Post # 1
My fiance and I are starting to plan a destination wedding in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We took a vacation to Vancouver earlier this year and loved it! We live in Chicago (and don’t really have any true connections to Vancouver except that we liked it) and are looking for suggestions/recommendations in regards to locations to consider and wedding planners in the Vancouver/Seattle area. If you have any recommendations, please let me know! We’ll be headed out later this month to scout sites and to perhaps interview potential wedding planners. Thanks!
Post # 3
Vancouver has tons & tons of gorgeous locations! Well… you’ve been here- you know! I live in Vancouver, but my FI lives in the US. I just got back from Seattle because we were dabbling with the idea of getting married in Seattle. This way, none of the US guests would need a passport. In Vancouver, because we’re so close to the border, 99% of the people I know have a passport already.
If thats an issue for you- I’d suggest Seattle. Seattle is wonderful & has a lot more options for your guests to see than Vancouver. Vancouver is pretty, but there isn’t a whole lot to do… and some of the best attractions are hours away from the city. Through my research I found tons of lofts, parks with amazing views, chic reception locations….
But if your heart is set on Van-city… well it depends what your style is. Are you an urbanite or a traditionalist? There are countless options. I have heard good things about Fairy Godmother Weddings here in BC. My cousin used them and her day went off without a hitch!
Good luck with all your LD planning!
Post # 4
Are you looking to have an outdoor wedding? Or something at a church? Or a hotel? There are tons of options. You should check out some old posts by Mrs Gingerbread. She planned her Vancouver wedding mostly from out of town, if I recall correctly.
I’ve reasearched tons of Vancouver outdoor venues so if you have any questions or need ideas, you can PM me.
Also, if you want a referral for a wedding planner, let me know. I know two wedding planners.
Post # 5
Thanks RecessionistaBride and StrawberryBaby for your suggestions!
We decided to have our wedding in Vancouver for several reasons one of which was how Vancouver had an international feel and was an atypical choice for a destination wedding. Most of our guests are very excited about the prospect of attending a wedding in Canada!
Through the online research I’ve done, I’m realizing I need to first hire a wedding planner to help me determine what venues I should consider and would fit our budget (given I have little to no understanding of how much things should cost in Vancouver as compared to Chicago).
We are definitely planning a nonchurch wedding. I would prefer a nonhotel location. I think I want an urban, elegant wedding that is simple but lush. 🙂 Would definitely consider an outdoor venue – how reliable is weather in August/September?
Post # 6
Weather in Sept/Aug is still usually very hot… yet in Vancouver you almost always have a nice breeze from the ocean. Things start getting wet around the end of Sept/beginning of October.
Vancouver is the most expensive city in Canada, in many different aspects. However, given the world economic state, you have the almighty USD on your side. You have a lot more purchasing power. XE.com is a fav tool of mine!
I still say check out Fairy Godmother Weddings for a wedding planner… they seem delightful!
Post # 7
Hi, i’m currently in San Francisco, but I’m planning my wedding in Vancouver, Canada because it’s our hometown. My wedding is in 24 days!
Since I was planning the wedding long distance, I also got a wedding planner. I used Dreamgroup Productions. They are very helpful and were able to get me discounts at vendors such as florist, decorator, photobooths, etc. I’ve also heard good things about Sweet Beginnings, and Countdown events. Both Dreamgroup and Countdown events hold their own wedding fair that’s a must go for all Vancouver brides.
I’m having my ceremony outdoors at a historic mansion that has sprawling garden that is on a cliff overlooking the pacific ocean. The venue is Cecil Green Park. You can also have the reception indoors the historic mansion. I didn’t end up doing the reception at Cecil green, because I have a guest count of over 200, and the mansion can only fit 140 guests max for a seated dinner. It’s a beautiful venue, and perfect for an outdoors, non-religious ceremony.
Another recommendation for outdoors wedding would be Hycroft Mansion. This is also a historic mansion with a lush backyard garden. It’s more in the city, and the view in the backyard is of the Vancouver cityscape (since the house is sort of on a hill). It’s very pretty and elegant.
My last outdoor recommendation is Brock house. This is also a historic mansion and it’s right by Jericho beach. The gardens in the back open right onto the beach and you get the full view of the Pacific. Brock house is also normally a restaurant, so the food can be catered directly by their chef and kitchen.
i highly recommend that you visit these places if you’re trying to find a outdoor venue. I hope this helps!!
Post # 8
Here’s a fun fact: Hycroft Mansion is also extremely haunted! Apparently the 7 ghosts really like to mess with weddings & film crews. *cue scary music* lol
Post # 9
really? thank goodness i’m not having my wedding at hycroft!!!
Post # 10
lol its true (if you believe in that stuff)! It’s a gorgeous location & has tons of cool features, but apparently these ghosts don’t like people messing with their home! Nothing extreme– just things happen to have disappeared and were then found in a weird location!
Could you imagine if your dress suddenly disappeared? lol oh I’d die…
Post # 11
Mrs Milkshake had her wedding at Hycroft.
Other outdoor venues to consider:
Maritime Museum or Vancouver Museum at Vanier Park
Van Dusen Gardens
Top of Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver
You can also have your ceremony at Queen Elizabeth Park, they have a "celebration pavillion" that’s sort of like a chapel (but doesn’t look like it) and the back walls open up so it’s almost like being outside
There is also a chapel at Stanley Park and I’ve also seen weddings take place on the lawns outside of the chapel.
Just outside of the city of Vancouver, there’s the Heritage Village Musuem in Burnaby, Hart House at Deer Lake Park, or Minoru Chapel in Richmond are all very popular venues.
Also, if you want an outdoor ceremony plus reception rolled into one, you might want to consider a golf club. There’s Mayfair Lakes in Richmond or the University Golf Club near UBC as well. Both are public courses so you don’t need a member to sponsor you to have your event there.
Lastly, if you don’t have more than 50 guests, you can make use of some of the public parks in Vancouver. And also some of the parks at UBC ie Nitobe Gardens or Botanical Gardens. But I believe they are limited to small parties.
Post # 12
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Hope everything turns out wonderful for you guys!