So you just got engaged - congrats! Now it's time to pick the perfect venue for your Wedding in Hamilton. Where to start!? Here! The following list breaks down my top picks for wedding venues in Hamilton, Ontario. Each venue has been listed under a specific category so you can easily find information on the types of venues you are interested in! Let the stress free wedding planning begin!
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Top Barn Wedding Venues in Hamilton, Ontario
Looking for a wedding in a non-traditional space? Love those warm, rustic vibes (I know I do!) Well, this is the list for you! Continue reading to learn more about the best venues in Hamilton and the surrounding area to have a rustic barn wedding.
1) Earth To Table Farm
Are you dreaming of a grand, rustic yet elegant wedding venue? Well, Earth to Table Farm is the absolutely perfect venue for you. Located on 97 acres of beautiful farmland in Flamborough, this venue has everything you could ever dream of in a barn wedding - breathtaking views, an absolutely stunning, spacious barn interior for your reception, and plenty of open outdoor space for friends and family to enjoy. I have to say, Earth to Table Farm is truly a one-of-a-kind wedding venue that I can't recommend more! To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Earth to Table Farm page.
2) Dyment's Glen Drummond Farm
For the most authentic barn wedding, Glen Drummond Farm is definitely a top choice on my list. The family-run farm radiates intimacy and authenticity with its proud history, century-old farmhouse, and rolling fields. Perched on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment and overlooking the Dundas Valley in Ontario, Canada, Glen Drummond Farm is a dreamy, rustic ranch-style venue that will make any wedding day stand out from the rest. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Glen Drummond Farm post.
3) Knollwood Golf and Country Club
Knollwood is a beautiful Ancaster countryside Golf and Country Club with not one, not two, but three spectacular venues - all of which have a rustic charm. For couples dreaming of a rustic barn wedding with modern amenities, or an outdoor wedding sheltered by a marquis tent under the stars surrounded by nature Knollwood has lots to choose from. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Knollwood Golf and Country Club page.
4) Ball's Falls
This one's a little further outside of Hamilton - but wow is it beautiful! Nestled along the scenic Niagara Escarpment, Ball’s Falls Conservation Area provides various spaces to host a nature-centric wedding. The site features absolutely unforgettable backdrops with magnificent waterfalls, picturesque hiking trails, and a historical village from the 1800s. Whether you prefer the rustic barn, quaint chapel, or outdoor scenery, Balls falls has the space for you. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Ball's Falls page.
5) Country Heritage Park
Whether you’re hoping for a wedding that is an intimate affair or one with 350 of your closest friends and family, Country Heritage Park is the venue for you! Situated on 80 breathtaking acres just outside of Hamilton in Milton Ontario, Country Heritage Park creates the perfect backdrop. With its unique photographic landscapes including rustic barns, halls, homes, and 80-acres of rolling, comforting property within a historical setting, Country Heritage Park will make a lasting impression on your guests, and will give you the perfect day that you've been dreaming of! To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit the Country Heritage Park page.
Top Historic Wedding Venues in Hamilton, Ontario
Dating all the way back to the 18th century, Hamilton Ontario has a rich history! And there are plenty of amazing buildings to show for it! Here is the list of some of my top picks, including Hamilton's Mansions, Mills, and Estates.
1) Ancaster Mill
One of my all-time favourite 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! To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Ancaster Mill page.
2) Paletta Mansion
For an elegant yet intimate wedding space, Paletta Mansion is the ideal venue. This historic, three storey, 11,000 square-foot mansion stands on an exquisite 14 acre lakefront property located on the Burlington waterfront. Whether you envision saying your vows overlooking the lake, or enjoying your dinner in a historic hall with panoramic views of the waterfront, Paletta Mansion is the perfect setting. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Paletta Mansion page.
3) Liuna Station
Do you envision a wedding day that is grand, luxurious, and high class? Well, located in the heart of downtown Hamilton, LIUNA Station offers an unforgettable evening featuring a first-class experience and fine food. Once an operational train station, LIUNA offers the elegance and timeless feel of the years gone by. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our LUINA Station page.
4) Dundurn Castle
Let’s be real - there is nothing more romantic than a wedding ceremony at a castle. Well, I am here to tell you that Hamilton has a castle of its very own! Dundurn Castle is a historic Italianate-style neoclassical mansion featuring a large villa, gardens, grounds, and a spectacular view of Lake Ontario. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Dundurn Castle page.
5) Springer Estate
Situated in five acres of beautiful, landscaped grounds in Burlington Ontario, the Springer Estate is the perfect venue for a wedding with a historic flair. Built way back in 1835, the Springer Estate has over 182 years of history and provides a rustic yet elegant atmosphere. Plus, with the ability to accommodate groups from 85 to 200, the Springer Estate provides a degree of flexibility and convenience that is unique in every possible way! To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Springer Estate page.
Top Waterfront Wedding Venues In Hamilton, Ontario
If Hamilton has one feature that really stands out, it's the Waterfront! With Lake Ontario being so close, the waterside is an essential part of the city. That being said, they're a bunch of amazing locations in the Hamilton and Burlington area for stunning weddings along the waterside.
1) Spencer’s at the Waterfront
Picturing a modern wedding with amazing views of the waterside? Look no further! Spencer's at the Waterfront is the perfect venue for you. Located on the Burlington Lakefront, Spencer’s at the Waterfront offers breathtaking views and fabulous food. From the glass-walled dining room, or via the heated patio that overlooks a tranquil reflection pond, you and your guests are sure to enjoy a unique and serene experience. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Spencer's at the Waterfront page.
2) The Lakeview by Carmen’s
Next, we have The Lakeview By Carmen's - a charming lakefront wedding venue set against the tranquil shores of Lake Ontario. Located in the heart of Confederation Park outside the city of Hamilton, the venue boasts an airy, second-floor ballroom that features vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, hardwood flooring, a private balcony, and an adjoined cocktail reception space. With all that, its intimate ambiance, and its prime beach location, The Lakeview is truly Hamilton’s hidden gem. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Lakeview by Carmen's page.
3) LaSalle Banquet Centre
The LaSalle Banquet Center is one of the area’s most beautiful wedding venues. Perched on top of Burlington bay, the venue features scenic parklands, a boardwalk trail amongst nature, and a quaint marina perfect for sunset photography. Open year-round, the stage is set for a truly magical dream wedding experience for you and your guests. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our LaSalle Banquet Center page.
4) The Edgewater Manor
The Edgewater Manor is a stunning, rustic mansion wedding venue located on the shores of Lake Ontario. Yes, another mansion! Originally built in 1920 as a private “castle”, Edgewater Manor is now one of the finest restaurants in Southern Ontario. It features plenty of amazing spaces featuring rolling countryside estates, waterfalls, gazebos, rustic lodges, and more! No need to worry because whatever the size of your wedding, The Edgewater Manor has you covered. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Edgewater Manor page.
5) The Pearl Hotel & Spa
Overlooking the waterfront in the heart of Burlington Ontario sits the newly constructed Pearl Hotel and Spa. With its sophisticated and contemporary spaces, the Pearl Hotel & Spa is an ideal venue for couples who want to create a luxurious and elegant ambiance for their wedding day. And with its beautifully designed guest rooms and an array of luxurious amenities, including a pool and spa area, the venue has everything you and your guests need for an unforgettable day. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Pearl Hotel and Spa page.
Top Unique Wedding Venues in Hamilton, Ontario
Want to do something really different from the rest? Well, these are the spots for you! Below is a list of wedding venues that really stood out to me as unique!
1) The Cotton Factory
Dreaming of a moody, industrial space for your wedding? Beautiful exposed brick, large open spaces with rustic interiors, and vintage vibes and elements? Well, as one of the most unique wedding venues in the area, The Cotton Factory offers just that. Located in the heart of lower Hamilton, this historic textile mill offers a space for a truly one-of-a-kind wedding experience. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Cotton Factory Page.
2) The Art Gallery of Hamilton
For a more glamorous, modern look, the Art Gallery of Hamilton provides a breathtaking backdrop. The newly renovated Gallery boasts a creative, contemporary atmosphere perfect for any couple looking to host a stylish wedding. With so many unique experiences and spaces available, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is sure to make your wedding an unforgettable experience. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Art Gallery of Hamilton page.
3) Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and makes for a gorgeous wedding venue for both receptions and ceremonies! If you value the outdoors and nature, these stunning gardens should be on your list! With plenty of spots for spectacular photo opportunities and breathtaking views for all your guests to enjoy, the RBG is sure to be the wedding venue of your dreams! To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Royal Botanical Gardens page.
4) The Spice Factory
Located in the heart of downtown Hamilton, the Spice Factory is another great urban landmark perfect for couples looking for an industrial wedding. Built in 1889 and restored in 2016, the historic three-floor building of expansive halls and exposed brick, make for an amazing choice for a wedding ceremony or reception. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Spice Factory page.
5) Westfield Heritage Village
Lastly, we have Westfield Heritage Village - one of the most fascinating wedding destinations in Ontario. Composed of a stunning collection of over 35 historical buildings carefully restored to capture the true charm and spirit of early Canadian culture, the village offers excellent opportunities for unique and rustic outdoor photographs. To learn more about this venue and the spaces available visit our Westfield Heritage Village page.
Hi, I'm Geoff!About the Author
After growing up in Hamilton and photographing countless weddings in the area, I know a lot about this place and would love to help you on your wedding day!
My photography style is geared towards couples that may not have much experience in front of the camera and value those in-the-moment shots. I promise, getting your picture taken doesn't have to be scary anymore!