1) You’ll have the most stunning setting
No matter what time of year, the orchard and farm at Merridale is a charmingly beautiful place to take your vows and celebrate with friends and family. In the summer season, long, warm days finish with golden sunlight over the orchard and in the springtime, our apple trees are bursting with fragrant, pink blossoms. In fall and winter, the farm feels like a cozy escape.
Your ceremony and reception, with photo opportunities, are all taken care of in one spot, which makes it easy for you and your guests to enjoy the whole day.
2) We’ll be with you every step of the way
Merridale has been planning weddings for over 15 years. We know that most brides and grooms get nervous when it comes to planning their wedding day. We get that. It’s a lot of pressure to deliver a perfect event, and unless you’re a professional event planner. We have experience in creating wedding memories throughout the year. From decorations to catering and your wedding cake, we’ve got it covered. Our Wedding Guidebook, or “wedding bible” as it’s lovingly been referred to by past brides and grooms, will take you step-by-step through the process of booking and planning your big day at Merridale. Our team of wedding experts will be available to help you with everything along the way, from preparing checklists to ensuring that you have regular meetings so that everything stays on track. We take care of the big stuff, leaving you time to focus on the special touches that are uniquely you!
"Wow! We had the most incredible experience with Merridale for our Wedding. The wedding planners were lovely from our first meeting all the way through until the big day. Everything was perfect. From the venue, to the planning, to the food, the lighting, the yurt - incredible. We want to do it all over again!” Lauren & Connor, Aug 2017
3) The food and drink are outstanding!
At Merridale, we always receive fantastic feedback about our amazing food and drink. Served family-style, your guests share food, drink, stories and laughter at a long-table dinner all together. You will taste the passion in every mouthful and every sip. We will even make your wedding cake or wedding cupcakes, if you like!
"The food still has our guests talking and drooling. The warm potato salad was amazing, the pork was to die for. Your knowledge and respect of the ingredients is ever-present in your dishes. Thank you!” Stephanie & John, Sept 2018
4) You can have a custom wedding cocktail
When you’re getting married at a craft cidery and distillery, you can have a custom cocktail created by the makers! Use our bartenders for what they do best – the perfectly balanced drink to celebrate your union. Using our small-batch Cowichan vodka, gin, rhumb, or brandies with and added splash of craft cider, we can create a signature cocktail that has your name on it.
Included in your wedding package, is a spacious and beautiful yurt. Known for instilling calm and relaxation, yurts are the perfect space to finish off those last-minute touches before your ceremony. Different options can be added on, such as appetizers from the Merridale kitchen, or drinks from the Merridale bar - really, whatever your palette desires. When the reception is over, most of our couples spend the night in our bridal yurt finding it an exceptional way to close their celebration. And the next morning, your farmhouse breakfast awaits!
6) Your Photos will be stunning
Did we mention the beautiful setting? One of the most important mementos of your wedding day are your photographs. You cherish these forever. Envision yourself in some of these unique settings – acres of apple orchard adorned with blossoms, apples or greenery, a lush forest landscape just steps from the ceremony site, a cascading waterfall trickling into the pond below, a yurt filled with antiques, a shiny brass still, wooden oak barrels, the old Merridale truck, a bright red fire engine, or cool pieces of farm paraphernalia. Our 20-acre farm will tell the story of your day, so your memories last a life time.
7) Your friends and family will love it, too
Your wedding day is first and foremost about you and your partner, but at the end of the day, it’s important to know that your guests enjoyed the experience, too. From the secluded setting to the fact that out-of-towners will have an excuse to visit Vancouver Island, most guests can find something to love about attending a wedding at Merridale. It’s got rustic charm, but still feels fancy enough that guests can get dressed up, and there are lots of interesting places to explore and take time to connect with friends and family who your guests might not have seen in awhile.
8) Perfect bachelorette party
Bachelorette parties are a special time to connect with your besties before your big day. It’s when the people who know you best get to celebrate your friendships and wish you well on this new chapter. Round up your crew and spend an afternoon in the orchard with a Red Wagon Picnic. You’ll get an adorable red wagon filled with picnic supplies like sandwiches and salads (made fresh by our chef at the farm) and a couple of cold growlers of Merridale cider or Cowichan cocktail.
9) Choose your date - any day of the year!
If you've always been envisioning a cozy, wintery wedding or an autumn celebration amidst the vibrant colours of fall foliage, Merridale is the place for you. The orchard is especially stunning in the fall during harvest season, when our apple trees are heavy with ripe fruit, and we have ample indoor space where you can eat, drink, and dance the night away with your guests after the ceremony.
10) You’ll truly get away from it all
Cobble Hill is one of those special places on southern Vancouver Island where you’re not really that far from anything, but you feel a world away. Just 45 minutes from Victoria and ten minutes from the seaside community of Mill Bay, Cobble Hill is easily accessible by car, bike or shuttle. You’ll enjoy your day surrounded by rolling countryside, friends, and family.
To learn more about getting married at Merridale, feel free to get in touch with our wedding team at any time or request a wedding package. We’re currently booking for 2019 and 2020 but we’re always happy to schedule a tour or just answer any questions that you might have.
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