Wedding reception budget tips (part 2)

Wedding Reception Budget Tips (Part 2) Advice from some of the best wedding reception venues in Vancouver We had the pleasure of interviewing staff from some of the best wedding reception venues in Vancouver.  We asked what tips they would offer couples who are budgeting for their wedding reception.  We wanted to know if there […]

Wedding Reception Budget Tips (Part 2)

Advice from some of the best wedding reception venues in Vancouver

We had the pleasure of interviewing staff from some of the best wedding reception venues in Vancouver.  We asked what tips they would offer couples who are budgeting for their wedding reception.  We wanted to know if there are any particular areas where a couple should consider splurging or saving.  Here’s what they had to share:

 

Vancouver wedding reception venue - UBC Boathouse - photo by BAKE Photography
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UBC Boathouse

“The first question we ask when talking with couples about their budget is whether they have established their priority list.  As each couple is unique, so is their event.  There is no “one budget fits all” or overall formula, but rather, we encourage our couples to look at what is most important to them and create their priority list.  From there they are able to budget according to the priority which helps when selecting vendors and making decisions.”

Sharon Bulger, Facility & Programs Manager
John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse, The University of British Columbia


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Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club

“I always tell couples to plan their top three and bottom three items.  Their top three items are the ones that they want the guests to walk away talking about.  Whether it’s décor, flowers, entertainment, food, or anything important to the couple, those are the items to spend your money on.  I suggest adjusting the budget to allow for higher priced vendors or high-quality items.  Then, I recommend to note the bottom three, the least important items for the couple, that is the spot to reduce the amount of money or even cut altogether if necessary.  This is a key thing to do when first starting to allocate money for the budget.”

Shae Fowler, Sales and Events Coordinator
Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club


 

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Bridges Restaurant

  • “Splurge on good food and nice drinks!

  • Save on décor…simple is best,  your guests are part of the décor!”

Susan Sharun, Events Manager
Bridges Restaurant


 

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Cecil Green Park House

“Couples should first prioritize their wedding wish list when creating a wedding budget.  Food and beverage should be a main priority as guests will remember that experience more than over the top décor or expensive attire.  They should consider the number of guests and also be objective when creating their guest list.”

Lindsay McCormick, Events Manager
Cecil Green Park House


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The Vancouver Club

“For couples that are budgeting for their wedding reception, don’t try to save on the food and drink.  Remember that guests are coming to your wedding to celebrate you – let the food and drink show that you appreciate them.  Ensure there is food and drink available throughout your wedding, from cocktails to late night snack.  Little touches, like a welcome glass of bubbly or a signature cocktail, go a long way and will elevate the elegance of your wedding.  Give your guests options when it comes to the menu – have a variety of canapés available for cocktail hour, and give them a choice of what they get to eat for dinner.”

Katie Ley, Senior Catering Sales Manager
The Vancouver Club 


Vancouver wedding venues - Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier
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Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier

“Personally, if I was going to splurge in an area, it would be on the food.  When I receive feedback from our couples after the wedding, the praise is primarily about how much their guests enjoyed Chef Green’s food.”

Norma Bogart, Conference Services Manager
Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier 


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Image provided by The Teahouse in Stanley Park

The Teahouse in Stanley Park

“Deliveries, set-up, and removal of rentals is also an important aspect of planning a Wedding at the Teahouse.  During the wedding, staff are able to liaise with the wedding planner and keep up to date with any changes or adjustments as the wedding progresses, leaving the bride and groom to sit back and enjoy their day!”

Annie Yang, Marketing Coordinator
Sequoia Company of Restaurants

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