From lush gardens to rustic-chic barns, you’ve got plenty of venues to choose from for your big day. Here’s a rundown of favourite venue types to help you in your search for the perfect backdrop for your “I do’s”.
Selecting the perfect wedding venue is one of the first steps in the wedding planning process. The space will set the mood for your entire celebration, so choosing the right one is of the utmost importance. Whether you want to woo your guests with a modern take on the classic wedding at a historic home or go the traditional route by choosing a house of worship followed by a banquet hall reception, you’ll have to have a place reserved before sending out those Pinterest-approved wedding invitations.
To get you started, here are a few of the most popular wedding venue options.
House of Worship
If you are a member of a congregation, then holding your wedding ceremony at a House of Worship is a tried and true option. Be it a church, mosque, synagogue, temple or otherwise, your guests will witness your exchange of vows in a place of deep meaning to you. If you’re not a member of a faith community, but fancy getting married in a church, you still have some options for a spiritual ceremony including a university chapel, United Church or Unitarian Church. Plus, they'll draw you in with their impressive architecture and decorative flourishes. Then you can mix and match with one of the other locations on this list for your reception, giving you double the fun.
Many a little girl has dreamed of slipping into a princess-worthy gown and waltzing around a grand ballroom a la Belle in Beauty in the Beast, but unfortunately that’s not something most of us can do on a day-to-day - or even semi-regular - basis. Well, don’t get too down about that, because it’s pretty easy to make your fairytale come true for your wedding day. Search our directory of hotels and event venues for your dream ballroom. Then all you’ve got to do is get your prince charming on board and reserve the space.
Canada’s beaches don’t have the white sands and clear waters of a destination wedding location like Turks and Caicos, but that doesn’t mean a beach wedding is totally out of the question. Canada’s got plenty of picturesque beaches to choose from, but if you want a true ocean experience the west is definitely best - head to British Columbia. While you’ve got plenty to choose from, Tofino’s beaches are some of the most stunning. And hey, if you’re lucky a shirtless Trudeau may make a cameo in your wedding album.
Chances are, especially if you and your partner are getting hitched in the beginning phases of your careers, you’re not living in some trendy, ultra-modern loft downtown. Well, good news, you can escape your cramped condo/ shoebox apartment on your wedding day by renting out your dream digs for the ceremony and reception. Find a place with high ceilings, exposed brick and maybe an impressive art piece or two and you’re good to go.
When you picture your wedding do you see your bridesmaids in flower crowns and your altar adorned with roses? Sounds like it’s time to find yourself a garden venue and make your dreams come true. Remember, unless you go for an indoor garden, these spots are weather sensitive, so you’ll want to plan for one of the summer months (who wants to be surrounded by decaying flora and fauna on their big day - nobody) and a tent, awning or indoor space in case of rain.
If you and your bride or groom-to-be are total foodies, why not choose a restaurant for your venue? Pick your favourite local eatery or opt for something with some real sentimental value, like your first date spot (providing it wasn’t a McDonald’s). You’ll already know the food is top notch, so you won’t spend your reception worrying about your caterers competence in the kitchen. Pro-tip: make sure the space is big enough to hold all your guests before getting too attached!
If rustic-chic is your thing, a farm wedding will probably be right up your alley. This type of venue is easily transformed – opt to keep things casual or turn it into an upscale Etsy oasis filled with mason jar glasses, hanging edison bulbs and chalkboard place cards. Not seeing the light? Check out Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish’s wedding photos and I guarantee you’ll be scouring the internet for your closest ranch. Huge plus: choosing this type of setting gives you the go-ahead to wear cowboy boots instead of sky-high Louboutin stilettos - and for that your feet will thank you.
Country Clubs are well-loved for their pristinely manicured grounds, on-site catering and ability to host weddings both indoors and outdoors. They’re easily transformed, meaning that no matter your colour scheme or theme, they can make it happen (providing your requests aren’t too outrageous). If you’re on the hunt for a venue that does it all, a country club might be the option for you.
I’m 100% positive that if Ross Geller landed his fourth engagement, the backdrop of his wedding would have been the American Museum of Natural History (sorry, Rachel). But seriously, this type of venue has some major perks - the buildings are beautiful, the exhibitions can double as decor and they’re normally big enough to host large parties. Plus, your love would literally go down in history.
Historic homes and mansions allow you and your partner to live out a vintage fantasy on your wedding day. Keep in mind that the owners may be a little apprehensive about you changing its decor too much, so make sure you find a place with a vibe that suits your theme.