Your love deserves the very best. Whether you’re imagining exchanging vows in a snow-capped winter wonderland, or covered by a forest of stunning green trees and blooming wildflowers, the mountains of Whistler are the perfect backdrop for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding ideas.
Simply stepping out the front door of your rental suite and onto the paths of Whistler will take your breath away and make for a special moment. Here are a few ideas and tips for making your occasion even more memorable:
Plan to stay a little longer
Spend a few days before and after your big day to enjoy special moments with your loved ones. Plan some family-friendly hikes, relax poolside, and gather everyone around the dining table for a home-cooked meal in a fully-equipped vacation rental home.
Bond before the big day
Leading up to the wedding day, find fun things to do as a couple or a whole family and forget the stress of the occasion. If it’s a summer affair, take the gondola up to the top of the mountain for a picnic, rent some paddle boards and hangout by one of the beautiful lakes, or take a leap of another kind and go bungee jumping! If it’s winter, rent some cross-country skis and wander through the forest. Have a ski day topped off with apres cocktails, or ride with Canadian Wilderness Adventures up to their alpine hut by snowcat for a sunset fondue dinner.
Make sure to get the right amount of ‘you’ time. That might mean for the bride, taking family members and bridesmaids to the Scandinave Spa for massages and soaking in the hot and cold baths. For the groomsmen, play a round of golf, rent some ATV’s, or book a snowmobile tour, depending on the season. Have everyone meet up afterward for some tapas and cocktails at Bar Oso.
Do something unique
Put the Whistler touch on your wedding vacation. At the Bearfoot Bistro, you can take part in champagne sabering in the underground wine cellar, or head to their Belvedere Vodka Ice Room. Or visit Function Junction to flex your muscles with Forged Axe Throwing before trying some local ales at Coast Mountain Brewing. Another Whistler vacation idea? Join forces with the entire wedding party and do your best to escape the various themed rooms at Escape! Whistler.
The best part of a destination wedding is that guests don’t have to rush home once the wedding’s over. Catch up with all the people you didn’t get to spend enough time with on the big day by seeing them the next day (after you sleep in!). If you’re getting married in the summer, plan in advance and book a day at Rainbow Park with BBQs, chairs and tables. There, they have slacklines set up and beach volleyball as well as a spectacular beach around Alta Lake. In the winter, book brunch at one of the best restaurants in Whistler such as The Wildflower, then rent some snowshoes for a group adventure or book a sleigh ride tour.
Start planning your big day by finding lodging for you and your guests.