(Closed) Share your British Columbian vendors!

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Post # 17
5 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

  • Your wedding date – September 18, 2010
  • City you live in – Port Moody, BC
  • Ceremony venue – Ioco United Church
  • Officiant : N/A
  • Reception venue – Old Orchard Hall
  • Caterer – Christine Catering
  • Coordinator  – Friend
  • Photographer – Sherri Morrison
  • Videographer n/a
  • DJ/Band – DJ Pepe Lorenzo
  • Florist – My Mom
  • Cake – Christine Catering
  • Dress – Davids Bridal
  • Shoes – Guess
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress – RW & Co.
  • Hair Stylist – Undereground Hair, Elizabeth Croft
  • MUA – yet to be determoned
  • Invitations – 100% DIY (with the help of Jessie from Cherish The Thought)
  • Rings – engagement ring from Spence
  • Other vendors – Wedding Design Studio (rentals)

Post # 18
14 posts
  • Wedding: September 2018

  • Your wedding date – August 8th, 2010
  • City you live in – The West End of downtown Vancouver
  • Ceremony Venue – Ferguson Point, Stanley Park
  • Officiant – Ivy Leung
  • Reception venue – The Teahouse, Stanley Park
  • Caterer – see above
  • Coordinator – N/A
  • Photographer – James Stockhorst
  • Videographer – N/A
  • DJ/Band – My iPod
  • Florist – kits market florist (amazing)
  • Cake – Fairmont Pacific Rim (decorated by my husband)
  • Dress – The Bridal Gallery New West.
  • Shoes – Aldo
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress – England
  • Hair Stylist – Curtis Hunter (Ignite Salon)
  • MUA
  • Invitations – Ewedding.com
  • Rings – His : Spence, Hers: Blue Nile (engagement) and Minicello’s (band)
  • Other vendors

Post # 19
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

  • Your wedding date- July 28, 2012
  • City you live in – Pitt Meadows, B.C.
  • Ceremony venue- Hycroft Mansion
  • Officiant
  • Reception venue- The Metro (New Westminster)
  • Caterer
  • Coordinator
  • Photographer- Echo Studios
  • Videographer
  • DJ/Band
  • Florist
  • Cake
  • Dress – Lisa’s Bridal (Ronald Joyce – Love)
  • Shoes
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress – impression bridesmaids 20021
  • Hair Stylist
  • MUA
  • Invitations – Custom (I designed and am making them)
  • Rings
  • Other vendors

That’s what I’ve got so far..

Post # 20
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

  • Your wedding date- July 21, 2012
  • City you live in – Penticton, moved from Burnaby Dec 2010 for FI’s job
  • Ceremony venue- Eaglequest at Coyote Creek Gold Course, Surrey
  • Officiant – William Wallace
  • Reception venue- same as ceremony
  • Caterer- venue provides
  • Coordinator – venue provides banquet coordinator
  • Photographer – Carey Cote of Grace Image Photography
  • Videographer – none
  • DJ/Band – Garry Roberston Music Company
  • Florist – 99 Nusery, Surrey (got a family discount!!)
  • Cake- Detailed Events, Surrey
  • Dress – Lisa’s Bridal
  • Shoes
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress –
  • Hair Stylist – Ramesh Kumar (my normal stylist)
  • MUA- same as hair
  • Invitations – DIY
  • Rings – mine are from Spence Diamonds, still shoping for his, probably Spence Diamonds also
  • Other vendors – decorator – Detailed Events

Post # 21
28 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

Now that the wedding is over I thought I’d share my vendors!

  • Your wedding date : August 21, 2011
  • City you live in : Vancouver
  • Ceremony venue : Brix Restaurant
  • Officiant : Lynn Katey (City of Vancouver civil officiant)
  • Reception venue : Brix Restaurant
  • Coordinator : Nicole Turcotte of Down the Aisle (Amazing! Can’t say enough good things about Nicole!)
  • Photographer : Lucida Photography (Also amazing!)
  • DJ/Band : iPod
  • Florist : Greenstems for altar arrangements (discount from weddingful.com), rest of flowers done by family friend with a wholesaler’s license
  • Cake : made by family members
  • Dress : Blush Bridal in West Van
  • Shoes : Kate Spade (Seattle Premium Outlets)
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress : Nordstroms
  • Hair Stylist : Alicia Rollins of Pomp and Proper (She also did an amazing job, came to the apartment we were getting ready in and is just generally a very nice person to work with)
  • MUA : Carmen Tse (really good prices and excellent quality)
  • Invitations : Weddingpaperdivas.com
  • Rings : My ring, custom made to fit halo e-ring from Crest Jewellers in downtown Vancouver, his ring from Ann Louise Jewellers
  • Other : a number of decor items were purchased at Ikea, vases were collected from thrift stores, Brix rented an aisle runner and microphone for me so that I didn’t need to arrange it myself, guitarist for ceremony was a family friend, Greenstems helped me out when the pillars we were supposed to rent were broken the weekend before our wedding and our families helped us with everything else!

Post # 22
1 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

  • Your wedding date – May 19,2012
  • City you live in – Surrey, BC
  • Ceremony venue – Kelowna Summerhill Winery 
  • Officiant – Anne Larsen  (lighthouse spiritual center)
  • Reception venue – Summerhill Winery 
  • Caterer – Summerhill 
  • Coordinator – ME
  • Photographer – Ellaird Photography
  • Videographer – n/a
  • DJ/Band – Dance Party – Craig
  • Florist – Undecided someone in Kelowna?? SUGGESTIONS?
  • Cake – n/a 
  • Dress – Bridal Gallery New West
  • Shoes – none yet
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress – wanting… impression bridesmaid style 20021… not sure where to find?? or even a similar one
  • Hair Stylist – Girlfriends
  • MUA – Girlfriend
  • Invitations – DIY
  • Rings – got them made
  • Other vendors – Got a lot of decorations from Craigslist, dollarstore, antique shops, family and friends.  Our theme is vintage/rustic so we are making a lot ourselves. Should put a cute twist on things 

any help with where to find good priced runners, bm dresses, and kelowna florists (online or local) would help 

Post # 23
4 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

Now that our wedding is all done and over, I thought I’d share the vendors that we used for our big day

  • Your wedding date – July 29, 2011
  • City you live in – North Vancouver
  • Ceremony venue – Diamond Alumni Centre at Simon Fraser University
  • Officiant – Robert M. Buzza
  • Reception venue – same as ceremony
  • Caterer – food catered by the venue
  • Photographer – Jenn Best of Jenn Best Photography (best money we could have spent)
  • DJ/Band – Friend
  • Florist- Kathleen from Proline Trading
  • Cake- Cake Tease (if I had to do it all over again, I would have gone with a different bakery)
  • Dress – Venus Bridals dress purchased at Isabelle’s Bridal
  • Shoes – Glint from Nordstroms and Michael Kors
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress- David’s Bridal
  • Hair Stylist – friend
  • MUA – Mika and Faye from The Studio by Mika Does Makeup
  • Invitations – Cherry Blossom Brides Kit from Michael’s
  • Rings- Lugaro Jewlers
  • Photobooth – Le Studio Vancouver
  • Candy Buffet – jars collected from HomeSense & Winners, candy purchased by the bag from Candy Aisle
  • Rentals: chair covers, sashes, table overlays, light boxes from Lonsdale Event Rentals
  • Bridal Suite – The Westin Bayshore
  • Limousine – Time Limo
  • Rehearsal Dinner – Pasparo’s Taverna 

Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions about the vendors we used and I would be happy to give you more details.

Post # 24
2152 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

  • Your wedding date – July 21, 2012
  • City you live in – Langley/Chilliwack BC
  • Ceremony venue – Cariboo Hill Temple in Burnaby
  • Officiant – my grandpa!
  • Reception venue – Barkley Brook, in Langley
  • Caterer — Klassic Catering
  • Coordinator – Me
  • Photographer
  • Videographer – N/A
  • DJ/Band
  • Florist – Walnutgrove Flower Care
  • Cake – frosting cupcakery (not for sure yet)
  • Dress – Everything But the Groom 
  • Shoes – David’s Bridal
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress – Champagne and Lace
  • Hair Stylist
  • MUA
  • Invitations – Home made 🙂
  • Rings – Michael Hill
  • Other vendors –

Post # 25
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It’s been well over a year since I got married – but now that the wedding is over and I can look back on the day more objectively I’ll post my “review”:

  • Your wedding date – July 17, 2010
  • City you live in – Burnaby
  • Ceremony venue – Grouse Mountain (Timber Room) in North Vancouver (spectacular view)
  • Officiant – Lynn Katey (absolutely wonderful – so pleasant and professional)
  • Reception venue – Grouse Mountain (Timber Room) in North Vancouver
  • Caterer – Grouse Mountain (had issues with a change of Catering & Sales Manager and they tried to change our contract MONTHS after we signed it and just a few weeks before the wedding).
  • Coordinator  – Element Modern Events (SUPER STARS! Emma and Slavita came to the rescue multiple times to ensure the wedding went off perfectly.)
  • Photographer – Generation Photography (I can not, in good conscience, recommend Generation Photography to be your vendor. It’s an extremely long and unpleasant story – msg me if you want to know the details. Derek tried to resolve the issue – but after everything has been said and done I am still extremely disappointed with the services provided.)
  • Videographer – Fairytale Productions (Absolutely WONDERFUL to work with. I’m thrilled with our wedding video. Completely exceeded my expectations).
  • DJ/Band – Dancin DJ Dave (Extremely professional and great to work with. He kept the dance floor moving all night!)
  • Florist – Proline Trading (Flowers weren’t a huge priority for me – but I definitely felt forgotten just 2 weeks before the wedding. Had I not contacted her I’m not sure we would have gotten all the right flowers….)
  • Cake – Element Modern Events (Absolutely delicious. Slavita custom made me a FUSCHIA VELVET wedding cake! And I still have DREAMS about that delicious strawberry and vanilla bean cake in our wedding cake as well!)
  • Dress – Milly Bridal (custom gown – do not recommend using them. ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE!)
  • Shoes – Town Shoes, Aldo Shoes and Roberto Vianni (Sterling Shoes)
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress – Dress Code Formal (online site – no longer ships)
  • Hair Stylist – Angela & Jeri (Great duo!)
  • MUA – same as above
  • Invitations – Michaels USA
  • Rings – engagement ring from Ran
  • Other vendors n/a

Post # 26
18 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

  • Your wedding date – August 11 2012
  • City you live in – Port Coquitlam
  • Ceremony venue – Fort Langley
  • Officiant – Bob Buzza (my grandpa!)
  • Reception venue – Fort Langley Hall
  • Caterer – Cosmic Catering
  • Coordinator – Kristy Masaro, Forever and a Day Events
  • Photographer – Amalea Burrows Photography
  • Videographer – not sure yet
  • DJ/Band – Randy Lee
  • Florist – not done yet
  • Cake – Lucious Creations
  • Dress – Paloma Blanca from Isabelle’s Bridal
  • Shoes – still looking!
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress – David’s Bridal
  • Invitations – DIY

Post # 27
1 posts

  • Your wedding date – November 19 2011
  • City you live in – Coquitlam
  • Ceremony venue – Swaneset
  • Officiant – Tina Stanley (READ BELOW FOR WARNING!!!)
  • Reception venue – Swaneset
  • Caterer – Swaneset
  • Coordinator – Chelsea Rae
  • Videographer – my sister
  • DJ/Band – Maximum Beat DJ
  • Florist – Maple Ridge Florist
  • Cake – Anna Belisario
  • Dress – Lisa’s Bridal
  • Shoes – Aldo
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress – Ebay
  • Invitations – Papercircle


Tina Stanley, Marriage Commissioner:


If what I’ve written below is tl;dr for you, long story short: HIRE ANYONE BUT THIS WOMAN. She is a flake who will only completely ruin any grace and tempo your ceremony is SUPPOSED to have. And she’ll sound almost drunk as she skips words and mispronounces your names throughout.



The long version:


We chose Tina for two reasons: she was the closest to our wedding venue, and we saw her do a friend’s wedding that ran smoothly enough. Apparently though, Tina is very hit and miss with her service.


First, she offers an extra charge for what she claims to spend hours (minimum 6 she says) in custom building a ceremony for you, but what she really does is email you a zip folder of snippets she’s used in the past and other random templates (bible passages, poems, etc) and has you enter in your own names wherever it says “bride” and “groom”. She asks you to select what you like for each section (welcoming remarks, wedding vows, ring ceremony, pronouncement) and basically makes one or two adjustments for the “repeat after me” stuff (like where to put the pauses). It was obvious that I was the one putting in the 6 hours custom building my own. I’m not sure I paid for any real extra service there, but this is a minor detail in the other issues we had with Tina.


The consultation was fine, we went to her house and she presented herself very well, a professional woman who knows how to carry herself. She explained that she is a lawyer and spoke very well. She asked considerate questions like what colours the wedding was so she could compliment them in her outfit on the day of, and clarifying exactly how to pronounce both of our names. Unfortunately, both of these things she conveniently forgot leading up to the day, even though I saw her write them down in her portfolio.


The kicker came when just over a week before the wedding, Tina emailed me saying her husband had surprised her with a trip to Cabo for their anniversary and she was ditching out on our rehearsal but would be back for the wedding. I was enraged and dumbfounded. She tried to play it like she was doing us a favour, saying that we at least save the sixty-something dollar cost of the rehearsal. But I didn’t care about cost – I just wanted my ceremony to NOT be a trainwreck. How was I to know how things were supposed to go? Who walks where? How will the script that ‘I’ wrote sound? To rub salt in the wound, she also mentioned that I was to send the ceremony script to our coordinator at swaneset and have her do her best with helping us at the rehearsal, when Tina easily could have taken a smidgeon of effort and sent it herself, in an attempt to make some small reparation for bailing on us.


I was furious, and terrified for the ceremony that our commissioner was now going to simply “wing it”, but there was nothing I could do: she had our marriage license in her possession, and it was far too short of notice to interview other commissioners to find someone else we liked.


Then the day of the wedding came. Tina stumbled through and misread entire sentences, mispronounced my name throughout the ceremony (even with both my husband and I correcting her when repeating after her), and even mumbled my husband’s name at the end! She also corrected us with who should be getting up or sitting at the license signing, as people are all watching us. She was running through it like it should have been a rehearsal, making us look like idiots who can’t remember simple directions.


In all, Tina was a complete waste of our one special day, and I regret deeply choosing her as our commissioner. If you want peace of mind, choose anyone else!

Post # 28
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Im book marking this page as us Canadian bees have yet to get a vendor page to us that is really detailed! this shall be useful!


Post # 29
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

  • Your wedding date – August 11 2012
  • City you live in – Delta
  • Ceremony venue – Chateau Cargill
  • Officiant – Brent Sheppard
  • Reception venue – Chateau Cargill
  • Caterer – Comes with the venue
  • Coordinator – Me 😛
  • Photographer – Jennifer Kirk Photography
  • Videographer – GT Video Foto FX
  • DJ/Band – Garry Robertson DJ Entertainment
  • Florist – Blooms & Beyond
  • Decor Rental/Setup – Making Memories Bridal Services
  • Cake – Kick Ass Cakes
  • Dress – Maggie Sottero from the Bridal Gallery
  • Shoes – Not sure yet?
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress – Still looking..  They are so expensive up here..  Probably get them down in the States.
  • Invitations – DIY
  • Hair Stylist and Make Up Artist – Ericka Stenstrom
  • Rings – Spence Diamonds

I’ll do a vendor review after the big day passes.  So far I had to find a new cake decorator because my other one decided to shut down her business without telling anyone and flake out on peoples orders.

Post # 30
4753 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  • Your wedding date – May 12, 2012
  • City you live in – Vancouver
  • Ceremony venue – Fairview Baptist Church
  • Officiant – Roxanne Thorton
  • Reception venue – Vancouver Aquarium
  • Caterer – Comes with the venue
  • Coordinator – My mom
  • Photographer – Wayne Lam
  • Videographer – none, waste of money IMO
  • DJ/Band – Larry Something or other
  • Florist – Whole Foods
  • Decor Rental/Setup – My mom
  • Cake – My mom
  • Dress – Jai from Lisa’s Bridal
  • Shoes – no names
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress – Davids Bridal
  • Invitations – designed by me distributed by E-mail
  • Hair Stylist and Make Up Artist – Hair- Future Mother-In-Law, makeup: Avalon
  • Rings – Briks

Post # 32
4 posts
  • Wedding: July 2015

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