Wedding in GORGEOUS Banff, Canada. Lake Moraine

posted 1 year ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Busy bee

It truly is one of the most beautiful places in the world. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

adreamdeferred :  it’s gorgeous. but something to keep in mind about your ceremony: it’s a public space, and there’s likely to be lots of people around in the summer (which is the high season). you’re not going to be guarunteed privacy; you’ll likely be surrounded by day hikers/tourists.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

So I haven’t been there  (hopefully going next summer) but I would be worried about all of the people. My experiences with shuttles through national parks has been that they are crowded and packed with hikers. Which is fine when I am a hiker, but would terrify me if I was in a wedding dress. I suppose you could carry your dress and put it on when you get there in a bathroom? But I would also be terrified to put on a long white dress in an NP restroom. 

Your wedding would also be surrounded by people. That is a heavily photographed spot, and everyone is going to be watching you. That photographer obviously did a great job of making it look quiet. But behind the scenes, I’m sure there was a huge crowd watching and applauding. So just keep in mind that you’re getting married in public, in a crowd. But the views are so beautiful you may not care.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018 - City Hall

adreamdeferred :  looks truly amazing! my first thought was how difficult that photo location is to reach… Do you have to hike up there? 🤔

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2019

adreamdeferred :  No tips but having visited both lakes they are truly beautiful. I would say Lake Louise has the better layout though for people standing and watching (from what I recall)

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

One of my friends got married there actually. It’s stunning! Lots of people milling around but everyone was pretty respectful as to not interupting anything. You’ll probably get lots of tourists taking your picture though lol. 

Accomodation on site is expensive and not that nice (kind of run down), BUT there are tons of other places nearby that you can stay. Summer is peak time and gets really expensive. I stayed in one hotel december and it was $80CAD, my boss was looking for places this july and the same  hotel is $330cad! Luckily the exchange is in your favour but its still pricey.

You could do dinner at the Fairmont Lake Louise, not specifically a steakhouse but pretty upscale. You can also go into banff if that’s where you’re staying, theres a few steakhouses there as well. 

eta – getting to that viewpoint is pretty easy, its like a 10m “hike” or you can scramble up the rocks but I obviously wouldnt recommend that in a wedding dress lol. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

adreamdeferred :  We’re getting married in Lake Louise. Here’s what I can say

Summer is MUCH more expensive and crowded. Banff is one of the most popular destinations in Canada for vacations, so keep that in mind when selecting a date. “Shoulder season” April and October are a lot less expensive, can tend to still have pretty good weather, and have far fewer tourists. Also, June is the rainiest month in Banff, so keep that in mind.

You need to be married by a “marriage comissioner” in Canada. There are only so many that can perform weddings in the province, and they get booked up very quickly in the summer, so you might want to start looking for someone and check availability. 

 I second the recomendation of Chateau Lake Louise or Banff Springs Hotel for your supper. They are both world class and have amazing views.

Lodging can be very expensive. Check Air BnB and VRBO for private rentals; they are less costly. Also consider staying in Canmore, which is just about 30 mins away, but far less expensive. If you are a tight knit group, I’d suggest looking for a larger lodge style rental and all stay together. You get to spend more time together, and it costs everyone less in the long run. 

Finally, start looking for a photographer right now. Like the wedding commisioners, they book up fast. Mine is already booked out for most of summer 2019. Also, a local photographer will know the best times and places to go for unobstructed views. I found mine by going on instagram and searching banff wedding photographer. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Banff is gorgeous.  Saltlik is one of my favourite steakhouses in town there, and I think would do a lovely job of hosting a wedding meal (plus it would be less expensive than either Chateau Lake Louise, or the Banff Springs.  In terms of hotels, they’re going to be pricey – there’s really no way around it.  That said, if you’re looking for less expensive, we have stayed in a private room at the Hostel International (which is right on the main drag), and found the accommodations clean and acceptable (not sure how low budget you’re hoping to go, but it was $89/night during ski season).

In terms of out of town lodging, Canmore is about 25 minutes from Banff, and the prices there are always quite a bit less.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Moraine Lake is absolutely stunning! We visited last 4th of July. The hike up to where your example photo’s you posted really isn’t bad. I wouldn’t call it a “hike” more of a little climb so I think you would be fine doing it in a dress (maybe not heels, lol) but as everyone has said, definitely very crowded. The parking lot is a nightmare, definitley would not recommend having people park there themselves unless they are ready to hike to the front. There are lots of people and where all of those photos you posted were taken, you have to climb up onto the rock at basically your turn and snap a few quick photos. There were hundreds of people waiting to take the same photo’s so I’m not exactly sure where the ceremony would be (it’s not possible aside from the laid out photo areas). It’s stunning but I can definitely see how it would be a pain! It’s expensive, we stayed actually in Calgary our entire trip and drove into banff every day as to not pay the $$$ for a room in town. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I would feel VERY bad taking up a prime viewing spot. 

I hate when I get to a viewpoint and people are taking ages getting photos and holding up others. I would not be happy if I got there and someone was hogging a public viewpoint for a ceremony.

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