1- Keep your Guestlist small

The easiest way to save the most amount of money on your destination mountain wedding is to keep your guest list small. A lot of venues in the mountains cap out at 50 guests so anything above that will require booking a bigger & more expensive venue. Wedding dinners are priced based on how many guests you have so having a smaller guestlist will allow you to put your budget towards what you really want rather than compromising due to a bigger guestlist. A smaller guestlist means you can prioritize the details that you love and want to invest in whether that means having the florals you dream of, a dream wedding dress or investing in the photographer whose work you love most.

2- Skip having a Wedding Party

Having a wedding party means considerable extra expenses for both you and the friends you ask to stand up with you. You'll need to consider expenses for wedding party dresses & suits, hair & make-up, bouquets & boutonierres, gifts for everyone in your wedding party and a limo to transport the wedding party for photos. There are other ways to honour your best friends like asking them to sign as your official witnesses on your marriage license.

3- Choose your wedding month wisely

July, August & September are the peak tourist months in the Canadian Rockies which means you'll also find peak rates for wedding venues and hotel rooms. Before picking your wedding date look at potential venues and note what months offer the best rates not only for the venue but for hotel rates for your guests who are travelling to celebrate with you. By choosing an off season wedding date not only do you have the potential to save you and your guests money but it will be much less busy as well.


Hello my name is Kirstie and I am a wedding photographer who specializes in photographing intimate weddings & elopements in Calgary, Banff, Canmore & Emerald Lake. I’ve been photographing mountain weddings since we moved to Banff in 2004. I lived in the mountains for 17 years before moving to Calgary in 2021. On days off you'll find me spending time with my husband Kevin and our 3 rescue dogs Mabel, Olive & Bandit.