Getting married in Victoria, BC
- June 07, 2013
Getting married and hiring a wedding photographer can seem like overwhelming tasks. After all, it’s your magical, memorable day, and you and your spouse-to-be want things to go absolutely perfect. But when you choose a location like Victoria, British Columbia, you are already on your way to planning something special.
This is because Victoria, British Columbia, is well known as one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Not only is Victoria it the capital city of British Columbia, it also boasts a greatness that will complement a wedding of any kind. Nothing brings you the same rich combination of nature, culture, and discovery that the West Coast does.
Victoria’s climate makes it a top choice for outdoor weddings any time of the year. It has year-round mild weather with a short winter season, along with one of the highest rates of hours of sunshine per year – nearly 2,500! Because of the sunshine and warmth, it helps lush gardens and foliage thrive. The natural beauty nature is one that attracts many visitors, in tandem with the sea surrounding its perimeter on three sides, making water-side weddings a popular choice.
One of the most popular destinations that features this beauty is Beacon Hill Park, filled with plenty of nature, in its greenery, flowers and floral arrangements, birds and wildlife, and activities, such as a petting animal farm. There are also regular music concerts that are performed at the band pavilion, and other ongoing events throughout the year. However, don’t less this stop you for holding your wedding, wedding photos, or other celebrations there – the vast plane available allows for privacy and solace while basking in those moments that you’ll never forget.
For those who want to forgo the entertainment value of Beacon Hill Park, Butchart Gardens is another popular option. As a National Historic Site of Canada, it covers over fifty-five acres of landscaping, plants, natural life, and other elements in its 100-year-old-plus estate. Some call this the “perfect option” for wedding photography, as it is pristine Victoria in all its glory.
There is plenty to do within the busier part of the city, too. Victoria has a downtown area filled with culture, plenty of restaurants and shops, and is the perfect mixture of quaint and classy. The Victorian-era Parliament Building is a draw to many, featuring over 3,000 lights illuminating it when dusk emerges. The Market Square is another popular destination, with indoor and outdoor events, shops, places to eat, and services, and is open to the public regularly for popping in or leisurely stays. Nearby Chinatown is one of the oldest Chinatowns that exist. In fact, it is the oldest in Canada, and the second oldest in North America (San Francisco being the first). It holds a unique balance of West Coast, Chinese, and Canadian culture, with home to everything you need… and a sprinkling of that rich Victoria beauty. The Royal British Columbia Museum is just up the road, featuring British Columbia’s heritage, housing more than seven million antiques, present day items, and more.
The city is easy to explore on foot, but many take advantage of the original forms of transportation available. Double-decker buses run regularly throughout the city, along with carriage rides and rentals, bike rentals, and, of course, mainstream cabs and taxis. Many people forgo a rental car or driving throughout the city; with the consistent weather and so much to see, public transportation and walking tours are the movement of choice. It also makes for a quiet, calm atmosphere, since roaming the streets isn’t interrupted by busy traffic.
After all of these things to see and do, you’ll definitely want to hunt down a suitable place to rest your head and relax. Luckily, there is plenty to choose from in Victoria. For those who want something smaller and cozy, Victoria is home to many bed and breakfasts, all of which provide different options—from breakfast fine dining to casual cookouts. There is even the popular Sleeping Dog Farm and Retreat Centre, with five mountain-and-valley-rich acres, organic gardens, daily activities, and natural wonder. The Amethyst Inn Bed and Breakfast is an option that never goes unnoticed, with a looming restored mansion’s thirteen-foot ceilings as the main attraction.
For those who are looking for something more mainstream, there are hotels located in all different areas, whether you prefer to stay in the inner harbour, in the city or on the outskirts. The Swans Hotel combines elegance and a casual nature, while the Hotel Grand Pacific is elaborate and sophisticated. The Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel is an award-winning heritage hotel, and the Beaconsfield Inn includes options for large groups. Just a sample of what is available, there is no stone left unturned when it comes to choices for hotels in the area.
These places to stay, of course, don’t include vacation home rentals, waterfront and wilderness lodging options, resorts, and more. But if a resort is on your list, you should definitely pay a visit to Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa—all you needs and amenities are met at this ocean-view property that offers services for weddings, receptions, long stays, large groups, honeymoons, and more. Whether you’re lounging on the beach, getting pampered at the spa, or taking advantage of the amenity-filled room or lush dining options, it’s no wonder why the Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa is a top choice for many travalers and weddings
Between the oceanfront, seasides, and foliage-laden scenery, the air of romance thanks to a rich culture and British colonial background and Native roots, transportation ranging from horse-drawn carriage rides to double decker buses, and activities that include tea time at local castles, and whale watching, Victoria can offer it all. This, of course, doesn’t even begin describing so many other unique opportunities that are available in the city. For food lovers, there is Travel with Taste, an urban culinary walking tour, and boat trips such as Great Pacific Adventures, with on-board naturalists to teach passengers about what they see in the sea. The draw of the West Coast city – whether you’re planning a wedding, honeymoon, getaway, or relocating, certainly is understandable, and we are so glad you’re on your way.