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Wedding Season in the Okanagan

Posted on March 11th, 2024 in The Shore Recommends

Stunning scenery, beautiful weather, unique local spots, and vibrant downtown scene make Kelowna a sought-after destination for weddings. It offers the perfect blend of romance, adventure, and relaxation for both couples and their guests before, during, and after the big day. 

But planning a wedding with out-of-town guests can be a daunting task. That’s why we’re here to help you with some tips, tricks, and considerations when it comes to having a Kelowna wedding. 

Why Kelowna is the Perfect Wedding Destination

The Okanagan Valley boasts several factors that make it a dream wedding location:

Spectacular Scenery

Rolling vineyards, crystal-clear lakes, and majestic mountains create a picture-perfect backdrop for your special day. Local photographers have access to a variety of magazine-worthy photo locations within a short drive from most reception venues.

Favourable Weather

The Okanagan enjoys long, warm summers with minimal rain, which is ideal for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. 

Wine Country Charm

The valley is renowned for its award-winning wineries and cideries, offering unique venues and delicious local sips for your celebration.

Outdoor Activities

There’s plenty to do when it comes to entertaining in Kelowna. From lake cruises to hikes, wine tours and brewery stops – this city caters to guests of all interests, providing amusements before and after the wedding if your guests arrive early or stay longer afterwards.

Ease of Access for Travellers

Kelowna International Airport offers convenient connections from across Canada and the US, making it easy for guests to come in for your big day.

Planning Your Kelowna Wedding

a wedding table with centrepieces of wild flowers and blue linen checkered bungled gifts for guests, with a white table cloth

When planning a wedding where out-of-town guests are joining, consider these factors:

  1. Peak Season: Summer (June-August) boasts sunshine and warmth, but it’s also peak season. Consider shoulder seasons (April-May, September-October) for potentially cooler temperatures, less wildfire smoke risk, and potentially better deals on venues and accommodation.
  1. Wildfire Smoke: Unfortunately, wildfires can occasionally occur in the summer in the Okanagan Valley. It’s good to have a back-up plan if you’re thinking about having an outdoor ceremony. Or, consider scheduling your wedding in the shoulder seasons for less smoke risk. 
  1. Venue Availability: Research and book your dream venue early, especially during peak season. Explore options beyond traditional wedding venues – wineries, vineyards, historical sites, and even outdoor locations like the Kettle Valley Rail Trail offer unique experiences.
  1. Budget & Priorities: Be realistic about your budget and prioritize your spending. Kelowna offers options for every budget, from luxurious venues to charming outdoor spaces.
  1. Transportation:  If some guests are unfamiliar with Kelowna, consider transportation options like shuttle services, especially if your wedding venue is outside the downtown core.
  1. Guest Activities: Plan activities for your guests beyond the wedding.  Kelowna offers wine tours, lake cruises, hikes, and access to downtown attractions, keeping them entertained during their stay.

Kelowna’s Wedding Essentials

two wedding rings lying on a bouquet of wedding roses

Planning a wedding involves numerous details, from selecting the perfect ring to finding the dream dress and indulging in delectable cakes and exquisite floral arrangements. Fortunately, Kelowna boasts a vibrant community of talented artisans and vendors ready to bring your wedding vision to life.

Making wedding arrangements can be easier when you know where to find vendors. Here are some resources near The Shore Kelowna:

Rings

There are a few places in town to find beautiful rings that symbolize your love story. From the classic lines in Bench Jewllery and Michael Hill in the Orchard Park mall to the unique and exquisite craftsmanship at Marcus Ó Broin and European Goldsmith Fine Jewellery, there’s something for everyone.

The Bench Jewllery 
516 West Ave, Kelowna, BC
1.3 km (4 min) drive from the Shore

Michael Hill
Orchard Park, Highway 97 North, 2271 Harvey Ave #647, Kelowna, BC
5.6 km (10 min) drive from the Shore

Marcus O Broin
4639 Lakeshore Rd #101, Kelowna, BC
4.8 km (8 min) drive from the Shore

European Goldsmith Fine Jewellery
2900 Pandosy St #109, Kelowna, BC
1.2 km (4 min) drive from the Shore

Wedding Dresses

There are plenty of places to find wedding dresses in Kelowna but when it comes to finding the gown of your dreams, Bliss Bridal Boutique is a must-visit destination. With a curated selection of designer dresses and personalized service, they’ll ensure you feel like a vision of beauty on your special day. From flowing silhouettes to intricate lace designs, their collection caters to every style and preference.

590 K. L. O. Rd #107, Kelowna, BC
900m (3 min) drive from the Shore

Wedding Cakes

No wedding is complete without a stunning cake to delight your guests’ taste buds. Sugar Sweet Cake Company, located in the heart of Kelowna, specializes in creating custom cakes that not only look exquisite but taste divine. Whether you envision a classic tiered cake adorned with fresh flowers or a whimsical creation inspired by your love story, their talented pastry chefs will exceed your expectations.

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Flowers

For floral arrangements that add a touch of elegance to your wedding décor, FleuRich Creations is a top choice among couples in Kelowna. From lush bouquets to enchanting centrepieces, their team of floral designers will work closely with you to capture your unique style and preferences. With their impeccable attention to detail and commitment to quality, your wedding flowers are sure to leave a lasting impression.

4639 Lakeshore Rd Unit 102, Kelowna, BC
4.8 km (8 min) drive from the Shore

Welcome Bags

Glitz n’ Glam Party Supply creates beautiful welcome bags complete with local and national items that add a wonderful touch to any wedding. Their personal care shines through with every bag and everyone will be so excited to open and enjoy their treats. 

635 Dease Rd, Kelowna, BC
8.7 km (16 min) drive from the Shore

Memorable Wedding Venues in Kelowna

a wine glass perched on the ledge of a patio overlooking a vineyard at one of kelowna's wineries

There are so many picturesque and beautiful Okanagan wedding venues to choose from and Kelowna is no stranger to a variety of unique venues that are perfect for your dream wedding.  

CedarCreek Estate Winery

Nestled amidst rolling vineyards, this winery offers breathtaking scenery and a luxurious and elegant setting for an outdoor ceremony followed by a reception in their charming event space.

5445 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC
9.7 km (14 min) drive from the Shore

Kelowna Yacht Club

Situated right downtown, this space offers a stunning lakeside experience. Modern elegance is paired with top-tier service to make your wedding memorable. 

1370 Water St #1, Kelowna, BC
4.2 km (9 min) drive from the Shore

Hotel Eldorado

Steeped in history since 1926, Kelowna’s Hotel Eldorado is a beautiful lakeside location for weddings. Combining modern luxury with historical charm, this venue is known for its stunning vistas, sophisticated architecture, and cuisine with a European flair, making your big day unforgettable. 

3762 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC
1.2 km (3 min) drive from the Shore

Laurel Packinghouse

Step back in time at this historical site. The Laurel’s restored buildings offer a charmingly rustic backdrop for an intimate wedding ceremony and reception.

1304 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC
4.4 km (10 min) drive from the Shore

Beyond the Ceremony: Activities for Your Guests

While the wedding is the highlight, your guests will also appreciate activities during their stay. Turn your Kelowna wedding into a truly unforgettable occasion and create a memorable experience for everyone involved.

  • Wine Country Immersion: Kelowna boasts a world-renowned wine region. Plan a group outing to explore wineries, sample award-winning vintages, and enjoy breathtaking vineyard views. Many wineries offer tours, tastings, and charcuterie pairings – a delightful way to experience Okanagan culture. Check out our blog post on the best wineries and wine tours for some ideas. 
  • Lakeside Adventures: Nestled on the shores of Okanagan Lake, Kelowna offers a plethora of water activities and more. Guests can embark on a scenic lake cruise, rent kayaks or paddleboards, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sunshine.
  • Hiking and Exploration: For the adventurous, Kelowna boasts a network of hiking trails catering to various skill levels. Explore scenic viewpoints, discover hidden waterfalls, or challenge yourselves with a more strenuous hike.
  • Downtown Delights: Kelowna’s vibrant downtown core offers something for everyone. Guests can explore local shops, indulge in a delicious meal at a renowned restaurant, or catch a live performance at a local theatre.
  • Golfing Paradise: Kelowna is a golfer’s dream with numerous championship courses offering stunning backdrops and challenging gameplay. Organize a pre-wedding golf outing for the groomsmen or a post-wedding round for those wanting to extend the celebration.
  • Get Pampered at the Spa: Help your guests unwind after the wedding festivities by recommending local spas offering rejuvenating treatments. From massages and facials to body wraps and hot stone therapies, your guests can indulge in some self-care bliss. 

The Shore Kelowna – Your Home Base for Wedding Success

The Shore Kelowna from above, with Okanagan Lake, Gyro beach and mountains in the background

The Shore Kelowna provides the perfect solution for accommodating your wedding party and ensuring a seamless experience for everyone. This stunning hotel offers luxurious rooms and suites, unparalleled service, and a range of amenities perfect for pre- and post-wedding celebrations:

  • Spacious and elegant rooms: Accommodate guests comfortably with a variety of room types to suit your needs.
  • Convenient cleaning and adjustments: Every suite has an in-suite washer and dryer, and irons and ironing boards are available on request through Guest Services to get you ready for the big day.
  • Stunning third-floor terrace: Enjoy panoramic lake views and host pre-wedding gatherings or post-wedding brunches on the rooftop patio.
  • Central location: Situated in the unique Lower Mission neighbourhood, The Shore is steps from Gyro Beach and provides easy access to shops, restaurants, and attractions.
  • On-site spa: The Sweet Spot Beauty bar has everything you need to make you feel like your best self!
  • On-site local brewery: Catch up with friends and family over casual drinks at Shore Line Brewing

So, whether you’re attending your wedding or coming to town for friends and family, the Shore is the perfect spot to set up as a basecamp.

Explore our suites and book a stay today! 

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