Tips for Planning a Mountain Wedding

Bass Lake mountain wedding at The Pines Resort

Tips for Planning a Mountain Wedding

Are you dreaming of a wedding surrounded by breathtaking mountain views? Planning a wedding in the mountains can be an exciting and memorable experience. The natural beauty of the mountains can provide a stunning backdrop to your special day, making it an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

In today’s blog post, I’m so glad to share that Shelley with Shelley Ann Events will be sharing all of her wisdom for planning a mountain wedding. Shelley is the owner and lead planner of Shelley Ann Events, offering planning and day of coordination services. Shelley lives in Visalia, Californian, planning weddings throughout the state of California, traveling where your love story is. Shelleys passion is you, your day, your dreams, and your story. She believes that you deserve to feel at ease and live your day to the fullest. With countless things to remember, Shelley takes care of planning and executing the details. This is your day to enjoy. 

Planning a wedding in the mountains requires careful consideration of location, budget, weather, and various other factors. By following Shelley’s tips and ideas, you can create a memorable and magical mountain wedding that will be cherished by all. Embrace the natural beauty of the mountains and let it be the perfect backdrop for your special day.

Whether it be a venue or a private estate, in this blog post, Shelley will explore some tips and ideas for planning the perfect mountain wedding, from selecting the perfect venue to making sure you don’t miss some critical steps. So, grab a cup of coffee and let’s get started on making your dream wedding a reality.

Shaver Lake bride and groom portraits

Choose the Perfect Mountain Location

The first step in planning your mountain wedding is to choose the perfect location. Research different mountain destinations that offer picturesque landscapes and venues that are suitable for a wedding ceremony and reception. Consider factors such as accessibility, local amenities, and the overall ambiance that fits your vision. Ultimately, the perfect mountain wedding location is one that speaks to you and your partner and reflects your unique love story. Take the time to research and visit different locations to find the perfect spot to say “I do.”

A few of our favorite mountain wedding venues in the area:

The Lodge at Two Moons

Tenaya Lodge

China Peak Mountain Resort

Yosemite Rush Creek Lodge

NOMA Resort

The Pines Resort

Set a Budget

Setting a budget is essential for any wedding, including a mountain wedding. Determine how much you are willing to spend on various aspects of your special day, including the venue, decor, catering, and entertainment. Keep in mind that mountain weddings may require additional logistics and rentals, such as restrooms and transportation costs for guests if your wedding is in a remote location or at a private estate.

Find Suitable Accommodations

Since your wedding will be taking place in the mountains, it’s important to consider the accommodation options available for you and your guests. Look for hotels, lodges, or cabins that can accommodate your wedding party and any overnight guests. Ensure that the chosen accommodation has the necessary amenities and is conveniently located near your wedding venue. If you are  planning a wedding in a more remote location, make sure there are transportation options available.

Mendocino mountain wedding

Consider the Weather

Mountain weather can be unpredictable, so it’s crucial to plan for different conditions. Consider having a backup indoor venue in case of bad weather or suitable tent rentals on standby with a deposit to hold them. If you are planning an outdoor ceremony, provide guests with necessary protection against the elements. If your wedding is in the summer, provide sunscreen, parasols, sunglasses and or insect repellent. However, if your wedding is in the winter, providing heaters and blankets for your guests will provide them great comfort and a wonderful guest experience. Each of these items can be incorporated beautifully and in a fun way as part of your overall design and aesthetics.

Think about the Sun

Check the sunset time before you set your ceremony time. Know where the sun will be in relation to your ceremony location so that you have the best lighting for photos. You want to make sure that the sun is not glaring into the guests’ eyes and the sun is at the altar and not behind you.

Permits and Regulations

Check with the local authorities to ensure that you have any necessary permits and to review regulations that may impact your wedding plans. This may include restrictions on the number of guests, noise levels, usage of certain areas and usage of equipment and rentals, such as tents. If there is a noise ordinance you can plan your timeline accordingly and avoid having to end your wedding night early unexpectedly. 

Yosemite Rushcreek Lodge mountain wedding

Choose Appropriate Attire

When selecting your wedding attire, take into account the climate and terrain of the mountains. Consider comfortable shoes that are suitable for walking on uneven surfaces. Consider lightweight fabrics and breathable materials for your wedding gown and groom’s attire. Don’t forget to bring layers to keep warm if the temperature drops at night. A stunning wedding winter coat is a perfect touch for you and your photos. Add attire recommendations and information to your wedding website for your guests to review ahead of time when they are preparing for your wedding day. 

Weekend Mountain Activities 

For a mountain wedding, many guests may be traveling from various locations and may decide to make it a weekend getaway. Make your mountain wedding an unforgettable experience by planning activities that allow your guests to fully enjoy the surroundings. Organize hikes, nature walks, or guided tours for your guests to explore the mountainous area. Additionally, provide restaurant recommendations for your guest’s consideration during their visit. This information is perfect to put on your wedding website when they are scheduling their accommodations and weekend plans while they are not attending the wedding. You may have scheduled events that you are part of such as a welcome reception, tour and after wedding brunch or suggested activities they may take part in at their leisure.

Planning a wedding in the mountains requires careful consideration of location, budget, weather, and various other factors. By following these tips and ideas, you can create a memorable and magical mountain wedding that will be cherished by all. Embrace the natural beauty of the mountains and let it be the perfect backdrop for your special day.

Santa Babara intimate elopement

Looking for all the mountain wedding planning resources?

Between the two of us, Shelley and I have you covered. Check out a blog post I wrote for Shelley’s about the Right Amount of Wedding Photography Coverage for you to learn more. In the meantime, you can also contact me with any questions you may have!


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August 21, 2023



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