Calgary’s Best Wedding Venues – The Fairmont Palliser Hotel

Calgary has some amazing wedding venues, but one of our favorites continues to be the Fairmont Palliser Hotel. Opened originally in 1914 as one of the Canadian Pacific Railway hotels, it's like taking a step back in time to a period of grandeur and elegance. It's one of the few historical venues we have in the Calgary area, and a definite treasure!

When you step into the lobby, it's high ceilings and marble columns make a lasting  impression. With Old World charm, there are lots of great spots for wedding pictures from the grand staircase to the bar in the Oak Room or some of the other corners and vignettes in and around the space. Outside its front doors Stephen Avenue and other great photo opportunities are only a block or two away. (It is important to note that only couples having their wedding reception at the Palliser are able to use the Palliser lobby for wedding photographs.)

 

The Palliser Lobby has an elegance and charm all its own. (Photo credit: Andras Schram Photography)

The Palliser Lobby has an elegance and charm all its own. (Photo credit: Andras Schram Photography)

 

One of the things I love most about the Palliser is their staff. Each and every person we've met who works for the hotel is fully committed to the hotel guests, offering incredible and unparalleled service. Many of the staff have worked for the hotel for years, and perform their job with the utmost pride in what they do, with an obvious dedication and responsibility towards their job to provide excellent service.

 

There are so many great photo spots in and around the Palliser, such as this recessed stairwell outside the main door. (Photo credit: Edward Ross Photography)

There are so many great photo spots in and around the Palliser, such as this recessed stairwell outside the main door. (Photo credit: Edward Ross Photography)

 

Noted for fine dining and cuisine, the Palliser offers so many delicious food options to treat your guests to a wonderful culinary experience. They are one of the few venues who continues to offer menu tastings if you are planning to have a plated dinner reception. They are dedicated to working with you to meet your dining needs, adjusting the menu as required and meet any food or dietary concerns that your guests may have. Another important point to note is that the Palliser has an in-house pastry team. As a result, your wedding cake can be made by them with the cost going towards your Food & Beverage Minimum.

 

Your guests will enjoy a culinary dining experience at the Palliser. (Photo credit: Edward Ross Photography)

Your guests will enjoy a culinary dining experience at the Palliser. (Photo credit: Edward Ross Photography)

 

Turner Valley Room

This is the smallest of the Palliser's main wedding venue spaces. Painted a rich, deep red color with accents of cream and gold chandeliers, it has a regal presence. Plush, thick carpeting is laid throughout the room, but the carpet at the end part of the room can be removed to reveal a real wood dance floor.

 

The Turner Valley Room can be a great ceremony space or banquet space for a smaller-sized reception.

The Turner Valley Room can be a great ceremony space or banquet space for a smaller-sized reception.

 

It is definitely designed as a more intimate space for smaller celebrations. It works well for a ceremony space for up to 120 or a reception banquet space for around 80. Please note that if you choose to have your ceremony and reception in the same space, there does need to be some time allocated for a room flip.

 

The Turner Valley Room done up for a wedding reception, leaving a dancefloor at the far end of the room. Planning & Event Design: Creative Weddings Planning & Decor

The Turner Valley Room done up for a wedding reception, leaving a dancefloor at the far end of the room. Planning & Event Design: Creative Weddings Planning & Decor

 

Alberta Room

The Alberta Room is the mid-sized venue at the Palliser. Reminiscent of event spaces in European castles, the room is done in a soft, soothing blue tone with ornate gold scrollwork around the room. The vaulted ceiling is painted to resemble clouds in the sky, adding to the romantic feel of the room.

 

The Alberta Room; Event planning and design: Creative Weddings Planning & Décor (Photo credit: Kristy Reimer Photography)

The Alberta Room is ideal for mid-sized events. Event planning and design: Creative Weddings Planning & Décor (Photo credit: Kristy Reimer Photography)

 

It can hold up to 240 guests for a ceremony and 150 guests for a banquet reception. One of the advantages of this space is the room rental includes the Marquis Room right next door which can be set up for cocktails, a late night lounge and/or dancing. It also comes with the use of the Alberta Room Foyer, which is perfect for cocktails if you need to flip the room from a ceremony to reception space. (We've also used it after having the ceremony in the Turner Valley Room, cocktails in the Alberta Room Foyer, and then into the Alberta Room for the reception.)

The floor of the room is hardwood, but you have the option of having carpet put down in all  or part of the room. There is some flexibility depending on where you want the dancefloor.

 

The Alberta Room is pure elegance! Ideal for a ceremony or mid-sized banquet reception. (Photo credit: Andras Schram Photography)

The Alberta Room is pure elegance! The ceiling feature adds definite romance to the room. (Photo credit: Andras Schram Photography)

 

 

Crystal Ballroom

The Crystal is the largest venue space that the Palliser offers. It is the grand duchess of them all!  Opulent crystal chandeliers, large arched windows, and gold scrollwork on the vaulted ceilings make it one of the most elegant venues in the city.

 

The Crystal Ballroom is grand enough that little décor is required. Décor: Creative Weddings Planning & Décor (Photo courtesy: Hanafoto)

The Crystal Ballroom is grand enough that little décor is required. Décor: Creative Weddings Planning & Décor (Photo courtesy: Hanafoto)

 

It is ideally designed for groups of 180 or more, but maxes out at about 300 guests for a banquet setting. A wooden dancefloor is located in the center of the room, setting the stage for a grand entrance with your head table against the back wall. (No backdrop required!)

 

You won't need a backdrop for your head table in this room. Event Planner & Designer: Creative Weddings Planning & Décor; Photo credit: White Dress Photography

You won't need a backdrop for your head table in this room. Event Planner & Designer: Creative Weddings Planning & Décor; Photo credit: White Dress Photography

 

One of the advantages of the space it that you get part of the lobby area and the use of the Oval Room as part of the rental. These two spaces combined work well for a cocktail space before the official part of the reception begins. (This also allows your photographer and/or videographer time to come into the Crystal Ballroom uninterrupted and get some décor photos.) When it is time to enter the main ballroom, the main doors to the space are opened and guests know they are in for an experience.

 

Photo credit: Alan Maudie Photography

Event planning & design: Creative Weddings Planning & Décor; Photo credit: Alan Maudie Photography

 

The Palliser is one of Calgary's timeless treasures! It could not be better suited as a wedding venue, offering all the grandeur and elegance normally associated with a wedding celebration. We are proud to be one of the preferred vendors of the Palliser Hotel and relish each and every opportunity we have to work with their professional and amazing event team.

For assistance in finding a wedding venue to suit your needs, please contact us at info@creativeweddings.ca or 1-888-790-6986, ext. 705.

 

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Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

Cathy MacRae is a Calgary, Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise wedding planner in the business of designing customized weddings that make your heart skip a beat! She is the lead wedding planner and design coordinator for Creative Weddings Planning & Decor©, working with couples to plan chic and stylish weddings that make your heart skip a beat! Located in Calgary, Canada, she plans wedding for couples primarily in and around the Calgary, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, and Fernie area. Her clients want a wedding that is all about romance, elegance and personalized style with meaningful and heartfelt moments that take your breath away and created an incredible guest experience. She has been in involved in the wedding industry for over eight years now. The foundation of her business has been built on developing relationships with numerous quality vendors that her allow her to best match them with her clients so the end result is a unique wedding celebration that tells a story and sets the stage for the couple's "happily ever after." As a destination wedding specialist, she also works with couples who desire to wed in various picturesque dream locations throughout the world. She had done weddings in various exotic locales such as Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and throughout the Caribbean. She is available to plan weddings internationally.

She has earned her Professional Wedding Planner© status with the Association of Bridal Consultants, and is also a member of the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, the Calgary Bridal Alliance, and the Community of Wedding Innovators. In addition, she is a Certified Sandals Specialist and WeddingMoons© Specialist with Sandals© and Beaches© Resorts, specializing in romantic travel.  She was a founding board member of the Wishing Well Wedding and Event Foundation, Canada's first non-profit wish granting founding providing weddings for couples directly facing terminal illness, and continues to support the foundation in the role of a STAR vendor. Cathy also owns Consulting For Creatives, where she works as a business coach with both new and experienced entrepreneurs in the wedding and event industry with a desire to get ahead.

For more information about planning your own wedding or for advice from Cathy, please contact her at 1-888-790-6986 or email her at info@creativeweddings.ca.

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