• 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 15 minutes will be your ceremony, with the remaining 45 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 as you wish. These files can be used to create prints and canvases to be blown up for your walls if you wish. Your photos will be edited so that they are colour corrected (white balance is perfect) and the exposure is proper. They will look like the images posted on Loree Photography social media and our website. You will receive your images in an online gallery so that you can download your photos and share them with family and friends.
• For flowers, can we choose?
We have floral geniuses we love to use for all the bouquets and boutonnieres for your elopement. However, you are also welcome to bring your own.
To stay in the spirit of keeping your Shotgun Wedding simple, we have just one arrangement for bouquets and one for boutonnieres. Both florists will be using seasonal flowers that they are able to access. They will try their best to work with your style. Due to currently closed borders to Covid19, we can't guarantee a certain flower or colour will be available.
• How many people can we bring?
If you wish to use the Coutts Centre near Nanton for your wedding, you are allowed 25 people, including yourselves. For up to 15 people (including the two of you), the rental is included in the $1700 package. If you wish to have 16-25 people, it's an additional; $200.
For mountain weddings, we encourage your guest list to also stay under 25 people, although you may bring more if needed. The summer is incredibly busy in the mountains, so if you are anticipating more than two vehicles bringing yourselves and guests, we HIGHLY recommend hiring a shuttle to bring you there.
• Can we make changes to any of the packages and add-ons?
We are totally flexible. Let us know what you would like and we can make it happen!
• 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.
• 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.
• 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. We don't allow archways, chairs or other decor to be set up for mountain weddings in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake or other areas in the Banff National Park (ceremonies are in the National Park where we aren't allowed to do so). However, if we come to you, you are welcome to have your own there. The Coutts Centre supplies and 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. If you choose to be married elsewhere and there is a fee associated with booking it, you are responsible for that cost.