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The Hilton Vancouver Airport for the Budget Bride

June 20th, 2012 by Jeannine

The Hilton Vancouver Airport for the Budget Bride

For this month’s venue feature, I headed out to my old stomping grounds to visit a familiar place. Who would’ve thought that my next venue feature was so close to home…

The Hilton Vancouver Airport on Minoru Boulevard accepts reception bookings in their sole ballroom, the Ellington, which can accommodate large groups, up to 230 guests. Smaller numbers are welcome too. Thanks to the removable walls, the ballroom can be customized to the size of your party. They also have King Kong doors in case you want to bring in a massive centerpiece or even a car! This venue is flexible to your needs, allowing you to book either your ceremony or reception, or both. One section of the room can be set up for the ceremony, then cocktails will be served at the foyer while the ballroom changes over to a reception setting. Be aware though that a $400 room rental rate will be charged for ceremonies. The Hilton Vancouver Airport is flexible with setup times, if there isn’t any event before yours, you can set up as early as the night before, a great plus for DIY brides. Music for your event must be off by midnight and tear down by 1am. Ample covered parking is available for $14 a day, or if your guests wish to take transit, the hotel is walking distance to the Lansdowne Canada Line station. Its location is very convenient to get to, it’s not too far from the airport and the Richmond Centre (should you choose to get ready at a salon or makeup counter there), as well as various photo locations and ceremony sites like Minoru Chapel, Steveston, and the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Their minimum food and beverage spend amounts are reasonable and vary depending on the number of guests. For example, on a peak season Saturday evening, a wedding with 100-150 guests needs to meet a minimum of $8,000 (excluding tax). That’s roughly $53 per person if you have 150 guests. If you have 75 or less, it’s a $5000 minimum for food and beverage, an easily attainable amount. If that’s still too much, they reassure me that they can work something out to suit both yours and their needs.

3 course a la carte dinners can start at roughly $32 per person and goes up depending on the item ordered. Buffets range from $37 to $52 per person but can be customized if budget is an issue.

There are a few ways to save at the Hilton. You can have your MP3 player plugged into their house speakers for easy dinner music. The $1.95 per person cake cutting fee is waived for cupcakes or if you choose to serve the dessert that comes with the meal. Food and beverage minimums decrease as well during non-peak season, just $6,000 for 100-150 guests on a Saturday evening or $4,000 for an affair with less than 75. With the booking, the bride and groom is also given a complimentary night stay at an upgraded Deluxe Studio with breakfast the next day. That way, if you choose to get ready at the hotel, you need only pay for 1 night instead of 2. Included with the ballroom rental are a podium, microphone, stage and dance floor, as well as all dishes, cutlery, glassware, tables and chairs.

To inquire about this space or book an appointment to see it, call (604) 232-5007.

Photographer credits: Vancity Vendor Pure White Studio (Feature Photo + Ballroom), Hilton Vancouver Airport (guestroom photo)
Decor in Pure White Studio photos are by Roa Floral & Event Designs

Vendor prices are accurate to the date posted and are subject to change.

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