Top 30 Vancouver Wedding Venues
As curated by Vancouver based wedding photographer Tomasz Wagner
There are heaps of wedding venues located in the Vancouver area to suit all kinds of styles and moods. In my ten years as a wedding photographer, I’ve been lucky to photograph ceremonies and receptions at most of these locations and love when couples find something particularly special that checks all the right boxes in their wedding planning. The following is a curated list of indoor and outdoor locations, both large and small venues, and what I personally consider to be the Top 30 Vancouver Wedding Venues listed in order of type of venue.
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Garden style / Outdoor Wedding Venues
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.
Located at Deer Lake in Burnaby, the Hart House offers a variety of on-site venues to suit various tastes but I’ll have to admit it’s the the Lawn and Tent combo that really shine at this romantic, classic venue. The Tent in particular is a perfect “Plan B” location in case of rainy weather and both your ceremony and reception can be hosted there, if needed.
Located in the ever beautiful and popular Stanley Park, the Stanley Park Pavilion is a great venue that is actually 4 different spaces that can host both indoor and outdoors weddings: the Lord Stanley Ballroom, the Tea Room, Stanley’s Bar & Grill, and the Formal Gardens. Wanting both an outdoor garden setting for your ceremony and a neutral blank slate for your dinner reception? The Stanley Park Pavilion has you covered.
At the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown behind white walls sits Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden, the first classical Chinese Garden in Canada and established outside of China. This peaceful venue features covered walkways, pavilions, and meticulously cared for plants and ponds. Rent it for an intimate wedding ceremony and then head on over to your favourite restaurant in Chinatown for your dinner reception.
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. As a photographer, I also love the many portrait locations all over the UBC campus.
Ballroom style / Indoor Wedding Venues
For couples envisioning a grand, classic, and luxurious ballroom style wedding, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is all aces. There are various spaces to choose from for both your ceremony and reception at this venue but the Pacific Ballroom happens to be the most popular option for opulent, show-stopping weddings and those who want to dance their faces off on the large and permanent wooden dance floor.
Classic meets contemporary at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia with its interesting architectural elements and an overall luxurious and elegant vibe. Perfect for Gatsby style weddings where the Roaring Twenties stay alive forever and ever. Or for those classic affairs where you can simply enjoy the ambiance of a well designed room without too much decor to distract from it.
Thankfully, you don’t need to be a member in order to rent the TCC for your wedding. Featuring both elegant ballrooms and garden patios, you’ll be well taken care of by staff who excel at creating a thoughtful experience for everyone who steps through this venue. Terminal City Club blends tradition and modern luxury in the heart of downtown Vancouver, and is undoubtedly one of the city’s hidden gems.
Boasting a number of different indoor and outdoor spaces including the classic Ballroom to the intimate Patio Garden, the Vancouver Club is perfect for couples wanting an elegant and thoughtful venue for their wedding day. Along with the exceptional cuisine served up by VC staff, you’ll be helped along by in-house wedding specialist, Katie Briscoe who is an exceptional coordinator and human.
Modern Wedding Venues
The Contemporary Art Gallery takes a limited number of rental bookings each year, so it isn’t very well known as a wedding venue. That said, it’s perfect for small weddings that want a clean and modern setting in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
A modern, blank slate type of venue, which also happens to offer a huge catalogue of rentals, Loungeworks 130 West is the perfect venue for couples who consider themselves a bit more artistically inclined, maybe with a specific vision in mind (like projecting movies from the 90s on one of the gallery walls). But don’t sweat it if that’s not you exactly. This venue provides your wedding planner or designer a great deal of freedom to make magic happen, too.
The Polygon Gallery is one of the newest venues to the Shipyards area of Lower Lonsdale on the North Shore (my old stomping grounds)! Modern, minimalist, and full of interesting corners every where you turn, the Polygon features multiple areas. My favourite has to be the Seaspan Pavilion with its floor to ceiling glass walls and an epic view of downtown Vancouver and Burrard Inlet, though the exhibition spaces themselves can make for some interesting photos depending on the current gallery exhibitions.
Check out: Dana & Ben’s wedding at the Polygon Gallery
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.
Waterfront Wedding Venues
Boasting floor to ceiling glass walls, exposed cedar beams, and a balcony overlooking the Fraser River, the UBC Boathouse can host up to 150 guests for a seated dinner. Highlights include: no noise restrictions (ie. you can party until 3am!), a day-of-venue coordinator, flexible floor plan arrangements, and a convenient location close to YVR Airport and a short walk away from the Canada Line skytrain.
The Vancouver Convention Centre offers three spaces for hosting weddings, ranging from 220 to 700 guests, and is perfect for grand celebrations where you’re greeted by the harbour and views of the North Shore mountains upon stepping out onto the terrace during golden hour. Forget the banquet hall and check out this spectacular building instead with its contemporary west coast architecture, high ceilings, and impeccable views.
The Wallace is the newest wedding venue to grace North Vancouver’s Shipyards area. It boasts history with a modern twist: located in the reconstructed Machine Shop with a terrace to beat all terraces. Very much a blank slate kind of establishment, The Wallace requires that you work with a professional wedding planner to bring your planning ideas to life. If you need any recommendations, we’re happy to help!
A wedding venue with a waterfront and cityscape view? These are rare in Vancouver but the Waterview Special Event Space is one of those gems offering both and more, including panoramic floor to ceiling windows and a large contemporary interior space.
Art Deco style / Historic Wedding Venues
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.
Check out: Lindsay & Shawn’s wedding at Heritage Hall
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.
It doesn’t get any more quintessentially Vancouver than at the MOV with its location within Vanier Park and its views of English Bay, Vancouver’s West End, and the North Shore mountains beyond. The Museum of Vancouver can host outdoor wedding ceremonies at the Garden Patio and History Room and intimate wedding receptions in the Joyce Walley Room. If you opt for just a private outdoor ceremony on the Garden Patio (like Jude & Wes did), you can easily head over to your reception at your favourite restaurant in downtown Vancouver.
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 Vancouver wedding venues in the city.
Rustic style / Industrial Wedding Venues
***Sadly, this venue is closed as of 2020***
100 Braid St Studios
A blank slate kind of venue for couples who have a particular aesthetic in mind, maybe one that involves romantic string lights and minimalist ikebana floral arrangements (just a couple ideas I fancy). Susan, the owner and artist overseeing operations of this New Westminster based venue, is a marvellous human being who will help ensure your vision has a home in the heritage architecture goodness that is 100 Braid St.
One of the newest venues to join the Vancouver wedding venues community and what many of us have wanted in an industrial warehouse style space (especially with Bon Accord / Union Wood Co. no longer hosting weddings, sadly). The space boasts an open courtyard perfect for hosting a ceremony and a large warehouse for your reception dinner. String lights and a long table dinner = a winning combo. Be among the first to have your wedding here.
The Pipe Shop is a restored heritage building located on the waterfront in North Vancouver. It is 9,000 sq ft of rustic industrial goodness featuring original wood beams, polished concrete floors, and white walls throughout (including a gallery frame wall for added ambiance). The location doesn’t get any better being in the Shipyards area and right beside the modern Polygon Gallery. A ceremony at the Polygon with your reception at The Pipe Shop? Easy.
Check out: Rachelle & Taylor’s wedding at the Pipe Shop
Modern industrial at its finest. The Settlement Building features exposed Douglas fir beams, concrete, large windows, and skylights. The venue also has dedicated event planners who can help you figure out suitable setups and vendors for this beautiful space.
Small Wedding Venues including Restaurants
A healthy dose of stylish vibes in this cozy space in Chinatown serving up the most delicious modern Chinese food. Even if you don’t plan on hosting a dinner reception here, you must come here for a meal.
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.
Check out: Darcy & RJ’s wedding at Bloedel Conservatory
One of the most popular wedding venues in the city for small weddings (and for good reason). Brix & Mortar features a unique glass-covered courtyard where many couples have hosted intimate ceremonies as well as an indoor dining hall and two patios. A great option if you’re looking for an all-in-one, no fuss type of venue that will take are of most everything you need for your ceremony and reception.
A Japanese-Italian supper club that’s a cut above the rest. Every meticulous detail of this restaurant transports you to another time (the 1960s) and if the ambiance doesn’t leave an impression on you, the food certainly will. Romantic, sexy, and channeling those In the Mood for Love / Wong-kar Wai vibes like no other, I can’t recommend Kissa Tanto highly enough.
Check out: Rachelle & Caleb’s wedding at Kissa Tanto
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.
Including this rental service takes my Vancouver Wedding Venues guide well beyond our Top 30 but I think it’s 100% worth a look. From private lofts to industrial event venues, This Open Space offers heaps of creative spaces for you to rent for small and micro weddings. Have a look through their website and consider locations like The Garden Strathcona or this Gastown Studio for your intimate celebration.
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