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10 Urban Wedding Venues Near Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Urban Winery grew to be one of the most sought after wedding venues in Vancouver. With its urban barn and modern rustic look, it allowed guests to escape into the country side while in the heart of downtown Vancouver. While Vancouver Urban Winery no longer hosts private events, the urban kick still carries on as couples try to find similar venues. In light of this high demand, we took it upon ourselves to search for the top 10 local venues to ensure couples get that perfect urban themed fit!

1. Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Located in the heart of Yaletown, this community centre is Vancouver’s oldest heritage building located on its original site. With a maximum capacity of 350 guests, this rustic inspired venue is perfect for a large scale wedding.

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2. Mt Lehman Winery

Located in the outskirts of Abbotsford, this family owned boutique winery is the perfect back drop for a rustic wedding. While receptions are usually held outdoors, this venue is best for an intimate outdoor wedding.

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3. Bridges Restaurant

Bridges has grown to be one of Vancouver’s best wedding venues. With its rustic charm and incredible location in Granville island,  it offers an intimate rustic feel while overlooking the city lights!

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4. Saar Bank Farm

In the quiet outskirts of Abbotsford lays Saar Bank Farm, located in the Sumas Prairies. With its beautifully hung chandeliers, this barn combines the urban vintage look with a touch of modern glamour. While only the top floor is open, this barn is best for intimate small scale weddings.

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5. Big Sky Golf & Country Club

Just 25 minutes from Whistler, you’ll find the Big Sky Golf & Country Club located in Pemberton, B.C. With its majestic backdrop of Mount Currie, this urban lodge is the perfect venue for both summer and winter weddings.

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6. Shaughnessy Restaurant

Just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver is Shaughnessy Restaurant. With its newly renovated patio overlooking the Van Duesen gardens, it combines urban west coast style with a classic charm. Here, you can have your ceremony in the gardens and dance the night away on the beautiful patio!

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7. Merridale Estate Winery

In a small community on Vancouver Island is an adorable winery located in Cobble Hill. Located approximately 45 kilometres north of Victoria, this secluded yet majestic property is the perfect backdrop for a rustic urban wedding. This beautiful patio, surrounded by trees, is a romantic setting for a reception.

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 8. V Lounge

At the top of Earls restaurant located in the heart of Yaletown, you’ll find the V Lounge. While having an Earls wedding is a little unorthodox, we can assure you that this lounge will have your jaw dropping! This trendy lounge mixed with a rustic look with a touch of modern funk, is the  perfect venue for a small scale urban wedding!

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9. Birds Eye Cove Farm

Birds Eye Cove Farm sits just on the outskirts of Vancouver Island in Duncan, B.C.  While this venue is a little out of the way, we can assure you it will not disappoint! With its large barrels and sky high beams, this location lets you embrace the urban barn theme wholeheartedly!

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10. SFU Diamond Alumni Centre

Last, but certainly not least, is the SFU Diamond Alumni Centre located on Burnaby Mountain. With its beautiful panoramic view of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains, this urban inspired venue offers the perfect backdrop for a larger scale wedding.

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Bouquet

Planning a wedding can be costly, which is why we like to find new and creative ways for couples to save money when they’re running on a tighter budget. Making your own bouquet is just one of the many ways you can easily cut costs if you just do it yourself! Now don’t let the sounds this process daunt you! Making your own bouquet is actually surprisingly easy and we’ve provided you 8 easy steps to do it!

What You’ll Need:

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  • a bundle of 20 flowers in three different colours of your choice
  • a roll of thick string
  • a rubber band (any colour will do)
  • baby breath flowers
  • a vase

Step 1

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Start by pulling off the leaves from all the stems. This way you can avoid any odd leaves sticking out at the base of the bouquet.

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Take an empty vase and place the flowers with the longest stems in first. Since this is the top part of the bouquet, it’s important you pick your favorite pieces.

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When you have at least 5 flowers in the vase, hold them tightly at the base and slowly take them out. When you’re dealing with more than 5 flowers, you have more control holding them than keeping them in the vase. Next, adjust them into a round and even formation. Once you have that full rounded look, start adding more to the sides. As you place flowers further down the sides, make sure that they fold out properly so you get that full rounded look.

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Once you’re satisfied with the arrangement, wrap any rubber band around the stems and pull them up to the base. Make sure it’s holding the flowers firmly before letting go.

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Next, take a thick string and wrap it around the rubber band till you can no longer see it. There’s no right way to do this, so do it as many times as you’d like and which ever direction you’d prefer! You can even finish it off with a small bow on the side.

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If you want to add a little more life and character to the bouquet, place some small baby breath flowers in between the others. For this step, you don’t need to worry about having long stems because they seem to hold nicely together after pushing them in lightly.

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Be sure to cut the stems at an even length. It’s okay if a few flowers have shorter stems. Just make sure they don’t sick out the sides.

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Finally, remove any awkward pedals that may be sticking out at the top. You want to keep those main flowers holding that round structure. Leave the baby breath flowers sticking out a bit further than the rest so they add that unique sense of character to the piece.

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And voila, it’s finished! Once you’ve completed all of the 8 steps, it should only take 30 minutes to do. Overall, we highly recommend this craft to just about anyone! It’s quick, cheap, easy, and most importantly, it’s fun to do!

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Trending Wedding Colours for 2016

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Looking for some visual inspiration for your upcoming wedding? Look no further!  We’ve combined all of the upcoming colour trends for 2016 to help make your colour selection as breezy as possible!

The top trending colours:

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Each of these top 20 shades are a perfect base to start from when you’re choosing your wedding colours. When you first start picking, you must first be mindful of the season! The colours above are arranged according to seasons with the top three rows paired with spring and summer, the fourth row fall, and the last row winter.

When choosing your colours, its best to chose 1-2 primary shades, with 2 accents to set the tone. When choosing your primary shades, its best to pick ones with more hue and pair them with neutral accent colours. This way, those accent shades will give the primary colours that full pop, and you’ll have a lot more to work with when picking your flowers or center pieces.

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Our top 6 colours we’re looking forward to the most!

To help visualize the colours, we’ve picked our top 6 favorite shades that we’re looking forward to the most in 2016!

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Pink dust, crimson, & electric purple.

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The first three colours include pink dust, crimson, and electric purple. The light pink palette offers a soft elegant look and is best used for that modern-vintage wedding you’ve always wanted. If you’d rather show off your flair, then you might want to pick crimson! This vibrant hue is the perfect shade for that summer-fall transformation. It offers that perfect balance between the blossoming colours of summer and the warm crisp colours of autumn. Finally, the electric purple speaks volumes to personality! This free-spirited palette is the perfect primary for an outdoor spring wedding and is best paired with pastel green.

Saffron, coral, & bubble-gum pink.

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Our last three favorite picks are saffron, coral, and bubble-gum pink. Saffron orange is the perfect colour for that spring, summer, or fall wedding! This versatile and playful palette is best complemented with a light blue or green accent.  If you’re having a mid-summer wedding, then our personal favorite is the coral. Packed full of energy, this bold color stands well on it’s own when it’s paired with neutral shades. If you’re wanting more of a fairy-tale wedding, then bubble-gum pink is the best fit! This romantic and sunshiny hue is the perfect colour for that extravagant spring wedding! Have fun with this palette and pair it with other shades of pink! This is one of the few primary colors you can mix and match with similar shades to get that full blossoming look.

If you already have a colour in mind and it’s not in the top trending colours for 2016, don’t sweat it! This is just a fun base to start from if you’re having problems deciding. Ultimately, you can never go wrong when it comes to picking that primary colour. Just be sure to consider what best represents you as a couple, always be mindful of the season, and have fun with it!

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Where to Start When Planning a Wedding

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Any former bride what would agree that making those first wedding decisions are the hardest part of planning a wedding. Upon getting engaged, couples are faced with the reality that they have a whole day of wedding ventures to plan! Once ideas start flooding, couples can get too ahead of themselves and begin to feel overwhelmed. The problem is, couples have a tendency to start at the wrong place and make decisions at the wrong time. So the golden question is, where is the right place to start when planning a wedding and what are the best ways to go about doing them?

Start a binder

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First and foremost, couples need to start a wedding binder. Our Forever True team always like to emphasize the importance of organization. When couples are feeling overwhelmed, the wedding binder can help document the couples ideas, store finalized decisions, and help keep track of the couples progress. In keeping a binder, you’ll feel more in control and more at ease.

Create a budget

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When creating a budget, you want to be realistic. This is where couples can get too ahead of themselves during the initial stages of wedding planning. In setting a realistic budget, you want to ensure that it isn’t too low, or too high. To find that middle ground, you have to research like you’ve never researched before! Talk to the experts in the area, get quotes, and most importantly, compare prices!  

Before you finalize any decisions, be sure to talk to the parents to see if they’re able to contribute to your wedding fund. If they can, make sure to get the exact amount so you know the exact number you’re dealing with. Nowadays, it’s becoming more common for parents to pay for only the drinks, flowers, or the honeymoon. 

In the possibility that prices may fluctuate, couples should give themselves a bit of flexibility within their budget to provide them some leeway. Once you’ve created a rough budget plan, start making a priority list of the things that are most important to you. For instance, what parts of the wedding are you willing to spend a little more on and what other areas of your budget are you willing to sacrifice? Creating this list can provide couples some leeway when they’re making final decisions later on.

Make the guest list 

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At this stage creating your guest list may seem a bit early, but it’s important to remind yourself that your guest list is a large determinant of both your budget and your venue. For this reason, it’s important to know during these early stages how many people you need to accommodate and if its reasonably within your budget. If your budget flexibility isn’t enough to cover the costs, we highly recommend you to go back to your budget and cut costs in areas that are at the bottom of your priority list.

Pick your venue

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When picking your venue, you have to consider two things: how many people you need to accommodate and is it reasonably within your budget. You should also take the season into consideration and do some research on the weather so you don’t pick an outdoor venue in the middle rainy season! Lastly, you should consider what venue best suits you as a couple. Are you more of a folk inspired outdoorsy couple? Or are you a couple that longs for extravagant ballrooms? These questions can serve as useful starting points when trying to narrow down to one venue.

Pick your colours

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Once your budget, venue, and guest list are all set in stone, you should start picking your colors! As a starting point, you want to consider whether or not you’re having a themed wedding. Themed weddings are an easy way to start collecting a list of colors that best suit your theme. Another great starting point is to chose a few flowers you may want to use for your centerpieces. Again, you should be mindful of your wedding date and the season it will be in.

Now the fun stuff!

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Once you’ve made these first decisions, it gets much easier. Now you can do all those things you’ve been patiently waiting to do! Go pick your invitations, go get your wedding dress, and pick your flowers! Just remember to work within your budget and always stick to your priority list!

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Photograph from: Style Me Pretty, Oh So Beautiful Paper.

 

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Matiya & Brad, Vancouver Convention Center

Matiya and Brad are the sweetest couple and their wedding was a direct reflection of that. With hundreds of flowers and candles perfectly placed around the room and a beautiful chandelier hung above their head table, this wedding was the most romantic and intimate.

Matiya and Brad tied the knot on the third floor of the Vancouver Convention Center West with beautiful views of the Burrard Inlet and Stanley Park. The sunset over the North Shore mountains was the most beautiful back drop to their cocktail hour and evening reception. We absolutely loved being apart of their special day and have been so excited to share the photos!

Wedding Planner: Forever True International Wedding Designs // Florals: FlowerZ Inc // Photography: Berkley Vopnfjord // Location: Vancouver Convention Center

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