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37 Ways to Host the Ultimate Canadian Wedding

So you want to celebrate your love Canadian-style, eh? Here are thoughtful ways to host the ultimate Canadian wedding.

Wedding portrait on a mountaintop

Wedding portrait on a mountaintop

Want to give a nod to your home, the true north strong and free on your big day? We’ve got lots of ways to host a truly Canadian wedding. You probably won’t be able to swing a guest appearance by Trudeau or Bieber, but you can add a few more manageable national treasures and Canadian wedding traditions to your celebration. Canada is equipped with everything from jaw-dropping venues to drool-worthy national dishes, so go ahead and incorporate a handful (or more) into your big day.

Here are a few ways to host the ultimate Canadian wedding.

Celebrate Canada's Natural Beauty

Indigenous wedding portrait

Support Indigenous Communities

Indigenous-owned wedding venues

Serve Canadian Food and Drink

Whiskey maple wedding cocktail

Feature Canadian Artists

  • Stack your wedding playlist with upbeat hits by Canucks like Bieber, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and Drake
  • Choose a first dance song by a Canadian crooner (Diana Krall, Céline Dion and Michael Bublé have tons)
  • Sneak some lines from Canadian-written poems into your wedding vows and readings
  • Add some original Indigenous artwork from the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada to your wedding gift registry

Bride wearing crimson underskirt

Wear Canadian Fashion

  • Forget about “something blue” – wear a bit of crimson and white on your big day
  • Dress your groomsmen in Canadian tuxedos (AKA denim on denim)
  • Ditch the typical wedding dress code and ask your guests to sport every Canadian’s favourite outfit combo: plaid and denim
  • Say yes to a gown from a Canadian wedding dress designer
  • Give your engagement ring some extra sparkle with a Canadian diamond

Canadian diamond engagement ring

Embrace a Canadian Theme

Bridal party with maple leaf bouquets

Hockey jersey wedding caketopper

  • Top a multi-tiered wedding cake with Canadian-inspired decorations like this hockey-themed topper
  • Wear sweats from Roots while you get dolled up for your Canadian wedding ceremony
  • Stock up on ultra Canadian wedding favours from your local farmer’s market

Canadian-themed photobooth

Canadian-Themed Wedding Photos

  • Add touques and maple leaves to your box of photobooth props
  • Take a few wedding snaps in front of a national landmark like Vancouver's Totem Poles in Stanley Park, Ottawa’s Parliament Buildings or Toronto’s CN Tower
  • Seek out a natural setting for your wedding or engagement photos

Wedding portrait in Stanley Park

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