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Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, this restaurant offers a relaxing ambiance, casual elegance, and charming garden vistas to create a modern wedding experience. Shaughnessy Restaurant is an exceptional choice for couples seeking a sophisticated alternative to more traditional wedding venues. Make your wedding dreams a reality at the Shaughnessy Restaurant in the famous 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden. Shaughnessy Restaurant is located minutes from downtown Vancouver. It is approximately 13 minutes away from Vancouver International Airport.
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Shaughnessy Restaurant’s slate and wood floor reflects old-world charm and warmth. The beauty of the room, which can hold up to 200 standing guests, is enhanced by floor-to-ceiling pure drape swaths. Skylights, white gravels on the walls, and potted plants give the feeling of the lush botanical garden indoors. The beautiful dining room can seat up to 160 guests, and the heated covered patio offers lovely views of the garden which makes for a stunning backdrop for any wedding ceremony. In addition, the venue features plenty of space for a dance floor. While Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens can be booked for wedding ceremonies and receptions, it also offers services for engagement parties and bridal showers.
The passionate and energetic team of Shaughnessy Restaurant will guide couples throughout the planning process to ensure a hassle-free and memorable event. Couples have the flexibility to bring in their own vendors for additional services. Complimentary provisions include the following:
- Wedding cake table and cake knife
- Guest book table and gift table
- Printed menus for plated meals
- Tented table numbers
- Standard background house music
- Tea light candles
Shaughnessy creates seasonal, innovative, and contemporary West coast inspired comfort food. We offer special menus for weddings, and the culinary team is happy to customize the menu to suit unique needs and requirements. The wedding packages include hors d’oeuvres, canapes, plated dinner, a half bottle of house red or white wine, a sparkling wine toast, and a one-hour open bar for cocktail hour.
Shaughnessy Restaurant was named after two Vancouver landmarks; the old golf course that sat on the VanDusen Botanical Garden site in the 1940s and '50s and the surrounding neighbourhood. Renowned interior designers, including Wade King, helped in creating its vivacious yet intimate ambiance and decor.
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The night of the wedding was incredible, management and service staff went above and beyond to ensure we were taken care of. All of our guests were raving about the staff and the food and drinks at every chance they got. The team seamlessly executed everything, from ceremony set up, into cocktail hour, into dinner, into late night partying.
They know how to throw a good wedding!
wonderful wedding experience!
Overall an amazing experience and we wouldn't change a thing if we had to do it again!
Warm and positive
Would 100% book another event here and recommend it to everyone.
Beautiful venue for an amazing wedding!
Spectacular wedding experience
Overall, we were thrilled with the experience that Shaughnessy provided and highly recommend them.
Flexible, adaptable, and caring
Special thanks for Carlle for her professionalism and responsiveness during the planning process as she fielded dozens of my emails. It really helped the planning go smoothly.
T'was absolutely amazing!
The most lovely day
Food: out of this world, every single person absolutely loved it! I even had time to eat as the bride which went against what everyone had been warning me - that brides never eat on their wedding day!
Service: speedy!! My parents especially noted that their drinks were never empty :D and the servers were on it, professional and very courteous.
Dance floor: another slight difference with this venue is they don't have a proper dance floor, they clear tables away and let you set up a DJ or your own system. I thought they were also very fast at moving things, I didn't even notice that 3 tables were missing!! So make sure you put the young people at those tables!
communication: only one person runs the wedding events at Shaughnessy and it is a popular and busy place! sometimes it would take a few days for her to respond via email, Yet she was professional, thorough and adaptable to my needs and questions.
Gardens: unfortunately we were not able to use the Van Dusen gardens to our advantage, but the scenery of the gardens in the background all lit up for a January wedding still was beautiful - also parking is free and very available, there was absolutely no issues there!
Setting up: this is the only part that was difficult for me to coordinate as you can only set up and take down on the day of the event, yet if you hire a separate vendor and/or put your family and friends to work (thanks y'all!!) the restaurant staff and management were very accommodating letting us get access asap, and come the day before to use a storage room to drop off decorations and things!
Overall I was very satisfied with the service, venue and cost of the event. I thought the basic package of $80 a meal with table service was fair, and we didn't even go over our alcohol budge, altogether a memorable affair.
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