September 24, 2016
Camp Kindle, Water Valley, Alberta
DIY SAVE THE DATE
I did a sort of an interactive Save the Date Invitation that epitomizes the upcoming wedding and us as a couple thus the camping look to it. I sent it out a little earlier (10 months before the wedding) as we have guests coming from all over the world.
WHY THAT DATE
We were sure we wanted a summer wedding because we were also sure we wanted an outdoor one. Our initial plan was some time in August but we chose a camp as a venue and summer is their busiest season. We had to go into September, chose the most sensible date (and an available one) and we ended up with September 24, 2016 which is also my birthday (it falls in Autumn but for the past 6 years living in Canada, my birthday weather has always been pretty warm). Believe me, I didn't want anything else falling on my birthday because I love my birthday so much but my husband promised two gifts, always, LOL!
WHY THAT VENUE
We chose Camp Kindle as our venue because we wanted to do a weekend wedding as we have half of our guests coming from all over and outside of Canada. It also doesn't hurt that is so close to home and we have always liked it there (visited couple of times because Andrew's sister works there). Camp Kindle is also owned by Kids Cancer Care of Alberta and all proceeds from event rentals goes to their foundation (nice to help and get to party, no?).
VENUES THAT DIDN'T MAKE IT
Storm Mountain Lodge (Banff National Park)
Beaverfoot Lodge (Golden, British Columbia)
Water Valley Church (Water Valley, Alberta)
In choosing a date, make sure you have alternatives as it doesn't always go in your favour (Storm Mountain Lodge only do weddings starting October).
Before you call different venues, this is the first thing you should talk about as a couple - WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET? - then go from there.
Think about your guests (and yourselves) too, you want them to be able to choose to spend the night nearby; so check if there are accommodation choices around the area or if not (WV Church didn't have this option), are they able to go back to their homes via cabs (you could also provide them with transportation services which again depends on how accessible your location is - also another expense).
If the location doesn't do catering too (WV Church also didn't have catering services offered), think about that as it would be extra expense and think about the cleaning after if you choose to DIY (in this case, Cook-It-Yourself).
One of the first questions Venue Managers ask too is HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE COMING? So you need to have a rough estimate as to how many people you want to come to your wedding (Beaverfoot Lodge doesn't do intimate/small weddings).
REGRETS... I HAVE A FEW
I wish we didn't have a weekend wedding as it is tons of work and somehow added to expense (I know I think about $$$ a lot but as a couple we didn't want to be "wedding poor") BUT come to think of it now, it was a great weekend!
SPECIAL THANKS to Tessa for helping me tweak the polaroid picture