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If you’re dreaming of saying “I do” surrounded by the Rockies, you’re not alone! Alberta is home to some of the most stunning peaks that the Canadian Rocky Mountains have to offer. As a small town that bustles to life in the summer, Canmore has become a preferred destination for couples looking to incorporate a touch of mother nature into their big day.

If you and your beloved are considering an outdoor ceremony, there are a few factors you’ll want to keep in mind regardless of the time of year you plan to swap vows. Canmore offers several outdoor venues all year round including both the Canmore Ranch and the Canmore Nordic Centre, both of which are exclusive to Cornerstone Weddings. With hundreds of weddings under our belt, our team is here to help you plan the perfect big day, rain or shine. Below are a few key tips when it comes to planning an outdoor wedding, as well as some of the features of one of our most popular venues for outdoor enthusiasts: the Canmore Ranch. Read on to learn more!

First Things First

If you’ve been debating an outdoor wedding, then chances are you already know that your biggest nemesis will be the weather. As much as Canmore has gorgeous skies and beautiful weather (depending on your preference) all year round, the mountains are notoriously fickle where the weather is concerned. Snow and rain are fair game no matter the season, and during the summer you can face sweltering temperatures that would make any bride swoon (and not in the romantic sense) without the right tools in place. Before you commit to an outdoor ceremony, you need to be prepared to deal with the reality of being at the mercy of Mother Nature.

With that being said, having a backup plan as well as season-specific goodies in place can make overcoming the elements easier and prevent them from ruining your special moment. Best of all, if you choose to book both your wedding and reception with Cornerstone our team will offer you the use of our theatre should the weather take a turn for the worse!

Are You Comfortable Being Exposed?

Many of Canmore’s outdoor venues are quite open, meaning that, although you may have a specific area booked off for your ceremony, you might end up sharing your special day with some unexpected spectators in the area. Venues like the Canmore Ranch, however, offer enhanced privacy. Located just a two-minute drive from the Theatre, Canmore Ranch is actually a private facility as opposed to a public location and offers you stunning mountain views well as a secluded tree-lined setting for a more intimate service. The ranch features full-service bathrooms and ample parking and is available exclusively through Cornerstone Weddings.

Guest Comfort

While both you and your spouse to be might be fans of the great outdoors and comfortable hiking up grassy knolls to get to an outdoor location, this may be less viable for guests that have mobility issues as well as those who are more susceptible to the elements. It’s important to consider who you want there most and what kind of needs they might have while attending.

Saying “I do” in the crisp mountain air while surrounded by your loved ones can be a magical experience. At Cornerstone Weddings, there’s nothing we love more than making your special moments come to life and welcoming you to our beautiful backyard. Contact us today to learn more about outdoor weddings, the Canmore Ranch and everything in between!

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