Weddings

Update: Due to the current Provincial Health advisory, effective until January 8, 2020, we are not holding any events at this time. However, we are still booking for the 2021 wedding season and other events in 2021.


Summer 2021 and Beyond

UBC Botanical Garden: The natural location for your special day

Our beautiful grounds will be an unforgettable location for your wedding ceremony, reception or photos. We offer multiple venues that each have unique characteristics to match your needs. Our standard wedding rental packages include:

  • Use of the garden for wedding photos on the day of the event
  • A one-year Garden Membership for the couple
  • Complimentary access to the garden for all of your guests on your wedding day
  • ‘Blank canvas’ allowing couple creative control over design, setup, catering and bar
  • For an added fee
    • Golf Cart Rentals (2 available),
    • White Resin folding chairs (limited quantity)

For complete details including our facility rental rates, event guidelines and availability calendar please visit our Facilities page.  We will be accepting bookings for 2022 in April 2021. 

 

Elopement and Small Wedding Packages

During these uncertain times, love prevails. That is why UBC Botanical Garden is committed to providing a safe, affordable, and beautiful wedding experience for you during Summer 2021.

Taking place exclusively in the ever-popular Contemporary Lawn & Arbour venue, our elopement and small wedding packages next  season will focus on intimate and accommodating ceremonies. We intend to uphold social distancing practices while maintaining all of the usual splendour of a wedding in the Garden.

Whether you are looking for a full wedding ceremony package with vendors that we provide and manage for you, or you already have booked your vendors and are looking for the perfect venue, we have the right investment options for you.

Learn more about our Blush and Rose wedding packages below.

 

UBC Botanical Garden Wedding Packages

Venue: Contemporary Lawn & Arbour

Location: Contemporary Lawn & Arbour Venue

Blush Package Includes:

    • 2-hour time frame (including time for photography in the Garden)
    • Set-up of complimentary white folding garden chairs, arranged in households
    • Set-up of café lights to decorate the Arbour
    • Set-up of sheer curtains to decorate the Arbour or Wedding Arch on Contemporary Lawn
    • Small speaker for ceremony music
    • Signing table with linen with separate pens for everyone
    • Welcome table with linen and hand sanitizer
    • Complimentary golf cart driven by Garden staff for wedding party and any guests with mobility challenges
    • Month of Wedding Coordinator as described below

Month of Wedding Coordinator
In the lead up to and on the day of, your dedicated wedding coordinator will:

  • Create and manage a detailed minute to minute timeline for your ceremony to be given to all your pre-existing vendors so that everyone is on the same page
  • Coordinate wedding rehearsal and provide any guidance with ceremony
  • Offer further vendor recommendations from top professionals in Vancouver
  • Wedding Day Management (from beginning to end)
    • Provide day-of event coordination and support with an assistant
    • Oversee set-up of ceremony
    • Ensure everything runs as planned
    • Execute your vision
    • Provide simple décor & detail placement (décor to be approved by UBC)
    • Access to Wedding Planner emergency kit (dozens of items you, your family or your wedding party might need on the day)

$2,500 Investment

Location: Contemporary Lawn & Arbour Venue

Rose Package Includes:

  • 2-hour time frame (including time for photography in the Garden)
  • Set-up of complimentary white folding garden chairs, arranged in households
  • Set-up of café lights to decorate the Arbour
  • Set-up of sheer curtains to decorate the Arbour or Wedding Arch on Contemporary Lawn
  • Signing table with linen with separate pens for everyone
  • Welcome table with linen and hand sanitizer
  • Complimentary golf cart driven by Garden staff for wedding party and any guests with mobility challenges
  • Month of Wedding Coordinator as described below
  • Inclusion of all the following vendors:
    • Officiant/Commissioner
    • Photographer
    • Musician (Harpist)
    • Floral arrangements

Month of Wedding Coordinator
In the month leading up to and on the day of, your dedicated wedding coordinator will:

  • Manage all details related to the wedding ceremony for you and all your vendors
  • Confirm vendors and be the main point of contact on the day and one month before
  • Create and manage minute to minute timeline for your ceremony to be given to all vendors so that everyone is on the same page
  • Coordinate arrangements with all vendors
  • Coordinate wedding rehearsal and provide any guidance with ceremony
  • Wedding Day Management (from beginning to end)
    • Provide day-of event coordination and support with an assistant
    • Oversee set-up of ceremony
    • Ensure everything runs as planned
    • Execute your vision
    • Simple décor & detail placement (décor to be approved by UBC)
    • Family photo assistance, if needed by photographer
    • Access to Wedding Planner emergency kit (dozens of items you, your family or your wedding party might need on the day)

Please inquire for pricing

Capacity & Scheduled Times

Our wedding ceremonies can accommodate up to 25 guests, including the wedding couple. Additional staff and/or service providers must be commensurate with physical distancing requirements.  Thus approximately five vendors (i.e. the officiant/commissioner, photographer, musician, Month of Wedding Coordinator provided by UBC Botanical Garden and UBC staff personnel) may be present.

*Please note that under the advice of the Provincial Health Officer, Marriage Commissioners may require further restrictions on the number of guests at wedding ceremonies to five people; the officiant/commissioner, the couple and two witnesses. Find out more on the BC government website.

Time Options

Exclusive Summer Sundays

  • Beloved Morning: 10am – 12pm
  • Golden Afternoon: 2pm - 4pm
  • Twilight Elopement: 6pm - 8pm

Please enquire for currently released date availabilities.


Health and Safety Practices

With your cooperation, UBC Botanical Garden will deliver the following safety measures during the wedding:

  • Set times to enter and exit the Garden
  • Hand sanitizer station available upon entrance
  • Guests grouped in households, with assigned ceremony seating according to household. Seating will be spaced along aisles with a two-metre distance between households and apart from the aisle
  • Set positioning at ceremony with wedding couple, Officiant/Commissioner and witnesses appropriately distanced from each other
  • Separate pens for couple, Officiant/Commissioner, and witnesses for signing documents. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the signing table to be used between signing
  • Site cleaning completed by UBC staff pre and post-wedding

Nitobe Memorial Garden

Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese stroll garden and authentic tea house. It is considered one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. The garden was designed to create a reverence for and sense of harmony with nature.

The garden is beautiful in all weather and highlights the passing of the seasons: cherry blossoms shower the garden in spring, irises bloom in summer, maple leaves glow red and yellow in fall. Trees—both native and Japanese—are pruned in the Japanese tradition to frame the garden in winter. No matter what time of year, carpets of moss, bridges that span a koi pond and iris bed, and stone paths that cross waterfalls, create a peaceful atmosphere that invites the visitor to reflect on both the beauty of nature and its place in their lives.

Each structure, lantern, stone, shrub and tree was carefully built, placed, or pruned with a respect for the space and the materials at hand. As a result, a piece of the long history of Japanese horticulture has made its way into a small pocket of British Columbian forest.

Nitobe Memorial Garden wedding package details:

Nitobe Memorial Garden is available for two-hour, outdoor, stand up ceremonies for up to 25 guests at 9am or 5pm.  This includes time for photography.

$1,200 investment

Health and Safety Practices

With your cooperation, UBC Botanical Garden will deliver the following safety measures during the wedding:

  • Set times to enter and exit the Garden
  • Hand sanitizer station available upon entrance
  • Site cleaning completed by UBC staff pre and post-wedding