Swoon-worthy spots for the West Coast wedding of your dreams.
Have you ever dreamed of getting married with jellyfish floating nearby? Or how about with views of the Pacific Ocean and North Shore Mountains as your backdrop? Whether you're looking for panoramic vistas, an elegant ballroom or a rustic-chic atmosphere, we've scouted some of the best wedding venues in the city.
At this heritage venue, you can get married in a world-famous park and enjoy an elegant indoor reception. The recently renovated pavilion is the oldest standing building in Stanley Park and even played host to Queen Elizabeth II in 1959 (it's a wedding venue fit for royalty!). With several options available—weddings can take place in Stanley's Bar and Grill, the Tea Room, park garden and lawn (suitable for weddings with up to 220 guests) and the Lord Stanley ballroom (200 guests seated, 300 standing)—this elegant venue is ideal for large-scale weddings and is just a short walk away from the beautiful Rose Gardens.
Say 'I do' with the beach and North Shore mountains as your backdrop. The Brock House Restaurant, a heritage mansion tucked away on Jericho beach, is a stunning venue for those looking to host no more than 150 guests. During the off-season, couples can choose to have their ceremony on the north lawn, followed by a reception inside the glass conservatory. But for the summer season (May to September), you can opt to have the reception outside in the garden tent which accommodates slightly larger parties of up to 180 people.
If timeless elegance is what you're looking for, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is the answer. Ornate decor, fine china and superb service (including a wedding planner!) can all be expected from this venue. There are various ceremony and reception combinations for couples to choose from depending on taste and size. For a more intimate wedding with no more than 20 guests, you can get married in the hotel's Lord Stanley penthouse suite and use the terrace as a reception area. Or for a grander affair, you can rent the Spanish ballroom. The hotel also offers outdoor ceremonies on their Reflections patio, tea ceremonies and traditional Persian ceremonies. And to top it off, the wedded couple gets to spend the night in a deluxe king room.
Get hitched in the heart of downtown with some of the world's masterpieces as decoration. The first and third floor rotundas are both available options for couples, but the real pièce de résistance is the gallery’s rooftop pavilion. The fourth-floor space offers 360-degree views of the city's skyline for your special day. The historic building's stone façade and hardwood floors add an elegant touch, but couples also have the option of personalizing the space with decorations (like the award-winning wedding design by Chris Jodoin, pictured above).
A private clubhouse located in Vancouver's business district, Vancouver Club oozes old-world sophistication and charm—think crown moulding, wood panels, fireplaces and post-modern chandeliers. You can choose from a number of different rooms to walk down the aisle, or you can have your ceremony take place in the lobby before transitioning to the grand ballroom (accommodates 200 to 300 guests) for your reception. The club has a full in-house staff to make sure everything runs smoothly, as well as a seasoned catering department to take care of all your food-related needs.
Get married with your closest friends, family and fish at the Vancouver Aquarium. In what may be one of the most unique venues in the city, the aquarium lets you celebrate your special day amongst tropical fish and aquatic life—and Instagram-worthy jellyfish. The venue can accommodate small weddings as well as large ones that span throughout the galleries and is guaranteed to provide mesmerizing scenery.
While not technically in the city, Grouse Mountain is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, giving the illusion of a destination wedding without actually having to travel. This west cost respite's main draw is its stunning views of the ultimate trifecta: cityscapes, beaches and mountains. Guests are whisked to the top in a gondola overlooking a centuries-old forest and can be hosted in a variety of different venues. Whether you want a small wedding for 15 or a gala-style party for 500, the mountaintop has ample amenities to choose from—like a rustic chalet and outdoor tent to name a few.
This elegant, tudor-style mansion is located on the northwestern cliffs at the University of British Columbia—don’t worry, it’s far away from the frat houses. Known for its beautiful grounds (lots of trees and greenery) and well-kept interior, you may recognize this location from its appearances on TV shows like The Flash, Arrow and Riverdale. Couples can have their ceremony in the home’s private gardens, followed by drinks or dinner on the terrace, or a reception inside the house for up to 140 guests.
This golf course provides a stunning backdrop for any wedding—imagine ocean views and lush gardens (we’re already dreaming of sunset!). The south lawn can be booked for your ceremony as well as wedding photos. If you want to keep your reception at the same location, prepare to feast on a delicious meal inside the private clubhouse under the direction of executive chef Peter Crook.
This restaurant has a rustic-meets-modern atmosphere with exposed wood beams and iron chandeliers. Located on the edge of Granville Island, guests will have lots to enjoy if they arrive early to your reception (in other words: you don’t have to rush your wedding photos). An added benefit of having your reception at a restaurant is the promise of delicious food (the restaurant can accommodate up to 150 guests for a seated dinner). Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows and a wide-spanning terrace, the city’s skyline and False Creek will be celebrating with you in the background all night long.
Located above the Earls in Yaletown, the Loft's historic space—brick walls, leather banquettes and open floor plan—makes you feel as if you've stumbled into a trendy New York apartment-turned-restaurant. The venue has enough room for 96 guests to indulge in a seated meal, 180 guests to enjoy a dinner reception or 300 guests if you opt for a cocktail reception; it also includes an in-house sound system, as well as screens that you can use for slideshows (to display those childhood photos you just know your mom has saved). There's no rental fee here, but you do have to spend at least $11,500 (before tax and gratuity) on food—perfect if you're a fan of the Earls menu. The cost also includes drinks, event assembly and staffing.
Last but not least, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, not only looks like a castle, but has become synonymous with fairytale weddings. With large staircases, crystal chandeliers, gourmet food and a grand ballroom (accommodates up to 400 dinner guests), this award-winning venue is one of Vancouver’s precious wedding gems. Couples have the option of choosing from several wedding packages, but the minimum spending price is $20,000 for food and beverages (the Platinum Package starts at $50,000) and includes a hotel room for the newlyweds to spend the night in and a personalized honeymoon concierge. C’est la vie!