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The Wallace Venue
Today on the blog I’m bringing you The Wallace Venue, with Rachelle! This girl and her team do it all! Rachelle, Sophia and their hardworking team are your main contacts for booking a Vancouver wedding venue. Rachelle will help you coordinate all the logistics with your venue leading up to your big day. The Wallace Venue is located in North Vancouver. The venue is on the third level of the reconstructed Machine Shop in the vibrant Shipyards development. This space is full of history with a modern vibe. The ocean and downtown views are the perfect view from their outdoor patio space.
Feature Friday – Vancouver Wedding Venues
What is your full name?
What is the name of your business?
The Wallace Venue and Pipe Shop Venues – Part of the Quay North Urban Development Portfolio.
Where are you located?
North Vancouver, BC
Tell me about your product or service.
The Pipe Shop and the Wallace Venue are modern industrial event venues.
How would you describe your venue?
The Pipe Shop Venue is a heritage venue with a capacity of 360 people standing, and the Wallace Venue is a newer venue with historic and industrial design with a capacity of 200 standing. Both are located in the Shipyards District of North Vancouver, with plenty of natural light and blank canvas spaces.
What is the capacity of your venue (seated and standing)?
The Pipe Shop
250-300 seated comfortably
100-150 with no flip between the ceremony.
The Wallace Venue
180 seated comfortably (although we recommend 160 max.)
How long have you been in business?
The Pipe Shop opened in 2015, the Wallace Venue opened in 2019.
Do you require a minimum spend?
In 2024, the Wallace Venue Bar minimum spend will be $2,500.00 + GST. Years prior to that are not licensed, and the Pipe Shop is not licensed, so do not involve minimums.
What is a typical or average spend that couples should expect for their wedding day?
A typical Vancouver budget is about $60,000 – 70,000, while our clients are often about $50,000+.
Most often our budgets are between 60,000 – 80,000.
Do you offer packages? If so, can you elaborate on or describe your current packages?
Our venue rental fee covers the whole day, one staff on site, and security in the evening.
The Wallace Venue also includes tables and chairs, and built-in AV.
Is the site accessible for people with disabilities?
Yes, both venues are accessible spaces for those with disabilities.
Do you have an in-house caterer or a list of “preferred” caterers?
We have exclusive catering our clients are required to choose from.
If I hire my own caterer, is there a kitchen available for them?
The Pipe Shop is a simple setup, with a counter and sink.
The Wallace Venue has more space, with a fridge, ice machine and glass washer.
Can you accommodate ceremonies and reception?
Yes, both spaces can accommodate both ceremonies and receptions.
Are tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware, and glassware provided, or will clients need to rent them or get them through the caterer?
Rented through a caterer.
Can the venue accommodate a DJ or live band?
Yes, we can accommodate both a DJ and a live band.
Is there a separate space for cocktail hour?
No, but the space(s) can accommodate many floor plans to incorporate a cocktail hour area.
Do you have a sound system and/or microphones for speeches?
The Wallace Venue does, however, the Pipe Shop does not.
Is there parking on site and if so, is it complimentary? If not, where will guests park?
Yes, there is paid parking under the Shipyards or in the neighbourhood.
Are cabs/rideshares (like Uber, Lyft, etc.) easily accessible from the venue?
Do you have a portfolio that I can share a link to in the blog post?
Tell me more about the process of planning with clients for a wedding day.
We offer all information in our information package, then when clients sign, there is information in their contract and a FAQ page sent. The venues are a blank canvas, and we require clients to have a wedding planner or coordinator.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the Vancouver Wedding Industry and the friends I’ve made, and I honestly was always a “little know it all”, so it’s fun to be based at a venue, and just know everything about my venues and I get excited to share them with everyone!
What would you like clients to know about the planning process for their wedding day?
Please read all of your contracts and information packages. We share them for a reason, and this applies to all vendors! We are here to help, and we love to communicate everything to you clearly.
Anything else you would like to add to the blog post?
The Pipe Shop is owned by the City of North Vancouver and we manage it. So it has a strong community focus, which leads to an 11:00 pm end time, and no private events on weekends in the Summer. It’s super fun though because we get to host a variety of events. Come check us out – we have markets, fundraisers, beer festivals and conferences – all sorts!
You can find The Wallace Venue here!
Email – email@example.com
Phone – 604.985.2191
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