Lake Louise is an absolutely gorgeous place to get married if you want a mountain destination wedding within Canada. I’ve complied a list of Places to get Married in Lake Louise to make that task easier! It’s also an area that is incredibly popular with people travelling from all over the world for intimate weddings & elopements. Lake Louise truly is an amazing place to plan an elopement. I’m happy to help you find places to get married in Lake Louise! Lake Louise is a small town that sees a ton of tourist action throughout the year, even more so since Canada 150. You will see a little more wildlife in the Lake Louise area as compared to Banff – I actually caught a glimpse of a wolverine there once! When you’re in the mountains, an outdoor ceremony is the best way to go to be able to enjoy the beautiful mountain views, even in the winter! There are lots of great places to get married in Lake Louise, though the most well know is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise with the gorgeous view that is recognized around the world!
Tips for Planning your Lake Louise wedding or elopement
Consider early morning or later evening ceremony. In the summer, the sun roughly rises at 6 am and sets at 10 pm (depending on the month) so avoiding mid-day help you avoid the crowds. An added bonus is the water looks bluer when the sun isn’t directly overhead (especially with exposing for people in the photos) & you get a better chance of having still waters & great reflections!
Consider Lake Louise in October to get a mix of Autumn & Winter. The last 2 weeks of October have the best chance to get this stunning combination of colours!
Keep in mind that winter lasts a long time in Lake Louise. If you don’t want a hint of snow & want to see the lake unfrozen, plan for after the first week of June until early October. Lake Louise freezes in November and doesn’t fully thaw until June!
Wildfires can be a real problem. While the actual fire might not be in the area, there’s a good chance in July & August that the mountains can be hidden under a thick blanket of smoke from neighbouring states & provinces. The smoke can be so thick that it totally obscures all mountain views. It doesn’t happen every year, but it is something to consider if you are planning a summer wedding.
Bears love the meadow by the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. It’s not uncommon for the meadow to be closed at some point during the month of June due to grizzly bear activity. The bears just love to snack on the dandelions that grow there so be prepared to change ceremony locations if the meadow has been restricted.
Lake Louise is a great location if you have accessibility issues. For the most part it’s easy to get around on the flat areas right beside the Lake & it’s only a slight slope to walk to get to the meadow! As far as amazing mountain views go, this a good spot if you don’t want to trek too far!
The colour of the Lake changes. There’s many factors but if it’s super sunny, if it’s really windy, if it’s smokey, if its cloudy, if it’s the middle of the day, where things are in the melt cycle, these are all factors on how the water looks. It’s not an exact science. The water can range from milky white on a windy or smoky day to the stunning turquoise blue. There’s always variation in how it appears so don’t be disappointed if its not an intense turquoise all the time.
Lake Louise has so many beautiful locations for photos so you don’t have to travel far! It’s pretty much spectacular any which way you turn! There are lots of places to get married in Lake Louise during all four seasons! In the winter it’s a bit trickier for ceremony locations, so you can always have your ceremony in nearby Banff. If you can’t get married in Lake Louise, it’s still a fantastic option to head to the mountains for your engagement photos too! If you still need help deciding where would be the best place to get married, check out my Guide to Eloping in the Canadian Rockies!
If you are looking to get married and don’t yet have a photographer, I would love to photograph your Lake Louise wedding! Please get in touch for more information! Lake Louise is a great place for an elopement and it’s the perfect place to do engagement photos too! Please tell me about more Places to get Married in Lake Louise in the comments!
Got your heart set on a Rocky Mountain Wedding but can’t decide where? Try my Guide to Eloping in the Canadian Rockies! Also check out: Places to Get Married in Banff & Places to get Married in Canmore too! I’m more than happy to help you find a beautiful location for your intimate wedding or elopement! While I’m not an official wedding planner, when you hire me as your wedding photographer I’m able to guide you in your Rocky Mountain wedding planning process to help you find great locations & awesome local vendors!