A Galiano Island Wedding

Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for considering Bodega Ridge for your wedding!

Bodega Ridge is located on Galiano Island, the sunniest and wildest of British Columbia’s Southern Gulf Islands. Just off the coast of BC and Washington State, we’re a short ferry and car drive from the mainland and the surrounding islands. You’ll feel worlds away without traveling far, making it an ideal location for a destination wedding.

A stay on Galiano wouldn’t be complete without an excursion or two. We can organize activities for you and your guests, from kayak tours to whale watching. And of course there are a couple scenic hiking routes that begin close to our property, including the breathtaking Bodega Ridge. Give out-of-town guests a taste of west coast living with morning yoga on the lawn.

 

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The Experience: Consultation & Coordination

We host numerous wedding celebrations throughout the year, and can help design a wedding that is uniquely yours. We can give you suggestions based on 12 years of experience and are happy to recommend trusted photographers, florists and other vendors. Making your wedding stress free is our top priority. We focus on the details so you and your guests can enjoy the experience.

 

Accommodations

Our seven, 3 bedroom cabins can accommodate a maximum of 42 guests. Each bedroom has a queen bed, all cabins have a full kitchen and bathroom.
Within a short drive (or walk) there are many alternative sources of accommodation. It is possible to arrange transportation through the Galiano Bus Company to get guests staying elsewhere to and from Bodega safely on the wedding night. 

We charge a group rate per night for our cabins during all special events. When you book your wedding, we do require you to book all 7 cabins for a minimum 2 night stay, long weekends are a minimum 3 night stay. Payment can be taken care of by your guests upon check-in.
We provide you with a grounds map that includes all of the cabins so you can determine who stays where and with whom. 
Peak Season May 1st - September 30th $450 per night
Low Season Oct. 1st - April 30th $400 per night

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Wedding Dates

We know it's not always easy to choose a wedding date. That is why we offer both weekend and weekday wedding dates. Giving you the option to choose a date that works the best for you.

Weekend wedding dates are from Friday to Sunday
Weekday wedding dates are from Monday to Thursday
All long weekends have a minimum 3 night stay requirement.

Wedding Rental Pricing

A Bodega Ridge Wedding includes all resort amenities, resources and staff at your disposal. Our 23 acres of rural countryside nestled at the quiet north end of Galiano Island is your private paradise. Our pricing is based on a wedding rental fee, meals, beverages, and an 18% service fee on all food & beverages. Please note that guest accommodation are not included in our wedding pricing.

At Bodega Ridge weddings are our focus and we are extremely well equipped for hosting your event. We own all our tables, chairs, wedding tent and other equipment that most venues would have you rent, saving you a great deal of money, time and coordination. 
 

Our Wedding Rental Fee includes:

  • Exclusive use of the 23 acre property, including the public areas of the lodge
  • Wedding consultation and assistance in on site planning
  • Dining hall seating up to 60 guests
  • Stand up Cocktail Style Reception in the lodge up to 100 guests
  • Outdoor dining under our 30’ by 40’ wedding tent (included from May 1 to Thanksgiving, additional charge of $4,000 if used in the off-season, and weather dependent)
    For seating with all tables under the tent:
    -144 seated guests in 4 rows, without a head table
    -120 seated guests in 4 rows, with a head table
    -head table can seat up to 12 people
    For seating with tables under the tent and outside the tent:
    -168 seated guests in 4 rows, without a head table
    -144 seated guests in 4 rows, with a head table (head table will be outside the tent)
  • All tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware and glassware
  • LCD projector with screen (for indoor use only)
  • 2 Commercial sound systems.  Each with standup powered speakers, mixing board & a cordless microphone
  • Sound system for outdoor dining & ceremony site
  • Set up of wedding ceremony site, including custom cedar benches, wood arch and signing table
  • Access to our list of preferred vendors. We do not charge commissions for referrals
  • Complete set up and take down, excluding decorations and flowers brought from off-site
    *Please note that items can change at anytime. Wedding rental fee does not include food and beverages.
     
Site Fee Pricing*WeekendMidweek
Peak Season
July 1 - Labour Day
$12000$8000
Shoulder Season
April 1st - July, Post-Labour Day to Thanksgiving
$10000$8000
  • *Holiday Pricing: occasionally we do take requests for Christmas & New Years. For these dates the site fees fall under Peak Season Pricing.
  • Pricing is for 2017/2018, any inquires for 2019 please contact us
  • For the off-season we do host more intimate weddings at different price ranges. Please contact us for details.


Our chef creates menus based on the best local ingredients we have access to including a huge array of vegetables that are grown on Galiano Island, as well as fresh fish caught daily. We strive to work with the freshest ingredients allowing our menus to change with the growing seasons. When booking your wedding we are happy to provide you with our latest menus to give you some examples.
We want your wedding dinner to be a reflection of your taste, so we are more than happy to customize any menu for you. Menus will be provided 3-4 months before your wedding, giving us time to work on any adjustments you want to make.

Menus include:

  • Two different menu options for the Welcome night BBQ
  • A full selection of our canapé choices
  • Three different menu options for the Reception night dinner


With respect to beverages we have a fully stocked bar, a sophisticated yet affordable wine list, 5 local craft beers and a local cider on tap.
Highballs & beer start at $6, cocktails start at $10 and wine starts at $40/bottle. We politely decline corkage.
If you have a favourite cocktail we can easily incorporate it into the evening or we can provide you a list of our own cocktails to select from.
 

Food & Beverage Pricing

Welcome Night BBQ

  • Menus starting at $30 per person
  • Minimum beverage spend of $1000

Wedding Reception Dinner

  • Canapés starting at $15 per person
  • Dinner menus starting at $65 per person
  • Minimum beverage spend of $4000

Additional Add On's

  • Dessert
  • Late night snack: pizza $12 per person
  • Sparkling toast for after the ceremony or at dinner: $45 a bottle
  • Breakfast options: Continental Breakfast $18 per person, Full Brunch $28 per person

Clients may use the welcome night bar spend towards the wedding night minimum spend if it exceeds $1000.
If you choose not to host the bar and wish to have your guests pay for beverages we offer a "cash" bar but we do not accept cash, to ensure speedy service we ask that guests use debit or credit.
*please note that the 18% service fee is added to the total food and beverage sales including cash bar sales

 

Sample Wedding Itinerary

Friday
4 PM Check-in
5 PM Rehearsal at the Ceremony Site (optional)
6 PM BBQ
11 PM Lodge & Bar Closes

Saturday
4 PM Ceremony, followed by Champagne toast
5 PM Canapés & Cocktail Hour at the Lodge
6:30 PM Guests are seated in the Wedding Tent
7 PM Reception Dinner is served.
8:30 PM Dessert
9 PM First Dance
11 PM Late Night Snack (optional)
2 AM Lodge closes.

Sunday
10 AM Bodega Breakfast & JJ Bean Coffee served in the lodge

We have a great deal of experience with coordinating weddings with couples that live abroad and are more than happy to handle organizing additional planning support, flowers and any other requests that you may wish to have us take care of.

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Testimonials

“Bodega was exactly what we were looking for, it made our unique wedding complete, Jesse and his staff were so friendly and helpful, they really went out of their way to bring our vision to reality. Great food and craft beer is high on our love list and we couldn’t have been happier! Our friends and family felt so at home and had such a memorable time, everyone kept saying it was the most beautiful and relaxing wedding they had ever been to. Our whole experience there was more than we could have hoped for. I’m so happy that our wedding memories are of Bodega”.

 Chelsea Hailes and Craig Moston
 

“We chose Bodega Ridge for our wedding last year. Upon speaking to Jesse and seeing the site first hand, it became quickly obvious that this was the 'good fit' we had been looking for. Jesse's easy going manner put our anxieties at ease. Jesse listened. He was able to hear out our expectations and facilitate everything we needed and more. He didn't come out, sales pitch ablaze, talking about how awesome Bodega Ridge was and how he deserved our money. Moreover, he did not bad mouth the others we had already seen and considered (even if they were easy to poke fun at!). In a word, he was very professional. 

By all accounts, the product itself never disappointed, as in so many instances when an experience is incongruent with its own branding. Quite the opposite: the Bodega Ridge experience was very much the delivery of what was promised on the website and in consultation with Jesse. 

Nothing was hidden, we felt like we could make use of the property and see the best it had to offer. Amazing, did I add. 

Most importantly however, Jesse was a lovely host to our families and friends. He personally oversaw nearly everything and stayed completely focused, yet remained almost completely in the background. Even though I was busy, one thing I did notice was how excellently he treated his staff. That's always a hallmark of a good guy and a good business. The food, by the way, was excellent. I am still thinking about it now. 

As a person in marketing myself, I admire Jesse for being transparent, for sticking to his guns, for being patient and respectful, and for not treating us like a distraction from 'something more important'. 

I am sure it's a lot of hard work (to listen to everybody and their requests) and much behind-the-scenes agony to pull a wedding together but you would never guess, Bodega Ridge is a wonderfully relaxing and inspiring place, a little like the owner himself.

David & Cheryl

An initial call to the owner, Jesse, instilled confidence immediately . Subsequently, arrangements were overseen by his gracious and knowledgeable general manager Pamy. These two are gold standard bearers for the hospitality industry. The magnificent location with perfect weather most definitely added to everyone's enjoyment. Staff were always available to assist, yet non-obtrusive. The ceremony was on a small hilltop outdoors (a short drive or five-minute walk from the lodge) with stunning views of ocean, mountains and forest. Nearby on site was the outdoor reception (canopy overhead). The food was superb and local for both the rehearsal dinner and for the wedding night. We opted for a buffet style reception dinner with a choice of salmon or beef - the chef and staff ensured that every bite was scrumptious! The paella for the rehearsal dinner featured local seafood and was enthusiastically devoured. It is important to keep in mind when considering Bodega that the resort is located at the north end of Galiano whereas the ferry docks at the south end - a 20-35 minute drive. Amenities such as restaurants, stores, gas station, etc. are at the south end; some planning is required. The seven cabins are well-equipped with fine kitchen facilities and are comfortable and charming. Incidentally, the photographer who is highly experienced informed us that Bodega is a dream shoot due to the setting and the way the natural light dances and reflects amongst the trees, hills and cabins. Although this review has sprung from a wedding, we heartily recommend Bodega for a multitude of other uses including personal stays, retreats and conferences. For a refreshing, laid-back experience we recommend Bodega Ridge.

-Deborah

 
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Contact us & Save the Date!

We always sell out in the peak-season, but our moderate climate works great for celebrations in the
off-season too. Mid-week weddings are another option. In all cases, we recommend booking as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a site tour call us toll free at 1-877-604-2677 or email us at info@bodegaridge.com

 

 
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Our Partners

At Bodega we care a great deal about your wedding day from the big picture to the corsages. We feel very confident in the vendors below and endorse each and every one of them. Don't forget to tell them we sent you!

Photographers
Jarusha Brown: www.jarushabrown.com 
Brian Van Wyk: www.bvwweddings.com
Nordica Photography: www.nordicaphotography.com
Jennifer Armstrong: www.jenniferarmstrongphotography.com
Kirill Bordon Photography: www.kirillbordon.com
The Nickersons: http://thenickersons.ca

Florists
Trincomali Farms: www.galianoislandsoapworks.com
Stella's Farm Cut Flowers: www.stellasflowers.com

Wedding Commissioners
Marcia Devique: marcia@marciaglass.com