The venue! The venue! It’s all about the venue (at least in my book).
Our venue choice was extremely important to me. It was the first thing I wanted to arrange before even thinking about anything else. Fiancée Eagle was easy: she told me that she would love the venue if I loved it. Done!
I knew that we wanted something different—something unexpected as a wedding venue, but still semi-traditional feeling. And because we won’t be getting married in a church/temple/synagogue, we wanted a venue where we could have the ceremony and reception all in one place. All-inclusive, baby!
First, we considered somewhere simple and beautiful, like The Art Gallery of Calgary. They have a beautiful, modern space that is frequently used for weddings.
Image via Corea Sotropa Interior Design
But…it almost felt too modern for our style. A little too “downtown” (even with the Chiavari chairs!) and hip. While I admit that we didn’t go see the venue in person, I could tell from the photos that it just wasn’t the right fit.
So we kept looking for a downtown venue that didn’t have that “downtown feel.” We didn’t want to get married in a barn, but we also didn’t want to get married in a loft. I wanted our wedding to be classic and vintage feeling, but also represent us a couple. We essentially live downtown, and we love the Calgary downtown core. We want to get married downtown but have the venue feel like it’s not really downtown. Does that make sense?
Now, I can’t remember where I discovered The Lougheed House, but I believe it was on a wedding message board/forum, and I instantly fell in love. It’s a beautiful historic house owned by some old dead rich people. (OK, OK…they are a pretty “popular” family around here—there is a hospital here named after them, too.) It’s nestled in the downtown area, very close to a lot of our friends’ apartments and businesses we frequent a lot. But—I had never seen or heard of it before our wedding-planning adventure began. PERFECT!
It was a downtown venue that felt like it wasn’t really downtown.
We really didn’t even have to discuss it—just from the photos online, I was 99% sure that we needed this venue. It was downtown (!!!), close to several hotels, and almost perfect. The marriage ceremony could be held outside in the historic garden, and the reception and dance could be held inside of the gorgeous house.
We heard several online horror stories that this place has a 1.5-year waiting list, so we wanted to quickly arrange a viewing of it before it booked up for the date we were thinking.
Did you have an easy time picking your venue? Or did you find several you loved and couldn’t pick just one?
- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Medical Sciences Graduate Student / Science Instructor
- Wedding Date:
- August 2012
- Historic Lougheed House