Whispering Springs does not provide catering, food or food service. Please see our list of Preferred Vendors to learn about some excellent caterers in Northumberland County. If you would like to use a caterer not listed on our Preferred Vendors list we kindly ask to meet with and approve of your caterer as they will be using our kitchen facilities.
We can accommodate up to 120 guests for a seated dinner in our Reception Pavilion.
We do not provide cutlery, glassware or flatware. We suggest speaking with your caterer to see if they provide these items.
Whispering Springs has both a liquor license and a catering endorsement that encompasses the common areas and the grounds. According to AGCO regulations all alcohol for your wedding/event must be purchased through Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat. You are welcome to enjoy your own alcohol at your tent suite, but beyond your tent all alcohol must be purchased from Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat. If we find unauthorized alcohol being consumed beyond the tent sites we will confiscate the alcohol and ask your guest to leave the premises.
We offer an all-inclusive beverage package for $60+HST per person, and can also accommodate an open consumption-based bar and cash bar.
Our bar includes certified bartenders, ice and an additional satellite bar for weddings over 100 guests (authentic wine barrel bar).
All beverages including non-alcoholic options must be purchased from Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat. We will provide a complimentary hydration station with flavoured water and a Keurig station with complimentary coffee and tea but soft drinks and juice must be purchased from the bar.
Our Forest Chapel is decorated with hanging plants and antique accents, however additional decorations are your responsibility. We do not provide table decorations.
Yes, as you will be renting out the entire venue children are more than welcome to attend your wedding.
Whispering Springs does not provide event coordination or wedding planning services. Upon booking your wedding at Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat you will receive a package to help make planning your wedding at Whispering Springs as easy as possible, but please be aware that we do not provide an event coordinator. On the day of your wedding there will be a supervisor onsite who will ensure that our aspects of the event are running smoothly (venue preparation, bar service and golf cart shuttling) however please be aware that they are not coordinating all aspects of your event.
Yes, each log-framed safari tent has a private washroom. There are also washrooms located near The Watering Hole Guest Lounge & Bar and an outdoor shower at Saltwater Springs.
Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat is zoned and operated as a resort, not a campground, therefore according to the bylaws of the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand we are not allowed to have guests pitch and stay in their own tents on the property.
The town of Cobourg (which is 20 minutes east of Whispering Springs) has a number of hotels to choose from, including a Best Western and Comfort Inn.
You must vacate your tent by 11 AM on the day of your departure. Failure to do so will result in being charged for an extra night at Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat.
Our Forest Chapel can seat approximately 150 individuals.
While we certainly hope that you are blessed with sunny days during your Wilderness Wedding at Whispering Springs, choosing to have your wedding at an outdoor venue means that you are subject to the whims of Mother Nature. In the case of inclement weather we can prepare to have your ceremony in our covered Guest Pavilion, however we advise you to encourage your guests to dress appropriately based on the outdoor temperature and weather forecast.
All of our 10 safari tents must be rented for the night of the wedding. Our 9 bell tents are also available for rental however it is not mandatory that they be rented out at this point in time.
Cellular reception isn’t the strongest in this little corner of the countryside. Depending on your service provider you may not be well connected with the outside world during your stay at Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat (we like to think of it as a digital detox) and we do not offer WIFI at this time.
Whispering Springs will provide you with our available audio and visual equipment for your wedding, but please be aware that we are not staffed (nor do we have the expertise) to provide DJ or audio/visual services at your wedding. We suggest hiring a DJ or designating a tech-savvy friend to be responsible for this aspect of your wedding.