Nancy and Paul's Wedding

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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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Flowerz
Vancouver, BC
Florists

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.


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La Baguette et L'Echalote Vancouver Bakery
Vancouver, BC
Cakes/Candies

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.


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Lucida Photography
Vancouver, BC
Photographers

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!


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BC Cancer Foundation
Vancouver, BC
Favors

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.


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Tip Top
Oshawa, ON
Tuxedos

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.


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Tiffany N Y Bridal
Vancouver, BC
Wedding Fashion

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.


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False Creek Yacht Club
Vancouver, BC
Caterers

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.


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Vancouver Yacht Charters
Vancouver, BC
Caterers

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.


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BCAA Travel
Vancouver, BC
Honeymoon

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.


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MyPublisher
Vancouver, BC
Photographers

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!


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False Creek Yacht Club
Vancouver, BC
Reception Sites

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.


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Quality Inn At False Creek
Vancouver, BC
Hotels/Accommodations

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.


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Executive Hotels & Resorts
Vancouver, BC
Hotels/Accommodations

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.


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Fiddlehead Joe's Eatery
Vancouver, BC
Restaurants
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A Kettle Of Fish
Vancouver, BC
Restaurants

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.


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Celebration of Light
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Attractions/Entertainment
121253
Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver, BC
Attractions/Entertainment
Granville island
Granville Island
Vancouver, BC
Attractions/Entertainment
47839 l
Cardero's Restaurant & Marine Pub
Vancouver, BC
Restaurants
47836 l
Canada Place
Vancouver, BC
Attractions/Entertainment
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Pride Parade
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Attractions/Entertainment
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Gastown
Vancouver, BC
Attractions/Entertainment
207331 l
Chinatown Vancouver
Vancouver, BC
Attractions/Entertainment
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Whistler
,
Attractions/Entertainment
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Sea to Sky Highway
,
Attractions/Entertainment
188981 l
Grouse Mountain
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Attractions/Entertainment
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Cleveland Dam
North Vancouver, BC
Attractions/Entertainment
498
Capilano Fish Hatchery
North Vancouver, BC
Attractions/Entertainment
142848 l
Watermark Cafe at Kitsilano Beach
Vancouver, BC
Restaurants
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Paul's Place Omelettery
,
Restaurants

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.


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Tanpopo Japanese Restaurant
Vancouver, BC
Restaurants
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Steamworks Brewing Co
Vancouver, BC
Restaurants
47584 l
Victoria
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Attractions/Entertainment
47586 l
Butchart Gardens
Brentwood Bay, BC
Attractions/Entertainment
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Nanaimo
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Attractions/Entertainment
47591 l
Cathedral Grove
Nanaimo F, British Columbia
Attractions/Entertainment
47598 l
Tofino
Tofino, British Columbia
Attractions/Entertainment
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Hope
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Attractions/Entertainment
131141 l
Vancouver Yacht Charters
Vancouver, BC
Ceremony Sites

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.


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Fish House
Vancouver, BC
Restaurants

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!


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