Love on the Rockies: 5 Tips for a Successful Mountain Wedding

Posted on: 17 April 2017

Having a mountain wedding is a great way to create a personalized, unforgettable wedding in any season. But, it can have some unique challenges and solutions. To help with your planning, here are 5 top tips for any rustic wedding.

Use a Local Planner. If your wedding venue will be an area with which you're not intimately familiar, it's a good idea to work with a local wedding planner who can help navigate the ins and outs of things like local vendors, climate and environment, and guest accommodation. Meet with your planner in person or over the phone regularly to be sure they understand both your interests and your budget.

Get Rustic. Embrace the mountain theme by choosing a rustic and charming venue rather than a traditional one that could be found anywhere. Whether it's a pole barn, a mountain cabin, or a large and open plain, the woodsy and mountainous environment should inform your choice of locations. Save money by combining a venue with a place to take photos that will provide great backdrops of forests, mountains, or vistas.

Have a Backup. High mountain weather can be tricky. It may snow in June, or it may be gorgeous in the middle of January. Your local wedding planner will be able to help you create a Plan B in case the weather changes and you have snow, wind, or rain. A rustic venue that includes both indoor and outdoor options is also a good idea.

Be Prepared. A rustic, mountain venue is beautiful and unique. But, it may also be a bit off the beaten path. After all, if you wanted a venue in the city, you wouldn't have to trek to the mountains for your ceremony, would you? Be prepared, then, to deal with some inconveniences of being in the woods, including not having stores nearby. Prepare an emergency kit for the bridal party to plan for clothing emergencies, hair emergencies, and minor cuts and scrapes. If you'll be traipsing in the woods for the best photo backgrounds, be sure to bring shoes and a coat that will help you navigate the elements. 

Consider the Guests. If your wedding guests aren't used to the higher altitude, remind them to be careful. Towns in the Rocky Mountains, for example, can easily be 9,000 or 10,000 feet and may give newbies altitude sickness. In addition to difficulty breathing, some people may experience headaches or fatigue. Warn guests to avoid overexerting themselves while enjoying your wedding and reception. And make sure they all have good directions to get to and from your rustic venue.

By planning ahead for your mountain wedding, you can create a day that you'll love and cherish for the rest of your life. To start your wedding planning, contact venue options like Rolling Meadows Ranch.