Top 10 Summer Wedding Venues
Finding the perfect location for your wedding is often a challenging part in planning but with so many options around Canada and across the map, possibilities are endless. Whether you want to stay in downtown Toronto or say "I do" on the Mediterranean coastline, a summer wedding is a beautiful setting. Discover different venues around the globe that can be the perfect place to start your lives together.
Parkwood Gardens, Oshawa, Ontario
Located in Oshawa, Ontario the Parkwood Esate remains one of the last grand estates still standing and is also a hidden gem. With interior design from the 1920s and '30s, this estate is an excellent backdrop for a classic themed cocktail party. With grand gardens and fountains, this venue will surely whisk you away to a different time.
Why it's perfect: The outdoor gardens resemble a classic French landscape and is a perfect setting for the couple who love a little history and grandeur.
Nestleton Waters Inn, Bowmanville, Ontario
Located one hour outside of Toronto, the Nestleton Waters Inn provides a great escape for a wedding outside the city. With the option to rent rooms for the whole guest list or take transportation up the day of the wedding, this venue caters to any couple. With a tented outdoor area overlooking a fountain, your guests will be wowed by the scenery.
Why we love it: The inn resembles a regular family home with an upscale feel so if youíre the type of couple that wants to keep things simple but elegant, this is a great option. Say your vows in the outdoor garden and feel as if youíre at home in your own backyard.
Ancaster Mill, Ancaster, Ontario
Located in Ancaster, the Ancaster Mill is the perfect venue for the couple who doesn't want to commit to a fully outdoor wedding. With five different rooms to choose from--most with floor-to-ceiling windows--this venue is a great option for a summer wedding indoors. After dinner, your guests can wander the grounds to take in the beautiful landscape and warm summer breeze.
Why it's perfect: For the couple that can't decide on an outdoor ceremony, this is the perfect location. With vow ceremonies offered both indoors and out, you can decide whether a church or garden ceremony is right for you.
Graydon Hall Manor, Toronto, Ontario
Built in 1936, Graydon Hall Manor offers luxurious gardens and indoor spaces that will complement any summer wedding. Once through the gates, say goodbye to the busy city life and step into the English countryside. Host your event in the main dining room or on their terrace overlooking the gardens.
Why it's perfect: This venue is great for that couple that wants a little more pizzazz and grandeur for their wedding and since it's steps outside of the city, it's still close to home. It's a beautiful backdrop for a romantic and sophisticated summer wedding.
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Nova Scotia
The Historic Gardens located in Nova Scotia are a gardening enthusiast's dream. Spanning 17 acres, the options are endless when it comes time to choose a ceremony location. If you have a smaller guest list, on-site catering can be used for an intimate wedding in the garden.
For the guests: If you have flower lovers attending your wedding, the venue will provide all guests with roaming privileges. This means they're free to walk around and explore the scenery both during the event and are welcome to come the day after the wedding.
Medicean Villa, Florence, Italy
If a destination wedding was what you had in mind, look no further than Florence, Italy. Only a 15-minute drive from the city lies the Medicean Villa, a 15th-century monastery rich in culture and architecture--and the façade was painted by Michelangelo himself! Sitting atop a hill and potentially one of the most romantic places in the world, this villa is available by room or can be rented to house all guests for a destination wedding.
Why it's perfect: For an outside-the-box destination wedding, the Medicean Villa is rich in history and culture. For the couple who wants to enjoy or explore Italian roots with their family in tow, this is the perfect backdrop for a wedding away from home.
Magic Yacht Charters, Richmond, British Columbia
Take your wedding to sea on a yacht at the Westin Bayshore Resort in Vancouver. This out-of-the-box wedding venue is a great option for an intimate ceremony and perfect for a warm summer evening. Start the day by exchanging vows on the bow of the boat and later sail away for a night full of fun, food and dancing.
Why it's perfect: Spending a night out at sea will set the tone for a romantic and elegant wedding. If you're the type of couple that likes to wow your guests, this is the way to do it. Your guests will not only enjoy the evening's festivities but get to sail away underneath the night sky.
Poets Cove Resort and Spa, Pender Island, British Columbia
Nestled in Bedwell Harbour on Pender Island in British Columbia , Poets Cove is a perfect hideaway for the couple that wants to elope or is a great place to host a large wedding. The villas and cottages allow this location to be a great weekend wedding getaway if the wedding isn't local.
Why we love it: Planning on having an intimate wedding? This venue offers multiple locations around the grounds to exchange vows. Choose an oceanfront location or a ceremony at the marina docks where the summer breeze will be a perfect addition to your special day.
Fraser River Lodge, Agassiz, British Columbia
An hour outside of Vancouver and known as a fishing and wilderness resort, the Fraser River Lodge is the perfect getaway venue. Set amongst an open field and lake, this venue speaks "serenity" and is perfect for a weekend-long wedding celebration with family and friends.
Why it's perfect: The lodge offers both indoor and outdoor space that overlook the mountains. If you're not keen on having an outdoor wedding, the view through the picturesque windows is still breathtaking.
If a venue is not for you, keep things simple and sentimental by holding your wedding in your family's home or in someone's backyard. A childhood backyard or family cottage can be the most beautiful setting for your nuptials and mean more than any venue. If your guest list is on the smaller side, this option is a great way to keep things sentimental and local.
Why we love it: Why not get married in the place it all began and enjoy the memories that family has to offer? A wedding doesn't have to be at an upscale venue to have charm and sophistication, so keep things elegant and old school with a simple backyard ceremony.
Written by Paula Cilia