I would recommend the carriage house Inn, im getting married there in Sept, many room to pick from depends on how big your wedding is, the supply alot of things, the prices ARE right, you have a wedding planner there to help with thing.. I FOUND THEM VERY HELPFUL WITH EVERYTHING...
I was at a wedding recently at the Palliser, it was beautiful, great food, atmosphere, a totally wonderful event.
Ruby Ellen Designs
I would suggest checking out the Carriage House Inn as well. It seems to be a place where the sky is the limit as far as decor goes (check out the photo gallaries of wedding planners and you will see what I mean). Other than going there with my family for brunch a few times, I haven't dealt with them, but I can say their brunch is really good.
I did attend a wedding at Delta Calgary South. It was nice but I think that was because the bride and groom were so happy and in love more than anything. There was nothing unique about the venue itself (they hired the Heebee-jeebees (young goodlooking cappella group) who had the bride and groom sing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" song and they sang "I would walk 500 miles but converted the miles to kilometres (very funny) because the bride was a self-proclaimed nerd www.heebee-jeebees.com. The room that we were in also had a lot of pillars that made it difficult to see around. They also ran out of food (buffet) but many people showed up that didn't RSVP. I also recall the drinks (inc. pop) being pricy.
Hotel Arts looks interesting but the reviews are mixed, perhaps by brides whos expectations are impossible to meet? This is likely an expensive option. There is also a hotel in the UofC that might be kind of cool as well. I have only seen pic on their website.
Deerfoot Inn and Casio is also an option. Lots of weddings are held there and for guests without children, they can go test their luck at the slots while you are off getting your photos taken photos between the ceremony and the reception. I have blocked a hotel block off for my guests at their sister hotel Service Plus Inns & Suites (located 1/2 a block from there) and their event coordinator, AJ, couldn't be more awesome to work with. I kept waiting for him to tell me something wasn't possible, and it never happened! My guess would be that he likely coordinates weddings at the Deerfoot Inn & Casion too. Service Plus Inns and Suites room rates are a little less (but equally as nice) and they offer free shuttle service between the hotel and the casino (even though it is only 1/2 a block). They are even providing shuttle service to and from the hotel to my wedding reception at a golf course 4 km South of Spruce Meadows!
Anyhow, good luck and congrats on your engagement!
Depending on when you are looking for ,the long weekends book SO far in advance it's crazy!! Calgary's more popular venues book a year in advance for summer weddings. Sorry to be a downer, but with how short our wedding season is, you have a city of over a million trying to all get married in the span of 4 months.
I've recently been to a wedding at the Sheraton Eau Clair, amazing! A newer hotel in the downtown area with a more modern feel to the decor.
The historical beauty of the Palliser hotel is stunning, but it is a pricey venue for everything from guest rooms to banquet facilities, but the food is amazing. It too is more of a city centre local.
The airport Sheraton is quite nice, the banquet rooms are large enough & well kept. With it being right at the airport it is
convenient for travelers, but very far out from the rest of the city, it's at the very northern outskirts.
The Glenmore Inn is outdated and worn, the prices are no better and food only mediocre.
The Blackfoot is quite nice with good pricing & food quality, close by is the newly rennovated Chinook Mall and travel anywhere from there is good, it's quite central & just off of main connecting arteries that span the entire city.
I will cross my fingers for you if you are looking at a long weekend in August!
Below I've posted a link to most of the more suitable hotels, I hope you find something wonderful & available!
Good luck & all the best for your day!
Cher in Calgary
~July 2011 Bride~
Thanks for the info and the link. We are planning on either Friday, August 26th or Saturday the 27th. The long weekend is the following weekend. I agree, it's hard to find a venue, but I've had a few responses, so I will just believe!
Guess what? We found the perfect venue...actually, Ron's daughter got married there 1 1/2 years ago. It was always my first choice, but Ron was afraid it wouldn't be 'appropriate'. We needed to see other places first to realize how perfect it was! If I could recommend anyplace for an easy, no-stress location, it would be this: Bonterra's Trattoria in Calgary. All I have to do is be there for the ceremony at 6 pm. No table center pieces,no flowers, no stress about food - it's all good (we are going with a Cocktail Reception and letting the restaurant do what they do best!)and best of all - NO STREAMERS!!!
Thanks to everyone who responded - it is appreciated.
I find that Hotel Arts is an awesome venue based on experience with their event managers. They are more flexible with requests so you can literally just ask them and they are pretty good with trying to incorporate it for your event. They'll even let you use some of their lighting equipment for free (up lights - pink) (picture is from my client's Hotel Arts wedding last year courtesy of Photobolic)
As an alternative to hotels, right across from Hotel Arts is Endeavor which is an amazing gallery and the owners are super friendly and willing to let you do pretty much what you want with their beautiful space (so long as it doesn't compromise safety of course) - $2500 for the rental fee but at least no corkage for alcohol and you can choose your own caterer and rentals for decor :o) My client is having their wedding there this July and so far we've had an amazing experience with the space which will used as both the ceremony and reception area.
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