Post # 1
I am looking for a venue for my wedding reception. We would like it to be either downtown or close to transit. The main thing is that we would like a place where we can supply and serve the alcohol. We are looking at about 100-120 guests.
Post # 3
What is your price range? I’ll do some research, things are slow at work 🙂
Post # 4
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
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
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
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 # 8
If you don’t get the answer you need here, try posting an inquiry on the local Chowhounds board:
Post # 9
thanks for all te response!
It might help if i give some more info … we are eloping just the two of us and having a reception to celbrate with friends and family when we get back. We are pretty casual people and not looking for a formal sit down dinner, we will likely organise a buffet or BBQ if there is outside space to do so. We don’t want it in a restaurant or bar mainly because we want to supply the food and alcohol to our guests and not have it be an expensive night for them.
Statbuckslover, I checked out the Heritage Hall and it looks nice but I was concerned it is too big, especially as we are not planning on having a sit down meal. But you said your friend just had appies … where there tables set up or where there a lot of people?
budget i am looking at under 800. is that really low?
Post # 10
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
@NicolaParr: yes, that’s very low, I hihgly doubt you can host a party for 100 people at $8 per person (or less)…
Post # 12
I thought i would keep the post updated on my findings. I have found that renting some sort of a community center is going to be our best option. Our criteria is that we want somewhere we can serve our own alcohol and food, and we are not having a sit down meal but will need some tables and chairs obviously. We are also on a tight budget of 600-800 for the venue.Head count is aprox 120 people.
We went to view 4 places today:
Coal Harbour Community Center – holds a capacity of 100 people standing so might not quite be big enough for us, however it has a great view and a patio area so if we take that into consideration (wedding will be in the summer) then we might just fit everyone in. Plus we could have a BBQ! There is an area for a bar and fridges. It is $62 an hour and you have to be out by 12:30. A definate maybe!
Capri Hall – This is on 3925 Fraser Street. It is larger than Coal Harbour with a stage area. There is a small area to serve alcohol with a fridge. $800 for the evening until 2pm. Hold a capicity of 200. Not a community center and i think they just have the hall for functions and parties. There was no wow factor and not an option for us.
Polish Community Center – Two rooms to choose from. The room onthe main floor is large, there is a healthy size bar and they will provide bar staff if you like. There is a large stage. They can provide linings and chair covers. $900 for the evening. Capacity is 170 (i think) … And then there was a second room on the lower level. It holds 150 (i think) and costs $800. It had an area at the back that was raised by a few steps that can be used as more of a chill out area with chairs and tables. It has a DJ booth that is pretty cool! and you can hire a DJ for $400. Both ok options for us and i would definately consider them.
Anza Club – This is on 3 West 8th Avenue. It is a good size room with a stage. Costs $700 for the evening. You can host your own bar or they will do it for you. It is more bar like than hall like so already has some atmosphere and you wouldnt have to worry as much about decorations. Holds a capacity of 120 standing. Can bring in our own food. Also a good option.
We are going to continue looking so i will keep you posted with what we find.
Post # 13
@NicolaParr: Did you end up finding a venue that works for you? We’re in the similar situation as you and have just started looking. Right now Heritage Hall is at the top of our list. I have contacted a few venues outside of the city though, so we’ll see. I’d just rather have it somewhere within Vancouver so it’s easier for our out of town guests to get there.
Post # 14
@TealMarie: did you choose heritage hall! I am leaning towards there 🙂
Post # 15
@loveerin: Actually we decided on a destination wedding in Mexico! We decided on it because there were so many people that had to travel, plus the stress of planning a late summer wedding in 7 months and the costs of a wedding in Vancouver.
A friend of mine had her reception at Heritage Hall and it was gorgeous! You should really go there and have a peek around, it’s just lovely. I had emailed them before we’d finally decided on a DW but a lot of the dates were booked up. I’m talking every Friday, Sat, Sun for months and months. It looks like you have some time to decide but I’d book it soon if I were you. It seems like a lot of smart people in Vancouver have the same idea about the great deal that is HH. I hope it works out for you!
Post # 16
@TealMarie: you are SO sweet! Thanks for messaging me back. I’m getting really anxious because I’m in Alberta for a few more months trying to plan the wedding in Vancouver and you are right, the coordinator emailed me and theres only a few more Saturdays left for 2014! Scary thought, I thought I would definately have more time. I think I might just put the 200$ 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.