Georgian Bay Bride – Part 1

Bear Estate | Collingwood | Waterfront Wedding Venue

Bear Estate | Collingwood

As I venture beyond Toronto and the GTA with my wedding services I am being quietly seduced by the Southern Georgian Bay area. This region, beloved as a four season playground, is a superb choice for couples looking for an authentic Ontario destination wedding experience. Collingwood alone offers everything you could wish for. In this two-part post I’ll introduce you to just a few of my favourite Southern Georgian Bay wedding vendors. Let’s start with three of your most important decisions:  The Ring, The Dress and The Venue.

The Ring

Gents, before you pop the question you’ll want to visit D.C. Taylor Jewellers on Collingwood’s historic Hurontario St. In business since – wait for it – 1895 – only 16 years after iconic Canadian jewellers Birks was founded – this 5th generation family run business will help you choose the perfect rings to mark your engagement and wedding. You can choose from their exclusive diamond and ring designs or work with their in-house custom design team and create a truly one-of-a-kind piece. Whatever approach you take, their outstanding personal customer service will ensure you make the best possible choice for your taste and budget.

DC Taylor Jewellers | Collingwood Engagement Rings

The Dress

Just down the street from Taylor Jewellers you’ll find Exchanging Vows, a cozy gem of a bridal boutique. Owner Tara Klein carries a number of bridal lines that cater to every budget and every body type. In addition to bridal gowns and accessories, Tara carries fashions and accessories for bridesmaids, Moms, and flower girls. You will find Tara’s warm personality and extensive bridal fashion background invaluable as she gently guides you through the process of finding your perfect dress for your perfect day.

Exchanging Vows | Bridal Boutique Collingwood


The Venue

Well, where to start? Southern Georgian Bay offers a range of fabulous venues that will appeal to all tastes and budgets. One of my favourites is The Bear Estate, just outside of downtown Collingwood, yet a world away. If you’re dreaming of a waterfront wedding, Bear Estate might be your perfect venue. At Bear Estate you can say your “I Dos” under a lovely arbour right on the shores of Georgian Bay. The reception venue features floor to ceiling windows that bring that wonderful vista indoors as you continue your celebration well into the evening. Magic.

This region boasts a number of spectacular golf courses that will provide an elegant setting for your special day. Check out The Georgian Bay Club, Lora Bay and Cobble Beach. I dare you not to be wowed.


There’s our quick look at just a few of the outstanding vendors serving the Georgian Bay Bride. In Part 2 of Georgian Bay Bride we’ll meet local photographers and florists, and I’ll give you some ideas for your gift registry and Bachelorette getaway bash. Stay tuned!


Leave a Reply