Photography by Calin

BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE WEDDING Guide

Many brides in the greater Toronto area dream of having a Black Creek Pioneer Village wedding. Because of its beautiful historical buildings, gardens and low cost per head, this is one of the most sought after venues.

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Black Creek Pioneer Village Wedding Cost

According to Black Creek Pioneer Village, the wedding associated cost is $150 per person and it includes an open bar. That makes the establishment one of the cheapest wedding venues in the greater Toronto area. For more details please contact the village through their website or at (416) 736-1733.

Photography Permits

If you are tying the knot here, you will NOT need a permit. The establishment sells up to five simultaneous photo permits at $300 plus HST. However, due to the size of the complex, you might see another bridal parties but you will be able to focus undisturbed on your wedding photography.

The permits include admission for up to 20 people during the hours of operation. Please note that the permits are not refundable and do not allow indoor photography. That being said, nobody stopped us from entering the buildings and taking beautiful pictures. After all, it's your wedding day and nobody wants to ruin it.

Hours of Operation 

Please note that the village is closed to the public from January to April, but you can book your winter wedding here.

The hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Ceremony Locations

The complex boasts four ceremony locations that can host anywhere between 90 and 180 guests. They are Fisherville Church (120 people), Town Hall Green (180 people), Town Hall (90 people) and if the weather cooperates you can have an outdoor ceremony at Victoria Green (180 people).

RECEPTION Venues 

The complex can accommodate various sized events. From a more intimate dinner in The Victoria room to a larger party in the Grand Pavilion, you have it all. You can pick one of the following: Grand Pavilion (180 guests), Canada West (130 guests), the Patio (150 guests) and Victoria (90 guests). For more information, please visit the establishment's events section here. If you are interested in the menu, please visit this page.

Best Wedding Photography Locations

This is the most difficult section of the article because anywhere you turn you see perfect backdrops for your wedding pictures. However, my favourites are Roblin's Mill, the Half Way House, and the gardens.  

For the first look, the perfect setting is Maple Avenue, as you turn left when you come from the Visitors' Centre and the gift shops.

For family photos, the above buildings will do just fine. For larger groups I love Daniel Stong's Grain Barn.   

Reasons Why This is The Perfect Setting for Your Special Day

Here are some more reasons why this is your perfect wedding venue in Toronto Ontario.

Indoor or Outdoor Settings for Your Ceremony and a Wedding Chapel

First, you can have a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Town Hall Green or Victoria Green. Also, you can use one of the other buildings to tie the knot. Fisherville Church and Town Hall are capable of hosting between 90 and 120 people.

Perfect Backdrops for Your Photos

The village boasts over 40 heritage buildings from 1800. The character buildings make the perfect backdrops for your wedding photos. Even more, the green areas will allow a variety of pics. Finally, the pioneers dressed in traditional clothes love to take selfies with you.

Excellent Service

The establishment has excellent ratings on Trip Advisor and Google. Every time I photographed a nuptial there, I was impressed by the staff's warmth and efficiency. Without a doubt, you can be sure the staff will do their best to make sure your special day is a success. 

Convenient transportation

Currently, access is only possible by car and busses. Still, in 2018, TTC will open a new Subway station close to the village. Once that happens, you can be sure the venue will be even more sought after. 

Proximity to the Pearson International Airport

if you expect friends or family from out of town, this is your perfect location because of its proximity to Pearson International Airport. It takes a mere 15 minutes to travel from the airport to the the village. Even more, the village is conveniently located close to Highway 401, one of the busiest in North America. As such, if your family and friends feel inclined to visit downtown Toronto, they can do it in a heartbeat.

Convenient ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUR GUESTS

Because the village is so close to the airport, there are plenty of hotels within a 3 km radius of the village. Here are the closest hotels to the complex in no particular order. 

Extended Stay Canada Toronto (3.8* out of 5* on Google reviews) - Vaughan located at 3600 Steeles Ave W, Vaughan, ON L4L 8P5. Please check the availability here or call 1-800-804-3724.

Holiday Inn Express Toronto-North York (3.8* on Google) located at 30 Norfinch Dr, North York, ON M3N 1X1. You can check availability here or call 416-665-3500.

Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Vaughan (4* on Google) located at 150 Interchange Way, Concord, ON L4K 5P7. You can check availability here or call 905-660-9938.

Extra Information

  • The village offers educational guided tours if your guests love culture.
  • The staff does not allow pyrotechnics at any events. However, if you like my sparklers photos, I can re-create the sparklers in post production.
  • Guests vendors can park for free in the entrance lot. Parking info can be found here .
  • The Historic Brewery offers daily tours and tastings.
  • If you don't get married there, as with many GTA photo locations you will need a permit. Book a photography permit here.
  • For security reasons, guests are not allowed to roam in the village after sunset.
  • The establishment hosts plenty of events on the weekends! Please budget more time for your photo shoot. 
  • If you don't like large crowds, avoid blackout periods. Here is a list of festivals held here. Among the most important annual festivals I can list the Canada Day Celebrations, Pioneer Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving at the Village, Light up the Night, Christmas and many more.
  • The village closes to the public during the winter, but you can still have a winter nuptial if you so wish. Here is where you can find more information about winter marriages here.

Bridal Details at Black Creek Pioneer Village Wedding
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Emotional Moments
Touching Moment
Fun Shots
Bride and Her Father
Bride Portraits
Bride and Son Portraits
Bride & Her Son
First Look at Pioneer Village wedding
Bridal Party Portrait in front of The Half Way House
Creative Portraits of the Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom Romantic Shots
Couple Posing at Black Creek Pioneer Village Wedding
Processional at Black Creek Pioneer Village wedding
Bride's Hand-Off at Black Creek Pioneer Village wedding

Michelle and Mark's Story

Because we did their multi-day engagement session in the distillery district, in downtown Toronto on Yonge Street, Queen Park, Ward Island on Lake Ontario, Canada Wonderland, and Casa Loma, the bride and groom were familiar with the way we work and there were no surprises on their special day. As a side note, Young Street is the perfect setting for candid photos. On the same topic, Casa Loma requires a photography permit you will need to purchase well in advance. This was probably the longest GTA photo session I did.

When I started my career in wedding photography, I learned that planning is extremely important. As such, during the engagement session I made sure we planned the couple's special day. Even now I remember sitting with the bride and groom at Balzac Cafe in distillery district and going over the timeline of the big day. I even referred one marriage officiant licensed by the Registrar General of the province of Ontario.

During the engagement photo session, my clients confessed they originally considered some other establishments in Toronto Ontario. Among them were Hart House, Palais Royale overlooking Lake Ontario, Kortright Centre, Toronto Botanical Gardens because Mark proposed in one of the gardens, Ripley Aquarium and Weston Golf and Country Club. Ripley Aquarium would have been an interesting place, but it was booked solid in the period when they wanted to get married. Some of the most important criteria in their decision were a big enough dance floor for their big bridal party, family and friends, a wedding chapel, and free parking. Free parking is always a challenge for a Toronto wedding. Eventually, the bride and groom compromised, realizing that the chapel and the large dance floor are more important, so they decided on the village. Originally, they want to get married on Mother Day is an homage to their mothers but that was not possible.

Wedding Day Preparations, Formal and Creative Portraits

Myself and my second wedding photographer started documenting the big day with bride’s preparation at Michelle's house. Next, we headed to the village for the first look. If you are not familiar with the establishment you might want to know that this is not your typical banquet hall. If you want the comforts of a banquet hall, while still maintaining the feel of a rustic wedding you might want to consider a country club or The Doctor House in Kleinburg Ontario. 

As the weather was splendid, Michelle and Mark saw each other on Maple Avenue, just at the village entrance. After that, we went for family photos to Daniel Stong's Grain Barn. No marriage is complete without pictures in front of Roblin’s Mill. Built in 1842, Roblin's Mill is the last stone mill still functional in the Toronto area and a huge tourist attraction. Next, we took wedding day portraits of the newlyweds in front of the various buildings in the compound. 

On our way to the ceremony, we stopped in front of The Half Way House for several romantic, formal and fun pictures of the bridal party. No matter where you decide to take your photos, the village is abundant in history. If you are interested, the building was erected in 1848 in Scarborough at Kingston Rd. and Midland Ave. It operated as a hotel, store, apartment building and nowadays it is a restaurant. 

Black Creek Pioneer Village Wedding Ceremony

Fisherville Church is a heritage building moved to the village in 1960. Of course, Michelle and Mark could not pick a better spot to tie the knot. The wedding chapel was built in the Greek Revival architectural style is a perfect backdrop for the wedding ceremony photos.

Wedding Reception at the Grand Pavilion

After the ceremony, I took more portraits of the newlyweds. Although the Event Pavilion is an outdoor location, the weather was beautiful and  the pavilion was the perfect setting for the wedding reception. Later, we went out for two quick photo shoots, one at sunset and the last one before the end of the night.

Here is a video clip with highlights from Michelle and Mark's event.