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I’m jealous. I wanted a Moraine Lake elopement and then our wedding turned into a bigger thing than what I originally wanted 🙁
I talked to one wedding planner who specialized in this area and was told they usually do ceremonies 8-9 in the morning or 5-6 in the evening. Less crowds. Husband and I were there the summer before we got engaged around 9 and there were hardly any vehicles there. A bridal couple was taking photos and people gave a respectful distance. Waiting until they moved on to the next spot. I think we were there in July. I agree about the accommodations being a bit rundown- I expected more
Personally I would prefer Moraine to Emerald. We went there the same weekend for horseback riding and a stay in a nearby hotel- the bugs were artrocious! Bring bug spray lol
Either way- super jealous if you get married with these views!! Enjoy!
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Darling Husband and I got married at Emerald Lake this past November and had the best time! Since it was winter you can’t see the pretty hue of the lake, but the scenery was gorgeous just the same.
We’ve been going to Emerald Lake Lodge for years and it made sense to get married there since it’s one of our favourite places. While it is a bit on the pricier side, we found it comparable to other places in the rockies – again this was during the winter though, so it is likely to be a bit more in the summer months.
The food and service can’t be beat, so even if you just did one night there it’s absolutely worth it!
Here are some shots from our wedding – the first is the view from our cabin’s balcony looking out on the frozen lake and the others were at the ‘natural bridge’ about a 10 minute drive from the lodge:
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I much prefer moraine to emerald lake, and emerald lake lodge is kind of a dump (majorly needs a Reno!). Bc also has higher prices and taxes for almost everything so if you’re staying in bc vs ab it will cost more.
The drive from calgarybto Banff really isn’t that bad, especially on a weekday/non long weekend. You could also look at cochrane and Bragg creek which are closer to the mtns so you’ll miss some traffic.
Also, don’t cancel your plans because of taking up a view point. There are sooo many great views, it’s rwally not that big of a deal to be standing there for 10m lol. As a pp said, the ceremony is by the lake not the rock pile, so you’d go there for pics after.
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My sister was in Banff last Christmas. Truly beautiful
Post # 21
- Wedding: July 2019 - Canadian Rockies
UPDATE: Thanks everyone. We plan on staying in Calgary for 2 days (maybe Fairmont Palliser) and then Emerald Lake Lodge for 2 days for the wedding outside at the Viewpoint. (It is amazing the cost difference and what you get for your money outside of the major tourist spots!) I am a bit hesitant about the condition of the lodge and lack of modern amenities (no wifi, tv, microwave, or fridge).. and the fact I’ll have to lug everything around on a shuttle bus lol, but fiance and I said we can make it work.. and focus on us haha! It will just be easier to stay there since that’s where the ceremony will be.
After the ceremony we’ll head to Lake Moraine for pictures. The photographer we’ve been talking to says it will be fine to go in the evening when it’s less crowded. She mentioned the Natural Bridge area also.
I’ll need to find a good wedding dinner place too.. can’t be too fancy cause the fiance is picky and pretty much just eats American food 😛
dukie114 : Thanks! That is really helpful. We plan to do pics at Lake Moraine in the evening when it’s less crowded. Glad it can be done in a wedding dress!! I LOVE your pictures!
jcud4 : Very helpful! I was worried about the condition of the lodge since I keep seeing mixed reviews online. It seems a bit rundown and the food has good and bad reviews. But you said it was all pretty awesome in your opinion? 🙂 (We are in the process of booking our ceremony and rooms. )
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adreamdeferred : It’s certainly rustic, but I think that’s part of the charm. If you are looking for modern, you definitely won’t find it here, but if you are looking for cozy and romantic, it ticks all the boxes!
Personally I like that it doesn’t have tv or wifi – it means you get to really unplug and enjoy the company you’re with. A fridge would be nice, but we’ve always gotten on fine with just a cooler for some drinks and snacks so that would be an option for you as well.
The shuttle is a bit of a pain, but we had boxes and boxes full of decorations and wedding stuff and the staff are more than happy to help with it. Since you guys will be having an intimate wedding anyway, I don’t think you’ll have too much trouble.
I highly recommend getting a lakeview room if you can swing it – the view out onto the lake is spectacular. We’ve only ever gone in the winter months and it was stunning then, but I imagine it would be even more beautiful when the lake isn’t frozen and you’re looking out at the emerald waters.
If you are looking for an officiant, we really liked ours and she was located in Field (the closest town) so there were no travel fees. Her name was Kim Chapman and she’s done plenty of weddings there so she is very familiar with the area.
If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me – always happy to provide more information based on our experiences there!
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- Wedding: July 2019 - Canadian Rockies
dukie114 : Did you have Hans as your officiant by any chance?
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adreamdeferred : No I didn’t have Hans as my officiant
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- Wedding: July 2019 - City, State
Moraine Lake is where my fiance proposed! And we saw a wedding party taking pictures at the rockpile – the bride was rock scrambling in her dress! It was pretty awesome lol
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We went to Banff last year and it was so beautiful! Have you looked in Canmore at all? We stayed with another couple there and we each had a condo in the same building of the same complex. It worked out great, and it was way less expensive than Banff proper, but so much closer than Calgary. We stayed 2 nights in Calgary just to see the city a little bit, but Canmore was awesome. Depending on the number of people, if you rent out a couple of condos, it may be a lot cheaper and easier than Calgary! Just an idea!
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- Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI
This happened to me this week. I really wanted a photo in front of the San Francisco city hall and after walking over 2 miles to get there it was overrun with an Indian wedding. They stood on the steps crowded around the bride and groom for over an hour. Blocking the main photo op. Many tourists came and went. We were all so annoyed they were completely blocking a public space. I waited and got my photo!! But you may completely annoy the public with a “short” ceremony in a tight public space. Something the consider anyway. pocahontas28 :
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catskillsinjune : I was going to say the same!
Like, I have visited a couple of times now, love Lake Louise and Moraine, and even though I wouldn’t normally ever dream of getting in the way of someone’s wedding/ photos etc, but if I have flown all the way from the UK and then driven for hours, I sure as shit would be setting my eyes on those lakes and taking photos!
OP – If you don’t care that it won’t be private then crack on!
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sharkey38 : Not sure why it was relevant to your story that it was an Indian wedding?