Wedding Ideas Banff
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Tunnel Mountain - Wedding Ideas Banff
Wedding Ideas - Banff

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Over 2,500 weddings are celebrated in the Banff area each year.

The sheer beauty of the majestic mountains, gorgeous lakes and the abundance of wildlife are just a few reasons why wedding ideas start here in Banff. Exchange vows in a part of Canada where nature reigns supreme.

Imagine a wedding ceremony on the banks of a turquoise lake. It's surrounded by glacier-clad peaks, blooming wildflowers and a crisp blue sky. Guests gather on a terraced patio, soak up the incredible views and await your arrival. A horse drawn carriage delivers you – the bride – and the Rocky Mountain magic begins.

If you like to dream big, a wedding in Banff National Park might be the answer. There are so many great wedding ideas in these Canadian Rockies. Your guests will be raving about it for years to come.

The wedding ideas are endless: tie the knot at the top of a ski hill. Say I do under a gazebo by a flowing river. Commit to each other in a heritage mountain cabin or on a dock by a mountain lake.

Make your wedding ideas match your dreams. Make sure your wedding planning suits your personality and the passions your share with your lifelong partner. After all, it's all about sharing your dreams and a little bit of comprise.

Banff is definitely a photographer’s paradise. A mountain bikers paradise, a hiker’s paradise, a skier’s paradise, a bird-watcher’s paradise, a kayaker’s paradise – you get the idea. But it’s also a luxury-lover’s paradise. You're bound to find some unique wedding ideas here.

Whatever accommodations you prefer – a rustic lodge, a boutique hotel, or world-class resort, it’s here in Banff. So let the wedding ideas begin.....

Banff Scenic Weddings Ideas

You may want to consider the following beautiful vistas.

Vermillion Lakes - Wedding Ideas Banff

Vermillion Lakes

A very popular venue with its spectacular view of Mount Rundle.

These series of shallow lakes are located west of the Town of Banff.

It is estimated that this area supports more than two hundred species of birds.

Plus a wide assortment of mammals such as moose, beaver, muskrat, bald eagles, osprey, and bighorn sheep.

Cascade Garden - Wedding Ideas Banff
Cascade Garden

It's located right in the quaint townsite of Banff. It's beautiful. It houses the Park Administration Building.

Parks Canada has described the garden as a unique and beautiful example of Canadian landscape design.

Enjoy their unbelievable manicured lawn and flower-beds.

Bow Falls - Wedding Ideas Banff

Bow Falls

Did you know that Marilyn Monroe filmed The River Of No Return at Bow Falls located minutes from the Town of Banff?

The falls may be small in comparison to others, however, they nevertheless create a spectacular backdrop for a beautiful wedding.

Actually these falls are just behind the Banff Springs Hotel, you know, the castle. Consider an intimate wedding dinner at the hotel.... it's only 10 minutes away!!! So many great wedding ideas to consider.

Mt.Norquay - Wedding Ideas Banff
Mt. Norquay

Since 1926 Banff Mt. Norquay has proven to be one of the most popular ski venues for the local inhabitants.

It's got a reputation as being much in demand for weddings. There could be some great wedding ideas here.

Sunshine Village another ski resort about 20 minutes from Banff is another great venue. Check out Sunshine Mountain Lodge.

Wedding Ideas Banff - Adventure Wedding Themes

Heli Wedding - Wedding Ideas Banff

Heli- Weddings

Did you know? Alberta law permits couples to marry anywhere where they can safely place five people. This will include the couple, two witnesses and the officiating officer.

Keep in mind.....there may be seasonal restrictions as well as other restrictions.

A permit may have to be obtained for certain venues or those that are subject to approval by Alberta Environmental Protection.

One of the most unique wedding ideas is the Heli-Wedding. This is where a helicopter drops the couple off in some permitted area. Rick Kunelius, a great marriage commissioner, has all the answers to make this wedding idea happen!!! Check out his website!!! especially his links tab.

If you're looking for other wedding ideas Rick suggests....Mount Whitehorn. It can be accessed by ski lift followed with a short hike. Tunnel Mountain requires a one-hour walk / hike. Peyto Lake is a long drive with a short walk. Rick further points out he cannot land a helicopter in the National Park. He's limited to certain sites in the Province.

If you're in good shape, why not incorporate this into the wedding ceremony. What about a one and half hour hike, where along the way vows are exchanged within different scenic backgrounds. You may even have some surprise guests at your wedding such as bighorn sheep, bear or chipmunks. Make incredible memories that last a lifetime....all kinds of stories to tell your kids!!!!

Dogsledding - Wedding Ideas Banff
Dog Sled Weddings

Thinking of a Christmas Wedding? How about exchanging vows while dog sledding and snuggling under warm blankets with some of the most enthusiastic "running dogs" you will ever encounter. Visions of the Dr.Zhivago movie!!!!

The "go go go" and barking of these beautiful Alaskan Huskies will provide you with most unique photo opportunities.

Envision being transported thru some of the most scenic terrain in the Canadian Rockies.

You may have the opportunity to have your ceremony in areas that during other times of the year are inaccessible. In winter some frozen rivers and streams now give you access to some real wilderness. What a chance to see some incredible scenery. How romantic!!!

Sleigh Ride Weddings

How about taking a sleigh ride either alone or with your wedding party?

Warner Guiding can accommodate a maximum of sixty-six guest. They can do this in three eighteen seater sleighs plus one twelve seater. There's a separate sleigh for the bride and groom. Ceremonies are generally held somewhere on a river or in the open field behind their facilities. Sounds interesting!

Hoodoos - Wedding Ideas Banff

Hoodo Weddings

What is a Hoodoo?

These are strange formations some resembling mushrooms. They definitely that have a certain mystique about them. Almost prehistoric!!

They are pillars of limestone that were formed by water and wind erosion over thousands of years. What a unique backdrop for your wedding ceremony.

In addition to the above, you may want to consider mountain biking, horseback riding, mountain climbing, whitewater rafters and water skiing as possible inspirations for your adventure-wedding ceremony.

The world-class scenery of Banff National Park makes it an attractive place to hold wedding ceremonies. While we offer unparalleled opportunities, there are special considerations associated with conducting activities within the national park boundaries.

Organizers must complete an application form to ensure they are aware of these special conditions. This application also helps Parks Canada to identify where events are taking place at any given time.

Banff Springs - Wedding Ideas Banff
Wedding venues like the Banff Springs Hotel can be a one stop wedding!

It's Canada's "Castle in the Rockies". This Scottish baronial castle creates an atmosphere of romantic sophistication fit for any fairy-tale wedding.

Feel like a princess on her wedding day!! 

The resort has several different room sizes and styles to suit any needs and desires for a perfect Banff wedding. I got married at the Banff Springs Hotel many many years ago. It was a private affair in one of their small wood paneled rooms. It was so intimate!!! Especially if it's your second time!

What about the Honeymoon Suite - The Presidential Suite sounds beautiful!!Located in the top tower of the Hotel your room is accessed by a private glass elevator!!! How decadent!!!

As you enter the suite you cross a marble foyer into a living room. A baby grand piano, a wall covering fireplace, and spiral staircase leading to a loft library. Yikes!!!The bedroom has a large canopy bed with original European tapestries. Wrap around windows offers an incredible view of the mountain peaks. What a great honeymoon night....imagine!!!!

Relax and Romance at it's best. Don't forget the world renowned Willow Stream Spa. I've been there and it's amazing. Enjoy your lover's company in the healing waters and mountain magic. Experience a romantic Couple's Package in the Deluxe Suite for two. Also, Willow Stream's full service Salon offers hair, makeup and nail services for your wedding day.

How about a romantic dinner? There 12 seasonal restaurants at the hotel. The five diamond Banffshire Club is superb. They offer the ultimate dining experience for guests and newly weds. The presentation of food is a work of art. It is intimate,elegant and luxurious.

Lake Louise - Wedding Ideas - Banff

Lake Louise - Wedding Ideas

This small mountain community is framed by stunning mountains, breath-taking glaciers and beautiful turquoise waters. Smaller and consequently less developed than Banff.

Lake Louise is one of the most famous backdrops for weddings.

This lakeside village is quiet, but with its world-class accommodations it is perfect for an intimate wedding in an outdoor paradise.

Just imagine a wedding with beautiful Lake Louise in the background, or perhaps feeling the warm embrace of that special someone on top of a mountain after you were swept to the top in a helicopter. And then retire to your cozy, romantic boutique hotel, or bask in the luxury of a five-star resort hotel.

The power and tranquility of the mountains, lakes, and alpine meadows in and around Banff and Lake Louise provide the most awe-inspiring environment, ensuring your wedding will last in your memories for a lifetime. When it comes time to make that commitment to each other, enjoy the moment in the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park and Lake Louise. It's a beautiful venue for a Christmas Wedding as well.

Wedding Ideas Banff
Various B & B's in Banff offer an intimate setting for that special day. Don't want to stress over a larger traditional wedding. Maybe this will work for you.

If you're looking small and elegant check out these venues.... Bell & Buffaloberry

For intimate and small wedding gatherings, this is a great venue. Buffaloberry B & B is an excellent choice in accommodations as well. Check it out!

Their Great Room with its grand sandstone fireplace and 23 foot vaulted pine ceiling set a wonderful backdrop for your ceremony with 8 to 20 guests. Have hors d'oeuvre afterwards or a light meal catered by one of the many fine restaurants in Banff.

Have a horse drawn carriage pull up to the Buffaloberry and sweep you off to one of the many beautiful outdoor settings around town. Exchange your vows by the falls, Cascade Gardens or on a point skirting many of the nearby lakes.

Our adventurous Commissioners will venture out with you to the ski hills or mountain tops.

Banff Boutique Inn

Romance & comfort, family & friends and love & commitment will adorn this great space. It allows you to enjoy the Weekend Wedding Experience you could only dream of. Imagine afternoon cocktails on the Garden Terrace by the outdoor fireplace surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. I do!

As if you were Cinderella; your personal horse drawn carriage will deliver you from the Garden Terrace to your choice of ceremony and dining venues. Indoor or outdoor ceremony and reception. Up to 40 people sitting or standing.

Innkeeper Lee O’Donnell is a wedding planner offering the total package including planning, accommodation, ceremony and reception services. Photography - take your pick of gorgeous locations all within walking distance. Banff Boutique Inn truly is Everything Weddings!

Many other hotels in the Banff area offer an assortment of wedding options.....look at all your's a special day.

Wedding Ideas Banff

There are so many Wedding Ideas in the Banff area. You can have an amazing ceremony in any season. I think fall is my favorite time. The leaves have changed color and you can have so much fun with wedding colors and themes.

It's more than just ceremonies with awe-inspiring mountains in the background. It’s about enjoying a life experience with that special someone.

There is nothing like the Canadian Rockies. Make your Wedding Day perfect – Memories that will last a Lifetime.

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