Venue Spotlight: Kortright Centre for Conservation

Kortright Centre for Conservation and Black Creek Pioneer Village host some of the best bridal open houses in the city. Completely relaxed, always with great food and some unique gem-of-a-find vendors to add to the mix. If you’re an outdoorsy, nature-loving, rustic-vibe kind of couple- these two venues should be among your top picks.

Main Hall
Capacity: 150 for Reception

IMG_20160130_140233Loved seeing the open space and all the wood and the natural light shining through. Very inviting vibe – instantly makes you feel all warm and cozy.

IMG_20160130_134305Tablescape options are endless! You can bring in anything you can dream of in any colour and style for floral, linen, cutlery, tables and chairs. Floral by Flowers Time Floral & Event Decor and Tea Sets by Sweet Bee Tea Party.

IMG_20160130_140623The Marc Joseph Band livened things up by playing several sets throughout the duration of the open house.

Forest Gallery
Capacity: 135 Reception/Ceremony

IMG_20160130_143105Personally, I like the Forest Gallery more than the Main Hall in terms of layout and he unobstructed views out to the forest through the large windows. Of course the lighting done by The Empire City Trading Co.  made such a big impact. I love the magical feeling of walking into a room of twinkling lights.

IMG_20160130_150631These wood bow ties were so neat, I had to snap a pic. Uniquely made by ODWO Handcrafted.

Kortright offers their own selection of rentals that go very well with their venue’s aesthetics. I particularly love the birdcage place card holder!

IMG_20160130_143803Here’s a signing table you can rent from them!

IMG_20160130_143758Perhaps to a good idea to place programs where guests can help themselves to? I would probably avoid putting favours on them if you have guests who will take more than one – which often happens! It’s always best to place a favour per place setting for that reason – and plus, a favour on a plate adds colour and texture, which makes for a great photo op. 🙂

IMG_20160130_143535A peek inside their laidback, lovely Bridal Suite, adorned with beautiful lines and lyrics.

IMG_20160130_150538Don’t forget to take a pretty stem on your way out! Floral courtesy of: Fun Flower Stand

Glass House 
Capacity: 120 for Ceremony & Reception

IMG_20160130_151107My favourite space of them all has to be The Glass House! I loved it so much, I almost want to hold my birthday party here! Still dreaming up ideas that fit my budget and style, but this is a strong contender as I can imagine a party going well into the night and I can just imagine looking up above the starry night… and of course the room will be adorned with twinkle lights… A girl can dream, right? 😉

IMG_20160130_151229Beautiful floral by: Cedar & Stone Floral Studio and fabulous chairs and table rentals from Marvelle Events.

IMG_20160130_151334There’s not a more perfect end to your night that making it one by the fire, with smores in the making. Absolutely love this fun idea to incorporate it as added entertainment for your guests and for those who need a little break from dancing 🙂

Hope you enjoyed my little tour of the Kortright Centre – it’s such a charming event venue with good friend, great spaces and fun vibes. Book early to ensure availability for your date – they snap up fairly quickly and you do not want to miss out!

Kortright Centre
9550 Pine Valley Drive
Woodbridge, Ontario

If you’re still looking for that perfect venue or some amazing vendors and can’t pinpoint a theme quite yet, some other upcoming bridal open houses and wedding show you might be interested include:

Wedding Shows:
February 21, 2016: The Wedding Co. Market – at Wychwood Barns
February 28, 2016: Perfect For Gathering Here Today Wedding Expo – at 2nd Floor Events
May 15, 2016: ReBash – at 99 Sudbury

Bridal Open Houses:
February 21, 2016: Mississauga Convention Centre
February 23, 2016: Old Mill
March 5, 2016: Hacienda Sarria

Cindy Li
Certified Wedding Planner, Wonder Chic Events

Wonder Chic Events is the wedding planner for urban, stylish and fun couples. We would love to be your right-hand partner in helping you plan your big day from the moment you say “Yes” to the Proposal until the day you say ‘I Do” down the aisle. Contact us today for a complimentary initial meeting to discuss your beautiful, unique and heartfelt day with us over coffee/tea at a location that is convenient for you. Let us take care of the details so you can spend quality time with each of your lovely guests and enjoy your wedding day with peace of mind!

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