Tips for Planning an Intimate Destination Wedding

A couple hosting an intimate destination wedding in Ontario, Canada.

There’s never been a better time to plan a wedding in the destination of your dreams! Destination weddings lend a more intimate ambience, where your closest family and friends toast to your future in a beautiful setting. Check out our top tips for planning an intimate destination wedding in Canada that’s as fabulous as you always imagined.

The Riverside Wedding Garden at Millcroft Inn & Spa in Ontario, Canada.

Secure the Right Venue

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Your venue sets the vibe for the ceremony and reception and provides the backdrop for photos you’ll be looking back on for years to come. When choosing a venue, consider both the setting and the kind of ambience you want at your wedding. Do you like a casual, relaxed atmosphere, or something more formal? Indoors, outdoors, or a bit of both? Hotel, vineyard, garden, etc.?

We offer a variety of stunning, intimate venues for your perfect destination wedding. For a fairytale garden wedding, look to Millcroft’s Riverside Wedding Garden, where the gorgeous millpond and lush greenery make for an unforgettable setting. Alternatively, host an intimate ceremony in our Secord Room at Pillar and Post, with floor-to-ceiling woodwork and a cozy gas fireplace. For a truly unique venue, visit the Vintner’s Cellar at Inn On The Twenty, a rustic, century-old wine cellar brimming with vintage charm.

A couple getting married in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Personalize Your Ceremony

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Your ceremony should reflect you and your partner, so add personal touches that make your big day as special as the love you share. When planning a destination wedding, it’s even more important to make an inspiration board filled with flowers, colours, food, and venues you love.

Your inspiration board gives your wedding planner a better idea of your vision so that they can help you execute it accordingly.

Destination wedding packages available in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada.

Select the Right Wedding Package

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Choose your wedding package based on what’s important to you. Do you want a multi-course seated meal, or a more casual buffet? Do you want to customize every detail of your big day, or allow someone else to handle the minor items? Would you like a scaled-down version of a grand celebration for your intimate wedding, or does “intimate” translate to an elopement package where only your nearest and dearest are present?

For a smaller (but spectacular!) rendition of the traditional grand celebration, check out our Mini Grand Hotel Wedding package at Prince of Wales. Alternatively, try our Elopement packages for an intimate ceremony where you’ll exchange vows with just a few loved ones by your side.

Queen’s Landing – a Canadian destination wedding venue in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Enlist the Help of an Experienced Planner

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An experienced wedding planner can be the difference between a smooth planning process and a stressful one, especially when you’re planning a wedding in a destination that’s unfamiliar.

A local wedding planner that knows the venue and local marriage laws will save you a lot of time and headache.

Plan Your Perfect Canadian Destination Wedding with Vintage Hotels

If you can dream it, we can create it! Contact us today to get in touch with one of our seasoned wedding planners and make your dream destination wedding a reality.

*Featured image courtesy of Frances Morency

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