(Closed) Reception in Vancouver

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

What is your price range? I’ll do some research, things are slow at work 🙂

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Have you considered renting out a restaurant? Perhaps in Gastown or Yaletown? What’s your budget? I’m not updated on the alcohol rules in BC, but I know for our venue at Westwood, we aren’t being allowed to bring our own alcohol for our wedding. I think you are now allowed to bring your own bottled wine to a dinner, but I’m not sure how the rules apply for larger events. The Shangri-La was a very pretty venue, albeit it is a bit expensive.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t know any well-known places where you can bring in alcohol… your best bet is checking out community and banquet HALLS

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I can’t think of anything off the top of my head except for a few community centers and small restaurants (which generally only do breakfast and lunch), none of which are downtown. I would call around and see; if it’s a small-business I think they’re more likely to let it go, but it’ll probably be pricy… if it’s a restaurant/bar/other establishment that’s generally open on the night of your wedding, they’re going to charge you a rental fee that’s equal to what they generally make on alcohol sales (think 10-20k). to bring in outside alcohol

you’re also going to need to get your own liquor license (~$100), but i don’t know if you can overlay your liquor license on an existing restaurant/hotel one, or if you can only put it on a venue that doesn’t already have one in place. i would talk to the rcmp about it. they might also be able to tell you what venues they see a lot of liquor licenses for (don’t know if this if this is privileged information or not if they’re public venues)

Post # 7
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Helper bee

ahhh Heritage Hall! http://www.heritagehall.bc.ca/

my friend had their engagement party there 🙂 BEAUTIFUL location, not sure how food/rentals works because this was 4-5 years ago and  he just had appies, drinks, gifts, and a dance party, but I could see it working for your purposes 🙂 

it’s on main and 15th, so busses will run up main from dt, and there’s decent street parking 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

There are a lot of cool spaces for what you are looking for… unfortunately we are having too many people for all of these places, but off the top of my head for places you can bring in your own food/alcohol, maybe you can check out…

Vancouver Urban Winery – Really cool space and they do wine tastings too. I think it’d be perfect for food stations http://www.vancouverurbanwinery.com

The Waterfall Building by Arthur Erickson – Really cool indoor/outdoor space with lots of glass windows. This place is at the entrance to Granville Island so it’s not quite downtown but there are lots of bus lines that run in the area so maybe it could work? http://www.waterfallevents.ca

Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre – I’m pretty sure you can rent this out for private events but I have no idea how much it would cost. Right downtown and gorgeous views of the city! http://www.vancouverlookout.com

Roundhouse Community Centre – Maybe too big a space for you but great location in Yaletown http://www.roundhouse.ca

Again, I have no idea how much these places charge but they all seem like really cool venues and you can bring in your own food/drinks which is a big plus! Good luck!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@NicolaParr:  yes, that’s very low, I hihgly doubt you can host a party for 100 people at $8 per person (or less)…

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@NicolaParr: Did you end up finding a venue that works for you? We’re in the similar situation as you and have just started looking. Right now Heritage Hall is at the top of our list. I have contacted a few venues outside of the city though, so we’ll see. I’d just rather have it somewhere within Vancouver so it’s easier for our out of town guests to get there. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@TealMarie:  did you choose heritage hall! I am leaning towards there 🙂

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@loveerin:  Actually we decided on a destination wedding in Mexico! We decided on it because there were so many people that had to travel, plus the stress of planning a late summer wedding in 7 months and the costs of a wedding in Vancouver.

A friend of mine had her reception at Heritage Hall and it was gorgeous! You should really go there and have a peek around, it’s just lovely. I had emailed them before we’d finally decided on a DW but a lot of the dates were booked up. I’m talking every Friday, Sat, Sun for months and months. It looks like you have some time to decide but I’d book it soon if I were you. It seems like a lot of smart people in Vancouver have the same idea about the great deal that is HH. I hope it works out for you!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@TealMarie:  you are SO sweet! Thanks for messaging me back. I’m getting really anxious because I’m in Alberta for a few more months trying to plan the wedding in Vancouver and you are right, the coordinator emailed me and theres only a few more Saturdays left for 2014! Scary thought, I thought I would definately have more time. I think I might just put the 200$ deposit so I don’t lose a spot. I haven’t seen the venue in person but I haven’t heard one negative thing about it yet.

Wish I could so destination wedding in Mexico! I’ve been to Mayan Riviera twice and it’s gorgeous. Your wedding is going to come so fast! Congrats and thanks again.

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