Best Vancouver Wedding Venues with Vintage Style
Written by Daniel Ha
When one thinks of the quintessential classic wedding, often what comes to mind is a vintage-style wedding held at a heritage estate somewhere in the country with rolling hills and story-like vistas, or the grand urban ballroom with Art Deco detailing, classic ornate columns, and a vintage Rolls Royce parked out front. In Vancouver (a.k.a The Lower Mainland, Greater Vancouver, or now Metro Vancouver), it’s a little harder to find such venues given the more modern character of our city, but there are heritage city estates and down town venues that do offer the timeless vintage appeal that so many modern couples desire. We’ve photographed at many of the best wedding venues in Vancouver and can recommend a number of locations that suit classic vintage styled weddings. Here is a short list of the best Vancouver wedding venues with vintage style.
1. Cecil Green Park House
Cecil Green Park House is located at UBC and offers a 18th century heritage venue for your wedding or other social event. Ceremonies are often held outdoors on the lawn (weather permitting) and there is a large
terrace along the back part of the house for socializing and cocktail receptions. The venue can accommodate up to 200 people for ceremonies and stand-up receptions, or up to 140 people for seated receptions. If you are using only the Yorkeen room, it seats around 100 people (fewer if you want your guests to have plenty of elbow room). Cecil Green also provides a bridal room that’s located inside the library. It’s small, but offers plenty of natural light and works as a cozy place for preparations.
There are also many beautiful locations nearby for photos, including UBC campus, the grounds around Cecil Green, and some parts around the Museum of Anthropology – however, be aware that special permits may be required to photograph in certain places, especially if you want photos of the Museum of Anthropology. Security guards may approach your wedding party and photographer to ask for written authorization from the museum. Your best bet is to stick around Cecil Green or visit the local public beaches and parks nearby. If you have questions, consult a professional photographer for more information.
2. Brock House Restaurant
The Brock House is a beach-side heritage venue with views of the water and mountains, and a large outdoor space for your wedding ceremony or reception. Weddings happen year round at Brock House because they offer a large outdoor heated tent space, but also indoor rooms for smaller receptions as well. The Brock House has been regularly voted one of the best places for a wedding reception in Vancouver.
Brock House also offers large bridal and wedding party rooms, and some free on-site parking for guests who arrive early. Right next door is Jericho Beach, so if you love photos by the water, this is the perfect venue for you. Jericho beach is usually a busy place during the summer, so if you want private photos with a beach feel, be sure to consult a professional photographer who knows the area well.
At Brock House, you can book the venue for both ceremony and reception, or just the reception or ceremony alone. It’s best to contact the venue well in advance because wedding dates book up very fast. Especially in the Spring, Summer, and early Autumn months.
3. Hycroft Manor
Hycroft Manor is a turn of the century Edwardian house situated in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighbourhood, and it is one of the most sought after wedding and events venues in all of the Lower Mainland. Parties at Hycroft of legendary and you will spend hours admiring the architectural details throughout the venue.
Hycroft has a few options when it comes to hosting a wedding. Ceremonies are often held outdoors, either under it’s large covered terrace or in the garden. The terrace can also be used to host a reception or for small-medium sized celebrations, the drawing room is also a popular choice, it seats about 70 guests. For larger celebrations, the lower level ballroom is the best option, it seats roughly 150 people for dinner.
Hycroft also provides two good sized room for bridal and groom’s preparations. Both are on the second level and on opposite wings of the building. The grand staircase that leads straight to the terrace offers a stylish grand entrance your wedding.
Because it’s on the west side of Vancouver, there is easy access to numerous beaches and public parks for wedding photos. There is a modest amount of parking on site, so some guests will need to find street parking.
4. The Vancouver Club
The Vancouver Club is located on West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver, just steps away from the Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada Place, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, and many of the top hotel venues in all of Canada.
The Vancouver Club is a private club that also caters to weddings and event functions. It’s particularly popular with those wanting a old-world look and feel, but want to be in the heart of downtown next to numerous amenities and photo locations.
Like many of the venues listed here, The Vancouver Club has expert staff to help couples plan their wedding day at their venue. The food is top notch and some of the best you can have at a wedding. Guests will also be impressed by the professional staff and VIP treatment they will get at the Club.
There is something ultra grand and unforgettable about hosting your wedding at the Vancouver Club. You feel like you’ve been transported to a different time and place – a time from long ago and a place just across the pond. This is one venue you must have on your list if you desire a classic and timeless feel to your wedding.
5. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
No venue list could be complete without the venerable Hotel Vancouver. When you think iconic venues in Vancouver, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has to come to mind. This venue offers rooms that can accommodate small to very large weddings. The largest is the Grand Pacific Ballroom, and for smaller weddings or anniversary parties of 12 people or less, the Gold 909 Suite is the ideal choice.
All around the Hotel Vancouver are excellent locations for wedding photography, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Law Courts, the Convention Centre and Canada Place a few blocks down, and even the Christ Church Cathedral just across the street. Also remember to have photos taken around the grand staircase – a must have memento of your wedding at one of the top Hotels in North America. But if you are not getting married there and would like to take photos at the Hotel, be sure to contact them first to make prior arrangements. A fee is also required to photograph at the Hotel Vancouver if you are not planning a wedding there. Check with your professional wedding photographer for more details.
There is just too much that can be said about Hotel Vancouver that won’t be written here, but I can tell you that your guests will not be disappointed by the ambiance, service, and quality of culinary arts offered by the Hotel – after all, this is an up-scale hotel that regularly caters to heads of state, celebrities, and chiefs of industry.
I’ve only put together a short list here of the top 5 heritage and classically decorated event venues for a vintage-styled wedding, but there are many more in and around Metro Vancouver to check out:
- The Stanley Park Pavilion
- The Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby
- The Vancouver Rowing Club
- The Sutton Place Hotel
- Heritage Hall on Main
- The Wedgewood Hotel
- Minoru Chapel in Richmond for ceremonies
- The Alan Emmott Hall in Burnaby
- The Burnaby Village Museum
- London Heritage Farm
- The Orpheum Theatre
- Minnekhada Lodge (Coquitlam, BC)
- Cammidge House (Delta, BC)
- Rowena’s Inn (located in Harrison, BC)
And that’s just to name a few! Visit back again next time to see more added to the list and more information about the top wedding venues in Metro Vancouver.
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