This is your big day. So how do you want to celebrate it? Experience the wedding you’ve always dreamed about at just a fraction of the cost of other romantic wedding destinations. From an intimate oceanside ceremony atop tropic-like sandy beaches, to large and luxurious resort-style indoor parties. Want to say “I do” in front of a rushing waterfall surrounded by west-coast rainforest, or how about walking down the aisle of an historic theatre? Ever thought about a mountain-top ceremony surrounded by fresh-fallen snow? The opportunities are endless on the Sunshine Coast, and best of all, affordable. Close in proximity to Vancouver and Vancouver Island, yet it feels like a whole other world. One thing is for certain, you will always remember and cherish the day you got married on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Here, you will find ideas on the best locations for weddings and connect with wedding resources to make planning your day, a whole lot simpler.
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From luxurious oceanfront resorts offering a variety of spaces, to beautifully-appointed bed & breakfasts with private gardens, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Click here to view our available wedding facilities, with and without accommodations.
Parks and BeachesFrom Howe Sound to Desolation Sound, Sunshine Coast beaches and Parks are legendary. There are grassy oceanfront parks offering endless coastal views. Or maybe you’d prefer tropic-like sandy beaches that line the shores of some of the warmest ocean waters north of the equator. No matter your preference, you’ve found it. Below are some of the best beaches to pledge your love for each other.
LOWER COAST:Porpoise Bay Provincial Park - Porpoise Bay Provincial Park on the Sunshine Coast offers many opportunities for coastal fun and is a favourite family park. The park is separated from the Strait of Georgia by the isthmus at Sechelt. This park is characterized by second-growth forest, open grassy areas and sandy beaches.
Sargeant Bay Provincial Park - Sargeant Bay was set aside to preserve the splendid areas of ocean beaches, rocky headlands, lagoons and heavily forested uplands. The beach at this day-use area is excellent for walking and nature viewing.
Cliff Gilker Park – Featuring a trail network of stunning forest, creeks and waterfalls, Cliff Gilker is a favourite of many Sunshine Coasters.
UPPER COAST:Mahood Beach – 15 minutes south of city limits, Mahoods Beach is a favourite of many locals. The retreating tide exposes miles of sandy beach, perfect for that romantic, tucked-away ceremony.
Haywire Bay – Sandy beaches line the shores of Powell Lake at Haywire Bay Regional Park, the perfect spot for that family camping wedding.
Palm Beach Regional Park - discover one of the best area beaches and regional parks, ideal for beachcombing, family picnics, wedding ceremonies, barbecues, swimming, snorkelling, exploring tidal pools and taking in one of our famous sunsets.
Stillwater Bluffs – Stillwater Bluffs has the ability to transport you a million miles away and is certainly one of Powell River's best kept secrets. Rockclimbing, crashing waves, towering arbutus trees, this area is truly a geological gem.
Saltery Bay Provincial Park – Just 5 minutes from the ferry to Earl’s Cove sits this magnificent park with stunning views, lush forests and some of the best diving in the world.
Willingdon Beach – One of the more popular beaches because of its close proximity to the city centre. Sandy Beaches, a public wharf, a kids water park, and a stunning trail through lush forest, this site has it all!
Savary Island – Legendary beaches. Legendary waters. Savary Island is perhaps the most romantic destination in all of Canada! See for yourself.
Second Beach – Also known as Hulks Beach, this spot is great for views of Vancouver Island, sea lions and the legendary Hulks, Powell River’s historic breakwater comprised of WWII ships.
Shelter Point (Texada) - This popular beach offers the perfect balance between a rugged forest wilderness and a picturesque white-sand paradise.
GardensSunshine Coast Botanical Garden
On the WaterThe Sunshine Coast boasts some of the most beautiful coastal waters in the Pacific Northwest. With a backdrop of steep mountains that cascade into the ocean, why not get married on the water? There are many boating and sailing charters that would be happy to host your special event and help make it your dream come true.
Cakes and CateringFood is practically an art form here on the Sunshine Coast. Our communities have a strong, collective sense of the power of good healthy eating and its effects on one’s overall well being. Our talented caterers and culinarians pride themselves on using the freshest ingredients, with many using local and organic ingredients exclusively. And since we are along the coast, the plates often consist of the finest local seafood, including oysters, clams, salmon and prawns.
If it is a cake you are looking for, one that will be talked about for years to come, be sure to check out our Sunshine Coast bakers and Pastry Chefs. Talk about YUM! If your wedding is in Powell River, be sure to see what Quality Foods and Save-on-Foods can do for you.
Flowers and Decor
Fresh. Creative. Attentive. These adjectives best describe Sunshine Coast decorators and floral designers. Contact the following professionals who can help you with all of your decor and floral needs:
Upper Sunshine Coast:
Blush Fresh Floral Design
Flowers by Cori-Lynn
Lower Sunshine Coast:
The Garden Gate Florist
Flowers by Patsy
Photo and Video
With all of this beauty surrounding you (not to mention the beauty that is you!), you will want to be sure that you get the right wedding photographer and videographer. Nobody knows our stunning wedding locations quite like a local, so be sure to check out what they can do for you on your special day.
My Sunshine Coast Events - Planning the ultimate celebration is our passion. From large and lavish to elegant and intimate, our creations will reflect your vision, style and sensibilities.
Coastal Weddings and Events -Your local wedding and event planner on the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast is an amazing place for a wedding and Coastal Weddings and Events is ready to help you create the perfect day, without the stress! Tell us your dream and leave all the details to us!
Relay Rental - Powell River's premiere tent and party rental place!
Rent-it Canada - Sechelt
Gibsons Party Rentals - Gibsons
Music and EntertainmentThe Music Room - Based in Powell River, let us create your custom music plan for your big day!
Transportation and LimosPearl City Limousines - Serving Powell River
Oceanview Helicopters - Want to get to your mountaintop wedding in style?
ChurchesPowell River and Texada Island
Lower Sunshine Coast
Weddings can be stressful, even for the most experienced planner. What makes the Sunshine Coast so appealing to couples is the laid-back lifestyle, the ocean lapping gently over your feet, the smell of coastal air, and plenty of vitamin D thanks to an abundance of summertime sunshine! If you need to destress and take a well-earned break from wedding day details, maybe a spa day is in order. Or perhaps a round on one of our stunning golf courses is more your thing.
SPAS, YOGA AND HEALTH
Get ready for a serious pampering. Our Sunshine Coast body and beauty professionals will not only make you look incredible....you'll feel incredible! Nails, hair, tanning, cosmetics; you'll find everything you need right here to look your very best on your big day.
HAIR & BODY SALONS
Unique Wedding Ideas
Here you will find some truly unique wedding ideas, exclusive to the Sunshine Coast:
1Get married in the Knuckleheads – helicopter up 5700 ft above sea level and say your “I do’s” on a snow-capped coastal mountain range overlooking Jervis Inlet, Malaspina Straight and Vancouver Island.
2Walk down an aisle where time stands still – make your nuptials historic in stature by getting married in Canada’s oldest continuously operating movie theatre; The Patricia Theatre or in beautiful Dwight Hall in Powell River’s Historic Townsite, one of only two National Historic Districts in the country.
3Want to get married on a sandy beach with tropic like waters lapping at your feet? No need to buy plane tickets to Costa Rica, Savary Island awaits your wedding in dreamlike fashion. Close to home and far from ordinary, this Gulf Island is legendary when it comes to romance, exploration and relaxation.
Beachfront backdrops – if you’ve always dreamed of getting married oceanside, the Sunshine Coast has countless beaches to pledge your love to each other upon. On the Upper Coast, Mahoods Beach is a local favourite with its impressive waves during a storm and it’s amazing sandy beaches for summer events. Palm Beach and Willingdon Beach are also perfect locales for weddings. Premiere beachfron spots on the Lower Coast include Welcome Beach, Secret Cove, and Bonniebrook Beach. Exchange vows on the Roberts Creek Mandala or at the end of the rocky pier jutting out into the Salish Sea.
Looking for a BIG party? The Powell River Town Centre Hotel, Beach Gardens Resort and Marina, Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, Painted Boat Resort, West Coast Wilderness Lodge, Pender Harbour Resort and Marina, and the Historic Lund Hotel all have beautiful banquet facilities sure to impress all your guests!
6Take the plunge together... literally! For the truly adventurous, why not have your wedding... beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean? The winter months are the best and clearest times to dive on the Sunshine Coast, why not get married amidst octopi, wolf eels and a sunken mermaid? Popular dive sites include Mermaid Cove at Saltery Bay, Texada Island, Sechelt Inlet, Coopers Green and Egmont.
7Fall for our falls - make it a truly unforgettable ceremony by placing yourselves in front of one of our famous Sunshine Coast waterfalls. Charter a boat and bring your entire party into Princess Luisa Inlet where you will pledge your love for each other in front of Chatterbox Falls.