October 3, 2022
Step one to planning your dream wedding is to pick the perfect venue. I understand that there are so many venues out there to choose from, which can make selecting your venue a challenge. That is just one of the reasons why I have put together this helpful guide outlining the best wedding venues in Durham Region.
Each of these wedding venues in Durham Region offer some of the best sights and experiences you can find in the Greater Toronto Area. As a Durham Region wedding photographer, even I had a pretty difficult time putting this narrow list together. Rest assured, these venues provide plenty of unique photo opportunities for you and your fiance to showcase the celebration of your big day.
Although there are numerous wedding venues in Durham Region, I hope this guide serves as a starting point to help inspire your vision for where you would like to host your wedding!
This family owned Pickering wedding venue located in Pickering, Ontario, was literally built from the ground up. The land used to be pure forestry until owners Sandra and Luke eventually decided to wipe a good chunk of the trees down to construct what is there today. The wedding space offers a beautiful rustic charm with numerous, and I mean numerous, photography locations!
The Carvers Cottage can accommodate wedding ceremonies only and the scenery makes it completely worth it.
Learn more about this venue on The Carvers Cottage page if you plan on having a cottage wedding venue!
This up and coming Pickering wedding venue is expected to open in the summer of 2021, and features an urban industrial style east of the city. This new boutique venue is the newest addition to wedding venues in Pickering after many years, which showcases large windows for natural lighting and aspirations to bring modern freshness into the wedding scene. This venue is perfect for engaged couples looking for a wedding venue in Pickering that has a modern look!
Learn more about this venue, food options, and pricing considerations on the Pickering Event Centre page!
A winner of the 2020 Reader’s Choice Diamond award for their banquet facility in Durham Region, Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility offers the right mix of elegance, rustic charm, and natural beauty with a touch of extravagance. This Durham wedding venue located in Ajax, Ontario recently went through a complete facelift that is jaw-dropping.
This wedding venue in Durham Region can host both your wedding ceremony and reception, and there are many locations on-site to take stunning photographs. There are two outdoor gazebos to hold your ceremony and two large indoor spaces for your reception, which are Taunton and Audley Hall or Westney Hall.
Learn more about each of the options, pricing, and considerations on the Deer Creek weddings page!
Ajax Convention Centre is located 30 minutes from downtown Toronto in Ajax, Ontario, right off the Salem Road exit. This Ajax wedding venue boasts a whopping 30,000 square feet and has been awarded the Reader’s Choice Diamond Award for Premiere Banquet Facility in Durham Region, as well as the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award in 2016! For an elegant, modern, spacious, and high-class wedding venue in Ajax with high ceilings, here are some things you should know if you plan to host an Ajax Convention Centre wedding!
Learn more about each of the rooms, pricing, and considerations on the Ajax Convention Centre page!
Opened in 1962 and ranked one of Canada’s top 50 golf courses, Royal Ashburn Golf Club has been providing a magnificent backdrop for a lifetime of wedding memories and unforgettable photo opportunities from their breathtaking views of their golf course landscapes and natural gardens.
This is an all-in-one Whitby wedding venue, where you can host both your ceremony and reception. You also have the opportunity to take stunning wedding photographs in designated locations around the venue, which are perfect for scenic backdrops.
There are numerous locations to host your wedding ceremony including the Compton Terrace, and Ashburn Sunroom, which are indoors, as well as the Woodland Garden and Cedar Garden, which are outdoors. You have options to host your reception in the Compton Room and Ashburn Room or Sunroom. You will not be disappointed with any of these options.
Learn more about each of the options, pricing, and considerations on the Royal Ashburn Golf Club page if you are planning a Royal Ashburn wedding!
Looking for wedding venues in Durham Region? Tosca Banquet Hall is an Oshawa wedding venue located right off Highway 401 about 45 minutes from downtown Toronto. This Durham wedding venue takes great pride in their Tuscan-inspired ballrooms, which are enhanced by their high ceilings and lit by their sparking crystal chandeliers. Here’s what you need to know about this Durham wedding venue along with some considerations for those planning to host their micro wedding or large wedding east of the city.
Learn more about this venue on the Tosca Banquet Hall page if you are looking to plan your wedding east of the city!
Parkwood Estate is located about 45 minutes from downtown Toronto in the heart of Oshawa, Ontario. This Oshawa wedding venue is Canada’s finest and last remaining grand estate and is home of the late Robert Samuel McLaughlin, Canadian auto baron and founder of General Motors of Canada.
You can learn more about hosting your Parkwood Estate wedding on the Parkwood Estate page!
*Update!* As announced on the Nestleton Waters Inn Instagram page on August 29, 2022, the 2022 wedding season will be the last for the venue, as they will be shutting their doors by the new year. This is unfortunate news, as the venue has been serving couples for a miraculous 14 years. This list will be updated in the coming months to show the latest information heading into the 2023 wedding season.
Nestleton Waters Inn is a wedding venue in Durham Region, located about 1 hour east of Toronto in Nestleton Station, Ontario, a community in the township of Scugog. This elegant estate oversees a scenic pond and offers future newlyweds a Durham wedding venue to host both their wedding ceremony and reception. Nestleton Waters Inn has been recognized with awards including The Knot’s Best Weddings Hall of Fame, Port Perry Reader’s Choice 2020 Diamond winner for Best Banquet Facility, and has been featured on prestigious wedding publications including Style Me Pretty and Wedding Bells.
Learn more about this Durham wedding venue on the Nestleton Waters Inn page if you are looking for estate wedding venues!
One of the most important vendors is your photographer that you select for your wedding. Learn more about The Brian Ly Photography Wedding Experience for photographs that capture real moments showcasing your authenticity and connection, so you can be present in the moment.
A Durham wedding photographer in Ontario, Canada, Brian Ly Photography specializes in candid wedding photography, storytelling real moments for laid-back couples who live in the now.
Brian Ly Photography provides services at wedding venues in Durham Region as well as the GTA.