Weddings at Craigdarroch Castle
As a designated National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle is an exceptional place to celebrate your union. As your guests arrive through the Porte-Cochere Entrance and enter the Main Hall, they immediately encounter the magnificent sweeping open oak staircase rising four floors to the Dance Hall.
Lavish Victorian era furnishings and decor, exquisite stained glass, and detailed woodwork carved by artisans of days gone by… these all combine to create a warm and welcoming experience.
On the first floor, drinks and edibles in hand, your guests can wander into the Library, through the Drawing Room, into the Dining Room (except when Christmas decorations are installed), past the Smoking Room and the Breakfast Room. Through the Main Hall, guests then ascend the grand staircase, past the Alcove (and perhaps a musical trio) and up to the second floor.
On the third floor, guests can view the huge Games Room with its impressive billiard table, an original bathroom, family rooms and servants’ quarters. From the Dance Hall on the fourth floor, they can view the snowcapped Olympic Mountains to the South, then climb to the Tower for a panoramic view of Victoria and the Straits of Juan de Fuca.
Craigdarroch Castle was built for entertaining. You can hire a small ensemble of musicians to suit your taste; jazz trios; strings; pianists; vocalists; comedians and/or play your own selection of CD’s or tapes. The Steinway pianos in both the Drawing Room and the Dance Hall are available for use by a professional pianist. Please note that we do not allow dancing because of potential damage to the Castle that is, in and of itself, an artifact.
With the open staircase, the acoustics are wonderful and music can be heard all through the Castle. If you need some suggestions, we have an extensive list of entertainers from which to choose.
Bar service is limited to white wine (no red or rosé), champagne, beer, non-berry cider and nonstaining soft drinks. A Special Occasion Liquor License is required if liquor is to be served and we can provide information to assist you with that process. We work exclusively with experienced companies that have successfully worked within our very specialized museum environment.
A variety of budgetary options are available.
Photography during your event is allowed provided all safety requirements are met as outlined in the terms and conditions of your agreement. You are entitled to all noncommercial rights for the photographs and videos made of your event. If your photographer requires extensive set up or you require time outside that allowed for your event then extra charges might apply.