Wedding in GORGEOUS Banff, Canada. Lake Moraine

posted 1 year ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
97 posts
Worker bee

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!

Post # 17
17 posts

I was married at Lake Moraine in July 2015. It was a short ceremony around 5pm with about 6 guests and 1 photographer. The parking lot is small but we did not have trouble with parking (our photographer drove us actually). My guests rode in two separate cars and also found parking without a problem. The ceremony was by the lake (not at the rockpile viewpoint) which is more secluded. I did not see many hikers or tourists. After the ceremony we climbed to the rockpile viewpoint which is easy enough to do in a wedding dress. I wore flat shoes. It was not that crowded at that time which was around 5:30pm. We did photos before the cermony at Lake Louise around 4pm. There were a lot of tourists there but it was not overly crowded. It was a beautiful and sunny day so I expected it to be very crowded but it was not too bad. People were nice about moving out of the way so we could get photos. We stayed at Lake Louise Inn which was reasonably priced. We had dinner at the Post Hotel dining room after the cermony. My photographer was great. I can give you her information if you’re interested. Here are a few photos. Happy to to tell you more about my experience if you have specific questions. Wedding1Wedding7Wedding6Wedding5Wedding4Wedding3Wedding2

Post # 18
370 posts
Helper bee

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:

Post # 19
6378 posts
Bee Keeper

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.

Post # 20
1867 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

My sister was in Banff last Christmas. Truly beautiful 

Post # 22
370 posts
Helper bee

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!

Post # 25
94 posts
Worker bee
  • 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

Post # 26
1957 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

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! 

Post # 27
1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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 :  

Post # 28
8427 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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! 

Post # 29
183 posts
Blushing bee

sharkey38 :  Not sure why it was relevant to your story that it was an Indian wedding? 

Post # 30
1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI


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