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10+ Snowy Winter Wedding Venues Vancouver / Lower Mainland

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All images by Pursell Photography. 

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This article explores the best winter wedding venues in British Columbia, focusing on picturesque locations with stunning snowy landscapes or beautiful mountain views. Whether you’re dreaming of a wedding surrounded by pristine snow or overlooking majestic mountains, these venues offer the perfect backdrop for a magical winter wedding in BC.


Grouse Mountain Resort: A Summit of Love

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Location: North Vancouver

Perched high above the city, Grouse Mountain Resort is a winter wedding paradise. Offering panoramic views of Vancouver’s sparkling skyline against the majestic backdrop of snow-clad peaks.

Highlights:

  • Spectacular Mountaintop Views: Exchange vows at the Peak of Vancouver, where the breathtaking scenery forms an awe-inspiring canvas for your wedding photos.
  • Nature-Immersed Celebrations: The surrounding alpine forests and crisp mountain air add a touch of enchantment to your special day, making it an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
  • Versatile Event Spaces: Whether you envision an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, the resort accommodates all with elegance and ease.
  • Enchanted Winter Walks: A stroll through the Light Walk, adorned with twinkling Christmas lights, provides a magical setting for evening festivities or a romantic post-ceremony walk.

More photos of Grouse Mountain.
https://www.grousemountain.com/weddings


Sea to Sky Gondola: Easy access mountain top

Location: Squamish

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The gondola will take you high into the mountains with little effort, providing a stunning snowy backdrop for your winter wedding.

Highlights:

  • Jaw-Dropping Scenery: With vistas of Howe Sound, the surrounding mountains, and lush forests, this venue offers a feast for the eyes and a haven for photographers.
  • Unique Gondola Experience: The ride to your ceremony site is not just a journey; it’s an opportunity for guests to bond and marvel at the views.
  • Diverse Venue Options: From intimate platforms to a spacious restaurant area, the Sea to Sky Gondola accommodates various wedding sizes and styles.
  • Natural Elegance: The blend of sea and mountain views creates a serene and majestic atmosphere, ideal for a wedding set in nature’s lap.

Photos from Sea to Sky Gondola
https://www.seatoskygondola.com/weddings


Whistler Mountain: A Peak of Romance

Location: Whistler

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Whistler Mountain is not just a renowned ski destination; it’s also perfect for winter weddings due to the high elevation of the village compared to the rest of the Lower Mainland.

Highlights:

  • Snowy Mountain Vistas: The mountain provides a stunning snowy backdrop, ideal for a winter-themed wedding.
  • Venue Variety: Choose from a range of venues, each offering its unique view and ambiance.
  • Winter Activities: Extend the celebration with skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing, turning your wedding into an adventurous winter getaway.
  • Village Charm: The nearby Whistler Village offers cozy accommodations, spas, and shopping, perfect for guests to relax and enjoy.

Photos from Whistler
https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/weddings


Fraser River Lodge: Wilderness Romance

Location: Fraser Valley
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Fraser River Lodge is a hidden gem that offers breathtaking views of the snowy mountains, including the epic Mt. Cheam.

Highlights:

  • Luxurious 18-acre Resort: The expansive property provides a sense of exclusivity and intimacy, making your wedding feel like a private retreat.
  • Indoor and Outdoor Venues: Whether you prefer an indoor setting or an outdoor ceremony against the backdrop of nature, the lodge caters to all preferences.
  • Personalized Decor Options: Customize every aspect of your décor to reflect your personal style and theme.
  • Unique Activities: Add excitement to your wedding with unique activities like helicopter rides or axe throwing, creating memorable experiences for your guests.

More photos from Fraser River Lodge
https://fraserriverlodge.com/weddings


Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre: A Cultural Experience

Location: Whistler
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At the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, cultural richness meets natural beauty, offering a winter wedding venue that’s both unique and meaningful. Located right in Whistler Village this venue often has snow for most of the winter.

Highlights:

  • Spacious Great Hall: Accommodate up to 300 guests in a hall that blends modern amenities with cultural elegance.
  • Stunning Mountain Views: The Mezzanine Patio and Istken Hall offer panoramic views of Blackcomb Mountain, adding a majestic touch to your celebration.
  • Cultural Significance: The venue’s architecture and art reflect the rich heritage of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations, adding depth and meaning to your wedding.
  • Versatile Spaces: Whether you envision an indoor gala or an outdoor ceremony, the center’s diverse spaces accommodate all kinds of wedding visions.

Photography from this great winter venue.


Manning Park Resort: Rustic Elegance

Location: Cascade Mountains
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Nestled along the Crowsnest Highway 45 minutes from Hope BC, Manning Park is a picturesque winter wedding venue that boasts both a charming ski resort and a scenic provincial park. Situated high up in the mountains, this village is no stranger to snow, creating a winter wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

Highlights:

  • Picturesque Mountain Setting: The resort offers a winter wonderland experience with its snow-covered peaks and serene forests.
  • Variety of Venues: From cozy lodges to spacious outdoor areas, the resort caters to weddings of all sizes and styles.
  • Ski Wedding Packages: For the adventurous couple, ski wedding packages add an exciting twist to the traditional wedding day.

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Harrison Hot Springs Resort: Lakeside Love

Location: Harrison Lake

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This great winter wedding venue is set against a peaceful lake and impressive mountains. While it doesn’t always have snow due to its lower elevation, the stunning views of distant snowy mountains are remarkable. It’s a place where you can enjoy the beauty and calm of nature in one unique location.

Highlights:

  • Scenic Tranquility: The resort’s location offers a picturesque setting, perfect for a wedding that’s both grand and intimate.
  • Breathtaking Natural Backdrop: The Coast Mountains and Harrison Lake provide a stunning natural backdrop for your wedding photos.
  • Natural hot springs: Indulge in the natural hot springs water before or after the wedding.

More photos from Harrison Hot Springs Resort. 
https://www.harrisonresort.com/weddings/


Vancouver Convention Centre: Urban Elegance

Location: Downtown Vancouver

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The Vancouver Convention Centre is the perfect choice for a wedding that blends city elegance with stunning natural scenery. With its fantastic views of the North Shore, featuring snow-capped mountains in winter, it offers an unmatched backdrop for your special day.

Highlights:

  • Stunning Mountain and Sea Views: The venue offers panoramic views of the North Shore mountains and the bustling harbour, providing a unique urban-meets-nature setting.
  • Versatile Event Spaces: Catering to events of various sizes, the venue’s waterfront rooms offer flexibility and elegance.

Okanagan Winter Wedding Venues

Explore the beauty of the Okanagan region with its vineyards and stunning landscapes, offering a diverse range of winter wedding venues.

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The Cove Lakeside Resort, Kelowna:

  • Stunning Lake and Mountain Views: The resort combines the beauty of the lake with the majesty of the mountains, offering a picturesque setting for your wedding.
  • Weekend Celebrations: With on-site accommodation, turn your wedding into a full weekend of celebration and bonding.
    https://www.covelakeside.com/weddings

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Sanctuary Gardens, Kelowna:

  • Outdoor Elegance: This outdoor venue is ideal for couples seeking a natural yet elegant setting.
  • Intimate to Grand: Whether planning an intimate elopement or a large wedding, the gardens provide a versatile backdrop.
    https://sanctuarygardens.ca/

winter wedding whistler Red Mountain Resort, Rossland:

  • Ski Resort Romance: This classic ski resort offers the excitement of winter sports with the elegance of on-site wedding facilities.
  • Versatile Ceremony Locations: Choose from various locations for your ceremony, including a deck with stunning views of the mountains.
    https://www.redresort.com/weddings-conferences

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Vancouver City Venues: Urban Winter Wonderland

Location: Vancouver

Although these winter wedding venues might not be situated in snowy landscapes or offer snowy mountain views, they provide the opportunity for stunning backdrops. You have the flexibility to enhance these settings with your winter decorations. Additionally, Downtown Vancouver becomes particularly festive around Christmas, adding to the charm and ambiance of a winter-themed wedding. Anyone planning a winter wedding in Vancouver should have a backup rain plan.

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Select Venues:

The Vancouver Club:

A prestigious venue is known for its distinguished style and service, perfect for a sophisticated urban wedding. https://vancouverclub.ca/
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The Fairmont Pacific Rim:

Offers a blend of luxury and modernity, with stunning views of the harbour and a taste of the city’s cosmopolitan flair. https://www.fairmont.com/pacific-rim-vancouver/

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Stanley Park:

For those who love nature within the city, Stanley Park provides a lush, green setting with the city skyline and ocean as the backdrop.


whistler wedding photographyFAQs for winter weddings:

  1. What are the benefits of having a winter wedding? Winter weddings offer unique beauty with snowy landscapes and cozy atmospheres. They can also be more cost-effective, as winter is often considered an off-peak season. See the full guide to winter photoshoots.
  2. How do I choose the right winter wedding venue? Consider venues with beautiful indoor spaces and scenic outdoor options for photography. Ensure they can provide a warm, comfortable environment for your guests.
  3. What should guests wear to a winter wedding? Guests should opt for warmer attire. Think elegant coats, wraps, or shawls over formal wear, and appropriate footwear for potentially snowy conditions.022 - snow heli elopement
  4. What are some popular winter wedding themes? Winter wonderland, rustic winter, holiday-inspired, and classic elegance are popular. These can include elements like twinkling lights, rich colours, and seasonal décor. See Christmas wedding ideas.
  5. How can we make our winter wedding photos stand out? Utilize the natural winter scenery, like snow-covered landscapes. Incorporate winter-specific elements like faux fur wraps or colourful umbrellas against the snow.
  6. Are there any special considerations for winter wedding catering? Offer warm, comforting foods and drinks, like hot cocoa bars or hearty soups. Seasonal flavours, such as cinnamon or peppermint, can add a festive touch.

Remember, every wedding is unique, so these FAQs are a starting point for planning your perfect winter wedding

Wedding Photos at the Top of Roundhouse in Whistler


Personalized Photo Location Recommendations for Your Wedding

As your wedding photographers, we’re here to make sure you get the best photos, no matter the weather or your venue’s location. Here’s how we do it:

Adapting to Weather

We keep an eye on the weather and choose photo spots that work best, whether it’s sunny or snowy.

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Knowing Your Venue

We’re familiar with many winter wedding venues in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, so we know the best places to take photos at your specific location.

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Using the Surroundings

We use the beauty of your venue, whether it’s in the city or surrounded by nature, to make your photos stunning.

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Flexible and Creative

We’re ready to adapt to any weather changes and still capture beautiful moments.

Your Style, Our Guidance

We listen to what you want and combine it with our expertise to create photos that tell the story of your day, no matter the weather.

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Your Winter Wedding

Whether you prefer a mountain resort, a cozy lodge, or a city venue, Vancouver and the Lower Mainland offer great choices for a winter wedding. Each place has its special feel, making your wedding as unique as your story. A winter wedding is special for its cozy and romantic atmosphere. Your wedding in Vancouver, from start to finish, promises to be an unforgettable experience. Enjoy planning your big day! See more winter wedding photos

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Looking for a photographer to capture your winter wedding in Vancouver? We are here to help. We will make sure every special moment and detail is beautifully photographed. Get in touch, and let’s create lasting memories of your big day!

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