me and my partner got married almost a year ago at our marriage commissioners' house (on maple st.), 5 minutes of driving from the city centre. Outside her doorstep there was a park along the sea with a great view of the city & a beach. Her name was ann moore. She was wonderful and offered her house as a venue. We were accompanied by a friend and afterwards we went to dine at a great restaurant - Raincity grill. It was a memorable day. I'd love to give you additonal details
you may want to consider the false creek/granville island area. great parks with beautiful landscaping along the water. a popular spot is on the pier next to the granville island hotel. there are many other great restaurants on granville island. also consider monk mcqueens in false creek. a great restaurant near a park.
lots of folks get married at little mountain, there's a great restaurant in the park itself and the views are spectacular.
I would have to agree with valerieevelevitt...Granville Island would be the place to go! There are tons of adorable little areas, or even the dock! and there a million excellent restaurants near by that would deff. make your night memorable!
The Chapel At Stanley Park is the ideal location for smaller, intimate weddings like yours. You walk out the front door into Stanley Park, surrounded by the best photography opportunities. Robson Street is 1 block away with the best restaurants and shopping. Check out www.thechapels.ca
I agree with everyones suggestions above, the downtown Vancouver & surrounding areas are packed with amazing breath taking locations for your intimate ceremony. It's truly endless...
If you are looking for an actual Town Hall or a registry office to have your ceremony, we call it city hall, so your best bet is to contact the "City of Vancouver": http://vancouver.ca/contact.htm
They'll be able to put you into the right direction.
With that being said, I would sway with having the ceremony outdoors. Even if it's in the city itself. Something like the top of Robson Square. There isn't a lot of foliage/greenery, but we had some of our engagement photos taken there, never thought of it as a photo location until we saw our pics...
Congratulations & Welcome to Vancouver!!!
PS - for your marriage license contact Vital Statistics BC http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/
Just to respond to P&B's post, Vancouver City Hall does not actually perform marriages there (weird, I know!), but as everyone has noted, there are plenty of beautiful places to get married all around town. You just need an officiant and you are good to go. You can find a list of them here - I used Ray Soden and highly recommend him:
Here are some links to some City parks that might be of interest:
Brix restaraunt in yaletown has a gorgeous courtyard. They are not open in the afternoons so you could get married there before the restaurant opened then move inside to enjoy a romantic dinner. They do weddings all the time. We even had some stunning engagement photos done there.
Also, any city park or look out is free!! There is a beautiful gazebo overlooking english bay down at about denman and davie area.
Good luck and congrats.
You can also get married at any public park or beach so long as a big setup isn't required and it's free. There a several nice locations around the city you can try, such as locations in Stanley Park or local beaches.
There are many nice classy restaurants in Vancouver that cater to small weddings. For example, you can try Quattro Restaurant in Kits (I photographed a wedding there last year) or Mangia e Bevi in West Van (they have a small separate room that's perfect for a small wedding).
Congrats and Good luck!
Thankyou everyone for all these great ideas, I really appreciate your help.
Eyal.bir, I really like the sound of your wedding. Ive managed to find details of Ann Moore online. Any other additional details you can give me would be fantastic.
I take it that I would just have to contact a marriage commissioner directly to book a date and time, and buy our licence when we arrive in Vanouver and its as simple as that ?! Do I have to ask permission from anyone if I wanted to use any of these outdoor venues - such as a park or gazebo in a park ?It wont be until next spring or summer so I have plenty of time.
Thanks again everyone, Jane.
Yep, simple as that. The link in my earlier post was for Vital Statistics BC - Marriages: http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/marriage/
Vitals Stats BC will have everything you need to know on how to get married in BC. List of commissioners to locations to purchase a license and any other documents you may need. They'd be the best ones to call should you need any help getting the license.
lsoucek had posted a link to the local parks. With a wedding of 4 people, it shouldn't really cost you anything, but I could be wrong. I know there's fees & such when it comes to larger weddings.
Here's lsoucek's link:
PS - who knew you couldn't get married at City Hall...hahaha, oddly enough, you can married at the Law Courts :)
All the best!
You can also try one of many beautiful parks in West Van (some are along the water) and the cost is $112 for a permit to have a small ceremony there.
To build on the post above. Be careful about assuming you can just walk in and use some parks. Many of the prime locations can be booked (ie Ferguson point in Stanely Park) and it can cause some issues if you try to hold a ceremony and the people who booked it show up. Look for the smaller less know areas and you will be fine. Prospect point in Stanely park works great - I performed a wedding there this year with a couple from Europe. It worked out great. Here is a link to the blog I wrote for their wedding - http://www.connektcelebrations.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=184:its-the-european-connection&catid=930:ricks-blog&Itemid=113. Good luck in your search
The www.thechapels.ca who have 3 wedding chapels including one fronting on Stanley Park. These "all inclusive" locations can arrange all the details to make your wedding planning stress free and perfect in every way!
Thanks for all the advice and information. I have contacted the wedding commissioner Ann Moore and she has us booked in for next June ! Im going to use the park near her house or her house itself depending on the weather. So excited - now I just need to decide on a restaurant :-)
We got married a month ago !! It was a perfect day. We got married in the garden at Ann Moores house on Maple street. Very private and very pretty. Just the 2 of us, Ann and our 2 friends from Vancouver. Then we drank champagne and chatted with Ann. She was absolutely lovely. After that we took lots of photgraphs in Haddon park just opposite her house, and Kits beach. Then off to Carderos for drinks. And back again to Carderos later that evening for a beautiful meal. It was a fantastic day and couldnt have been better. Sadly that night , the Hockey riots kicked off ! I was very surprised, it seemed so 'un-Canadian'. It didnt ruin our day though. We walked back from Carderos to the Pan Pacific and only saw lots of friendly is slightly dejected Cannucks fans.
I recently "eloped" this past May in Vancouver at Spanish Banks. We had found out we were expecting in January and by the time we decided we wanted to be traditional, it was too late to get away. Most of the elopement packages we researched were on the Island (I'm not a fan of the ferry or the fees!). We ended up finding a package from www.letsrunoff.ca and it came together really quickly. We decided on a Wednesday to do it and got married on the Saturday. They took care of the marriage commissioner, witnesses and flowers; we just had to show up with the marriage certificate. The best part was they had a photographer on hand, which I never really thought of, but in retrospect, am really glad that they did. They gave us a professional photo album as a keepsake, and some options for the digital prints as well.
We added Destination packages to our website a few months ago. They are very similar to the ones at letsrunoff.ca except they include a far more personalized ceremony using our unique online planning system. you can check out our prices at www.connekt.ca
Could i get this officiants' information?
My fiancé and i want a 4 people, minimalist wedding. We'll be heading to Asia until 2020 so we want to get it done this month! We've been engaged for a year now, and are planning a big wedding in 2020.
Any information would really help! thanks :)
I recommend checking out The Stanley Park Teahouse or Seasons at Queen Elizabeth Park. I believe they have private areas for smaller wedding parties. I've photographed small weddings in both locations before. Both are nearby good locations for wedding photography too.
Other options are: The Vancouver Club and the Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver. They also have smaller spaces available for intimate wedding celebrations.
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