Summer is almost here. With warmer weather and sunny days on the way, wedding season is just around the corner. If you’re a newly engaged couple that is getting ready to begin planning your own summertime nuptials, Cornerstone Weddings is here to help! Our team of wedding planners has helped countless couples to arrange picture-perfect ceremonies and receptions at each of our venues. Outdoor weddings in particular, require some extra considerations that can be easy to accidentally overlook. To help you plan a stress-free special day, our team of experts have compiled a few quick tips to keep in mind when booking an outdoor wedding venue.
You’ll Need To Book Well In Advance
While you may have some degree of flexibility with outdoor venues, it’s important to bear in mind that many of the most popular spots in and around Canmore are booked up to 18 months ahead of time, especially during the warmer months. It’s also important to remember that you will need to get a permit from the Town of Canmore for most outdoor venues in the region. Failure to do so can result in someone booking your preferred time and unnecessary headaches all around.
View Your Venues In Person Before Deciding
For outdoor weddings in particular, getting an up close feel of your space is crucial. Not only will you want to imagine what things will look like on your special day, but it’s also important to keep the needs of your guests in mind. Are there paths for individuals in a wheelchair or with a stroller? Are bathrooms within a reasonable distance from the ceremony/reception site? Is it easy for guests to get to the site, or will you need to arrange group transportation? These are all key components of considering an outside venue, your venue representative and planner can help you answer, meaning you’ll be set on your big day.
Be Mindful Of Mother Nature
Weather is one of the most difficult aspect of any outdoor ceremony, particularly those taking place in the mountains where shifts can happen rapidly and without warning. In addition to having a plan in place for obvious culprits like rain and snow, you’ll also want to account for sweltering summer days and ensure guests have access to shade, water, sunscreen, and more. Finally, you’ll want to double-check if your venue has a backup space for you to use if the weather changes. Cornerstone Theatre, for example, offers couples that have booked their reception with them, use of the theatre should the weather render an outside event infeasible.
Respect Your Venue When It Comes to Decorating
Outdoor venues come with their own unique requirements with regards to food and beverage, along with decor that needs to be accounted for during your planning stages, especially if the site is accessible to the public. In addition, if you have specific decorations like rose petals, tiki torches, or a butterfly or dove release that you’d like to take place, it’s best to address that with the venue as soon as possible.
Ready To Say I Do Surrounded By The Rockies?
Cornerstone Theatre happily provides full service to our couples, offering the delivery, set up and tear down of white resin chairs, as well as a wedding coordinator to help you plan your big day. To learn more about our wedding options, including our catering services for the Canmore Nordic Centre. Contact us today!