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The Roedde House Museum
For The Budget Bride

October 10th, 2012 by Jeannine

The Roedde House Museum For The Budget Bride

In the heart of Vancouver’s West End sits a hidden jewel called Roedde House Museum. It was initially owned by the city’s first printer and bookbinder, Gustav Roedde, and after 119 years, it is now one of the city’s oldest restored Victorian homes. Museum manager Bénédicte Schoepflin invited me to experience the house for myself and find out what they had to offer for budget brides in Vancouver.

The Roedde House Museum’s charming old world interior is a great backdrop for engagement sessions and intimate gatherings. The house is full of character and does not need much decorating so if you’re looking to have a vintage inspired wedding you should check this place out. Antiques adorn all rooms and some areas are staged which makes for memorable photographs. For example, the rooms upstairs are staged as a boys’ room and a girls’ room, where the bride and groom can get ready separately and take some photos. Bénédicte tells me that you can even make use of their beautiful collection of vintage teacups and saucers as decor or if you want to have a tea party wedding, free of charge!

The house can only hold 50 to 60 guests for a cocktail reception. It’s not an ideal place to hold sit down dinners because guests may be separated into the different rooms, but they can accommodate that as long as you provide the tables and chairs. There is a rental fee of $200/hour (minimum 3 hour booking) which remains constant throughout the year. You can rent out the house anytime except Sundays (they offer tea & tours to the public every Sunday from 1PM until 4PM). They are normally closed every Monday but if you simply must have your event that day, they may be able to accommodate you, just ask!

During the event, guests are free to explore the main floor only. Being in a residential area, you are required to be out of the venue by 11pm Mondays thru Saturdays. Dancing is allowed but they haven’t hosted many events with dancing, the early curfew must contribute to that. There are 4 parking spots designated for Roedde House which is generally used by the bridal party and parents, for convenience. Others will have to rely on street parking or elsewhere like the closest pay parking lot at the Empire Landmark Hotel. Bénédicte says to be aware of where you are during the party. Next door is a public park, Barclay Heritage Square, so make sure you don’t wander off with alcohol in hand, which goes against city bylaws.

Ceremonies can be held indoors or outdoors at the gazebo in the garden. The area where guests will witness the ceremony is not very large so I suggest standing or make use of their available red and black folding chairs. You are welcome to bring in other rental chairs and decor, if you wish. The gazebo does elevate you a bit so it’ll be easy for guests to see even while standing.

Should the rain come, you can set up inside at their music parlor. The acoustics in this room are fantastic and you can hardly hear street noise. The room is also quite bright and has a renovated 1893 Steinway upright piano in case you want to have a live musician.

They do have an iPod dock upstairs which is connected to speakers all throughout the house so you can bring your own music and save on the DJ or musician fee. You can bring your own food and alcohol or hire an offsite caterer if you want to hold a reception there. Note that you are responsible for obtaining a liquor license if you decide to serve alcohol to your guests.

The house does have a small modern kitchen adjacent to the old-fashioned family kitchen, which is available for heating and serving food. Amenities include a range, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher as well as a convenient back-door parking and loading area.

If you like this one of a kind venue, give them a call at 604-680-7040 or just pop by, they’re at the corner of Barclay and Broughton.

All photos courtesy Christine Williams Photography

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