Post # 1
I am so impressed with you “Busy” Bees I thought I would see what wisdom or help you may be able to help.
I am coordinating a Wedding in Vancouver BC for December 30 of this year. It is hard because the bride, groom and I all live somewhere else. And believe it or not they are not from Vancouver and do not know a lot about it. As a wedding planner/director I do have contacts but it isn’t the same when you don’t live there. Can anyone offer some tips/advice especially on the following:
1. A good place other than Costco to order inexpensive flowers for DIY flowers. Probably we need garden roses; blue hyacinth and white ranunculus.
2. A very reasonable bakery to do a three tiered wedding cake – does not have to be fondant to keep costs down and we can just buy it basically iced in white and we will add fresh flowers.
3. A very reasonable place to have a rehearsal dinner. It does not have to be fancy but it should be kid friendly and parking isn’t too bad. People will be heading eventually to Burnaby, Surrey aA nd Whiterock.
4. A good take out restaurant for lunch on the run during pictures with wedding party.
5. Chinese lanterns where to get one or two – I thought we could do a little service to commemorate the groom’s dad who died in a plane crash
Post # 2
I can help with Cake.
Anna’s Cake House is one of my favorites (and the only one I know that actually makes wedding cakes), I suggest the main branch on East Broadway. Ask for their fresh mango cake. It’s TDF.
Post # 3
You are correct it is a great bakery but also more expensive than Kam’s, Yan’s and Maxim’s. And many Chinese bakeries in Vancouver do not do wedding (stacked) cakes. Their mousse cakes are amazing. But communicating, in general,is a bit of a nightmare unless you speak their language and they always want you to come to the bakery (yep I h ave spoken to 7 Chinese bakeries and allsimilar). You can yell, scream and rant but I am in Edmonton. You have to worry did they understand traditional tiered/stacked wedding cake and no fruit on the outside we will decorate with flowers.LOL. You are going to cringe we are looking at really cheap so $3 a slice – yes in Vancouver. Safeway (grocery store), Wholefoods, Superstore, Save On Foods do not do wedding cakes (stack) I had one Chinese bakery tell me I had to p ay for a wedding cake – which is extra of course but I had to stack the cakes myself at the venue. I said thanks and I would thinkabout it. But if I have to stack them I will just tell the bride and groom to buy three cakes 16 inches,12 i nches and 8 inches and I will add the supports and stack them myself. No use paying the extra 60 dollars. Besides I insist that we have a litre of whipped cream with gelatin and my piping bag ready for emergencies (Chinese cakes are often whip cream iced.)
Post # 4
Chris4 : You might get more responses if you post on the local Board and if you don’t appear to be shooting down the responses you do get. Just politely thank the person for their suggestion.
Cake- Given that you are going to cover it with flowers anyhow, I would buy 3 plain cakes and add the pillars and plates yourself. Bring them with you ro shop the two Michaels stores in Vancouver proper- On West Broadway or Alberni St.
Take out lunch- https://www.meatandbread.com/cambie-st-vancouver
lanterns- Many shops in Chinatown, many Dollar stores or the Daisco store in Aberdeen Mall, Richmond
Rehearsal dinner- are you looking for any particular cuisine? Budget per person?
Check the latest winners in The Georgia Staight’s Golden Plates or the West Ender Best of the City Dining
The Vancouver Food subreddit is quite quiet but there is some good information there https://www.reddit.com/r/vancouverfood/
Post # 5
There’s a great Facebook page I’m following since I’m planning my wedding around Vancouver. Lots of people and vendors on Facebook. I’d give it a shot.
Post # 6
They also make the best cakes out of all those you’ve listed, you’re asking for local recommendations but shooting them down?….Also, yes most bakeries that cater to weddings tend to want you to show up and taste the cake, decide on decorations etc. That’s only responsible of them and yes, all of them understand English – I’m not a cantonese speaker and they understand me fine. Maybe you should tell your couple to hire a local wedding planner in addition to your service from Edmonton, a local planner would be more helpful in terms of who can do last minute flowers/cake etc, since you’ve left this all to a month before the wedding to start looking for vendors.
At $3/slice, maybe try Costco, they make custom bday cakes, they should be able to swing a tiered wedding cake. And their cakes aren’t half bad for how cheap they are. If they can’t do wedding cakes, just do what you suggested, order 3 sizes of cake and assemble yourself.
For anything Asian related (like the lanterns), try Richmond or Chinatown…for good take-out, depends on where in the sprawl of metro Vancouver you are – tons of place downtown, a quick google will bring up everything from Chinese to Italian takeout. As for good rehearsal places…what’s your budget? Where do you want it held? Do you want to book the entire restaurant? How many people will be at the rehearsal meal…
Try posting in the Vancouver subreddit, you’ll get more local suggestions there than here on an international wedding forum.