Calgary exudes a special blend of pioneer charm and modern appeal, offering everything from the Calgary Stampede to the National Music Centre. The changes that happening in many areas of this Canadian city are also causing numerous affordable wedding venues to spring up, that all feature their own special local flavor.
For those with fond memories of sleep-away camp, this rustic mountain escape will be right up your alley. Less than a one-hour drive from the Calgary Airport, Camp Chief Hector sits on 1,000 acres and offers two large log-cabin style halls to house your reception. In regards to the ceremony, there are countless outdoor options during the warmer months that provide breathtaking Rocky Mountain backdrops. With on-site accommodations, you and your guests can spend a weekend celebrating your love while reliving some of the best aspects of camp, like horseback riding, canoeing, high ropes, hiking, archery, and a climbing tower.
Typical Cost: $4,000 per event
Bonus: There’s on-site catering that past guests rave about. Get ready to nibble on treats like fig and goat cheese tarts, chicken dumplings, and homemade cordon bleu.
With views of the Rocky Mountains everywhere you look, this venue is sure to please nature lovers. Receptions can be held in one of the three elegantly decorated event rooms that have floor to ceiling windows for days and cozy vibes that are especially nice on snowy nights. Ceremonies can be held indoors or on one of the many grass-covered or lakeside outdoor locations. If you want a wedding soaked in natural wonders, this venue is for you.
Typical Cost: $500 – $3,000 per event
Bonus: The endless spruce and aspen trees scattered throughout the property infuse it with a majestic ambiance.
Foodies and beer connoisseurs will be in heaven in this brewery and restaurant that doubles as an industrial-chic event space. Edison bulb light fixtures, high ceilings, and modern furniture create an ambiance that’s laid back yet sophisticated. And, to add a few splashes of uniqueness to your event, guests can purchase growlers of their beer of choice and receive a brewery tour. This venue is ideal for a winter wedding that requires a top-notch indoor space to celebrate.
Typical Cost: $20 – $50 per person
Bonus: Deep-fried Mac and cheese bites, applewood smoked pork ribs, pulled pork sliders, and vegetable samosas: just a few of their crave-worthy menu items. How can you resist?
A great option for a more traditional wedding, this country club features 300 acres of green rolling hills, over 20,000 square feet of event space spread out over three rooms, and a sprawling upstairs patio that looks out over the green. Your assigned event planner will support you in bringing your vision for the celebration to fruition by ensuring that the floral arrangements and décor match your preferences, and the Executive Chef Drew Double will ensure that the food is on point, whether you’re having a morning wedding followed by brunch, or an evening soiree with a four-course dinner. The beauty of this space is that it is like a chameleon – able to be morphed into whatever version of a wedding dreamland you have your heart set on.
Typical Cost: $1,000 for the ceremony and $120 to $155 per person for the reception
Bonus: The catering package offers the option of chef action stations, which include a station for pad Thai, pasta, East Indian, tacos, short ribs, or vegan lentils.
The modern industrial style of this venue creates a vibe of mystery and romance, while the mood lighting provides an inviting glow (and makes everyone standing under it look fab.) This space also helps you pare down on vendors as it provides tables, chairs, linens, china, silverware, and glassware. And, we can’t forget the food, which looks like colorful art expertly prepared and arranged by Head Chef Faizal and his team. Types of menus include plated, buffet, cocktail, or breakfast, and yes, full bar services are available. Impeccably executed details are the name of the game at The Baron.
Typical Cost: $1,500 to $6,000 minimum fee depending on the day of the week.
Bonus: Guests can enjoy a wide array of unique fare like the Asian quinoa salad, ginger and garlic tofu, blue cheese truffles, curried chicken tartlets, mango cheesecake, and so much more.
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Bailey Gaddis is the author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood, a childbirth preparation educator, birth doula, and hypnotherapist who works with mothers-to-be, new mothers, and their support teams. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.