(Closed) Winter wedding venue advice, BC/Alberta (Canada)

posted 4 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Mountains or West Coast

    Mountains and Snow!

    Ocean and storm watching!

  • Post # 2
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    Honey bee

    A friend of a friend got married at Lake Louise in the winter and it was gorgeous! The had a mini ice castle/house and have awesome pictures of themselves skating on an outdoor pond.

    Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    The thing about storm watching is, that if you get what you want and as exciting as it is to watch Mother Nature, it’s going to be pouring rain and gale force winds.

    If you choose a lodge large enough to accommodate everyone in one place, so no one has to go outside on the day of the wedding, it can work. If your guests are spread out over several hotels, someone is sure to be a drowned rat when they arrive at your venue.

    The other challenge with holding a wedding in Tofino/ Ucluelet is the availability of enough hair and makeup stylists.

    Emerald Lake Lodge is amazing.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    Banff/canmore/Lake Louise would be STUNNING in the winter. Lots of stuff to do outside of wedding activities as well. 

    Golden/Revvy you run the risk of avalanche/highway shut downs, but again could be really beautiful. 

    How many people are you looking at? If its on the smaller end, a lot of the smaller B&Bs you can rent out entirley for a weekend. My friend got married at Bear&Bison Canmore and it was just stunning. Buffalo mtn lodge in banff is also nice, everyone gets their own little cabin and Ive seen weddings on site. 

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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Have you thought about Kelowna/the Okanagan region? It’s central for B.C., easy to get to from Alberta, and it has a ton of lovely wineries. The winter is off season so you should have plenty of venues to chose from. Whereas if you run with a location like Fernie or Canmore during the winter you’re likely to find they’re in their peak season due to all the skiers. Plus, Kelowna has an airport… just in case anyone decides to fly! And, the city is a decent size so you’ll have your pick of vendors.

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    Busy bee

    Black Rock Resort would be great for storm watching but is on the Island in Ucluelet 

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee

    I think it depends on how many people you want to attend your wedding. If you want the best odds of people showing up then I would consider none of the above. Keep in mind while most people will have to travel, you’re asking them to fly and then rent a car and drive for at least 3-hours in either rain or snow. It’s not exactly your vision but it might be worth it to look at places in a central city like Victoria, Kelowna or Calgary. Of course, you know your guests best so if they would be fine with the drive then I would do Tofino in November. 

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee

    We eloped at Emerald Lake Lodge. How many people do you plan to have? What sort of vision? There’s many beautiful wineries in Kelowna

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

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    kjh22 :  We’re getting married in the fall, but the Chateau Lake Louise actually specializes in winter weddings… They have a package and everything.

     

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    Banff has an amazing array of great winter activities. And CLL is on the pricey side, but there are lots of other fantastic venues in the area, as well. 

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