If you’re looking for the perfect venue for your big day, Vancouver Island is a great place to start. For one, it hosts a variety of options that can set the stage for your dream wedding. Whether you’re planning a rustic farmhouse reception, a laidback beach ceremony or a charming garden celebration, you’ll find something that suits your vision.
The bonus: Not only are you spoilt for choice, venue-wise, but you also get to bask in awe-inspiring views, indulge in top-notch restaurants and engage in lots of year-round outdoor activities. So if you’re flying in guests, you won’t have to worry much about keeping them entertained during their stay—the local scene has plenty in store for them. You might even end up extending your stay or deciding to spend your honeymoon here. Yes, that’s how persuasive and irresistible Vancouver Island can be.
In the meantime tough, let’s take a look at six of the top venues in the area for tying the knot. It’s not a comprehensive list, but these do paint a picture of what you can look forward to in Vancouver Island.
Between its whimsical fairy-tale structures and stunning orchards scenery, Merridale Ciderworks is picture-perfect for weddings. And its farm setting is great for bringing a rustic and cozy feel to a casual reception, where you can serve a sumptuous menu featuring the best of local ingredients. Located near Victoria, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Milner Gardens & Woodland
If you’re dreaming of a scenic garden wedding, Qualicum Beach has a venue that fits the bill. The venue, Milner Gardens, has gorgeous gardens on site and coastal mountains and the Georgia Strait as its backdrop—a setting that provides breathtaking views and makes for the best photo opportunities. The Grand Lawn is also spacious enough for a big wedding. But if you prefer a small and intimate gathering, you can book the Heritage House instead.
Beach Club Resort
Among couples who opt for modern beach weddings, the Beach Club Resort in Parksville is a favorite. The venue boasts not only a lovely oceanfront location but also a chic and contemporary look for a standout reception party. You can go big too, as the resort can accommodate as many as 150 guests.
Royal Roads University
Who says only royals can have a castle wedding? You can pull off your own at Royal Roads University, which is about 20 minutes away from Victoria. Spanning 565 acres, this venue is home to a majestic castle that you can actually book for a grand wedding. Or if you prefer an outdoor setting, there’s also a magnificent garden on Hatley Estate.
If you love the idea of standing among roses while you exchange vows, sharing your first kiss as husband and wife under apple trees, or taking a bite of your wedding cake in an open-air gazebo, Providence Farm is the perfect setting. It has a charming farm, beautiful gardens, and open spaces where you can set up your reception or use as a waiting area for guests.
Butchart Gardens is popular for the variety of wedding packages it offers, making it a wonderful choice for couples who would like to cover as much ground as they can when they book a venue. Plus, there are a number of stunning spots within the venue that you can choose from, such as the Spring Prelude indoor garden, so your options are far from limited.
With Vancouver Island as your backdrop, you can have the gorgeous and romantic wedding you’ve always wanted. So start checking out the array of venues here and you can cross off one more item from your I’m-getting-hitched to-do list.
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