5 Rustic & Elegant Wedding Venues

There is only one rule when embarking on the journey to finding your perfect wedding venue, that is; give yourself enough time. Ideally you should try to book your wedding venue a minimum of one year prior to your wedding date. With every month that goes by bringing you closer to the big day, your options will decrease and the prices will likely increase. That said, sometimes there is no avoiding a spontaneous booking and most venues and planners will do their best to work within your constraints. It is a good idea to take a list of key questions with you so that you can ask the site manager while you have his or her attention. If you collect the same information from three or four different venues you will have no problem comparing your notes and making an informed decision. For more expert help with “Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue”, read the article by Wedding Planner and Owner of Enriched Events, Sonia Ulmer, on page 107 of the Calgary Bridal Guide.

Today we are spotlighting five wedding venues in Calgary that have a rustic yet elegant appeal. Although these venues are considered very modern, and their menues are are divine, they have a cozy and comfortable natural ambiance that will make your guests feel relaxed and at home. The warm woods and natural looking interior of also means that minimal decor is needed.

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NOtaBLEAlthough Chef Noble is well known for his restaurants, he was also a banquet chef for 3 years at the Four Season Hotel Vancouver. He knows how to do great restaurant quality meals for any size group event. Enjoy NOtaBLE’s “best of” la carte menu or their “family style’ selection of amazing food in a private room that looks and feels like your own intimate section of the restaurant, and seats up to 30.

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Cilantro – Cilantro remains the casual, cozy and quaint atmosphere that they have been known for for over twenty years. With seventy seats to offer, this upscale, casual-style restaurant has an additional fifty seat enclosed patio and veranda. Couples who are immersed in the evolving cocktail culture in Calgary will love Cilantro’s cocktail list, created by Dominik Aschauer it is highly sought after by enthusiasts. Cilantro also offers an ever-changing extensive wine list of 250 wines by the bottle, and features up to 25 different wines by the glass. Chef Ken Canavan is the creator behind their exclusive menu, which has an unconventional Californian-Southwestern flare.

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Fairmont Chateau Lake LouiseSurrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is prominently located in Banff National Park. Originally built as a base for outdoor enthusiasts and Alpinists over 100 years ago, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a year-round luxury mountain resort offering a variety of activities including: guided mountain tours, world-class skiing in the winter, scenic hiking and canoe activities in the summer, a luxury spa, and exceptional dining experiences.

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Earl Grey Golf ClubEarl Grey Golf Club prides themselves on providing their members and guests with an outstanding selection of food and beverage services. They are perfectly located on gorgeous manicured green space and can accommodate groups of up to 180. Whether it’s a cocktail reception or a sit down dinner, Earl Grey will provide your guests with extraordinary food, remarkable service, and an overall experience that will more than exceed your expectations on your wedding day.

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Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant – Situated in a valley in the verdant Fish Creek Provincial Park, Bow Valley Ranche is an ideal location for your wedding. The main ranch house offers space for gatherings of all sizes. New to Fish Creek this year is the availability of the Meadow Muse Pavilion, an outdoor tent perfect for hosting outdoor receptions.The Bow Valley Ranche is one of Calgary’s most sought-after spots for both indoor and outdoor weddings and boasts a number of stunning locations for wedding photos on the spectacular grounds, or on the house’s elegant wraparound veranda.