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On WeddingWire since 2016

Last update: June 2024

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The Briars Resort still has weekend availability!

The Briars Resort in Jacksons Point specializes in hosting beautiful weddings on its lakeside estate. You can relax surrounded by it's country inn charm while enjoying all the amenities a resort has to offer. It has a number of different activities for every age and is eco-friendly in its commitment to conservation and locally sourced food. Enjoy genuine hospitality at this lovely wedding venue!

Facilities and capacity

The facilities at The Briars include both indoor and outdoor spaces to complement any segment of your wedding day. They include:

  • The Garden Tent (seasonal) with a capacity for up to 220 seated guests
  • Great Hall with a capacity for up to 130 seated guests
  • The Garden Court Dining Room with a capacity for up to 120 seated guests
  • Jalna with a capacity for up to 40 seated guests

Services offered

The services offered include the following:

  • Set up / Tear down
  • White linens and napkins
  • White chair covers
  • White china & silverware
  • Liability insurance
  • Catering / Bar
  • Cake Cutting
  • Event rentals

Accommodation

There is a wide range of accommodation options at this resort on the shores of Lake Simcoe, which include:

  • Guest rooms
  • Cottages
  • Manor House Rooms
  • Other facilities

Among the other facilities it offers, you can find:

  • Spa
  • Golf
  • Conference & meeting rooms

Other services

It also offers other services which include:

  • Microweddings
  • Seasonal activities
  • Nature activities
  • Indoor activities
  • On-site photography

History

British Navy Captain William Bourchier built this manor on the shores of Lake Simcoe in 1840. It was later purchased by the Sibbald family, retained its original name, and soon become a focal point for agriculture and hospitality in the area. It still retains it charm today as a country resort with gorgeous surroundings.

Frequently asked questions

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

2

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet hall
Beach
Country club
Historic
Hotel
Inn/B&B
Manor
Religious
Restaurant

Describe the style of your venue:

Classic
Country
Eclectic
Garden
Rustic
Vintage
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Covered outdoor
Indoor
Uncovered outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bridal suite
Catering / bar
Clean up
Event planning
Event rentals
Liability insurance
Lighting / sound
Outside vendors

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
Champagne toast
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Liquor license
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Specialty beer
Specialty wine

What event items are available?

Chair covers
Dance floor
Chairs
Tables
Tent accessories
Tents

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$15,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$13,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,200

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Chairs
Tables
Linens
China
Flatware
Glassware
Parking

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$128

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$138

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$138

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$10

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake cutting
Server(s)
Dessert

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$10

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Open bar
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Bartenders
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Reviews for The Briars

4.1 out of 5 rating
4.1 out of 5 rating
20 reviews
83% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.2 out of 5 rating
  • Response time
    4 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.1 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.3 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.2 out of 5 rating
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Jordan M. Sent on 06/09/2023
4.2 out of 5 rating

Wonderful! Great to work with!

Gorgeous venue, amazing food and very helpful throughout the whole wedding process!
Abby
Abby Sent on 31/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Our dream wedding

The Briars is not only a beautiful resort but also a dream venue. The rustic decor and charm is unmatched to another venues. The staff are amazing and made our weekend so much more amazing.
Michelle is amazing and it was so nice to work with her, and Jame the chef is UNREAL! Everyone loved the food!!
My husband and I can’t wait to go back! We have decided every year we will go back for weekend on our wedding anniversary!
The briars gave my husband and I our dream wedding!
Michelle
Michelle B. Sent on 10/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

They saved our wedding!!

I can't say enough good things about the Briars. We got married there in October 2nd, and the entire staff was incredible!!! First, they went above and beyond to ensure that our "COVID" wedding was just as special while still adhering to all regulations and ensuring all our guests were safe. Second, the staff was incredible!!! Our bar tender knew his stuff and was so fun; all the wait staff was kind and helpful. I can't say enough about them. Third, the food was out of this world!! Everyone of our guests talked about this being the best meal they have had!!! My hat goes off to the chef. When we realized we would be married during a pandemic, our hearts sunk, but everyone who helped us at the Briars (Dave, Michelle, the wait staff, the chefs, the bartenders, etc.) made sure that we had a wedding that far exceeded our dreams. We can't thank them enough for our lifetime of memories!!
Charlotte
Charlotte T. Sent on 30/08/2019
4.6 out of 5 rating

Gorgeous Venue and Excellent Staff

Overall, the experience with the Guild Inn was wonderful. Our coordinator Cassandra was great to work with since we booked the venue in January. In the 8 months we had to plan our wedding, she was very responsive and informative. She communicated all questions and details to our planner and cc'd us along the way for transparency. Our 'Day-Of' staff was excellent. I can't remember the Hall manager, but she was super helpful and friendly. She provided any help to our guests and vendors. Meyer was AMAZING! He was great to work with and coordinated between our AV supplier, the band/DJ and our MC. The music and speeches sounded great, and the lighting was beautiful.

The food was delicious, even though my wife and I didn't get a chance to get a lot of it as we were non-stop running around! Our guests mentioned they really enjoyed the main dining meals, hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Depending on your bar package that you select, there may be limited variety of liquors so make sure to double check with the venue before you choose your package.

The bridal suite was great, there is a sink and plenty of natural light, coffee table and couches around. However, it would've been nice to have a bathroom stall available as well, as people had to change in the public bathroom next door. A few of us had to use the accessible restroom to change/freshen up - not a huge deal though just not so much privacy. It would also be nice to have a hook or a rack for keeping our dresses/suits/change of clothes organized and easy for changing/steaming. They gifted us chocolate dipped strawberries which was a nice touch. It would be nice if there was larger mirror (full length would be ideal) and more counter space or table to place stuff on.

We had a wonderful time at the Guild Inn. We would highly recommend the venue to anyone looking for a beautiful space to get married or hold any special event. The space and public park behind the venue is really special and the staff was excellent and accommodating. Thank you Guild Inn all your effort this past year with helping make our special day feel perfect.
Erinbell
Erinbell Sent on 18/07/2018
3 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Wedding done Ourselves

We had our wedding here in Sept 2017. We had the ceremony on the Front lawn then went to the Summer House for the BBQ. The food was fantastic!!!
The wedding planner was no help at all. She was unable to keep things we had talked about many times straight and the day before the wedding she told me she was glad I had done everything ourselves because she had a more important golf banquet the next day.
Honestly our day was perfect, the Venue gave us excellent pictures that we cherish and we had a ton of fun at the Summer House. This was all done and arranged by ourselves however, The Briars really did not help with much, and we just found the wedding coordinator completely unhelpful and inept at her job.
Blair
Blair F. Sent on 14/03/2018
4.2 out of 5 rating

June 2017 Wedding at the Briars

We got married at the Briar's in June 2017. We pretty much had the resort to ourselves for the entire weekend since they only allow one weeding per weekend. That was awesome! The grounds are absolutely stunning (the building is a little dated and could use some paint but still beautiful), our guests raved about the food. All the staff were pleasant and incredibly flexible on any last minute details. We were able to enjoy both the ball room and the gardens which was a great touch. I would have liked the bar to stay open till 1pm, but we managed. I would highly recommend.
Katherine
Katherine C. Sent on 22/08/2017
3.2 out of 5 rating
The venue was exactly what we wanted, it was a good space and the food was the highlight absolutely. The chef and bar staff were exceptional but the wait staff were only acceptable. Be alert to having the venue follow through with details that were promised. We were specifically in the Summer House which we would recommend.
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Cassandra F. Sent on 01/07/2024
1 out of 5 rating

Stay Away !

Extremely disappointing experience. Would not recommend for weddings.

We were planning our wedding for summer of 2025. We came by for a tour in the winter and met with wedding co-ordinator Nicci.

Communication was weak. Nicci took a long time to respond to emails and made several mistakes on our wedding contract. Our wedding party was interested in staying at the cottages and it was very hard to book a tour to see them.

Prior to making a deposit we came by for a tour of the venue. Since it was over the wintertime we were unable to see a lot of the outdoor facilities and tent. Eager to secure our date we felt confident with the pictures in the wedding brochure of the tent and outdoor areas. We put down our deposit.

We recently went for a visit during the same time our wedding would take place. We were shocked to see the condition of the venue. Ceremony space was planned to be outside of the main house. The wood on the deck and stairs of the house is completely rotten, paint peeling and falling apart. Bird poop all over the windows and awning.

The tent was filled with bugs, spider webs. The drapes from the ceiling were filthy. The bar in the tent was extremely unsanitary, wood rotting and paint peeling.

Bathrooms are in the basement and not accessible for wheelchairs as you must go down a flight of stairs.

I seriously could not believe this establishment put zero work in preparing their venue for such an important event like a wedding. From their social media I could see they are hosting weddings and other events in this venues already so they did not plan to clean up at all.

I reached out to Nicci right away when I discovered all these issues. She took 3 days to respond and basically told me she would ask management if they can make some changes. I declined as I could not trust that they would be able to do that for us since their standards are clearly very low.

I kindly asked for our deposit back since we were canceling so far in advance and they did not work on planning anything as of yet. They also did not miss out on any opportunity to book our date as it has always been open. Nicci let us know we would not be receiving our deposit back.

Stay far away from this place ! They need a serious clean and renovation. The place is rotting away. Their prices are the same as many other venues that will provide more professional and clean service.

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Corinne M. Sent on 22/01/2024
3 out of 5 rating

Wedding Venue

I’ll preface this review by saying at the end of the day, if you end up married to your person that’s all that really matters. It’s taken me some time to write this but I do think it’s important couples who are newly engaged be aware of our experience.

Initially everything seemed to go quite well. We fell in love with the grounds and the old fashioned style. Their wedding package and what they said they offered was a bonus. Everything could be done in one place, they had a list of preferred vendors they worked with and we had a venue coordinator to support. It’s important to note, there is a difference between a venue coordinator, wedding coordinator, and wedding planner. We recognized and understood the Briars offered a “venue coordinator”.

There were a few things we picked up on, however we are a very laid back couple and chose to roll with it. Our primary concern was the venue coordinator. They didn’t seem to know what they were doing, continuously forgot to do their job, requiring us to chase them down and remind them, and despite telling us they had what they needed ultimately fell through.

The closer our wedding came, the worse the venue coordinator was. Ultimately it seemed they continually forgot about our wedding and were playing catch up even on the day of which made things exponentially more stressful. They neglected to do the basics of their job, were ill prepared and perhaps most egregious, doubled down and refused to take accountability. Everything from forgetting our final details meeting and needing to be reminded repeatedly, then seemingly not doing anything during the meeting? Not coordinating with our vendors, forgetting to do our timeline, forgetting who we assigned rooms to, forgetting the rehearsal ceremony, arguing with family day of about where things should go, and in general just not doing their job.

To put it simply the venue coordinator was an absolute mess. We were incredibly disappointed. It was clear the venue coordinator’s communication with the Briar’s staff was also poor as no one seemed to be aware of what was going on. In the end, the venue coordinator hurried through the day and took off asap.

The mess continued as we tried to pay our final bills and eventually I had enough of the rude, ignorant behaviour of the venue coordinator and demanded to speak only to the resort manager. Whether they simply were incompetent in their role, had too “high of a workload”, or any other excuse they came up with it just was not acceptable. A wedding should not be the casualty of someone else’s poor performance. We received no apology from the venue coordinator who spoke over us and insisted we were to blame for everything. After finally speaking with the manager we came to a satisfactory resolution. But our memories of our wedding day will always be somewhat tainted because of this experience.

While the Briars is a beautiful place, and the general staff were friendly and apologetic for the lack of support we received from our venue coordinator I simply would not recommend them as a venue. I would not want another couple to go through the stress we did. If not for our other vendors and family it might have turned out quite different.
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Alli Sent on 12/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Wedding Venue

We had our wedding at the Summer House. It was absolutely beautiful. Martha was outstanding to work with! The food was absolutely delicious, our guests kept raving about it!! We stayed in the Mayfair lodge which had 10 private rooms and a common area where we hosted a laid back rehearsal dinner on the Friday. Everything about the Briars was absolutely perfect. Thanks to Martha and everybody there!!
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