The Top 10 Reasons you Should have a Rocky Mountain Wedding

Since I have just attended the Bridal Fair in Edmonton and then in Calgary – weddings are on my mind! I was married last year in the Alberta Rocky Mountains and having witnessed many weddings over the past few years I’m going to tell you why, specifically Canmore Alberta is the best place to get married.

1. It’s Better Than Banff
This statement may seem fairly bold but let me explain… How many weddings did you go to last summer that were at The Banff Springs Hotel? Buffalo Mountain Lodge? Rimrock? Probably a dozen! Everyone has the same wedding photos in front of the castle and on main street Banff. Canmore on the other hand, is quiet and unique.

2. You Don’t Need Flowers
Flowers can become pricey. In Canmore, a few bouquets for the Bride and wedding party will look classy, chic and clean in your photos. The mountain wedding backdrop takes care of the rest! Try Willow Haven Flowers.

3. You Can Have The Best Photographer
Richard Allan Brown has been photographing for over 20 years. He knows all the best and secret spots. If you want to go to The Old Georgetown Mine, you can go to the Mine! If you want a snapshot at Grassi Lakes he’ll make it happen! Plus, he’s irresistibly charming.

4. The Cost of an Outdoor Wedding Permit
It’s $175 for non-residents and $99 for residents from the Town of Canmore Municipality. There are multiple locations to choose from accommodating all wedding sizes and then you’ve cut out the $1000 cost of renting a ceremony venue.

5. Availability
Some brides may experience trying to book their wedding and be given 2 dates for NEXT summer to choose from. This does happen in Canmore from time to time but if you choose an up and coming venue like the newly renovated Wild Orchid Bistro you’ll be able to have your pick!

6. Your Guests Can Afford to Stay
It’s true, attending weddings can be expensive, a hassle and put a financial strain on the people we care about the most. I did a quick average of the most popular hotels in Banff and Canmore and averaged weekend summer rates. The average I found in Banff is around $238 for a standard no-frills hotel room. In Canmore I found it’s around $225 for a 2-3 bedroom suite with a kitchen. Enough said.

7. Outdoor Activities
Canmore has a wide spread smorgasbord of activities. Going on a nature walk, a challenging hike or a helicopter tour can be a great way to bring the family together. Alpine Helicopter Tours is a great place to start!

8. The Pubs are Fun
If you’re planning on going out after the wedding and celebrating, lots of places have live music and great pub food. The Georgetown Inn never charges cover for their live bands and has the best Fish & Chips in the Bow Valley!

9. The Pool
If you so chose to have your wedding at a venue like Mystic Springs Chalets & Hot Pools you’ll find the largest outdoor heated pool in Canmore. It’s better than the jam packed Banff Hot Springs by a landslide.

10. Fresh Mountain Air and Perfect Pictures
If the top 9 reasons haven’t convinced you then I have included some photos of various weddings around Canmore to help change your mind. It’s wonderful in the winter, spring, summer or fall. You can’t beat that fresh mountain air.