Weddings on Vancouver Island
From vast windswept seaside beaches to romantic hideaways, Vancouver Island entices with an astonishing selection of places to make your special day truly something to remember. There are dozens of resorts and restaurants on Vancouver Island that specialize in weddings, and their wedding planners can help pull it all together and ensure a seamless event and memories that last a lifetime.
The Island has a myriad 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’s easy to see why. Exchange vows as ocean waves crash over volcanic rock and eagles circle overhead. Feel the awe of the moment cradled by rainforest, or in an historic castle. 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 landscape 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. Here are just a few of the many captivating possibilities to make your day magical.
The Grand Hotel Nanaimo enjoys an enviable location on the doorstep of a dramatic rock garden oasis. The hotel reflects the charm of timeless European décor within a distinctly West Coast environment. Within this scenic setting, they offer the complete wedding experience. The hotel features elegant locations for wedding ceremonies, sophisticated reception areas, creative catering and dedicated, personalised service for a seamless event, and memories that last a lifetime. Your Grand Hotel wedding professional is your dedicated contact, guiding you through the wedding planning process from start to finish.
Phone 1-877-414-7263 for more information.
Set in 22 acres of forest next to the Salish Sea just south of Parksville, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort has the largest banquet facilities of any resort on the Island. The 12 banquet rooms comfortably accommodate weddings of up to 250 guests, with dancing. The resort’s sales and catering team works with each wedding couple to customize a wedding to suit dreams and budget
Phone 1-800-663-7373 for more information. www.tigh-na-mara.com
Quality Inn Bayside Resort in Parksville offers a stunning wedding location with the ocean as backdrop from its Gazebo area. Receptions can choose from the oceanfront restaurant, outdoor patio, and private banquet facilities in the Tidal Room. The team at the resort creates custom wedding events that fit your budget – from intimate dinner celebrations to gala affairs. Phone 1-800-463-4232 www.qualityresortparksville.com
The Beach Club Resort, located in Parksville, can comfortably hold ceremonies and receptions up to 150 at their beautiful beachfront location. Let them help you personalize your ceremony, reception, catering menu and any special touches that will help you make your wedding day memorable. www.beachclubbc.com for more information.
The Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel, located in Port Alberni, boasts over 4,500 square feet of meeting space in four A/V-equipped rooms that are perfect for conventions, banquets, parties, meetings and weddings. With optional catering and elegantly-decorated spaces, they are the perfect place to host your next gathering. www.bestwesternbarclay.com
Whether you are looking to host a private dinner for 12 or a reception for 160, Chances RimRock Gaming Centre offers a unique setting for any occasion. The newly-built Pacific Rim Room accommodates up to 100 guests sit down and 160 standup. For the more intimate occasion, the Cathedral Grove Room accommodates up to 40 guests sit down and 90 standup. State-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, including wireless internet for presentations and entertainment is available. The restaurant also offers semi-private locations for groups. Phone (250) 724-7625 for more information. www.chances.ca/locations/rim-rock/
For a wedding experience as spectacular as the setting, consider Pacific Sands Beach Resort. Featuring beachside suites, a seaside gazebo providing a panoramic venue for your catered wedding celebration, effortless event planning by Rare Earth Wedding Event Production, providing local knowledge of the right photographers, wedding cakes, flowers, music and more. Pacific Sands Beach Resort has also teamed up with RedCan Gourmet, providing custom-catered brilliance with a fresh, authentic approach to creative cuisine by renowned Chef Tim May. www.pacificsands.com.
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, located in Ucluelet, is a spectacular West Coast escape for wedding ceremonies, celebrations and rehearsal dinners – from romantic beach weddings for two to elegant affairs for 140. “Passion on the edge,” as the resort calls it. The wine cellar holds up to 80 for wedding ceremonies, and its position over the surge channel adds drama as waves rush in from the ocean. www.blackrockresort.com
Back on the East side of Vancouver Island and set amongst an old growth forest on a gentle slope with stunning views out over Garltey Bay and the Salish Sea, the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa in Courtenay is a natural location for small- to medium-sized weddings. Its professional planners have the tools, knowledge and creative energy to ensure successful celebrations.
Phone 1-800-663-7929 www.kingfisherspa.com
The Old House Village Hotel & Spa provides the ideal location for your indoor or outdoor wedding in Courtenay/Comox. Their lush riverfront gardens and garden gazebo is an ideal outdoor wedding venue, while the hotel’s great room, penthouse or banquet space provides an intimate location for indoor wedding dinners or receptions. Their spacious guest suites with fireplaces and either petite or full kitchens will ensure all your guests are immersed in comfort. The hotel’s intimate size (just 79 rooms), ensures that your event is their focus.
The 18-hole championship golf course at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community in Courtenay offers wedding parties some unique opportunities, like a round of golf to ease pre-ceremony jitters, and numerous photo settings. The Villas at Crown Isle offer the bridal party and wedding guests a luxurious place to prepare before the ceremony, and a wonderful refuge to retire to at the end of the big day. Phone 1-888-338-4839 www.crownisle.com
The Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre is a full-service property which offers extensive, versatile onsite space for weddings and receptions for up to 225 guests. Their professional wedding coordinator and executive chef will make your vision happen with their all-inclusive wedding package. www.thewesterlyhotel.ca
Set on the coast of Quadra Island, April Point Resort & Spa is a renowned choice for weddings by the sea. Celebrate overlooking Discovery Passage and under the trees. The resort offers full-service wedding packages that include an oceanfront banquet room, accommodation, catering, setup, an on-site coordinator and activities, including world-famous fishing trips. www.aprilpoint.com
The Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge specializes in smaller, intimate weddings offering the lure of romance and the spectacular backdrop of the coastal mountains. Choose from an indoor or outdoor wedding; ceremonies are often held at the lodge’s gazebo or meadow areas. The lodge is located on the southern tip of Quadra Island, just a short ferry ride from Campbell River. www.capemudgeresort.bc.ca
Couples looking to combine a wedding with some adventure should consider Painter’s Lodge, overlooking Discovery Passage in Campbell River. Wildlife tours, salmon fishing excursions and a sunset wine and cheese cruise can be booked along with space for an outdoor ceremony, a reception in the ocean-view banquet room with full-service catering, and bridal suite. www.painterslodge.com