When it comes to choosing a wedding venue, many couples getting married in Prince Edward Island elect to host their ceremony and/or receptions at an outdoor location. After all, with PEI’s breathtaking water vistas, bright green fields and red cliffs, not to mention its temperate summer evenings, an outdoor wedding can offer a dreamy, magical ambiance and stunning photo opps without the need to venture off-site. Of course, an outdoor wedding requires some additional planning, particularly with respect to the weather, which is one of the few things that is completely out of the control of every couple getting married outdoors. Take the proper precautions by renting a tent and/or having an alternate indoor location on the ready, in case of inclement weather. Here’s our round-up of the top places to host your outdoor wedding on PEI!
Your wedding day will be a day you remember always and many couples choose to get married ‘at home’, a place that is meaningful to them. This could be the house you or your partner grew up in, the summer cottage on that your parents took you to every year when you were growing up, the home you currently live in, or the home of a close relative or friend. A backyard wedding does come with some added decisions and logistics (e.g. setting up portable washrooms, determining where people will park, etc.), but the positives are considerable. The scene of your reception overlooking the water or spending the day on your family farm will be everything you grew up dreaming about.
Pros: Flexibility – you make the rules when you’re hosting your wedding day in your backyard (or your family’s backyard). You can bring in your own caterer, set your wedding for any day in the year, dance until the wee hours of the morning (as long as your neighbours don’t mind, of course!), and do the clean up at your leisure.
Hotels, inns, cottages, and other rental properties often have gorgeous grounds designed to host special events, such as your dream wedding. As an added bonus, they can offer accommodations for the wedding couple and/or guests. Each venue comes with its own unique features that will make your wedding a unique, show-stopping experience. Give some thought to what you want your wedding day to look like, how many guests you will be inviting, and whether you want a polished upscale affair or a more casual wedding. These considerations will help you choose the right venue for your big day.
Pros: Experience – the staff at your chosen rental property have been through this before and can assist and give you tips on how to make sure your wedding day runs smoothly.
PEI is blessed with parks from tip-to-tip so chances are there is a park in the area of the Island that you want to get married. PEI is making it easier than ever to make contact with the National Parks and Provincial Parks and ensure the green space is reserved for your big day.
Pros: The scenery is breathtaking. From water views to forest backdrops, vast landscapes, and picturesque ponds, you’ll find just the right setting for your wedding at PEI’s parks…sometimes all in the same one.
Ever dreamed of being married on the beach? Well, you’re in luck because PEI has A LOT of them! In fact, the Island is home to over 1,100 kilometres of shoreline! Hosting an intimate wedding on the beach is easier than you think and, again, can often be arranged through National Parks or Provincial Parks.
Pros: Bonfires, sunsets, dancing in the sand…..enough said!