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The Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa for the Budget Bride

June 5th, 2013 by Jeannine

 
The Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa for the Budget Bride

I’m so excited to tell you about my first BC destination wedding venue feature. I was invited to experience a weekend at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa and I thought, why not? A little R, R&R (Rest, Relaxation & Research) would be lovely! First things first… I will talk about what this lovely resort can do for brides-to-be and then I’ll tell you more about my stay.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa - Photo courtesy Melissa Montgomery Photography

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa - Photo courtesy Melissa Montgomery Photography The resort is located on the west end of the little community of Harrison Hot Springs, just a couple of hours away from Vancouver. It’s perfect if you want serene surroundings and natural beauty everywhere you look. Catering Sales Manager Melissa Dabrowski was kind enough to take me on a tour of their facility. She says they can accommodate weddings of varying sizes including intimate gatherings of under 20 or large groups of up to 250. They have 2 ballrooms, one on either wing of the hotel, which can be customized according to your group’s size. When the sun is shining, your wedding will be held at their garden, complete with a stone walkway aisle so you don’t have to worry about your heels sinking in the grass. If it rains, no problem – the staff will be able to set up another room for you. Melissa says they try not to set up a ceremony in the same room as your reception in order to have a better flow to your day, which I really like. They do charge ceremony fees ($800 for a ceremony with reception, $1,000 for ceremony only) but you do have the option of having your ceremony elsewhere… lakeside perhaps? You’ll just have to get the proper permits for that yourself.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa - Photo courtesy Melissa Montgomery Photography

You can choose to have just your reception at the resort and take advantage of their non-existent room rental fees, food & beverage minimum spends, and cake cutting fees. Great deal eh? You just pay for what you’re ordering and it includes their professional serving staff, all required banquet tables and chairs, white linens & table skirting, dishes, and cutlery, and a dance floor. Their rates are reasonable with buffet packages starting at $39/person. They also have a create your own 3-course menu for $36/person but of course Melissa will be working with you to customize a menu that will work best for your event.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa - Photo courtesy Melissa Montgomery Photography

They do host more than one wedding from time to time but because the banquet rooms are at opposite ends of the hotel, you’ll hardly cross paths with another bride… not to mention the staff works really hard to make sure your day will go seamlessly. With Vancouver being close by, it’s easy to bring in your vendors from the city, but if you’d rather not, Melissa can gladly refer you to their trusted vendors so you can plan accordingly. The natural beauty of Harrison Lake and the village will definitely make for some memorable and stunning photographs so be sure to take advantage of that!

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa - Photo courtesy Melissa Montgomery Photography

Other Perks and Ways You Can Save…

  • Book a wedding on Sundays through Fridays (including long weekend Sundays) and receive 50% off ceremony fees and complimentary white chair covers.
  • Complimentary banquet space for gift opening or post-wedding brunch following the reception
  • They have flexible decorating times. If nothing is planning at your banquet space the night before, you are welcome to decorate early.
  • Complimentary valet parking, welcome amenity, and discounted honeymoon suite for the bride and groom
  • Honeymoon suite has adjoining rooms you can book in case you want more space to entertain
  • Did I mention no food & beverage minimums, no room rentals for banquet space (reception only events), and no cake cutting fee? I did? Just reminding you then ;)

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa - Photo courtesy Melissa Montgomery Photography

If you’re looking for a destination wedding that’s not too far and very affordable, you’ll want to consider checking out Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, just email sales@harrisonresort.com or call 1-800-663-2266. Not only is it a gorgeous spot to get married, the resort is also fantastic… read on to learn about my weekend.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa - Photo courtesy Melissa Montgomery Photography

My Experience at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Our view from the hotel room

We arrived on a Friday afternoon, a little early for their 4PM check-in but they were able to accommodate us, which was nice. Our room was on the top floor of the West Wing overlooking the lake. Being a bit of a neat freak myself, I appreciated how clean and tidy the room was, with our robes and pool towels laid out nicely on the bed.

Our room

Another pleasant surprise was the welcome fruit and cheese platter we were able to enjoy. At 4PM, the hotel treats their guests to complimentary afternoon tea and treats where we had servings of chocolate chip loaf and raspberry loaf.

Fruit and cheese platter

We had reservations at The Copper Room, the resort’s feature restaurant. We indulged in a 4-course set menu, while being entertained by The Jones Boys, a very talented cover band.

The Jones Boys at the Copper Room

They played the classics but also took requests and got some guests dancing, which was really nice to see (no I didn’t dance… I was a little intimidated that couples 30 or 40 years older than me were strutting their stuff on the dance floor). Our dinner and dessert were fantastic. I had a delicious butter lettuce salad, pork tenderloin (very, very tender and tasty) and the triple chocolate mousse (to die for and very memorable). It definitely exceeded my expectations. All in all, it was a great dining experience.

Pork Tenderloin at the Copper Room

Flowers at the HHSR Now on to one of my favourite parts of the hotel… the pools! Nothing beats a nice soak in one of their hot spring-fed mineral pools. There are 3 outdoor pools and two indoor, each with varying temperatures. The indoor pools open til 1am so if you were looking for a late night swim, you can have it. Being in their warm outdoor pool at night, surrounded by nice foliage and stargazing was quite amazing though.

Bright and early the next morning, I was treated to a mani-pedi at the resort’s, Healing Springs Spa. Their esthetician, Faye, was the one who took really good care of me. She was personable, lovely to talk to, talented at what she does and made the whole experience very relaxing and fun for me. She told me she is also in charge of bridal makeup for any bride who gets married at the resort. I was also able to keep the small bottles of nail polish that I chose, as well as the nail files and buffers used on me. A little spa goodie bag to remember the experience :) If you are planning to take advantage of any of their spa treatments, it’s best to book in advance in case they are busy, which is usually the case.

Healing Springs Spa

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t that great so instead of going for a hike, we decided to just walk around town and along the lake. It was a nice walk, visited some shops, had some gelato and afogato at Chantilly, lunch at Swiss Gourmet Restaurant, dinner at The Hungry Chef… a very quiet and easygoing getaway. If we could stay longer, we would’ve. Thank you so much to those who made this all possible: Ian Maw, Melissa Dabrowski and all the staff at Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. Thank you for your hospitality and generosity.

Harrison Lake

Photographer credits: Melissa Montgomery Photography (wedding photos), Vancity Bride

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Comments

  • June 20th, 2013 at 6:53 pm
    Allensbridal says:

    It’s really a gorgeous wedding. And thanks for your informative post.

     
  • January 20th, 2015 at 3:52 am
    Ashley says:

    unfortunately those prices have changed… im looking at booking my wedding there as it holds deep sentimental value to my fiancee and i, but the dinner minimums are $45/person for 3 courses and the buffet minimum is $55/person now. so for an 80 guest wedding im looking at AT LEAST $4428.00 incl. the mandatory 18% gratuity and the 5% GST-not including the cake, drinks, or snacks. quite unfortunate. we are now looking at purchasing an all inclusive wedding package to the banff fairmont, which is a massive castle, yes, for about $14000. i priced it out and in the end the fairmont is actually cheaper.
    They have special room rates as well and most people i know would never let a stranger take their car anyways.
    it really sucks though-for the past 7 years we talked about getting married at harrison, where we spent our first and every anniversary.

     
  • January 20th, 2015 at 9:32 am
    Jeannine says:

    Hi Ashley, thank you for your comment. That’s too bad :( I guess rates have changed significantly since 2013. Thanks for letting my readers know and good luck with the rest of your wedding planning!

     

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