No church, no courthouse, no problem.
By Allison Saunders
1. Lot Six
A random Saturday night at Lot Six is sprauncy enough, with its flickering candles, artful cocktails and tables full of well-dressed, beautiful people—so just imagine what a wedding would look like! Heaven, basically (but it’s Bring Your Own Beauties). If you’re looking for ambience and then some, the atrium at this downtown bar is truly one of the city’s most romantic rooms.
1685 Argyle Street, email@example.com
A total hidden gem of a wedding venue, the panoramic view from this brand-new Bedford Highway shopping destination is a beauty. With 4,000 square feet of space, by day it’s a serene spot to grab a coffee and get some work done while gazing over the basin, but for special events (like say, a wedding ceremony?), its marble floors, fireplaces and bar are an outside-the-box backdrop for up to 100 guests.
397 Bedford Highway, 902-402-8925
Solidify an authentic east coast wedding experience with nautical nuptials at a place where the bygone days of our icy Atlantic waters are celebrated in every square foot. The artifacts that adorn Canada’s largest Maritime museum and its Small Craft Gallery make for minimal decorating needs and the space promises smooth sailing for parties up to 250 (or 110 seated). History nerds, sailors and water babies ahoy.
1675 Lower Water Street, 902-424-6447
Wanna go big, but not like hotel ballroom big? The literal old-school vibe of the Dalhousie University Club’s Great Hall makes room for larger weddings while keeping the scene full of character and history. The hall was originally Dal’s law library, meaning mega-high vaulted ceilings and a badass balcony, perfect for dramatic effect. It’s an airy, bright space that leaves loads of potential for vows, dinner and dancing—and, if you’re alumni, a touch of nostalgia.
1 Alumni Crescent, Dalhousie Campus, firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Citadel Hill
We’re just not talking about the top of the hill, but inside the heart of the fort. The most iconic part of downtown Halifax is a gem for those seeking a little Victorian romance, a lot of cobblestone and potentially a kilted piper as accessories for their day. Citadel Hill invites bookings for weddings, dinners and receptions, and is ideal for those who want to pay tribute to our city’s history while making their own.
Citadel Hill, 902-426-7665