In the Kitchener area, there is a wonderful option. The Wedding Chapel at Kitchener City Hall offers a small, affordable location that seats up to 50 people comfortably. The officiants are friendly and can help you put together a beautiful and simple ceremony. For under $400, you have the use of the chapel, the officiant, CD music and room for guests.
The little chapel is inviting, with smoked glass french doors, pinewood fireplace and complementary Oak pews. Victorian wedding prints grace the walls and silk flowers decorate the mantel and ends of the pews.
Being located at City Hall also means you can conveniently obtain your marriage license in the same building (on the 2nd floor - additional fee applies).
There are some great locations around City Hall for your photographs too. In the large rotunda, among the art pieces at the back on the upper level, around the machines that decorate the location, by the large glass windows, against the brick walls or out in front with the fountains and reflecting pools, or ice rink depending on the time of year. Because a large portion of the space is inside, it is a great place to take photos even in the winter as you can simply stay inside instead of venturing out into the snow.
Gary's Lens Photography can provide your photography and or video services for your ceremony at an hourly rate. One hour may be all you need for a half hour service and half an hour of photographs after the ceremony. You are welcome to book longer if you wish to travel and have your photos taken elsewhere, or for the reception as well.
If you are looking to keep your ceremony small and simple, then be sure to visit Pat Fretwell who has operated the chapel since 2002. She is very friendly and knowledgeable and can even help you plan out your ceremony. Visit her to book your wedding any time Monday to Friday 10am to 4:30pm or Saturdays by appointment.
200 King St. W.
Phone: 1-800-265-0676, 519-743-3101
Oh, and if you want to have your ceremony in the back yard, Pat can arrange an officiant to come to your location. And of course Gary's Lens will travel there as well!