Rustic Wedding Venues North of Toronto

North of Toronto, finding the perfect wedding venue to match your rustic wedding isn’t easy; finding the perfect rustic wedding venue that matches your budget can be an even bigger challenge. Here are some of our favourite rustic wedding venues north of Toronto, Ontario.

Drysdale’s Tree Farm

Alliston, Ontario

Family owned and operated for 50 years, Drysdale’s Tree Farm offers beautifully landscaped gardens and a variety of options for your wedding ceremony and photos. The all-glass conservatory will provide warmth and sunlight during your reception and moonlight and stars will light your dance floor at night. This 5500 square foot building can accommodate up to 200 guests for a seated dinner. Our favourite part about Drysdales Tree Farm is the farm’s trolley that can transport your guests from the wedding ceremony and reception locations, offering a unique experience to your guests.

Tremblay Brown Photography

Tremblay Brown Photography

Wedding at Drysdales Tree Farm

Tremblay Brown Photography

Tremblay Brown Photography

Tremblay Brown Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holland Marsh Wineries

Newmarket, Ontario

This 22 acre estate is family owned and operated and radiates natural beauty. The picturesque grounds provide the perfect backdrop for exchanging your wedding vows and taking stunning wedding photos. The 3,000 square foot rustic style clubhouse is the perfect setting for your wedding reception with its cabin like feel. This building has a maximum capacity of 200 guests when utilizing both floors and main floor capacity of 140 guests for a seated dinner. Included in your wedding package is a bottle of red and white Holland Marsh Estate Wine per table.

Marilyn Berrys Photography

Marilyn Berrys Photography

Marilyn Berrys Photography

Marilyn Berrys Photography

Marilyn Berrys Photography

Marilyn Berrys Photography

 

 

 

 

 

Bayshore Hayloft

Brechin, Ontario

Nestled in the community of Bayshore Village this beautiful historic barn has been converted into an event facility offering the perfect location for a wedding reception. With numerous public parks within the village to host your ceremony, Bayshore Hayloft is a hidden gem of a wedding venue North of Toronto. The Hayloft has a maximum capacity of 120 guests for a seated dinner.

Taylor Roades Photography

Taylor Roades Photography

Taylor Roades Photography

Taylor Roades Photography

Taylor Roades Photography

Taylor Roades Photography

 

 

 

 

 

Lazy Dayz Bed and Breakfast

Coldwater, Ontario

Built in 1893 and hidden in the heart of Horseshoe Valley, just 100 kilometers away from Toronto. Lazy Dayz is the perfect private retreat for a true “barn” wedding. Nine acres of secluded grounds surrounded by lush oversized trees offering the perfect scenic backdrop for an outdoor wedding ceremony. This 3,700 square foot authentic barn has two levels; the upper level accommodates up to 130 guests for a seated dinner perfectly suited for your dinner reception while the lower level has a charming pub style look and feel for your dance party. Lazy Dayz is one of our favourite rustic wedding venues North of Toronto.

Wedding at Lazy Dayz Bed and Breakfast

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Lazy Dayz Bed and Breakfast Wedding

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Status Events has planned and designed weddings at all of these venues, including all of the photos displayed above. Contact us today to begin planning your rustic wedding!

 

 

Preparing Your Wedding Budget

The number one response that we hear from newly weds is that they went over budget on their wedding when in fact, they never had a realistic budget to begin with! Wedding expenses can easily spiral out of control and without a realistic budget in place and your wedding priorities determined you can easily fall into this over-spending category. 

When determining your wedding budget you can plan to set aside 50% of your budget to go towards venue, food and beverage costs. You will find this equation helpful in setting your budget and determining if your venue of choice fits within it. 

EXAMPLE:

$30,000 overall budget / 50% = $15,000 for venue, food and beverage

$15,000 / 100 guests = $150 per person

**this number should include your taxes and gratuities  

When allocating the remaining $15,000 it is important for you and your fiance to determine what elements of your wedding are most important to you. Write out a list of elements for your wedding (photography, entertainment, decor, transportation, invitations, etc.) and discuss which of these areas are of high importance and you are willing to spend more of your budget on verses the areas that you feel you could save your money. 

Need help setting your budget and your wedding priorities?

Give us a call to set up your FREE Wedding Mapping session!  

Events and Promotions!

We having excited things to share with our brides and grooms! One is for those who are just getting started in their planning and process and one is for those who are almost ready to walk down the aisle!

See below for details.

Exclusive Wedding Workshop – March 5th, 7:00pm @ 138 Commerce Park Drive, Barrie 

Status Events and Investors Group have teamed up to offer you an exclusive wedding workshop that is designed to help you build your dream wedding within a budget that you can afford!

Topics will include:

  • Mapping out your dream wedding
  • Prioritizing your wedding details
  • Setting a realistic wedding budget
  • Managing your wedding and personal budget – at the same time!
  •  Planning for the future

Please RSVP to brianna@statusevents.ca

$400 OFF your Day of Coordination Package 

Receive $400 off your Day of Wedding Coordination package from Status Events. You’ve planned the perfect day, now let’s make sure it is your perfect day with no stress and no worries! View the details.

Offer valid for 2014 weddings based on scheduling availability. Can not be combined with any other offer/promotion. No cash value. Not valid on previous purchases. Promotion expires March 31, 2014.

Thank You 2013!

We can’t believe we are already saying goodbye to 2013 and HELLO 2014! What an amazing year for us here at Status Events! We would like to thank our fabulous clients, the amazing vendors that we work with and our friends and family for their continued support (and sometimes manual labour!)

We started off our 2013 at Canada’s Bridal Show held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. What an amazing accomplishment for us to take part in this prestigious bridal show. A very special thank you to our good friends Danielle and Angelica for spending their weekend with us; you two were our dynamic sales duo and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Status Events booth at Canada’s Bridal Show 2013

Following the bridal show we went into full planning mode for the year ahead. From anniversaries to birthdays, fashion shows, fundraisers and everything in between we truly are blessed with all of the events and opportunities that came our way in 2013.

Photobooth Props

Line dancing at Leslee’s Retirement Party

Darlene’s 50th Birthday Cake

Garden Brunch

12 Ladies in a Tent Charity Fashion Show Models

Of course we can’t forget our beautiful newly weds! Congrats to all of our 2013 Bride’s and Groom’s we wish you all the health and happiness in your lives together. Thank you for letting us take part in your special day!

Photo Credit: Courtney B Photography

Photo Credit: Courtney B Photography

Photo Credit: Jamie Dimitry

Photo Credit: Jamie Dimitry

2014 is already shaping up to be a fabulous year. We are excited to announce that in an effort to continue to serve you better, Status Events is no longer a part-time venture for co-owner Brianna. Brianna has left her day job to focus on offering you exceptional service and flawless event execution!

We wish everyone a wonderful and successful 2014 and can’t wait to share our events with you!

You’re Engaged! Now What?

It’s official! Congratulations on your engagement and for finding that special person that you just can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with! It is no question that getting engaged is one of the most exciting journeys in life but also a very overwhelming one. “Congratulations. Let me see the ring. How did it happen? When’s the big day?” These are all the expressions that you will hear from every person you tell your big news to. Before you launch into the whirlwind of planning activity let’s get you ready for what’s about to come your way!

Our first piece of advice….ENJOY! Enjoy every minute of being engaged. You will have a hard time not jumping into wedding planning right away and will find it hard to just enjoy being engaged. Planning a wedding can be stressful for many, take the time to relax and enjoy the moment and ease yourself into the planning process. One of the best ways to relax…. get a manicure! You’re about to show off that sparkling diamond to every person who finds out you’re engaged, so why not get a fresh manicure to celebrate the occasion?

After you’ve got that manicure it’s a good idea to take the time to talk with each other and decide on a wedding date. You don’t have to set the date in stone but picking a year, season, or month will help you provide the answer to the age old question that you will constantly hear; “when is the big day?” Being able to provide a rough timeline will make your loved ones feel involved and allow your friends and family to make a mental note of when your wedding will be.

Now that you have had time to announce your news and let the excitement settle a bit it is time to decide on your budget and start the guest list. Your budget and guest list will go hand in hand and will be the roadmap for all of your future wedding plans. At every vendor meeting you have from here on in you will be asked, “What is your budget” and “How many guests are you expecting”. Knowing what you can afford upfront will help avoid disappointment in the future when you have discovered that you can’t afford your dream dress because you spent your entire budget on the venue. When preparing your preliminary guest list don’t forget to ask your parents whom they would like to invite. Make sure you tell them that this is just a first draft of your list and changes may need to be made based on your budget and venue constraints. There is nothing worse than maxing out your venue capacity and then having your parent’s hand over their guest list last minute!

Hire a Wedding Planning. The earlier you hire your wedding planner the better. By hiring a planner early you can avoid costly mistakes. Your planner’s fee will pay for itself with the preferred rates and upgrades that they are able to negotiate on your behalf. Your planner will know how to take your budget, priorities, individual style and theme and create the wedding of your dreams on budget and stress free.

Now it’s time to start planning! Get inspired, create Pinterest boards, read magazines, and surf the web to determine your personal style and vision for your big day. Once you are inspired begin searching for the venue that will fit your style and then plug in the vendors that will make your wedding dreams come true!

Photo Credit: Jamie Dimitry

Holiday Preparations? Think Holiday Party!

 

For us at Status Events the holidays are all about spending quality time and making memories with our friends and family. In fact, we love spending time with our friends and family so much that we turn our mundane holiday preparations into an opportunity to host a party!

Trim My Tree Gathering

Set up your tree with the lights and garland and invite you friends and family over to help decorate your tree. Tell your friends all you want for Christmas is a special ornament of their choice to add to your tree so you can have a piece of them with you throughout the holidays. The best part about this is that your guests will likely have a story connected with the ornament that they bring. Sharing these stories is a unique and touching way to connect with each of your guests.

 Baking and Cookie Swap

The holidays are always littered with sweets and treats to indulge in before the daunting new years resolutions kick in and you head back to the gym for the month of January. Invite the bakers in your life over with 2 or 3 of their favourite holiday recipes, ingredients, and supplies (because really do you have 15 cookie sheets hanging around your house?!) and bake away! Oh, and make sure your guests bring their big Tupperware – once everyone is done their baking start swapping!  A few of Aunt Sally’s gingerbreads, Grandma’s famous sugar cookies and your best friends to die for chocolate brownies and you have an amazing variety of holiday baking to put out at your upcoming holiday gatherings.

Rap City

No, no not a rap party but a wrap party! Don’t leave the daunting task of wrapping all of the gifts until Christmas Eve when you will be left on your own trying to get everything done and then discover you have run out of tape! Pick a weeknight in mid December to invite your friends over with their presents to wrap, a roll of wrapping paper and some ribbon. With all of the paper and ribbon variety you will be in wrapping heaven and your creativity will soar! Think of all the extra hands you have now to hold the corners taut while you replace the roll of tape! Use the skills of your friends; you might have a closet bow master in your mix that you didn’t even know about!

Exclusive Black Friday Sale!

Today only save 25% when you book your Full Service Wedding Coordination Package – that’s upwards of $1,000 Off!!

This offer is valid today only, don’t miss out!

Conditions: Subject to scheduling availability. New clients only. Right to limited quantities. Not valid with any other promotion.

Call NOW 416-823-6134 or email brianna@statusevents.ca

Furniture Arranging for Entertaining

It is the season for holiday parties and gatherings. Often when organizing our social gatherings we focus on the décor and menu that our guests will enjoy and we forget to ensure our space functions optimally. What good is a well-planned function when our guests can’t mingle freely?  This season think beyond the beautiful décor and menu that you have planned and ensure your space encourages guest interaction.

What is the first thing your guests do when they arrive at your party? They take off their coat and beeline to the bar! The bar will naturally be the dictator of where your guests will mix and mingle. Place the bar opposite your entrance to avoid crowing entranceways and exits. Rectangular tables work well for a bar and if space allows pull the table away from the wall allowing for access from all sides. Place your bottles and mixes in the middle of the table and your glassware, napkins and garnishes on either side.

Another mingling point will be the buffet table. Position the buffet, as far away from the bar as possible. If space is tight a circular table works well for buffets and allows for eye contact with those gathered around it. Place your main dishes on the buffet and set out bowls of snack items on coffee tables and side tables creating ‘pit stops’; again encouraging guests to mingle and flow naturally. If your space is too large for your number of guests create food stations using multiple small tables encouraging guests to move around the room.

Although most guests will be mingling arrange seating areas against the wall or in small clusters offering seating for only a third of your guests; removing extra furniture if necessary. When arranging your furniture remember to create designated spaces for guests to place their used glassware or napkins. Placing a tray on a side table will signal that these are the places for dirty dishes. Not only will this control garbage and dish clusters around your event space but it will also make clean up easy for you as the host.

Your Holiday Checklist!

With 7 weeks to go we are about to head full swing into my favourite season of the year! To help get you through this holiday season, stress-free follow our holiday checklist. This checklist will be sure to keep you on track and offer you some tips that you maybe didn’t think of!

 

Second Week of November

____  Write out a list of holiday card recipients and organize addresses

____   Determine your holiday budget and write out a list of gift recipients and ideas

(remember to keep this list in your purse for easy access during shopping trips)

____   Buy stamps, cards, and wrapping supplies

Third Week of November

____   Spend 15 minutes a night writing out holiday cards

____   Spend a few hours on weekdays or after work shopping, when stores are calmer than they are on weekends.  Online

shopping can be done any time of day.

Last Week of November

____    Address and send out holiday cards

____    Buy bulk gifts, such as a case of wine, multiple candles, and chocolates to offer neighbours, party hosts and coworkers

____    Drop off your holiday outfits to the dry cleaner

First Week of December

____    Plan holiday menus; order your turkey, ham, or specialty foods

____    Set up a wrapping station in a low-traffic area of your home; wrap gifts as you buy them

____    Plan your holiday baking and take an inventory of baking supplies, replacing those that are running low

____    Unpack decorations, and inspect them for damaged ornaments and burned-out bulbs

Second Week of December

____   Start your house cleaning, starting with low traffic areas, such as the guest room and formal dining area

____    Have a family outing to pick out the tree and other greenery

____    Make and freeze cookie dough to bake as you need them

____    DECORATE! (my favourite part! Although this happens in the first week of December for me!)

____    Ship gifts early to guarantee on-time delivery; save a trip to the post office by scheduling an at-home pick up at

www.justshipitlogistics.com

____     If you are hosting the holiday meal, place your rental order for cutlery, serving dishes, and table settings from a local event

rental company. This will make clean up a breeze!

Third Week of December

____    Finish up your house cleaning, this time focus on frequently used rooms

____    Finish up any last minute wrapping

____    Prep your table linens, washing and iron them, then roll them around wrapping-paper tubes for short-term wrinkle-free

storage

____    Shop for food, try to shop at an off-hour. Some stores and markets expand their hours – take advantage of this!

Taxing Your Sweet Tooth – Candy Buffet 101

Candy buffets are rapidly becoming the most popular trend in events. This is a great way to add a unique element to birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and even at corporate parties.  Candy buffets are easy to assemble and a great inexpensive and modern way to build a conversation piece at your next party.

Here are a few tips to help you build a stellar candy buffet!

Presentation

Create depth and height in your presentation table. Use boxes and phone books to create dimensions. You can cover the boxes with decorative paper or cover the table and your layers with matching linens to create a seamless display.

Use a variety of different vases, trays, and bowls to display your candy options. Be creative and tie in your theme. Use wicker baskets or small pails to portray a rustic theme, crystal bowls and submersible lights in each bowl/jar to illuminate your table for a more elegant feel. Using wide-mouth containers will allow guests to see what they are getting and get at it easily; avoid containers with lids as they will easily become broken or lost. Variety in vase shape and size will keep the eye engaged and the display interesting.

Add visual interest to your display. By creating attractive labels and signs for each candy variety your guests know what they are selecting and it is a great way to incorporate your theme or colour scheme into your buffet. There are a number of online resources for free printable templates, a quick Google search will bring you a wealth of templates to choose from!

Candy Selection

 Streamline your candy options. With all of the candy options out there you will easily become overwhelmed when selecting the candy for your buffet. Keep in mind the more options you put on the table the move overwhelmed your guests will be; a good target is 6-12 options. A great way to streamline your selection is going with a colour scheme, this will really make your table pop!

Don’t get caught buying too much! It’s easy to worry that you won’t have enough. If you are providing a meal, cake, and other late night options a good estimate per person is ½ cup (4oz). Save your larger containers for the more popular candies to really pull on that visual effect!