By Danielle French

The Changing Face of Weddings

When I say the word wedding, I am sure that a number of archetypal stereotypes come to mind. To prove this theory, I surveyed a few South Pond family members and some recurring themes included: Saturday, Black tie, White Dress, Afternoon Ceremony, Moonlight reception, Three Course Dinner. What our lovely family members seemed to be describing, was a Classic Wedding; and while this wedding is certainly common at South Pond, it is not the only type of wedding we offer!

The wedding industry is changing, more and more often we see brides shifting away from convention and incorporating personalized elements to ensure that their special day is truly one of a kind. Long gone are the days of Saturday only weddings; in fact, in 2016, the majority of our weddings took take place on a Friday night or Sunday morning. We see a similar trend emerging in 2017 and 2018.

Friday nights offer a number of benefits from both a planning and fiscal standpoint. First, there is something incredibly romantic about a Sunset Ceremony; you and your spouse exchanging vows as the sunsets over the countryside- someone please queue the photographer! Second, by planning for an evening ceremony, most of your guests will not have to barter for time off work – unless of course, if they are travelling long distances but in those situations Friday is usually a write of anyways. Third, because you are using the property for a shorter period of time, South Pond provides a discount for Friday night weddings. If you are on a tight budget, this is a great way to save some cash without drastically altering your vision.

Sunday brunches are another trend that we saw take off in 2016. If you assume brunches are solely for couples looking to host small intimate weddings you are wrong! In fact, last season one of our largest weddings was a brunch wedding! In our opinion, Sunday morning weddings are a beautiful alternative to the classic wedding. We try to reflect this uniqueness in our menu options for brunch by including exciting twists like breakfast stratta and scones – I don’t know about you, but we can’t think of a better way to kick off our Sunday morning! Rolling hills, sunshine, fresh dew and hot coffee, throw in a wedding and some champagne and we are sold.

At South Pond, we know that weddings come in all different shapes and sizes. Our goal is to help you find the right fit for your vision, please contact us to discuss your options further!

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Danielle French - Ash Naylor Photography

About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

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