The best wedding venues in Calgary
As wedding photographers, we’ve documented wedding day stories in countless spaces and Calgary wedding venues. We know that choosing your wedding venue sets the tone and feel of your celebration, and understand how important it is for you to choose a space that best represents your style, vibe and vision. Whether you’re looking for small Calgary wedding venues or need a space to host a large party, Calgary definitely has some incredible gems. This blog post will give you insight into some of the best premium Calgary wedding venues.
The Fairmont Palliser Hotel
One of the most classic Calgary wedding venues is The Fairmont Palliser Hotel downtown. Steeped in history and rich architecture, this iconic venue, will elevate your wedding to an incredibly elegant event – from its vintage elevator to its grand staircase, or those classic street front views with the Fairmont Palliser Hotel signage to all of the historically rich artwork throughout the venue. Fairmont Palliser Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom, their largest space which can host over 300 guests, features old-world detailing and historic charm while their recently updated Oak Room, which can host up to 100 guests, offers a fresh, lighter vintage-modern feel for your wedding. Whether you’re planning an intimate party or lavish celebration, Calgary’s Fairmont Palliser Hotel offers the timeless experience that will linger in your hearts for you and your guests for years to come.
See more from this wedding at the Palliser here.
Calgary Golf & Country Club
If you’re looking for a private venue situated in a serene, inner-city sanctuary, this is the one for you. The Calgary Golf and Country Club is located above the Elbow River, and is a perfect combination of calming nature and old, classic vibes. We love the Calgary Golf and Country Club because it makes your wedding day logistically so easy. With no inter-city travel required, all the parts of your day flow seamlessly. We especially love the iconic tree-lined laneway for portraits. The Calgary Golf and Country Club has a capacity for 300 seated guests, as well as incredible culinary options. *Please note, that to book this venue, you must be or have a member of the Calgary Golf and Country Club sponsor your wedding, as it is a private golf club.
Azuridge Estate Hotel
Azuridge Estate Hotel, a short distance west of Calgary, is a breathtaking haven tucked away in the forests of the Foothills. Originally built as a private residence with a personal guesthouse, it’s one of the perfect Calgary wedding venues to host your celebration. The grounds are enchanting, the spaces are stunning, and you’re surrounded by 13 acres of forest views. As wedding photographers, since we frequent Calgary wedding venues, we love the variety of scenery for documenting your wedding day – multiple options for getting ready, ceremony and cocktail hour, and evening reception. Azuridge Estate Hotel has a capacity of 50-180 seated guests, along with the possibility of on-site accommodations. This is definitely a venue to check out if you want an exclusive, full-service experience with your guests in the most dreamy nature getaway.
The River Cafe is a hidden gem of Calgary wedding venues if you’re looking for an intimate space for a smaller wedding. Located on Prince’s Island, River Cafe is tucked in beautiful foliage between the river and downtown Calgary. It’s an absolutely magical place, the perfect choice for an intimate Calgary wedding with your favourite people. Capacity for this venue is up to 100 seated guests. If you dream of an elegant, picturesque party in a charming space, filled with good food, drink and company, you should definitely check out The River Cafe for your wedding.
The Deane House
If you’re looking for a space with elegant, historic charm, The Deane House is one of the best Calgary wedding venues to choose! Rich in stories of Alberta’s history as well as the grace and beauty of a garden party setting, The Deane House offers a gorgeous all-in-one venue on the edge of downtown Calgary, and is able to host ceremony, through cocktail hour and into your dinner party. With the choice of indoor or outdoor spaces, accommodating a small and intimate or more large-scale party, The Deane House is the perfect inner city garden oasis. This Calgary wedding venue has a capacity of 72 seated guests indoors or up to 250 seated guests in their outdoor tent.
Check out this incredible wedding at the Deane House here.
Bow Valley Ranche
Tucked away into the heart of Fish Creek Park, Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is another charming, historic gem of Calgary wedding venues. Unlike The Deane House, the garden oasis in the midst of Calgary’s downtown, Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant offers a cozy, historic ranch house with the vast rolling landscape of Fish Creek Park as your backdrop. This is another venue that enables a smooth, relaxed flow to your wedding day, with an elegant upstairs suite for getting ready, as well as outdoor or indoor ceremony and reception space options. All of your portraits can be completed on and around the venue as well! Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant has a seated banquet-style capacity of about 120 guests.
Meadow Muse Pavilion
Just a few steps away from Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, nestled behind Annie’s Bakery & Cafe in Fish Creek Park, sits Meadow Muse Pavilion. This Calgary wedding venue offers the perfect blank canvas to have your wedding vision come to life. Meadow Muse Pavilion provides an indoor, white-tented space that can host up to 150 seated guests for your reception. You can choose the nearby options through Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant for an outdoor ceremony, or have your ceremony elsewhere in the city and gather with your guests for cocktail mingling and evening celebrating. Meadow Muse Pavilion is the perfect Calgary wedding venue if you’re looking for the natural beauty and seclusion of being outdoors, with the convenience of easy parking, pathway access, on-site catering and amenities.
Rouge Restaurant, located in the heart of Inglewood, is another extraordinary option for Calgary wedding venues. If your wedding vision is to gather with your favourite people in a secluded garden setting, in the shadow of another charming historic house, to celebrate and eat incredible farm-to-table cuisine, this is a Calgary wedding venue you don’t want to miss. In Calgary’s warm weather months, Rouge Restaurant can host up to 116 outdoor seated guests or 110 indoor seated guests. This venue is definitely an experience guests will not forget.
The Lake House
The Lake House, overlooking Lake Bonavista in south Calgary, is a beloved, historic venue, with its iconic fireplace mantle, incredible staff, lakeside vistas, and welcoming space. This Calgary wedding venue knows how to host a party well. The venue offers versatile seating arrangements, with a capacity for up to 150 seated guests for both your ceremony and reception. The Lake House is a worry-free and weather-free option for your wedding celebration!
Located right in the heart of historic downtown, Hudson is a Calgary wedding venue that boasts of both heritage charm and urban versatility. The event complex is one of the few Calgary wedding venues (that’s not a hotel or conference centre) that can host hundreds of guests (up to 600) while still being close to endless hotels, as well as offering a modern, historic atmosphere. If you’re looking for an urban venue and love mixing a little modern with history, you should definitely check out Hudson. As photographers, we love the close proximity to classic, elegant portrait locations such as the iconic Hudson Bay arches, Central Memorial Park just a few minutes drive away, and other historic urban settings. With Hudson’s location just off of Calgary’s famous Stephen Avenue, you can offer your guests many options and activities in planning their weekend as a wedding guest, from museums to shopping, hotel stays to fine dining. Hudson offers couples endless possibilities for designing the ultimate wedding celebration in downtown Calgary.
Charbar is the epitome of a unique Calgary wedding venue, seamlessly blending modern industrial chic, panoramic river views and culinary excellence. Housed in Calgary’s historic Simmons Building, a meticulously renovated 100-year-old former mattress factory in the East Village, Charbar sets the stage for an unforgettable celebration. This Calgary wedding venue features exposed brick walls with contemporary design elements, creating the perfect backdrop for weddings that exude a harmonious mix of old-world charm and modern aesthetics. Charbar can host just over 200 guests for your seated reception party. Their rooftop patio also offers stunning views of the Bow River and the downtown Calgary skyline, making it a picturesque setting for your ceremony, cocktail hour or first dance. Of all of the Calgary wedding venues, Charbar is definitely the one you’ll want to check out for that modern, industrial wedding day vibe.
Teatro Restaurant stands out as an exceptionally elegant, classy Calgary wedding venue in the historic Dominion Bank Building, built in 1911. With beautiful interior design, Teatro Restaurant provides an elevated urban setting for your wedding. This Calgary wedding venue offers two venue spaces with the Opera Room hosting up to 50guests, or the Dining Room hosting up to 120 seated guests. Teatro’s in-house event coordinating team and customizable menus help to alleviate wedding planning stress. (check out our blog post teaching you all about different wedding planner roles) The venue’s focus on contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, with both plated and buffet options, ensures a delightful culinary experience. Whether for a quiet ceremony or a grand celebration, Teatro Restaurant provides an elegant atmosphere for couples seeking a memorable wedding experience right in the heart of downtown Calgary.
The Nash stands out as an exceptional Calgary wedding venue because of the exceptional experience it provides. This is another wedding venue steeped in Calgary’s rich history. Formerly “the” hotel in the early 1900s, this venue seeks to provide an incredible food experience, sourcing from as many local, sustainable growers as possible. The Nash offers two different venue spaces – the first being a larger space (called “The Dining Room”) that hosts up to 125 seated guests, and the second, a more intimate space (called “The Off Cut Bar”) which can host up to 50 seated guests. If you’re looking for an incredible food concept and historic architectural vibe for your wedding venue, check out The Nash in Calgary’s historic community of Inglewood.
Ramsay Design Center
Ramsay Design Center, managed by The Commons Calgary and located in the neighborhood of Ramsay (slightly south and east of downtown Calgary), is a wedding venue that offers a charming, 20th-century vibe. With polished cement floors, high ceilings, and exposed brick walls, Ramsay Design Center provides a blank industrial glam canvas with which your wedding vision can come to life. This Calgary wedding venue offers two spaces. The Hemingway Room, with its large sweeping wall of windows, is the largest, with the capacity to host up to 130 seated guests. The Parlour Room is the smaller space, with vibes of a modern-vintage speakeasy lounge, and can host up to 120 standing reception guests.
Park by Sidewalk Citizen
Park by Sidewalk Citizen, located in Central Memorial Park downtown, is a Calgary wedding venue that offers the perfect setting for a small, intimate wedding celebration. If you appreciate history and architecture, you’ll love the vibe of Park. The venue is a solarium built on just over 2100 sq ft and faces out toward the historic park. The space is an innovative build, designed to allow gorgeous, diffused natural light to pour into the seating area. In warm winter months, it has the perfect indoor/outdoor party potential. This Calgary wedding venue can hold up to 100 seated guests. If you’re looking to throw a simple, but intentionally designed party with your very closest people, definitely head over and check Park by Sidewalk Citizen out!
If you are looking for a Calgary wedding venue created entirely around the love of family and friends gathering to celebrate in good company with good food, The Gathered is a venue you need to check out. Located approximately 30 minutes outside of Calgary, The Gathered is a gem of a venue – it’s surrounded by lush fields, kissed by golden sunsets, inspired by gardens, and graced with farm-fresh cuisine and the kindest hosts. It’s an absolutely lovely venue, with an outdoor ceremony site, a clear, tented reception space that holds up to 140 stated guests, and a sweet bridal cottage to get ready for the aisle. The Gathered is a simply charming wedding venue. The perfect romance-loving, nostalgic setting for a beautiful celebration.
Bearspaw Golf Course
Bearspaw Golf Course, just 20 minutes out of Calgary, is a gorgeous golf course wedding venue. Newly renovated, the space has been transformed with clean lines, black framed, large windows, and a fresh, sleek vibe. This wedding venue offers a modern, rustic clubhouse with the option for hosting indoor or outdoor components to your day. The venue sits in the Alberta Foothills with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, and can accommodate up to 200 guests. If you’re looking for a fresh, versatile venue just on the outskirts of Calgary’s western border, you should definitely take a look at Bearspaw Golf Course.
Reader Rock Garden
If you’re seeking very intimate Calgary wedding venue nestled in a garden oasis in centre of the city, Reader Rock Garden is something you’ll want to check out. With intricately designed gardens surrounding Reader Rock’s charming cafe, this historic gem is the perfect setting to celebrate your vows with a handful of the most important people in your life. Reader Rock Garden has multiple garden areas that can be booked through the city of Calgary, varied for your size of celebration, with its largest space holding up to 80 guests. The Reader Rock Cafe is an option for a small reception, or your guests can gather at a nearby Calgary restaurant for your dinner reception. Once you’ve experienced the beautiful tranquility of Reader Rock Garden, it will forever hold a special place in your heart.
The Saskatoon Farm, a short 15-minute drive directly south of Calgary and just a few minutes off Highway 2 offers a classic, rustic wedding experience. This nearby Calgary wedding venue is known for its fresh, local cuisine and memorable setting. With a gorgeous, semi-covered outdoor space, as well as a light-filled greenhouse and indoor dining room, The Saskatoon Farm offers a variety of options for how you want your day to flow in the space. If you lean towards a more laid-back wedding celebration with rustic style and want to leave the city vibes of Calgary behind, this wedding venue is one to check out. The Saskatoon Farm really is a country gem.
Pinebrook Golf and Country Club
Pinebrook Golf and Country Club is one of Calgary’s premier private clubs. As a wedding venue, Pinebrook offers stunning, panoramic views of the Alberta foothills and Rocky Mountains. Its on-site amenities make it the perfect, one-stop-shop wedding venue. Having an outdoor ceremony space with sweeping mountain views, a main floor dining room with window-lined walls, a long tree-lined alley perfect for portraits, and a large outdoor patio area for cocktails and mingling, this Calgary wedding venue is a beautiful choice. Pinebrook Golf and Country Club can host up to 180 guests and is located minutes west of the city. (*Tip: We’d recommend aiming for 150 or less though, to offer a better, non-squished experience for your guests.) For a wedding venue that facilitates a fun, classy, and memorable experience, we definitely would recommend Pinebrook Golf and Country Club.
If you’re planning an intimate wedding celebration with your close family and friends, value culinary excellence, and want a fresh, inspiring space, we recommend and absolutely love Ryuko. This Calgary wedding venue is a restaurant that specializes in Japanese cuisine as an art, and the setting offers clean-lined, minimalist, calming tones and vibes. Food is artistically crafted with attention to fine details and is an experience to be had. Ryuko offers a beautiful upstairs event space as well. Located in south Calgary near the intersection of McLeod Trail and Canyon Meadows Drive, Ryuko is an easy wedding venue, accessed from all parts of the city. If you are aiming for an intimate wedding celebration focused on connecting with your guests over amazing food, we definitely recommend checking out Ryuko.
Valley Ridge Golf Club is a beautiful Calgary wedding venue with both indoor and outdoor spaces. Located on the west side of Calgary just off of Highway #1, Valley Ridge offers a large banquet room with ceiling-high windows looking out towards the greens and stunning gardens (the perfect setting for portraits, especially those late-day-sneak-the-couple-out-after-dinner-for-sunset portraits). The wedding venue’s outdoor patio space sets the stage for your outdoor ceremony and/or mingling cocktail area. The sweeping views over the golf course provide the perfect backdrop to watch a summer sunset. Valley Ridge Golf Club offers Valley Hall (which can host up to 190 seated guests) and River Room (which hosts up to 100 guests for a cocktail reception). We love this venue in Calgary’s warm months because it offers such a great outdoor cocktail mingling space with its patio and gardens.
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