Nova Scotia Wedding Venues – 20 Top Tips to Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue for Your Day

I am so excited to bring you a list of my favorite tips for finding that perfect Nova Scotia Wedding Venue. As well as spotlights on my favorite wedding venues and my bucket list at the bottom of this post. I’m going to give you all the tips and questions you should be asking each venue when you are searching for “that perfect wedding venue-the one”. Happy wedding venue hunting!

The wedding ceremony set up at Digby Pines, Nova Scotia wedding venues.
Digby Pines Resort

I recommend you make a handy little pros and cons spreadsheet for each venue because you are going to want to keep track of the things you like and don’t like.

20 Tips To Ask Each Wedding Venue

Choosing Your Wedding Theme and Style

First, you want to decide what you want your overall wedding theme to be and feel like. Choose a venue that aligns with your wedding day vision-typically, a rustic, natural/vintage barn won’t be a good fit if you are wanting a black tie, elegant, upscale and modern, plated formal event, and visa versa etc. Moreover, discuss the features your ideal venue should have. In addition, think about the cohesiveness of your colors with the colors of the venue.

Digby Pines wedding reception set up for a nova scotia wedding venue.
Digby Pines Resort

Indoor or Outdoor Wedding Ceremony?

Do you want an outdoor or indoor ceremony? Not every venue has the ability to offer both indoor and outdoor options that are gorgeous. So if your venue is 100% an outdoor venue with no set structure for cover, what do they do if it rains?

The wedding ceremony set up for a White Point wedding for a nova scotia wedding venue.
White Point Beach Resort

All Inclusive Nova Scotia Wedding Venues

Do you want a wedding venue with everything at one location or multiple locations for the ceremony/pictures/reception? Keep in mind when you have a ceremony and reception in two different places, is there any traffic to get from one place to the other? Most photography wedding packages are continuous hourly coverage so you need to account for the time it takes to get from one location to another.

What Type of Wedding Venue Do You Want?

Think about the type of Nova Scotia Wedding Venue that accents your wedding day vision based on its location. From Oceanside to lakeside, a hotel or a resort, to a country club at a golf course or a lush vineyard, or perhaps a museum or art gallery or even a classy backyard or my favorite a barn setting! However, make sure your are looking for a venue that’s over all ascetic fits your vision.

A backyard rustic wedding ceremony set up in Nova Scotia.
DIY Backyard Wedding

Determine Your Budget

What is your overall budget for your wedding venue? Venues in Nova Scotia have a wide range of budgets, generally couples invest 30-40% of their overall wedding budget for the wedding venue locations alone.

What Does The Wedding Venue Offer

What does each wedding venue offer for your wedding day? Do they include table linens, tables, chairs, full catering services, wedding day set up and tear down? Do they include the costs of clean up, or are you, the client responsible for the removal of all trash? etc

A wedding reception setup for Juno Tower in Halifax NS.
Juno Tower

Accommodations and Parking

Does the wedding venue have accommodations or parking for guests onsite? Consider your guests experience, if you know you’ll have a pretty good reception party and the alcohol might be flowing steadily, would a venue with accommodations they can book or would renting a shuttle bus to take guests safely to their booked accommodations be wise?

Are You Working With a Wedding Planner?

Talk with your wedding planner. see if they have worked at the venues you are considering in the past and what their experience there has been. Was the days workflow easy? In addition, was the reception and ceremony spaces to far apart to easily move things in a timely manner?

What is Your Guest Count?

How many guests are you inviting? Can the venue of your dreams accommodate that number or will you have to cut your guest list to pick your perfect venue?

Wedding guests during wedding reception at the Bedford Basin Farmer's Market.
Bedford Basin Farmer’s Market

Halfway through the 20 top tips for choosing your perfect Nova Scotia Wedding Venue!

Booking Your Wedding Venue

Consider the timeline of booking your venue, because most venues in Nova Scotia book out 12-18 months in advance for prime and popular dates but that doesn’t mean you can’t luck out sometimes with less time.

Wedding Date and Wedding Venue Availability

Consider your ideal wedding dates and venue availability. Don’t be afraid to be a bit flexible and book a week day or Sunday wedding! More often then not, guests are only to happy to take a vacation day to celebrate AND you might save a pretty penny too for an “off day”.

Wedding Venue Set Up and Tear Down Timeline

Wedding venue timelines? What time can you enter the venue on the day and what time do you have to have everything broken down and cleaned and be off the property on the day? Above all, does that work with your vision for your day?

A Best Western Chocolate Lake wedding reception setup up in Halifax, NS.
Best Western Chocolate Lake

Wedding Venue Policies

What are the wedding venues backup plans, cancellation plans and policies? What do they do for bad weather on the wedding day? How about during a serious global pandemic? And how do they handle if goodness forbids you need to cancel or postpone the day?

Wedding Venue Restrictions

Can you have sparklers on the day during send off if you want? What about alcohol? Can you have a full bar or just a wine/beer bar? Can you bring your own outside caterer in or do you have to use in house catering? How can you decorate, can you put things on walls and in the ground?

Wedding Venue Layout

What is the typical wedding venue layout-for all aspects, getting ready/ceremony/cocktail/reception? Are you limited to just one room for everything or do they have separate rooms for each aspect? Can you change any of that at all?

The wedding reception set up for a wedding at White Point.
White Point Beach Resort

Schedule A Walk Through

Schedule a walk through with your top choices of wedding venues fairly close together (same day and weekend if possible) so you can compare everything fresh in your mind. Make a pros and con’s list for each venue.

Wedding Venue Referrals

Ask for referrals from past couples and vendors who have worked at the venue in the past. However, if a venue has a lot of reviews online you might not even have to ask for this.

Can You Hire Outside Vendors

A big question, can you hire outside vendors? For instance, pay attention to venue lighting/uplighting, intelligent lighting in-house, or if you’ll need to hire an outside vendor to light the space the way you want. And what about wedding vendor insurance. Do they require copies of each vendors insurances?

A mother dance's with her son, the groom, during his wedding at the Old Orchard Inn Heritage Barn in Wolfville NS.
Old Orchard Inn Heritage Barn

Onsite Wedding Coordinator

Does the wedding venue provide an onsite coordinator or do they have you hire someone out of house or elect a friend or family member to be the point of contact through the day?

Wedding Venue Exclusivity

Do you have the exclusive use of the venue for your day? For instance, is there multiple spaces that can be rented on the same day by other parties and events? How will that effect the wedding venue’s attentiveness for your wedding day?

My Favorites and Bucket List of Nova Scotia Wedding Venues

Now that you are armed with this comprehansive list to take with you on your venue search, here are the links to some of my personal favorite venues in the area. Be sure to check them out and see if one of them is also the perfect fit for your day! Rates and capacity numbers listed, are current when this blog post was first published. They are subject to change at any time.

Nova Scotia Wedding Venue Spotlights

Get the wedding venue facts directly from the venue’s coordinator in a short interview I have had with them. A spotlight on all the pertinent information couple’s need to know about the venue including guest capacity, pricing, what’s included and so much more.

Ashburn Golf Club
Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel
Digby Pines Resort Hotel
Old Orchard Inn Heritage Barn
The Barn at Sadie Belle Farm
White Point Beach Resort

Nova Scotia Wedding Venues

Backyard Wedding Venue Ideas
Farmer’s Market Style Wedding Venues
Hotel Wedding Venues
Rustic Barn Wedding Venues
Waterfront and Lakefront Wedding Venues

Additional Links

1. Check out some of my favorite wedding advise blog posts…
10 Reasons Why You Should Have Engagement Photos Taken
Planning A Nova Scotia Wedding-a 12 months timeline
Elopement, Intimate Wedding, or Full Party Planning During Covid
Planning a Winter Wedding

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