Shotgun Wedding FAQs

• What can I expect for a sample elopement day?

We've taken all the guesswork out of an elopement for you. You basically just have to get a marriage license, get yourself dressed and show-up. Oh, and say "I Do."

We will have the ceremony location perfect for you as you arrive. You will quickly meet your marriage commissioner and a Shotgun Wedding staff member who will walk you through everything. Walk down the Isle, kiss, walk back down and that's the hard part over! We will then do all your photos to round out your hour elopement. From there, head off into the sunset for drinks, food and your celebration.

Your package includes one hour. Approximately 10 minutes will be your ceremony, with the remaining 50 minutes for photos.

• Will I receive my images as digital files?

Yes! You will receive high-resolution edited images that you can print and share. These files can be used to create prints and canvases to be blown up for your walls if you wish. Your photos will look like the ones on our website and social media.

• Flowers

There are some incredible florists in Canmore and Banff, but we've been recommending a really affordable option recently. www.callia.ca is a company that will deliver your flowers right to your home or your hotel for around $200. To go this route, you can order at www.callia.ca

• How many people can we bring?

It depends on the location. They all have different capacities. They range from 10 people up to 100 people.

• What happens if it rains?

The Coutts Centre in Nanton has a gorgeous, massive gazebo to be married under in case of rain. For Banff and other mountain weddings, we go ahead with the outdoor event rain or shine. Rainy day photos are pretty amazing and all elopements will go ahead no matter what the weather.

• Can you recommend other vendors?

Absolutely! We have incredible hair and makeup artists that we would love to recommend to you. Also, accommodations, musicians, etc. We have an online magazine that we send when you enquire that has all these details.

• I want to book my Shotgun Wedding. What is required and how do I do it?

We require a 50% retainer with the balance due 14 days before the elopement. We also have an easy online contract that is signed right from your computer or phone. You can pay with a credit card or e-transfer. The invoice for the deposit will be sent to you via email and you can pay online. Your date is not secured until your retainer is made and the contract signed. We are not able to hold dates without this. We give 24 hours to pay the retainer and sign the contract. After that time if it's not paid, then we open the spot back up to the public.

• Is there anything we need to do beforehand?

Yes. You and your fiance need to go to a registry office together and purchase your marriage license. Shotgun Wedding supplies a checklist for you, for everything you need to know.

• Will there be chairs and an arch at my Shotgun Wedding.

We want to keep everything simple and have nature be the backdrop at your ceremony. Archways, chairs, or other decor are ONLY allowed at Tunnel Mountain and the Quarry Lake Hill location. The Coutts Centre supplies an arch and benches for elopements there.

• Does Shotgun Wedding pay for location rental costs?

All Banff National Park weddings and Coutts Centre weddings include property rental/business permit costs.

• What is the cost to enter Banff National Park?

Everyone who enters a National Park in Canada must pay for a park pass. Banff National Park is the same. The entrance to the National Park is just after you pass the town of Canmore and you and your guests are responsible for this cost. You can purchase in advance online, or at the gates when you enter Banff National Park. Prices range from $10.50/adult to $21/family. Children under 17 are free. If your wedding is in Banff, Lake Louise, or Moraine Lake - this is something you and your guests will need to purchase. We recommend buying it in advance online to avoid any lineups at the gate: https://www.banfflakelouise.com/park-pass-purchase