These hotel venues transform from day to night to overnight

Planning a wedding with out-of-town guests? You may feel pressure to find them accommodations. And there’s a simple solution: a hotel or resort wedding.

Not only are these exceptional settings, but they also offer more for your guests, like award-winning food and relaxing spa services. From lush West Coast rainforests to beaches to sky-high views, this roundup of overnight venues showcases the hotels and resorts that check every box, inside and out...

WICKANINNISH INN

WickannishInn_1Tara McMullen PhotographyWickannishInn_2Christie Graham PhotographyIf your guests are already travelling, why not head to the rugged Tofino coastline for a truly destination experience? Bleached driftwood, old-growth forests and the Pacific Ocean are just a glimpse of the elegant wilderness wedding awaiting you at Wickaninnish Inn.

Rainforest Loop, Chesterman Beach or the more secluded Shell Beach are available for your ceremony. Adventurous couples should take advantage of the beach and forest, with wedding photos in the water or surrounded by pure rainforest greenery.

WickannishInn_3Tara McMullen PhotographyIf dining under the stars appeals to your senses, consider a seated dinner from executive chef Warren Barr on Shell Beach. In cooler climes, the 720-square-foot Salal Room can accommodate 60 for a standing reception (or 50 for a seated dinner), offering natural lighting through its picture windows.

Guests can stay in one of the 75 rooms and suites that boast gas fireplaces and incredible views. The Inn is known for its yoga classes, guided hikes, storm watching and the decadent Ancient Cedars Spa.

Committed to their environmental policy, the oceanfront Inn was built with an aim to preserve the beauty and natural integrity of the site—Clayoquot Sound was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve by the UN in 2000—so the destination is truly unique to our corner of the world.

CAPACITY: 50-60
COST: Starting at $1,500
CLOSING HOURS: 12:00 a.m.
LEAD TIME: 4-12 months
PLANNER: Onsite planner/day-of coordinator
TASTINGS: Not included
FOOD/BEVERAGE MINIMUM: $100-200/person
A/V: Rentals required, some limitations
DANCE FLOOR: Rentals required
ACCOMMODATIONS: 20-25 guest rooms
SPA: Ancient Cedars Spa

WickannishInn_tipTIP: “Local greenery is a perfect complement to the cedar features at the Inn,” says Sheila Orchiston, owner and principal planner at Rare Earth Weddings. “Check the tides, as getting your wedding party on the rocks by the water makes for an unforgettable moment to capture with your photographer.”

 

BIG WHITE SKI RESORT

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Snow. Mountains. Skiing. If these three words excite you almost as much as those other three words, then Big White Resort may be the wedding destination for you. With snow-white views of the Monashee Mountains and access to some of the best skiing (and other fabulous winter activities) in the province, your guests will have plenty to do during your wedding getaway.

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For an intimate wedding (6-14 people), choose the Warming Package, which includes private use of the Warming Hut—a cozy cabin in the woods that lacks electricity, but is romantically lit by candles and a crackling fire—and dinner catered by Kettle Valley Steak House. Arrive by horse-drawn sleigh to complete the winter wonderland feeling.

BigWhite_3Royce Sihlis PhotographyFor a larger group (120 seated, 250 cocktail), the Black Forest Package gives wedding guests access to the Happy Valley Nordic area for a picturesque ceremony backdrop, followed by a reception at the Black Forest Day Lodge, located four kilometres from the Village Centre (transportation is included). The 2,000-square-foot lodge has panoramic views of the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges through its stunning
27-foot windows.

Take advantage of the destination with lift passes, dog sledding, snowshoeing and skating, all of which double as memorable wedding photo opportunities.

CAPACITY: 6-250
COST: $1,450-$14,800
CLOSING HOURS: Venue dependent
LEAD TIME: 1-2 years
PLANNER: Outside planner recommended
TASTINGS: Not included, available
FOOD/BEVERAGE MINIMUM: Included
A/V: Available
DANCE FLOOR: Available
ACCOMMODATIONS: Ample hotel, cabins, condos available
SPA: Elevation Village Spa

BigWhite_tipTIP: “Décor and floral vendors are located off-mountain, so allow for enough time for set up,” says photographer Suzanne Le Stage. She also offers this advice: “A little gift package of mitts and scarves for your wedding party will keep them warm and look cute in photos.”

 

BREW CREEK CENTRE
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Nestled on a sprawling 12.5 acres 20 minutes south of Whistler Village, Brew Creek Centre is a wilderness lover’s dream wedding destination. The venue boasts a central lodge, cabins and guest houses, so while it has all the amenities of a hotel, the cozy accommodations ensure your guests get to appreciate the fresh mountain air.

Every wedding is granted exclusive use of the entire property and multiple-day bookings provide guests with enough time to relax and unwind. Couples can choose from several indoor or outdoor ceremony and reception locations.

Brewcreek_3Ameris PhotographyOutdoor ceremonies can take place in many areas on the grounds. Inside, the Halcyon is filled with natural light and opens onto a 220-square-foot deck overlooking a freshwater pond—dinner is then held in the lodge. For larger weddings, the Gathering’s 2,000- square-foot space with lofted ceilings and large windows can accommodate 100 guests and is fully equipped with A/V. For something more intimate, the Bridge House (literally a house on a bridge) offers a cozy alternative with its stone fireplace and exposed wood beams.

Brewcreek_2Apartment PhotographyThe owners take their surroundings seriously, with several environmental initiatives including energy conservation and pollution reduction. With an on-site garden and geodesic dome (so they can continue to grow their own food in winter), award-winning chef Stefan Vagelatos creates inspiring menus. A wedding at Brew Creek Centre will mean couples can feel good about their venue choice.

CAPACITY: 60-100
COST: Starting at $30,000
CLOSING HOURS: 1:00 a.m.
LEAD TIME: 1-2 years
PLANNER: Outside planner required
TASTINGS: Included
FOOD/BEVERAGE MINIMUM: No
A/V: Available
DANCE FLOOR: Available
ACCOMMODATIONS: For 60 guests

Brewcreek_tipTIP: “For photography, make use of the expansive space around Brew Creek Centre,” says Anastasia Chomlack, founder of the Whistler Wedding Collective. "Tree-lined paths, bridges over rivers, water features and incredible botanical landscapes all make for a perfect & diverse backdrop for your wedding day.”

 

SHANGRI-LA VANCOUVER

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On the West Coast, even city hotels have access to outdoor spaces. The expansive views from Shangri-La Vancouver’s balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the beauty of Stanley Park, Vancouver Harbour and, of course, the North Shore mountains.

Those majestic views are equalled in the hotel, where harmony with nature is embraced in the styling of each and every room.

Outside, the heated terrace is available for intimate ceremonies, and can be used for a cocktail party for up to 150 guests.

Inside on the 6th floor, along with all of the event spaces, Shangri-La’s Library is ideal for a tea ceremony, with a wall of books and a cozy fireplace to ground this important cultural moment of your wedding.

Shangrila_2Hong PhotographyFor a seated reception, crystal chandeliers light the glamorous Conway Room. Paired with a gold and cream palette and flickering candles, it’s a romantic and serene setting.

Speaking of serene, the duration of your (and your guests’) stay includes access to hotel amenities like the juice bar and health club, MARKET by Jean-Georges and CHI, The Spa.

So go ahead and treat yourselves to a couple’s massage—you can always retreat to The Orchid Suite for ultimate privacy.

CAPACITY: 10-300
COST: Peak dates start at $8,000
CLOSING HOURS: 1:00 a.m.
LEAD TIME: 18 months
PLANNER: Onsite event manager, banquet manager
TASTINGS: Included
FOOD/BEVERAGE MINIMUM: Included in packages
A/V: Available
DANCE FLOOR: Available
ACCOMMODATIONS: 119 guest rooms
SPA: CHI, The Spa

Shangrila_tipTIP: “Events and weddings are becoming more intimate,” says Soha Lavin, principal and founder of CountDown Events. “One of the ways to create a unique design is to utilize either the ballroom or the outdoor space [at Shangri-La] with a long dining table.”

 

OAK BAY BEACH HOTEL

Oakbay_1Ameris PhotographyBe transported to another time with Oak Bay Beach Hotel. The Manor-style hotel was rebuilt in 2012, but still holds onto architectural elements and design that evoke the pleasures of the 1930s. Just six kilometres from the city centre, guests are close to Victoria’s charming downtown for other weekend wedding activities, but during their stay they’ll enjoy unobstructed ocean views.

For an unforgettable experience, newlyweds can select a two-level penthouse suite to embrace an escape to the seaside for a few days.

The Boathouse Spa & Baths sit on seaside cliffs, so you’ll get a chance to relax in one of the mineral baths following a romantic couple’s massage.

For an outdoor ceremony, the Seaside Gardens combine manicured lawns and rhododendrons with wild ocean breezes and endless skies. Available for cocktail receptions as well, this magical space is stunning from morning to dusk.

Oakbay_2Ameris PhotographyInside, take photos in the Grand Lobby, where touchstones from the original hotel still welcome guests. For a sophisticated seated reception, the David Foster Foundation Theatre is a rich backdrop to which to add sparkling linens and fresh florals. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in dappled sunlight, while the whimsical wallpaper and wooden accents add character to the setting. 

CAPACITY: 20-120
COST: $60-200/person
CLOSING HOURS: 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. (venue dependent)
LEAD TIME: 1 year
PLANNER: Onsite day-of coordinator
TASTINGS: Not included, available
FOOD/BEVERAGE MINIMUM: No
A/V: Available
DANCE FLOOR: Available
ACCOMMODATIONS: 100 guest rooms
SPA: Boathouse Spa & Baths

Oakbay_tipTIP: “When choosing a colour palette, it’s best to work with what the venue has to offer,” says Nicole Jespersen, owner and lead planner at Details Special Event Planning & Decor. “The light blue walls work well with a blush-and-champagne palette. Gold Chiavari chairs are a must!”