{review} The Idlewyld Inn

The Idlewyld Inn

The Idlewyld Inn provides the perfect backdrop for an intimate wedding where food and service is key

Request more pricing, details and info from this vendor!There really is nothing else like the Idlewyld Inn in London. This intimate gem offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options and is the ideal venue for smaller weddings where an incredible meal, all in one location and exceptional service are must haves for your wedding day.

Whether you’re looking for a truly intimate ceremony for two, or want to share your wedding day with fifty close friends and family, the team at the Inn treats everyone like guests in their home.

Their attention to detail, stunning setting and fabulous food made in-house, make this a must-see venue for a dream wedding. Here’s more…..

The Inn and its team

Idlewyld Inn was purchased by its current owner in December of 2013. Doors remained closed until the Spring for extensive renovations and today, the Inn is hosts about forty weddings per year.

When you book your wedding at Idlewyld Inn, you’ll get to know Wedding Sales Manager, Erin Lister as well as the Inn’s Manager, Effie Gurman. Erin brings with her nineteen years of wedding experience at Idlewyld’s sister venue, Elm Hurst Inn & Spa and is the initial contact point for couples when it comes to any information or questions about the Inn, setting up a tour, taking care of contracts and deposits and all of the preliminary details of your big day. Effie takes care of any tours of the property, is your main contact during the planning process and is on-site the day of your wedding.

Another key player when it comes to weddings is Edward Bloor, the Inn’s Food & Beverage Manager. Ed is responsible for setting up and overseeing the food and beverage on the wedding day and comes with many years of experience working at Idlewyld Inn.
The Inn itself, built in 1878, is traditional and steeped with history. It was built by Charles Hyman, a former Mayor of London who later moved on to federal politics in Sir Wilfred Laurier’s cabinet. The Inn still holds its original structure, but has been renovated for its guest’s comfort, while still maintaining its historical character.

The atmosphere

Intimate, historic, elegant… this is the kind of venue that doesn’t require a lot of extra décor.

From an outdoor courtyard ceremony to an intimate reception in the Wine Cellar or Parlour Room, there are several options available for weddings with up to fifty guests. Says Erin, “The history of the building makes it warm and welcoming as does the stunning photo backdrop.”

Couples looking for an all in one site will love the Inn. You can truly have everything here- your rehearsal, treatments at the spa, your ceremony, photos, cocktails, reception and hotel rooms for your guests. Couples looking for a whole wedding weekend can come on a Friday for their rehearsal and stay through to Sunday for the wedding brunch.

It’s also a great spot for a bridal shower. Guests can enjoy an afternoon tea in the Parlour. Or, a martini night with the girls, complete with relaxing treatments at the spa.

The Inn features twenty-one fresh and unique guest rooms including options with double beds, queen and king beds and Jacuzzi tubs or air jet soaker tubs. Prices start at $179 and offer a range in price point so your guests can find something that fits within their budget and party size.

All-inclusive packages

Idlewyld Inn keeps things simple and stress-free for their couples by offering an all-inclusive package that includes everything you’ll need on your wedding day. To give you an idea, the package includes your reception space, three hors d’oeuvres per person, a three-course menu, menu tasting, unlimited house wine during dinner, sparkling wine for toasting, a four hour open host bar, your choice of linens, wedding cake cutting, use of the grounds for photos and all tax and gratuities.

Or, if you’re looking for something unique, the Inn’s team will work with you to create a custom package to suit your wedding day vision and budget.

Tradition with a twist

Idlewyld Inn can accommodate almost any wedding style- from the traditional and simple to celeb-inspired and extravagant. Couples tend to fall in love with the property for its rich history and beautiful architecture. Erin adds, “Our couples often lean towards tradition but choose Idlewyld because of its unique elements that stand out from other weddings they’ve attended.”

Whatever your wedding style is, Idlewyld is ideal for an intimate day shared with close family and friends.

Booking the Inn…

To get in touch with the team at Idlewyld Inn, send them an email or give them a call. Couples are also welcome to stop by and check out the property and whenever possible, staff will be on hand to offer a tour or answer any questions.

After your first consultation, Idlewyld will send you a contract. Your contract, along with a deposit, will secure your booking.

From here you’ll book your menu tasting. It’s a great opportunity to taste menu items and finalize the menu. This is also a chance to chat about details of your wedding day. Of course, throughout the entire planning process, couples are welcome to email, call or meet with the Idlewyld team to go over details.

A few days before your wedding you’ll meet with Effie for a final appointment. This gives you a chance to review details, confirm numbers, review your seating plan and take care of any last minute items before the big day.

On the day of, the Idlewyld team will be on hand to take care of your ceremony and reception set-up and greet your outside vendors like your florist and decorator. The Idlewyld team will be on hand to oversee your day, from start to finish.

Details, details, details

•    The average bride spends about $7,000 on their Idlewyld wedding.
•    Packages include all taxes and gratuities.
•    There is a $500 to $1500 deposit required to secure your date.
•    Months to book ahead: Idlewyld is flexible with booking dates however, in order to ensure that your date is available, they suggest booking at least four months before your preferred date.

Contacting Idlewyld Inn

To find out more, contact Erin Lister of Idlewyld Inn by email using the form below :) Idlewyld Inn is located at 36 Grand Ave in London. You can also visit their site online at http://www.idlewyldinn.com.

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Idlewyld Inn is among the most beautiful and well managed wedding venues I photographed in Ontario and abroad. The inn offers the perfect backdrops for your wedding photos and the staff is extremely helpful and courteous. The spot I loved the most was the dining area where I took gorgeous portraits of the bride. One of my couples had their first look in front of Idlewyld Inn and their wedding photos looked like movie posters. Highly recommended!

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5 5 1
The Idlewyld is the perfect spot for an intimate wedding! The back patio or one of their elegantly decorate rooms are beautiful for small ceremonies. Any of their gorgeous guests rooms are picture perfect for getting ready photos of the bride whether or not you are getting married there or at another location. And the food!! Divine!!

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5 5 1
I just came home yesterday from an amazing wedding and wedding night at the Idlewyld Inn. My wife Kimberly and I decided on a three week only engagement and Christine Kropp the Inn Keeper was only too helpful and ready to accommodate. We had an intimate ceremony in front of the fireplace in the parlour and then entered the dining room next door for an amazing dinner (ordering off the menu kept our guests happy). The Inn was attentive in providing practical things like an iron and ironing board, set up of the room according to our specifications, professional wait staff that were there when needed but totally non-obtrusive. The chef even prepared a special wedding cake for us. We got a package that included an overnight in a quaint and very spacious room, with an amazing full breakfast. (spa packages, romantic extras are also available) We felt so pampered and special. What a great way to celebrate. I would highly recommend the Idlewyld Inn.