An all in one wedding destination set against natural waterfalls and historic architecture make Ancaster Mill a timeless venue choice for Southwestern Ontario brides
With beautifully landscaped gardens and historic buildings, natural waterfalls and fabulous architecture, it doesn’t get any better than Ancaster Mill for the bride and groom looking for a place to hold a picturesque outdoor ceremony and an elegant indoor reception…all at the same location.
A reputation that exceeds over thirty years and thousands of weddings, a personal Event Coordinator who is with you every step of the way, and a “sky’s the limit” attitude when it comes to package options, and it’s easy to see why several of Ancaster Mill’s past brides told The Ring that, after touring the venue, they knew they had found “the one.”
We talked to the team at Ancaster Mill to find out everything you need to know about this Ancaster area wedding destination…
For bride Jennifer Campbell, choosing Ancaster Mill for her New Years Eve wedding came down to two factors; the scenic location and the gourmet food. “We had no idea how difficult it would be to find a venue that offered not only a beautiful facility indoors, but also picturesque scenic views outdoors. The Ancaster Mill definitely offers both. Many venues have food pre-prepared prior to the wedding reception which was a big turn off to us. We loved that Ancaster Mill offers a selection of fresh, organic foods prepared for guests as they order their entrees.”
From intimate spaces to historic ballrooms…
For newlyweds Erika-Leigh and Malcolm Howard, it wasn’t just Ancaster Mill’s reputation that made them fall in love with the venue. Erika-Leigh says the setting was “heads above” any other location she looked at for her September wedding day, “I loved the architecture everywhere…it provided such a beautiful backdrop for many favourite moments including waiting for the ceremony to begin on the covered bridge, and taking pictures on it afterwards…the waterfall and the breathtaking pictures at night… and to be honest I loved the intimacy of the dance floor. Our wedding party danced the night away and it was a ton of fun being in Governor’s room.”
The venue offers everything from an intimate spaces for up to thirty-two guests to a large space for up to 200 guests, complete with your very own outdoor patio. Here’s a breakdown of the spaces you have to choose from…
Floor-to-ceiling windows add to the serenity of this glassed space. The Solarium overlooks the Mill’s covered bridge and waterfalls. A three-way fireplace connects the room with your private lounge and reception area. Capacity: 32 seated
The Governor’s Room
Located on the upper floor of the Grist Mill, this room offers unique and historical charm. With a stone fireplace, twelve-foot-high ceilings and hand-carved beams, this bright and spacious room is all about elegance. Capacity: 135 seated (includes use of Solarium for a pre-dinner cocktail reception)
The 1812 Room
This is considered the Mill’s most historic room. Located on the ground level of the Grist Mill, this room has a large stone fireplace and a covered, heated deck. Capacity: 70 seated
The Millview Room
This L-shaped room offers a picturesque alternative with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Grist Mill. Two stone fireplaces and a scenic backdrop add to the tranquility of the room. Capacity: 90 seated
The Falls Room
This premier room boasts a spectacular view of the waterfall and millstream, with floor-to-ceiling windows running the entire length of the room. A wood-burning stone hearth is the centrepiece of the space and the outdoor patio with stone hearth, located at the mouth of the waterfall, is included for your late night service. Capacity: 200 seated (includes Millview Room for a pre-dinner cocktail reception)
Going to the chapel
If you decide to book your ceremony at Ancaster Mill, you’ll be provided with a non-denominational minister, a signing table, music for guests’ arrival, the processional, signing and recessional.
Seating is available for ten to over 200 guests at both indoor and outdoor locations.
The Streamside Chapel is secluded and stream-side, nestled in the escarpment with nature as your backdrop. This includes congregational set-up of New England white garden chairs.
The Millers Chapel is set against a historical backdrop with a stone fireplace. Wrought iron candelabras are situated in casement windows. Your ceremony includes congregational set-up with champagne chiavari chairs.
Ancaster Mill is not just a favourite amoung brides and grooms, it’s a popular venue for real wedding features. You can see the latest feature here.
Details, details, details
• Packages that include tray served hors d’oeuvres, a three course menu, full host bar service and a late night sweet table start at $115 per person (plus taxes).
• There is a 25% deposit required to book your wedding at Ancaster Mill. If you’re getting married in peak wedding season, it’s best to book your wedding twelve to eighteen months before the big day. Give Ancaster Mill a call to see if your date is available.
Contacting Ancaster Mill
Both Vicki DeNardis and Megan Martin at Ancaster Mill can be reached by email directly using the form below. You can also visit Ancaster Mill online at www.ancastermill.ca.