Weddings in Victoria
From vast windswept seaside beaches to romantic hideaways, Victoria entices with an astonishing selection of places to make your special day truly something to remember.
Victoria is home to an assortment of wedding and wedding-related goods and services. You can buy exquisite rings from top jewellers, wedding dresses and tuxedos in which dreams are made, and exceptional florists for the finest in flowers and arrangements. Find imaginative lingerie stores to add some spice to the wedding night, massage and spa treatments for the entire wedding party, and so much more.
This is a creative place, home to some of Canada's most acclaimed wedding photographers, caterers and bakers that provide the services to fully complete the experience. Outdoor weddings are becoming ever more popular, and when you've got such amazing locations to choose from, it is easy to see why. Exchange vows as ocean waves crash over the rocks and eagles circle overhead. Feel the awe of the moment cradled by rainforest or in a historic castle. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride, pause in Beacon Hill Park for photos, sip tea at the Empress. Go intimate or elaborate, elegant or simply earth friendly. The choice is yours how you say “I do!” There is something magical about such dramatic landscapes of beach, old-growth forests and rolling surf that inspires romance in the hearts of lovers. It's no wonder brides and grooms arrive here in such numbers every year.
The 565-acre Hatley Estate is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the region, and its magnificent castle and heritage gardens are picture perfect. With spectacular views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and surrounded on both sides by rainforest, it's a little pocket of perfect. Hatley Park is a national historic site, and the castle has been featured in many movies, including X-Men. Choose from small intimate receptions in the Italian Garden, a formal event inside Hatley Castle, or a lavish outdoor wedding in the Croquet Garden. The castle's classic wedding package includes ceremony set ups for 100 guests indoors and 150 guests outdoors, and a reception set up indoors or on the tented Terrace.
Spring is the season for delightfully fragrant weddings at world-famous Butchart Gardens. Its Spring Prelude indoor garden's flagstone paths, flowering cherries, beds of daffodils and tulips make this a special place for wedding ceremonies from January 15th to March 31st. Guests can then enjoy dinner in the historic former Butchart Family residence, with cuisine prepared with local ingredients.
Mixing location, history and elegant sophistication, the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel is one of Victoria's favourite wedding venues. Wedding parties can choose to celebrate their important day in the intimate Library Room, the grand Crystal Ballroom, or in the modern elegance of the newly renovated Ivy Ballroom.
At the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel, the Pacific Ballroom is a perfect choice for a luxurious wedding of up to 200 guests. The hotel's Terrace Room is suitable for more intimate affairs, while the Terrace Garden is a popular choice for outdoor ceremonies and celebrations for up to 100 guests. Expert wedding event planners provide complimentary services, handling all of the event details to ensure the perfect wedding. There's a gorgeous honeymoon suite, too.
With a great glass-walled atrium overlooking lush Japanese gardens, a waterfall and the Inner Harbour, the Inn at Laurel Point is a popular destination for unique weddings of style. Imagine a customized ceremony on the spectacular waterfront patio, and then an exquisite reception in the adjacent Terrace Ballroom or Spirit Rooms. The Inn can accommodate up to 200 people for a traditional dining set-up.
The Coast Harbourside Hotel and Marina is, as its name suggests, set right on the Inner Harbour, and about as close to the water as you get can get without getting wet. With a range of rooms, the hotel hosts weddings from very intimate to grand affairs, and offers complete services for wedding banquets. The covered outdoor patio, with a splendid view of the harbour, is an ideal location for wedding ceremonies, photography and barbecue receptions.
Surrounded by landscaped gardens with tranquil water features, The English Inn can accommodate weddings of up to 180 guests. The Sunken Garden & Stone Pavilion is a formal and elegant garden nestled beside the main manor house. It is completely landscaped in white flora, and features a copper and stone pavilion surrounded by a silent cascading waterfall and twin staircases for the bride and groom.
The Joie Wedding Package at the Hotel Grand Pacific offers luxury wedding services planned and delivered by a professional team and set right along the city's Inner Harbour. Their package includes everything from set-up and décor, a dance floor, a speech podium, luxury overnight stay for the married couple, and brunch for the wedding party the next morning. Wedding parties at the Hotel Grand Pacific choose from two fabulous ballrooms: The Vancouver Island, with room for 180, and the Pender Island, with a capacity of 100.
At the University of Victoria, The University Club is an ideal setting for romantic weddings on the patio or in the west coast designed club house. The club handles wedding receptions from 10 to 250 guests. For more intimate gatherings, the Fireplace Lounge overlooks the club's private pond and the surrounding forest.
The ballroom at Westin Bear Mountain has room for up to 300 guests, and is a popular place for reception, dinner and dance. There's a great space for an outdoor ceremony, too. Private gatherings can choose a reception in the Wine Cellar for up to 20 guests. Wedding packages at the Westin include a one-bedroom suite for the bride and groom for their wedding night, all the equipment and settings for the ceremony and reception, and a customized wedding website.