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#CovidWedding - Edmonton Winter Wedding Venue Ideas

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

Earlier on, I blogged about Edmonton Ceremony Options during Covid, but I thought I do a winter version that highlights the perks of winter weddings in Edmonton and beyond. There’s often less talk about getting married during the colder season, but I love to shed some ideas on just that!

With the recent announcement that weddings and gatherings would be restricted to 15 for a month in the City of Edmonton and Calgary (as of October 26, 2020), it feels like we are taking a step back and I know how stressful this must be for couples who have postponed or are thinking ahead to their plans for 2021. On the flip side, we’re also more prepared for this than before given that we’ve already had to adapt to this measure. There’s also more options and services to accommodate now than previously.

So without further ado, I love to share this blog on winter ideas. Edmonton is known to be a “winter city” and we’re the also the most northern Canadian city with a population of one million. In fact, we’re not called “Sunny Alberta” for no reason as even in the peaks of winter months, our days are bright and glistening white from the reflection from the snow! Thus, the bright sunlight and radiant days can present such beauty in a winter wedding.

Outdoor Patios - Winter Style

For those of us who enjoy the outdoors and don’t mind layering up, outdoor patios and tents with heaters are a great option to get married outdoors. Global News Edmonton recently shared an article about this new concept as many people may still desire to be outdoors given covid’s impact.

On the other hand, I think this is brilliant and can extend to be an option for more intimate weddings. Little Brick has always been a unique event space and is able to accommodate private bookings. Say “I do” outdoors than head inside to enjoy a delicious dinner in a home-y setting!

Cafe Bicyclette nestled in the French Quarter is another charming French country bistro space that can be booked out for weddings. Their exterior patio and terrace even has a remarkable wood burning fireplace to keep you cozy and warm with wool blankets. Plus, poutine is always a great idea- the ultimate comfort food with a splash of hot gravy!

For more of an evening soiree, consider Baijiu, an Asian inspired cocktail bar and eatery located in the historic Mercer building on 104 Street that can be rented out for private events (25-40 guests). The also just opened a chic patio this year with string lights and firepits! For something different yet memorable, consider their Little Hong Kong speakeasy room that seats 6-10 with a family style dinner option!

YEG.Date also recently shared 10 winter patios in Edmonton you can get cozy at!

Low Season Splurge

Given our seasonal weather, the wedding industry frequently refers to specific months as low season (late October-April) and high season (May-mid October), which basically means less and more popular periods to get married due to demand. As such, winter is often refer to as low season often referencing a lower rental rate for venues and respectively, more options with lower demand.

However, this is such a WIN for those who do love winter or don’t mind getting married with plenty of accessible options!

Fairmont Macdonald has a new winter wedding package requiring a minimum spent that is much lower than usual. If you’ve always wanted that dream venue, now may be the chance to consider an option you haven’t before.

Plus, most Fairmont hotels are currently having a buy one get one night free promotion until November 16! A great idea to treat yourself to a mini moon too or a staycation just because!

A studio such as The Ellis is also a lovely option to get married in given that they have seasonal decor and if you love Christmas, they already have a holiday setup that’s in place for any event or photo bookings.

Some vendors may even offer particular deals and have more availability given that they are less likely booked out during the winter/low season months.

Mountain Elopements

As mentioned in my last blog, “elopements” have a whole new meaning these days. I recently went to Jasper to tour venue and ceremony options and I honestly felt like my trip was private the whole time. Low season for travel and weddings means social distancing at its best, but also a memorable time with no crowds of tourists or adventurous locals! If you have a small party joining you, hotel rates and activities are also more affordable if you were to treat them or cover partial costs.

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge actually shared that they host wedding ceremonies outdoors even to -20 C given that couples come for the view. With more than five viewpoints to choose from, they are definitely a top choice in Jasper!

Imagine a tranquil experience where you can slow down your schedule and make the most of every moment or over several days. There’s no need to do everything at once, make your wedding yours.

I hope this blog has shared some winter inspiration you may not have considered before. The options are also endless, so let’s connect further if you want full details to planning a winter wedding!

Stay warm!

Sarah Valencia

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