Let me introduce you to Ancaster Mill. One of my all-time favorite venues, Ancaster Mill is a rustic, all in one wedding destination, with timeless architecture and stunning natural backdrops. With beautifully landscaped gardens, historic buildings, actual waterfalls, multiple locations for both ceremonies and receptions, and premium planning services – Ancaster Mill paves the way for a perfect, seamless wedding day.

Make sure to check out my list of the top wedding venues in Hamilton, Ontario after this to get inspired by more locations to have your wedding reception or ceremony!

A Historic Site

The history of Ancaster Mill and the origins of the Town of Ancaster are inseparable. Being the third oldest community in Ontario (after Kingston and Niagara-on-the-Lake), the settlement of Ancaster naturally evolved from the establishment of the flour mill. Ever since the Ancaster Mill has been at the center of more than 200 years of local history [1].

In its own history, four mills have graced the site – each upon the foundation of the last. The first three were destroyed by fire and the existing stone flour mill was built in 1863. The building was constructed with limestone blocks taken from the actual site. Its walls are four feet thick at the base. The flour mill is one of the most substantial stone structures in the province. Built before the advent of steam or electric power, it is a testament to mid-19th-century ingenuity, architecture and sheer willpower [1].

In 1972 the Ciancone family purchased the Mill property and began the building and restoration process. This culminated in the grand opening of the Ancaster Mill as a restaurant in February 1979, shortly after they began operating as a special events venue. Ancaster Mill has been in continuous operation ever since, maintaining its role as a key element in the community [1].

Planning and Additional Services 

Ancaster Mill isn’t just a beautiful venue, but a supportive one too. That’s why Ancaster Mill offers experienced Special Events Consultants to oversee every aspect of your wedding day. According to the Pearl Weddings website, “Our team is available 7 days a week - for whenever a question may arise. We will help you plan necessary appointments, a menu tasting, and your ceremony rehearsal.” And on the day of “From the moment you arrive, until the very last dance, your personal Maitre d' will be there for you every step of the way. Allow yourself to indulge in the day, as our team ensures that every detail you've worked so hard for is executed flawlessly.” [2]

Ceremony Spaces

Ancaster Mill offers both an outdoor and indoor ceremony location option. Ceremony spaces can be booked individually or with the addition of a Reception space.

The Streamside Chapel

The Streamside Chapel is a romantic outdoor stream-side chapel. Nestled in the escarpment with nature as your backdrop this location seats up to 250 guests and includes a congregational set-up of New England white garden chairs.

The Millers Chapel

The Millers Chapel is a stunning newly constructed chapel set against a historical backdrop. Beautiful wood arches line the ceiling and a grand fireplace frames the altar to create a perfect scene. The Millers Chapel seats up to 200 guests and includes congregational set-up with champagne Chiavari chairs.

Reception Spaces

Now here another plus of Ancaster Mill – there are so many different reception spaces to choose from! From intimate spaces for up to 32 guests to a large space for up to 200 guests, there is something for everyone.

The Solarium

Floor-to-ceiling windows add to the serenity of this glassed space. The Solarium overlooks the Mill’s covered bridge and waterfalls. A three-way fireplace connects the room with your private lounge and reception area. Capacity: 32 seated

The Governor’s Room

Located on the upper floor of the Grist Mill, this room offers unique and historical charm. With a stone fireplace, twelve-foot-high ceilings and hand-carved beams, this bright and spacious room is all about elegance. Capacity: 135 seated (includes use of Solarium for a pre-dinner cocktail reception)

The 1812 Room

This is considered the Mill’s most historic room. Located on the ground level of the Grist Mill, this room has a large stone fireplace and a covered, heated deck. Capacity: 70 seated

The Millview Room

This L-shaped room offers a picturesque alternative with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Grist Mill. Two stone fireplaces and a scenic backdrop add to the tranquility of the room. Capacity: 90 seated

The Falls Room

This premier room boasts a spectacular view of the waterfall and millstream, with floor-to-ceiling windows running the entire length of the room. A wood-burning stone hearth is the centrepiece of the space and the outdoor patio with stone hearth, located at the mouth of the waterfall, is included for your late-night service. Capacity: 200 seated (includes Millview Room for a pre-dinner cocktail reception)

Pricing and Packages

Packages that include tray served hors d’oeuvres, a three-course menu, full host bar service and a late-night sweet table start at $115 per person (plus taxes).

There is a 25% deposit required to book your wedding at Ancaster Mill. If you’re getting married in peak wedding season, it’s best to book your wedding twelve to eighteen months before the big day.

For more information or to see if your date is available visit http://www.pearleweddings.ca/locations/ancaster-mill and fill in the contact form to get in touch with the amazing staff!


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