Post # 1
Any advice on a venue for a winter wedding in BC or Alberta (Canada)? We’re interested in November or Feb – Apr. (neither of us are interested in a Christmasy wedding, and fiance’s Sister is getting married in August 2018 in Hawaii so we’d like to put at least a bit of time in between there for his family’s sake)
Possibly Golden, Field, Ferni, Canmore areas OR maybe a different direction with a west coast stormwatchy kind of thing. We live on Vancouver Island but all of our family and friends are spread out over BC and Alberta. Whatever we do, the majority of people are going to have to travel a bit, and we’re getting pretty overwhelmed as no ‘obvious’ choice seems to be making itself clear! Any ideas welcome! 😀
Post # 2
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
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
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.
Post # 5
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.
Post # 7
You are very right about all this! I guess I was really only still keeping as a maybe option because winter is the best timing for us and if we end up doing it out here might as well lean into the bad weather, right? I’ve also been out there for blue bird beautiful surfing days in January, so who knows! Apparently Mount Washington doesn’t do winter weddings, very disappointing! I’ve actually been lusting a bit after Emerald Lake Lodge but it doesn’t look like it will work for us, also disappointing!
We’re looking at max 80 people I’m hoping, we’re having a hard time estimating as for a fair amount of our extened families its a real 50/50 chance whether they’d show up if its not where they live (and not inviting some isn’t worth the family drama it could create). Anyway, I have seen a few villa type places like this that seem like a great option, I’ll check that one out!
That is a great idea, I hadn’t thought about the fact there is an Airport there! The driving condiditons to some venues has been a concern for sure! Thanks!
Post # 8
Black Rock Resort would be great for storm watching but is on the Island in Ucluelet
Post # 9
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
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
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
We’re getting married in the fall, but the Chateau Lake Louise actually specializes in winter weddings… They have a package and everything.
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.