Oh, the Pacific Northwest, do you ever disappoint? Whether planning a weekend getaway, touring wineries, camping in the wilderness or celebrating your love with friends and family, there are endless possibilities for where to point your compass in B.C.

If you want a rustic venue with some fresh air on your big day, we’ve got the roundup for you. From cozy ocean cabins to riverside lodges to golden hayfields and barns, here are the details on some very West Coast venues.

 

Bodega Ridge—Galiano Island

Bodega Ridge wedding, Galiano Island wedding

Photo courtesy of Taylor Roades Photography

Celebrate your union by booking a weekend at Bodega Ridge for your friends and family. The quiet 22-acre property on the north side of Galiano Island is home to seven log cabins (in which the couple and their guests can stay) and a gorgeous timber lodge with floor-to-ceiling windows.

The outdoor ceremony space on the bluffs overlooking Trincomali offers a West Coast view that’s tough to beat. Bodega Ridge provides chairs or benches for your guests, but bring in a florist and vintage furniture to complete the look. 

Bodega Ridge wedding, Galiano Island wedding

Photo courtesy of Taylor Roades Photography

Cocktail hour in the full-service lodge (which later doubles as a dance floor) will prepare your guests for a Galiano-infused dinner. The island inspires the seasonal menus, with ingredients sourced from Bodega Ridge and other local farms. Served in a tented, outdoor space on long tables, the meal is just one of the luxuries your guests can enjoy over the weekend.

During your stay, the resort amenities and staff are available to provide an unforgettable experience, so take advantage and book a yoga session, guided hike, kayak lesson or whale watching experience.

Bodega Ridge wedding, Galiano Island wedding

Photo courtesy of Taylor Roades Photography

Capacity: 120
Cost: Starting at $20,000
Time Frame: 2-3 days
Lead time: 1-2 years
Fall/Winter weddings: Available
Planner: Available (Bodega Ridge staff are available throughout your stay)
Décor: Available (tents, tables, linens, flatware, cutlery and glassware are provided; finishing décor must be brought in)
Catering: Included
Alcohol: $3,000 minimum spend (no permit required)
A/V: Available
Dance floor: Available
Parking: Available
Washroom facilities: Available

Ashley Bond, Spread Love Events


“Host a casual welcome BBQ for your guests upon arrival the day prior to the wedding,” says Ashley Bond, owner and creative director at Spread Love Events. “You can also host an outdoor movie night for guests on the property, complete with kettle corn, and a brunch the day following your wedding!”

 


 

Bird's Eye Cove Farm—Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island

Bird's Eye Cove Farm wedding

Photo courtesy of Sara Rogers Photography

A picturesque setting straight out of the English countryside, Bird’s Eye Cove Farm is a 300-acre heritage farm in the rolling hills of the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. The venue prides itself as a true farm-to-table experience, and includes on-site catering for every wedding. Ingredients are sourced from their own farm—they have laying hens, Highland cattle, Berkshire pigs, beehives, vegetable gardens and orchards—and other local businesses.

Be sure to take some time to explore the grounds for scenic and, at times, comical photos thanks to photobombing farm animals. As the preferred wedding planner for the venue, Blue Lily Event Planning knows the property well and can recommend the best spots. 

Bird's Eye Cove Farm wedding

Photo courtesy of Sara Rogers Photography

Outdoor ceremonies can be held at a number of breathtaking locations on the property, but in case of rain and for the reception, the 1,700-square-foot traditional timber frame barn transforms into a jaw-dropping hall. With enviable natural light, natural timber beams and lofted ceilings, it won’t need much!

The farm has two rental suites, so as newlyweds you can stay the night. For guests, Bird’s Eye Cove Farm recommends countryside B&Bs along the way to Duncan for an easy commute. 

Bird's Eye Cove Farm wedding, Sara Rogers Photography

Photo courtesy of Sara Rogers Photography

Capacity: 140
Cost: Starting at $6,000
Time Frame: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Lead time: 1 year
Fall/Winter weddings: Available
Planner: Available (Bird’s Eye Cove Farm works with a preferred planner, but outside planners and vendors are welcome)
Décor: Available (tents, tables, linens, flatware, cutlery and glassware are provided; finishing décor must be brought in)
Catering: Included
Alcohol: Permitted (special occasion licence required)
A/V: Rentals required
Dance floor: Available
Parking: Available
Washroom facilities: Available

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“I like to tell my couples to have fun with the space,” says Tammy Markwart, owner of Blue Lily Event Planning. “Spread out, and enjoy it. Bring blankets for your guests to stretch out and turn cocktail hour into a picnic.” She also recommends wearing sensible shoes. “Wedges or flats for the ladies are best... just no skinny heels.”

 


 

Fraser River Lodge—Agassiz

Fraser River Lodge wedding

Photo courtesy of Andrea Ball Photography

In the valley, where river meets mountain, Fraser River Lodge is a rustic (but updated) wooden chalet with a private 2,000-foot river shoreline. The breathtaking views here always include the mountains, but if you’re lucky you’ll capture the misty clouds atop Mount Cheam or a herd of wild bison roaming along the river.

Depending on the season, Fraser River Lodge has several options for a rustic ceremony, whether on grassy plains, wildflower fields or in the chalet.

The lodge itself is bedecked with, well, decks. For an indoor/outdoor feeling, open the floor-to-ceiling glass doors of the main reception hall out onto the deck. 

Fraser River Lodge wedding, Andrea Ball wedding

Photo courtesy of Andrea Ball Photography

Receptions can be held in the main hall, but other rooms are available for a more intimate fireside meal. The venue recommends bringing in a planner or decorator to enrich the space with personal details and florals.

Head chef Bill Schildpatt, who specializes in Pacific Northwest fare, caters dinner, which is included in all wedding packages. After you’ve tucked in, make time for a dance on the riverfront wooden deck.

Stay overnight in one of the lodge’s eight rooms or the four-bedroom Outpost Lodge. Further accommodations for your guests can be arranged with nearby Harrison Beach Hotel and several quaint B&Bs.

Fraser River Lodge wedding, Andrea Ball Photography

Photo courtesy of Andrea Ball Photography

Capacity: 2-200
Cost: $2,700-$20,900
Time Frame: 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Lead time: 12-18 months
Fall/Winter weddings: Available
Planner: Available (Fraser River Lodge offers a day-of coordinator and support staff, but outside planners and vendors are welcome)
Décor: Available (tents, tables, linens, flatware, cutlery and glassware are provided; finishing décor must be brought in)
Catering: Included
Alcohol: Available (no permit required)
A/V: Available
Dance floor: Available
Parking: Available
Washroom facilities: Available

Paige Petriw
“You can get some stunning sunset photos in front of [Fraser River Lodge] on McDonald Road,” says Paige Petriw, owner and principal planner at Spotlight Events. “Check the sunset time on your wedding date and chat with your photographer and planner to schedule photos into your wedding timeline.”

 


 

Silver Sage Stables—Coldstream

Silver Sage Stables, Kevin Trowbridge

Photo courtesy of Kevin Trowbridge Photography

Silver Sage Stables in Coldstream is a 2,700-square-foot open-air wooden barn with exposed rafters. Set amongst golden wheat and endless grassy fields, it’s a true outdoor venue, so you can expect country air and colourful sunsets on your big day.

Venue rentals span the weekend, so guests (and planners) can breathe, enjoying a rehearsal dinner on site and no rush to set up and tear down. Even better, couples have from sunrise to sunset (and beyond) to take photographs on the scenic 50-acre private property.

Silver Sage Stables wedding, White Willow Photogaphy

Photo courtesy of White Willow Photography

An outdoor ceremony space, framed by a wooden arbour and benches, can be decorated to taste, but guests should note that baby’s breath is not permitted on the property.

The rafters in the barn hold string lighting and four crystal chandeliers to provide a soft, elegant glow for the evening. Silver Sage Stables doesn’t include tables, linens or flatware in wedding packages, but for an additional rental fee, they have a collection of mismatched china plates (and other vintage items) available.

In a separate building, a well-equipped kitchen is available for caterers and bartenders. As there are no on-site accommodations, you and your guests can stay in Vernon, just 15 minutes west of the venue.

Silver Sage Stables wedding, Kevin Trowbridge Photography

Photo courtesy of Kevin Trowbridge Photography

Capacity: 140
Cost: $5,000-$6,200
Time Frame: Friday to Sunday
Lead time: 12-15 months
Fall/Winter weddings: Not available
Planner: Available (outside planners and vendors are welcome)
Décor: Not included
Catering: Not included (caterers have access to a kitchen)
Alcohol: Permitted (special occasions licence required)
A/V: Rentals required
Dance floor: Available
Parking: Available
Washroom facilities: Available

Kalie Knopp, Jenna Hill Photogaphy
“Keep your speeches short and sweet,” says Kalie Knopp, owner of Tulle & Twine Weddings. “If you want an open mic, a great time is while dinner is being served.” But keep in mind that there’s no A/V at Silver Sage Stables, so equipment will have to be rented. Tulle & Twine is local, so you can trust them with the details.

 


 

Merridale Estate Cidery, Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island

Merridale Estate Cidery wedding, Jesse Holland

Photo courtesy of Jesse Holland Photography

Just a short jaunt north from Victoria, Merridale Estate Cidery is nestled among orchards and pastures. The rural setting on Vancouver Island is ideal for couples seeking a wedding getaway, complete with home-brewed apple cider (treat your guests to a tasting tour while you’re there).

Summer ceremonies are held pond-side beside the apple orchard, while those in winter are held on the back deck, with a view of the orchard and pastures. If guests are chilly, the space can be heated and cozy blankets are provided. Receptions are held in the timber cider house, which features cathedral ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Merridale wedding, Shira Windecker

Photo courtesy of Shira Windecker Photography

Wedding packages include a meeting with Merridale’s wedding coordinator to manage planning, décor and day-of coordination.

While the cidery has its own chef and catering is managed in-house, couples are welcome to bring in other vendors for the florals, décor and cake. Essentials such as tents, tables, chairs, linens and glassware are provided and Merridale will staff the event.

On your wedding night, opt to stay in one of the property’s luxurious yurts, waking up to a sunny morning in the orchard, chirping birds, fresh coffee and baked goods. Guests can easily find accommodations in nearby Cobble Hill.

Merridale wedding, Shira Windecker Photography

Photo courtesy of Shira Windecker Photography

Capacity: 150
Cost: starting at $4,500
Time Frame: 3:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Lead time: 1-2 years
Fall/Winter weddings: Available
Planner: Included (Merridale offers a day-of coordinator and décor, but outside planners and vendors are welcome)
Décor: Included
Catering: Included
Alcohol: Available (no permit required)
A/V: Available
Dance floor: Available
Parking: Available
Washroom facilities: Available

Janet Docherty
“At the beginning of the year we host a few dinners for couples who have booked their wedding,” says Janet Docherty, owner of Merridale. It’s an opportunity to see the cider house set up for a wedding by local vendors. The meal is served family-style so couples can see the space from the perspective of their guests.