February 6, 2014 In photography, weddings

Best Vancouver Wedding Reception Venues

A few of my favourites.

Hi there! My name is Jamie Delaine and I’m a wedding photographer in Vancouver, BC. I’ve been shooting weddings for over 9 years and I absolutely love what I do. If you’re engaged and planning your wedding, first off – congratulations! I’d love to hear more about your day! You can get in touch with me by using my website contact form – happy wedding planning.

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Let’s start off with my favourite wedding venue, my own wedding venue in March 2014!

Fraser River Lodge (Agassiz, BC)

This out of the way, country, rustic venue is my favourite. The food is amazing, the staff uber-helpful and the location can’t be beat. One wall of the reception hall is floor to ceiling windows with a view of Mount Cheam. In the winter and springtime the tops are snow-covered and it’s breathtaking. The property has roaming bison nearby, adding to the country, relaxed, miles-away-from-the-city feel. Next door is a gorgeous orchard with rows and rows of neatly lined trees which is awesome for summer photos when the leaves are full. You can hold your ceremony inside during the winter, or outside on the grass in the summer season with a tent for a rain back-up plan. As an added bonus –  they have white chairs and round tables or long tables all on site. No rental fees!

To see more photos of Fraser River Lodge weddings, visit the links below:

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The Vancouver Club 

The club is a fabulous formal wedding with outstanding service alongside an elegant setting. The Georgian Room is popular for cocktail hour and portraits and they also have space for an indoor ceremony. To see more Vancouver Club Wedding Photos, visit the following posts:

 

Robert H. Lee UBC Alumni Centre

From the venue website: “The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre sits in a prime location in the heart of the UBC Vancouver campus. With its modern design, light-filled spaces, and strong focus on the client experience, the centre creates a powerful first impression. Rental rates includes all in house tables and chairs, set up, tear down, basic AV, and room cleaning. One on site coordinator, and evening rentals include one security guard.” (Note: UBC alumni and their children receive a 20% discount on room rentals for weddings!)

I got the opportunity to photograph Jamie & Jason‘s UBC Alumni Centre Wedding in May 2016 and I fell in love with the space. I’m determined to have more couples book the venue and I’d love to be their photographer! Take a look at the photos below, I know they will speak for themselves.

Grouse Mountain

Called the Peak of Vancouver for a reason! The views from the top of the mountain are crazy-cool. If you guests traveling to celebrate with you in Vancouver, a Grouse Mountain wedding is a great way to give guests an experience. A gondola pass is included for your guest list to reach the mountain’s peak after a five minute ride. There are two different areas available for receptions in the main lodge – one on the first floor and one on the second. To see Grouse Mountain Wedding Photos, visit the following posts:


Cecil Green Park House at UBC

The views from Cecil Green Park House are stunning. A view of the Pacific Ocean and the summer sunsets there seem to last forever. When you rent the space, you gain use of the whole house and there’s space to get ready, host your ceremony and your reception. To see more Cecil Green Park House Wedding Photos visit the following posts:


UBC Boathouse 

There’s a ton of light, a water view, cleanly designed architecture. Jasmine & Vince’s wedding is a great example of how to use the space for your ceremony and reception, even a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, too! To see even more photos of weddings at the UBC Boathouse browse the following:

Performance Works

Performance Works on Granville Island has an urban warehouse feel I love. It can be a little dark, which is tricky – but with string lights, and added up-lights around the room, it creates a really fun feel. Long tables naturally lend themselves to this space and I love the look. As an added bonus, if you’re looking for an outdoor ceremony space for your Performance Works wedding, Ron Basford Park is adjacent to the venue and free of charge. 

For more photos of Performance Works weddings, visit the following posts:

Vancouver Rowing Club

A great space for a two-in-one venue, if you’re hoping to have a ceremony and reception in the same spot… which I highly recommend. A smoother, calmer, wedding day.  It’s right on the water, with a beautiful view of Coal Harbour. View the wedding of Kandace & Alex‘s Vancouver Rowing Club wedding for more images.

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Sky Helicoptor Hangar

A gem of a venue located beside the Pitt Meadows airport. Plenty of ways to customize this 6000 sq foot warehouse space to your unique wedding! Options for indoor ceremonies in the wintertime, as well, or out on the concrete in the summertime. To see more photos, view Lainee & Michael’s Sky Helicopter Hangar Wedding. 

 

Restaurants

 Stanley Park Tea House

For weddings under 60 guests, Stanley Park Tea House is a winner. There are two rooms available for receptions, The Drawing Room (when you enter the restaurant off to the left) for smaller parties and the conservatory to the right for larger events. Both spaces have great light, a view of the water and the same amazing food, presentation and experience. If you’re hoping for an outdoor ceremony, Ferguson Point is a natural pair with the Teahouse. (To see Ferguson Point photos, check out this Vancouver Ceremony Venues post.)

To see more Stanley Park Tea House weddings, view the following posts:

Brix & Mortar Restaurant & Wine Bar

From the venue’s website: “Brix & Mortar–Yaletown’s dining house is located in a 1912 heritage brick building in the Yaletown neighbourhood of Vancouver. A unique, glass-covered courtyard is the centerpiece of the upstairs dining area and is popular for small weddings and events. Downstairs offers a second, completely renovated outdoor patio illuminated by seven-tier glass chandeliers, providing guests with a city-dining experience.”

To see more Brix Restaurant Wedding Photos, visit the following blog posts:

Brock House Restaurant

Brock House is one of the most popular venues in Vancouver and the setting is hard to beat. Set a few feet back from Jericho Beach, your guests can enjoy an ocean view. Most weddings are held underneath a large tree in the back yard, with receptions in their heated tent. To see more photos of Brock House Restaurant Weddings, browse the following posts:

The Loft at Earls Yaletown (Formerly V Lounge Restaurant)

I love discovering new and different venues! It’s always a treat. Cristi & Chris’ wedding at V Lounge Restaurant in Yaletown a handful of years ago was incredible. They were married at Brix Restaurant with a reception right around the corner at The Loft above Earls in Yaletown. The exposed brick is to die-for and the long booth on one side of the restaurant gives your reception a really unique feel. The Loft is Yaletown’s only lounge and private event space for up to 300. The space can accommodate up to 80 guests seated for dinner, or 100-300 for a stand-up affair. There is no rental fee, per se, however there is minimum spends that will differ according to the season and day of the week booked.

Shaughnessy Restaurant

Shaugnessy Restaurant is located next to Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. You have a view of the garden from the restaurant and the space is modern and fun. The food is also excellent. To see more photos of a Shaughnessy Restaurant wedding, visit Christine & Peter’s blog post.

Hart House Restaurant

I’m gonna go ahead and call Hart House Restaurant my favourite outdoor space in the Vancouver area to hold a tented receptionTheir tent can accommodate up to 250 guests, which is rare for a venue in the Lower Mainland. The lawn is used for ceremonies beside the tent, both with a view of Deer Lake Park. I really enjoy the staff at Hart House and the entire experience. I would love to photograph here more! To see more photos from Hart House Restaurant Weddings, check out the following posts:

Bridges Restaurant

Bridges is at the edge of Granville Island, facing Burrard Street bridge, right across the parking lot from the Public Market. Granville Island weddings have a very fun feel and there are no end to photo locations. Bridges Restaurant has a great view of the water and if you wanted to make your entire wedding a Granville Island affair, Ron Basford Park is a great ceremony location. (To see more Bridges Restaurant Wedding Photos, view Ashley & Jon’s wedding.)

 

Golf Courses

Riverway Golf Course

Riverway Golf Course is a beautiful space for your ceremony and reception. Located in Burnaby, right on the golf course, Riverway boasts a gorgeous, modern, light-filled clubhouse and a large patio for ceremonies and cocktail hour. To see more images of Riverway Golf Course Wedding Photos, view Allison & Jonathan’s blog post.

Westwood Plateau Golf Course

A rustic-inspired venue overlooking a golf course in Coquitlam with a gorgeous view of the mountains! They can accommodate up to 250 guests and have space to hold a ceremony on the front lawn as well. There are two different banquet rooms, one on the main floor and one on the top floor. I love the Westwood grounds for photos, as well. To see more, visit the Westwood Plateau Weddings of:

Mayfair Lakes Golf Course

Golf courses are a great way to plan a stress-free wedding as the venues usually included catering, all tables and chairs and offer a deidccated spaces for your ceremony. Mayfair Lakes Golf Course in Richmond is a popular venue. To see more photos, view the following:

       

Redwoods Golf Course

Redwoods is only a few minutes from my home, in the Walnut Grove area of Langley. I mentioned in my ceremony locations blog post, Redwoods Golf Course has a very underrated, beautiful outdoor ceremony space surrounded by tall trees. Redwoods Golf’s outdoor tent holds up to 150-200 guests. To see more images from Redwoods Golf Course weddings, visit Jaclyn and Matt’s Wedding blog post.

 

Gleneagles Golf Course

I have only photographed at Gleaneagles Golf Course in West Vancouver once for a wedding years ago. But I was very impressed! Since these photos were taken (6-7 years ago) they have renovated the space even further. I love the wood beams and the rustic feel. To see more images, visit Gleneagles website.

Tsawwassen Beach Grove Golf Club

A great space for ceremonies and receptions in sunny Tsawwassen. A gorgeous setting and a great fit for any wedding day. View the wedding of Claire & Wes for more ideas!

Swan-E-Set Golf & Country Club

The closest thing you’ll find to a castle inspired wedding in the Greater Vancouver area. The ballroom is one of the biggest around, accommodating upwards of 250 guests. (A hard thing to find anywhere in this city.) You can hold your ceremony on the back lawn, or indoors, depending on your preference. The Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area has lots of cool farm roads for photo locations and of course, the Swan-E-Set grounds are always fabulous. To see more Swan-E-Set Wedding Photos, browse the following posts: 

Shaughnessy Golf Club

Shaughnessy Golf Club has a regal feeling as you approach the main iron gates, down the long driveway towards the clubhouse. I’ve photographed two weddings at the Golf Club, and you can view more wedding photos from those below:

 

Community Halls/Centres

If you’re a brave bride and going the Do-It-Yourself route, community halls or centres can be a great venue option for you. The cons to renting a hall is more rentals – chairs, tables, linens – but the bonus? A really unique space you can make your own that’s budget friendly. Here are some of my favourites!

Creekside Community Recreation Centre

Located in Olympic Village (one of my favourite Vancouver neighbourhoods) with a cool view of the harbour and Science World. See more photos from Shandelle & Britton’s wedding by clicking the link.

Fort Langley Community Hall

Located in the quaint historic neighbourhood of Langley called Fort Langley. This space is very underrated, honestly! I definitely wish more Vancouver couples would head out to Fort Langley for their weddings… I know they’d be impressed! To see more, visit the following Fort Langley Community Hall wedding posts:

False Creek Community Centre

Located on Granville Island another under-utilized wedding space. I’ve only photographed one wedding at the centre (Sophia & Jamie’s Wedding) but I would love to return. View the photos below for a better look!

Roundhouse Community Centre

In the heart of Yaletown, only a few minutes walk from the ocean, Roundhouse Community Centre is a blank canvas for your wedding dreams! Cement floors, wood beams, a space that can hold hundreds… Roundhouse was absolutely transformed for Emma & Aaron’s wedding. The venue has limited availability for weddings as they give priority to arts and cultural events. However, if you can snag the date you wish, it’s a brilliant venue. To see more visit:

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Hotel Ballrooms

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

My parents were married at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in 1988 and the space has retained all it’s charm. This is a great venue for regal ball gowns, formal fancy affairs and dancing the night away. The ballroom would fit 200 easily, but makes an equally elegant space for 50 people. The choice is yours! View Kartika & John’s wedding post for more inspiration.

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

I love the ballroom at the Marriott downtown! Something that always stands out at the Marriott is the exceptional staff. I absolutely love working with them. The food is wonderful, the staff is always cheery and on top of things and the experience is exceptional. To view more Marriott Pinnacle Hotel wedding photos, browse the following posts:

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

A stunning venue with an amazing history (first opened in Vancouver in 1927!) in the heart of Vancouver. I’ve photographed both ceremonies and receptions at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia and fell in love with the soft colours and the architectural features throughout the venue. I would highly recommend hosting your wedding at Rosewood. To see more wedding photos, visit:

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Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

Known as one of the highest-rated and most luxurious hotel spaces in Vancouver, Shangri-La Hotel doesn’t disappoint. The lobby is elegant, with beautiful marble finishings and Asian-inspired decor. There is a ballroom space for your wedding, as well as a terrace for the ceremony. In addition, you can hold your reception at the Market Restaurant, as Kerrie and Ryan chose to do. To see more Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver weddings, view the following:

Pinnacle at the Pier Hotel 

Pinnacle at the Pier Hotel Ballroom is quickly becoming one of my favourite ballrooms in the Vancouver area! If you’re looking for a dramatic space but with a view (one quarter of the ballroom has windows with a waterview!) and neutral colours, this is a great option. A lot ballrooms will have colours that are harder to work with (especially if you don’t love warm tones) but Pinnacle is decorated in a contemporary gray. There are two spaces available for weddings, the main ballroom and a smaller space for more intimate receptions. (They also have a great ceremony space on the rooftop!) To see more Pinnacle at the Pier Hotel Weddings, view the following:

 

Mini-Destination Venues

This may be cheating as none of the following are located in Vancouver… but it’s my blog, so I can cheat all I like. Over the last nine years in business I’ve had the opportunity to photograph at the coolest venues for destination weddings throughout British Columbia, and I want to introduce a few options for you!

Middle Beach Lodge in Tofino

If you’re a Vancouver couple looking for a wedding that feels far, far away but can be travelled to in an 8-hour day… look no further than Middle Beach Lodge in Tofino on Vancouver Island. Tofino is truly magical. There’s something about this place that really feels like the “edge of the world.” If you can handle a little rain, a little wind, the experience of tying the knot in Tofino is worth it. I’ve photographed at Middle Beach Lodge twice and everything always goes off without a hitch. Really appreciate the team of staff there! To see more images of Middle Beach Lodge Weddings in Tofino, visit the following posts:

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Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna

“Summerhill is the ideal location for a wedding in Kelowna. Experience the superior service, award winning wines and gourmet cuisine. There is the Summerhill Pyramid, Vineyard Ballroom, Heritage Lawn and Vineyard Lawn, all with their own unique style.” 

I had the opportunity to photograph Annik & Rob‘s wedding day in Kelowna a few summers ago and I absolutely loved the location! A great venue option in the Okanagan Valley for wine-lovers!

 

God’s Mountain Estate in Penticton

I am so thankful for every opportunity I’ve had to photograph at this venue! It’s worth the drive, every time. God’s Mountain Estate calls the space “Santorini with English country overtones.” God’s Mountain Estate hosts weddings with a maximum of 100 guests. This unique location allows the family members (up to 30) to stay in the home for a two night minimum thus enjoying a relaxed time together before, during and after the wedding celebration. To see more photos, view:

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Bird’s Eye Cove Farm in Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island

I was introduced to Bird’s Eye Cove for the first time through Erika & Malcolm’s wedding years and years ago. Erika’s friend’s family owns the property and at that time, I think it was the first wedding they had ever hosted. The property is stunning and I wasn’t surprised when the family soon started a business hosting weddings! You will not be disappointed with this set-up. The barn, ohhh the barn. I wish we had more of these venues closer to Vancouver! Check out Part One + Part Two of the wedding I shot there a few years back.

Note: Bird’s Eye Cove Farm has been extensively renovated. My photos are way outdated, but I wanted to include the venue in this list regardless. To see updated photos, check out the Bird’s Eye Cove Farm website.

  • ha! i work at two of the places that you mentioned! lovely list!

  • Erica

    The link to Michelle & Keegan’s wedding is password protected :(

  • Shannon

    Beautiful pictures and it was great to see all of the different wedding venues! Thanks very much :)

  • Wow Excellent views for wedding event venue.Thanks for sharing.. I like your Post. Thanks again benmiller.ca

  • Michelle

    Thank you for sharing … I’m looking for something
    Old … For a wedding of forty… That doesn’t want
    To rent rooms you don’t need …