University of Alberta Botanic Garden
Lush gardens, serene settings and tranquility to spare — each reception spot at the Botanic Garden is out of a movie, none more cinematic than the Aga Khan garden (the world’s northernmost Islamic garden). Construction on a pavilion that will host events, including weddings, is expected to begin this year.
51227 AB-60, Parkland County, 780-492-3050, botanicgarden.ualberta.ca
Cozy and Quaint
Little Brick Cafe and General Store
Part of Black Box Hospitality Group, Little Brick Café is arguably the most intimate — and definitely the most adorable — venue in the city. With a capacity of 75 guests, you’ll be able to mix and mingle with everyone, and maybe meet your future match by the back porch’s ceremonial bright red door.
10004 90 St., 780-705-1230, littlebrick.ca
A Formal Affair
Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
You’ll want to wear your very best to Edmonton’s castle on the hill, regardless of which room the reception takes place in. Elegant and sophisticated, the atmosphere is more “witty repartee” than “that joke you always tell after a few bottles.”
10065 100 St., 780-424-5181, Fairmont.com/Macdonald
Rustic and Historic
Old Timers Cabin
Built in 1957, the Old Timers Cabin has a certain comfort that feels like home. After a fun and relaxed evening chatting around the fire, you’ll want to have your wedding there, too. And your children’s wedding, and your 25th anniversary…
9430 Scona Rd., 780-465-2139, oldtimerscabin.net