Everything you need to know about getting married in Wainwright, Alberta

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You’re engaged! Congrats! Now I’m here to help you with everything you need to know about getting married in Wainwright.

The Town of Wainwright is a small, vibrant town in East-Central Alberta that is filled with history and big opportunities. It has a bustling community and the beautiful scenery to go with it. It is completely understated as a place to get married in this region.

Location

Situated 2 hours east of Edmonton, at the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 41, it was homesteaded in 1905 and still has some quirky, beautiful buildings among its’ architecture today. 

Weather

As Wainwright is in the rural prairies, it can get extremely cold in the winter months, so if you’re planning a winter wedding, best to make sure you have adequate footwear and plenty of layers for those portraits!

That being said, even with the snow, it makes a stunning backdrop to any pictures.

The fall is beautiful along the Battle River, with the trees a deep orange and red against the contrast of the Battle River Bridge. It is a spectacular spot for pictures.

Venues

If you are wanting a church wedding, there are plenty to choose from depending on your faith. You can find a list of churches in Wainwright here.

If you are looking for something different, South Africa Guest Lodge is licensed to hold weddings and is a perfect place to have the whole thing, from prep, right the way through to the party. They have stunning gardens for pictures too!

Marriage licences can be obtained from Baughan Agencies who are located on Main Street in the centre of the town.

There are a couple of marriage commissioners based in Wainwright who are able to perform your wedding ceremony for you. You can search for one here. Make sure to also consider writing your own vows to make it even more special!

Photo locations

This is when Wainwright really spoils you! There are so many options when it comes for locations for your wedding photos.

If you are wanting woodsy with big skies then the Battle River Trestle Bridge out by Fabian is stunning. It has mature trees along the wispy grassed trail that leads down to the river. Not to mention the enormous trestle bridge that really takes your breath away the closer you get to it. It is beautiful in all seasons, just check in advance if you plan on a winter wedding as the road isn’t always accessible.

If you are more of a water-loving couple, you have both Arm Lake and Clear Lake, who both provide a waterfront area with a jetty. 

Other Vendors:

Hair and Makeup

There are a lot of skilled aesthetics providers in this town. One that comes highly recommended is White Dahlia. They offer both hair and make up services. And for the guys, Wainwright Barbershop is super convenient to have in town.

Flowers

I highly recommend Wainwright Flower Cart. Their arrangements are beautiful!

DJ

Shonna from Sweet Soundz is a great local DJ and plays a wide range of music for all to enjoy.

Favours

If you are wanting to give a beautiful gift to your guests, you’ll find something at Simply Bee. They offer candles, honey, skincare, soaps and are all locally made at the family business.

Jewellery

Wainwright Jewellers is on Main Street and has been running a successful business here in Wainwright since 1955. They have some stunning pieces of jewellery that would be perfect for your wedding day.

Photography & Videography

Enter me! Hey!

I actually live in Wainwright so I don’t have far to travel at all. I love this town and I’d be thrilled to help document your wedding day. You can see my work here, or contact me here!

If you’re looking for some more insight into getting married in 2022, then check out this post about things all newly engaged couples need to know.

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Sam Wildridge is a wedding photographer / filmmaker based in Wainwright, Alberta. Sam has been capturing weddings + families for 8 years and defines her style as "storytelling".

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