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Planning the perfect wedding can be stressful, but finding the perfect place for you and your partner to say “I do!” doesn’t have to be! Nova Scotia has long been hailed as an international LGBTQ-friendly destination and is home to a variety of wedding venues.
Whether you’ve been dreaming of a church wedding, a more casual setting, or somewhere in between, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite places to plan your nuptials.
If you’ve been dreaming of a church wedding, look no further! Many religious venues in Halifax welcome same-sex weddings.
For a Christian wedding, simply enter Halifax, Nova Scotia at the following website to find a church, then follow up with your chosen church by checking out their website, visit their congregation, and contact the pastor to learn more about the church’s policies.
A hotel can be the ideal venue for couples looking for a beautiful event space with the convenience of having one location for the ceremony, reception, and honeymoon suite. On top of that, hotels offer a variety of packages that can ease your day-of worry.
There are many wonderful hotels in Halifax, including these TAG and Travel Gay Canada approved options:
The Westin Nova Scotian: With elegant indoor and outdoor venues, including two classic ballrooms, this Halifax landmark has been welcoming couples since 1930.
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront: Set on the picturesque Halifax waterfront, this hotel offers an outdoor patio for al fresco weddings and a choice of ballrooms for indoor affairs.
The Prince George: With over 6,800 square feet of event space and special event planning services, this hotel is all about tailoring weddings to the couple.
Delta Barrington: At this venue, you can enjoy stunning indoor and outdoor reception rooms overlooking the Halifax Harbour, delectable menu offerings, and four-star rooms and suites.
Lord Nelson Hotels & Suites: With elegant style and historic charm, 11 banquet rooms, and proximity to the Public Gardens, this spot has hosted celebrations since its opening in 1928.
If something a bit more unique is more your style, there are tons of options in downtown Halifax to make your wedding day even more special. Here are a few of our favourite settings, guaranteed to impress your guests:
Tall Ship Silva: Tie the knot at sea with a ship full of your closest friends with one of Murphy’s Signature Wedding Packages. Whether you choose a short sail or party aboard into the wee hours, we promise it will be a wedding your guests will never forget.
Pier 21: Located on the historic waterfront, this beautiful setting offers a multitude of spaces designed to host weddings ranging from 20 to over 400 guests. On top of that, they are committed to ensuring a memorable experience as unique as the venue itself.
Point Pleasant Park: With stunning seaside views, this 75-hectare park makes the perfect place for a wedding ceremony. Couples can choose between 7 unique spots in the park—including Quarry Pond, Cedar walk or Point Pleasant Summer House, Fort Ogilvie, Prince of Wales Tower, Purcell’s Landing, or the Field adjacent to Point Pleasant Battery. Note: Receptions are not permitted at the park.
Halifax Seaport Market: You can transform this unique waterfront venue into the wedding of your dreams. Compliment your vows with sweeping views of the Halifax Harbour on the rooftop patio, then celebrate the night away in one of their event spaces, including the main floor of the market or a more intimate second-floor space.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site: Victorian charm and history make this a venue unlike any other in Halifax. Couples can’t help but fall in love with this historic setting, paired with all of the modern conveniences you could need—not to mention that cleaning, security, and set-up and tear-down are all included!
Wedding Tip: No matter where you choose to get married, a key step is finding the perfect officiant to preside over your ceremony.
Take a look through gay-friendly directories, check at wedding expos, or ask for friend referrals. Make sure that your officiant will allow you to add your own touches like writing your own vows or omitting certain reading or rituals.
Need help planning your wedding or making sure it all goes to plan on the big day? Contact Wedding Whisperer at firstname.lastname@example.org.