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Eloping ! small venue for 4 people

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Janec

Hi - My fiance and I are from UK and have friends in Vancouver. We want a VERY small wedding over in Vancouver with just our 2 friends to witness. Where can we get married ? In the UK we have Town Halls and registry offices to get married in but I cant find any information about places in Vancouver. It seems everyone gets married in Stanley Park or up Grouse Mountain. We simply want somewhere to get married and then go for a nice meal afterwards. thanks for any advice .

Posted in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Written on Aug. 05, 2010

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eyal.bir
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Hi,

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

Written on Aug. 05, 2010
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valerieevelevitt
Wedding Date: May, 2010
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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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.

Written on Aug. 05, 2010
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BH82
Wedding Date: Jul, 2010
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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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!

Congrats!

Written on Aug. 05, 2010
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minoru
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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

Written on Aug. 05, 2010
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P&B
Wedding Date: May, 2009
Richmond, BC, Canada
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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/

Written on Aug. 05, 2010
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lsoucek@shaw.ca
Wedding Date: May, 2010
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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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:

http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/vs_search_internet.cgi?VSS_TABLE=TDatMrgOff.txt

Here are some links to some City parks that might be of interest:
http://vancouver.ca/parks/info/wedding/index.htm

Congrats!

Written on Aug. 05, 2010
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lenamillard
Wedding Date: Dec, 2010
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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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.

http://www.brixvancouver.com/

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.

Lena

Written on Aug. 05, 2010
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tanha827@gmail.com

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!

Written on Aug. 05, 2010
Love_birds
Janec

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.

Written on Aug. 06, 2010
102033
P&B
Wedding Date: May, 2009
Richmond, BC, Canada
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Hi 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:
http://vancouver.ca/parks/info/wedding/index.htm

PS - who knew you couldn't get married at City Hall...hahaha, oddly enough, you can married at the Law Courts :)

All the best!
P&B

Written on Aug. 06, 2010
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