Destination weddings are all about the location, and with Vancouver’s lush gardens, waterfront views, scenic vineyards and charming heritage buildings, brides-to-be can find the perfect site for their big day, no matter their wedding style.
Tucked amid Stanley Park’s lush trees and fragrant rose gardens, the Stanley Park Pavilion feels like a faraway woodland escape, with the convenience of being only minutes from downtown Vancouver. Hold an outdoor wedding ceremony in the adjacent garden, and celebrate with friends and family in one of the indoor reception spaces. The expansive Lord Stanley Ballroom boasts turn-of-the-century elegance with crystal chandeliers and can accommodate 150 guests, whereas the rustic Rose Garden Tearoom is ideal for more private gatherings. Added bonus: the facility has an on-site wedding coordinator to take the stress out of planning for the big day.
Charming and Historic
Capture all the historic charm of old Vancouver while taking advantage of its contemporary amenities at Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar. This enchanting heritage landmark, complete with exposed brick walls, rustic outdoor lamps, elegant chandeliers and a quaint keyhole courtyard, is located in the Yaletown neighborhood: a revitalized waterfront district filled with trendy eateries, unique shops and sidewalk cafés. Brix’s on-site wedding planner can help coordinate all the event details, from an intimate courtyard wedding ceremony to an indoor, sit-down dinner for 100 people. For a celebratory dinner, fill up on gourmet dishes like beef tenderloin carpaccio, sea bass with lemon mascarpone risotto and white chocolate cheesecake, paired with Brix’s extensive wine selection. After the festivities, guests can retire to fashionable accommodations at one of Yaletown’s boutique hotels, such as the nearby Opus Hotel, located just steps from the harbour.
Rolling hillsides, moderate climate and charming pastoral landscapes make vineyards perfect for hosting weddings. Of course, the abundance of wine doesn’t hurt either. Venture out to Okanagan Valley, British Columbia’s wine country, to Summerhill Pyramid Winery, where you can arrange an outdoor ceremony overlooking the brilliant blue Okanagan Lake and straight rows of organically grown grape vines. For the wedding feast, dine in the spacious Sunset Veranda and call upon Executive Chef Jesse Croy, who uses organic produce and free-range meats to create environmentally conscious meals. Make sure to toast with Summerhill’s award-winning sparkling wine, the Cipes Gabriel, which boasts flavors of pineapple, apricot and biscuit.
Brides looking for a lavish wedding celebration in a sophisticated venue will love the contemporary accommodations and upscale amenities at Fairmont Pacific Rim. For an unforgettable reception for up to 300 guests, reserve the Star Sapphire Ballroom, a 3,000-square-foot venue accented with walnut wood, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbour and walls paneled with ivory leather. The Diamond wedding package comes loaded with amenities like luxurious table settings for the reception, a complimentary signature suite for the wedding night, a one-hour couples massage at Willow Stream Spa and a two-hour exclusive use of a pool cabana for the wedding couple.
Sometimes the most picturesque settings aren’t necessarily found in nature — they’re found at Minter Gardens, a 32-acre show garden and wedding destination located approximately 90 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Brides have come to love this carefully cultivated setting, which touts waterfalls, brooks, woodlands and rainbows of color from the 1,000 rhododendrons, fragrant rose bushes and 100,000 tulips imported from Holland. Choose from two ceremony sites and Victorian-style conservatories to suit the size of your wedding party.