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Wedding reception for 12-22 people in Calgary, Canmore, or Banff

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My fiancé and I have decided that a small family-only wedding ceremony and reception is the only way to go. The problem we now face is deciding where we should have it!

Ideally we're looking for a nicer restaurant in Calgary, Canmore, or Banff that has a private room suitable for as few as 12 people but also large enough to accommodate as many as 22. If we could also do a short ceremony there then all the better.

But there is a complication: Due to scheduling issues we will need to have our wedding shortly before this upcoming Christmas and on a Saturday night. Yes, prime Christmas party season. Needless to say we'd like to book a place sooner than later!

Unfortunately we won't know the exact number of guests until closer to the date since some some of our guests are from out of town and can't commit to coming just yet. Price range is fairly flexible but the ultra-fine dining restaurants may be a bit out of our price range. But they may still be worth looking into. In terms of ambiance, neither of us are fans of the super modern look or of the "dead animals hanging on every wall" look.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Any help would be hugely appreciated!!!

I can't wait until all of this wedding planning stuff is over :)

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  1. I've done business dinners at the following and think they would work well for a wedding reception...

    1) The Ranche in Fish Creek Park is a really nice spot...great food, historic, natural setting and they've done lots of receptions.

    The website has a weddings/events page, which has pricing info right there with menus and vitual tours of all the rooms...http://www.crmr.com/theranche/index.php

    2) Infusion in Bragg Creek is very nice and they have a private room that is the perfect size. I had a company booard meeting here with dinner and they gave us great service...http://www.infusionbraggcreek.com/

    3) Capo has a very nice private room, and is big enough for 22 but 10-12 is fine too...this won't be cheap though. We had about 14 at dinner here if I remember correctly.

    4) Banff Springs - An obvious suggestion...they have a ton of rooms that could probably do this for you...you absolutely can't beat the views.

    Good Luck!!

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    1. re: Major_9000

      What Major_9000 said :)

      The Ranche would be beautiful & the food is wonderful. Rustic, & charming without too many trophies on the wall.

      Banff Springs would be gorgeous, we've only been for tea but it's been fabulous... not inexpensive though. Road conditions could be a real issue that time of year?

      you may not be looking at hotels... but I'd suggest the Hyatt - I may be biased since we were married there 10 years ago this October... they have a number of smaller rooms where you could do the ceremony & reception and the food & service has been consistently top notch - in terms of ambiance they've blended some of the old building with new - maintaining some of the old stone walls and old curved windows.

      ETA: Sirocco Golf Club might be another good option: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/699277

      Congratulations & Good Luck with the planning!! :)

    2. The wine tasting room at Bonterra is another option. Great food in a nice atmosphere.
      http://bonterra.ca/private_bookings.php

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      1. re: marcopolo

        Love the wine tasting room. It's beautiful. It should be said that it's more of a semi-private room/area of the restaurant.

      2. I'm having my reception at Murrietas in Canmore in June. They have a private room with space for up to 50 people. Its possible to have the ceremony there too. Its my backup plan since we're planning an outdoor wedding. The group dinner menus range from $50 to $66 per person which isn't too pricey. The manager mentioned that its possible to make changes to the menu as well with a small surcharge. I'll let you know how it goes afterwards!

        1. They are more inns than restaurants, but in Canmore, the Bear & Bison Lodge - http://www.canmoreweddings.com/ - and the Georgetown Inn - http://www.georgetowninn.ca/ - would fit the bill.

          I've been in both and they are boutique style places with a dining room space that fits your group size perfectly and both cater to small weddings.The Bear & Bison is especially beautiful, with large windows, high ceilings and a private balcony. You might end up having to book some accommodation with these places though.

          It has been about 2 years since I ate at the Georgetown, so I don't remember much except being surprised by how much I liked it. I haven't eaten at the Bear & Bison, but the owner is also the chef, so hopefully that means some extra care and attention to the food!