How To Have The Perfect Outdoor Wedding - Cornerstone Canmore

Are you hoping to have a gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony that allows you to incorporate your love of nature into your big day? Outdoor ceremonies can be a wonderful way to take advantage of Canada’s beautiful backyard, especially during summer in the Rockies. At Cornerstone Weddings, we help happy couples say “I do” at some of the most stunning locations throughout Canmore. We know that outdoor weddings require a little TLC to get things just right and are happy to guide you along the process so your perfect day goes off without a hitch. If you’re planning on swapping vows in the great outdoors, below are a few tips to keep in mind.

Here Comes The…Sun?

It’s no secret that the biggest challenge of planning an outdoor ceremony is that mountain weather can be extremely unpredictable, going from sunny to raining within minutes. To avoid mother nature spoiling your big day, you’ll want to plan ahead and have a few options on standby, just in case. Whether you’re looking at springtime or summer nuptials, it’s important to have umbrellas on hand (the clear variety are great for photos).

Even with an ideal forecast, it’s always best to plan ahead so you’ll be prepared for anything nature brings as you walk down the aisle! Having a backup venue (as offered by Cornerstone for couples booking both wedding and reception with us) will give you peace of mind should the weather decide to change at the last minute.

Heat

Summer in the Rockies is a gorgeous time full of long hours of sunlight and warm temperatures. While there’s nothing better than soaking up some warm rays alongside breathtaking views, it’s important to remember that your guests may not be as appreciated of the heat when wearing more formal attire in an exposed area. Hot days can be fatiguing for everyone, and prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to sunburns without the proper precautions. Avoid these kinds of issues by having plenty of sunscreen and water available on hand, and remind everyone to keep safe throughout the day. You’ll also want to think of your guests’ comfort by making sure any metal chairs are covered in fabric, and may want to have fans on hand for people to cool down before and after.

Permits

The Town of Canmore requires that outdoor ceremonies and weddings obtain a permit for all parks. If you’re planning on hosting a ceremony within the town, you’ll want to ensure you obtain a permit early on. It’s also best to try and book early where venues are important to avoid disappointment. Couples booking through Cornerstone Wedding’s available outdoor venues do not need to worry about obtaining a permit.

Finally, if the thought of having less control over certain elements (not to mention the elements) causes you to stress, it may be best to stick with an indoor ceremony, which still gives you the opportunity for plenty of outdoor photos afterwards. Cornerstone Weddings offers stunning indoor weddings and receptions both through our namesake theatre, as well as the Canmore Nordic Centre. Learn more by contacting our team today!