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NANCY AND PAUL'S WEDDING

August, 2007 in Vancouver

"We had a ton of fun on our wedding day and all the locations we chose for the day were great. We were married the same day as the Vancouver Pride Parade not far from the end of the parade route which made for an interesting day. While doing our photos we came across a ton of folks out and about and received lots of congratulations and well-wishes from all. This made for a great start to our day and we didn't stop having fun throughout the afternoon and evening.

We were also so pleased with the venues and shops we chose that we had to spread the word and have added them to our map.

And, thank you to wedding mapper for offering such a great site. All our out-of-town guests loved the convenience of printing a list of recommended places and restaurants to visit."

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Ceremony: Vancouver Yacht Charters
Reception: False Creek Yacht Club

Vendors

Venues

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Cakes/Candies Vendor:

La Baguette et L'Echalote Vancouver Bakery

1680 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada

"Our top criteria for our wedding cake is that it had to taste good. Looking good was secondary. We chose La Baguette on Granville Island after buying a few treats there one evening and deciding they were delicious! After a great debate on which cake to serve, we decided not to decide and ordered three flavours. Each flavour was wrapped in either dark, milk, or white chocolate and our programs included descriptions of each so the guests knew which it was that they got. We had a ton of compliments on the cake: even our photographer commented what an excellent cake it was and I have a feeling she tries a few cakes over a wedding season."

Caterer:

False Creek Yacht Club - Caterer - 1661 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1N3, Canada

False Creek Yacht Club

1661 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N3, Canada
604-682-3292

"We just can't say enough about the great food and neither could our guests! The venue was a perfect compliment to our ceremony aboard Vancouver Yacht Charters. Immediately following the ceremony our guests could walk up to FCYC and continue taking in Vancouver's great views of Granville Island and Burrard Street bridge with a fabulous sunset off in the distance. The view from their big windows was decoration enough. We chose a westcoast dinner buffet that was cooked to perfection: not a single dish was dry or looking wilted and everything was still steaming when we sat down to eat. When we had been planning the type of wedding we wanted, we had decided that we wanted the atmosphere of a fun house-party where everyone could relax, mingle, and chat. FCYC was the perfect venue for this. We definitely achieved our goal as many of our guests commented that it was just like a going to a fun summer bbq."

Caterer:

Vancouver Yacht Charters

750 Pacific Boulevard
Vancouver, BC, Canada

"Excellent! We had struggled a bit on deciding where to hold our ceremony since we were not having a church service. Vancouver Yacht Charters ended up being the perfect choice. The yacht is completely covered, so we didn't have to worry about rain and since it was a sunny day, we didn't get broiled in the sun either. The staff were warm and welcoming and the food excellent. The False Creek Yacht Club gave us permission to board at their dock, so our guests did not have to worry about transportation from the ceremony to the reception. We had looked at a number of boat charter companies and Vancouver Yacht Charters had one of the better selection of appetizers and was all priced separately from the charter. Other charters only offered "pub food" of chicken wings, salsa, and potato skins for a huge per person price. Vancouver Yacht Charters pricing was per hour, not per guest with only a two hour minimum, which was perfect for our ceremony and a "mix & mingle" with our guests afterward. On the whole, I would recommend Vancouver Yacht Charters to anyone planning a special event. We had a large number of out of town guests, many who had never been to Vancouver, so it was an extra special treat to give them a boat tour of False Creek and English Bay."

Favors Vendor:

BC Cancer Foundation

675 10th Avenue West
Vancouver, BC, Canada

"We have had so many people in our families touched by cancer that we made a donation to the BC Cancer Foundation instead of providing favours at our reception. The Cancer Foundation makes it really easy to donate with their In Celebration Wedding Program and provided us with printed tent cards with a personalized message for placing at each table setting. So many of our guests were really touched by our donation."

Florist:

Flowerz

Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604-742-1000)

"Evan's shop, Flowerz, caught my attention with his fresh interesting displays and well frankly, I really needed to get my wedding flowers ordered yesterday! I hadn't realized that I would encounter so many shop owners that would be on vacation on my wedding day and that I would end up scrambling for a florist or baker. When I hesitantly asked Evan at Flowerz about his availability, fearful that he'd be like the others and be on vacation or simply closed on my day, he said no problem and I'm so glad it wasn't! Evan was friendly and fun to work with. He had great ideas and suggestions and really knew his flowers. His prices are very reasonable and he didn't try to sell me big displays that I didn't want. In the end, our bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and table arrangements were beautiful and I really enjoyed chatting with Evan while planning them too."

Honeymoon Vendor:

BCAA Travel

999 Broadway West
Vancouver, BC, Canada

"We chose to register with BCAA’s Honeymoon Registry—wow, isn’t deciding to register enough of a debate in itself and then not registering for household items! We had been planning a honeymoon in Italy and thought BCAA Travel would be a great help in planning a big trip. Our initial couple of meetings with the representative were good: she was friendly, booked our airfare, and provided us with a ton of books and resources. Unfortunately, we didn’t hear from her much after that and she seemed to have difficulty returning phone calls. We were even hearing about family not being able to give to our registry because she wasn’t returning their phone calls. We also didn’t like many of the accommodations that their books advertised so we found that we had to do a lot of research ourselves and no help was offered. It got to the point that we would just send an email instructing her which hotel to book and when. When she didn’t respond to our phone calls and we were at risk of not getting a hotel we wanted, we called the manager. The manager was completely professional and sorted everything out without offering up any excuses. She continued to deal with us promptly right up until we left on our trip. I’d like to think that one bad representative isn’t a reflection of everyone that works there. In the end, we had a fabulous three-week honeymoon in Italy and a once-in-a-lifetime experience taking the Orient Express from London to Venice."

Photographer:

Lucida Photography

408-2045 Barclay Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada

"We had literally looked at dozens and dozens of on-line portfolios while looking for a photographer and Melia Sorenson had one of the best portfolios. We are so happy that we chose Melia. We had a ton of fun on our wedding day and from the moment she meet me at the hotel her camera came out and she did not stop taking photos for 10 hours; even my guests were commenting on how hard she was working. I sincerely appreciated her patience when we did our walk-about to check out photo locations as I was a very tired and cranky girl that day (nothing wedding related!) and was being a "challenging client". On our wedding day we encountered a lot of activity from the Vancouver Pride Parade and Melia quickly took advantage of the floats and people for some great photos and just had a lot of fun. No question at all: Melia is a terrific wedding photographer!"

Photographer:

MyPublisher

Vancouver, BC, Canada

"We received all our wedding photos as digital files and used them to create custom wedding albums for each of our parents using MyPublisher’s free software—you pay when you upload and order your book. Their hardcover books with glossy dust jackets are extremely professional looking. They look just like a coffee table book and our family absolutely loved them—I think my mother is still showing hers around. It was really easy to make a book as you really just drag and drop the photos onto the page and if you are “technologically challenged” their Website’s forum has a ton of great information and tips. If you have a Costco card (CAN or US) you can download their software from the costco.com Website and 20% off is automatically calculated when you check out. I also couldn’t believe how quickly my orders arrived: I uploaded a book on Sunday and received it by Wednesday or Thursday morning. One these days, I will also get our honeymoon album done too!"

Tuxedo Vendor:

Tip Top

419 King St W
Oshawa, ON, Canada

"We chose Tip Top to rent the tuxedos from because they had a wide variety of choices and we thought it would be easy for the out-of-town best man to get his fitting at a location near him. Although the suit that arrived for him was way too short, Tip Top immediately corrected the problem without any trouble and a new suit arrived for him in less than a day. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and had good recommendations on which colours to choose to best compliment the bride's and bridesmaid's dresses."

Wedding Fashion Vendor:

Tiffany N Y Bridal

3536 Hastings Street East
Vancouver, BC, Canada

"I was a little hesitant about ordering my dress from Tiffany Bridal because a woman I had meet had had some problems with them. In the end everything was fine with my dress. I particularly liked that I did not have to book an appointment to peruse their dresses -- there were many bridal shops I never visited because I would have had to make an appointment. The saleswomen at Tiffany were not at all stuffy and genuinely friendly and warm. The only complaint that I have is that the alterations were much more expensive than what I had been told to budget even though they do have a very specific price list on how much each type of alteration costs, which I only saw the day I paid for the alterations. Despite this, it wouldn't have affected the decision on which dress I chose, since I loved the dress I found at Tiffany Bridal and any train would have gotten chopped off anyway."

Ceremony:

Vancouver Yacht Charters - Ceremony - Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Yacht Charters

Vancouver, BC
604-980-5458

"Excellent! We had struggled a bit on deciding where to hold our ceremony since we were not having a church service. Vancouver Yacht Charters ended up being the perfect choice. The yacht is completely covered, so we didn't have to worry about rain and since it was a sunny day, we didn't get broiled in the sun either. The staff were warm and welcoming and the food excellent. The False Creek Yacht Club gave us permission to board at their dock, so our guests did not have to worry about transportation from the ceremony to the reception. We had looked at a number of boat charter companies and Vancouver Yacht Charters had one of the better selection of appetizers and was all priced separately from the charter. Other charters only offered "pub food" of chicken wings, salsa, and potato skins for a huge per person price. Vancouver Yacht Charters pricing was per hour, not per guest with only a two hour minimum, which was perfect for our ceremony and a "mix & mingle" with our guests afterward. On the whole, I would recommend Vancouver Yacht Charters to anyone planning a special event. We had a large number of out of town guests, many who had never been to Vancouver, so it was an extra special treat to give them a boat tour of False Creek and English Bay."

Reception:

False Creek Yacht Club - Reception - 1661 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1N3, Canada

False Creek Yacht Club

1661 Granville St.
Vancouver,
604-682-3292

"We just can't say enough about the great food and neither could our guests! The venue was a perfect compliment to our ceremony aboard Vancouver Yacht Charters. Immediately following the ceremony our guests could walk up to FCYC and continue taking in Vancouver's great views of Granville Island and Burrard Street bridge with a fabulous sunset off in the distance. The view from their big windows was decoration enough. We chose a westcoast dinner buffet that was cooked to perfection: not a single dish was dry or looking wilted and everything was still steaming when we sat down to eat. When we had been planning the type of wedding we wanted, we had decided that we wanted the atmosphere of a fun house-party where everyone could relax, mingle, and chat. FCYC was the perfect venue for this. We definitely achieved our goal as many of our guests commented that it was just like a going to a fun summer bbq."

Hotel:

Executive Hotels & Resorts

1379 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada

"While our guests were staying at the hotel we did not hear of a single complaint. The hotel was nice, clean, and comfortable and was within walking distance to our wedding ceremony & reception. This meant that none of our out-of-town guests had to arrange additional transportation and one was even able to quickly pop back to the hotel to grab something he forgot. It is well worth calling ahead arranging group rates for both the Executive and Quality Inn because their regular rates for that time of year would have been at least $50 more a night. The only trouble we encountered was that reservations couldn't seem to find our group booking when some of our guests called, which required us to do many phone calls to the hotel to find out what was going on - a big hassle just a few weeks before the wedding."

Hotel:

Quality Inn At False Creek

1335 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 682-0229

"The Quality Inn is right beside the Executive Hotels with a $20 / night cheaper rate on their group bookings. Similarly to the Executive, we did not hear of a single complaint and it was nice, clean, and comfortable. Our guests encountered no problems making their reservations."

Restaurant:

A Kettle Of Fish

900 Pacific Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 682-6853

"We ended up doing our rehearsal dinner at the Kettle of Fish partly because they were right around the corner from the hotels and you always know that you're going to get a good meal served to you. They didn't even hesitate when we called for a reservation for 20 people two weeks in advance on the same night as the Celebration of Lights Fireworks. We also had the option of pre-arranging a group dinner menu (but chose not to). The only negative comment was that we weren't expecting to be seated at three separate tables and that each table arrangement consisted of small round tables pushed together. Although we didn't mind so much being broken up into groups, we found that we were so spaced apart at the table that talking with everyone even at your own table was challenging."

Restaurant:

Cardero's Restaurant & Marine Pub - Restaurant - 1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Cardero's Restaurant & Marine Pub

1583 Coal Harbour Quay
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 669-7666

"Be sure to have a meal on Cardero's patio, which offers a great view of the North Shore mountains and Stanley Park."

Restaurant:

Fiddlehead Joe's Eatery

1-1012 Beach Avenue
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 688-1969

"A great cozy little restaurant right along the False Creek Seawall. Paul & I used to frequent it regularly when he lived in the West End. You may even catch a glimpse of Otters frolicking in the water."

Restaurant:

Fish House

"One of my bridesmaids organized a ladies afternoon tea the day before the wedding so the bridesmaids, groomsmen's spouses, mothers, sisters, and close friends could all have a chance to get to know one another before the big day. It was a lovely relaxing afternoon with a wonderful selection of tasty treats. I am so thankful that my bridesmaid organized this afternoon because it gave me a chance to talk and visit with some of my out-of-town relatives that I hadn't seen in a while. We were also glad we decided to stroll back to the hotels where most guests were staying because we certainly needed to walk off our lunch--those tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts may look tiny, but there were plenty to fill us up!"

Restaurant:

Paul's Place Omelettery

2211 Granville St.

"A few of our guests made their way over the Granville Street bridge to have breakfast and agreed that it was one of the better breakfasts they enjoyed. They found that the taste and portion for the price was excellent."

Restaurant:

Steamworks Brewing Co

270-601 Cordova Street West
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 689-9151

"Steamworks is always a good bet for lunch or dinner if you're in this neighbourhood. The service and food are always good. They brew their own beer on site, and you can't miss the copper brew tanks on the way to the washrooms."

Restaurant:

Tanpopo Japanese Restaurant

1122 Denman St
Vancouver, BC, CA

"Tanpopo has a great roof top patio overlooking English Bay and also offers an all-you-can-eat sushi special every evening, which is a great deal if you're into Sashimi. If you prefer rolls or aren't that hungry, ordering a la carte may be a better option."

Restaurant:

Watermark Cafe at Kitsilano Beach

1305 Arbutus Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 738-5487

"The Watermark Cafe has only just recently opened at Kits beach. It offers a great view and friends of ours reported a great meal."

Attraction:

Canada Place - Attraction - 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC, V6C

Canada Place

780-999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 775-7200

"Canada Place is one of Vancouver's two cruise ship terminals (Ballantyne to the east is the other). Even if you're not heading on a cruise it is interesting watching the ships up close. Canada Place also has the Imax theatre, in case you need something to do out of the rain."

Attraction:

Capilano Fish Hatchery

4500 Capilano Park Road
North Vancouver District, BC, Canada
(604) 666-1790

"The Capilano Fish Hatchery was built to restore the dwindling population of spawning salmon in the Capilano River. It is free and open to the public. Salmon don't start 'running' until the fall, but you may glimpse a couple of early arrivals fighting their way up the glass walled fish ladder."

Attraction:

Celebration of Light - Attraction -

Celebration of Light

"Out in English Bay is the location of the barge where the fireworks are set off from. Dates to be confirmed once funding is confirmed. If the show is on and you decide to watch from the beach, make sure your viewing spot is ABOVE the high tide line."

Attraction:

Chinatown Vancouver

"On Pender, between Carrall and Gore is the heart of Vancouver's Chinatown. It is packed full of interesting things to see: The Sam Kee Building (8 West Pender St.) is considered the thinnest commercial building in the world at only 6 feet wide. The city of vancouver outlines a walking tour of Chinatown at http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/heritage/walks/index.htm Please also see notes about the Downtown East Side if you are planning to visit this area."

Attraction:

Cleveland Dam

"The Capilano River, which is the division between West and North Vancouver, essentially begins at the Cleveland Dam. The dam was built to provide a resevoir--one of three--supplying Greater Vancouver's water system. Parking is free and a good place to start a hike."

Attraction:

Gastown

"Gastown was established in 1867 and is one of the oldest sections of Vancouver-young by other Canadian cities. It offers restaurants (The Steamworks at Cordova & Water is a good bet) and shopping from the tacky tourist variety to First Nations art galleries and local fashion designers. The city of vancouver outlines a walking tour of Gastown at http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/heritage/walks/index.htm Please also see notes about the Downtown East Side if you are planning to visit this area."

Attraction:

Granville Island

"Granville Island's public market is open 7 days a week from 9 till 7 and is a great spot for a snack or light meal. Be sure to explore all the artist studios around the Island - the Wood Co-op is a must see. The Kids Market is located at the corner of Granville & Cartwright."

Attraction:

Grouse Mountain - Attraction - Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, BC, CA

Grouse Mountain

6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 980-9311

"At the top of Nancy Greene Way is where you catch the Gondola to Grouse Mountain, which is the only way to get there, unless you hike the Grouse Grind to the top. Please note that you must now pay for parking at the base of the mountain."

Attraction:

Pride Parade

"On Sunday August 5th from 12:00 - 2:00 pm is Vancouver's annual Pride Parade. The parade starts on Denman @ Robson Street, making its way down along Beach Avenue and then end at Pacific & Thurlow. Last year's event had over 130 floats with 180,000 spectators. Following the parade, check out the Sunset Beach Festival."

Attraction:

Vancouver Aquarium

Other Destinations:

Butchart Gardens - Other Destinations - 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, BC, Canada

Butchart Gardens

"Even non-garden lovers are impressed with Butchart Gardens. It is a definite must-do while in the Victoria area."

Other Destinations:

Cathedral Grove - Other Destinations - Nanaimo F, British Columbia, Canada

Cathedral Grove

"If there is one thing that BC has, is some really big trees, and Cathedral Grove is the place to see them. I don't find Cathedral Grove particularly well marked and parking is just off to the side of the road, so keep a close eye out for it while driving and be exceptionally careful crossing the highway as large forestry trucks travel this road at high speeds."

Other Destinations:

Hope

"Hope is about an hour and half east of Vancouver at the junction to all highways leading east. If you are heading to the Interior you have the choice of heading north along the 'old' No. 1 through the Fraser canyon, south on the No. 3, or north east over the Coquihalla toll highway."

Other Destinations:

Nanaimo

"Departure Bay is your ferry arrival point for North and West Vancouver Island destinations. The ferry trip from Vancouver is an hour and a half, not including wait time. If you are travelling on to Tofino, which is another 4 hour drive, I'd recommend taking the ferry late afternoon or evening, staying the night in Nanaimo or just up the road, and then taking a leisurely drive to Tofino the following day."

Other Destinations:

Sea to Sky Highway

"Horseshoe Bay is the starting point of the Sea to Sky highway and the most direct route to Whistler from Vancouver. Despite the construction in preparation for 2010, it is still a spectacular drive. If you are planning just a day trip, I recommend booking a tour with one of Vancouver tour companies. Most tours stop at Britannia Beach and Shannon Falls, and offer free time in Whistler village. The best thing is that noone has to be watching the road."

Other Destinations:

Tofino/ Ucluelet, Vancouver Island - Other Destinations - Tofino, BC V0R, Tofino, British Columbia, CA

Tofino

"The town of Tofino itself only has about 2,000 year round residents, but they get over a million visitors a year. The area between Tofino and Ucluelet is truly spectacular any time of the year with long sandy beaches mixed with rugged coastlines. Spend your days simply walking the beaches looking for sand dollars, seals, starfish, and eagles, or rent a surfboard and try some surfing--wet suits are highly recommended. Your nights may also be spent on the beach watching the most amazing meteors streak across the night sky."

Other Destinations:

Victoria - Other Destinations -

Victoria

"Victoria is BC's capital and reminds me quite a bit of Ottawa with the parliament buildings and Empress Hotel centrally located. It is a beautiful city to stroll around in and there's always a great restaurant around every corner."

Other Destinations:

Whistler

"The site of the 2010 Winter Olympics is about a 2 hour drive north of Vancouver. Although there is no skiing in August, you can still take a Gondola ride to the top and walk up to the glacier. Whistler/Blackcomb has become a year-round resort offering golfing, hiking, and tours through out the summer. They have also opened a mountain bike park and converted the chairlifts to accomodate bikes. I have not yet tried this 'adventure' of barrelling down a mountain on a bike."

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