I thought I'd share some of my top tips for mountain weddings in the Canadian Rockies with you.

1- Bring beautiful flats

Most brides spend time and invest in a beautiful pair of heels on their wedding day but if you are having a mountain wedding and your goal is to have photos taken in scenic locations then you will likely need to walk some distance on uneven ground to get those mountain views. Bring along a pair of comfortable but also cute pair of flats that you don't mind seeing peeking out from your dress in your photos. Runners or flip flops often aren't something a bride wants to see in her photos but I find a lot of my best photos are taken while in motion and less posed so the shoes you bring along for your mountain photo session will likely be visible.

2- Have an Emergency Kit with you

Most of the wedding venues in the Canadian Rockies are not close to any shops or convenience stores of any kind, therefore, if something arises while you are getting ready there isn't the option of running out for supplies to fix the problem. I have often been witness to the zipper breaking on a wedding day and the only solution being to sew the bride into her dress...but you need scissors, needle & thread to do so. Bring an emergency kit with you that is in the room when the bride is getting ready. Some essential items that I've seen most requested are scissors, a needle & thread, lint rollers, band-aids for blisters, chapstick, krazy glue, stain remover, pain reliever etc.

3- Practise tying your tie...BEFORE your wedding day!

I absolutely LOVE bowties! And if you are going to wear a bowtie the real deal always looks better. It's SUPER important to practice tying your bowtie in the weeks leading up to your wedding day and NOT on your wedding day. I've been witness to many a groom sweating it out in a tiny bathroom with his iPhone in hand trying to learn how to tie his bowtie from a YouTube video. Whenever grooms ask around if there is anyone who knows how to tie a bowtie the answer is always no so they are left on their own to struggle through. If you are going to wear a bowtie or a tie of any kind practise way before your wedding until it is second nature so you don't have to stress about it on your wedding day.

4 - Undergarments Test Run

As soon as you get your dress back from the shop make sure to try on the undergarments you plan to wear under your dress to make sure that they work with your dress without being visible. If you wait until your wedding day and they don't work under your dress it will be too late to remedy it.

5- Choose a dress suited for a mountain wedding

This bride's dress below was the PERFECT dress for a mountain wedding because it didn't drag on the ground. Because of it's length we were able to easily walk around for photos without the bride worrying about the bottom of her dress getting dirty or having to carry her dress for fear of tripping. It meant the bride could move freely and enjoy her day. 

I find that a lot of dress shops have brides stand on a pedestal while they pin the dress but standing still on a pedestal is NOT a good indication of what it will feel like to wear your dress on your wedding day. If you plan on having wedding photos taken in a canoe or on mountain peaks it is important that you have a dress that you can sit in and move freely without making yourself feel sick, exhausted or frustrated with your dress. With the hot summer temperatures I've had a few brides this summer who were close to fainting and needed to rush to their room to take off their wedding dress because the corset wasn't allowing them to sit and breathe freely. When you try on dresses make sure that you sit down in them and walk in them on flat ground and up stairs to see if it's a dress that you won't have to think about or one that will drive you insane and ruin your day. Some dresses that look stunning on a pedestal are just not well suited for a mountain wedding.

6- Bring umbrellas for all of your guests

The weather in the Canadian Rockies is unpredictable and can change suddenly. If you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding ceremony in the mountains then I highly recommend bringing umbrellas that your guests can use if rain suddenly moves in. Most venues require a couple of hours to prepare your ceremony for indoors or out but I've seen rain appear just as a ceremony was starting after the weather call was made for an outdoor ceremony. Providing enough umbrellas for your guests to feel comfortable is essential.

This ceremony set up required a lot of set up time and the weather looked promising. But just as the bride & groom were set to walk down the aisle a rain storm moved in. Thankfully the couple had umbrellas placed on the backs of guests chairs (1 umbrella for every 2 guests) so that when the rain started guests could remain seated and not get soaked. They worked with Lynn Fletcher Weddings who rented the couple umbrellas to use.


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.