Congratulations on getting engaged and entering the wedding planning phase!! Perhaps you are completely chilled about this part or maybe it just makes you stress sweat like crazy. Whichever camp you're in, I hope this list of the best Vancouver wedding venues gets you excited and helps you find the perfect place to say "I do!" Keep in mind, this list includes venues I've shot at, venues where I've attended weddings, and venues I have on my photography bucket list.
Fraser River Lodge is a stunning venue directly on the shore of the Fraser River. I had the honour of being my sister's maid of honour and wedding photographer at this venue, and let me tell you the mountain view took my breath away!! Getting married here means you will have 18 riverfront acres all to yourself!! According to their website, the lodge can accommodate 2-200 people inside and outside, has a bridal suite and man cave for getting ready, includes a Michelin star Chef and Bar, AND has a honeymoon suite. So, you can head straight to your suite after your reception has finished, or if you prefer to get away then Harrison Hot Springs is a 10 minute drive.
This venue also offers other activities including fishing holidays, helicopter adventures, axe throwing, trap shooting, golf, archery, and hiking. So if you decide to extend your stay here after your wedding day you will have no shortage of things to do together!
Possible Wedding Themes: Rustic, bohemian, southern-inspired, winter wonderland.
Highlights: 18 acres of land for your wedding photos, getting ready suites available, can accommodate large or small groups, food and drink offered through lodge, honeymoon suite (and other rooms) available for overnight stay, lots of outdoor activities to choose from.
Swaneset Bay Resort and Country Club is not too far from one of my favorite engagement photo locations, Pitt Lake. Both spots share the same incredible mountain view. According to the website, you will have indoor and outdoor ceremony options, and a ballroom for receptions of up to 350 guests. You will be assigned an Event Manager that will attend to your day and your needs to ease your planning stress! When you visit their website you will see various "Banquet Packages" available which include customized seating plans, set up of your ceremony chairs, use of the bridal suite, and other options. Swaneset staffs an award-winning culinary team who can create a customized menu or buffet.
Possible wedding themes: Fairytale, romantic, modern, elegant, dramatic.
Highlights: Event manager and various packages available to take the planning stress off of you, accommodates a large number of guests, the property and Pitt Lake nearby are stunning for wedding portraits, incredible food and drink options.
The Redwoods Golf Course website describes exchanging vows outside on a summer's day surrounded by flowers and towering redwood trees, with a stunning coastal mountain backdrop. How great does that sound? I got to find out when I shot the wedding of my dear friends, Jordan and Brooklyn. Redwoods Golf Course offers an incredible all-inclusive wedding package (find the package here) where they've thought of everything from a romantic Marquee Event Tent for up to 150 guests, to a full service staff for your reception, as well as a decor package for your ceremony and reception. When you look at the list of wedding package features you will realize you won't have to lift a finger to get married in style!
Possible wedding themes: Fairytale, romantic, whimsical, nature, garden party, elegant.
Highlights: Extensive wedding package that includes everything you need, responsive staff that will help you plan your wedding day, mountain views.
This venue is located in the Poppy Estate Golf Course. It's a rustic farmhouse wedding dream come true with barns, a farmhouse bridal suite, and flowers. To make your wedding theme complete, this venue offers many items for rent including decor for the barn posts, and long hand crafted harvest tables for your reception. This venue offers event bookings from mid-April to mid-October and has a maximum capacity of 125 guests.
Possible wedding themes: Rustic, farmhouse, garden party, nature, southern-inspired.
Highlights: Decor for rent, indoor and outdoor options, personalized approach to planning including a wedding coordinator to assist you.
The photos below are from an editorial I shot at Hycroft Manor, which you can read more about here! This Edwardian gem is the perfect fairytale venue with its elegant Drawing Room and Green Solarium. Renting the whole house for a wedding means you will have access to the Terrace, the Rose Garden, the Juliet Balcony (all pictured below), assistance from staff, getting ready suites, and more (see wedding package information here)!
Possible wedding themes: Fairytale, classic, elegant, garden party, romantic.
Highlights: Large property for a variety of wedding portraits, wedding package available.
The website says it best, "Brock House Restaurant boasts one of Vancouver's most romantic and spectacular ceremony sites" due to its incredibly polished garden, waterfront views on Jericho Beach, and the historic Tudor-Style home on the property. Your reception will be no less spectacular with the incredible dining experience offered for your wedding reception. Booking with Brock House Restaurant gives you access to the entire Heritage Home including a bridal suite, the Conservatory, the Garden Tent, and various rental items like linens and dishware. You will be assigned a Banquet Manager to manage the details of your wedding. Sounds to me like you can give yourselves and your guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you'll have to do very little work to get it thanks to the Brock House Restaurant staff!
Possible wedding themes: Romantic, elegant, classy, fairytale, traditional, modern.
Highlights: Use of the entire venue, detailed wedding packages, incredible views, spectacular catering options, venue offers staff to assist you with your wedding planning.
The Falls Golf Club's website describes its property as a "dramatic landscape carved from the foothills of Mount Cheam". Sounds like an incredible location to frolic with your babe during wedding portraits!! My best friend got married here so I was able to experience this lush green dream of a venue myself! This venue offers detailed wedding packages (see packages here) that cater to smaller intimate weddings and larger weddings up to 170 guests. Some of my favorite details from these wedding packages include crystal chandeliers, complimentary GOLF CARTS for your bridal portraits, and a rustic wooden arbor. You can select a catering package or build your own menu.
Possible wedding themes: Rustic, elegant, nature, garden party, spring, winter wonderland, romantic, fairytale.
Highlights: Detailed wedding packages, options for up to 170 guests, catering package or build your own menu.
How cool is this?! Airside Event Spaces is a private airport hangar in view of Mount Baker. It offers in-house catering and on-site help with the logistics of your wedding day. This venue will provide two airplanes to use for your wedding photo background, and you can even arrange to FLY IN for a unique arrival at your wedding. In addition to airplanes, this venue will also provide various other essentials like tables and chairs, dressing room, stage lighting, audio visual equipment, projectors and screens, and an infinity photo wall. Although they offer almost everything you will need for your big day, this airport hangar is also a blank slate that you can dress up in whatever theme you're dreaming of.
Possible wedding themes: Basically any theme you can think of given that this is a blank slate airport hangar!
Highlights: Booking includes almost everything you'll need, blank slate building gives you room to create your dream wedding, mountain view, option to use airplanes as photo backdrop or to fly into your wedding.
I had the pleasure of being a bridesmaid at this venue when my brother married the love of his life (see photos below)! Let me tell you that it is a stunning building filled with natural light for the best shots of you and your babe. This venue can accommodate 20-150 guests and has indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. They have a patio and fireside lounge, no noise restrictions, and a complimentary planning appointment with their team. Your booking will include tables and chairs, projective system, a venue coordinator, and more (see details here). They also have a list of preferred vendors to choose from to make planning easier for you!
The photos below will give you a preview of the outdoor ceremony area, but if you'd like an in-depth look at the whole venue click here for the gallery on the venue's website.
Possible wedding themes: Elegant, romantic, fairytale, nautical, garden party, elegant, modern, minimalist, artistic.
Highlights: Accommodates 20-150 guests, no noise restrictions, outdoor and indoor options, many essential rentals included with booking, assistance from a venue coordinator, stunning waterfront views.
I hope you've enjoyed this list of wedding venues in Vancouver! We live in a stunning part of the world and I feel incredibly thankful to be able to shoot weddings here. If there are other venues I haven't mentioned here that you think I should check out, I am ALWAYS looking for new spots so hit me up!!!
Photos taken from @estate248 on Instagram
Photos taken by Jamie Delaine Photography, see her full blog post here
Photos taken from The Falls Golf Club Photo Gallery page, find it here
Photos taken from Wedding Wire, see their post here
Photos taken by Shauneille Ross, see her work here