If you didn't know, Prince Edward County (PEC) is home to Ontario's best beaches (in my opinion) and wedding venues! PEC has something for every couple's style and budget. From charming barns and inns to dramatic, modern mansions, take a look at my top 10 picks!
1: THE CAPE - Picton
Combine a restored historic victorian mansion complete with new modern finishes, and you have one of PEC's newest venue spaces. Located on "mansion row," this venue has indoor and grand outdoor spaces, including accommodation on the second level and in-house catering. If you're looking to wow your guests and put on a first-class event - look no further!
2: THE GRIST MILL - Consecon
For those looking for a funky smaller space to hold a and more intimate ceremony & reception, this is for you. Inside a restored grain mill, you find a rustic interior complete with an outstanding bar and neon accent lighting throughout! The location includes the venue space, a bridal suite and, 2 Airbnb's.
3: COMPASS ROSE SUITES - Picton, PEC
Sitting on over 100 acres, this rustic property will steal your heart. With a variety of outdoor and indoor spaces, including an elegant glass greenhouse, you could even pitch a tent in one of their fields. This location includes accomidations in their farmhouses and catering options. With walking paths on the property, this is the spot to capture those whimsical wedding photos!
4: 100 ACRE WOOD - Picton, PEC
As the name suggests, there are wide-open fields for days. If you're an outdoors lover, this is your perfect location. It's simple, natural, and relaxed. The cool thing, your hosts are the owners! They offer wood-fired meals and promote a farm-to-table menu! The location includes a smaller interior space and an outdoor tent with handmade wood harvest tables and a poured concrete floor - perfect for dancing!
5: MERRILL HOUSE - Picton, PEC
Talk about stunning. This boutique luxury hotel and restaurant will take your breath away. Built in 1892, this Victorian mansion has been completely restored. Every room is individually designed with fine antiques and artifacts, contemporary and modern art. This location offers exclusive use of the grounds with ceremonies and receptions to take place outside in the gardens or inside. For a luxurious private wedding, look no further.
6: THE DRAKE DEVONSHIRE - Wellington, PEC
Nothing to do with our beloved Drake, but everything to do with modern beach vibes and fire's on the beach. Renovated in 2014, this location quickly became the icon of PEC and invited the world to explore our region. With accomidations, event spaces, a world-class restaurant with stunning views of Lake Ontario AND its own private pebble beach - it's nothing short of rad!
7: THE BRIGHTHOUSE FARM - Wellington, PEC
Growing up in the country, many of my friends lived in farmhouses. There is a charm I love about them—something about the squeaky floors and the character of the homes that have stories to tell. A former dairy farmhouse built in 1867, it has been completely updated with mid-century modern decor - A unique twist! You have the option of booking the entire home for your wedding and using the well-manicured grounds adorned with large trees for your ceremony.
8: THE EDDIE HOTEL & FARM - Wellington, PEC
Formerly "Fields on West Lake," under previous owners, this iconic big red barn is a favourite for many with its grandeur and rustic charm. The entire property includes overnight accommodation in a Loyalist Settler farmhouse, a cozy carriage house, the barn itself, and over 70 acres of land to utilize. The red barn can hold up to 165 persons, and includes a full bar and indoor washrooms. This location is ideal for a social distance wedding during this era of Covid.
9: WAUPOOS WINERY - Waupoos, PEC
A classic venue in PEC since 2001, this winery/event space sits on the water's edge with panoramic views of Lake Ontario. The standout space is the dock overlooking the water with towering oak trees to hold your ceremony. The grounds include a permanent tent to have your reception, character venues, gardens, and of course, the vineyard.
10: CRYSTAL PALACE - Picton, PEC
Last on the list might be the best. This is the last original structure of it's kind left in North America! Built in 1887 using iron, wood, and glass, the Crystal Palace is one-of-a-kind and really is a blank canvas for you to create your dream wedding! The venue is owned by the municipality and is only rented during the warmer months. Its only downfall is not being an air-conditioned space, so keep bookings in early or late summer if you don't want your guests to leave drenched in sweat.