Let me introduce you to Ancaster Mill. One of my all-time favorite venues, Ancaster Mill is a rustic, all in one wedding destination, with timeless architecture and stunning natural backdrops. With beautifully landscaped gardens, historic buildings, actual waterfalls, multiple locations for both ceremonies and receptions, and premium planning services – Ancaster Mill paves the way for a perfect, seamless wedding day.
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A Historic Site
With over 200 years of history, Ancaster Mill has a long past that links closely with the town of Ancaster itself. In fact, the town of Ancaster, which is one of the third oldest communities in Ontario, was only able to evolve from the establishment of the Ancaster Mill.
At the time of operation, Ancaster Mill was home to multiple mills that took advantage of the power created by the nearby river and waterfalls to produce flour. In total, four mills were built on the site. The first three were destroyed by fire, but the stone flour mill that was built in 1863 still stands today. This flour mill is one of the most substantial stone structures in the province. Built before the advent of steam or electric power, it is a testament to mid-19th-century ingenuity, architecture and sheer willpower .
In 1972 the Ciancone family purchased the Mill property and began the building and restoration process. This culminated in the grand opening of the Ancaster Mill as a restaurant in February 1979, shortly after they began operating as a special events venue. Ancaster Mill has been in continuous operation ever since, maintaining its role as a key element in the community .
Planning and Additional Services
Ancaster Mill isn’t just a beautiful venue, but a supportive one too. That’s why Ancaster Mill offers experienced Special Events Consultants to oversee every aspect of your wedding day. According to the Pearl Weddings website, “Our team is available 7 days a week - for whenever a question may arise. We will help you plan necessary appointments, a menu tasting, and your ceremony rehearsal.” And on the day of “From the moment you arrive, until the very last dance, your personal Maitre d' will be there for you every step of the way. Allow yourself to indulge in the day, as our team ensures that every detail you've worked so hard for is executed flawlessly.” 
Ancaster Mill offers both an outdoor and indoor ceremony location option. Ceremony spaces can be booked individually or with the addition of a Reception space.
The Streamside Chapel
Capacity: 250 guests
The Streamside Chapel is a romantic outdoor stream-side chapel. Nestled in the escarpment with nature as your backdrop this location seats up to 250 guests and includes a congregational set-up of New England white garden chairs.
The Millers Chapel
Capacity: 200 guests
The Millers Chapel is a stunning newly constructed chapel set against a historical backdrop. Beautiful wood arches line the ceiling and a grand fireplace frames the altar to create a perfect scene. The Millers Chapel seats up to 200 guests and includes congregational set-up with champagne Chiavari chairs.
Now here another plus of Ancaster Mill – there are so many different reception spaces to choose from! From intimate spaces for up to 32 guests to a large space for up to 200 guests, there is something for everyone.
Capacity: 32 guests seated
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.
The Governor’s Room
Capacity: 135 guests seated
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. (includes use of Solarium for a pre-dinner cocktail reception)
The 1812 Room
Capacity: 70 guests seated
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.
The Millview Room
Capacity: 90 guests seated
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.
The Falls Room
Capacity: 200 guests seated
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. (includes Millview Room for a pre-dinner cocktail reception)
Pricing and Packages
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.
For more information or to see if your date is available visit http://www.pearleweddings.ca/locations/ancaster-mill and fill in the contact form to get in touch with the amazing staff!