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I’m new to this post and/or to wedding planning. I am looking for a venue in greater Vancouver area that can accomidate 50 guests or so. Most venues that I found are for 100-200 people or larger. Here are our requirements:
-have a budget of about 5,000 to spend on the venue that includes food and alcohol
-want to dance so something that allows that and doesn’t have time restrictions is ideal
-don’t want to do a lot of decorations or set up
-50 people or so
-ideally would like something with a space to have the ceremony at or a nearby park or beach with plan B option in case it rains
-looking at the end of summer/begining of fall
-want to feed everyone and have an open bar
I was looking at hotels/restaurants but most are either too large or charge a minimum spending that is outside of our budget. Looked at renting halls but I have no idea how I would decorate the rooms and it looks like we would have to do everything (set up tables, decorate, hire catering, buy our own alcohol, hire servers and bardenders and hire somebody to set up and clean up). Does a venue that has everything I am looking for even exists? We are open minded and would love any suggestings.
Thanks in advance for your input, I really appreciate it.
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Have you checked out the Coast Plaza at Stanley Park? They have a garden area with a nice pergola on the same level as their meeting and ballrooms so you have an indoor backup readily available.
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If you are willing to go outside the city a bit, you should check out the Minnekhada Lodge out in Port Coquitlam. It is around the back of Burke mountain and absolutely beautiful. It has a maximum capacity of 60 people so it is the right size.
Post # 5
This is where I got married. It was so cheap $700 for the entire day, does not include catering. The caretaker is an absolute joy. There are plenty of outdoor areas for the wedding, although we had our ceremony inside due to the amazing staircases and interior ambiance.
The only decorating I did was a few fresh flowers and some decor for the fireplace. I bonded really well with the caretaker, and she ended up lending me her chair covers for free.
The POCO Inn and Suites provides free shuttle service if you book 10 rooms at the hotel, which is the closest one to the venue. There is only a single lane road accessing the lodge, so it can be a bit tricky without the shuttle.
I would definately recommend this venue to anyone, and there are some very reasonable caterers who would be able to keep your event under budget.
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@julies1949: Thank you for your suggestion. I looked at it online and will make an appointment to see the venue in person.
@metalbride and @Adriana18: Thanks, Minnekhada Lodge looks beautiful. Adriana18, if these are your wedding pictures, they are gorgeous. This venue might be a little bit too far. Most of our friends/family live in Vancouver/North Vancouver. About 30% of our guest will be visiting from out of town, and will probably stay around Vancouver so they can go sight seeing. Since this lodge is an hour away from donwtown, it might be hard to get transportation to and from the venue. But we will make an appointment to check it out. Maybe we will fall in love with it and can overlook the travel time/distance.
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@sandrak99: Check out the Museum of Vancouver – they have an outdoor ceremony area, an indoor backup, and room for a reception of ~50-90. We were close to going with MoV but it turned out to be a bit too small for our guest list. You are also allowed to bring in your own food/alcohol so that would cut down on costs quite a lot!
Post # 8
Heritage hall in Vancouver is a small venue. Or capilano suspension bridge is gorgeous !!!! A unique venue is the bill Reid gallery
Post # 9
We were married at Kirkland house which has indoor venue in this stunning heritage house for 60 people but I believe it’s completely booked for 2013 and you would have to bring in own catering etc
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@alex88: Thank you for the recommendation. I love pictures of wedding ceremonies outside. That area around Vancouver Musium is very special to me. When I first came to Vancouver I used to take my dog to the off leash beach next to it, and the place always makes me feel calm. The senery is beautiful, georgeous views.
Local History Lab and adjacent Native Plant Garden Patio are perfect, but the inside portion can only fit about 40 people seated. I don’t know if we can trust the weather 100% and have some of the guests outsite to fit this location. The Joyce Walley Learning Centre fits 90 seated but would we get the use of the Patio or the area for the ceremony? Do you know?
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@sandrak99: I’m not sure if they charge a fee per room used or what, you’d have to ask them, but yes it is possible to have an outdoor ceremony and then a reception in the learning centre. If it rains you can have the ceremony in the learning centre as well (it has beautiful windows) and then have your caterer flip the room for dinner! Let me know if you end up going for the Museum – I was really sad that it turned out to be too small for our guest list!
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