Weddings and Celebrations

Weddings & Celebrations

The Columbia Valley, located in the East Kootenay region of BC, with its breathtaking mountain scenery, has been for decades, a magnet for destination weddings & celebrations of every sort. Are you looking for a unique way to say, “I do” or to celebrate your engagement? Your milestone birthday, wedding anniversary or retirement? Perhaps your plan is to bring all the relatives together for a family reunion that will be talked about for years to come. Why not consider the sunny side of the Canadian Rockies?

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Experience a Columbia Valley Wedding

Many people decide, for sentimental reasons, to have their weddings and celebrations in the valley. Perhaps they spent their childhood summers at the ‘cottage’ and have warm memories of swimming in Lake Windermere or camping in Kootenay National Park. Perhaps they learned to ski at Panorama or Kimberley Alpine Resort.

Others may have met their spouses in the Columbia Valley and years later, brought their own children here for family vacations. They look forward to being surrounded by the people they love on their special day. Family reunions don’t happen often and some folks want to have a beautiful outdoor space where everyone can get together, renew family ties and make new memories.

Whatever the reason, the Columbia Valley is a spectacular choice for weddings & celebrations.

Your Wedding or Celebration

Your destination wedding or celebration can be as lavish or as simple as you desire. There are endless options to suit all budgets.

Strand's Wedding Venue | Garden & Gazebo
Strand’s Outdoor Garden & Gazebo

If your event is to be a large, formal affair, you might choose one of the many local golf or ski resorts. Is a private and intimate affair more to your liking? Imagine you and your guests being transported by helicopter to the top of a mountain! You could gather your family and closest friends to stand with you beside the meandering St. Mary’s River or make your vows beside a lake at sunset with the mountain peaks in the distance. For a small church wedding, the tiny Stolen Church in Windermere, with its rich history, could be the perfect romantic venue for you.

It’s not as difficult as you’d think

If you live a couple of hundred miles or more from the Columbia Valley, you might imagine that it would be just too difficult to plan and carry out a huge event from such a distance. Who’s going to take care of all the minute details that go into the making of the perfect event? How will you find a venue that’s just right, for instance? And arrange for flowers in your chosen colors? Where can you get tables and chairs for everyone, or linens and silverware? Are you feeling the stress mounting even as you contemplate the headaches involved?

Outdoor Tent & Party Rentals

Rest assured that weddings and celebrations in the Columbia Valley can be relaxing and stress-free experiences for everyone – and that includes you, too. We have everything you need right here in our communities to make your day perfect. We are experts. We have the knowledge and the experience to handle all the details – and even some which you may not have thought of.

Columbia Valley wedding and event planners are familiar with local event-related businesses. Just leave the details with your own personal planner – things such as helping you select the caterer who will serve an absolutely delicious meal that will receive rave reviews from your guests. The florist who will make sure your flowers are fresh and just the way you envisioned them and the party rental company who will supply everything you need to set up your venue perfectly – even a beauty salon or a local spa where you can relax and be pampered before the event so you’ll be at your very best on your special day. You’ll want one of our skilled local photographers to capture those memorable moments, too.

Just sit back and know that everything is being taken care of. We will take your event out of the stressful stratosphere and allow you, the host, to enjoy the event along with your guests.

Event Planning

Planning your wedding or special celebration? Does the task seem overwhelming? Don’t be discouraged – hire a professional wedding planner who has the experience and expertise to help you turn your vision into the perfect occasion, one that your guests will be raving about for years to come.

Food & Beverage

Whether it’s to be a large formal affair, a stand-up fundraising gala or an informal business luncheon, choosing the perfect food and beverages is important. Professional catering services will help you serve your guests a perfect meal. Locally-made wines and beers can add the right touch or you might like to make your own.

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Specialty Services

Weddings and other grand celebrations need many specialty services working together with you to make your day perfect. Local businesses such as beauty salons, spas, gift registries, florists, formal wear, tent and party rentals and photographers will help you make sure every detail is covered.

Music & Entertainment

The Columbia Valley is known for its talented musical entertainers, many of whom are multi-award winners. If you want the best in live entertainment at your event, choose a local band or solo performer. There are also talented DJ’s who will help you select all your favorite tunes.

Valley Forged

Valley Forged is a Canal Flats-based band whose music is a seamless mixture of Country, Rock & Celtic. They perform at various Columbia Valley venues. [Read more...]
Event Venues

Whether your special event, wedding, or celebration will be large or small, indoors or out, there are a great many exceptional Columbia Valley event venues to choose from. Here are just a few suggestions. We will be adding many more in the very near future.

Strand’s Old House Restaurant

Strands Old House Restaurant in Invermere. is located in a beautiful heritage home with a cosy  atmosphere and some of the finest cuisine in the Columbia Valley. It [Read more...]

All Saints Church

All Saints Church in Edgewater BC is a small church which has served the community since it was built in 1931. The building was erected on donated ranchland [Read more...]

Beaverfoot Lodge & Festival Grounds

Beaverfoot Lodge, located 40 km east of Golden BC, on the Beaverfoot Forest Service Road, is a heritage wilderness lodge with cabins. Camping, weddings, family reunions, the annual [Read more...]
Best Western / Prestige Inn Radium (photo by Brittany Neumann)

Best Western Plus Prestige Inn

Best Western Plus Prestige Inn is the largest accommodation provider in Radium Hot Springs BC. It is a venue for various events throughout the year, such as weddings, [Read more...]

Bighorn Meadows Resort

Bighorn Meadows Resort is a full-service resort community of luxury vacation homes next to The Springs Golf Course in Radium Hot Springs BC. The resort sits in the [Read more...]

Canal Flats Civic Centre

The Canal Flats Civic Centre, since its opening in 1968 as part of the Centennial Project, is the cultural and recreational heart of the Village of Canal Flats. [Read more...]

Christ Church Trinity

Christ Church Trinity in Invermere BC is a modern church facility that houses the shared ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada. [Read more...]
Old CPR Lodge, overlooking Dorothy Lake, Invermere

CPR Lodge in Invermere

The story of how the Columbia Valley in general and Invermere, in particular, became the world-renowned tourism hub it is today would not be complete without the chapter [Read more...]

Eagle Ranch Resort

Eagle Ranch Resort is  a beautiful golf resort located in Invermere BC, overlooking the Columbia River valley. The facility hosts weddings and other special events during the course [Read more...]

Edgewater Community Hall

The Edgewater Community Hall and adjacent park are the pride and joy of the Edgewater community and a perfect venue for any occasion. It is the main venue [Read more...]
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is a 4-season resort in the community of Fairmont Hot Springs BC. Various events are held at the resort annually and it makes an [Read more...]
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Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort offers the perfect venue for business meetings at its Lizard Creek Lodge. There are several different packages from which you can choose one that will [Read more...]

Golden Civic Centre

The Golden Civic Centre was originally built in 1948 from posts and beams salvaged from the Columbia River Lumber Company. It was restored and enhanced in 2011 and [Read more...]

Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre

The Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre is conveniently located along Highway 95 in the heart of Cranbrook and is a popular venue for weddings, meetings and conventions [Read more...]

Horsethief Hideout

Horsethief Hideout is a privately-owned ranch situated 4.8 km north of Wilmer BC on the Westside Road, outside Invermere. The ranch sits between the Canadian Rocky Mountains and [Read more...]

Invermere Seniors Hall

With easy access to downtown Invermere BC, the Invermere Seniors Hall is available for event rental to the public. The hall has a capacity of 125 people, about [Read more...]

K2 Ranch

The K2 Ranch is the oldest working cattle ranch in the Columbia Valley, dating back to 1898. The present owners of the ranch still run 300 head of [Read more...]

Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre

The Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre, is located at the Kimberley Alpine Resort. At 24,000 sq ft,  the centre is the largest meeting facility in the East [Read more...]

Lake Windermere Alliance Church

Lake Windermere Alliance Church is a friendly church with a dedicated outreach to the community through events. The church building is the venue for monthly ladies’ events such [Read more...]

Lions Hall

The Lions Hall is the home of the Lake Windermere District Lions Club. It is located in the rear of the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Information Centre alongside Highway 93/95, just [Read more...]

Panorama Mountain Resort

Panorama Mountain Resort is an award-winning 4-season resort with a focus on the family. In winter, you can downhill and cross-country ski, snowboard, heli-ski and toboggan on the [Read more...]
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Pynelogs Cultural Centre

Pynelogs Cultural Centre is a heritage building on the shores of Lake Windermere in Invermere. The facility houses an art gallery which is a venue for more than [Read more...]
Radium Hot Springs Community Hall (under construction)

Radium Community Hall

The Radium Community Hall in Radium Hot Springs BC is a gathering place for many community events during the year. The Adventure Radium Summer day camp, the Best [Read more...]

Radium Resort

The Radium Resort offers a spectacular venue for any group function you can imagine. There are 5 different spaces from which to choose the right one for your [Read more...]

St. Eugene Resort

The St. Eugene Resort is located in a historic 100-year-old former mission between Cranbrook and Kimberley BC. The resort is just a 5-minute drive from the Canadian Rockies [Read more...]

St. Peter’s Church

St Peters Church, more familiarly known as The Stolen Church, is a beautiful church in Windermere BC. Although tiny in size, it has a huge history of romance, [Read more...]

Strand’s Old House Restaurant

Strands Old House Restaurant in Invermere. is located in a beautiful heritage home with a cosy  atmosphere and some of the finest cuisine in the Columbia Valley. It [Read more...]
Wilmer Community Hall

Wilmer Community Hall

Wilmer Community Hall is the heart and soul of the tiny community of Wilmer BC. Located high on the benches above the Columbia River valley and just about [Read more...]

Windermere Community Hall

The Windermere Community Hall is a non-profit venue, the home of the Windermere Community Association, the village’s favorite meeting place and the location of choice for many community [Read more...]

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Photo Gallery

Enjoy some great photos of people celebrating in the Columbia Valley. Click an image to open in Gallery view.

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