If you are looking for picturesque backdrop, stunning landscape and a fun wedding, look no further then the beautiful Canadian Rockies. It covers all of the above and more.
Continue reading, to find out why we chose Banff as our wedding destination, how to arrange for vendors and legal formalities of marriage and budget <3
Why we chose Banff?
Personally we both love Banff and enjoy spending time in the mountains. Banff was our first vacation together as a couple. We visited Banff in 2011 and married in 2016.
And let me tell you, just like the mighty Rockies, our bond has just strengthened over these years. (I know, its cheesy, but its true)
Both my husband and I hold Indian passports and are Canadian Permanent Residents and getting a marriage licence here was easy.
We are both unconventional and love travelling. And hence destination wedding was our calling. We arranged for our marriage licence, approached a wedding planner (to arrange the make-up, officiant, photographer, etc) and all we had to do is drive to the venue. Oh and this was a “Just-Us” wedding too. It was just the two of us and the beautiful Rockies <3
Planning for a Banff Wedding: Legal Aspects
In order to get married in Canada, you must follow requirements as outlined by the provincial authorities. Each province will list marriage requirements on their website. You can also view them on city’s registries (Registry provides you with licence plates, drivers licence, insurance and so on and on forth)
Banff is located in the province of Alberta. You can get a marriage licence from any registry in Alberta to get married in Banff. We got ours in Edmonton for CAD$100 (marriage licence + registry fee) and it was picked up the same day. You will have to fill out a marriage licence form. Carry 2 pieces of photo identification with you. (If you get a marriage licence in Alberta, you are eligible to get married only in Alberta)
Marriage Licences are valid for 90 days. You can re-apply if your plans change, after 90 days. Marriage licence is a 2-part document. The top part is a Registration of Marriage and the bottom part is the marriage licence:
- the full document (Registration of Marriage and Marriage Licence) must be given to the marriage officiant that will be performing the marriage
- the document must be kept in good condition and not folded as the document will be permanently archived
You can get married in civil or religious ceremony. 2 witnesses are required to sign the marriage document. You will be issued a statement of marriage, once its officiated. After the wedding, you will have to apply for a marriage certificate.
Here is the link to the Service Alberta website with additional information about marriage licences. Click Here
Planning for a Banff Wedding: Arranging for Vendors
Getting hold of wedding vendors are easy in Banff. There are packages available by wedding planners or you can approach hotels who specializes in weddings and related venues.
- Hotel- Wedding Packages – Hotel companies like Rocky Mountain Chain, Fairmont offers venue for weddings and parties. They can arrange for seating and food as per your needs. There are wedding consultants available at request as well. Some wedding packages also include photography and a “honey-moon suite” after. Click this link, to find more of lodges and hotels that offer wedding packages.
- Wedding Planners: Wedding planners can work wonders on your wedding day. Wedding planners will guide you through the legal formalities, arrange for local vendors and can even become your witness to the wedding. (You will need 2 witnesses to officiate the marriage)
We went with the wedding planner route. We had no guests, it was just the two of us. We only required an officiant and a photographer (who also was our witness). I added for bridal make-up and hair 🙂
We wanted our wedding to be outdoors, by the lovely mountains. Our wedding planners were – Rocky Mountain Wedding Planners, who are based in Banff. They arranged for the officiant, photographer – Pam Doyle (all photos copyright to her) and a local salon for make-up.
For our venue, we chose the Two Jack Lake. We also got 2 hours of photography done after in the nearby areas.
We can pretty much customize everything for your wedding. You can get married in a canoe, lake side, field, by mountains, anywhere as long as the officiant and the 2 witnesses come with you
We really had so much fun that day. All thanks to Rocky Mountain Wedding Planners.
Planning for a Banff Wedding: Ceremony
Our wedding ceremony was a top a small hill on 2 Jack Lake. We were officiated in a civil ceremony. We kept the wedding simple and true to our selves.
At our wedding in Banff – our officiant – Carl Shields said – “You have chosen a great venue for your wedding, these mountains signify your strength as a couple, of love and spirituality”
You can customize your ceremony and venue setting just the way you want. There are options to bring in props or set up seating for a limited number of people by lake-side or mountain valley or garden.
We were really happy with the arrangements and we loved it that it was a simple ceremony – filled with love and promises for our future together.
Our Wedding was featured by Wedding Sutra – www.weddingsutra.com – Bridal Portal. Click Here for the article
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If you have any questions about planning for a wedding, dress or generally about Banff, feel free to comment below <3