Best Photo Worthy Wedding Venues In and Around Calgary Alberta

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In Calgary, there is no shortage of unique event venues to consider for your wedding day. Rustic, modern, ballroom, restaurant, barn, rooftop, pub, open fields… you get your pick! Once you know the style you prefer, how do you figure out which venue is truly offering the best service and experience?

I always ask each of my couples what kind of vibe they want for their wedding day. Some want a high-energy party, others want a low-key, relaxed gathering. No matter what vibe they want, every single couple will tell me they want a stress-free day. Here me when I say that the venue you choose can absolutely impact how much stress you carry during planning and on your wedding day. 

One way to keep your day stress-free is to choose a venue that has all Top 3 Features of the Best Wedding Venues! (Click to read!) Take a read of my linked blog post and then scroll down to see my list of stunning wedding venues in and around Calgary, Alberta. Every single one of the listed venues here meet these three criteria!

 

All the photos you see are photos I have taken while capturing events at these venues. I’ve seen the venue in action, met their team, and experienced how an event flows in the space. I can confidently say that these venues are the shining stars on the Calgary wedding scene. 

Without further ado, here are my favorite wedding venues that – confirmed by Jeff and I with our wedding photographer expertise – are both gorgeous and provide an amazing wedding experience for you and your guests.

Stunning Wedding Venues In and Around Calgary

Azuridge Estate

This whole venue is STUNNING. It is an estate home turned hotel / event venue and every inch of it put me in awe. Just trust me and go visit this place. They offer multiple ceremony and reception spots both indoors and outdoors around the property that will wow your guests. It’s a mini retreat, just outside the city.

Spots we love to photograph: The fountain and pond, water tower, balcony, views of the countryside, manicured lawns, and unique architecture.

Reasons we love this venue:
– Great for large or small weddings.
– Gorgeous accommodations on site for wedding party, guests and getting ready.
– Outdoor and indoor venue options.
– Indoor and sheltered options for photos.
– The chef is actually an old friend of my family and is so talented!!

Location: 25 Min West of Calgary, Priddis AB

Capacity: Up to 250 Guests

 


The Gathered

The Gathered Best Calgary Wedding Venue
The Gathered Best Calgary Wedding Venue

This venue warms your heart. It is the feeling of home, a cozy garden and big blue skies all around. The owners of this venue go above and beyond to give that personalized touch. They provide so many things including custom designed home-styled, locally grown meals, beautiful rustic chairs and tables, hanging lights, lawn games for your guests and a month-of wedding coordinator. It’s relaxing from start to finish and absolutely stunning.

Spots we love to photograph: Garden pathways, open fields, sunsets, bridal suite, and the gravel road with overhanging trees.

Reasons we love this venue:
– Private, white and rustic, day-of bridal suite for getting ready
– Outdoor transparent tent for your event giving you the outdoor experience with no fear of weather
– Guest entertainment includes lawn games, wandering the gardens, and visiting farm animals
– Their food is unreal. I will eat anything they create.

Location: 30 Min East of Calgary, Kathyrn AB

Capacity: 140 Guests

 

Norland Historic Estate

My jaw hit the floor the first time I turned onto the driveway and the venue came into view. It is elegant and sophisticated in every way. The historic building and surrounding property is literally out of a movie with manicured lawns, gazebo and balcony.

Spots we love to photograph: Veranda or balcony, manicured lawns, gazebo and along the pathways.

Reasons we love this venue: 
– Indoor and outdoor venue options.
– Indoor and sheltered options for photos.
– Elegant reception space with large windows and chandeliers.
– Packages include set-up and take-down as well as a staff of catering professionals for a stress free, luxury experience.

Location: 2 Hours South of Calgary in Lethbridge, AB

Capacity: Up to 300 Guests

 

Cochrane Ranchehouse

For those who like a rustic vibe, Cochrane Ranchehouse is a fantastic option! Although they don’t have a getting ready space, once you arrive for the ceremony, you won’t have to go anywhere else.

The property is so wide open and beautiful. The variety of nature for your wedding portraits is endless.

Beautiful spots for photos: The lawn view, stone fireplace, winding pathways, rocky cliff view, open field, mature trees over paved pathway.

Reasons we love this venue: 
– Stunning property with a variety of nature views for photos.
– Great as a small or large wedding venue.
– Outdoor ceremony with beautiful indoor back-up option.
– Indoor and sheltered options for photos.

Location: Cochrane, AB

 

Fairmont Palliser Hotel

I have not seen a more elegant venue in Calgary than the Fairmont Palliser. With multiple event space, grand staircases, old elevators, large chandeliers, the Hawthorne bar and many more spaces to enjoy, it has everything you could want for your wedding day celebration.

More to come soon…

 

Bearspaw Golf Cousre

Bearspaw Golf Course checks all the boxes of a great venue. With a manicured property, upscale rustic charm clubhouse, bar, courtyard, and scenery for photos – you and your guests can enjoy the entire day relaxing and celebrating on the property.

Beautiful Photo Spots: Ceremony view, brown wood building, open lawn, ponds, treed pathway, clubhouse entryway with strung lights, patio. 

Reasons we love this venue:
– Have a golf game in the morning.
– Outdoor ceremony has a stunning view.
– Indoor back-up option for ceremony.
– Free golf cart use to get to photo locations around the property.
– Beautiful rustic reception hall with wood framed ceiling and chandeliers.
– Full sky view for golden hour and sunset photos.  

Location: Bearspaw, AB

Capacity: Up to 200 Guests

 

CALGARY ZOO

I was blown away by the beauty, service and variety of backdrops for photos at the Calgary Zoo. Ceremonies are held in the beautifully manicured Dorothy Gardens and the private reception hall pictured here – complete with a dance floor – is connected to the beautiful conservatory. This venue can be as elegant and classy as you are dreaming – with fun included.

Spots we love to photograph: Beautifully manicured gardens, rainforest, suspension bridge, conservatory lobby and garden, gazebos, and – if you fancy it – a visit to see your favorite animal.

Reasons we love this venue: 
– Sheltered and indoor photo options.
– Private photo access after 4:30 pm when the zoo closes.
– Guest entertainment is included!
– Outdoor and four indoor venue options.

Location: Near downtown Calgary

Capacity: Up to 300 Guests

Well, there ya have it! 7 wedding venues in and around Calgary that are so stunning, you won’t need to drive anywhere for photos.

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Happy wedding planning!
– Ashley

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