This is an in-progress list of wedding venues in Greater Victoria. I’ve included photos and links to weddings I’ve shot at the venues I’ve worked at (feel free to ask me questions about these venues), plus some info and links to all of the venues. If you can’t find your dream venue, check out the links to other nearby areas above. Use the category links below to jump to a certain type of venue.
These venues are great for that rustic feel, which can make an elegant event feel more organic and a fun event feel even more inviting. They’re perfect for having both ceremony and reception, along with a great portrait session, without even leaving the venue.
Merridale is in Cobble Hill, a 30-40 minute drive up island from Victoria, but it’s definitely worth it. Such a gorgeous venue with amazing food.
Ciderhouse Reception – up to 64 seated or 100 cocktail;
Spring, Summer, or Fall marquis tent Reception – up to 120 seated or up to 160 people cocktail
Ceremony – up to 80 guests; Ceremony and Reception – up to 50 guests
Reception – up to 250 seated
I love a wedding at a different sort of venue, which tends to come along with some amazing, unique photo opportunities.
Reception – up to 80 seated or up to 150 cocktail
An elegant setting for intimate weddings. The garden is beautiful for summer ceremonies and the galleries are perfect for artistic portraits.
Reception – up to 80 seated or up to 300 cocktail
Ceremony – up to 80 seated; Reception seating varies
Ceremony capacity is 814 guests.
Penthouse reception – up to 100 guests; Marquee room reception – up to 200 guests
This isn’t a venue, but consider it if a friend/family member has a large yard. Backyards are the perfect place to put your own personal spin on the traditional wedding.
Here are some good sources of rental tents/seating/etc: Pedersens in Victoria, Black and White Party Rentals in Parksville. A great wedding planner is also a huge help for these types of weddings – check out Blue Lily Event Planning.
Nicole and Andrew’s August 2012 elegant Galiano Island oceanfront backyard wedding
Courtenay and Patrick’s July 2012 beautiful Gordon Head backyard wedding
Jen and Sean’s July 2012 playful Mill Bay oceanfront backyard wedding
Deanna and Jay’s June 2012 intimate backyard wedding ceremony
A fancier spin on the rustic venue options above, or for ceremonies only at a low cost (see Saxe Point).
Rosedale Gardens (Venue)
Perfect for amazing, non-wedding-style food. These venues tend to have a more urban feel and don’t need as much decorating as a ballroom might, but still offer shelter from the elements. These are typically used as reception-only venues.
Reception – up to 250 seated, plus more intimate settings
Reception – up to 50 seated
These venues are best for smaller weddings and tend to be fancier than hotel ballrooms.
Holly and Darren’s October 2012 intimate wedding
Erin and Bob’s August 2012 fun elopement
Alexandria and Jonathan’s March 2012 intimate wedding
Susan and Tyler’s September 2011 intimate wedding
Rod and Peter’s July 2011 elopement
Rebecca and Graham’s April 2011 intimate wedding
Lara and Steve’s August 2010 garden elopement
Ceremony and reception – up to 20 guests
Ceremony – up to 180 guests; Reception – up to 120 seated or 200 cocktail, plus more intimate spaces
Up to 70 guests.
Reception – up to 120 seated
The Union Club (Venue)
Esquimalt Navy Base
Several different buildings, most on the water with balconies and large windows. I believe you need to know someone in the military to use these spaces.
Reception – up to 200 seated
Kirsten and Jamie’s August 2012 classy & fun wedding
Ainsley and Nathaniel’s September 2012 restaurant reception
Kyle and Kent’s December 2010 intimate wedding
Amy and Rachel’s June 2010 outdoor elopement