Top Wedding Venues in Vancouver
From mountain top lakes to ocean side views, there are many options to choose from when you’re planning your wedding in Vancouver. Here are my top 18 favourite venues, in no particular order.
Brock House Restaurant
Brock House is located right at Jericho Beach which makes it a prime location to have your wedding. You can have all of your portraits done at the beach or park and then walk on over to your wedding. The cocktail hour usually takes place in the back yard of Brock House, and it's very spacious which really gives it a garden party feel. The tent for the reception is one of the best in the city as it’s put up with weddings in mind and from a photography perspective, it’s super easy to take photos in. Check out the photos from this Scottish Brock House wedding!
Evans Lake is located on a mountain in Squamish. If you want an outdoor wedding with stunning views, you should definitely take Evans Lake into consideration. The ceremony takes place in the middle of the woods and it’s truly a unique experience as you almost have to hike a little to get in there. High heels are not recommended! You actually get the whole place to yourself with the venue rental, which includes the lake and the canoes! Cabins can be available to all of your guests as part of the wedding rental package. See more photos from this mountain top wedding!
Brix & Mortar
Brix & Mortar, or Brix as its more commonly known is located in the heart of Yaletown. If you’re considering having your wedding at Brix, I would recommend getting your photos done at Olympic Village or English Bay as they are nice locations which are also close by. Of course, if you want more urban photos you can make your way around Yaletown. Brix is known for their gorgeous ceremony space which works well for both summer and winter weddings as it is fully covered and heated. View the blog post to this wedding which includes the most incredible first dance!
Cecil Green is located right at UBC which means you’ve got a plethora of portrait locations to choose from! You can go to a nearby beach, you can go to Pacific Spirit Park, you can go around the campus, you can even do your portraits at Cecil green itself. If it rains you can go to the Buchanan Building which is just a short walk away and it’s got all the cover that you need. The interior of Cecil Green is beautiful and while most ceremonies do happen outside, it's definitely not a compromise to have your ceremony inside! See all the photos from this wedding.
Camp Howdy is located in Belcarra, just across the Indian Arm from Deep Cove. With a mountainous backdrop for the ceremony, it’s a great choice if you are looking for a ceremony location with a west coast feel. The venue has a small forest that you can use for photos, as well as its own beach which your guests can actually dock their boats at if they want to boat in. The open area next to the reception space is huge which makes it a perfect spot for yard games for your guests during cocktail hour. Check out this Camp Howdy wedding with a 17 person bridal party!
VanDusen Botanical Garden
VanDusen is one of the most popular spots in town for an outdoor ceremony, and for a good reason. During the warmer months, they have every sort of greenery that you can imagine. Everything this region has to offer, VanDusen has got it, and more! I’ve shot there multiple times and I still haven't been around the whole space yet. Beyond the ceremony, there is also an events space to hold your reception or you can hop over next door to Shaughnessy Restaurant. Check out some photos from an intimate early spring wedding.
The Teahouse in Stanley Park
The Teahouse in Stanley Park is a great venue for a smaller wedding as the reception space has wonderful natural light and offers a more intimate dining experience. In terms of the food, The Teahouse is one of the best in the lower mainland for weddings, and I’ve eaten a lot of wedding venues! When you have your wedding here, portraits are also super easy as you are right in the heart of Stanley Park. Check out photos from my latest wedding at The Teahouse.
Fraser River Lodge
Fraser River Lodge is located in the Fraser Valley so it's a bit out of town, but not so far that you can’t return home to Vancouver at night. The big selling point of the venue is, of course, the mountainous backdrop that you get for your ceremony. It’s a stunning sight that is absolutely to be seen in person. The reception space is clean, simple and it’s very easy to get good photos in. The staff there are super friendly and there's also a bison farm next door if everything else wasn’t enough already!
UBC Botanical Gardens
UBC Botanical Gardens is a great venue if you’re looking to have an outdoor wedding. There are multiple spots where you can have your ceremony depending on how big your wedding will be and the portrait locations are plentiful. The arbour at the Botanical Gardens is one of the best spots for a long table dinner in the lower mainland!
Hart House is located in Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park and offers one of the biggest tented venues in town. Ceremonies typically happen outside on the lawn, next to the tent and the reception is inside. The tent has nice ambience and it’s also heated for those early spring or late summer weddings. Portrait spots are plentiful around Deer Lake Park.
Other Venues to Consider
North Arm Farm - Located in Pemberton. A great venue for outdoor weddings with a stunning view of the mountains.
Secret Gardens at Woodbridge Ponds - Located in Abbotsford, this venue is so picturesque, it was basically made for Instagram.
The Permanent - Located in Downtown Vancouver. It’s a beautiful space to begin with so you can dress it up or dress it down.
The Loft at Earls - Located in Yaletown, The Loft offers a vintage aesthetic with brick walls and big windows.
UBC Farm - A quaint little spot that's perfect for an outdoor reception where your guests are seated among the trees.
The Pipe Shop - Located in North Vancouver, The Pipe Shop is great for a larger wedding and works well for ceremonies and receptions.
Highgate Hills - Located in Chilliwack, this stunning manor house is great for both indoor and outdoor weddings.
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