The thought of planning a winter wedding may send a shiver down your spine, but they are often more magical than any frozen fairytale you've heard before! 

In Calgary, winter blankets the city for approximately 6 months of the year. Although the snow doesn't settle for quite that amount of time, the lower temperatures and shorter days lend perfectly to cozy comforts that are perfect for complementing your dreamy wedding celebration. 

Escape to a winter wonderland within the city and say "I Do" at The Lake House, a restaurant overlooking Lake Bonavista. Follow along as The Lake House shares their top reasons why you should start planning a snow-covered winter wedding:

Let's get cozy!

In the winter months, enjoy a roaring fireplace decorated with winter florals and candles. Exuding rustic elegance, this magical centerpiece will set the scene for your entire wedding day, and your guests will appreciate the warmth. Along with the gorgeous stone fireplace, you and your guests will also be able to enjoy the ornate elk chandeliers and fantastic views of the surrounding frozen lake. 

Photo: Stephanie Couture Photography, Florals: Flowers By Janie

No overheating and cozy wardrobe choices!

While the majority of summer brides worry about how to sweat-proof their makeup and avoid overheating in scorching summer temperatures, winter brides play the cooler temperatures to their advantage. Without having to worry about rain, wrap yourself up in warm stylish fur capes or coats, and share a cuddle with your future husband under snow-covered trees. Flakes in the air are perfect for adding a touch of glitter and sparkle to photos, the icing on the cake to capturing the true winter essence of your day!

Photos: Myrtle and Moss Photography, Florals: Flowers By Janie, Dress: Durand Bridal Enzoani Collection,
Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Suit: Hugo Boss

Deck the halls with bells and holly!

Fall and winter decor is warm and reflective of the colder months. Taking inspiration from the hues and tones of the season, flowers, foliage, and candlelight adorn tables and bouquets in a tasteful fashion. As the leaves turn yellow and begin to fall, take advantage of the warming tones in photographs, and use them to accent the wooden tables, chairs, and fixtures in the Main Dining Room. 

Insider tip: Did you know that The Lake House has a talented team that decorates every Christmas season? For brides and grooms looking to tie the knot between December and January, decorations including a twinkling Christmas tree will be up for you to enhance your festive celebration.

Photo: Red Bloom photography, Hair & Makeup: Glam n Go,, Dress: The Bridal Boutique, 
Florals: Pretty Petal Floral DesignGrooms suit: Ed Williams Mens Wear, Planner: Erin at Eventful Planning

Endless photo opportunities.

During the winter months, Lake Bonavista sits frozen like a giant rink, playing backdrop to your wedding day. Crisp fresh air against the glistening ice-covered lake creates a frosty, fresh and fabulous album to look back on in years to come. Take advantage of a glorious white speckled background and allow your chosen wedding day color scheme to pop out and warm the eye.

Photo: Kendal and Kevin Photography

Warm winter eats and sips.

Complement the colder months with a selection of warming eats. Your guests will be yearning for more bites of the delicious Rocky Mountain Cuisine infused with flavors of the season. The award-winning wine list at The Lake House features an array of full-bodied wines, perfect for raising a glass and cheering with friends and family on your special day. 

Photo: Sarah Pukin Photography

The first cut is the sweetest!

The Lake House's in-house pastry team works closely with couples to re-create your visions set to amaze guests and please everyone with a sweet tooth. Embracing the flavors of the season within your wedding cake is a creative and more importantly, delicious way to highlight the time of you choose to say, "I do".

Add a little touch of winter magic to your day, with sparkles, flavor and personalized designs with the in-house pastry team.

Photo: Barbara Rahal Photography, Cake: The Lake House In-house Pastry Team

Relax and enjoy your day, whatever the weather!

The most important factor to consider on your wedding day, be it any time of year, is that you can relax and trust the day will run smoothly. That's where the in-house team of event experts come into play. They will ensure your day flows without worry, whatever the weather! The Lake House has seen and worked with it all; and there is no amount of snow, hail or rain that would dampen their spirits, ensuring you have the most enjoyable day possible. 

Photo: Kendal and Kevin Photography,  Day-of-Planner: Wedding Worx

Combine these top reasons to celebrate your special day and we guarantee a fairytale ending, remembered for the rest of your lives! 

View the wedding packages for quotes and prices for The Lake House weddings, or get in contact with their extremely knowledgeable wedding team with any questions you may have. 

Subscribe

Sign up for monthly inspiration!