Congratulations on your engagement! Choosing your perfect wedding venue is not only a fun adventure but also a key component to planning the most beautiful wedding of your dreams.
Whether you are dreaming of an intimate gathering or a grand event, selecting the right wedding venue will be a part of your wedding story that you will remember fondly for years to come.
In this article, we will explore the initial steps you should take when choosing the wedding venue that is perfect for you.
Define the Vision for Your Wedding
When you begin your search for a perfect wedding venue, it is important to have a vision in mind for your special day.
Do you imagine saying your vows in front of a lush garden? Are you dancing the night away in a castle ballroom? Perhaps you have always dreamed of getting married on a mountaintop or exchanging vows framed by snowy mountain peaks.
Once you have an idea of the atmosphere that you would like to create on your wedding day, you can begin narrowing down your search, helping you choose your perfect wedding venue.
Draft Your Wedding Guest List
The capacity required for your wedding celebration is another essential aspect to contemplate.
If your wedding is an intimate affair of close family and friends, your wedding venue options will differ from a wedding requiring accommodations for hundreds of guests.
Having your guestlist finalized (or at least a solid draft) is a beneficial step to take before actively shortlisting your wedding venue.
Decide on Your Wedding Budget
Wedding venues can significantly range in price, so the next step in choosing your wedding venue is to consider your budget.
When setting a budget for your wedding venue, be sure to factor in the cost of your wedding planner and all of your vendors.
Once you have an idea of how much you are willing to spend on your venue, you can begin to narrow down venues that fit your budget and your concept.
Wedding Venues We Love
The Mountainscape team has been planning mountain weddings in the Canadian Rockies since 2009. We've orchestrated hundreds of weddings in numerous locations, and here are some of our favorite venues:
Banff Springs Hotel
Famous for being 'Canada's Castle in the Rockies,' the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is a wedding venue option for couples who envision a breathtaking luxurious wedding experience. This wedding venue favorite boasts million-dollar views and delivers the absolute premium in guest experience.
Chateau Lake Louise
Often referred to as 'Mother Nature's cathedral,' Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offers a wedding experience equivalent to an ornate royal wedding. If you dream of getting married in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Chateau Lake Louise offers stunning backgrounds like iconic Lake Louise or the dramatic glaciers of Banff National Park.
The Silvertip Resort invites couples to exchange their vows on the 'Roof of the World.' This golf resort in Canmore, Alberta, boasts 360 degrees of unimaginable mountain and wilderness views. Couples getting married in the summer or in the winter have options like the ceremony gazebo and the Three Sisters as your wedding backdrop.
The Malcolm Hotel
The Malcolm, known as 'Canmore's Crown Jewel,' is a luxury hotel nestled in a picturesque downtown setting. Whether you anticipate entertaining hundreds of wedding guests in an opulent ballroom or hosting a cozy alpine wedding with those closest to you, The Malcolm is an incredible choice for couples who seek modern luxury set against a mountain view.
Ready to Help You Choose Your Perfect Wedding Venue
Choosing your ideal wedding venue doesn't need to be a stressful process. By taking the time to research and weigh all of your options, you can choose the perfect wedding venue that speaks to your unique personality and vision for your extraordinary day.
It can certainly be overwhelming to choose the perfect venue. The Mountainscape team continually seek out fresh, exciting venues to recommend to our couples. We make time to do site visits to new venues and can share exciting details of the wedding venues we know best in the Canadian Rocky Mountain region.
We work with premier venues spanning the Rockies, from Kananaskis to Emerald Lake, Jasper to Invermere, and all the mountain destinations in between!
Ready to explore magnificent venues for your Canadian Rocky Mountain wedding?