How to plan a summer wedding in the Okanagan

The beautiful Okanagan. The mere mention of its name conjures images of sun-drenched vineyards, crystal-clear lakes, and endless blue skies. But the beauty of an Okanagan summer goes far beyond postcard perfection. It’s a symphony of senses, a tapestry woven with vibrant colours, invigorating adventures, and the sweet taste of sun-ripened peaches.

You’ve chosen a stunning location with endless possibilities for a magical celebration. But before you get swept away by the breathtaking views and endless sunshine, here are some essential things you need to know about how to plan a summer wedding in the Okanagan.

9 Tips for a Successful Summer Wedding in the Okanagan

  • Book your venue and vendors as soon as possible since summer is the most popular wedding season of all. Top venues and professionals book up early. 
  • Hire an experienced local planner! They are your best resource and know all there is to know about how to plan a summer wedding in the Okanagan.
  • Timing is EVERYTHING with summer weddings. Opt for late afternoon and early evening to avoid peak afternoon hours between 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM when lighting is harsh and temperatures are high. Less heat and direct sun makes for happier guests, plus, a better chance for a beautiful sunset.
  • Pick a ceremony venue with open shade (think shady sides of structures, large trees, etc.) to prevent uneven light and squinty eyes. If no shade is available, always place the sun behind the alter.  
  • Delicate flowers like cosmos unfortunately don’t last long in full sun. Make sure to ask your expert florist which blooms will stand up to the Okanagan heat.
  • Invest in shade options for your guests. The Okanagan does not have a lot of trees to provide natural shade. Offering guests fans or parasols for your ceremony will be greatly appreciated.
  • Instead of guest favours, consider offering your guests a summer treat! A gelato cart or iced coffee bar are always popular with guests and make for great photo opportunities.
  • Consider the weather when selecting your menu. Light yet filling options are the way to go. 
  • Make sure to have plentiful water and non-alcoholic drinks on-hand for guests a cocktail hour.

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