How to Plan the Perfect Waterfront Wedding


Imagine saying your “I do’s” right beside the ocean as the rays of the sun make the water shimmer like diamonds.  The sight is only as beautiful as the vows that you will make before friends and family. That is exactly what will happen should your decide to have a waterfront wedding!

Here are a few tips to consider when planning an outdoor, waterfront wedding.

Things to Consider When Planning a Waterfront Wedding

Unlike indoor weddings, there is usually a booking window for waterfront weddings is based on the time of year and venue availability. Once you’ve determined your desired time and date, book the venue as soon as possible.  

Ask if the venue has a “rain policy” in case it pours on your big day. Considering having an alternate ceremony location just in case. If the ceremony is scheduled to happen on a sunny day, provide guests with parasols and paper fans to keep cool and comfortable.  

Food and Decor Inspiration

Waterfront weddings are simple but lavish affairs.  Let the beauty of the ocean shine by keeping decor simple and subtle. Showcase bouquets of white, peach and pink shades paired with greenery. White or pastel-colored linens also work well for waterfront weddings.

In honor of the ocean, spice up the menu with seafood fare. Consider dishes such as lobster bisque, oysters on ice, Seafood penne pasta, and grilled salmon. For less formal and intimate weddings, consider hosting a cocktail reception peppered with seafood fare.

The Best Waterfront Venues In Vancouver and Vancouver Island

With many venues offering striking views of the Pacific Ocean, it has never been easier to plan a waterfront wedding in Vancouver or on Vancouver Island. Here are a few choice locations.

The False Creek Yacht Club in Vancouver offers breathtaking views Granville Island, False Creek and the North Shore Mountains. Rental includes use of the lounge, boardroom, and the photo-worthy wrap-around patio. Catering, provided solely by EdgeCeptional Catering Company, is at an additional cost.


The new Victoria International Marina, located in Vic West, is a stone throws away from various accommodations, including traditional hotels and Airbnbs. The Waterfront Parlour hosts beautiful views of Shoal Point.

The UBC Boathouse is a popular location for a waterfront wedding. The venue, a fully floating dock space, boasts spectacular views of the Fraser River and the North Shore Mountains.  Furthermore, with no noise restrictions, parties can go on until 3AM.

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