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Calgary Wedding Theme: Go Abroad at Home

Wedding ideas for those who want international inspiration as well as the comfort of home.


Your love for your passport only pales in comparison to your love for your partner. While your ideal wedding may take inspiration from Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, having friends and family here at home is a compelling reason to put off curbing your travel bug until the honeymoon.


The Space


Have your wedding cake and eat it too by hosting your dream-destination celebration in the heart of Calgary. Bonterra Trattoria’s Tuscan patio will transport you and 60 to 80 dinner guests to romantic Italy with its terracotta tiles, exposed wood beams and lush, crawling vines. Or, create the illusion of escaping to Palm Springs by celebrating at Alloy, an airy, open space with contemporary furniture and fixtures that give the restaurant, which seats up to 110 seated guests, a sophisticated, Southern-Californian vibe.


The Details


Share your love of travel, and instead of a signing a guestbook have your dearly beloved write their favourite travel destinations and honeymoon suggestions on a world map. Find beautiful, keepsake-worthy maps at Map World located in downtown Calgary. Furthermore, create the illusion of taking your guests out of the city by incorporating elements of your “dream destination” of choice into your decor, favours and music. Bring Italy into your wedding with infused olive oil bottles from Soffritto Calgary as party favours. Or, bring Palm Springs to your dream day with Dixie + Twine’s beach-inspired, flamingo drink stirrers and straws. 

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