We are getting married July 30th 2023. All I want is a small, sweet and short ceremony and we will go out for dinner afterwards. There will be a max 10 people. Where can I have this ceremony for little to no cost?
I am using Shotgun Wedding for my wedding next August. They have been super easy to deal with and are very accommodating. I am doing a bit of a larger wedding of 40 people and I booked the Tunnel Mountain Reservoir and I am paying with taxes $3,045. This cost includes the fees and permits for using the national park and to take photos in the park, 1.5 hour of photography, Officiant, wedding licenses and certificate (they take care of setting this up for you, I only need to send them our drivers license when we get closer to the date).
The reason why mine was a bit more costly is because I am paying for an extra 30 minutes of photos and for reserving the park was an extra $500 in fees. They do have much cheaper options though with all the lakes that accommodates up to 15 people where it would be like $2000. with all I mentioned. They also have an option to add on flowers for the bride and groom.
As for the dinner, here is a link of all the cool restaurants in Banff and area that accommodates weddings of all sizes!
Really check out Shotgun Wedding and Rocky Mountain Elopement. The prices all include the permits and fees needed to get married in the parks as well as to take photos in the parks, officiant, photographer, flowers and all the planning. It is super easy. After that, make a booking for 10 people at a restaurant. Depending on what package you go with it should not cost more than $6,000. Some of them even include hair and make-up.
Since you are in Calgary, how do you feel about going to the Banff area as an option?
Shotgun Wedding has numerous options for low costs weddings for elopements/micro weddings.
They start at around $2,100 and can go upwards depending on the add-ons. This covers an hour of photography, marriage commissioner, choice of ceremony location and they do all the planning and organizing.
An other place that does elopements is Rocky Mountain Elopements. They are roughly $2,500 and upwards but on top of everything included in Shotgun Wedding they also provide flowers for you and the groom. They too have plenty of locations to choose from.
If you want no cost, a friends/familys backyard and having a friend/family member being a temp officiant would be your best option. Its possible to use a public space as well but you may just want to check with your local govt that there isnt a fee, but even if there is it would be minimal.