A small town of Kleinburg, located on the Humber River, amid dense forests, with its many heritage buildings, attracts film crews and special event crowds in droves. Its oldest building, known as Doctor’s House (named after a succession of doctors that made it their home), dates back to Canada’s Centennial year of 1867. Its crisp white walls and chocolate brown roof gets lost amid the greenery of its quaint garden. Its large multi-pane windows lure you into its luminous rooms.
Restored and expanded in 1993, Doctor’s House became a prime destination as a restaurant and wedding venue. In fact, it offers 4 separate wedding spaces, which can accommodate from 90 to 300 guests.
Inside. The Garden Room is beautifully rustic, with cast-iron chandeliers, sloping wooden ceiling, beams, fireplaces and alcoves. With its large windows, mirrors and pristine white decor, it is gleaming with light. And in the evening, it is equipped to offer spectacular light effects.
Because the room is located on the main floor, it has a private patio with direct access to the grounds. It also features private washrooms and coat racks.
Garden room fits up to 90 guests, with minimum consumption of 70 applicable on Saturdays and long weekend Sundays during the high season (between May and October), and 60 otherwise. A small adjoining room, called Doctor’s Study, with capacity of up to 30 guests (seated), which will be available to you as part of the package. Bridal suites are available at the venue at additional cost. They may book up – if so, there is always an option of getting a room in a nearby hotel.
Ceremony. One of our favourite things about the Doctor’s House is its chapel. You can say your vows in a real non-denominational chapel just a short walk down the garden path (or via indoor access), to an accompaniment of majestic organ or heavenly singing. It is beautifully appointed with chandeliers and stylish brown wood, and seats up to 140 guests.
Because the chapel is made available to all weddings taking place at the Doctor’s House, each couple will have one hour, based on a set timetable, for their ceremony.
Accessibility. The building is fully wheelchair accessible.
Cost – as of mid-2018. The Garden Room is available to you for the whole day, and will be fully furnished with chiavari chairs, set up in white satin, and cleaned up at the end of the night. The ceremony fee – for the use of chapel, if requested, plus an officiant and organist – is $1,600 plus tax. The reception fee will be based on the catering costs for the minimum guest count. Food and beverage service packages include snacks, meals and alcohol, and range between $140 to $180 per guest, plus tax (approximate pricing for 2019). No outside food or alcohol is permitted. Note: service gratuity at the Doctor’s House is included in the package price. Bridal suites are available at additional cost.
The venue has a preferred audio-visual supplier, with additional cost applicable for external suppliers. Luncheon bookings are available as well, starting at $65 per guest.
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