How To Plan For Outdoor Ceremonies - Cornerstone

Summer wedding is in full swing! With the sun shining and nature in full bloom, there’s no better way for those enamoured with the great outdoors to celebrate their big day than an outdoor wedding ceremony. This time of year, the Cornerstone team receives countless inquires about outdoor weddings in the Canmore area; to assist those in the early stages of planning, we have compiled a short list of tips to consider prior too booking your venue. Learn more below!

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Plan To Book Early

Canmore is a popular locale for couples looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of larger mountain towns like Jasper or Banff, meaning that venues are in high demand, especially in the summer months. Because there are limited outdoor spaces suitable for weddings, it’s imperative to book as early as possible. Bear in mind that you may need to exercise patience: choice spots can book as far as 18 months out in advance.

Know the Restrictions Of Your Venue

Outdoor spaces often have certain restrictions or requirements that you’ll want to ensure that you, as well as your guests are aware of ahead of time. These stipulations are often included for everyone’s safety, as well as the protection of the space itself, and should be adhered to at all times.

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Have the Essentials On Hand

As any nature enthusiast will know, weather can often be unpredictable. Help keep everyone comfortable by supplying the following essentials during your time outdoors:

  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Clear umbrellas (block the rain without obscuring the view!)
  • Blankets in case of colder weather, and more.

Dress Appropriately

Being outdoors leaves you vulnerable to the elements, which can pose a particular challenge when you’re trying to look your best. Minimize discomfort and the potential for mishaps by planning a wardrobe that is adaptable and suitable for the climate. Things to consider are:

  • Sewing small weights into the hemlines of dresses
  • Choosing veils and hair styles that are less likely to be ruffled by wind
  • Wearing makeup that can handle warm temperatures and humidity
  • Considering wedge heels for the bridal party opposed to stilettos

Have A Backup Plan

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, mother nature simply doesn’t want to cooperate. Ensure you have a secondary location to turn to, just in case! Cornerstone Theatre, for example, offers couples who book both their wedding and reception with us access to the theatre as a backup venue in the case of inclimate weather.  Contact Cornerstone Theatre for more information on outdoor weddings in Alberta.