Above: A more traditional wedding venue: The Hotel MacDonald. Photograhy by Katch Studios.
The venue sets the tone for the whole wedding and is one of the first B-I-G decisions you have to make (and those really prepared brides often secure dates years in advance making the venue decision top of your priority list). Typically, weddings take place in historic or trendy hotels, ballrooms and community halls. In Edmonton, some favourites include the Hotel MacDonald, Matrix Hotel, Shaw Conference Centre, The Westin Hotel or perhaps a conference centre like The Oasis Centre or even a restaurant like this wedding hosted at LUX Steahouse + Bar. Another idea gaining in the popularity, a historic twist on a modern wedding at Fort Edmonton Park.
So how do you choose the locale for the big day? Here are a few tips from Jennifer Bergman Weddings:
1. If you have a lot of out-of-town guests attending ensure there are hotel options nearby or be prepared to provide transportation for your travelling guests.
2. Is having a rockin’ party one of your wedding priorities? If so, don’t forget to ask about noise restrictions and closing time.
3. June through September is an extremely busy time for weddings in Canada and especially in Alberta where our warm weather is short-lived. If you are set on a summer date be prepared to begin planning at least 12 months in advance.
Want more expert advice on choosing a venue? Visit Jennifer Bergman Weddings to read more.
Above: Modern decor sets the tone at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Photography by Katch Studios.
Ready, Venue, Go
Edmonton is full of amazing places to get married. We can't possibly cover them all. To give you some fresh ideas, here are some exclusively Edmonton wedding venues.
Staying Put at Murrieta’s
What’s the key to a perfect wedding venue? No need to move. Murrieta’s great division of space makes hosting your ceremony and reception in one place as easy as walking across the bar. Plus, your guests will be impressed with Murrieta’s classic décor, contemporary menu and excellent wine.
The Unconventional Venue
Avoid the catering hall feel at Latitude 53 where art doubles as décor. This modern space is perfect for intimate weddings especially close to summer solstice when guests can enjoy the endless hours on sunshine on the rooftop patio. For more inspiration, view this Edmonton wedding at Latitude 53 featured on the highly regarded Style Me Pretty website.
You Need Space
The Art Gallery of Alberta can accommodate 30 to 200 guests in its multi-level architectural space juxtaposing angular windows against a winding 190-metre steel ribbon. The incredibly tall ceilings let plenty of natural light pour into the venue (a photographer’s dream!). The culinary creations are provided by on-site Zinc Restaurant.
Clean Slate for New Beginnings
If décor is your thing, consider the TransAlta Arts Barns. The space provides a clean-slate with huge transformational potential due to built-in lighting capabilities and dramatic theatre backdrops. For eats, you can bring in your own favourite caterer.
For beer-loving couples, Yellowhead Brewery serves the finest microbrews in a rather hip spot. The massive restored warehouse offers a cozy, downtown loft feeling with exposed brick and beams.
For a space that oozes romance and intimacy, choose Sabor Divino Restaurant. The ambiance and cuisine is a mix of old and new world. The chefs work wonders by infusing modern flare into cuisine traditions of Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian descent. Ask for the in-house musicians and dine to the cascading sounds of the piano.
Above: Art doubles as decor at Latitude 53. Photography by James Design Studios.