ezasabc123: Banff and surrounding area have a lot of options for eloping couples! I had been in contact with 2 Banff area officiants before. Rick Kunelius is one, and he’s the only one that does helicopter weddings out of Canmore.
I had seen MANY “romance packages” included at several hotels in Banff. It included a bouquet of roses and a bottle of champagne and sometimes dinner at their hotel. So that was our first idea: find a pretty outdoor location, an officiant that would meet us there, a photographer that would join us, pick up our champagne and roses from the hotel and get married! That is very doable and I think lots of couples do it like that. But you’re the planner in this case.
Eloping on a weekday made lots of things easier. Weekends are generally booked everywhere months in advance. We booked our Tuesday wedding with 15 days’ notice. Photographers like getting extra work that isn’t on a weekend!
I did extensive reasearch on photographers and ended up going with a woman from Calgary, so it was a 2 hour drive for her to come to Emerald Lake. But she never shot a wedding there and was VERY excited to do our wedding. I like her style and she was a better value compared to some Banff photographers (who I almost used). There are many in the area to choose from.
There is one officiant that services the Field, BC area/Emerald Lake. Her name is Kim and she has a SWEET gig, so much that I am now ordained to officiate weddings myself. If you google any Emerald Lake wedding, it’s pretty much her in the photos. Kim and I emailed in advanced and formulated the ceremony. I started with her base script and then modified it to our tastes. BC officiants have a fixed fee (unlike Alberta), then she had a travelling fee (even though it’s like 20 minutes to Field).
With our elopement pacakge, they just bok Kim for the time of the ceremony we wanted. Then Kim and I talked about the ceremony script through email. The elopement package did not include a photographer. It did come with flowers (I sent along inspiration photos), dinner, champagne, cake that we got to choose. Plus a wedding planner to just make it all happen and I did not have to worry any logistics.
I thought about running around and geting my own cake and flowers, but this was WAY easier and more cost effective. Plus it came with a rain back up plan where as my first Banff idea did not.
Buffalo Mountain Lodge and Deer Creek Lodge also have similar packages to the Emerald lake one. If you do BML, you could walk across the street to the Tunnel Mountain where you see that classic view of Mt. Rundle.
Post Hotel in Lake Louse Village hadseveral add on deals to your room. I highly considred the 6 course meal add on and would have called that our wedding dinner. Then get married at Moraine Lake.
In the end, I did like having a planner take care of it all – I had just dealt with cancelling wedding, my father’s funeral – it was just nice to be taken care of.