Five Tips for Getting Married in Calgary

April 26, 2023
Five Tips for Getting Married in Calgary

A city of 1.6 million situated just east of the Canadian Rockies makes for a lovely place to say ‘I do.’

Calgary is bustling with life but provides easy access to some of Canada’s most scenic and breathtaking natural areas. There is something here for everyone, from luxurious mountain hotels & retreats to forested ceremonies tucked away in the Rockies.

Whether you live in Calgary or are traveling to get married in the region, here are five major tips to help ensure planning is stress-free and easy:

1. Check Seasonal Weather 

It is Canada, after all! Like many areas located in the northern Rocky Mountains, the weather here can be unpredictable. In July, the average high is a comfortable 73 degrees. Winter leaves late, especially in the mountains. July & August are often the best months to get married if you are looking for a summer wedding with minimal chance of snow. Snowpack in the mountains can last well into June, with early-season flurries arriving in September.

It’s best to pack for a wide range of potential weather. This includes sun, snow, rain, and wind. Days are often comfortable and warm, while evenings cool fast and are most enjoyed with added layers. But no matter the weather, every season has its perks when getting married in Calgary! Winter is perfect for a ski-inspired or winter wonderland ceremony at a cozy mountain hotel, fall is perfect for getting married under the foilage of Aspen, and late spring & early summer bring wildflowers and warmer temperatures. There are backup indoor ceremony & reception options at Azuridge Estate Hotel, making it easy to navigate if unforeseen weather is forecasted.

2. Book Venues As Soon As Possible 

Some venues book a year or more in advance, and luxury hotels, such as Azuridge Estate Hotel, recommend securing your wedding date as soon as it’s finalized. Azuridge, which is one of the most prestigious hotels in Alberta, only handles a specific number of weddings each year. That’s because each wedding at the hotel comes with its personal team of butlers, wine sommeliers, chefs, and wedding planners. Weddings are booked during specific days and slots so that the quality of service is at the highest standard for each couple.

3. Check Marriage Ceremony Requirements in Alberta 

When getting married in Alberta, there are a few important details to note regarding your marriage license and marriage ceremony requirements.

Before the ceremony, couples must

  1. Obtain the marriage license from a registry marriage office. There are two parts to marriage license documents, the registration of marriage and the marriage license. The license must be obtained by the person who will be performing your marriage.
  2. Choose whether your marriage will be civil or religious. This will decide who can & will legally marry you.
  3. Find who will be marrying you. This person must be authorized through Vital Statistics to perform marriages within Alberta.

After the ceremony, couples must:

  1. Mail in the Registration of Marriage to Vital Statistics within 48 of the ceremony. The person who married you will keep the Marriage License portion of the document.

4. Decide on Accommodation Options Early

Many wedding venues are located in the Calgary region, but the advantage of using a hotel as the venue includes the stay packages. At Azuridge, couples getting married at the hotel can also book stay packages for their guests, spa services, and more. Choosing a wedding venue that also serves as accommodation can automatically check additional things off the to-do list. If you are getting married at a venue without lodging, block off hotel rooms at a nearby hotel as soon as possible, this is especially important if you are getting married downtown.

5. Book Local Vendors

Booking local vendors in or around Calgary has major advantages. For example, as mentioned above, the weather in the Canadian Rockies is constantly changing. If you are planning an outdoor ceremony or photo location that can no longer happen due to weather, your local vendors are experts on the area and can recommend alternative locations or solutions. Booking a ceremony location with indoor and outdoor options is also smart. This will help reduce stress if mother nature throws a curveball to the original plans.

Learn more about weddings at Azuridge Estate Hotel here.

Learn more about ceremony and marriage requirements in Alberta here. 

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