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Church & State Wines is an estate and wedding venue located in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia. It is an ideal and beautiful location for both big and small gatherings. Church & State is known for its West Coast architecture and wrap around veranda, which allows guests to truly get to enjoy the vineyard. It is a short 15 minutes from the Victoria International Airport and only 20 minutes from Victoria.

Facilities and Capacity

The main hall can seat up to 250 guests. There are also lounge areas on the facility's outer decks. Ceremonies can take place outdoors, either by the large natural pond or on the hillside plateau that overlooks the vineyards. In the case of poor weather, there is also an indoor option.

Services Offered

Their beautiful winery strives to make the wedding planning process as stress-free as possible for the couple. They offer a number of services to help the couple feel at ease throughout the months leading up to their special day. At their winery, they offer ceremony-only packages, ceremony and reception packages, as well as reception-only packages. Church & State is equipped with plenty of wedding-day amenities for both ceremonies and receptions. The building has:

  • Built-in audio system with auxiliary input and a handheld, wireless microphone
  • Individually dimmable lighting fixtures
  • Floor plan arrangements
  • Dancefloor
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Overhead heaters for outdoor decks
  • Full-service kitchen
  • Fully licensed Bar with award-winning Church & State Wines, local craft beers, and a variety of liquors available
  • Rental and organization of all necessary tables, chairs, cutlery, glassware, plate ware, and linens
  • Staffing services

Cuisine

Church & State is happy to offer a variety of different menus for your wedding. These menus include:

  • Served Hors d’Oeuvres
  • Reception Platters
  • Plated Dinner Service
  • Family-Style Dinner Service
  • Food Stations
  • Desserts
  • Late Night Snacks
  • **The Bride and Groom are welcome to bring in a wedding cake from outside, professionally licensed source

Other Services

Church & State Wines has a full time, year-round Events Manager, whose role is not limited to, but includes the following: answering any and all questions and inquiries, meeting with potential and current wedding clients, assisting the Bride and Groom in selecting a menu, coordinating with the Kitchen, aiding in formulating a bar service plan, assisting in creating a workable table layout, ordering all necessary linens and rentals, and organizing and directing all service staff for the wedding.

Their Events Manager will also organize a team to set up the tables, chairs, linens and place settings for all weddings, as well as all required teardown at the end of the event. The Events Manager will be present on the day-of the wedding to accept deliveries, meet with incoming vendors, and ensure that all venue-related concerns are addressed immediately.

During the wedding, guests are welcome to wander among the vineyards, play lawn games outside, or take photos anywhere on the property. Our winery has a beautiful, wrap-around, covered and heated veranda overlooking the entire vineyard. The veranda is perfect for mingling during the cocktail hour, or catching a breath of fresh air during the party!

With such a beautiful and lush background, and so many options for customization, Church & State Wines is the perfect spot for a truly unique Vancouver Island wedding!

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Frequently asked questions

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

For weddings: approximately 50 guests, or an equivalent spend.

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

One large interior room, with a beautiful wraparound, covered and heated veranda overlooking the vineyard. We also have a Bridal Room available for the wedding party before the ceremony.

Describe your venue:

Farm
Restaurant
Winery

Describe the style of your venue:

Coastal
Country
Garden
Glamorous
Rustic

What kind of settings are available?

Covered outdoor
Indoor
Uncovered outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party

What event services do you offer?

Bridal suite
Catering / bar
Clean up
Event planning
Event rentals
Liability insurance
Outside vendors
Set up

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail reception
Dessert
Family style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
Champagne toast
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Limited bar
Liquor license
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Specialty beer
Specialty wine

What event items are available?

Altar/arches
Dance floor
Furniture
Lighting
Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$4,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$2,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$2,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$2,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Event planning
Chairs
Tables
China
Flatware
Glassware
Parking
Bridal suite

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$80

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$75

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$55

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$18

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake cutting
Server(s)
Dessert

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$25

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Limited bar
Specialty beer
House wine
Champagne toast
House liquor
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Reviews for Church & State Wines

4.5 out of 5 rating
4.5 out of 5 rating
7 reviews
91% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Response time
    4 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.3 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.9 out of 5 rating
Erann
Erann W. Sent on 24/09/2021
4.8 out of 5 rating

Wedding of our dreams

We had the wedding of our dreams at Church and State Wines in July. The first day I visited the winery I knew this place was "the one". My husband and I came to see it way back in Oct 2019 and I fell in love. Everything about this place is beautiful - the vineyard, the building, the wine, everything. We went through so many changes throughout our planning process - changes with the staff we were working with, changes due to COVID and it was stressful planning at times. But Chelsey and the events team pulled our day together to make it everything we were hoping for
Amy
Amy C. Sent on 10/09/2019
4.4 out of 5 rating

West Coast Wedding

Church and State is a beautiful venue. It does not require much in terms of decorating, it is so naturally beautiful. Nicole was also great to work with. My only criticism would be that it would be great for the location to find a nicer ways for brides to get the aisle. It is an awkward trek through a parking lot to get to the aisle and guests can see you. It would be great if you were escorted in a vehicle to the beginning of the aisle, but that may also be awkward to get out of! Nicole did a great job and dealt with issues seamlessly.
Andrew
Andrew B. Sent on 28/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Awesome Venue

An incredibly beautiful venue. We had our ceremony on the hillside, and our cocktail hour and reception in the main building. We fell in love with it as soon as we walked in. Wooden beams, wine barrels and large windows looking out onto the vineyard. Bright open space which was more than enough for our wedding of 85 guests (and can easily accommodate more). No need to go overboard with decorations, this venue/property is special all on its own. Church and State has their own kitchen on site, so no need to find a caterer. The food was amazing – our guest couldn’t stop talking about it. We went with family style, which worked out perfectly. We also had a number of guests with special dietary needs and they were nothing but accommodating. We gave Nicole and her team a copy of the seating chart indicating who needed special meals and it was all taken care of. They were flexible with everything and Nicole was always on hand to make sure we were happy and well taken care of. I'd highly recommend Church and State for your wedding!
L
Laura Sent on 24/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Highly recommend!!

The venue is absolutely gorgeous. The staff are amazing. We absolutely loved every part of our experience and it made for the perfect day. Nicole and her team were such a pleasure to work with and care so much about the details. The enthusiasm they show makes the planning that much more fun. It rained on our big day and it didn’t matter for a second, the indoor option was arguably just as perfect as the outdoor one!! It was such a relief to know rain or shine, the day would be beautiful and stress-free. Highly recommend this venue and the team at Church and State!
Nadine
Nadine H. Sent on 02/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating
This is one of the most stunning venues in Victoria, BC! A few tips for inquiring brides... the plated dinner choice was amazing, we chose stuffed salmon, tenderloin and stuffed chicken. With the help of a seating chart colour coded by guest meal options I provided, everyone's food was delivered hot within minutes unlike those terrible buffet lines. We also provided appies while we got some photos, which were a huge hit. It ended up being the most reasonable option too as we brought in dessert. The space is beautiful on it's own, so it requires little decorating, the thing to focus on more is making the space personalized with photos, etc. Seating is great and there's a lot of room for dancing (we had 72 guests). The room can get very warm on a hot day, which unfortunately meant that not a lot of our guests danced, which was something I really wanted. The guests did enjoy the wrap around deck outdoors all night though and loved it for mingling. Overall for the venue location, drinks, appies and dinner the value was definitely there. I'd highly recommend Church and State Winery for your wedding!!
J
Jessie F. Sent on 15/06/2013
3.4 out of 5 rating
We fell in love with Church and State Wines a year and half before our wedding. We had an initial viewing and received a quote before booking. Church and State has in house catering so that was included. Based on the quote and viewing we booked the venue. In the year and a half before our wedding, we dealt with three different events people. Everything was great until the first meeting with the second events manager. We took our coordinator to the meeting and thank goodness we did because everything we had been told had changed. Our alternative ceremony location for rain was booked as a restaurant until 3 and the alternative didn't hold all our guests. Thousands of dollars in new charges that we were never told about. That being said, after we brought up all these issues and showed them our previous quote, they did honor our original price. However, they acted like they were doing us a favour and never apologized for the stress they put us through or the fact that they clearly didn't look at our original quote before meeting with us.

Once we got everything settled, we had an amazing wedding day. The grounds and building were beautiful. We had great service in picking our wine. The food was incredible and plentiful. We had great service from the serving staff.

I would recommend Church and State but only if you are willing to really keep an eye on your quotes and keep up communication with the events manager. We were lucky to have our wedding coordinator help with many of the issues. It is a beautiful site with great food but be prepared to deal with less than helpful management staff.
S
Sarah B. Sent on 13/11/2011
4.2 out of 5 rating
Church and State was a brilliant and beautiful venue to have our wedding at. They were more than flexible with EVERYTHING! Catering to decor and even let us make the last minute ceremony decision of inside or out the day of the wedding. The only concern was not having the ceremony programs placed where people could see them for the ceremony.... otherwise they were awesome and I would recommend them to anyone.
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Awards

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Church & State Wines Real Weddings

Nathalie & Paul
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Mark & Rachael
129 Photos · 01/Sep/2018
Jessica & Hamed
74 Photos · 21/Jul/2018

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1445 Benvenuto Ave V8M 1J5 Brentwood Bay (British Columbia)
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