While Vancouver is a sprawling city with expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and seemingly endless mountain ranges, it also provides a wide array of wedding venues ideal for intimate celebrations. So whether you’re hoping for a simple waterfront ceremony with your nearest and dearest, an exclusive super-special-people-only reception at one of the city’s most opulent hotels, or something in between, Vancouver has a small wedding venue just for you.
The open floor plan, contemporary lighting, massive windows and exposed brick of this fine-dining eatery make it the ideal venue for stylishly edgy couples. Adding to the chic ambiance is the utilization of peacock symbolism, which represents integrity, beauty, and protection – all desirable features to have present as you celebrate the commencement of your union. The peacocks are primarily depicted on custom-designed crimson wallpaper, which was inspired by the acclaimed “Whistler Room.” In addition to the glamorous indoor space, Chambar has a lush outdoor patio that can be enjoyed.
While the setting is exquisite, the food is really where it’s at, allowing you to treat your guests to innovative edible-creations, inspired by Belgian cuisine and paired with award-winning wines and beer. A few novel dishes you’ll find on the menu include mussels with tomato coconut cream, smoked chili, lime, and cilantro, Togarashi seared tuna with fried Japanese yams, lotus root, tamarind, watercress, and yuzu beurre blanc, and Spice rubbed duck breast with gnocchi, goat cheese, celery and apple salad, hazelnuts, and sauce bigarade. And that’s only the beginning.
Typical Cost:Minimum of $70 CAD per person
Bonus: As Chambar has the mission to be “an amazing location for the most interesting people and characters of Vancouver to gather and make history,” it’s filled with the inspiring energy of change-makers.
Located on the historic grounds of Stanley Park, opened in 1888, is the Teahouse in Stanley Park that allows guests to enjoy the gorgeous sights of the park and nearby ocean, all from the temperature-controlled interior of the elegant restaurant. The Teahouse features three event spaces, including The Conservatory, a whimsical room of glass that provides sweeping views of the surrounding foliage and ocean, The Drawing Room with hardwood floors, a fireplace and bay windows, and The Tea Room, composed of distinguished architecture, exuding the historic nature of the property.
In addition to the classic venue options, Teahouse in Stanley Park offers an assortment of menu packages ranging from three-course plated dinners, to buffets. This is a prime pick for those who enjoy sumptuous meals, and have a taste for understated elegance and an affinity for nature.
Typical Cost: Starts at $4,800 CAD for ceremony and reception in the low season. $57 to $82 CAD per person for food packages.
Bonus: While ceremonies can be held in the Tea Room, couples can also host their ceremony at the on-site Formal Garden in front of the park’s Pavilion.
A gorgeous brand of chic romance exists in the glass and vine covered, chandelier-clad courtyard of Brix & Mortar, making it an optimal setting for couples who like to make an impression. Beyond the enchanting courtyard, couples can celebrate their love in the outdoor patio, illuminated by seven-tier chandeliers, the large dining hall, or one of the semi-private nooks scattered throughout the acclaimed restaurant.
An abundance of Brix & Mortar’s charm flows from its history, as it was built in 1912 and has accomplished the rare feat of feeling modern while holding on to the refinement of the early 20th century. And because Brix & Mortar is a restaurant first, it provides nosh that’s so delectable it has garnered awards and left endless couples thrilled with their venue selection.
Typical Cost: Starting at $2,000 CAD for 5-hours of event time
Bonus: Your guests will be shocked, awed and happily stuffed after experiencing the culinary wonders at Brix & Mortar, such as lamb bacon salad, beef tartare, prosciutto wrapped scallops, homemade focaccia bread, pink grapefruit sorbet and other mouth-wateringly delicious dishes.
With over 250 weddings under their belt, Brock House Restaurant knows a thing or two about hosting unforgettable ceremonies and receptions. Adjacent to Vancouver’s Jericho Beach, and close to the North Shore Mountains, this venue offers sparkling ocean and mountain views from almost every event space, in addition to a canopy of towering trees and manicured lawns surrounding the heritage mansion.
The main floor event spaces include the Conservatory, featuring glass windows and ceiling, and the Garden Tent, located on the North Lawn. The Second Floor is optimal for smaller gatherings with its Begg Room and Art Room that include hardwood flooring and a space for dancing. In addition, there is a private terrace attached to the Art Room. If you’re dreaming of nuptials with a classic, romantic or whimsical theme, this is the venue for you.
Typical Cost: $80 to $128 CAD per person
Bonus: This venue is a stress-relieving one-stop-shop, as it provides full set-up and clean-up, and offers almost every conceivable wedding-related amenity.
Built in 1927, this legendary hotel is one of the most timeless and prestigious in Vancouver, offering couples with an appreciation for all-things-luxury the ultimate wedding venue. The hotel’s 1,492 square-foot Rosewood suite is ideal for intimate celebrations, as it features a private rooftop garden terrace with a plunge pool and fireplace. In addition, its location on the 12th floor provides unobstructed views of Georgia Street. Adding to the lavishness of the experience of a wedding at Rosewood Hotel Georgia is the onsite Romance Manager who will ensure your every wedding wish is granted. For nuptials emanating modern sophistication and grace, say yes to Rosewood Hotel Georgia.
Typical Cost: Starts at $6,300 CAD
Bonus: You and your love can achieve pure relaxation in the suite’s fully tiled walk-in rain forest shower and large soaker tub. And, after the day is done, you’ll be slipping into Rivolta Carmignani Italian linens.
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Bailey Gaddis is a travel writer and author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood. In addition, she works as a childbirth preparation educator and birth doula who supports mothers-to-be and new mothers. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.