Vancouver Marriott is a gorgeous venue that is right in Coal Harbour. We were first introduced to the venue while having lunch with Koreena ( one of their Event Managers) to set up a staycation for our date ideas back in February! The more we talked to Koreena about the venue, the more impressed we were with their flexibility, and desire to help a couple have their dream wedding come to be! We just had to share about this fantastic venue with you guys :)
1. How many people can this location accommodate?
Our hotel can do weddings of all sizes. We have multiple different spaces in our hotel that can accommodate anything from an intimate weddings of 20 guests in our beautiful rock-wall private dining room, to weddings of 80-100 guests in our Point Grey Room & Rooftop Terrace, to weddings of 150-450 guests in our Ballroom.
2. Is there a discount for book an off-season date or Sunday through Friday?
Yes absolutely. Our minimum spend requirements vary based on the day of the week; and the time of the year. Keep in mind though that we are flexible to working within budget so before getting scared of a ‘minimum spend’ requirement; talk to our Catering Sales Manager about what you envision.
3. What kind of packages do you offer as a wedding venue?
Our talented team of Chefs are happy to customize a menu that suits what you and your family are looking for, We offer all types of menus including traditional plated, buffet, action stations, west coast Asian, Indian, Italian – and more.
If you have a look through our package here. You will see they range from $70-$130 per person. All of the packages are customizable and you will see what the different options include; anything from dinner, custom wedding cake, décor, dinner wine, cocktail reception, late night snacks, and more. These packages offer a one-stop-shop for the reception planning and make it really easy for brides to navigate and see what type of evening they are looking for. The packages range in price therefore we are able to work with our brides to figure out what ideally she is looking for; and then what is feasible within budget also.
We love getting to know our couples so we can customize packages that suit them as well. Maybe our couple goes for date-night every Sunday for coffee & donuts? Why not have a late night snack bar including coffee and mini donuts? Maybe our couple comes from different cultural backgrounds; and wants to be able to incorporate aspects of both of their cultures and family traditions into the dinner. The more we know the more we are able to make their wedding about them specifically – and really show who they are in their wedding. It is what makes their wedding unique to themselves.
4. Are you able to have the ceremony at the venue as well? Is there an additional charge? Would there be a bride’s changing area? Is there an allocated time for rehearsals?
Yes absolutely. We have both indoor and outdoor spaces for ceremony. We have two rooftop terraces (one seats 100, and one up to 200) that are gorgeous for urban-outdoor ceremonies; as well, we have two lovely indoor ceremony spaces that both have floor to ceiling windows which allow for lots of natural light (perfect for photos!).
Point Grey Patio (seats up to 100) - $1,000.00 (includes white resin chair rental, set up, tear down, pick up, spa water station, signing table)
5th floor Patio (seats up to 200) - $2,500.00 (includes white resin chair rental, set up, tear down, pick up, spa water station, signing table)
Ambleside Room (seats up to 100) - $1,000.00 (includes Banquet Chair set up/teardown, staging, spa water station, signing table)
Shaughnessy Salon (seats up to 180) - $1,000.00 (includes Banquet Chair set up/teardown, staging, spa water station, signing table)
An area for the bride can be provided, or she may use the room that is complimentary with their wedding booking :) Of course a rehearsal is included when the couple books their ceremony. We schedule that closer to the wedding date when schedules and availabilities are more clear!
5. Is there a changeover plan from converting ceremony to reception?
Yes we can ‘flip’ space from Ceremony to Reception however as we have different spaces for both Ceremony & Reception it allows for the Reception space to be fully set up without doing a complete 180 of the space. This allows for certain aspects of décor to be utilized twice (ie: flowers can be brought from Ceremony to Reception) but the majority of the room is set up entirely (staging, dance floor, tables, chairs, cake table, etc etc). It allows for a longer set up time for vendors and a less stressful cocktail hour for the bride. We want guests and the 'just married couple' to be able to enjoy cocktail hour without any worries!
6. Are we able to move things around and decorate to suit my purposes? What are the decoration guidelines?
Yes absolutely we can customize a floor plan to suit what the brides vision is (rectangle tables, round tables, placement of dance floor/buffet/cake/etc). We allow any décor to be brought in from outside so long as it is not damaging to the function space, or is a hazard in any way. We love seeing all the unique custom touches that brides bring in to make the room “their own”.
7. Does the venue provide assistance getting gifts or décor back to a designated car or hotel room?
We can arrange for staff to escort/provide bell cards for gifts to get to a hotel room/car however we do not take care of décor. We do not want to have the responsibility of this as other vendors “own” the vases/draping etc. We usually find that if the bride is working with professionals in the industry they decorator/designer will come at the end of the night to tear down – this shouldn’t be the brides worry. If there are some special “DIY” items or things the bride brought from home for the wedding (ie: Cake knife/server set) then we recommend to assign a family member or friend responsible for collecting these little ‘tid bits’ at the end of the evening just so they aren’t lost/misplaced with all of the teardown. We are happy to arrange for storage in advance of the wedding OR post wedding for a reasonable amount of items.
8. Is there a separate “socializing” space?
Yes! We have cocktail hour typically in the foyer OR on the patio where the ceremony takes place. Guests typically like the patio so they are able to get a breath of fresh air throughout the evening.
9. Do you have an in-house caterer or a list of preferred caterers?
All of our food & beverage is served in house. We have an amazing culinary team and we include a wedding menu tasting with all of our bookings so that the couple feels confident about their food service. We also offer a Wedding cake tasting as well as a complimentary consultation with our pastry Chef.
ONE of the best things about this venue, is the photography opportunties that are available to you! I mean is it just me, or are wedding photos in the heart of Coal Harbour just stunning!
Make sure to follow Vancouver Marriott @vanmarriott on Instagram AND check them out if you're in the midst of venue hunting. Not only are the packages flexible and well priced, but you'll find the staff so very helpful!
xx TBL Girls