Welcome to Thanksgiving Ranch .. a luxurious and exclusive Rocky Mountain wedding destination with unsurpassed views in a truly unforgettable location located in southern Alberta, near Waterton, Alberta.
Imagine having private access to our incredible ranch setting and marvelous Lodge to say ‘I do’! You and your guests will be fully immersed in a truly unforgettable setting, with ‘closed gate’ privacy, bordered by majestic mountain peaks. Creating a sense of ultimate seclusion and a serene sense of place, Thanksgiving Ranch is a uniquely luxurious setting for sharing a celebration with those you love most.
Facilities and Capacity
Begin your day in the classically designed Lodge by preparing in one of the designated get-ready suites. Surrounded by the warm wood-lined interior of the ranch house, take a moment to relax with your wedding entourage. There is plenty of room for your hair and makeup teams to help you ready yourself for the festivities. Your ceremony can take place in The Saddle Barn, a beautifully pastoral event space designed to host elegant celebrations. Here, you can seat up to 70 guests for your ceremony and reception in the seating design of your choice. Weather permitting, you could opt for an outdoor service in the surrounding pastures around The Saddle Barn. You might choose to host an outdoor cocktail reception in the fresh mountain air before proceeding back inside to enjoy a delicious meal. The interior of the barn structure is notable for its exposed log walls and beams. Market lighting is placed around the perimeter, casting a romantic glow over your reception as the sun sets majestically behind the nearby mountains. There is plenty of room to accommodate a dance floor and after-dinner entertainment.
For a more intimate affair, you can enjoy a ceremony and reception based solely in The Lodge. Your event can take place on the main floor, which can then be flipped to accommodate your dining. You can comfortably seat up to 36 guests here, keeping warm next to the wood-burning fireplace. If the season is warmer, you can also move the event onto the lawn surrounding The Lodge. The outdoor spaces will allow your guests to mingle or break away from the crowd to take in the amazing vista.
Thanksgiving Ranch offers two distinct experience packages depending on the size of your event. Each package is designed to fit their distinct spaces, All events offer overnight accommodation for up to fourteen guests in the Lodge. Full event catering by our in-house culinary team is available. They can help you to choose a distinct menu for your celebration, including delicious wine pairings. Full bar service can also be provided, including premium beers, wines, liquors, and custom cocktails. Event rentals such as glassware, flatware, linens, and china can also be sought from the management. There is plenty of parking available on-site for the convenience of you and your guests. Market tents may also be an additional option to consider.
Reception Dinner Costing (Subject to change):
Silver Menu starting at $55.00+
Gold Menu starts at $65.00+
Platinum Menu starts at $75.00+
Children's plate $25.00+
Assorted Gourmet Dessert (per person) $14.00+
Ranch Wedding Cake (10-12 people) $150.00 per cake
Desert options "couple choice" (per person) starting at $11.00
Charcuterie (per person and $ starting at) $22.00
Appetizers (per person and $ starting at) $20.00
TOTAL RECEPTION DINNER: Subject to guest numbers
Please note that 5% GST is charged on event food and beverage.
Please note a standard industry 20% banquet fee is charged on food and beverage.
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Fact: on wedding wire and according to Brads former event coordinator the corkage fee is $13.00 pp (see screenshot) After Brad let go of his event coordinator he claimed the corkage fee had NEVER been $13 pp it was $22 pp (70% mark up) in the end he was actually going to charge us $30.49 pp (135% mark up) for the rehearsal dinner as well as the reception. This is all before a mandatory 20% tip.
Fact: From day 1 speaking to this venue, we expressed how having an open bar with cocktails was ESSENTIAL for our wedding day. Exactly one month before our wedding I received an email stating the ranch did not have the capacity to make cocktails and if we wanted cocktails we would need to buy them in can or bottle format. This would have been a large added expense and came as quite a shock to us especially after the ranch had raised the corkage fee so much. When we questioned it we were told, “skilled mixologists are simply not available, they will be people old enough to serve liquor” and that they “fear(ed) that you should have stayed in the city at a large hotel venue.” Can you imagine saying that to a bride a month prior to her wedding? We began to question why we were paying such a large corkage fee if there wasn’t going to be an actual bartender or mixers to make cocktails.
Fact: After being told by the website and the former event coordinator that chair covers could be provided by the ranch for a fee, suddenly they no longer existed. Their website also stated that they provide napkins and a month before I was told I would need to rent those as well. These, along with other inconsistencies were very stressful as a bride especially since many of them came to light so close to my wedding.
Fact: Brad decided to follow me on instagram. I won’t speculate why as I’m trying to stick to facts :)
Fact: Brad claims in an email that he sent us all of our money back and gave us dates with payments. We replied to him stating we had received all of the payments except for one and we politely asked him to check his etransfers to ensure no typos were made. He responded with “back off and go away.” He later sent an email stating that the “hold up” is that he's waiting on a non disclosure agreement to be drawn up from his lawyer, this is just an example of his many contradictions. This NDA would prohibit us from “publishing or spreading false and negative reviews.” should we sign this document he will then send us the remainder of the agreed upon amount. Our last email from Brad was sent on August 5th, we’ve received no further communication and have decided to settle the manner in small claims court for the remainder of our money.
In my opinion, I would not bother with thanksgiving ranch especially for a wedding. In addition to being very disorganized, there are too many inconsistencies with pricing and services offered. When confronted about the inconsistencies the owner became extremely rude and unprofessional (examples shown in emails). We refused to sign the NDA not to “publish and spread false and negative reviews” but to share our honest experience with this venue. The constant bait & switch was extremely frustrating and stressful especially as a bride. I feel an obligation to share my opinion and experience with thanksgiving ranch.
Wedding of our dreams!
Beautiful setting and amazing hospitality.
Great Wedding Venue
I would highly recommend the ranch as a wedding venue or even just for a weekend get away. The location is beautiful, the food is fantastic, and the family who runs the Ranch and are your hosts are all really lovely.
Exceeded our Expectations
We reached out to Brad and Christi to see what they could accommodate.
I had my heart set on a big wedding but It was better than I could have ever imagined.
The location is breathtaking. The venue fit right into my theme, and the food was impeccable!
They went above and beyond to make sure the day was perfect and it exceeded our expectations!
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Meet the team
As the owner of Thanksgiving Ranch, Brad is a detail-oriented person ready to think ahead and ensure things get done properly, beautifully, and not forget any detail because it is too small.
A lifetime of experience in food-related, customer service jobs and a career in Quality System Management has made details the key to his role.
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