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Elsie Perrin Williams Estate

Century-old mansion, Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, is a perfect location for indoor and outdoor weddings

Request more pricing, details and info from this vendor!When you choose Elsie Perrin Williams Estate for your wedding day setting, you’re indulging in the luxury of having a century-old mansion to yourself for the entire day. Well known to Londoners, this beautiful estate on the northwest side of the city, is both beautiful and timeless. It can accommodate up to 115 guests indoors and plays host to both indoor and outdoor weddings, on a sprawling, gorgeous property.

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate has a reputation for upscale weddings. From the space options, historical architecture and décor to the estate staff we know and love, there are countless reasons why The Ring is always quick to recommend this fabulous wedding location option to London brides…

Befriending the estate

Located on Windermere Road, close to the University of Western Ontario, Elsie Perrin Williams Estate rarely needs an introduction to Londoners. It was built in the early 1900s as a wedding gift for Elsie Perrin Williams, given to her by her father. Today, the Estate is used year-round for corporate meetings and private functions. With that said, the estate has always been called upon for weddings more than any other function. This is a good thing for both brides and the estate itself, as the costs of these weddings go towards supporting the Heritage London Foundation and its ongoing maintenance of Elsie Perrin.

The grounds are a sprawling 68 acres of forest and gardens that are regularly maintained. This incredible wedding locale makes you wish you were alive to see the everyday life in the 1900s and makes an incredible backdrop for wedding photos.

The mansion itself stands on the largest hill of the estate. Its wrought iron balconies, dark beamed ceilings, red clay tile roof and countless other details hint at a historical Spanish Mission style era. The rooms are sided with windows and multiple fireplaces, and the building even has various secret passage ways that were once used by service staff within the home.

For the last eighteen years, Elsie Perrin has been operated by Heritage London Foundation’s exceptional team of event staff and exclusive caterers. Elsie Perrin is home to approximately 60 weddings each year, a number that is rising with the growing trend of winter and alternate day (Fridays, Sundays, etc.) weddings.

Facilities: Dance, dine & say ‘I Do’

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate is most often used for full day weddings, since the mansion itself is yours for sixteen full hours when you opt to rent it. The property’s gardens and long winding driveway make it perfect for outdoor ceremonies and tent receptions. Yet, should the unthinkable happen and it pours rain, you’re covered with an equally beautiful indoor setting, only steps away. Or, if you want an outdoor wedding no-matter-what, large tent weddings are gorgeous when held at the estate.

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate has two main levels and rooms of various sizes, all dressed up to reflect the time period in which the estate was built. Whether you’re planning to dance, dine, or say ‘I Do’, your wedding space options include…

Entire Ground Floor | When taking advantage of the entire ground floor, you’re able to host a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception for up to 120 people.

The Great Hall | This space is magnificent for wedding ceremonies and receptions. It overlooks the grounds through its many windows, which wrap around the end of the room that is used for the ‘altar’. It’s used mostly for receptions of up to 80 people.

The Foyer | This elegant entrance and main hallway of the mansion can be used for your gift table and guestbook, and to display pictures. The bride’s breathtaking entrance takes place down the front staircase in The Foyer and through to The Great Hall. The staircase is another one of the many beautiful photo locations on the Estate.

Bride’s Rooms | Aside from the spaces for your ceremony and reception, Elsie Perrin also hosts separate rooms for the groom and for the bride. Each side of the wedding party will have their own space in which to change, prepare or just relax away from the crowd. These two rooms are close to service passageways within the walls, so that if the bride needs to make her entrance without being seen on the way, she can.

The Dining Room | The Dining Room is an elegant space most often used as a serving area for beverages and a buffet set up.

Library | This is a wonderful room, brightened by natural light and accompanied by a beautiful working fireplace. The fireplace is available to make guests cozy as they share cocktails together while you have your photos taken somewhere in the building or out on the grounds. Or, in case of rain, take your photos in this room and take advantage of the elegant aesthetic that includes oriental carpets and century furnishings. This room is sometimes set up for buffets or food stations if requested.

Outdoor Weddings | The grounds can host up to 150 people for an outdoor gathering. There are several favourite locations for a big beautiful white tent to go.

Outdoor Patio | On the front left side of the house you’ll find a magnificent brick patio. This patio can be used for cocktail hours, garden receptions or just as another inviting space for your guests to mingle.

A few Elsie facts

• Space for ceremonies and receptions, inside and out
• Opportunity for an outdoor reception with the indoors as a backup in case of rain
• An outdoor patio that can be used for a cocktail hour or a full Sunday garden style wedding
• A wonderful long, winding driveway perfect for a grand entrance on horse & carriage
• Fantastic photo location opportunities
• A working fireplace for winter weddings
• List of recommended vendors such as officiants are available
• Seclusion from the rest of the city
• Tons of free parking (can easily park 100 cars)
• Ability to have your guests leave their cars overnight without the threat of being towed
• Yearly bridal open house.
• Private break-out/dressing rooms for the bride & groom
• Hidden passages that can be used as alternate entrances and exits (so the groom doesn’t see his bride before the ceremony!)

A few of The Ring’s favourite things…

Elsie Perrin gives you the opportunity to sign your names to a variety of romantic affairs. Adding to The Ring’s favourite wedding ideas, having a Sunday afternoon cocktail-style wedding or even a sunset wedding is entirely possible at this locale. Food stations can be set up in various locations on the outdoor brick patio. Guests can mingle on the patio and surrounding grounds after experiencing your outdoor wedding ceremony.

Details, details, details

• Saturday’s book up quickly so it’s best to book at least a year ahead to ensure that your desired date is available. However, it’s always a good idea to give the Estate a call to check if your date is available.
• Talk to the staff about off-season pricing for winter weddings! Note: Elsie Perrin Williams Estate is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
• The Estate has worked with a variety of wedding budgets, their venue rental fees ranging from $1000 to $1400.
• A non-refundable deposit of half of the rental rate is required to reserve your date at Elsie Perrin Williams Estate.
• Payment is due upon booking.
• You can pay with your debit card, VISA, MasterCard or cheque prior to the function.

Getting in touch with Elsie…

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate is located at 101 Windermere Road West in London. If you need more information, you can reach the event team using the form below :) You can also visit Elsie Perrin Williams Estate online at www.elsieperrinwilliamsestate.ca and www.heritagelondonfoundation.org.

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My husband and I couldn't have picked a better place to hold our December 2012 wedding. The staff (Renae and Sherry in particular) are outstanding. The building is gorgeous, the catering (from culinary catering) is superb, and the setting is picture perfect. THE best place to get married in London!

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You've hit the ball out the park! Incredible!

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We shot our very first wedding here, and every time we go back we love the Elsie Perrin Estates more and more! The bridal suite upstairs is great, and the grounds are absolutely stunning! You will NOT regret choosing this location for your wedding or event!