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Unforgettable Moments Deserve Extraordinary Settings

The Fairmont Empress offers a variety of extraordinary venues for your unforgettable Victoria, British Columbia, wedding.


Uniquely Canadian & Entirely West Coast Inspired.

When it comes to iconic wedding venues, The Empress is the standard of coastal luxury experience, offering ultimate elegance and tradition. Whether you have always dreamed of a glamorous wedding or a romantic celebration in an intimate setting, the Empress’ impressive rooms and spaces allow for any style of event.

The Library at Fairmont Empress Victoria


Stately and cultured, the 1900s-era Library Room channels a baronial castle. Period floor-to-ceiling windows and draperies, original wood paneling, hardwood flooring and a fireplace, accented with traditional furnishings, create an ambience of royal opulence.
The Library will accommodate 40 guests at a standing reception and 10 – 40 guests at a seated dinner.
Virtual Tour | Capacity Chart

the palm court

Adjoining the Crystal Ballroom, meet and mingle in the adjacent Palm Court, an airy atrium-like space with a stunning stained glass dome ceiling and Italian marble flooring. It’s the perfect backdrop for your ceremony or cocktail reception prior to dinner.
The elegant Palm Court is an unforgettable venue that can accommodate up to 200 guests for your seated ceremony or a standing welcome reception.
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Shaughnessy Ballroom at Fairmont Empress


Regal and dramatic, the Shaughnessy Ballroom is unrivaled for glitzy events, receptions and parties. Renovated to reflect a modern West Coast theme while upholding the fabled history of the space, it boasts a private outside entrance and garden terrace.
Ideal for a standing wedding reception with up to 300 guests or an elegant seated dinner for 180 guests.
Virtual Tour | Capacity Chart

Bengal Lounge at Fairmont Empress

the bengal lounge

A local landmark, this is the site of the former legendary Bengal Lounge. Airy and bright, the soaring space is illuminated by a wall of windows on both sides. The Bengal was thoughtfully restored to show off its striking historical architecture and is available for private events only.
Flexible stand up reception options based on event design, the Bengal Lounge will comfortably accommodate 110 guests for a seated dinner.
Virtual Tour | Capacity Chart

Crystal Ballroom

crystal ballroom

The legendary Crystal Ballroom is stunning and historic. From hosting royalty, dignitaries and celebrities to setting the stage for the most incredible weddings and special soirees, so many important events have taken place in this impressive space.
This grand space can accommodate 450 guests for a standing reception and 275 guests for an elegant seated dinner.
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Signature Outdoor Wedding Venues at Fairmont Empress

signature outdoor spaces

From an intimate ceremony with 25 guests in the Centennial Garden to a 500 guest seated dinner in the Rose Garden, the iconic lawns and stunning ground of the Empress Hotel were designed for fairy tale moments and happily ever afters.
From season to season, our outdoor spaces transform into magical settings for weddings, receptions and special events.

Your wedding day is as unique as the two of you and deserves Pacific North West’s most iconic location.

For more information on planning your personalized wedding at the Empress, please contact our team of wedding experts by email at

Reach our team via phone at +1 250 384 8111, or download our Wedding Guide.

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