Planning Your Destination Wedding In The Okanagan

Dreaming of Okanagan Valley nuptials? Planning your destination wedding in the Okanagan from afar has its own set of challenges.

Finding that perfect venue while also organizing an unforgettable getaway for your friends and family can feel a bit overwhelming. Where do you even start?

Let me help you make sure your guests have an amazing time in the Okanagan!

A view of the Okanagan Valley at sunrise

Choosing a Venue

As one of the most beautiful destinations in Canada, the stunning scenery here in the Okanagan provides wow factor in any season.

Our semi-arid climate makes planning everything from the ceremony to group activities easier without the worry of weather woes!

Choosing a winery venue for your destination wedding is a popular option and often comes with the added bonus of an onsite wedding coordinator whose job it is to make sure your ceremony and accompanying celebrations are streamlined and worry-free so you and your guests can enjoy every moment.

If you’re set on reciting your vows among the vineyards you should know that due to local regulations, only a handful of wineries in the Okanagan are permitted to host weddings.

Some of my personal favourites are 50th Parallel Estate, Cedar Creek Estate, Oak Estate, Phantom Creek Estates and Poplar Grove.

a bride and groom at their Okanagan destination wedding at Cedar Creek Estate Winery

Planning Group Activities

Surprise and delight your guests by organizing a few amazing group activities.

From sail boat adventures and wine tasting tours, the Okanagan has no shortage of group activities guaranteed to please the interests of all guests!

Here are a few of my favourite options:

If you’re entertaining mostly older guests, consider a food and wine pairing experience.

The “Tapestry Tasting” at Mission Hill Winery is a wonderful experience where your guests can chat and enjoy in a beautiful private setting.

Hosting a more active crew? A wine tour adventure is a fun option!

Wine being poured at an Okanagan designation wedding reception at Quails Gate Winery

The Finishing Touches

Attention to detail makes a big impression!

Consider hosting a welcome event so that everyone can get to know each other and start the festivities off right.

A casual gathering at a winery or restaurant will help set the tone for a memorable weekend.

Take it one step further and present your guests with curated Okanagan welcome bags.

The Kelowna Visitors Centre has a impressive array of locally made artisan gifts along with maps and guides that will help familiarize your guests with the Okanagan Valley so that they will be comfortable exploring the destination on their own.

I hope these tips help to make planning your destination wedding in the Okanagan a fun and memorable experience!

A bride and groom at their Okanagan destination wedding at Gods Mountain Estate

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