocktail and vegan snack bar, which is pretty cool in and of itself but they also do food service from the main kitchen in Union. Because of this, you can get a good mix of food and drink that will be sure to please everyone. (Their fried chicken is to die for!)
I do just want to quickly say that Union Local 613 (the restaurant on the main floor of the building), also hosts parties and events. Their guest space is 60. I thought I would mention that as it’s in the same building, and the same ownership just a different aesthetic.
Elora Mill Hotel & Spa
- Elora – GTA
- 200 Maximum guest capacity
This is the perfect space for those couples that want something timeless and classic. Old stonework and beautiful new modern finishes create this stunning venue. Elora has a hotel and a spa as well so it’s the perfect getaway.
- Hamilton Downtown
- 175 Maximum guest capacity seated
I love museum weddings. It’s unique, modern, and always very open which is so nice because it makes the space feel bigger. This art gallery does not disappoint and is totally worth checking out if you’d rather stay in the city of Hamilton.
There are also these fun little pockets around the building outside that are great for photos!
Balzac’s Coffee Roasters
- Many Locations – Toronto
- 40 Seated, 100 Standing at the most popular wedding location
This is actually an incredibly cool venue because they have multiple locations throughout Toronto you can pick a location that has your perfect aesthetic or is conducive to where people live/are staying. The vibe, as you can see from the photo, is thrifty, edgy and casual.
Dyment’s Glen Drummond Farm
- 5 Hours from Ottawa – Hamilton, Ontario
- 225 Max guest capacity
I know this is a bit of a hike for my Ottawa couples, but I promise I wouldn’t put it on this list if I didn’t think it was really above par! I really love the aesthetic of this farm. It’s stunning and they’re offering COVID friendly weddings. You can book the space for an hour and a half for your small wedding ceremony!
If you’re still desperate to have your wedding this year, pack your bags, get your family to pack their bags, and get hitched!
While you’re at it you may as well stay and enjoy beautiful Lake Ontario.