We know choosing a wedding venue can be overwhelming. Next to deciding to get married, it’s the biggest decision you will make in the wedding planning process. The venue you choose will drive your budget, impact the vendors you select, the visual style of your wedding and the guest experience.
The good news? British Columbia is a beautiful place to get married! It was hard to select just five, but we like a challenge and so we’ve selected our favourite five wedding venues we’d happily plan weddings at over and over.
Below, in no particular order, our five favourite wedding venues in B.C.
1. The Audain Art Museum, Whistler
Host a winter mountainside wedding set in a modern art museum.
We first fell for the Audain Art Museum because of it’s stunning architecture, elevated within a forested enclave steps from Whistler Village. Ideal for a winter wedding, guests can spend the day on the mountain, and join you for a romantic early evening wedding ceremony in the Upper Gallery, and reception in Cressy Hall. The museum holds capacity for 250 guests, with a 135 person capacity for a seated reception in Cressy Hall.
Invite guests to arrive early and enjoy a tour of the permanent boutique collection of historical and contemporary Northwest Coast art, and one of the world-class temporary exhibitions. Host your ceremony in the upper gallery, with windows facing the snow covered trees, and dance the night away in Cressy Hall. Enlist your favourite caterer and customize a menu your guests will remember!
While the Upper Gallery can be booked earlier in the day, access to Cressy Hall (the main reception space) is not available until the gallery closes at 5PM. We suggest hosting your ceremony and cocktail reception in the upper gallery, while your planning team oversee’s set-up of the reception space in time for a smooth transition to dinner. In the warmer months, the galleries outdoor space can also be booked.
Learn more about hosting an event at the Audain Art Museum here.
2. Bilston Creek Farm, Victoria
An early fall wedding set in the orchard and modern barn.
We planned our first wedding at Bilston Creek Farm this past summer and we are looking forward to many more. Both well appointed and equally authentic, we love this venue for a late summer or early fall wedding celebration where guests can explore the farm and enjoy lavender distillation demonstrations and honey tastings. If you’d like to get married at this beautiful lavender farm you’ll need to act fast, as they book a limited number of weddings each year.
Located just 20 minutes from downtown Victoria, in rural Metchosin, you and your guests can gather early and make it a weekend celebration. Guests can stay in the historic farmhouse, or sleep amongst the trees in beautifully appointed glamping tents. The historic property offers a truly unique backdrop for weddings, inspired by the natural beauty, and entwined with the activity of life on the farm.
Learn more about planning a wedding at Bilston Creek Farm here.
3. Stanley Park Pavilion, Vancouver
A spring or summer garden wedding.
Set in iconic Stanley Park, we are quick to suggest the Pavilion for couples planning a wedding with guests traveling to Vancouver. In the early spring you’ll find cherry blossoms and dogwood trees decorating the outside of the venue, and in the summer, carefully planted gardens and an abundance of natural beauty. This heritage building with a recently renovated interior, and outdoor garden space, offers a classic, bright and elegant setting for a wedding.
With indoor and outdoor space, if budget allows, we recommend buying out the complete venue (including the restaurant) for privacy and so that guests can enjoy a cocktail reception on the outdoor patio. Wedding ceremonies typically take place in the garden, while the tearoom is available as a back-up location in case of rain. The stunning ballroom can seat up to 190 guests (though we prefer up to 160). We’ve also planned a long table dinner on the patio for 100 guests, with dancing inside. There are many beautiful ways to host a wedding in this space and you can take a look back at weddings we’ve planned here, here and here.
Find out more about hosting a wedding at Stanley Park Pavilion here.
4. Bodega Ridge, Galiano Island
A summer west coast wedding destination.
If you are looking for a coastal destination venue in BC, you must consider Bodega Ridge. Next to the setting, food is at the top of the venues list of attributes. In addition, with two accommodation properties (Bodega Cove and Bodega Ridge), the venue offers excellent onside accommodation. Ideal for a couple who would like to make a weekend out of their wedding celebration and gather friends and family for a few days. Host a movie night under the stars, a welcome BBQ and a beautiful ceremony with the best views on the island. A favourite detail we included as a past wedding at Bodega was to stock each guest cabin with a few provisions for a yummy breakfast.
When booked, exclusive use of the 22-acre property, cabins and lodge facilities are yours to enjoy. With a minimum capacity for 60 guests and maximum 150 (Feb to April being great for more intimate groups of 40-60 guests). The venue can sleep up to 56 guests onsite, with additional accommodation close by.
Though Bodega is almost fully booked for 2020 they currently have early spring and mid-week summer dates available. You can also book for 2021! Learn more about planning a wedding at Bodega Ridge here.
5. The Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver
A fresh and inspiring spring wedding at the gallery.
If you are searching for a city venue with a clean and contemporary design, The Polygon Gallery is our choice. Located in revitalized Lower Lonsdale of Vancouver’s North Shore, The Polygon Gallery is a spectacular event venue with waterfront views of the city skyline, and minutes from downtown Vancouver. The venue can accommodate up to 180 for seated dinners, and is able to welcome up to 540 guests throughout the building for stand-up receptions.
The design of the building offers a clean backdrop for your weddings personal design, however you won’t need to do much to make the space beautiful. Timing of your event is limited to the hours the gallery is closed, so you’ll want a planning team who can execute your set-up (and possibly a flip from ceremony to reception) with grace and hustle.
Learn more about hosting a wedding at the gallery here.
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