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European Wedding Venues in BC

November 28, 2023
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Many wedding venues in BC tend to gravitate towards the outdoors, forests, and things representative of the Pacific Northwest.  Mountains, trees and water are definitely things that come to mind when you think about British Columbia. But there are some gems in this province for couples looking for some Old World charm.  

If you have been following our journey as wedding planners in Vancouver and our love for destination weddings, you will know we love European architecture and its aesthetic. Here are our top 5 venues in BC for couples looking for a European escape within British Columbia.

Top 5 Wedding Venues in BC

1. Hatley Castle

Front view of Hatley Castle
Photography: Kurt Boomer

2005 Sooke Rd, Victoria, BC

It’s rare to hear a wedding venue in BC with the word castle in its name.  With castles, we usually think of England, Scotland and France and Hatley Castle definitely has the grandeur of one.  If you are looking for a castle to hold your wedding, you will probably love the gardens and different areas Hatley Castle has to offer. 

Bride walking on stairs at Hatley's garden
Photography: Kurt Boomer
Bride walking at Hatley Castle
Photography: Kurt Boomer
Side entrance with trees and door
Photography: Kurt Boomer

Click here to see our couple’s wedding at Hatley Castle.

2. Hycroft Manor

View of Hycroft Manor beams and pillars
Photography: Jen Huang Photo

1489 McRae Ave, Vancouver, BC

A venue that is well known to Vancouver residents, is the Hycroft Manor. This Edwardian mansion has majestic columns and decorative details throughout the property. It is definitely an iconic wedding venue in the city and you will also be able to see the skyline of downtown from the terrance. 

Click here to see one of the weddings we planned at Hycroft.

View of Vancouver from Hycroft Juliet Balcony
Photography: Jen Huang Photo
Wedding ceremony setup in Hycroft rose garden
Photography: Jen Huang Photo

Painted Rock Winery *closed for weddings*

Wedding ceremony with chairs beside lake
Photography: Christie Graham Photography

400 Smythe Dr, Penticton, BC

*Unforuntately, this beautiful venue is closed for weddings. Please enjoy the memories through these lovely photos and you can still visit the winery.

Heading to the Okanangan area, this wedding venue is definitely a popular choice if you would like to have your wedding at a winery.  Even though the main building is quite modern, the views of the lake, will immediately remind you of being on a Mediterranean island.  If you want a mix of modern and the feeling of an European travel ambience, this venue is a great choice.

White cocktail tables and umbrellas
Photography: Christie Graham Photography
bride and groom looking at lake
Photography: Christie Graham Photography

3. God’s Mountain Estate

Tables and chairs at God's Mountain Estate rooftop
Photography: Vasia Han Photography

4898 Eastside Rd, Penticton, BC 

Also in the Okanagan area, is God’s Mountain Estate.  A wedding here will remind you of Greece with its white houses and waters.  This venue is definitely a hidden gem, and if you are looking for a Meditterranean inspired wedding, this venue is perfect for you.

Bride holding bouquet looking up
Photography: Vasia Han Photography
Long table setup outside God's Mountain Estate
Photography: Vasia Han Photography

4. Villa Marco Polo Inn

Couple kissing at villa marco polo inn garden
Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography

1524 Shasta Pl, Victoria, BC

Back to Victoria, Villa Marco Polo Inn has various European-looking corners and rooms on the property. There are touches of Italian Renaissance throughout the property and it is definitely a nice venue to consider for your wedding.

Wedding dress hanging in room
Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography
Bride with bouquet in garden
Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography

5. Villa Eyrie

bride and mom getting ready at villa eyrie
Photography by Hennygraphy

600 Ebedora Ln, Malahat, BC V0R 2L0

Heading to a different area in Victoria, Villa Eyrie is a great choice for intimate weddings. The villa at the top of the mountain reminds us of villas in Italy and the main restaurant has beautiful scenery of the water and mountains with traces of Switzerland.

wedding ceremony at villa eyrie
Photography by Hennygraphy
bride and groom walking to villa eyrie
Photography by Hennygraphy

Click here to see S+T’s intimate wedding at Villa Eyrie.

Your wedding in British Columbia

Whether you are planning to come to BC to get married, or maybe you are a BC resident looking to get married in another city within the province, there are different options for your destination wedding.  If you would like more information on wedding venues, click here to read more about how to choose your wedding venue.

This post was first published on May 25, 2021.

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