Charming East Coast Weddings

If you love quaint fishing villages and rocky seascapes, why not tie the knot on the East Coast of Canada?

There are plenty of venues that are perfect for East Coast weddings.

Here are just a few to spark your imagination. (They are also great spots to honeymoon!)

Prince Edward Island Weddings

Rustico Bay, Prince Edward Island

Whether you’re an Anne of Green Gables die hard or not, you can’t help but fall in love with both Cavendish and Rustico Bay, in the heart of Ann’s country on the northern shore of PEI. Located near Prince Edward Island National Park – with its sandy beaches, cliffs, dunes, marshes and forestlands, Rustico is a utopia for nature lovers.

Just imagine taking a pre-wedding stroll along one of the quiet clay roads, before saying “I do” at an inn overlooking the glittering sea. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?


Barachois Inn – This 15 room inn was built in 1880 as a Victorian Country House for local merchant, Joseph Gallant. The Barachois Inn is close to Cavendish Beach – the home of “Anne of Green Gables”. Ideal for an elegant wedding with a moderate number of guests.

Dalvay By the Sea Heritage Inn and Dining Room – This luxurious 1895 inn, located in Dalvay, which is 30 minutes outside of Rustico, is one of the only seaside resorts in PEI. It hosts weddings during the shoulder season in May and early October. The venue can accommodate up to 100 guests.

Wedding Planners

Caseley’s Wedding and Event Planners – If you are planning a destination wedding in PEI and you need some assistance, this company, located in Kensington, PEI, can help you with the details.

Nova Scotia Weddings

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Lunenburg, located on the Lighthouse Route in Nova Scotia an hour outside of Halifax, is one of the prettiest towns in Canada. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg has long been the heart of Nova Scotia’s fishing and shipbuilding industry (the Bluenose was built there) and more recently is home to a thriving artistic community.

Its charm lies in its beautiful harbour, its exceptional architecture, its museums, quaint shops and galleries. A gorgeous place for East Coast weddings.

Incidentally, if you’ve seen the movies Simon Birch or Doloris Claiborne, you’ve seen Lunenburg. They were both filmed there.


The Lunenburg Arms Hotel – This 26-room boutique style hotel, which overlooks the harbour, the Atlantic Ocean and the Bluenose Golf course, hosts weddings with up to 125 guests in its convention centre.

The Old Fish Factory – Although it doesn’t sound like an appealing place to tie the knot, this restaurant, which is located on Lunenburg’s historic waterfront at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, is a popular spot in Lunenburg to say “I do.” The restaurant, a former fish processing plant, specializes in seafood and can accommodate groups of 25-300 for sit down meals.

Arbor View Inn – This country inn, known for its award winning cuisine, is nestled on a wooded estate with quiet garden paths and plenty of privacy. Weddings take place in the dining room of the six-room inn. Great for intimate gatherings.

Newfoundland Weddings

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Newfoundland is becoming one of the hottest destinations in Canada, not only for tourism but East Coast weddings. Its capital St. John’s, the oldest city in North America, is located on the steep inland side of St. John’s Harbour. With its colourful buildings, rocky shoreline, and ships docked in the harbour, St. John’s is true eye candy. But it’s more than just a pretty face. It’s filled with fun shops, galleries, museums and restaurants.


The Fairmont Newfoundland – This venue, which is a first class hotel and landmark situated in the heart of St.John’s, offers breathtaking views of the harbour, the historic city centre, and Signal Hill.  Wedding packages include complimentary accommodation for the bride and groom, champagne, breakfast, and more. The hotel has a professional team of wedding planners that can assist you with your wedding.

Leaside Manor – Rated as one of the top Canadian romantic destinations by the Globe and Mail, the Leaside Manor, a Tudor mansion and heritage property located minutes from downtown, is an ideal setting for weddings with less than 60 guests. Numerous wedding packages are available at the inn.

The Waterford Manor – The elegant Waterford Manor, a private inn built in 1901, plays hosts to weddings. The Victorian style heritage inn has seven rooms tastefully decorated with 19th Century local antiques. The Inn was featured on the cover of The Canadian Bed & Breakfast Guide (98/99 edition).

Wedding Planners

Live Wire Events – Whether you want an elegant wedding at a hotel or bed and breakfast or a wedding on the rocky shoreline or fishing pier, these wedding planners can make your vision a reality.

History Buffs

If you’re a history nut, why not get married at one of Canada’s historical museums or monuments. Signal Hill and Cabot Hill for instance are just a couple of sites that are available for wedding ceremonies.

Photo: Sean and Sarah’s Real Wedding in Nova Scotia

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  1. Posted by Kim Da Cook on September 28th, 2009 at 3:13am

    Those are some really beautiful places, and if one is wealthy enough to have a wedding there then even better but I think that these places are more for locals and people that live near.
  2. Posted by lynne grant on May 19th, 2010 at 4:58am

    Hi there, my name is Lynne Grant and i work in Drumtochty Castle. We are located in the United Kindom in Scotland. We are based about 20 miles south of Aberdeen up in the North east of the Country. The castle is an exclusive venue for weddings, we have accommodation for up to 78 on the estate, or you could take the castle which has 11 bedrooms. Would you be interested in having us on your webiste?

    If you could get back to me that would be great>

    kind regards
    lynne grant
    assistant manager
    drumtochty castle
  3. Posted by Melissa on September 15th, 2011 at 10:29am


    Just thought I would let you know that your photo credit should read "Dalvay by the Sea, Dalvay, PEI .... Not Nova Scotia! :)
  4. Posted by nicole greenawalt on May 16th, 2014 at 7:49pm

    Could you please mail me a brochure? Let me know through email and i will send you my address.

    thanks niki
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