A finely curated list of the most unique Vancouver wedding venues by Tomasz Wagner. There are a ton of wedding venues located in Vancouver but finding something unique, different, or slightly unconventional requires a bit of research and digging. The following is a curated list of both indoor and outdoor options to host your ceremony and reception as well as what I personally consider to be the most unique Vancouver wedding venues. I hope this provides you with a great overview and starting point in your search.
Listed in alphabetical order.
See also: Best BC Wedding Venues
Located in historic Gastown, L’Abbatoir’s private dining space is ideal for couples having an intimate wedding. It can accommodate up to 50 seated guests or a standing reception of up to 70 guests and boasts the brick and beam aesthetic that can be seen through the main restaurant dining area. Elegant but simple, and for the wedding couple who appreciates good food and a refined aesthetic. Link to website for more info.
For lovers of botanicals and the unconventional, the Bloedel Conservatory in QE Park can host private events such as intimate wedding ceremonies and cocktail receptions. Time slots are somewhat limited but if you’re willing to get creative with your wedding planning (for example, having your ceremony in the morning and your reception elsewhere in the afternoon), enjoy this very special part of Vancouver’s history. Link to website for more info.
Bon Accord / view Emma & Cory’s wedding
One of the newer venues in Vancouver, Bon Accord has three spaces that can be used for weddings: the Studio, the Woodshop, and the Courtyard. They also have a supply of beautiful vintage and Kinfolk inspired furniture and decor rentals that complement these spaces. Presented and owned by Union Wood Company, the setting is perfect for couples wanting a unique Brooklyn industrial vibe to their nuptials. A hidden gem in the heart of industrial East Vancouver and one my top picks for most unique Vancouver wedding venues. Link to website for more info.
For something out of the ordinary check out the Burrard, a retro boutique hotel located in downtown Vancouver. The courtyard can be rented to host weddings and their event and catering staff are dedicated to ensuring your event is as unique and fun as the space. A bit of Palm Springs in Vancouver… why not? Link to website for more info.
Cecil Green Park House / view Maggie & Brian’s wedding
Tucked away at the University of British Columbia is Cecil Green, a beautiful wedding venue that offers a number of different options for your ceremony and reception: an exclusive private garden, covered terrace, and its classic house. It can accommodate a full seated dinner on the covered terrace for up to 110 guests or in the house for up to 150 guests. Food is offered via Westcadia Catering. Link to website for more info.
Heritage Hall / view Lindsay & Shawn’s wedding
One of East Vancouver’s historic gems, the Heritage Hall on Main St is one of those rare venues boasting an art deco aesthetic. Its high ceilings, large windows, and artfully painted interior is ideal for couples who want to make it their own and was no brainer when it came to researching this list of the top Vancouver wedding venues. Link to website for more info.
Hycroft Manor / view Melissa & Michael’s wedding
Owned by the University Women’s Club of Vancouver, Hycroft is a beautiful Edwardian mansion available for wedding rentals. Ceremonies are typically held outdoors amongst the stately columns, while receptions are hosted indoors in the ballroom with its hardwood floors, stained glass windows, and fireplaces. There are no other venues in Vancouver quite like Hycroft for those looking to celebrate in elegance and style. Link to website for more info.
Despite being surrounded by stunning natural scenery in Vancouver, I completely get that not everyone wants to celebrate in nature. In comes the Imperial, one of the few urban wedding venues that isn’t a hotel. If you’re looking for a unique venue in central Vancouver that’s part blank canvas, part production this venue may be up your alley. Link to website for more info.
Loft at Earls
One of the newer Vancouver wedding venues, the Loft at Earls boasts heritage brick-and-beam construction and a modern vintage feel with its unique art pieces and light fixtures. Located in the center of Yaletown with easy access to street parking and public transit via Yaletown-Roundhouse Station. Link to website for more info.
MOA Museum of Anthropology
The Museum of Anthropology is one of those Vancouver based event venues that couples don’t often think about. Though it can accommodate smaller gatherings, it is better known for its large and elaborate affairs—weddings with an elegant and refined aesthetic—parties under the stars with a stunning view of the Georgia Strait. Link to website for more info.
Located in downtown Vancouver, the Permanent is another heritage venue that has recently been renovated and restored. The building’s interior is lit by a gorgeous 35 ft long and 20 ft wide stained glass skylight and the mezzanine also boasts some stained glass details. The owners have decided to keep the original vault door and many other neo-classical and art deco elements making this one of the most stunning indoor venues in the city. You’ll want to see the gorgeous. Link to website for more info.
Roundhouse Community Centre
The Roundhouse Community Centre is Vancouver’s oldest heritage building located on its original site. Although it prioritizes art and culture events, if you can secure the Roundhouse for your wedding, you’re in for a real treat. Boasting concrete floors and wood beams, it’s the perfect blank canvas for hosting large events, especially those planned by the talented Vancouver wedding planners, Petite Pearl Events. Link to website for more info.
Stanley Park Pavilion
Located adjacent to the rose gardens in Stanley Park, this heritage site underwent renovations in 2015 and is now a lovely venue offering four spaces for your ceremony and reception: the Lord Stanley Ballroom, the Tearoom, Stanley’s Park Bar and Grill, and Pavilion Park Lawn. The Pavilion continues to be one of the best all-around and somewhat underrated wedding venues in Vancouver. Link to website for more info.
This Open Space / view Emma & Cory’s wedding
This Open Space had its humble beginnings in Vancouver and is now operating here as well as Toronto, Ottawa, LA, and New York. If you’re looking for short-term rentals and unconventional spaces for your wedding or elopement, I completely recommend having a look through their website and coveting all the options they have on offer all over the city. You’re sure to find something that suits your aesthetic tastes. Link to website for more info.
UBC Botanical Garden
Although the UBC Botanical Garden offers a number of different areas that can be used for weddings, couples are usually and immediately drawn to its beautiful covered arbour: a natural and romantic backdrop for ceremonies and long table dinners. This list of the most unique Vancouver wedding venues wouldn’t be complete without including this stunning location. Link to website for more info.
The UBC Farm is unlike most venues in Vancouver in that it’s an actual production farm growing over 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Not only is it home to honey bees and open pasture hens, the farm also hosts events such as farm tours, research visits, community feasts, farmers markets, and yes, weddings. Planning an event at this “blank” canvas takes a bit of effort (and I highly recommend hiring a planner to help you) but is well worth it if you’re envisioning an al fresco wedding while minutes away from the heart of the city. Note: the UBC Farm is not available for event rentals on Sundays. Link to website for more info.
Vancouver Art Gallery / view Angie & Adam’s wedding
The Vancouver Art Gallery located in downtown Vancouver is definitely one of the more unique wedding venues in the city. Turn-of-the-century former provincial courthouse building meets the modern and dramatic. Its grand foyer and rotunda offer a soaring dome and doubled marble staircases and the rooftop pavilion provides a view looking out onto Robson Square. Link to website for more info.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
If your vision for your wedding includes a midsummer night’s garden party, VanDusen Botanical Garden in South/Central Vancouver might just be the venue for you. Have your ceremony on the Great Lawn or portraits at Meadow Pond. There are also several indoor options as well, such as the BMO Great Hall or Floral Hall for your reception. There are very few venues in the Vancouver area quite like this one! Link to website for more info.
See also: Best BC Wedding Venues
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