VanDusen Botanical Garden
A stunning 55-acre garden oasis in the heart of Vancouver; the perfect natural setting for your special day.
VanDusen Botanical Garden, nestled in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia, is an enchanting garden-style wedding venue. This breathtaking venue offers a stunning array of indoor and outdoor rental spaces ideal for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and special events. Spanning 55 acres, the Garden boasts over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world, providing a naturally picturesque backdrop for unforgettable celebrations.
From May to October, the Garden welcomes outdoor wedding ceremonies in three stunning spaces: Heron Lake, the Great Lawn, and Meadow Pond. With each outdoor rental, guests are invited to explore all 55 acres of the tranquil Garden with ever-changing scenery through the seasons.
Indoor rentals are available year-round, including the award-winning Visitor Centre. With its green roof and orchid-inspired design, this space offers a sustainable and visually stunning setting for weddings. Additionally, the Floral Hall and Cedar Room, located in one of the original buildings on site, exude a charming post-modern style, adding to the venue’s timeless allure.
Indoor + Outdoor Booking Discount – For all outdoor ceremony events that wish to add an indoor hall option for their reception, discounts are available. For Heron Lake and Great Lawn events, there is a 40% discount on the indoor rate when booking the full day. If the indoor hall is only required for a half-day booking, a 25% discount is offered on the hall rental. For Meadow Pond events there is a 10% discount on all hall rental options.
Availability: Open year round
Capacity: Most suitable for weddings up to 120 people. Up to 200 guests at the Great Lawn with additional fee for admission.
Event Spaces: Indoor/outdoor ceremony, indoor reception, and inclement weather backup
Wedding Planner: Optional and an event specialist provided by the venue
Food & Beverage: Outside catering and alcohol vendors welcomed
Parking: On-site, dedicated parking lot, and street parking
Rentals: Tables and chairs
Curfews: 12am (can be extended to 1am at cost)
Operations: Outdoor: The Renter will ensure that noise levels from any and all music, live or recorded, played at the Event is at all times in compliance with the City’s Noise bylaw which requires that amplified music cannot exceed 75 decibels before 10pm No amplified music of any kind is permitted at the Event or, for that matter, anywhere in the Garden, at any time prior to 9am or after 10pm.Indoor: The Renter will ensure that noise levels from any and all music, live or recorded, played at the Event is at all times in compliance with the City’s Noise bylaw which requires that amplified music cannot exceed 75 decibels before 10:00pm or 65 decibels after 10:00pm.
Site Fee Starting At: $825 - Meadow Pond
- Additional client insurance required
- Wheelchair accessible
- Bridal suite on-site
- Non-smoking facility
How did the venue become a wedding venue? VanDusen Botanical Garden officially opened in 1975, but was formally the old Shaughnessy Golf Course. This stunning backdrop naturally became a wedding venue over time. The VanDusen Visitor Centre was one of the first buildings in Canada to be Living Building Challenge Petal certified. Featuring advanced technology, a green roof, and a beautiful orchid-inspired design, the building achieved LEED Platinum status in 2014. Designed with a commitment to environmental stewardship, the Visitor Centre utilizes low-carbon electricity, renewable energy sources, and rainwater recycling systems, making it the perfect choice for eco-conscious couples seeking a truly green wedding venue. Designed by internationally renowned architects Busby, Perkins + Will, the Visitor Centre was designed to target certification to the International Living Institute’s Living Building Challenge™.
What is your favorite part about a wedding? Watching how each couple transforms our rental spaces with their own unique and personal style. It also brings us joy to watch couples and their guests wander through the 55-are garden and enjoy the beautiful scenery and animals along with our plant collection.
Additional information Garden admission packages are included with all outdoor bookings. Indoor bookings may purchase garden admission for guests during operating hours. Indoor and Outdoor bookings combinations are available and are a great option for a rain backup. Heron Lake and Great Lawn full-day bookings have the option to book the indoor halls in addition at a 40% discount.