Hastings County: Your dream fall wedding destination

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The Meadows – Photo Source: Charlotte Rosalyn Co.

You might think that June, July, or August is the most popular month to get married in Canada. But it’s actually September, and October isn’t far behind. It makes sense. Autumn’s just right temperatures and fall foliage provide the picture-perfect backdrop for a wedding to remember. And here in Hastings County, where those colours are part of what puts us on the map, some wedding venue operators say they’re often busiest in the fall. In other words, book early if you’re looking to tie the knot in September or October here. If you need some help choosing, keep reading. From a modern barn on over 15 acres to a new event centre at a race track, these venues are ideal for a fall wedding in Hastings County.

The Meadows – Stirling

The Meadows – Photo Source: Charlotte Rosalyn Co.

Found in the idyllic rolling hills near Stirling, The Meadows is one of those venues that books up fast — and for good reason. “We’re a one-stop shop for a stunning fall wedding with over 15 acres of meadow and forest for photos, four ceremony areas to choose from, outdoor patios with fire pits, delicious catering, and a beautifully decorated barn,” says owner Kori Lekun. With room for up to 150 guests and lots of options for smaller ceremonies, this family operated venue is the place for that romantic and cozy rural wedding surrounded by all those fall colours. In 2023, look out for a new bridal suite and pool.

195 Smith Road, Stirling


Footprints Resort – Harcourt

Footprints – Photo Source: Footprints Website

A private lake, a forested backdrop, and rooms, villas, and cabins for up to 56 people. What more do you need for an autumn destination wedding? Footprints is located about 20 minutes west of Bancroft, and the entire boutique resort is available to book for your exclusive use. That includes the lounge with full kitchen, the cabana with bar area, and the dome for your reception. And then there’s the sprawling deck with the lake in the background, the long dock, and the lawn overlooking the water — all of which would be perfect ceremony locations. As Footprints’ owners like to say, expect “more of a weekend celebration than a conventional wedding.” 

2844 South Baptiste Lake Road, Harcourt


Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves – Tyendinaga Township

Tyendinaga Caves – Photo Source: Tyendinaga Caves

That’s right. Ontario’s largest cavern isn’t just for spelunkers anymore. You can now book the entire site for elopements and tiny weddings, too. This is probably the most unique wedding venue in Hastings County, but it’s also safe and practical with smooth concrete floors, stone staircases, handrails, and ambient lighting. Think of it is as an underground cathedral with amazing acoustics and a simple but dreamy setup with an earthy colour palette and natural elements. Wedding packages can include photography, bridal bouquets, grazing platters, elevated picnic setups, non-alcoholic drinks, lawn games, a sound system, and live music.

2623 Harmony Road, Belleville


O’Hara Mill Homestead – Madoc

O’Hara Mill Homestead – Photo Source: Jab Photography

This is another unique wedding venue, particularly for history buffs who have a love of nature. Known for having one of the most well-preserved 19th-century homesteads in Ontario, the O’Hara property features a number of rustic buildings, including a schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, a carriage house, a covered bridge, and a sawmill. All of them are situated on a sprawling conservation area with trails that wind through mature forests, across babbling creeks, around marshes, and past old stone fences. However you choose to use the property, you’ll work one-on-one with an O’Hara volunteer to make sure all of your needs are taken care of.   

638 Mill Road, Madoc


Shannonville Motorsport Park – Shannonville

Shannonville Motorsport Park – Photo Source: Shannoville Motorsport Park

Calling all racing couples: you can now host your wedding at Hastings County’s premier racetrack. This summer, Shannonville Motorsport Park opened its much-anticipated state-of-the-art event centre. Boasting 4,000 square feet of space on one level and capacity for 150 people, the new complex is ideal for both big and small weddings. For a wedding to truly remember, try booking it on race day. The park features a multi-configurable road course plus a drag strip and skip pad where a variety of motorcycle and car racing competitions happen throughout the year. Or better yet, go for a wedding during a Mix and Match event, where you can lap your own car and test your ultimate speed on the drag strip.

7047 Old Highway 2, Shannonville


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Quinn's of Tweed

345 Victoria St. North Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0

Visitors often ask about the building and it’s name, Quinn’s of Tweed. In fact, tradition dictates that we keep, with honour,  the name Quinn’s of Tweed, the original name of the store and building. The Quinn’s of Tweed building is one of the town’s oldest and most beautiful historic stone structures, dating back to the 1880s. The twelve foot walls allow us to hang paintings in the traditional French salon style. You’ll marvel at the craftmanship of the ash and maple staircase, the old bookeeper’s office, and the stained glass that brings one back to an era when a handshake and promise were as good as gold – today, we still believe in those principles.

gaylord hardwood flooring

228 Victoria St N, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

Charles Frederick McGowan sold the lot in 1907 to William James Lawrence for $600.00. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lawrence erected the building which still stands there today. He conducted a furniture business until 1912, when he sold the property to the Traders’ Bank of Canada, which within the year, was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. It operated out of the building until 1942, when the war forced consolidations and closures due to a lack of tellers (men). The property changed hands a couple more times before local Tweed family, Gaylord Forest Products secured the property in 2003. Since then, they have evolved every inch of the interior into an experience. Each room throughout the building is a real life ‘showroom’ from top to bottom; you simply have to see it to believe it. The stairwell in particular holds a lot of history!

Marmora and Lake Inn

Come as strangers. Leave as friends.

29 Bursthall St, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

Experience the charm of our 1906 mansion, nestled in the village of Marmora, Ontario, an historic town celebrating 200 years in 2021. The large and stately home was built by Ed Shannon for lumber baron Henry Reginald Pearce (known as “Reginald”) and his family, who purchased the lot for $200. It remained a private family dwelling for many decades and eventually was converted to a Bed and Breakfast by Chris and Lilly Boldly.

It now operates as Marmora And Lake Inn B&B and boasts beautiful, spacious bedrooms with quaint old-world craftsmanship for a luxurious stay. Onsite amenities include an exceptional indoor swimming pool, bubbler tub, infrared sauna, large screen SMART TV’s in each room, wireless internet access throughout, and generous sized gathering rooms. And being a small town, the pool is open to the community and friends for a nominal fee (pre-booking is required).

Our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast including locally baked breads and pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, an extensive beverage and tea/coffee bar featuring a wide variety of flavours and blends. Great outdoor patio area for fair-weather relaxation and large private events.

Whether planning a romantic weekend for two, a small wedding, a family reunion or a week-long visit to bask in the natural beauty of the region, the Marmora And Lake Inn B&B will help make it a time to remember. (Please note that all bedrooms are on the upper levels and we don’t yet have accessibility assist.)