Rocking R Guest Ranch

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About Rocking R Guest Ranch

The Rocking R Guest Ranch offers couples a private venue for the entire weekend. Host your rehearsal dinner at the ranch, take time to set up your decor and then soak in the hot tub the night before your wedding. On your wedding day you and your bridal party will enjoy a delicious two-course breakfast before the hair and make-up people arrive. Your wedding will take place in a beautiful outdoor setting with stunning views of the lake and the Rocky mountains. The deck adjacent to the wedding pavillion is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the lake!

Facilities and capacity

The facilities offered at this ranch include a natural wood arbour for ceremonies as well as a white wedding pavillion with a wood dance floor, elegant chandeliers and groups of lit trees. The pavillion can accomodate up to 170 guests. On-site accomodations feature two boutique cottages which can be used by the wedding party or by family & friends.

Services offered

Rocking R Guest Ranch offers couples the following services for their special day. The services include:

  • Accommodations
  • Bridal Cottage
  • Catering / Bar
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Event Rentals
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up

Cuisine

The team at this venue can cater a rehearsal BBQ for your family and friends if requested. A wedding day breakfast will be provided and includes champagne! Their professional culinary team will prepare an amazing dinner for your wedding reception. You are allowed to purchase your own liquor for your event and they will provide 2 bartenders for 8 hours.

Accommodation

The larger cottage is a perfect place for the bridal party to prepare for the wedding. The smaller, cozy cottage is reserved for the couple on their wedding night.

Other facilities

The Rocking R Guest Ranch is pleased to offer brides and/or grooms massages on the day of the wedding or on the day after the wedding. You can choose a relaxation, therapeutic or hot stone massage. What better way to end an already perfect weekend?

  • Number of guests From 50 to 180
  • Maximum Capacity 180 Persons Including the Wedding Party
  • Type Farm, inn/B&B
  • Style Country, glamorous, rustic, waterfront
  • Event Services Accommodations, bridal suite, cake, catering / bar, clean up, event planning, event rentals, liability…View more
  • Plated Service (per head) C$ 60.00
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More information about Rocking R Guest Ranch

  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    50
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    One Wedding Pavilion and Outdoor Ceremony Area
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Covered outdoor
    Uncovered outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal shower
    Engagement party
    Rehearsal dinner
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Cocktail reception
    Dessert
    Family style
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne toast
    Open bar
    Outside alcohol
  • What event items are available?
    Aisle markers
    Altar/arches
    Audio equipment
    Centerpieces
    Dance floor
    Decor
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Chairs
    Tables
    Tent accessories
    Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    China
    Chocolate fountain
    Flatware
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Wheelchair access
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    C$ 500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Set up
    Chairs
    Lighting/sound
    Parking
  • What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?
    C$ 35
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake cutting
    Server(s)
    Dessert
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    C$ 11
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartenders

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20 Reviews for Rocking R Guest Ranch


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Response time 5.0

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  • Sarah

    Sarah Brisbin · Married on 27 of July of 2019

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    Amazing wedding experience

    My husband and I just recently got married at Rocking R Guest Ranch and had what can only be described as a perfect day.

    We started our wedding venue search with the goal of finding something outdoorsy, but found the places in Banff, Kanaskasis and Canmore to not quite fit the bill - either too expensive or too restrictive or too cookie cutter. We stumbled upon Rocking R while doing some online searching and were able to meet with Terri the next day to check it out. We fell in love immediately and have absolutely no regrets with having our big day out there. Nearly every guest commented on how picturesque the setting is and what a wonderful wedding spot we had found.

    Terri was incredibly supportive every step of the way, making sure we were on track and able to answer any and all questions.

    Her list of preferred vendors made the planning stages nearly seamless as we went with her tried and true suppliers who did not disappoint. A tasting dinner in early spring allowed us to meet with additional vendors as well as taste the delicious food from the on location caterer.

    Being able to have access to the venue from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning allowed for a non-frantic set up and time spent with friends and family during the rehearsal bbq which we were able to host out there as well. The cabins on site are extremely well appointed with every detail thought of.

    We additionally hired a ‘day of’ coordinator which took the organization to the next level and allowed Terri to focus on keeping the venue top notch.

    Hurry up and book this place!

    Sarah and Rob



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    Sent on 04/08/2019

    Rocking R Guest Ranch's reply:

    Thank you for the wonderful review! Your wedding was very unique and we loved the little touches you added like paddling in for your grand entry and using a canoe for your outside bar! You and Rob are lovely people and it was a pleasure to help you plan your delightful wedding. Wishing you all the best in your future!
  • Tia

    Tia Kjartanson · Married on 29 of June of 2019

    5.0
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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Absolutely Perfect Wedding Venue

    We had our wedding at the Rocking R' Guest Ranch on June 29th, 2019. We came across this venue by chance when we were searching in the fall of 2017! We instantly fell in love.

    From the moment you drive onto the property you are surrounded by natural beauty and an instant feeling of relaxation! Terri was amazing to work with and she really has thought of it all. She is prompt in her responses and so incredibly easy to work with. Her staff and trusted vendors are extremely professional - from the amazing dinner service to the top notch bar tenders, nothing about our experience was negative.

    We had an absolutely perfect wedding weekend and I would recommend this venue to anyone looking for a relaxed, fun wedding. This venue offered us a beautiful outdoor ceremony spot (with a wood arbour and a stunning tree to tie the knot under), a spot to set up lawn games for our guests, so many amazing spots to take photos, a patio for all of our guests to enjoy each other's company and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, a tent for our reception and dance, and 2 beautiful cottages to enjoy over the weekend!

    We cant wait to go back and stay in one of the cottages for a few nights. There is something so peaceful about this place and it truly is something special!

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    Sent on 21/07/2019

    Rocking R Guest Ranch's reply:

    Thank you for the wonderful review!! We very much enjoyed hosting your wedding at the ranch. You, Alex, your family and friends were so easy to work with and we are thrilled that were able to make your wedding day a success! All the best in your married life!
  • Jade

    Jade Connor · Married on 18 of August of 2018

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Beautiful views and venue

    It is a beautiful venue and property. Terri really takes care of you which takes away a lot of stress that comes with planning. She is very professional and organized. The food was amazing and all of our guests enjoyed the selection from the appies to dinner. The only down sides are having to have the music off and guests gone by 1230 but that was made very clear to us prior to booking. As well as part of the package is having access to the beautiful cabins on the property but they are pricey and you do have to pay for them regardless if you are using both or not for the weekend. There are lots of beautiful areas around for taking wedding photos and everything went very smoothly.

    Sent on 21/09/2018

    Rocking R Guest Ranch's reply:

    Hello Jade,

    Thank you for the kind review! Our bridal parties love being on-site from Friday to Sunday as everything they need is easily accessible. We very much enjoyed your wedding - you and your guests were wonderful!
  • Jessica

    Jessica Chammoury · Married on 26 of August of 2017

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      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Rocking R Guest Ranch was an absolutely beautiful place for our wedding! Terri and Marv made us feel comfortable all weekend, and ensured everything was perfect and taken care of! We loved that we got to spend the weekend on the ranch and didn't have to worry about rushing out for another event like most venues. We spent the nights in the cabin and it was a total blast and so convenient to be able to get ready right on the property. They also made breakfast the morning of which was delicious! The ceremony spot is gorgeous and the tent is nice and spacious, but be prepared in knowing that it really is a blank canvas and if you want certain things for decor, it is a big space and is not cheap. I loved that we were able to make it our own though! It also made for stunning photos!

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    Sent on 28/09/2017

    Rocking R Guest Ranch's reply:

    Hello Jessica

    Thank you for the wonderful review. You certainly took that blank canvas and made it your own. Your decor was absolutely stunning!
  • Terra

    Terra Fillmore · Married on 08 of October of 2016

    2.0
    • Quality of service:
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    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      2.0
    • Flexibility:
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    • Professionalism:
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    We had a wedding at Rocking R Guest Ranch this past October, to be honest Terri made it far more stressful and was not easy to deal with!!

    We experienced the following:

    - When we first met with Terri she suggested last call be at 11:30 as everyone needs to be off the property by 1:00 a.m. However a month before the wedding she told us music must be off by 11:30 due to the bylaws, this was a huge shock to us both!

    - Be careful about having your ceremony outside! It was forecast to snow on the day of my wedding and Terri wouldn't allow me to have the chairs outside and said "can't your guest stand during the ceremony". She didn't want to risk getting the plastic chair wet. Thus I had to move the ceremony instead the tent as we had a bunch of older people and couldn't have them standing.

    - Be sure to check the condition of everything in both the tent and cabins prior to setting up or using them for the wedding!!!!! We are being charged for a new freezer, as it was dented, and cleaning of a seat cushion, as it was stained and Terri couldn't get it out. We didn't damage either.

    - Glassware is not included in the corkage fee and you are expected to rent the glassware, although it isn't in your contract!! Also I requested that we have asparagus for the caesars and milk for paralyzers and Terri said this isn't included in the corkage fee of $6.50 per person so I ended up picking them up.

    - I choose to not use Terri's vendors for rentals and she was not impressed by this. I found a cheaper place to rent as I had a coupon and she mentioned my glassware rentals looked "cheap" compared to the ones she usually gets. She said she doesn't want the venue to look cheap! ** I rented ordinary water goblets, wine and cocktail glasses.

    - You are must use her caterer. For appetizers we had coconut covered shrimp, soft pretzels and candied bacon. The coconut shrimp were soggy and the soft pretzels were WAY over cooked and hard as rock. The dinner was good - although 3/4 of my guest told me there wasn't enough food, my guest were still hungry after dinner. This was after being reassured time and time again that there will be lots of food.

    Sent on 12/10/2016

    Rocking R Guest Ranch's reply:

    I am sorry that you were not happy with your wedding at the ranch. We have no control over the weather hence the documentation we provide to all our potential couples indicates “We can move the wedding into the tent if the weather does not cooperate on Saturday.” On the day of your wedding it was –9C with the wind chill and the hoar frost was falling off the trees. The reason we do not want the wedding chairs outside on damp cold days is due to the padded seats. If they get wet they can take up to 24 hours to dry and we don’t want the guests to have to sit through the reception on a wet chair.

    We pride ourselves on keeping our equipment in good condition and we give our guests direction with respect to hanging signs etc. for events. Ladders are supplied in the wedding tent so that guests can decorate without damaging our equipment. If they chose to stand on the equipment instead of the using the ladder then they will have to pay for any damage to the equipment. As to the stain on the seat cushion, the dry cleaner was able to remove it at a reasonable cost so you will not be charged for that. We do not charge our guests for normal wear and tear as that is simply the cost of doing business.

    We do not have a commercial dishwasher capable of washing large volumes of glasses so the glasses are rented. This is stated in the documentation presented to each couple. In fact, we run an estimate for the total cost of the wedding prior to accepting any deposits. As to the type of glassware that we rent, it is simple but elegant, in keeping with our venue. It also fits nicely in the bar which eliminates storage issues for us.

    I am sorry that the food fell short of your expectations. I will speak to the chef about this. At the previous wedding the guests came into the kitchen to praise the chef for an outstanding meal so I am not sure why your wedding dinner was not up to our usual standards.

    Thank you for bringing these matters to our attention. Please accept our apology for anything that was not to your liking. We try very hard to ensure that our guests enjoy their time at the ranch as evidenced by the number of excellent Trip Advisor Reviews that we have received to date. It saddens me that yours is not in keeping with the other reviews.

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