Park wedding ceremony permit
Vancouver has some of the most beautiful wedding sites in the world.
To hold an outdoor wedding ceremony in a Vancouver park, you may need a wedding ceremony permit.
Do I need a permit?
You must get a wedding ceremony permit if:
- Your group is more than 15 people
- You have any setup (tables, chairs, archway, etc.)
- You would like to reserve any of the designated wedding sites for your exclusive use, regardless of your group size
No permit is needed just to take wedding photos in a park.
Non designated sites
If you wish to have your wedding at a location that is not a designated wedding site, you will need to submit a special event application.
Currently, we need four months lead time to process special event applications. If that timeline works for your event, apply for a special event permit.
What does my wedding ceremony permit allow?
The permit gives you exclusive use of the park location from 9:00am to 1:00pm or 2:00pm to 6:00pm, and allows you to set up:
- Two 10-foot × 10-foot tents (must be weighted down, spikes aren't allowed)
- Maximum of 20 chairs
- Small table for signing the marriage certificate
- Small archway
- Acoustic music (for example, accordion or guitar)
- Minimal floral decoration
- Biodegradeable confetti
What isn't allowed?
- Alcoholic beverages
- Amplified sound
- Catered food