Luxury weddings in the Canadian Rockies

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Written by bike posted on Friday, April 9th, 2010

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Not all Canadian Rockies weddings have to be stripped down, simple affairs in the middle of a meadow. There are actually tons of options for luxury weddings.

The Chateau Lake Louise is at the top of many wedding planner's lists as the most beautiful place to get married in the Canadian Rockies.


Banff and Canmore provide a mountain of luxurious spots for you and your wedding party, right in the middle of a rugged wilderness area.
Get married in a chateau on Lake Louise is just one example of how you can go big on your big day.
“We may be in the mountains, but there are so many services still available to a luxury wedding,” says Connie Grace, local expert, wedding planner and owner of Elegant Banff Occasions.
According to Grace, the Canadian Rockies are home to some of the world’s best spas, salons, golf courses and ski resorts. And you don’t have to camp to stay here- accommodations in the Canadian Rockies range from hotels and luxurious lodges to elaborate castles!
Grace also points out that despite the mountainous locations, getting here and having items delivered here is a piece of cake!
“Most mountain communities are situated along a major highway,” she says, “providing easy access for such things as lighting delivery, airport shuttle or courier services, etc. It is actually easier than most imagine having special items delivered to their resort!”
Lauran Laming of Rocky Mountain Weddings recommends the Chateau Lake Louise’s terrace for a luxury wedding and reception. Fulfill your prince/princess fantasy in this huge castle-like structure on the edge of one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. Your wedding photos will be unlike any other in your family!
Just make sure to make your reservation early for local castles – up to a year in advance, according to Laming. She also stresses that details are also important at luxury weddings. Don’t forget the music, champagne and chocolates between the ceremony and the reception!
Laming also suggests the bride and groom do some research on the local spas. “They have fantastic services,” she says. Said services may include couples massages to relax you for your big day!
Angela Schrempf is another local wedding planner and owner of Sweet Occasions. Her ideal spot for a unique luxury wedding is on Lake Minnewanka.
“It’s such a beautiful way to get married,” she says.
Imagine sailing with up to 30 of your guests sipping on champagne or wine and munching on cheese and other delectable hors-d’oeuvres. You’ll never want the day to end!
The lake is set in a beautiful mountain landscape with tons of wildlife, and yet is only 10 minutes from the town of Banff. It’s also a good choice because Lake Minnewanka is a bit lower elevation than other higher mountain venues, which means it stays a bit warmer. A great choice for summer or even a fall wedding!
It’s so unique because Minnewanka is one of the only lakes that Parks Canada allows motorized boats on and Sweet Occasions is the only company that can charter weddings on the lake!
If you can imagine it, the wedding planners in the Canadian Rockies can help you make it a reality!

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