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Last update: January 2024

The Permanent, in Vancouver, British Columbia, stands as a premier private event and wedding venue dedicated to hosting sophisticated events and private occasions within its distinctive walls.

Originally built in 1907 as The BC Permanent & Loan and later home to the Western branch of The Bank of Canada, this historic site has undergone a comprehensive renovation, seamlessly blending old-world charm with contemporary amenities.

The main-level banquet hall boasts exceptional details, most notably a stained glass dome designed by Bloomfield Studios, as well as a sixteen-foot antique art glass bar, providing a captivating backdrop for special celebrations. The Permanent combines classic elegance with modern comforts and appeals to discerning clients seeking a unique venue for their special event.

Our comprehensive package includes rental options for tables, chairs, dimmable lighting, in-house AV, and security.

Additionally, we offer a full-service bar package to enhance the celebration, featuring professional bartenders and an exceptional bar menu with options to customize your offerings.

The Permanent offers stunning facilities and an inviting atmosphere, infusing the ambiance with romance and potential. In addition to elegant furnishings, the venue is well-equipped with heating and A/C, a catering kitchen, barware, and dining furniture. The main hall accommodates up to 130 seated guests for seated dining and can comfortably host 250+ standing guests, providing ample room for mingling and celebration.

The former 'boardroom' of the bank upstairs is an excellent flex space that can be dedicated to vendor use or to host more intimate parts of a celebration (e.g., cocktail hour, tea ceremony, smaller private ceremony).

At The Permanent, we strive to provide an enchanting space and a seamless experience for every occasion.

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Frequently asked questions

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

One, the whole venue is booked out to a single client at a time.

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet hall
Historic

Describe the style of your venue:

City
Classic
Eclectic
Glamorous
Preppy
Vintage

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What event services do you offer?

Catering / bar
Clean up
Outside vendors

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

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
Glassware

What transportation and access is available?

Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair access

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

No

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

$4,000

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

$4,000

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

No

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

$4,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Clean up
Chairs
Tables
Glassware
Lighting/sound
Bridal suite

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$13

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

Limited bar
Open bar
House beer
Specialty beer
House wine
Specialty wine
Champagne toast
House liquor
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Bartenders
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Reviews for The Permanent

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  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
Rachel
Rachel K. Sent on 09/11/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Incredible Service

I loved it! Amazing and helpful bar staff, lovely venue, great location. Again pros at what they do our day was so so so seamless.
Christine
Christine R. Sent on 24/11/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful detail

We recently got married at The Permanent. When going back and forth on a where to get married; Regina or Vancouver, we came across this venue. It is absolutely stunning; from the show stopping stain glass ceiling, tile work on the floor, to the features around the entire space.
We got married during covid times and had to change our wedding plans a lot. We were fortunate to sneak it in while the guidelines were still 50. I was worried that the space would be too small downsizing from a 130 person to 45 but it wasn't! The space was filled beautifully and never once did I feel like the space felt empty.
A lot of our guests commented on how amazing the space was and I couldn't agree more!
B
Bobbie Sent on 27/10/2018
4.4 out of 5 rating

Fairytale Wedding

The most beautiful venue for a wedding! We did both our ceremony and reception there— it was an absolute Fairytale! The back bar and inside of the vault are a hidden treasure that only people attending events get to experience for themselves. We got married in front of the vault— minimal decor needed because it’s so unique by itself! Loved this venue and would highly reccomend it!
K
Kylie Sent on 25/07/2016
4.8 out of 5 rating
Incredible! The building is stunning and is so well maintained. It was everything I could have imagined. The location in Vancouver is great. Nicole and her team were such a pleasure to work with. Nicole made our experience with The Permanent a memorable one - both wedding planning and our wedding day went by seamlessly, much thanks to her and her team!
We were working within a more conservative budget, and although the cost of the Permanent was above what we had originally intended on spending, we found it to be well worth our money! They offer many amenities/services within their venue package and as they continue to flourish as a business I've noticed that more complementary services have been added to their venue package.
[Anonymous] Sent on 07/01/2017
5 out of 5 rating
My now husband and I were engaged for about 3 years, and booked The Permanent about two years prior to our wedding. We had been looking at venues for a long time, and The Permanent ticked all of our boxes: great location, open late, and a stunning space.

My husband and I are both not planners, and neither of us had a lot of time to devote to planning the wedding. Nicole and her team went above and beyond to help us plan the perfect day. She was incredibly responsive (over our two year planning period) and always had great, practical solutions to all of my questions.

Our wedding was very simple - evening ceremony followed by cocktails and canapé reception. The space required very little to make it look incredibly beautiful. All we had to do was provide some candles and black linens and it looked like a millionaire's ball. The Permanent team had a phenomenal eye for making a little decor go a long way, and every single guest commented on how the wedding was unique and beautiful.

We could not be happier with our wedding day. We had a vision of what we wanted and the team at The Permanent executed it perfectly. It was stress free, easy, and we created beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

If you are looking to have a wedding in Vancouver I would highly recommend The Permanent. It's easy for your guests to access, they don't make you start shutting down at 11:30 (which a lot of venues do), they are incredibly easy to work with, and there is no venue that compares to the beautiful historical architecture of the building.
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330 West Pender St. V6B 1T1 Vancouver (British Columbia)
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