It’s no surprise that Banff is a popular place to get married. With gorgeous mountain views in every direction and incredible local vendors, it’s every bride’s dream! If you’re planning a wedding in Banff, the venue is one of the most important things to book. Luckily, there are tons of incredible Banff wedding venues to choose from for every style and budget. For your convenience, we’ve rounded up our top ten places to get married in Banff.
Rising up out of the trees, this “Castle in the Mountains” is straight out of a fairytale. The historic and luxurious Fairmont Banff Springs is the perfect venue for everything from big ballroom weddings to intimate elopements. Dance the night away in the same ballroom that once hosted Marilyn Monroe and Fred Astaire, or say your vows during a cozy gathering out on the Garden Terrace. You and your guests can enjoy the renowned Willow Stream Spa, championship golf course, and exquisitely crafted menus curated to your tastes. With jaw-dropping skiing and hiking just minutes away, a wedding at the Fairmont Banff Springs will be the event of the season. If you’re looking for a wedding venue with romantic sophistication, this may be the one for you.
Not to be outdone by the Fairmont Banff Springs, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is another stunning place to get married in Banff National Park. Situated next to the iconic turquoise lake and with a backdrop of glittering glaciers, the Chateau Lake Louise offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for all seasons and all wedding sizes. Say “I do” by the beautiful blue waters of Lake Louise at the Lakeview Terrace, or keep it small in the intimate Lefroy Room. Your guests will love exploring the beautiful Lake Louise, with activities such as snowshoeing, sleigh rides, ice skating, and hiking just steps from the hotel’s front door. If you love both glamour and adventure, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the perfect spot for the wedding of your dreams.
Nestled at the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff, the Banff Gondola is an incredible spot for an intimate wedding with amazing views and service. Who wouldn’t want to have their ceremony out on the observation deck, surrounded by blue skies and endless mountain peaks? For a reception with jaw-dropping views, look no further than the gondola’s Sky Bistro. With floor-to-ceiling windows, enjoy a panorama of Banff’s iconic mountain ranges as you dine with your new spouse and all of your loved ones.
If castles aren’t quite your jam, check out the stunning Buffalo Mountain Lodge. The hand-hewn timber lodge sits on top of Tunnel Mountain, overlooking the town of Banff. The lodge has an impressive stone fireplace and beautiful open beam ceilings, as well as panoramic balconies. Exchange vows in the gorgeous Tunnel Mountain Reservoir next door and Buffalo Mountain Lodge will cater to all of your reception and after-party needs.
Available to rent from the Town of Banff, Tunnel Mountain Reservoir is a gorgeous and no-frills outdoor space for a ceremony. There are no frills needed, though, when you have the stunning Mt. Rundle as your ceremony backdrop! You’ll have to make other arrangements for a reception, but many of our favourite venues will be happy to work with you to plan your party. You’ll be so glad you took the extra effort when you’re standing in front of your loved ones against a backdrop of jaw-dropping mountains.
For some of the best wedding views in Banff, look no further than the Rimrock Resort. The space is elegant and modern, with your choice of gorgeous outdoor balconies and terraces for the ceremony, as well as ballrooms and restaurants for a reception. The resort offers incredible food and wine pairings, discounts on room blocks for your guests, and complimentary access to the hotel and hotel grounds during your big day. You can even choose to do an intimate first look in the beautiful forest before you say “I do”. Relax after your busy wedding day with a discount on spa services for the happy couple.
If you’re looking for a memorable and unique Banff wedding venue, check out Park Distillery, a top-rated restaurant and distillery located on the iconic Banff Avenue in downtown Banff. The distillery space has a rustic, campfire aesthetic with gorgeous mountain views, perfect for outdoorsy couples. Enjoy dinner smoked in house, as well as handcrafted cocktails made with the distillery’s award-winning spirits. You can book one of two floors, or rent the entire space. One thing’s for sure, a wedding at Park Distillery will be charming and cozy, not to mention a ton of fun with the help of some of Park’s spirits!
For the foodie couple, The Bison is a perfect spot for your dream Banff wedding. The modern, open concept dining room is excellent for a cocktail-style event. The Bison offers chef tasting tables, fresh oyster bars, and hors d’oeuvres stations. Take in the fantastic views with your new spouse and your loved ones while you sip and nibble in style. Take the party out to the rooftop terrace for a fabulous reception under the stars, and don’t forget the perfect DJ or playlist. Though the space is intimate, there’s plenty of room for dancing.
Situated just 10 minutes outside Banff’s downtown, Mt. Norquay is one of our favourite Rocky Mountain wedding venues for stunning alpine ambiance. In the summer, hold your ceremony on the spectacular Lone Pine Lawn or on one of the resort’s large outdoor patios. Party with all of your loved ones in the picturesque timber-frame Cascade Lodge during your truly spectacular celebration. The resort offers catering, alcohol, and even transportation back into town after a long night of festivities.
We know you’ve got a love of adventure. You wouldn’t be getting married in Banff if you didn’t. For the truly bold couple, take to the skies with a Banff helicopter elopement. You can pledge your love to your spouse against a backdrop of untouched mountains, pristine glacial lakes, and alpine meadows in full bloom. Lucky for you, we offer custom elopement packages and heli-adventure sessions. As Banff locals, we know all the best and most beautiful elopement locations. So that you and your new spouse can start off your latest adventure in style.
As you can see, there are tons of unique Banff wedding venues. Everything from majestic castles to rustic lodges and even remote alpine meadows. Any venue in Banff is sure to be a winner, but these are our top ten. We’ve shot gorgeous weddings in every venue listed. In fact, we would love to work with you to ensure every memory of your special day is captured perfectly. So, whether you’re planning an intimate ceremony or a grand celebration, you can trust us to deliver stunning photos that you’ll cherish for years to come.
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