The best wedding venues in the Barrie, Ontario area for 2019
First things first, finding the perfect wedding venue on the perfect date is a huge leap forward when you start your wedding planning. Venues are a critical decision not only for the ambience and look of the facility, but the staff and level of professionalism they provide not only for you but your closest family and friends as well. Your importance of the experience on your wedding day can never be overstated. Great vendors help bring that experience to life.
Having shot at countless venues around central Ontario, I’m going to give you some excellent places to start your search in the Barrie, Ontario area. If you’re imagining something a little further north check my recommendations for wedding venues in Muskoka.
These are in no particular order – each offers wonderful wedding coordination teams as well as beautiful landscapes for photos.
Belcroft Estates barn wedding venue is just south of Barrie, Ontario
BELCROFT ESTATES – Gilford, Ontario
Just a few minutes south of Barrie you’ll find the epic barn wedding venue Belcroft Estates. Formerly a thriving generational family-owned tree farm, The Belcroft has since been converted into one of the most scenic rustic wedding venues in all of Ontario. The historic barns are the main attraction for most brides however they also have an elegant Marquee Tent option on the other side of the grounds. See a summer Belcroft Estates wedding I photographed.
Pro Tip: Get ready right at the Belcroft. They have the Belcroft Spa on the premises with a beautiful bridal suite right above it overlooking the grounds. For the fellas, the “man cave” is right next to the bridal suite and comes complete with pool table, classic cars and memorabilia, big screen tv and pinball machine. There’s no reason to be running around the morning of your wedding – you and your bridal party have the run of the place and your own home-base to get yourselves ready. These rooms are also behind the big green wall which separates you from guests as they arrive so nobody gets any sneek peeks before you walk down the aisle!
TANGLE CREEK GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB – Thornton, Ontario
Having opened in 2002, Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club is a fairly new facility that features rolling hills and windswept fairways. The 1500 square foot terrace complete with patio bar will be a highlight for you and your guests as you mingle and enjoy the amazing views of the manicured landscaping below. The ballroom inside can hold up to 250 people – plenty of room for most wedding groups. Find out more about Tangle Creek’s wedding packages then schedule a visit. Check out this Tangle Creek wedding of mine.
HORSESHOE VALLEY RESORT – Barrie, Ontario
Likely the most well-known location on this list, however many look at it as a golf and ski destination not realizing that Horseshoe Valley Resort is also handles quite a few weddings each year. Imagine you and your guests high up on the mountain overlooking the amazing view from their new hilltop ceremony location (make sure you tell guests to arrive at least 45mins early to accommodate for travel up the hill etc). They also have the cute Ellsmere Chapel on site for smaller wedding ceremonies. Another big advantage of Horseshoe Valley Resort weddings is that everyone can stay and play right there from accommodations to ceremony to the reception finale.
BARRIE COUNTRY CLUB – Barrie, Ontario
The Barrie Country Club is the oldest private golf club in the Barrie area having celebrated it’s 100th anniversary back in 2013. The Country Club can accommodate groups up to 200 and offers amazing views of the golf course and Little Lake below. The extra large balconies are perfect for catching some fresh air and enjoying the views of the beautiful gardens below. All music to this photographer’s ear. Find out more about their wedding packages then schedule a visit with event manager Christine Wood. Check out some photos from a Barrie Country Club wedding of mine.