With the Rocky Mountains in the backdrop, Calgarians are pretty lucky to have some of the most naturally beautiful wedding locations in Canada. Whether you're looking for a romantic historic estate wedding, an industrial luxe warehouse, or a country chic lake house––there is truly a venue for every bride.
Here's our top 8 favourite venues in Calgary to consider for your big day:
The Norland Historic Estate Venue
Secluded on nine acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in Lethbridge, Alberta, The Norland Historic Estate is a stunning venue for weddings. The Norland is versatile for both elegant and informal events accommodating up to 300 guests. In the heart of the estate stands a Southern Style Colonial Mansion. Built in 1910 originally as a residence, this historic hidden gem has been preserved amongst manicured lawns, gardens, and mature trees. The Norland grounds feature a variety of entertainment spaces to host your event, including a stunning Ballroom and Gazebo in the gardens.
Starting Reception Fee (Peak Season): $5,500
Starting Plated Dinner Fee: $40
The Commons Calgary
Sleek concrete floors and three grand west-facing windows framed by 22 feet of original exposed brick, The Hemingway Room is simple yet bold, and undeniably charming. Named after one of the great novelists and journalists of the twentieth-century, The Hemingway Room once housed the former workspace of Calgary's iconic alternative news publication - Fast Forward Weekly. As rich in character as the stories once written by Ernest himself, within these four walls we invite you to compose your event in our most dexterous of venues. Offering space for 175 guests, an in-house coordinator and no corkage fee––the Commons makes for a great options for larger weddings.
Starting Reception Fee (Peak Season): $6,500
Starting Plated Dinner Fee: Outside Cater Required
The converging rivers is the perfect metaphor for the artful blending of old and new at Deane House. Completely renovated in 2016, Deane House exudes historical authenticity, while also feeling warm and modern in its ambiance and finishes. The restaurant features a series of carefully curated rooms, each with its own distinct character – many the outcome of thoughtful collecting and collaboration with local craftspeople. The Deane House is the perfect space on your most special day; celebrate in the library, dining room, verandah and bar or under the sun in their beautifully tended gardens. For a proper garden party, the outdoor space can hold up to 250 guests, or if you prefer the patio it can accommodate 150 loved ones.
Starting Reception Fee (Peak Season): $2,000
Starting Plated Dinner Fee: $78
The Countryside Barn is a stunning new venue located just minutes west of Lethbridge, featuring an historic Barn that has been lovingly re-built on a beautiful acreage. Offering a total event space of 4500 square feet, seasonal temperature control, and gorgeous patio space––this space is the next new "it" venue. Their event and catering coordinators and staff bring a level of passion and commitment to excellence helping you make your dream wedding into reality. The venue can hold up to 250 guests with plenty of space to make your day personalized and options for the wedding ceremony on the grounds.
Starting Reception Fee (Peak Season): $3,000
Starting Plated Dinner Fee: $30
Meadow Muse Pavilion
If you're looking for a beautiful outdoor venue surrounded by nature, Meadow Muse Pavilion is it. This charming, elegant space, located in the heart of Fish Creek Provincial Park, greets you with a beautiful blank slate for decorating, complete with hardwood floors and pleasant lighting. The walls are retractable to let in the sunshine on those breathtaking Fish Creek summer days. The transition of space between your event and the surrounding park will become seamless.The grounds surrounding Meadow Muse Pavilion are peaceful, featuring colourful blooms, manicured lawns and rustic benches. The patio deck frames a gorgeous view of the meadows and the surrounding park offers a perfect backdrop for an event no-one will ever forget.
Starting Reception Fee (Peak Season): $4,000
Starting Plated Dinner Fee: $76
One of Calgary's most famous and recognized spaces, the Fairmont Palliser will attend to every detail to create wedding memories you will cherish for a lifetime. The beautiful Oak Room is located on the lobby level and is the perfect venue for your wedding or bridal showers, post-wedding brunches and so much more. The newly renovated room features vintage modern decor and lighting, in soft grey tones. Ideal for 90 guests seated, or 150 guests standing reception. Couples can enjoy a complimentary tasting to create their custom menu. Additionally, the in-house pastry chef crafts delightful wedding cakes to complete the dining experience.
Starting Reception Fee (Peak Season): $300
Starting Plated Dinner Fee: $90
The Lake House
Perched directly above Lake Bonavista with large glass windows overlooking the lake, The Lake House is home to one of Calgary’s finest and most creative restaurants as well as a unique setting for weddings. Exuding rustic elegance, the interior is illuminated with ornate elk antler chandeliers and accessorized with a grand fireplace. Catching your eye when you enter the restaurant, a brand new 130 square foot glass encased wine cellar as well as a refurbished 21 foot bar from the 1800’s, previously housed in a mercantile shop in Montana, speak to the recent renovations. The outdoor patio provides the perfect opportunity to step outside, take a moment and enjoy the breathtaking views. Ideal for those looking for a wedding on the smaller side, the venue can hold 60 people for both the ceremony and reception, or 130 if you're only looking to host the reception.
Starting Reception Fee (Peak Season): $15,000
Starting Plated Dinner Fee: $70
The Nash Restaurant
If you're looking for something different, the recently restored National Hotel "The Nash" writes a new chapter in the hotel’s long history while building on the story of its past. The food concept is based on high quality natural ingredients sourced from as many sustainable local growers and producers as possible with a dash of urban grit thrown into the mix. The Nash’s dining room features a clean, open space, plenty of windows and natural light, white walls, wood tables, and hardwood floors. Its modern look and layout has a view of an open kitchen, which allows you to see the chefs at work.
Starting Reception Fee (Peak Season): $20,000
Starting Plated Dinner Fee: $80