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Cecil Green Park House

Vancouver, British Columbia View map
4.3 out of 5 rating 29 reviews
12 to 150 Guests

About

Cecil Green Park House is a mansion wedding venue located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Resplendent and regal, this oceanside venue boasts a diverse array of places to host your wedding celebrations. Well-maintained gardens, lush green grounds, and elegant interiors combine to create a setting worthy of an unforgettable occasion.

Facilities and Capacity

A wedding party suite is available for those who would like to get ready on site. Alternatively, it can be used for attire changes or for freshening up. With the happy couple and all of their guests suitably dressed and ready for the milestone moment, the ceremony can take place at Cecil Green Park House. A couple of suitable options can be utilized. The first of these is to say “I do” in the garden. This secluded and colourful place features marvelous natural additions such as rhododendrons, magnolias, and pretty cherry blossom trees. A koi pond is also here, adding serenity to the scene. Chairs can be set out on the lawn as your guests take their seats to watch you exchange vows. Elsewhere, a sheltered terrace can be used as an alternative spot for swapping rings and publicly declaring your undying love for your partner. Offering views of the surrounding landscaped gardens, this multilevel area is ideal for intimate occasions. Space can also be set aside indoors for days when the weather is unsuitable.

The Yorkeen is defined by 18th-century touches, golden decor, and a beautiful marble fireplace. For a seated reception, up to 100 people can be accommodated here, depending on the style of tables used. The Kanakla Room is equally sophisticated with its dark mahogany panelling, sleek fireplace, and stained glass effects. Ideally, it would function as a buffet room but it can also be used for other events, such as late-night dancing. The Langara Room is another option. Adorned by beautiful carvings, bookcases, and high ceilings, it can be used in conjunction with the other rooms. The Library, Solarium, and the Boardroom are two other interior areas that are offered.

Services Offered

Owing to a one-event-per-day policy, Cecil Green Park House becomes your exclusive venue for the duration of your celebration. Their partnership with Scholar’s Table means that they can provide weddings with expertly prepared culinary delights. Their dishes are inspired by Executive Chef David Speight, and he enjoys treating people to tasty food that does justice to the occasion.

History

Originally built as Kanakla, it was architected in 1912 by a high-profile architect named Samuel Maclure. After changing hands several times, it was eventually purchased by Ida and Cecil Green and renamed before being donated to the University of British Columbia. Significantly renovated in 1989, today it plays host to special weddings.

Highlights

Availability

Type

Historic, mansion, manor

Style

Classic, garden, vintage

Event Services

Bridal suite, catering / bar, clean up, liability insurance, outside vendors, set up

Reception Site Fee - Peak Season

$3,093

Plated Service (per head)

$50

More information

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

What kind of settings are available?

Covered outdoor
Indoor
Uncovered outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail reception
Dessert
Family style
French service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
Champagne toast
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Limited bar
Liquor license
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Specialty beer
Specialty wine

What event items are available?

Audio equipment
Dance floor
Furniture
Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$2,049

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$2,537

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,527

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Chairs
Tables
Bridal suite

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$50

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$35

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$15

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake cutting
Server(s)
Dessert

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$7

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House beer
House wine
House liquor
Bartenders
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    Rowan Married on 11/09/2022
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    Challenging but rewarding

    Multiple incomplete invoices sent before taking vacations, non-communicative, and generally difficult to get information from. But in the last month we wound up with someone who was pleasant to work with and the venue was absolutely stunning.
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    Cherlyn Married on 22/10/2021
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    "The BEST venue in Vancouver"

    “That’s the best venue in Vancouver”. This is what a long-time event planner told my friend when she told her my wedding was going to be at the Cecil Green Park House. And I believe that she was spot on. We loved having both our ceremony and reception with our loved ones in this breathtakingly beautiful home, and many of our guests spoke about how they felt as if they were a part of one big family in the intimate and gorgeous setting of the Yorkeen dining room. We planned our wedding during what should have been a very stressful period – amidst a pandemic with evolving restrictions. But it honestly never felt that stressful and this is partly because of Gordon, Gordon, Gordon! Gordon Purchase was our person! At the time, he was our event manager and he was always there to respond to our many questions, listen to our concerns and calm us down - in the kindest way. We were also very fortunate that Cecil Green is one of the few wedding venues in Vancouver with its own covered patio. Despite some light rain, we said our I do’s outside, with a view of the Salish Sea behind us. And due to restrictions at the time, dancing and mingling wasn’t permitted inside, but because of that large patio and park-like setting, we still had cocktail hour, a foosball table, air hockey and the realization of our dream – a karaoke dance party!
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    Peter M. Married on 26/10/2019
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    Gorgeous Wedding Day!

    We just got married at Cecil Green and can’t believe how amazing it was. The house is truly a magical venue that few places in Vancouver are able to compete with aesthetically. We wanted our theme to feel lavish and romantic and we really were able to do this will all the fireplaces, decorated mantles and romantic finishing of the venue. The multiple rooms in the manor create a fun and dynamic space for guests to utilize which helps break up the space while providing an incredible backdrop for decorating. We were ecstatic with how everything turned out! The day, and our photos are breathtaking!

    The cost is extremely reasonable and they don’t have the required minimum food spending amount that many of the Vancouver hotels do!
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    Tiffaney R. Married on 06/09/2019
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    Wedding venue

    Fell in love with the beautiful scenery here. I love the tudor style house as the backdrop. This venue provided indoor and outdoor options in case of weather changes. The pricing for the venue was reasonable compared to other spots we looked at. Parking was easy for guests. It had its own catering team as well. A one stop shop for us, we liked that convenience. Scholars catering listed all the fees involved, no hidden fees. If I didn't understand a fee they were patient to explain. What we paid was totally worth it! It was an amazing day with beautiful results.
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    Praveen I. Married on 23/08/2019
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    My fiance and i book this location for the summer of 2018.

    We were told when that we had to put a down payment in order to keep our date... the Manager Mariella explained to us that even tho the contract said there were penalties for cancellations they would not be in effect if we were to give a fair amount of time and notice. So we put our trust in her word and put down our payment.. We booked a day to come and see the venue with my mom and Mariella never showed up she claimed she had a meeting....we then tried multiple times to get in contact with her to get dimensions and facts on the building and she continued to give us strictly info that was in the booklets that were given to us already..(she was no help at all) We then had to cancel due to personal reasons. and Mariella with ZERO consideration to our prior conversion of over looking the penalties put our cancelation thru to the accounting department and we were penalized $1000 out of the 2500....

    We have since tried to make contact with her by phone and she has ignore our voicemail's and has made no effort to simply answer our questions...

    The location is beautiful but the Woman running the show has poor people skills and a lack of respect and integrity... it would be a so nice if she could simply respond to our messages.

    Cecil Green Park House's reply:

    We are sorry that you feel this way about your experience with us.

    We started working with you in May 2017 and had our first site tour at the end of June. At this time we put Aug 3, 2018 on hold and Aug 25, 2018 on waitlist. Later that summer Aug 25th became available and we placed it on hold for you. You requested to book this date with us on Aug 16, 2017. We sent you a contract which you reviewed, signed and returned to us on Sept 2nd. A clear cancellation policy is noted in the contract.

    Praveen, you are right, I had missed the meeting with you and your mother on Oct 11th. I’m very sorry about this. When we arranged this meeting I let you know that I may not be able to make it so I left the house open for you to plan in. In reviewing all of our correspondence, I have found that I either replied to or sent you over 30 emails. It is my belief that I responded to your questions promptly and clearly. As you note, some of the information I provided is included in our planning documents; this is because we frequently get the same questions from other clients.

    We do offer flexibility when changing the date of the event to another date. We also allow all our clients to hold a date without a deposit, prior to signing a contract. However, once you sign a contract, our cancellation policy comes into effect. The cancellation policy is in the contract and viewable online.

    We book weddings 1-2 years in advance and Saturdays are in high demand. We had to turn away several clients who were ready to book this date, and not all of them were able to find another date that worked and had to look elsewhere. You cancelled within a year.

    I’d be happy to speak with you over the phone about any concerns you may have.
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    Pamela Married on 27/07/2019
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    Beautiful venue unlike any other

    This venue was absolutely breathtaking and had all of the unique character we were looking for. It’s a great option for an outdoor ceremony, because it has a covered area outside in case of rain. The garden is beautiful year-around and the interior is so interesting that it doesn’t need any additional decor. It’s quite small - we had only 80 guests and the dinner inside was cramped. For this reason, I would not recommend it for a larger wedding. It was also very hot inside. It’s an old building, so no air conditioning! One of the security guards was a bit rude at the end of the night - I guess he wanted to wrap things up but we still had half hour to clean - but other than that, it was a wonderful experience. If you’re looking for a gorgeous and interesting venue - then you will find it here.
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    Sepp S. Married on 10/08/2018
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    Look at the fine prints

    We loved this venue in first sight. It looked exactly what we were looking for. We booked a date right away
    Little did we know about the hidden fees associated with their exclusive caterer: scholar catering.
    We asked for a meeting for about four months to go over the day and good options. They add a lot of labor services on top of food charges and other dependencies that we’re very unclear until the very end. Their food is below average and due to the lack of communication, terrible service and hidden fees we decided to cancel this venue last minute.

    Cecil Green Park House's reply:

    Hi Sepp,

    We are sorry that you felt this way and we did work with you to get the resolution that you wanted. I want to take a moment to address the fees from Scholars', this can be for you or for anyone reading this post. Scholars catering, like almost all caterers charge fees for labour, rentals, food and beverage and gratuities. Labour can include the service staff, chefs, bartenders and supervisors. Scholars charges a flat fee of $10 per person for all rentals, this is just a cost recovery model once you factor in all the glasswear, tablewear, linens, and equipment needed to service large scale events. Food and Beverage is based off consumption and menu choices. Gratuities are at 17%.

    All of these fees are industry standard for special event venues and catering companies. We include them in sample quotes in our sales package.

    Restaurants and hotels are different, you are not charged for staffing or equipment as the business model has them running 5 - 7 days a week, with multiple users. What does happen in the cases of weddings or special events, is that a restaurant or hotel will impose a minimum spend or buyout fee. Almost always this fee is to cover the labour and equipment needed to successfully execute a wedding or event.

    Scholars Catering is the caterer for UBC, we have union staff, that are paid a living wage with benefits we are proud of this.

    We do wish you both the best, and hope have an amazing wedding

    Sincerely
    Nicole Caron
    Operations Manager Cecil Green Park House
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    Alex F. Married on 02/06/2018
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    Beautiful location and great service

    Obviously the venue looks great -- it's a very beautiful setting. We found that the staff were really friendly and did a great job on the day of. It really helped to have a co-ordinator to deal with our other vendors, we didn't have any stress at all on the day of.
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    Mae B. Married on 20/01/2018
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    Winter Wonderland Venue

    Thank you so much for making our wedding a delightful day to remember! We enjoyed the venue so much and our guests loved the scenery. We loved getting to know you as the coordinators and we thank you so much for helping us plan our wedding for catering and visiting the venue as much as we can. The couple's tasting is a wonderful idea and I would definitely recommend this as much as possible to couples. A great way to taste our future catering needs for the reception. Thanks again for the communication back and forth and making our day sweet! Cheers!

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