• Kathryn Macphee

Our Top 5 Nova Scotia Wedding Venues

Nova Scotia is filled with so many beautiful venues, from oceanside escapes to valley vineyards, to city vibes, we have it all! Over the years we have worked all over the province and have fallen in love with quite a few for many different reasons!


Lightfoot & Wolfville


Located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Lightfoot and Wolfville is a stunning vineyard perfectly suited for weddings. One of our favourite things about this venue is once you arrive on-site, you don't have to leave until the party is over! Everything from getting ready, eating lunch, taking photos, ceremony, cocktail reception, dinner and dancing can happen directly on the property!


WHY WE LOVE IT?

- The property and views are absolutely breathtaking!

- Minimal rentals are needed! Lightfoot provides an arbour, ceremony benches, microphones, cocktail tables, harvest dinner tables, chiavari dining chairs, some lounge furniture, table runners, napkins, glassware/dishware, cutlery, and so much more! You are welcome to bring more in and add your personal touches, but not much is needed!

- Staff is fantastic! Everybody we have come across at Lightfoot & Wolfville has always been soo friendly, hardworking and accommodating!

- They have a beautiful rain backup location! On a warm sunny day, your ceremony would take place outside overlooking acres of lush, rolling vineyards and a breathtaking view, but if it happens to rain on the big day, the Gallery is a STUNNING backup option with a grand stone fireplace for your backdrop!


THINGS TO KNOW:

Maximum Guest Capacity: 130 guests (non-exclusivity), 200 guests (venue exclusivity)

Minimum Guest Capacity: 75 guests (weekend in high season)

Food & Beverage: All food & beverage must be provided by Lightfoot & Wolfville (with the exception of a wedding cake of course!)

Access Time: 10:00 am wedding party suites | 6:00 pm event start time

End Time: 12:00 am music to end/bar to close | 12:30 am guests and vendors to depart from the property

Photos by Chelle Wooten Photography


 

The Halifax Club


Located in the heart of downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, sits the beautiful Halifax Club on Hollis Street. Founded back in 1862 as a private social club, the Halifax Club is the perfect intimate spot to host a timeless high-end city experience!


WHY WE LOVE IT?

- Location, location, location. The Halifax Club is located in the core downtown area of Halifax, surrounded by many restaurants, hotels, transportation options, etc, providing sooo many options for your guests!

- Stunning & timeless building! The Halifax has a lot of character, from its beautiful crown moulding to the breathtaking chandeliers, to its three beautiful fireplaces, it's a beautiful spot to host your wedding!

- Food & Beverage: We have worked at the Halifax Club a few times now and every meal we have had here has been completely different, but every meal has been fantastic - truly some of the best meals I have tasted! Their culinary team is extremely talented and accommodating!


THINGS TO KNOW:

Maximum Guest Capacity: 150 for cocktail-style service, 100 for sit down service (but we recommend 60-65 max if you plan on doing a plated dinner with speeches to keep everybody in one room)

Minimum Guest Capacity: 30 guests

Food & Beverage: All food & beverage must be provided by The Halifax Club (with the exception of a wedding cake of course and special requests may be approved)

Access Time: 9:00 am to begin setup (May be able to accommodate earlier)

End Time: 1:00 am Music to end/bar to close

Photos 1-4 by J. Roberts Photography | Photo 5 by Michaela Bell Photography | Photo 6 by Mindy Day Photography Photo 7 by KM Wedding Event Co


 

The Lord Nelson


Also located in the heart of downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, just off of Spring Garden Road, across from the Public Gardens is the Lord Nelson Hotel. Built back in 1982, With similar vibes to the Halifax Club, this heritage glamour venue can accommodate up to 300 guests!


WHY WE LOVE IT?

- Location, location, location. The Lord Nelson is located in the core downtown area of Halifax, surrounded by many restaurants, hotels, transportation options, etc, just like the Halifax Club, providing sooo many options for your guests! The Lord Nelson also happens to be directly across the street from the Public Gardens, which is a great photo location in the city!

- Breathtaking ballrooms and event spaces of different sizes to best suit your guest count and style!

- Onsite accommodations - With 262 rooms right on-site, your guests won't have to go far at all after a day of celebration!

- Our latest wedding at The Lord Nelson took place the day after Hurricane Fiona, even though they didn't have any power for the duration of the wedding, the staff at the Lord Nelson were absolutely phenomenal to work with. They were extremely responsive the days leading up to the wedding, offering solutions, providing flexibility and helped kept spirits high. On the day of the wedding, their staff went above and beyond to make the day perfect regardless of the situation!



THINGS TO KNOW:

Maximum Guest Capacity: 250-300

Minimum Guest Capacity/Spend: Dependant on the date/day of the week and type of reception.

Minimum Guest Room: 10

Food & Beverage: All food & beverage must be provided by The Lord Nelson (with the exception of a wedding cake of course and special requests may be approved)

Access Time: Dependant on the contract

End Time: 1:00 am Music to end/bar to close

Photos by Alyssa Joy Photography


 

The Farm at South Cove


Located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia sits this gorgeous property with a mixture of accommodations, a stunning barn and a gorgeous outdoor ceremony location, perfect for your South Shore wedding.


WHY WE LOVE IT?

- You and some guests can stay right on site for the weekend! Between the Farmhouse, Waterfront Lofts, and bunkies, the Farm can accommodate up to 42 overnight guests on site!

- You get access for the full weekend - which means early setup! After checking in on Friday afternoon, for your Saturday wedding, you get full access to the barn to begin setting up and making sure everything is ready to go for the wedding day! Checkout on Sunday also means you can leave cleanup until Sunday morning!

- Flexible Catering - Many venues require you to use their in-house catering which can sometimes be difficult if you have a very specific meal in mind, but the Farm at South Cove allows you to bring in a caterer of your choice!

- Minimal rentals are needed! The Farm provides an arbour, ceremony benches, harvest dinner tables, mismatched white dining chairs, some outdoor lounge furniture, glassware/dishware, cutlery, and so much more! You are welcome to bring more in and add your personal touches, but not much is needed!


THINGS TO KNOW:

Maximum Guest Capacity: 150 (but we recommend 120 if you plan on doing a plated dinner with speeches for a more comfortable fit)

Minimum Guest Capacity: NA

Food & Beverage: No onsite caterer/bartenders

Access Time: Friday - 4:00 pm to begin setup | Sunday - 11:00 am for checkout

End Time: Saturday - 11:00 pm Barn doors to close | 12:00 am Music to end/bar to close


Photos by Terri-Lynn Warren Photography


 

Oceanstone Seaside Resort


Located just minutes away from the iconic Peggy's Cove, in Indian Harbour, this seaside resort is the perfect spot to host your intimate East Coast wedding!


WHY WE LOVE IT?

- Stunning outdoor ceremony location overlooking St, Margarets Bay.

- Onsite accommodations for your guests & exclusive use of their indoor and outdoor spaces for the duration of your group's stay (when all 20 of the accommodations booked). Imagine having the whole resort to just your group for your wedding weekend?!

- Partnership with Glow the Event Store to make tent rentals easy for larger weddings!

- Wonderful Staff! With the resort being on the smaller side, The Oceanstone has a tight-knit team that is fully committed to making your wedding a magical day! They are extremely welcoming and accommodating from the moment you step on site.


THINGS TO KNOW:

Maximum Guest Capacity: 80

Minimum Guest Capacity: NA

Food & Beverage: All food & beverage must be provided by Oceanstone (with the exception of a wedding cake of course and special requests may be approved)

Access Time: Dependant on check-in/exclusivity

End Time: 1:oo am



Photos by Sinead Dubeau Photography



 

Honourable Mentions


Fox Harbour

Benjamin Bridge

Keltic Lodge

Saraguay House

Lot Six


Notes to Keep in Mind


Max Capacity: When it comes to a max capacity, keep in mind that this is dependent on your setup. If you are looking to have a buffet, band, stage, etc, then you will have to cut back a bit on your guest count, as these setups take up more space. Another thing to note in regard to capacity is that a venue at 100% capacity is typically not a comfortable fit and does not allow for flexible floor plans.


There are a lot of factors that should be considered when picking your venue. The are so many more venues that we love for soo many reasons, but the venues on our top 5 list were based on our overall experience. Some factors you may want to consider when selecting your venue are: Budget, Location, Guest Count, Accessibility, Availability, Aesthetic, Curfew, etc. We would love to help you select the venue that is best for you! Reach out today and we can chat more about how we can help :)


Leave a comment below to let us know what your favourite venue is and why you love it!


- xoxo Kathryn

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