Weddings

Weddings are supposed to be special. They're supposed to be unique, personal, and amazing. They're supposed to be Boldly Different.

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Congratulations on your engagement, and welcome to the excitement of planning a once in a lifetime event.

At Viamede, we keep our approach very simple, so you can have your wedding the way you want. Our pricing is packaged, but the content is open ended – we’ve hosted everything from an intimate dinner for 6 served on a candle-lit island to a wedding of 80 wearing “formal swimwear.” Your unusual requests and big ideas are welcomed with open arms.

Most importantly, when you get married at Viamede, it’s all about you – we only host one wedding per weekend, and the ceremony site is yours for the whole day. We’ll be here when a guest spontaneously decides to be vegan, with some safety pins when your dress needs a spontaneous hem, and even when you just need a hug.

Ready to take the leap together? Send us an email at events@viamede.com and we’d love to chat!

The Package

Here comes the simplicity – a wedding at Viamede costs $150 per person, plus a $2000 resort fee, plus 13% HST. No service fees, no gratuities, no extra charges for cutting a cake.

Usually, this includes the following:

  • 4-course dinner /or/ buffet with carving station /or/ Viamede raised Tamworth hog roasted whole /or/ (insert other very silly idea)
  • Ontario wine with dinner
  • Ceremony site, including basic setup
  • All the planning help you need, including a tasting, meetings with our staff, and the proven experience of our team.
  • All the little stuff – suddenly need a projector and screen or forgot a vase? Need someone to help move the full-sized marble sculpture of your horse? It’s included.

You may want to factor in a few extra costs: open bar, overnight accommodations (usually paid by the guests themselves), extraordinary efforts by our team (usually around 4 extra hours of time spent)… that’s about it, really.

The Ceremony

The ceremony is both the most important part of your day and the most formal (or not… whatever you prefer). Viamede will do what we can to make yours memorable. Most weddings are held in our historic chapel or at our waterfront pergola, but we always love new ideas – getting married under our expansive 100 year old Oak Tree, in the middle of the woods, or on the ice in February – and will help you make it a reality.

The Food

We take food very seriously at Viamede, and hope you do too. There’s no reason to keep things boring, so let us help you make this the best meal you’ve ever had.

A lot of our food is raised on our farm, foraged in our forest, or comes from local farmers we know well. We love to highlight these ingredients, lending an incredibly local theme to your meal.

So if you’ve seen too many menus with roast beef and potatoes, here are some Boldly Different ideas to inspire you:

  • Roasted pig raised on the Viamede property, cooked for 15 hours over charcoal, served with all the classic dishes for a Southern pig roast
  • Family style service – a wedding is a gathering of close friends, so why not serve dinner like you would at home? We’ll bring out big platters to share, and won’t stop until everyone’s full.
  • Cocktail reception – Let your guests mingle all night with food stations, with Viamede staff doing exciting things like carving a roast, flambeing Niagara peaches, and talking about our food.
  • A midnight buffet to balance out the booze, with poutine, pizza, and, for the health nuts, fresh fruit skewers.

Whatever you’re thinking, we’ll work with you to make sure that your meal can be exceptional, unique, and within the package’s pricing.

Other Services

Many couples need help sourcing other services, like DJs, photographers, officiants, and cakes. We have a list of some we like, but generally don’t get involved. For smaller weddings, many couples use Spotify in lieu of a DJ, or have a friend bring cupcakes instead of an elaborate cake.

Price List

We want to be open about things from the start, so here’s a list of prices for the most common items needed. Please remember that there are no service charges/gratuities, only HST.

  • Cost per guest: $150
  • Facility Fee: $2000
  • Hotel accommodations (usually paid by the guests): $179-$249 per night, based on 2 nights, including breakfast and access to all resort activities
  • Open bar: $7.50 for standard liquor/domestic beer
  • Wine: $45 per bottle
  • We are always happy to order something special, like that scotch Uncle Jim drinks or the groom’s favourite beer. Please ask us about pricing.
  • Hourly labour: $25 per hour, if needed. Most setup, minor decor assistance, and smaller tasks are already included in our basic package.
  • …I’m not sure what else we’d be charging for. Have a question? Ask us!

The Fine-ish Print

We’re not a fan of nickles & dimes, surprises, or a lot of rules, so here’s a list of things you need to know:

  • Dates: we don’t hold weddings between Canada Day weekend and Labour Day weekend, nor on long weekends throughout the year.
  • Guest capacity: We specialize in small and medium size weddings. 80 is our favourite number, and we cannot go over 100. If you wanna go really small, Mount Julian restaurant is amazing for an ultra-private wedding up to 20 people.
  • Liquor laws: We follow ’em. This means we may need to cut guests off, guests can’t wander around the property with liquor, and they can’t bring their own into the dining room.
  • Hotel rooms: Due to noise issues, we do require wedding guests to book all 12 rooms in the main building, and all rooms need to be booked for 2 nights. Rates range from $179 – $249, depending on the time of year.
  • Billing: We require a deposit of $1000 to hold a date, and 25% of the expected wedding bill 6 months and 3 months before the wedding. All deposits are non-refundable and have to be paid by cheque or e-transfer (no credit cards).
  • End of event: the bar will close at 12:30, and guests need to be in bed by 1 am out of respect for our other guests (we didn’t say you have to be asleep, though).

Still reading? Congrats, you’re as detail oriented as we are! Shoot us an email at events@viamede.com and we’ll talk about your dreams, ideas, and dates, of course.

Effective December 4, 2015

We at Viamede Resort value the privacy of all our guests and friends. That’s why in addition to a lock on the door of each guestroom, we have detailed how we use any information we receive.

Oh—and before we go any further—we’ll just let everyone know right off the bat that we comply with current Canadian privacy legislation.

1) What kind of information do we collect?

There are two different types of information that we collect: personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) and non-personally identifiable information (“Non-Personal Information”).

This might sounds complicated but it’s fairly straightforward.

Personal Information

We are a resort and people come visit, book rooms, and enjoy gourmet local food all of the time. As a result of these exchanges, we end up collecting some personal information—which is usually voluntarily given—that includes things like:

We take this information very seriously and only use it to facilitate your stay with us and to keep you in the loop should you wish.

Non-Personal Information

Through your interactions with us, our website and analytics platforms, and through our advertising partners, we may collect information that cannot be used to identify who you are. This type of information that may be collected are things like:

2) How do we collect information?

We collect this information in a few different ways.

When you provide us with information in making a purchase.
Fairly straightforward. You book a room, we receive personal information.

When you sign up to our e-mail list.
If you sign up to receive updates, we end up with a bit of your personal information. With your permission, we send you special information and you can decide to opt out at any point.

When you communicate with us.
When you reach out by e-mail, social media or by hand delivered letter, we may keep those for our records.

Information we automatically collect.
Like most websites, our services may incorporate fancy things like “pixel tags” and “cookies” which allow us to track actions and serve you information about our products and services. All of these collect Non-Personal Information.

3) How is the information used?

Personal Information could be used to:

4) What about Non-Personal Information?

From time to time, we use third-party advertising companies to serve you ads when you visit our website. They may use Non-Personal Information about your visits to this and other websites to provide ads about goods and services that are of interest to you. If you would like more information about this wizardry or to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies you can look here.

5) What else?

We want to make sure you enjoy your time with us and that your information is protected. Personal Information will only be used or shared when necessary and we would never sell you out by giving your information to third parties without good reason.

Unsurprisingly, we reserve the right to update our privacy policy at any time. When that happens, we will update the effective date at the top of this page so that you know.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. We hope to see you around soon.