Over the span of my 13-year DJ career, I've had the pleasure and privilege to play at countless venues across the Okanagan. From intimate ceremonies to grand celebrations, each venue has its unique charm, setting the mood for unforgettable memories. As I've worked my magic on the decks, I've also observed the subtle nuances that make a venue truly exceptional. Here, I share my top 5 venues in the Okanagan, complete with personal experiences and insider insights. Let's dive in!
1. Predator ridge resort (Vernon)
The unique design of Predator Ridge ensures a seamless transition from the ceremony to the reception. The ceremony space leads directly into the intimate yet spacious ballroom, allowing guests to easily move from one event to the next without any inconvenience. One of my standout memories here was Dana and Tom's wedding in June 2023. The energy, ambiance, and the vibes of the venue made it an event to remember.
2. Summerhill Pyramid Winery (Kelowna)
Summerhill boasts arguably the most mesmerizing ceremony view in Kelowna — a pristine lawn that directly overlooks the lake. The reception space is equally breathtaking, characterized by a massive glass window situated right behind the head table, framing the expansive views perfectly. Not to forget, the low ceiling around the dance floor, which encapsulates a club-like atmosphere. A particularly memorable stint for me was during a Victoria Day weekend where I DJed on both Saturday and Sunday without having to pack up my gear!
3. The Harvest Golf Club (Kelowna)
Tucked away in South East Kelowna, The Harvest is a gem. Its sprawling lawn provides a panoramic view of a serene water feature on the golf course. Apart from the visual appeal, their culinary offerings are second to none. The nighttime views from the clubhouse are just magical. One of the highlights of my time there was the summer 2022 wedding of Steve and Ting. It felt more like a festival set than a traditional wedding, with the dance floor brimming with ecstatic energy.
4. 50th Parallel Estate Winery (Lake Country)
Positioned as one of the premier wedding venues in the Okanagan, 50th Parallel offers an elevated pad above the vineyard for ceremonies, providing captivating views of the lake. The space and food quality are world-class, reflecting international standards. A personal highlight was ushering in my 2022 DJ season here, spinning for Melissa and Kenny's wedding - one of my first post-pandemic events.
5. Spirit Ridge Resort (Osoyoos)
Spirit Ridge embraces the ambiance of the desert with its Spanish-themed architecture. Its ceremony space, perched atop the hotel, gifts attendees with a panoramic view of the city and lake. With easy load-in capabilities and a customizable ballroom, the resort offers DJs like me a fantastic stage to set up and deliver unforgettable parties.
I trust these insights will guide you in making a venue choice that resonates with your dream wedding. Each of these venues holds a special place in my heart, and I'm sure they'll do the same for you.