Alberta summers are spectacular but notoriously short-lived. The enjoy-it-while-you-can attitude is deeply ingrained in us, so it’s no wonder most couples choose to book their weddings between May and September. But if you’re adventurous enough to brave the other seven months of the year, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs can offer an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
The Rocky Mountains are breathtaking year-round, but there is something truly magical when sparkling white snow blankets the land in beautiful stillness. Add in the castle-like quality of the Fairmont Banff Springs, you’ll feel like you’re getting married in a fairy tale film. But if a winter wonderland wedding isn’t your style, consider Lake Louise in late autumn when the larch trees transform the area into a sea of rustic gold to offset the lake’s spectacular turquoise water.
Whichever season or venue you choose for your wedding, you can expect the same incredible food and impeccable service that has become synonymous with the Fairmont name. Both hotels offer indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces, reception rooms to accommodate intimate or grand weddings, and a dedicated team to help you through the entire planning process. You can choose from a selection of menus featuring exquisite regional cuisine or create your own custom menu, and the Executive Pastry Chef at Chateau Lake Louise will even design a gorgeous—and scrumptious—wedding cake. The spas at both hotels will ensure you walk down the aisle feeling pampered and polished.
As if the stunning scenery and breezy planning weren’t enough, there are some serious perks to booking outside of tourist season—the biggest being the absence of tourists. No wading through hordes of cameras and selfie-sticks to get your dream photos! Not only will you have a more tranquil and exclusive setting for your nuptials, but fewer visitors mean more competitive group rates for your guests. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise also offers discounts on ceremony rental pricing in their shoulder and winter seasons, so you can use those savings to splurge elsewhere.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offers many exclusive winter add-ons to help you fully celebrate the season. Treat guests to a warm welcome around a campfire with hot chocolate and s’mores, or keep things classy and cool with a cocktail reception at the Ice Bar. Challenge your bridal party to a Bavarian curling competition or gather everyone together for an ice skating party right on the lake. Keep things cozy at the ceremony with a hot chocolate or apple cider bar and have a send-off in style: snuggle up together and dash through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh. Your guests can also share the nostalgia with horse-drawn sleigh rides between the ceremony and reception.
Your wedding weekend will feel like a vacation for you and your guests, but with the convenience and affordability of being close to home. Both Fairmont resorts offer numerous quintessential Canadian winter activities for all ages and levels of adventure. Explore the area on foot with a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis or book a thrilling dogsled or helicopter tour. Hit the slopes at one of three world-class ski resorts or try an icier activity such as ice fishing, ice climbing, or hiking the frozen falls at Johnston Canyon. You can also stay warm inside with a hot drink, a good book or a board game by the fireplace. If love is an adventure, celebrate your new chapter together with a unique wedding in one of the most spectacular natural settings on earth; celebrate in Fairmont fashion.
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