A wedding venue is a place where memories are created and where a new story begins as two people come together. Fort Henry provides a unique setting for your special day. With incredible waterfront views, a seasonal outdoor patio and stunning natural beauty, we have the perfect spot for you! Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering or a large wedding extravaganza, our team is here to assist you with all your 'I do' needs to make your day everything you've dreamed of.
This is a unique and beautiful venue option for any private function and is available throughout the year. The high ceilings, outdoor patio, and stunning views will be sure to leave your guests delighted and provide the perfect backdrop for your special day. Included in the rental fee is the use of all parking, washroom, and kitchen facilities. The Great Hall is able to accommodate a maximum of 140 guests in a banquet-style seating arrangement or 190 guests for a reception event.
Fort Henry's East Park amongst the mature trees or South Hill overlooking the 1000 Islands are unique options for outdoor wedding ceremonies.
We are pleased to offer package estimates for your consideration. Rental rates vary by season. Additional charges apply for food and beverage service, any rentals that may be required to support your event, and any event enhancements of your choosing. Food and beverage services are available and exclusive to the Great Hall by Bytown Catering.
Heather LobbanVenue Consultant
Our food and beverage service provider at Fort Henry's Great Hall is offered by Bytown Catering. With over 25 years of experience in the food services industry including 18 years of delivering high quality and responsive catering service, Bytown Catering has the knowledge, expertise, and infrastructure necessary to satisfy and “WOW” you.
Whether your style is classic or casual, our expert catering team will surprise and delight your guests no matter the occasion. Every detail is attended to, before, during and after your event.
Please contact our Venue Consultant, Heather Lobban by clicking here.
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A signed contract and deposit are required to secure your Great Hall wedding booking.
A 50% venue deposit is due upon contract signing and the remaining balance is due 10 days prior to your wedding day. We accept credit card and can facilitate remote payment upon request.
A Floor Planning meeting (3-6 months before your wedding date) should take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. A Final Details meeting can be completed the week of your wedding (whether online or in-person). Most couples elect to complete this on the day of their Ceremony Rehearsal.
We love our pets and bet you do too! You may bring your furry four-legged friend to your outdoor ceremony and include them in your exterior wedding photos as long as they remain on a leash at all times. For the safety and comfort to all your guests, we do not permit pets inside of the Great Hall except for service animals. Please ensure to make adequate arrangements for your pets in the event of inclement weather.
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Yes. We will schedule a 45 minutes Ceremony Rehearsal to take place within 72 hours prior to your wedding day. Your Venue Consultant will be in attendance, though, we also recommend having your wedding planner or individual completing the ceremony present to assist in the rehearsal.
Yes! The Great Hall is fully climate-controlled to provide you with comfort year-round. Please contact your venue representative regarding off-season wedding rates.
Vendors may start to arrive at 10:00 am on the day of your wedding. Deliveries must be made on the day of your wedding and must be removed within your allocated teardown period. The Great Hall will not store or hold items in advance of your contracted event timeline.
The Great Hall does not allocate staff to place your decor items. Your reception room will be available at 10:00 am to give you ample time for delivery and placement of your personal items. We suggest if you don’t have a decorator, assign a decor assistant to ensure that your decor is placed to your liking and can be moved throughout the event as needed.
We ask that confetti, sprinkles, petals and glitter not be used for decoration.
Yes. Please ensure the candle holder fully contains the open flame; as a rule of thumb, aim for a height of 2 inches beyond the wick of the flame. All candle holders or containers must be non-flammable.
Yes. All ceiling work must be completed by a licensed decorator.
Please ensure all items are collected the night of the wedding and/or within the 2-hour timeframe the following day outlined in your venue rental agreement. We recommend allocating a friend or family member to assist you with this.
Including speeches, please allocate 2 hours for your dinner service.
Our exclusive food service provider at the Great Hall is Bytown Catering. The Bytown sales team will be happy to provide you with a complimentary catering quote; please contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also preview their menu offerings and pricing at www.bytowncatering.com.
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No. We do not allow any outside food, other than your wedding cake, to be brought into for your reception. Our exclusive caterer, Bytown Catering, will be more than happy to work with you to discuss and customize your catering needs for your event.
Great Hall couples will have the opportunity to take wedding photographs throughout the grounds of Fort Henry, including within the walls of the Fort if seasonally appropriate.
The Great Hall is fully accessible. This includes the first tier of the outdoor patio as well.
Yes! We encourage your emcee to announce this to your guests
Our Wedding Suite is available for your exclusive use and your wedding party or special guests. It is located adjacent to the reception space and complete with a powder room, large full-length mirror, make-up vanity, and storage space. The room is a locked and coded room for the safe storage of your personal belongings.
Absolutely! Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy many exciting local activities such as a guided tour of Fort Henry National Historic Site. We recommend directing your guests to check out our seasonal offerings at www.forthenry.com.
In case of inclement weather, your ceremony will be held inside the Great Hall. We will work with you to create a plan that will accommodate both your ceremony and reception.
Drone photography/videography is not permitted on the grounds of Fort Henry National Historic Site
They will work directly with you to create an event plan to support your wedding day from booking until your big day. They will be available to:
Your Wedding Coordinator will transfer event responsibilities to the Catering Manager following dinner service, who will remain on site until the bar and venue close for the evening.
Please note your Wedding Coordinator will work directly with your Wedding Planner where applicable
- Heather and Joshua
"To start, we have no negative feedback. The venue itself is unique and one-of-a-kind. The picturesque scenery that surrounds the Great Hall is breathtaking and makes even non-professional photographs high quality.
Our venue representative Heather was impressively effective. She was a professional in the the highest regard and helped navigate a stressful event with ease. She ensured the venue was open to outside agencies to come in and set up prior to the wedding. Heather is an extremely personable and approachable individual that made us feel comfortable to ask any questions we had prior to the wedding and gave us guidance and a clear view of what the wedding day would look like. Honestly, we cannot say enough positives about her.
Bytown Catering provided a spectacular three-course meal. They were easy to work with. Our representative Cheryl was very accommodating. She helped us manage last-minute changes to the menu, provided alternatives for individuals with dietary restrictions, and answered any questions we had as we got closer to our wedding day.
All in all a perfect day with high-quality services. We could not have asked for better. Thank you for all you did to make our day perfect."
- Nick and Val
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