Sara
Curious September 2019 British Columbia

Wedding Venue Cancelled; now what??!!

Sara, on 8/February/2019 at 23:51 Posted in Plan a wedding

Hello,

I'm freaking out a bit. I locked down, or so I thought, my wedding venue for Sept 14, 2019. We got the event space of the Beach House restaurant in West Vancouver as they were going to have new renovations done by May.

I got an email today saying that the renovation schedule is WAAAAAYYYYYY behind and they can't guarantee our wedding day anymore. I am now 7 months away from said wedding date but without a space. The place we had we so ideal because it was small, intimate and affordable. We also locked down a permit to have the ceremony on the beach.

What do I do?????? I HATE the planning process (I wanted to elope) and the idea of now having to search, email and find a place that is probably over budget is very stressful.

I am very grateful that we have enough time to figure this out.

Any tips out there??!!!

Regards,
The non bride , bride.
Sara

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  • Sara
    Curious September 2019 British Columbia
    Sara ·

    Thank you again for the support and suggestions!
    A small update:

    We have 2 potential places. 1 is a great space (The View on Lonsdale) but kind of pushes a very traditional wedding (I really didn't want super traditional) and even with their kind discounts is still quite expensive. I would definitely need a wedding planner or a few consultations. The Event coordinator has been so lovely which is probably the only reason it's still an option! Plus it feels too large for us.

    The other place we are going to see next week. Brock House by Jericho beach. Their food looks amazing and they have many different packages that show they have held many different types of weddings.

    Either way it seems that ALL places we have looked at put us way over budget so we need to reconsider how much we are willing to spend.

    On the fun side we get to pick up our custom made rings tomorrow!!

    Happy planning everyone!

  • Alycia
    Expert March 2020 Ontario
    Alycia ·

    Oh no!! That’s horrible, I would have also eloped, but I’m starting to love this planning process honestly. I’m not in your area, I wish I could help.

    Did you have any luck in your searching?

  • Kelly
    Devoted September 2019 Manitoba
    Kelly ·

    Our wedding is the day before yours! I can't imagine the stress you must have gone through when your venue canceled.

    Did you manage to find a new place yet? Looks like you had a few good leads, which is great!

  • Sara
    Curious September 2019 British Columbia
    Sara ·
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    I will look into it. Thank you

  • Brittany
    Featured January 2019 British Columbia
    Brittany ·
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    I got married at the Diamond Alumni Centre in Burnaby, we had 95 people. It was amazing quality and a really great price. Depending on how your other options play out, I would strongly suggest looking into it. The food is amazing, it's pretty much self decorated, and it's beautiful.
  • Sara
    Curious September 2019 British Columbia
    Sara ·
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    We have two possibilities now! Waiting for a quote from one place and going to see a second place soon.

    It it will get figured out. We took for granted how easy our first attempt went!
  • Sara
    Curious September 2019 British Columbia
    Sara ·
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    75 - though for me that’s huge. For my fiancé that’s small.
  • Sara
    Curious September 2019 British Columbia
    Sara ·
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    I found a few! Thankfully.
  • Vinod
    Master August 2017 Ontario
    Vinod Online ·

    Its terrible that the venue is notifying you they are behind on their renovations and can refund your amount back to you.

    I know the venue searching is back to square one for a small number. I'm sure there must be a yacht club or something nearby that will give that day to you.

  • Brittany
    Featured January 2019 British Columbia
    Brittany ·

    How many guests do you have? (Not sure how "small" small is)

  • Peggy
    Super May 2019 Alberta
    Peggy ·
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    If you made the inquiries by email, check your 'sent' folder, and your 'deleted' folder. Even if you've deleted the message, it likely still will be in those two places, as long as you haven't cleaned them out!

  • Sara
    Curious September 2019 British Columbia
    Sara ·
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    I have definitely made a bunch of inquiries. After I locked down my venue I deleted all of my research (lesson learned) so I am starting from scratch.


    Eloping would be so much easier!! However it is important to my fiance so I will sort this out!

  • Sara
    Curious September 2019 British Columbia
    Sara ·
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    Thank you for the suggestion I just sent them an email!

  • Tyanna
    Super June 2019 British Columbia
    Tyanna ·
    Check the tea house in Stanley park! My aunt and uncle got married there for many of the same reasons!
  • Janis
    Curious June 2019 Ontario
    Janis ·
    Have you tried any other local venues that may accommodate your capacity? Vineyards, barns, garden spaces or hotels? Ask around and make a few phone calls

    I wanted to go elope like you OR get married in a forest. I’m getting married this June with 100+ guests 😪

  • Sara
    Curious September 2019 British Columbia
    Sara ·
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    Yikes! Makes me thankful for having at least a good amount of time!

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