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La Terrazza for the Budget Bride

May 7th, 2012 by Jeannine

La Terrazza for the Budget Bride

Many of you may know La Terrazza as an Italian restaurant in the heart of Yaletown, but most are unaware that it is a wedding venue as well, and as I discovered, it is quite affordable! Event Manager Lisa Curry invited me over for a tour to check out the space.

La Terrazza is beautiful from the moment you walk in, with its hardwood furniture, fresco accents on the painted 30 foot ceiling, and doublesided fireplace, the space has an opulent yet old world feel. They have a few private rooms available to host functions: Enoteca (24 guests), the Terrace (55 guests), the Dining Room (120 guests), and their covered Patio (50 guests). For larger groups, combine the Dining Room and Patio to accommodate up to 250 guests seated or up to 350 for a reception style soiree. Events start at 5pm but, for convenience, they will allow you to set up during the afternoon. They only take on 1 wedding at a time and do their best to keep your event as private as possible since the restaurant will still be open to the public… unless of course you buy out the whole restaurant! Restaurant buyouts will also allow you to have room for a DJ and a dance floor. Situated on Cambie, just off Expo Blvd, the restaurant is close to several hotels and photo spots like the Opus Hotel, the Roundhouse Community Centre, Coopers Park and David Lam Park.

Ceremonies may be held at the restaurant as well, but there are a few restrictions. The smaller rooms do not allow for aisle seating, meanwhile the Dining Room can but there is a setup fee. Lisa tells me that they’ve had lots of ceremonies where guests were just seated at tables, which have worked beautifully. There’s more flexibility if you buy out the whole restaurant, you can easily have the ceremony on the patio or in one of the other rooms while everything is properly set up in the Dining Room for the reception.

If you’re having an intimate wedding, the Enoteca or the Terrace would be great options for you… And your budget! The minimum food and beverage spends for the Terrace during peak season is only $2,000, that’s roughly $36 per person for 55 guests! That is an easily attainable total, if you ask me! The Enoteca’s minimum spend is $1,500 during peak season. For non-peak seasons both Terrace and Enoteca minimum spends decrease by $500, but not in December, which is also considered peak season due to holiday parties.

La Terrazza is proud of its award-winning authentic Italian cuisine. Guests can enjoy set menus starting at $55.88 per person for a 3-course meal and they are more than happy to accommodate particular palates by offering customized menus for your party.

Having a wedding at La Terrazza can be forgiving on your wallet. Lisa tells me that summertime is considered to be one of their slower seasons so their rates can be flexible during that time. So if you want a summer wedding, don’t miss this hidden gem! You can pretty much rule out your decor budget because not much is needed for this beautiful space. Complimentary valet is offered for you and your guests, which is amazing since parking in downtown Vancouver can cost you an arm and a leg. They also waive the $2.88 per person cake cutting fee if you choose to serve cake or cupcakes, instead of serving dessert from their menu. MP3 players may be plugged into their speaker system but it will be played at a certain level in order to be considerate of other restaurant patrons. Should you choose to have a long weekend Sunday wedding, Lisa assures me that Sunday rates remain the same as any normal Sunday.

If you’re interested in seeing the space, call 604-899-4449 or email them at info@laterrazza.ca. I’d like to thank Lisa again for sharing this gorgeous space with me and my readers. Good luck with your venue hunt!

Feature photo courtesy Hong Photography
All other photos provided by Hong Photography & La Terrazza

 Prices quoted are accurate to the posted date. Vendor prices are subject to change.

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  • September 24th, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    jen says:

    spoke to La Terrazza today and their min spend is now $12,000! not $2000!

  • September 24th, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    Jeannine says:

    Hi Jen… I just spoke to La Terrazza and the $2,000 minimum is for the Terrace, as I had mentioned in the article. If you were looking to book the main dining room then the $12,000 minimum will apply. Feel free to contact La Terrazza to confirm.

  • January 14th, 2015 at 8:51 pm
    Jen says:

    Hi Jeannine,

    I was curious about the cost of 36$ per person you mentioned in the article; what does this get you? I emailed La Terrazza and they only sent me set menus starting at 55.88$ per person. This price would really keep things in budget. Any chance you know if they would honor the dine-out menu price of 38$ and menu for my wedding?

  • January 14th, 2015 at 10:39 pm
    Jeannine says:

    Hi Jen, this post was from 3 years ago so their prices have probably changed. I did mention at the bottom of the article that they are subject to change. As for Dine Out prices, you’ll have to talk to them personally about that. Hope that clarifies things.

  • October 21st, 2015 at 12:26 pm
    Kevin Lorage says:

    Hello Jeannine,
    My name is Kevin and I am the senior events manager at
    La Terrazza. I was forwarded to your website and I must say it so well done and complimentary of us, so a big thank you for it.
    I have new updates and was hoping we can chat sometime soon and before the Christmas rush. Thank you.
    Best regards, Kevin


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