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With first-class venues, experienced vendors and breathtaking sights, Vancouver Island is the perfect place to make your "forever day" one for the wedding history books

As a wedding destination, the natural beauty that Vancouver Island has to offer, combined with the wide variety of first-class venues in the region, are two of the reasons why it has become an attractive wedding destination. From rugged coastal resort to colourful garden oasis to charming seaside setting, there are no shortage of options for couples looking to turn their wedding dreams into a reality.

Exclusively from January 15th to March 31st, world-renowned The Butchart Gardens opens its indoor Spring Prelude garden for private wedding ceremonies. This unique venue offers a fantastical showcase of spring’s colorful bounty — a fitting romantic tribute to new beginnings. Diverse wedding packages address intimate gatherings or groups up to 60, from standing receptions in the Spring Prelude garden to elegant dinners in the restaurant. Photo shoots in and around the gardens — or at the picturesque Rose Carousel, with its 30 whimsical hand-carved animals — enhance the experience at this stunning location.

Located at the edge of B.C.’s Pacific Coast, Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort marries lush rainforest with luxury accommodation for a match made in heaven. Although a stunning year-round wedding venue, the resort says that unions celebrated during winter’s dramatic storm-watching season are gathering headway. The professional onsite events team assists with every detail — from menu planning and decor to day-of coordination. The wedding party will stay cozy in the elegantly appointed resort suites fitted with fireplaces, and bridal party rejuvenation awaits at the Drift Spa.

Whether you have an intimate ceremony in the Wine Cellar room (with its dramatic floor-to-ceiling views of the surge channel), outdoors on the oceanfront patio or in the 140-guest Rainforest Ballroom, these romantic venues offer the surf as your soundtrack.

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Situated along Victoria’s breathtaking Inner Harbour, the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa offers a magical year-round location to celebrate your union. Whatever the setting, from a gorgeous outdoor waterfront patio to indoor banquet rooms, the stylish resort can accommodate groups from 10 to 500. From day to dusk, beautiful photo opportunities abound, including the stunning backdrop of the beautifully lit Legislative Buildings on the harbour. The hotel's savvy event managers can assist with all of your big-day decisions including customized menus for a four-star culinary experience — whether it’s a wedding party brunch, bridal shower, cocktail reception, rehearsal dinner or day-of banquet. Its preferred vendors' list of the best photographers, florists, venue decorators and DJs lets you take your special day to the next level. An onsite spa is also available for a bride or bridal party looking for some pampering beforehand.

Unique wedding packages include Sunday wedding specials, with 50 per cent off venue rental, plus a complimentary room with a view of the water and in-room breakfast for the happy couple.

A luxury boutique hotel destination that evokes the romantic English seaside is at the heart of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. With panoramic ocean views, and only minutes from Victoria’s city centre, this worlds-away venue offers polished full-service wedding packages with a spark of pomp and circumstance. From vows overlooking Juan de Fuca Strait along the seaside gardens or in front of the historic Grand fireplace, to cocktail or formal receptions, everlasting memories unite under one roof with elegant decor, custom menus, stylish guest accommodations, expert wedding professionals and breathtaking venue spaces to sweep you off your feet.

Celebrating over 15 successful years, Victoria's foremost wedding planner, Details Special Event Planning and Decor, offers partial to complete wedding packages including day-of coordination to ensure every detail is in complete union. From floral design and venue decorating, from trendy to traditional to intimate to glam, and with insight on the most unique venues in the city and the Island, imaginative owner and lead planner Nicole Jespersen aims to "wow your vows." Favourite venues include the historic Hatley Castle, the romantic Old English Inn, the stunning Westin Bear Mountain Resort and the charming Birds Eye Cove Farm in the Cowichan Valley.

For a destination wedding close to home, picture-perfect Poets Cove Resort on Pender Island, with sunset views of Bedwell Harbour and distant sailboats, is a lyrical sonnet in the making.  

The Executive Cottage sets the stage for intimate weddings or elopements, and is an ideal hilltop spot for a cocktail and canapé reception after exchanging vows on the beach below. For larger venues, the Seaglass Ballroom offers floor-to-ceiling windows with French doors opening up to a landscaped terrace, or the second floor Aurora dining room with its elegant nautical theme. Experienced onsite wedding coordinators offer initial property site tours, liaison leading up to the event and day-of coordination, provide custom menu and wine and cocktail suggestions and give insight into popular photo shoot locations and staffing. Creating life long memories with family and friends is easy with diverse outdoor activities ranging from kayaking and paddleboard yoga to fishing charters and disc golf. And any pre-wedding jitters can be melted away at the Susurrus Spa’s eucalyptus steam cave.