Roma Hall in Queensborough, New Westminster has been around for years. This a nice family friendly venue that, contrary to a bit of a drab brick exterior, is actually quite nice inside with room from a small to medium sized event.
There is plenty of parking and the fact that it is free is a nice bonus for this DJ in Vancouver. I am not sure if there is overnight parking but there is a gate that does secure he parking lot after an event. There are also designated parking spots close to the entrance of the hall for disabled guests.
The entrance to the hall is level with no stairs. It is wide enough to back a van up the door to unload anything you need to bring into the hall and for your vendors to roll equipment in on a cart. There are double opening doors for wide loads. Along with the level entrance, the doors make it very convenient for any mobility challenged guests to access the hall.
Trattoria Hall, at the Italian Cultural Center is one of the venues at the center that is smaller but has everything you need for a small to medium sized event. As a matter of fact, it was this venue that Biff Naked used when I provided DJ service for her wedding a few years ago. Beth & Steve wedding
The Italian Cultural Center has plenty of free parking, even when there are multiple functions going on in the main hall. This always makes things easier for guests and your vendors as well as on yourself. It is one less thing to do as you don’t have to spend time getting parking passes for anyone.
The entrance to Trattoria Hall is a bit of a walk from the large parking lot. not so bad in nice weather but you definitely would need an umbrella if the weather is wet. However, there are no stairs to climb and the level surface to the venue and entrance make it very easy for any mobility challenged guests and wheelchairs to access. Also easy for your Vancouver DJ to load their equipment in on a cart. any time you have a venue that has free parking and easy access for your vendors, they are able to keep pricing lower than of they have to pay for parking or load equipment up stairs. Inside the venue, there is also easy level access to the washrooms.
At the entrance to the venue there was an interesting display. I am not sure what the significance was but it was quite interesting and a great conversation starter for your guests.
Just inside the entrance and near to the bar is where the buffet dinner normally takes place. I think this works well as the DJ is at the other end of the room and the music will not be prominent when you are trying the be heard while ordering a drink for the bar or speaking with your friends, family or colleagues at the buffet line.
The room does have a projector and screen for showing your video presentation. I liked the clean, organized that they had for plugging your computer to video equipment into that gave you easy access to their video setup as well. They had all of the standard connections VGA, HDMI, RCA and audio plug ins to use their in ceiling speakers. They also have a microphone or your speeches. As usual, this is great for speeches or the audio track of your video or slide presentation. The in ceiling speakers would not work for louder full sounding dance music.
Although there is no coat room, there is a coat rack to the right of the entrance. The coat rack is hidden around the corner and so is not in plain view. it is not secure to leave valuables but is a convenient spot for guests to leave their coats so as not to have them draped over the back of their chair.
The staff are well trained and go about serving the guests efficiently. They are cordial but not friendly. The event coordinator was not concerned about the music setup or convenience as she piled up a rug and pushed the podium on the side of the DJ table where guests would come to write down their music requests for the dancing portion of the evening. This could have resulted in a guest tripping over the piled up carpet, so this DJ in Vancouver was bit concerned about that.
Trattoria Hall, at the Italian Cultural Center is an adequate venue and has the advantage of free parking and easy access for your wheel chair bound and older guests. They have all the bases covered for a small or medium sized event and easy, neat plug ins for your video presentation. However, I found the staff not very friendly. I give this venue 4 out of 5 stars.
Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club Is another nice venue for your wedding, event or party. About an hour drive from Vancouver and situated on picturesque Westwood plateau, the club is surrounded by well kept lawns, greenery and residences. From the upper balcony, there are scenic views of the grounds.
The venue has a number locations for the wedding ceremony including a lower balcony just off the room of the lower main level. There are also balcony areas on the second floor that run the whole length of that floor. However, when the weather is pleasant, most wedding ceremonies take place on the lawn just a short walk from the clubhouse. Power can be arranged for your Vancouver DJ if they are doing the ceremony music.
The entrance to the clubhouse is covered so your guests are protected from the elements. Also, any decorations or equipment you need to bring into the venue stay dry in wet weather.
The lobby is large and open and has a timber and beam type look. There is a restaurant and bar in the lower lobby area so guests can have a drink or light snack at any time during the day. The staircase leads to the upper rooms where larger events are held inside foyer.
There are elevators to every level so it is quite easy for any mobility challenged guests to move around and entrance into the venue is flat with no stairs. The elevators are quite large inside . However, this DJ in Vancouver found that when going to the lower main room, the elevator opens up to a narrow hallway with the kitchen area across from the elevator. There are milk boxes and other items stacked in the hallway so pushing a wheel chair or cart around them requires moving or pushing some things out of the way. Access to the upper rooms by the elevator do not have this situation so it is a bit easier to roll wheelchairs or carts to those rooms.
There a couple rooms upstairs that will hold around 200 guests, perhaps a little more. The room on the lower main level of the clubhouse is smaller and could probably hold a hundred guests at the limit. This room is long and a bit narrow but comfortable. There is a nice fireplace at one end of the room with a small dance floor in front of it and a larger dance floor at the other end of the room.
There was enough space to set up a backdrop for guest pictures but most opted for photos in front of the fireplace.
The room does have a wireless microphone for your speeches but and there is a screen and projector for your slide show or video presentation. Surprisingly, the in house speakers work rather well for playing the audio of your slide show. They might even work well for playing your cocktail and dinner hour music in this room. The large room upstairs also has these features but I am not sure how the in house audio speakers sound in those rooms.
Staff are attentive to guests and efficient. They work easily with your vendors and are quick to solve issues if and when they arise
The Westwood Plateau Golf And Country Club is a rather nice venue. With the ease of access, nice surroundings and pleasant, helpful staff, the venue has everything for a pleasant and enjoyable event. I rate this venue at 4.0 stars out of 5.
The Terminal City Club is one of oldest and most respected clubs in Vancouver. The club has a wide variety of services and can host a variety and events of up to 250 guests in the Metropolitan ballroom. The venue is well kept and with it being downtown there are lots of things going on around the venue as well.
The venue is quite easy to get into. Underground parking is just on the corner of West Cordova and Howe Street and there is an elevator right up to lobby of the club and a ramp to the second level of the club. There are a number of levels. To get up to the main level of the Metropolitan ballroom and to other rooms upstairs, there is an elevator. This is quite convenient for your mobility challenged guests. The button in the elevator to the lobby from the parking lot to the lobby is a little hard to see. It took me a little time to find it.
Your vendors though usually load in from a back alley where there is a gate and then up an elevator to the kitchen and from there into the main ballroom or into the elevator to the upstairs rooms. The vendors often have to wait for someone to open the gate to let them in so I recommend they are at the venue earlier to allow for that. It is good to have a phone number for the catering department and security to make sure the vendor can reach someone to minimize wait time.
The Metropolitan ballroom is L shaped and does have partitions that can be opened for a larger guest list. The L shape of the room does make it difficult to project music to both ends of the room so placement of your DJ takes a little consideration. A good spot is in the corner by the back windows. As always, it is best not to put any tables between the DJ and the dance floor. I would also recommend a powerful enough PA system to project the music to the dance floor when the DJ is placed for in this spot. A smaller budget system will not work well if you have guests who love to dance.
The Metropolitan ballroom does have drop down screens and projectors built into the room for your slide show or video presentation. They also have a wireless microphone and in ceiling speakers for your speeches. The speakers are adequate for speeches but not for dance music.
Another note on the time frame for your vendors, if you are having a general meeting or event in the room before the start of the dinner and entertainment portion of your event, be sure to leave enough time for your DJ to set up so they will be ready to go at the contracted time. It does take the staff time to reorganize the room and this can delay the Vancouver DJ setting up and not being ready to start the music at the contracted time.
The lobby area of the venue is very nice with marble floors an nicely carpeted areas in all of the rooms.
The entrance area to the main ballroom has very nice decor with a staircase and over looked by a wonderful stained glass dome in the ceiling.
Wait staff are not overly friendly but are attentive to the guests and effective in their services.
The Terminal City Club is a very nice upper class venue set in the heart of Vancouver. It is an easy venue for everyone, including mobility challenged guests, to move around and the decor is first class. The location is centralized and easily accessible. However, the odd shape of the Metropolitan ball room, the length of time it can take to get equipment into the venue and the business like demeanor of the wait staff made this DJ in Vancouver feel like the venue was lacking a positive, warm ambiance. I give this venue a 4.3 out of 5.
Rowena Inn on the River at Harrison Mills is a beautiful venue for any type of occasion and definitely a location to check out if you are having a wedding. About a 2 hour picturesque drive from Vancouver, It is an impressive historical house offset by a pristine setting by the Fraser River and jeweled by the striking turquoise colored water of a magnificent pool.
Rowena Inn is located in the Sandpiper Golf Course Resort. This is a little tricky when looking for the venue as the sign for the inn is quite small. Myself, and a few guests, drove right by the golf course not noticing the marquee that the inn was located within the golf course grounds.
Once inside the gates of the golf course, the prize venue is at the end of the driveway where the large white house is located by the Fraser River. Parking seems to be quite accommodating. The 50 guests at the wedding I was DJing all had a place to park.
There are various options for the wedding ceremony location. In this case, the wedding ceremony took place under a lovely big tree. The setting was wonderful but as you notice in the photo, the DJ was setup quite far from the actual ceremony area. The challenge here was to have the ceremony music project loud enough so that it could be heard by the wedding ceremony participants. The speaker that the venue graciously provided was a 350 watt speaker, but as a Vancouver DJ who has done many outdoor wedding ceremonies, it didn’t seem loud enough even at full volume. Projecting music outdoors requires lots of power due to sound absorption and wind. The processional also started in an area opposite to where the speaker was pointed and I know the bridesmaids and bride could not hear their processional music. I would recommend that if you are doing a wedding ceremony in this particular spot and if hearing the music is important to you, then either have the DJ positioned next to the ceremony or have your DJ setup a more powerful 2 speaker sound system. It will cost more, but hearing your ceremony music will be well worth it in such a beautiful setting.
In the summer, many events are setup around the beautiful pool patio. It is a lovely setting fronted by the Fraser and the low rising mountains on the far shore, but there are some minor challenges you should be aware of.
A most important thing to take note of is that the pool has no life guard. If there are small children at your event please make sure to watch them carefully. A few children seemed to like playing on the diving board when I was there and although the staff were watchful, they were also busy trying to do their jobs.
Although your vendors can drive down the lane to where the outdoor DJ set up is in the summer, the final movement of equipment must be done by hand to minimize tearing up the lawn. In my case, I was able to park right next to where the DJ setup was… so wear and tear on my back was minimal. The management and staff are very good about letting your vendors park nearby so as to make their setup as painless as possible. This is unusual for a first class venue such as this and was much appreciated.
Sometimes there is no cover for the DJ and equipment from the hot sun. This can be hard on equipment but even more so, makes it difficult for your DJ to see their computer screens. It is always best to make sure that a tent is provided for your entertainment and guests. I asked for a tent when I arrived…which the staff cheerfully put up. Here again, much appreciated.
As previously mentioned, a powerful PA system is needed to project music outdoors. The DJ is a bit further from the dance area than usual so please make sure you have your DJ bring a powerful enough PA system…especially if your guest list is a 100 or more. Because the DJ is a little further from the guests, when it comes time for the speeches, make sure you have a professional quality wireless microphone from your DJ if you are using the DJ system for this part of the reception. Not only will a powerful PA system allow the guests to hear your speeches but a quality microphone will help with clarity and prevent dropouts. There seemed to be an event taking place across the river for the labor day weekend when I was there, so during the speeches, you could hear the performers somewhat at that event across the way. It was not an issue when it came the dancing however as my PA was loud enough to cover sound coming from across the river.
Another wonderful thing about this venue is that you, or your guests, can spend the night either in the historical house or a luxury cottage. The house itself is very well maintained. It is not wheelchair accessible that I could tell, but you might want to check on that. The bathrooms were on the first floor for the outdoor event and there were some small stairs that had to be navigated to get to them. The stairs were small so it may, or may not, be an issue for any mobility challenged guests you may have at your event.
The beauty of the location speaks for itself and I can assure you, it looks just like the photos. The staff are very friendly and super helpful. They are all cheerful and ready to help. This is a reflection of a well managed venue and good management. I believe everyone, including the vendors, enjoyed themselves at this venue.
Rowena Inn on the River is an awesome and highly recommended venue by this DJ in Vancouver. They even have different packages from weddings to golf packages, guided fishing packages, holiday getaway packages and more. Please do yourself a favor and check out this fantastic venue for any event you may be having. Definitely one of my new favorite venues and I am sure it will be yours as well.
It is that time of year when we start thinking about our Christmas and celebratory parties. Each year I find it gets more busy and the smart individuals know that venues and entertainment will be a prime commodity in the coming months. As a matter of fact, I already have a number of December events booked by the middle of August.
As a DJ in Vancouver, I do notice the hum drum celebrations that could be turned around if a little more effort were put into them. Maybe it is the times but people are just not as big dancers as they used to be. I just read an article where most new music has slowed down the tempo considerably so maybe there is something to that. However, turning a mediocre celebration into a fun celebration for all is really not that hard. If you are one of those who really want to take things up a few notches for this year’s holiday celebrations, or for any type of party, read on!
If you are putting together a holiday party, don’t be afraid to suggest a theme other than Christmas for the party. It could be an 80’s / 90s theme, an MTV award show theme, Hawaiian theme, etc. Get suggestions from other members of the company or friends and have them even making, or going to the dollar store, to buy props or decorations, This will delegate some of the work and make it easier on you. This will also make the event even more exciting when your coworkers or friends are engaged in helping with the party. Try to get a buzz going about the party.
And don’t forget about the power of games. Guests often need to have some sort of direction at the party. A number of carefully chosen games can be used to build excitement and not to mention, many fun stories to be told later on. Make sure you have enough games to keep guests busy and that the games are not too easy to win. I have had a number of events where a group won the game in 60 seconds. It is best to make them challenging enough so it builds that competitive spirit. An ice breaker such as a scavenger hunt in teams encourages the guests to work together, and will help some of the more shy people fit in. You can even use games to choose which table goes to the buffet first.
You can either run the games yourself with the help of some other volunteers, designate a more outgoing coworker or friend as MC and have them do it… or have your DJ officiate the games. I recommend having one of your guests do it so that the DJ can play background game music while the game is taking place. It is another way to keep people engaged in the party. Make sure they have a script which they can write, what order the games will be played, know how the game is played so they can explain it and have prizes on hand. Prizes could include funny prizes from the dollar store, fake plastic trophies, or you could use them to choose who wins the Christmas prizes on the table if you have them. Sure beats raffle tickets. Here is an awesome site for game ideas. Games
A lot of people overlook Karaoke as another option for their party. Yes, karaoke can be irritating if not planned properly but it can also be a lot of fun when effort is put in to do it right and integrate it into the party. You can incorporate the karaoke into your theme. For example, if you are having an 80s or 90s theme, get the guests to prepare a song beforehand complete with costuming and dance moves. If some are shy, get them to form groups and perform as The Spice Girls or The Backstreet Boys, etc. This can be a lot of fun as even if the singing is not so great, the entertainment factor can be off the charts. If you really want to raise the bar, have the head of the company, supervisors or some grandparents do something as a group. This can really build company, and even family, cohesiveness.
You don’t sing you say? Do it as a lip sync battle! Jerry Fallon has brought back the art of lip syncing. This is such a fun activity also with the added feature that you don’t actually have to sing so you can concentrate on the performance and really hamming it up. This also is even more fun when done in costume. Check theses links out for an example of a lip sync Lip sync no costume, Lip sync with costume.
If that does not appeal to you or your guests, how about a dance off? This can be an awesome event! Here again costuming can be optional but I think it is a lot more entertaining when you go all in with the costuming. Wither it be a disco dance off or a hip hop extravaganza, it is a great way to lead into the actual dance time of the party or to have performances throughout the evening. Check this link out for one twist on the dance off idea. Dice Dance off
These last two suggestions do require more effort from everyone but hey, the best parties are the ones where people make it happen. If the planning and performance is put in by the guests, maybe a bit nicer prize is warranted…movie passes are always great prizes. You can run any of these ideas as contests or as just performances but I think the contest idea makes a really good reason for the performances and brings out the best in the fun factor. Often the unexpected fun something can happen which is really the icing on the cake.
And there you have it. As a Vancouver DJ, I have seen a lot parties and events of every kind. The best ones, the events where people talk about again and again, are the ones where an effort has been made to make the party unique, fun and memorable. That does take time, planning and a little work, but the results will be well worth it. Even if you just do one of the ideas that I have presented, you will be raising the bar and opening the party up to some being something that will be an entertaining and notable recollection of a great party.
In part one of this blog, I talked about some general ideas about setting up the party for your teen. In part two, from the perspective of a Vancouver DJ, I will be giving you some practical ideas and links for game ideas and video examples to help you put the suggestions into action.
Teenagers have a lot of energy and like to go from one thing to another. However they do often need to have some sort of direction at the party. A number of carefully chosen games can be used to build excitement and not to mention, many fun stories to be told later on. Make sure you have enough games to keep them busy and that the games are not too easy to win. I have had a number of events where a group won the game in 60 seconds. It is best to make the games challenging enough so that they build that competitive spirit. An ice breaker, such as a scavenger hunt in teams, encourage the teens to work together and will help some of the more shy young people fit in. You can either run the games yourself with the help of some other parents, designate one of the more outgoing teenage guests as MC and have them do it or have your DJ officiate the games. I recommend having one of the teenage guests do it so that the DJ can play background game music while the gamesare taking place. It is another way to keep the young people engaged in the party. Make sure the teenage MC, if you go that route, has a script, which they can write, what order the games will be played, know how the game is played so they can explain it and have prizes on hand. Prizes could include funny prizes from the dollar store, fake plastic trophies, etc. Here is a great site for game ideas. Games
A lot of people overlook Karaoke as another option for your teenager’s party. Yes, karaoke can be irritating if not planned properly, but it can also be a lot of fun when effort is put in to do it right and integrate it into the party. You can incorporate the karaoke into your theme. For example, if you are having an 80s or 90s theme, get the teens to prepare a song beforehand complete with costuming and dance moves. If some are shy, get them to form groups and perform as The Spice Girls or The Backstreet Boys, etc. This can be a lot of fun as, even if the singing is not so great, the entertainment factor can be off the charts. If you really want to raise the bar, have some parents do something as a group. Teens really love it when mom and dad get involved in this aspect of the party.
You don’t sing you say? Do it as a lip sync battle! Jerry Fallon has brought back the fun art of lip syncing. This is such a great activity also… with the added feature that you don’t actually have to sing, so you can concentrate on the performance and really hamming it up. This also is even more fun when done in costume. Check theses links out for an example of a lip sync Lip sync no costume, Lip sync with costume.
If that does not appeal to your teen, how about a dance off? This can be an awesome! Here again costuming can be optional but I think it is a lot more entertaining when you go all in with the costuming. Wither it be a disco dance off or a hip hop extravaganza, it is a great way to lead into the actual dance time of the party or to have performances throughout the evening. Check this link out for one twist on the dance off idea. Dice Dance off
These last two suggestions do require more effort from everyone but hey, the best parties are the ones where people make it happen. If the planning and performance is put in by the young people, maybe a bit nicer prize is warranted…movie passes are always great prizes. You can run any of these ideas as contests or as just performances but I think the contest idea makes a really good reason for the performances and brings out the best in the fun factor. Often the fun of something happeningunexpectedly can really be the icing on the cake.
And there you have it. As a DJ in Vancouver, I have seen a lot parties and events of every kind. The best ones, the events where people talk about again and again, are the ones where an effort has been made to make the party unique, fun and memorable. That does take time, planning and a little work, but the results will be well worth it. Even if you just do one of the ideas that I have presented, you will be raising the bar and opening the party up to some something that will be an entertaining and notable recollection of a great party for all.
As a parent of a young lady, I know sometimes how out of touch we are with the young minds of a teenager. Our precious little boys and girls are growing up and right before our eyes, are becoming young adults with their own minds, culture and music. Even though we all have our challenges with our growing teenagers, they are our children and we love them dearly… so we often want to do special things for them. Sometimes that special undertaking is the celebration of a birthday, graduation, achievement, coming of age or just something from mom and dad to say “I love you” So, with that in mind, I thought this 2 part blog might be helpful.
As a Vancouver DJ, I am luckier than most parents when it comes to seeing DJ and or karaoke parties that parents put on for their teenage sons and daughters. One of the first mistakes I see is a lack of planning or, there again, out of touch planning. A good rule of thumb is to keep in mind that this party is for your teen, not for you. Don’t be overbearing in your influence of what is supposed to be their event. Sure, you have to be conscious of what is being presented at the party or event and you may have to nix certain things, for example, some music choices that your child may want. After all we do want to be good role models for our children. More on music choices in part 2.
Secondly, don’t be cheap. I say that in a kind way of course. If your budget is limited, split the costs and pair up with another parent or parents. Have two, or more, celebrations at once. Pay the extra for the experience and services that your DJ, or entertainer, can offer. Music consultation, nice lighting, extra equipment, MC services, party props, game planning and execution plus other extras really can raise the bar and make the celebration much more enjoyable and memorable.
Don’t be adverse to having the event a little later in the evening to take advantage of the lighting from the DJ setup. In the summer you can still end at 10 PM and have an hour where the sun is setting and the lighting will be effective. In the fall, winter or spring you can end even earlier. As a DJ in Vancouver, I often see parties and events start the dancing portion of their party too early. In the summer especially, guests are not really ready to dance when the sun is high in the sky.
If you are having the party at your home or outside, always talk to your neighbors and let them know what you are planning and what hours you are planning to run your event in order to ask for their cooperation. Invite them if possible so that they can share in the fun and social aspect of the event.
Do consult with your teen or teens on what music choice they would like. Now, this is an area where you want to be fairly engaged. At the time of this writing, some of the songs young teens and even those older teens, 16 to 18, are into are rap, hip hop artists like Drake, Post Malone, Lil Pump, etc. The music of these artists have a lot of profanity and questionable blatant themes on drug usage and sexual promiscuity. You would really want to work with your DJ at finding clean or alternative suggestions, where possible, in order to keep the event positive and enjoyable for all. You also want to make sure that not just one teen makes the song list. Try to get a number of teens involved so that a variety and balance of musical tastes are represented among the teens. I might add that even though this event might be for the younger crowd, if it is an event to be enjoyed by family, throw in some mainstream music so that you can dance with your teens. I really think teens enjoy it when mom and dad, and other parents, are part of the event and not just relatives paying the bills. It will add to not only a great memory for your teenager, but yourselves also…and take a lot of pictures to share later.
Don’t be afraid to put a theme together for the party. It could be an 80’s / 90s theme, my 18 year old daughter loves 80’s music, or an MTV award show theme, Hawaiian theme or whatever your teen is into. Get them involved in the planning and even making or going to the dollar store to buy props or decorations while you supervise. Maybe a few of their close friends can help in the planning as well. This will make the event even more exciting and your teen will be more engaged knowing that they are getting a party they helped plan.
These ideas are the early planning stages of a successful teen party for your young adults. They can hold true for any aged teen as well. I hope they energize you to think out of the box for a successful and awesome party for your teen. In Part 2, I will give you concrete party ideas and links to fun examples of what you can actually do to make your teen party amazing…so stay tuned.
I have played the Furry Creek Golf And Country Club a number of times and it is always a pleasant experience. The drive up the sea to sky highway on a nice sunny day is spectacular and the venue itself is nicely decorated with immaculate premises.
As you drive into the property, there are plenty of flowers and greenery to nicely accent the clubhouse and facilities. You can actually pull up in the driveway to unload and your vendors can roll their equipment into the venue easily. It is also great for any mobility challenged guests.
Plenty of free parking is close by and there are actually two tiers with more parking off to the side of the venue. There is ample parking and never any trouble finding a spot.
The buffet for most wedding events that, as a Vancouver DJ I have provided my services for, have been set up outside the main event room. They have it organized so that guests go out one door to the buffet and then enter with their meal via another door . This works well in the summer when it is warm and sunny. In cooler or unpleasant weather, the buffet is set up in the foyer just outside the main entrance of the event room.
The main room, or ballroom, is not very large. Comfortably it accommodates 60 or 70 guests. You could probably squeeze in a 100 guests, and maybe a few more, but then it would start to get crowded. However, there is a balcony where more tables could be added and on a warm summer day, would make for a fabulous addition.
They do have different configurations in terms of setups and usually the head tables need to be moved to accommodate dancing later in the evening.
The main room does have a projector and screen for your video presentations or slide shows. They also have an in house wireless microphone and speaker system for your speeches. As in most venues, the ceiling speakers are fine for speeches but are not good enough to play high levels of music and will distort if you try to do that.
The staff are very helpful and friendly and are attentive to both your guests and your vendors.
I might add that I have brought friends from out of town and from overseas to the restaurant at the club while on our way to or from Whistler. A very nice restaurant with a great view and good food. It is wonderful for your guests if you are having an early wedding ceremony and they would like to grab a snack before the dinner at the reception later in the day. Through the week, the restaurant can be quiet and tranquil, which is a treasure in the Sea to Sky area.
Many a DJ in Vancouver is hired to play the Furry Creek Golf And Country Club so do not be deterred of hiring a service out of Vancouver. With the beautiful drive, picturesque grounds and pleasant staff, I give this a 4.8 out of 5 stars. It is another one of my favorite venues to play.
Cecil Green Park House is on the Northwest cliffs of U.B.C. campus and boasts wonderful views of Howe sound. It is a mansion style home commissioned in 1912 and has the charm of that era but with some modern amenities.
Pulling into Cecil Green you will notice that parking is above the house. Usually there is just enough parking and it is getting expensive now. Around $20 for 8 hours. You must be a little cautious because they don’t allow you to pay with cash or credit card past 12 midnight. You might think, just as I did, parking is free from midnight because of this but that is not the case. They can, and may, still ticket you after midnight if you don’t pay. UBC is aggressive in handing out parking tickets. Since there are no signs telling you that you must pay after midnight, I do find this a little shady so be aware. Best to get the app, Honk Mobile, and pay that way. You can then add time as you need it after midnight.
The entrance to Cecil Green is very convenient. It is covered so that guests don’t get wet when rain occurs and there is a ramp for wheel chair bound guests and for your vendors to load equipment into the venue. They are getting a bit fussy about loading out at night though. They had a security guard put up a barrier so that I could not pull directly into the entrance to load out equipment. I am not quite sure what the reasoning was behind this. It just makes getting things out of the venue and into your vehicle a little more difficult.
Once inside, there are two rooms. The one on the right is where they sometimes put the entertainment and the one on the left is where the dinner takes place. This is one of the challenges with the Cecil Green venue, entertainment in one room and dinner in the other… separated by a hallway.
One of the best options is to put your entertainment in the hallway that separates the two rooms just as we did here. Most DJs would also prefer this option as it helps them feel part of the event throughout the evening rather than being stuck in the other room where no one sees them until the dancing starts. Still, keep in mind that the music from the hallway will not penetrate into the dining room for dinner music. At this venue, you can bring an iPod to plug into their in house system that they use for speeches and use that for your dinner background music. As an alternative, usually any DJ in Vancouver can hook up a wired or wireless speaker so they can play your dinner music.
Staff are very helpful and friendly and the event planner is quite pleasant and easy to work with. All of the Cecil Green staff will do their utmost to help you have a trouble free event and answer your questions. If they don’t know an answer to a question, I found they went the extra mile it find out.
One thing to mention is that there is no air conditioning at the venue. If it is a hot summer day, it will get very warm within the venue. On those days for myself, I bring a table top fan which really helps keep me cool and lot more comfortable. You might want to think about this for your guests if the day of your event is predicted to have hot weather.
The outdoor patio is very nice to have at this venue. From here you can get nice overall view of the grounds and of Howe sound. The whole back area of the venue is a very nice location for your wedding ceremony and most often, clients take advantage of this great resource.
Cecil Green Park House is a very nice venue for any event and is particularly suited to a wedding event. Charming, nostalgic and with a great touch of history. As aVancouver DJ, this is one of my favorite venues to DJ. I rate this venue a 4.8 out of 5 stars.
Where we listen to you and get it right on your big night!
DJ Gary, based in Vancouver, BC, has been in the music business internationally for over 20 years as a live performer and event DJ. He formed his company, DJ Boogie Shoes & Karaoke Services, in 2007. Having performed at thousands of weddings and events and committed to creating a fun, interactive, and flexible atmosphere for all his happy clients and guests, DJ Boogie Shoes can provide everything needed to enhance your events and entertain your guests.