How we chose our venue, part 3

16Mar09

So after outlining our criteria for a venue, and knocking out some great venues because of our budget, we ended up with 3 fantastic venue options.

The first venue we visited was the Uber Lounge at Steamworks Brewing Company in the Gastown area of downtown Vancouver. The Uber Lounge is a swanky private room off the bar and restaurant, with its own bar area. We would have held our ceremony in the attached atrium (with a view of the trainyards and North Shore mountains!), and our reception in the lounge. The event manager was very helpful by email, and delightful in person! Ultimately, the minimum we were quoted was reasonable, but the bar costs were a little high and the menu wasn’t quite what we wanted.

The second venue we checked out was the Dockside Restaurant at the Granville Island Hotel. This venue had a great menu, good customer service, and a very “Vancouver” location. The downsides were that there was a very, very limited view (small windows, lots of boats in the way), and that the room we could afford would have been very cramped for 75 guests.

After seeing these first two venues, we were pretty sure that either one would work for us, but I just wasn’t convinced that they were the right places. The downsides weren’t huge, but they were just enough to make me keep looking a little more.

The extra hunting I did turned out to be completely worth it, because I stumbled across the Sequoia Grill at the Teahouse, which meets (exceeds!) our requirements, and the few downsides are totally workable. The food is delicious, the minimum is very reasonable, the view is to die for, and the location is going to be a real treat for our out-of-town guests.

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3 Responses to “How we chose our venue, part 3”

  1. 1 Diana

    Wow … your search is listing all the places I seem to have narrowed down! My fiancee and I are big into beer, so Steamworks was a natural choice. Besides, I love Gastown and the view! So many photo opportunities. We’re looking at less than 50 people, but sounds like the bar prices are a bit high? Hrm. Guess I’ll have to drop them a note.

    Great blog. A little too familiar, though. *laughs* 🙂

  2. 2 Marianne

    That’s too funny, Diana! Good luck in your search. The bar prices may not seem high to you – we’re on a budget that doesn’t leave as much room for bar costs as we might have wanted!

  3. Yay! I’m choosing the Tea House as well! It’s so beautiful!


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