Okanagan Wedding Event Planning
Okanagan Wedding Event Planning
- Okanagan Wedding Event Planning from our sensational villa Orion Penticton, because our rental property is not equipped for a wedding ceremony, reception, dinner and party. We don’t have the capacity and facilities for more than 6 people. The owners prefer to keep the luxuries of villa Orion secluded, exclusive and private. Our honeymooners were celebrating their ceremony & party at a beautiful location in the Okanagan Valley. Villa Orion is located in the center of the Okanagan wineries. Of course they made their wedding pictures on our awesome property.
- Taking the time to choose the right venue, caterer, photographer, DJ, and other vendors will create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
- Learn from the experiences of other brides:
Tip 1. Okanagan Wedding Event Planning: Choose the venue
This will set the tone for your wedding day. Be sure to ask the venue what is allowed and talk about any special requests you have. Can you hire your own caterer and florist or do they have a list of required vendors? Do they provide tables, chairs, china and linens or will you need to rent them? Are there cake cutting or corkage fees? If you are planning any part of your wedding outside, what are the plans for inclement weather? Making sure you have all this information will help you narrow your choices and find the perfect venue.
“The incredibly huge rental fee doesn’t include anything but the room. You even have to pay each server and pay extra for china and parking.” (A bride from Springfield, MO)
“The venue is very pretty, but the owner’s have a few rules that seem slightly imposing, especially for the money they charge.” (A bride from Denver, CO)
Tip 2. Okanagan Wedding Event Planning: Do your research
Review the websites of wedding venues and vendors: services they offer, pricing and packages, testimonials, and portfolios; ask for recommendations from family and friends; read online reviews from other brides; and check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints.
“I wish I did more research before choosing this guy.” (A bride from Michigan)
“Before considering his services, check his 17 complaints on the Better Business Bureau.” (A bride from Indiana)
“When I discovered all the negative reviews after I paid my deposit, I wish I had walked away and saved myself six months worth of headaches.” (A bride from Massachusetts)
Tip 3. Okanagan Wedding Event Planning: Ask for references
Talking to other couples that have used the provider for their weddings is a good way to get feedback about the quality of service you can expect. Take the time to ask questions about their experiences and review each reference carefully.
“The so-called ‘reverend’ is a pathological liar. He lied about obtaining a bachelor’s degree, having a brain tumor, being color blind, having bone disease, frequently fakes heart attacks and fainting spells, lied about being a paramedic and working for the fire department, and got his certificate to be a reverend for free online.”
(YES, this is a real comment from a bride in Aliso Viejo, California)
“My wedding photographer was very difficult to work with. He was irritable about the location, the time of day, etc. and did not set a comfortable environment in which everyone was at ease during the photos.”
(A very disappointed bride in Florida)
Tip 4. Okanagan Wedding Event Planning: Schedule in-person meetings
Meeting face-to-face will give you the opportunity to explain your vision and expectations for your wedding and get to know the provider better. Ask to see samples of work from other weddings to see if their styles match what you are looking for. If you are hiring a DJ, band, or musician, find out when they are playing a live performance you can attend.
Trust your instincts and make sure you are comfortable with the provider and their personality is a good fit for you. Are they asking you questions and listening to you; do they seem interested in what you have to say; and are they professional and knowledgeable in their field? Be prepared with a list of your own questions, including how long have they been in business, do they carry liability insurance, what is the quality and condition of their equipment, how many weddings do they do each year, and will your wedding be their only event on that date?
“The owner was incredibly unprofessional and made inappropriate comments. Upon first meeting him, he made me feel very uncomfortable with the suggestive comments he made.” (A bride in West Orange, NJ)
“Both my husband and I found him unwilling to listen to anything we had to offer.”
(A bride in Winston-Salem, NC)
Tip 5. Okanagan Wedding Event Planning: Get a written contract
The contract should include detailed information about the services being provided, payment terms, arrival, set-up and clean-up times, special requests, backup arrangements, and cancellation and refund policies. All charges and fees should be itemized so you understand exactly what you are paying for. If gratuities and sales tax are not included in the contract, be aware that these will be additional expenses. For vendors such as photographers, videographers, DJs, and live musicians, ensure the contract specifies the names of the people performing these services and explains overtime charges. Read contracts thoroughly, understand all the details and negotiate what is included before signing.
“Shady with contracts and pricing, quoted me one thing and then another, I had to tie him down on a lot of the paperwork.” (A bride in Glens Falls, NY)
“This photographer chose to send another photographer in his place. I know you think ‘no way!’…yes he did! He came and he shot a few pictures on my wedding day and then explained to me he booked another event.”
(A bride in Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
“The morning following our wedding, we received a call from the venue. My husband and I were asked to go back and clean the mess the caterer left behind.” (A bride in Highland Park, IL)
Tip 6. Okanagan Wedding Event Planning: Communication is most important
Clarify and detail everything you expect from your venue and vendors, including deadlines for items such as photos, albums and videos. After phone conversations with providers, send follow-up emails summarizing your conversation so it is in writing. One of the biggest complaints from brides is a lack of response from providers both before and after the wedding so inquire about the best way to contact them.
“I couldn’t get information in a timely manner and they wouldn’t even consider my version of a wedding.”
(A bride in Kent, WA)
“She would take days (sometimes weeks) to answer emails, which further agitated the already difficult task of planning a wedding.” (A bride in Richmond, VA)
“We still have not received our wedding album almost two and a half years later.”
(A bride from San Antonio, TX)
Okanagan Wedding Event Planning: Seven Local Planners
- Your wedding day is an exciting time in your life and taking the time to research venues and vendors will help ensure that your special day is all that you hoped for.
Whether your setting be a private venue, ballroom, or a beautiful outdoor space, they ensure your event is everything you have dreamed of. We are a wedding and event planning business based in Vernon BC, serving the Okanagan Valley and beyond! Mail email@example.com or phone 515.441.0048.
Dream Big Event Managementin Penticton BC. They are passionate about creating the most unforgettable events in the area we know best – the beautiful South Okanagan Valley. From intimate weddings to elegant soirées we specialize in producing stunning events with unparalleled execution. Phone 250-809-2028 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Par-T-Perfect. Serving the Okanagan and Surrounding Areas Penticton, BC. Phone 250-487-9990 or mail to par-t-perfect.com
TTM Eventsis your premier Kelowna Event Planner servicing the Okanagan! With over 20 years experience, we specialize in Kelowna Wedding Planning, Special Events, Corporate Events, Event Rentals, Floral Designs and all Party Planning Needs in the Okanagan. Call (250) 868-8255 or email: email@example.com
English Rose Weddingsis a wedding planning consultancy based in Kelowna. We provide a fresh, inspiring approach to planning and design, influenced by our experience on the European wedding scene. With the Cascade mountains overlooking sparkling Lake Okanagan, it really is the most stunning of locations: Summerhill Winery, The Eldorado Hotel, The Delta Grand and The Harvest Golf Club as well as many other hidden gems.
White Orchid Wedding Planning Services. We know how important your wedding day is to you. With almost a decade of experience in the Okanagan, we will deliver a creative and expertly planned day you will look back on as one of your best – because you will be busy laughing and enjoying your day, while we are behind the scenes making sure every last detail is taken care of. White Orchid Weddings is a Kelowna based wedding and event planning company to work with you to reflect your style, taste and desires in your Okanagan wedding.
It’s what we do best! Call us (250) 859-4239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Created Lovely Eventsspecializing in vineyard, orchard, and private estate weddings IN THE OKANAGAN VALLEY. For direct inquiries 778-214-2800 or e-mail email@example.com
Since 2013 our brides have also booked Winery Restaurants directly for their Reception and Party.
They have done business with the following 20 award winning Winery Restaurants:
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Wedding Event Planning in Central Okanagan
- Old Vines Restaurant and Wine Bar at Quails’ Gate Winery, Kelowna
- The Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Estate Winery, Kelowna
- Blu Saffron at Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, Kelowna
- Grapevine Restaurant at Gray Monk Estate Winery, Kelowna
- Sunset Organic Bistro at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Kelowna
- CedarCreek Estate Winery, Kelowna.
Location Villa Orion on Google Maps
Explore on Google Maps the stunning location of Villa Orion (= Orion Consultings Ltd.= the owner).
Okanagan Wedding Event Planning in South Okanagan
- Bonitas Bistro at Bonitas Winery of Bottleneck Drive, Summerland
- The Vanilla Pod at Poplar Grove Winery, Naramata Bench, Penticton
- The Pecking Room Patio Grill at Red Rooster Winery, Naramata Bench, Penticton
- Hillside Winery & Bistro, Naramata Bench, Penticton
- The Patio at Lake Breeze Naramata Bench, Penticton
- The Kitchen at Misconduct Wine Co, Naramata Bench, Penticton
- Upper Bench Estate Winery & Creamery, Naramata Bench, Penticton
- Liquidity Bistro, Okanagan Falls Winery Association, Okanagan Falls
- Smoke and Oak at Wild Goose Vineyards, Okanagan Falls Winery Association, Okanagan Falls
- Joy Road Vineyard Kitchen at Black Hills Estate Winery, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, Oliver
- Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, Oliver
- Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, Oliver
- Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, Oliver
- The Patio at Nk’Mip, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, Osoyoos.
Okanagan Wedding Event Planning in the Winery restaurants of the Central Okanagan
From Villa Orion Penticton it’s an average 45 minutes’ drive to one of these six famous Kelowna winery restaurants.
There are the tried and true such as the Old Vines Restaurant and Wine Bar at Quails’ Gate Winery that remains open throughout the year to delight tourists and residents alike. And there are the outdoor patios that offer more options to nab a table during peak summer touring season.
Meticulously designed as is all the Stewart family’s Quails’ Gate facilities, Old Vines is set on the slopes of the Boucherie Mountain Bench taking full advantage of vineyard and lake vistas. Here Chef Roger Sleiman has pioneered farm-to-table cuisine paired perfectly with the wines and has created menus of ingredients from surrounding fields and pastures, the kitchen garden and regional farms. I had the privilege this summer to join the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) at a Visa Infinite Wine Country Dinner hosted there. To present an outstanding multi-course dinner and sparkling wine reception, Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage Vancouver and Chef Andrew Winfield of River Café Calgary joined Chef Sleiman in the kitchen. Together they created the perfect pairings for wines from Quails’ Gate and other celebrated BC wineries with Master of Wine Rhys Pender providing introductions. Visa Infinite and Visa Infinite Privilege cardholders get exclusive access to special benefits at over 30 wineries in British Columbia. Along with complimentary tastings, discounts, cardholders can purchase one-of-a-kind crafted winery experiences, long-table dinners held at breathtaking and elegant winery estates with food prepared by prominent and distinguished chefs and new in 2014, winery-focused culinary escape weekends.
Okanagan Wedding Event Planning in the Winery restaurants of the South Okanagan
From Villa Orion Penticton it’s an average 8 minutes’ walk to the Poplar Grove. And to Red Rooster and Hillside a 23 minutes’ walk over the Kettle Valley Trail. Take for the other winery restaurants in South Okanagan your car. It’ll take you a 10 till 35 minutes’ drive to the other winery restaurants.
As we head out to South Okanagan winery restaurants, check out Bonitas Bistro at Bonitas Winery of Bottleneck Drive. It is Summerland’s only winery located on Okanagan Lake and promises a “Touch of the Mediterranean, Okanagan style.” There has been some chef changes of late so confirm hours before you visit.
On the Naramata Bench, we are spoiled by selection. Perched below Munson Mountain overlooking Penticton is The Vanilla Pod at Poplar Grove Winery, owned by Sheila and Paul Jones. Here Executive Chef Bruno Terroso uses fresh Okanagan ingredients to create Tapas-style dishes of Mediterranean and other international flavours. Herbs grown next to the restaurant and tomatoes sourced from his own garden adorn his innovative plates.
At The Pecking Room Patio Grill at Red Rooster Winery, Chef Darin Paterson’s “love of diversity in different cultures and life shows in the food”. Here on the casual patio, try items like char-grilled lamb with sesame lemon drizzle and quinoas salad or flatbreads from the wood stove. Chef Paterson also owns and operates Bogner’s of Penticton.
Executive Chef Rob Cordonier at the Hillside Winery & Bistro showcases the best of what local farmers are growing. Along with Chef de Cuisine Brent Pillon, Chef Cordonier’s mission is “to produce interesting flavour combinations to compliment” Hillside wines. Dishes are prepared simply and ingredients treated with the utmost respect. Build an appetite or work off the calories by climbing the observation tower to capture the vista of vineyards and glistening Okanagan Lake as seen from nearby Kettle Valley Trail.
Closer to Naramata, seize the limited opportunity between May to mid-October to snag a seat at The Patio at Lake Breeze where Chef Mark Ashton creates the ultimate match to Lake Breeze wines by Winemaker & President Garron Elmes. Chef Ashton also sources ingredients from regional independent growers and artisans and proudly proclaims membership in the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Program committed to ocean-friendly buying decisions.
Heading back into Penticton on Upper Bench, it’s not just the road that offers a curve. Here you can experience “Portuguese Tapas with Mexican flare” by Chef Abul Adame at The Kitchen at Misconduct Wine Co. Chef Adame combines his Mexican roots with his Portuguese friend and winemaker Richard da Silva. The Paella is a perennial favourite and I love the Shrimp and Octopus ceviche.
Down the road is Upper Bench Estate Winery & Creamery that is a partnership between Wayne and Margareta Nystrom and daughter Tessa Sjöblom with Winemaker Gavin and his wife Cheesemaker Shana Miller. For this round up of winery restaurants I haven’t included those wineries with patios that allow you to bring your own picnic or offer packaged small plates such as cheese and charcuterie. I made the exception for Upper Bench because the cheese is artfully made from scratch onsite.
The next region in South Okanagan we hit geographically is the Okanagan Falls Winery Association. Just this season a couple of exciting alternatives have come alive. Liquidity Winery President Ian MacDonald was delighted to announce a partnership with Dave Keeler, Vintage Hospitality Ltd to launch Liquidity Bistro. Executive Chef Rob Walker matches the modern architecture with an “urban take on classic Canadian wine country cuisine with influences from around the Okanagan Valley and Pacific North West.” Linger over lunch or delight in dinner while feasting on the vista of vineyards, Vaseux Lake and McIntyre Bluff.
Over at Smoke and Oak at Wild Goose Vineyards, GM Roland Kruger and family with Chef Sarren Wolfe give you “Southern ‘Okanagan’ BBQ infused with German Soul”. Inspired by three generations of Kruger family recipes, Chef Wolfe makes authentic German Spaetzle to go along with meats such as ribs from his slow smoker imported from Tennessee.
Moving south into the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, you’ll discover another exciting development. The Joy Road Vineyard Kitchen at Black Hills Estate Winery. Winery President Glenn Fawcett speaks of Black Hills passion for the phenomenal terroir and adds, “Joy Road are really into the cuisine terroir so it is a really great fit.” With Joy Road Proprietors and Chefs Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith’s funky kitchen in a shipping container, Black Hills is crafting an experience that reflects the terroir. Pairing Joy Roads culinary style with Winemaker Graham Pierce’s creations, says Fawcett, gives a good perspective on the impact of terroir and is “one of the coolest things about the pairing.” From its start in selling pies at the Penticton Farmers’ Market, Joy Road has had a grand journey and you’ll find them catering many of the Okanagan’s most prestigious events: Think Orofino Winery’s legendary 1.6-mile dinner, long table dinners Thursday and Sundays at God’s Mountain Estate and the inaugural Evening of Effervescence at Linden Gardens of Kaleden.
Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is another example of a brilliant partnership with Tinhorn Creek collaborating with Manuel Ferreira, owner of Le Gavroche in Vancouver. Perched like a glass palace of clean architectural lines with panoramic views of the valley, Miradoro with its hint of Mediterranean cuisine by Executive Chef Jeff Geest is a must on your winery restaurant list. Closed only in January and February, it is open for lunch, tapas and dinner daily. Chef Geest is a larger than life character on a first name basis with local farmers, producers and foragers.
Next door at Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Owner April Goldade and Chef Jenna Pillon will have you “feeling far away from the everyday ordinary” in the upscale casual Italian Bistro. In fact, with its old world charm, massive wood-sculptured door, rustic wood pillars, aged brickwork and iron chandelier, Terrafina brings a touch of Tuscany to the Okanagan. Don’t miss its wood-fired pizzas with simply exquisite toppings, and if you’re there for brunch, have the breakfast pizza with farm eggs and mozzarella.
On the other side of the valley, the Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl beckons. The Wyse family partnered with Restaurant Operator David Keeler to pair its wines and scenic splendour with “epicurean excellence”. In the kitchen, Chef Brock Bowes and his talented culinary team deliver that promise with highly creative locavore cuisine.
A special trip into Osoyoos and the meticulous Spirit Ridge Resort property to The Patio at Nk’Mip is worthy of a road trip. Chef Liam McNulty invites you to sample locally-sourced gourmet cuisine, sip award-winning wines and enjoy the breathtaking view. His food is described “as rustic and heartwarming with a family-style focus on rich, savory comfort meals”.
If you travelled through my list of the winery restaurants of the Okanagan, you no doubt saw the common theme. Owners and chefs are beautifully obsessed with farm-to-table cuisine and teaching us through our tummies an enormous respect for terroir. Be sure to check their websites before you go because hours vary and many are seasonal. It’s the yin and yang of living in the Okanagan: each season brings charms of its own!