Choosing a SMALL Halifax Wedding Venue 🤔
So you’ve decided to have a small wedding. Congrats!
You’re doing just the parts that matter:
The two of you.
Making memories to start off your married life together.
We love it!
A lot of times we are working with couples that are just looking to celebrate their love and have no fuss. That usually also means having a short and simple ceremony. About 90% of our clients end up choosing a location that is free for their ceremony, which we love. In Nova Scotia there are lots of places you can have a beautiful and scenic wedding venue at zero or low cost, like parks and beaches, but we always want to make sure that couples consider the following 3 pieces of advice while considering their options:
Who are your GUESTS?
If you are asking your great grandfather who has mobility issues to attend, choosing somewhere that has an accessibility level that will work is important. You don’t want the added stress of figuring how to safely get him down a small path without his walker. This consideration may also apply to things like having children with small bladders and no easy bathroom access, or a friend not comfortable with crowds being in a busy area.
Is it PUBLIC?
Public use of municipal and provincially owned parks allows you to hold your ceremony for free, as long as it doesn’t inhibit the use of the park for others.
Although this isn’t an actual park guideline, I usually say this means no huge groups. MY rough guideline is that fair park use would be no bigger than you would have a picnic with. This also means no complicated set up like chairs, decorations, or a tent. If you are choosing to have a small ceremony with just a few witnesses, public parks are always a great option. There are lots of great park options listed in our Favourite Free Wedding Locations in Halifax list. Being in a park or beach also allows for GREAT pictures for the ceremony as well as after.
If you are choosing somewhere public to hold your ceremony, like a park or beach, you should remember that everyone else is allowed to use the space as well. This may mean people stop and watch (and even cheer!), but generally people are very respectful and positive when they see a ceremony happening. If you are looking for an ultra private experience, these options may not be for you.
What about WEATHER?
The majority of our weddings are within the typical May-October wedding season, but even when it is supposed to forecasted to be nice Nova Scotia often has weather that can be unpredictable. If you are choosing an outdoor venue, it's good to have a backup plan if you are stuck with a bad forecast. We often have our married couples going out for a meal after the ceremony to celebrate. There are lots of private rooms at great local restaurants that can accommodate small parties and would be happy to offer a backup location for your ceremony before you eat if you get rained out.
Overall, there are lots of beautiful choices in our city and surrounding areas. You can check out our Top 10 Free wedding locations.
If you want some help figuring it out, please feel free to contact us and we can help!