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Don't want to blow the bank on your venue? Here are some affordable options that still bring the charm.
Getting married isn’t cheap. In fact, weddings in Canada cost anywhere between $30,000 to 50,000 on average—especially if you’re in a city like Vancouver. While food and alcohol are major contributors, venues can also take up a significant portion of your overall budget. Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way. Take the below venues: none of them will set you back more than a couple thousand dollars (in some cases, you won’t even need to spend more than $200).
Maximum Capacity: 250
Price: $400 per hour
The UBC Botanical Garden boasts six gorgeous event facilities, including a reception centre, ampitheatre and glade—but the arbour is the most unique of them all. It’s also one of the more budget-friendly sites; available to rent by the hour, brides and grooms can choose to host just a portion of their special day on premises. It looks stunning whether set up for an intimate garden ceremony or a long-table dinner reception.
Photo: White Dahlia Studios
Location: North Vancouver
Maximum Capacity: 125
Cleveland Dam Field, located at the southern tip of Capilano Lake in North Vancouver, is a hidden gem—and not just because of the price tag. With sweeping mountain and forest views, it provides a beautiful backdrop for both intimate elopements and large ceremonies. Due to construction in the surrounding area, the site unfortunately isn’t available to rent until after October 2022, but we think this one is worth the wait.
That said, if you have your heart set on tying the knot next year, there are plenty of other (equally affordable) Metro Vancouver park locations and facilities to choose from—including the Inverholme Schoolhouse that set the scene for this camping-themed wedding.
Location: Maple Ridge
Maximum Capacity: 160
Price: From $207.95 per hour
Lakefront wedding venues tend to be on the pricier side, but this community centre in Maple Ridge is surprisingly affordable (and you won’t need to limit your guest list to keep it that way). The large patio is perfectly suited for an outdoor ceremony, and the 2,500-square-foot hall can easily seat up 160 people. Renters will need to commit to at least four hours, but at such a cheap rate, it’ll be hard to resist booking the entire day.
Maximum Capacity: 50
Price: $143 per hour
If you often search for “rustic wedding ideas” on Pinterest, but don’t want to exchange vows in a barn, look no further than the Minnekhada Lodge. This idyllic property, originally built as a hunting retreat for Lieutenant Governor Eric Hamber in 1934 , is just a 45-minute drive from Vancouver—and offers both indoor and outdoor spaces. Most couples choose to say “I do” on the covered patio before transitioning into the banquet hall for dinner and dancing.
Maximum Capacity: 80
Price: From $725
Clayburn Village Church, built in 1912, is perfect for couples that have their hearts set on a more traditional venue. The heritage brick building features stained glass windows, hardwood floors and a decorative organ. If budget allows, you can also choose to rent the neighbouring schoolhouse ($1,400 per day; 120 persons max capacity)—but if not, you should at least explore the church grounds and surrounding area. Both have high potential for pre- and post-ceremony photos.
Still not sure where you want to get married? Check out these other Vancouver wedding venues that won’t break the bank.
Originally published May 2022