Spring is finally here, which means the school year is winding down and wedding season is coming up. While many couples meet during their post secondary years, most don’t think of heading back to school to get married. Why not? Like every couple, each campus has its own unique history and traditions. Plus, with most universities combining awe-inspiring architecture and lush landscaping, capturing breathtaking photos is a snap. Many offer complete wedding packages with multiple ceremony and reception venues to choose from, onsite catering and event coordination, and even guest accommodations in student residence during the summer months. We’ve compiled a list of the six best universities across the country to get hitched in terms of visual appeal and ease of planning.
1. Royal Roads University, Victoria BC:
Nothing says fairytale like a wedding in a castle. Start your happily-ever-after either in Hatley Castle or in one of the exquisite heritage gardens. Royal Roads can accommodate events for 10 to 200 guests.
2. University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
Watersports, natural history, aboriginal artwork–whatever you’re into, UBC’s sprawling campus has unique venues for any wedding style. The Cecil Green Park House, John M.S Lecky Boathouse and the Museum of Anthropology are must-sees with spectacular ocean views.
3. University of Alberta, Edmonton AB:
For a classic and elegant affair, walk down the aisle at Convocation Hall then dance the night away at the Faculty Club. The TIMMS Centre for the Arts is the perfect ceremony and reception space for modern lovers with a flair for drama.
4. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB:
U of M has options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, and a variety of reception spaces. Host an intimate, historical wedding at Chancellor’s Hall. Marshall McLuhan Hall offers a modern approach with floor to ceiling windows and a large patio.
5. McMaster University, Hamilton ON:
An idyllic spot for nature lovers and history buffs alike, McMaster boasts neo-gothic architecture surrounded by protected natural areas. The Great Hall in the University Club transitions from a rustic cathedral to an elegant dining hall.
6. McGill University, Montreal QC:
A walk down the aisle at Birks Chapel will feel like stepping back through time. The Faculty Club–built as a private mansion in 1887–features everything from a grand ballroom to a billiards room to wow guests.