Vancouver Aquarium

845 Avison Way V6G 3E2 Vancouver (British Columbia) Map · Phone number
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Number of guests 50 to 1600
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About Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is quite possibly the most authentic and unique venue in the entire city of Vancouver. Imagine feasting and dancing with a natural backdrop of thousands of colourful, tropical fish and marvelous aquatic life. Weddings of all sizes are welcome as the Aquarium has the facilities and space to host large formal weddings or smaller, intimate weddings. Did you want impressive photos of your celebration too? Then look no further than this venue full of sea life.

Facilities and capacity

The whole venue has over 100,000 square feet of event space nestled amongst a stunning world full of marine life all around you. The facilities offered include the following spaces, all with plated dinner options upon request:

  • Entire Aquarium: This space has a capacity for up to 600 for a buffet dinner and up to 2,000 for a cocktail reception.
  • Main Building Enhanced: This area has a capacity for up to 500 guests for a buffet and up to 1,300 for a cocktail reception.
  • Main Building: This area has a capacity for up to 300 guests for a buffet and up to 600 for a cocktail reception.
  • Entire Top Floor: This floor can accommodate up to 250 guests for a buffet and up to 500 for a cocktail reception.
  • 3/4 Top Floor: This space has a capacity for up to 150 guests for a buffet dinner and up to 350 for a cocktail reception.
  • Upper Teck Connections: This gallery has a capacity for up to 100 guests for a buffet and 200 for a cocktail reception.
  • Teck Engagement Gallery: This space is ideal for smaller wedding of up to 80 guests for a buffet dinner and up to 175 for a cocktail reception.
  • Steller's Bay: This space is also great for a small wedding of 100 guests for a buffet and 130 for a cocktail reception.
  • Courtyard: This outdoor space can be used for your ceremony or an outdoor reception of 225 guests for a buffet and 500 for a cocktail reception.

Services offered

Vancouver Aquarium offers a number of services to make your event perfect. The services offered include:

  • Head table, cake table, signing & gift table, DJ station
  • Set up & Takedown
  • 60” round, high top & low bistro tables
  • White folding chairs
  • Black or White Linen
  • China & flatware
  • Oceanic centerpieces
  • Wi-Fi within the venue
  • Use of In-house Screens (within the Gallery you have rented, excluding 360 degree screens)
  • Table Number Frames
  • Tea Light Candles
  • Standard background music
  • Easel for seating chart
  • Unmanned Coat Check
  • Pipe/drape set-up x1
  • Complete Floor Plan
  • Staffing Labour Costs
  • Guided and non-guided site tour of the venue
  • Event Planner
  • Banquet Coordinator on-site for the duration of your event

Cuisine

The culinary team at the Vancouver Aquarium, led by renowned Executive Chef Ned Bell creates a wide range of delicious dishes full of West Coast flavour. Their aim is to offer a fine dining experience which is as amazing as the venue itself. All food is sustainably sourced whenever possible for their farm-to-table approach to deliciously served dishes.

Other services

As a stunning aquarium, this venue can also offer other activities that will enhance your special day. These include:

  • Educational Sea Lion program
  • Thrilling 4-D Experience Theatre
  • Hands-on Learning at the Wet Lab
  • Penguin meet and greet
  • Number of guests From 50 to 1600
  • Maximum Capacity Up to 2,000
  • Type Banquet hall, park/zoo
  • Style Classic, coastal, eclectic, glamorous, modern, nautical, tropical
  • Event Services Catering / bar, event planning, event rentals, lighting / sound, outside vendors, set up
  • Reception Site Fee - Peak Season C$ 3,000.00
  • Plated Service (per head) C$ 65.00
  • Meet the Team View team
More information

More information about Vancouver Aquarium

  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    50
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    7
  • 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
    Hors d'oeuvres
    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 wine
  • What event items are available?
    Audio equipment
    Centerpieces
    Dance floor
    Decor
    Drapery
    Lighting
    Chairs
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Valet
    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?
    C$ 3000
  • 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?
    C$ 1200
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    C$ 1200
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Set up
    Event planning
    Chairs
    Tables
    Linens
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
  • What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?
    C$ 70
  • What is the average catering price per person for stations?
    C$ 45
  • What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?
    C$ 35
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    C$ 28
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Limited bar
    Open bar
    House beer
    House wine
    House liquor
    Bartenders

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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Response time 5.0

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    Frederick Vinas · Married on 08/07/2019

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    Made our "Little" Mermaid Wedding-theme possible!

    As a recent immigrant, I only had a limited number of people who can join me and my (now) wife to celebrate our marriage, and given that we're both fans of The Little Mermaid, we really wanted to do it in the Vancouver Aquarium which we thought might be problematic for us given that we were only around 10 people and it's impractical to book the whole place. Fortunately, the events coordinator (Emma) allowed us to hold our wedding during their open hours so all we really needed was to buy the tickets. Emma was very accommodating to our questions and requests, even toured us around the aquarium during our ocular to see the best place to cordon off for our small ceremony and suggested the best day and time to do it on. On the day itself, Emma helped us throughout the ceremony by escorting us and helping create an intimate atmosphere despite other aquarium visitors being there. Overall, I would recommend the Vancouver Aquarium to couples who want to hold an intimate and magical wedding. It will be exposed to the public for sure if you go the same route as we did, but I'm personally proud to celebrate our love in front of everyone so it was never an issue. When the time comes to renew our vows, we're definitely considering doing it again in the Vancouver Aquarium.

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    Sent on 19/07/2019

    Vancouver Aquarium's reply:

    It was my pleasure to make this magical day happen for you two. I look forward to hearing from you when it does come time to renew your vows. - Emma

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