17 Unique Ways to Host a Mountain Wedding

If you’re looking for the perfect place to make your wedding official, look no further than the mountains. Can you imagine being surrounded by a dreamy mountainous terrain while saying “I do” to your favorite person? Or, better yet, exchange vows at the top while the rest of the world stretches out below you.

Besides the breathtaking views, organizing your special day in the mountains has so much to offer. By immersing yourself in the high altitude area, you withdraw from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and seek solace in nature. For active or outdoor couples, mountain weddings offer plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy, be it hiking, biking, skiing, or fishing. Not to mention, if you grew up near the mountains or vacationed there often, you can share that experience with your loved ones during your vow exchange.

From Washington to Montana to Colorado to the Swiss Alps, there are so many places that offer stunning mountain views before your big day. Whether facing snow-capped peaks or those covered in lush greenery, mountain weddings make a striking scene no matter the time of year.

If you’re considering hosting a mountain wedding, there are a few things to keep in mind, according to Heather Dwight of Calluna Events. First, mountain weddings tend to be pricey, especially during certain seasons and holidays, so it’s important to factor that into your budget. “Midsummer is the most popular and therefore more expensive,” explains the planner. “Winter weddings in the mountains can also be very expensive because you compete with the ski season. Holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, will also be more expensive and crowded for mountain weddings, so plan ahead for budget, hotel rates, and travel.

When considering your wedding date, it is also essential to familiarize yourself with the weather so that you and your guests can prepare for the conditions. “June through September will be your most popular months for the best weather, but still plan an afternoon shower in the forecast,” notes Dwight. “Temperatures can fluctuate during the day and drop drastically in the evening, so make sure your guests are comfortable for warm ceremonies and cold receptions by providing water and shade. Encourage wraps and layers in the evening and add heaters if necessary.

To plan for extreme weather, Chikeeh Talker or One Love at a Time Events recommends having an indoor or tent backup plan for your ceremony and reception. For all other contingencies, she urges couples to find a planner who is familiar with the area. “Hiring a wedding planner who is versed in these types of weddings will save you time and stress,” she explains.

After you’ve taken care of the logistics, you can move on to the fun part: the decor! Ask yourself a few questions to decorate a mountain wedding that builds on the location while also representing your love story. Dwight encourages couples to consider the following: “What makes you want to bring your friends and family to the area? What are the other priorities for the weekend? Do you love the views and want an epic backdrop for their ceremony?” Answering these questions will give you a better idea of ​​the elements you want to emphasize and include in your design.

When in doubt, a minimalistic approach always prevails. “The best thing about a mountain wedding is that you don’t have to do too much,” notes Talker. “Nature itself speaks loud enough.”

There are countless ways to put a nod to Mother Nature in your wedding decor, from your office supplies to your wedding bar setup, while taking advantage of the environment. For more inspiration, here’s a rundown of our favorite ways to decorate a dreamy mountain wedding.

Meet the expert

  • Heather Dwight is the owner of Calluna Events, an event planning and design firm based in the Colorado region that also plans weddings internationally. She launched the company in 2004.
  • Chikeeh Talker is a wedding and event planner and the owner of One Love at a Time Events based in Denver, Colorado. She has been planning weddings for over ten years.

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