Outdoor Mountain Wedding Ceremonies

Outdoor Mountain Wedding Ceremonies

Love the mountains? Say your vows right in the middle of them.

There are a lot of options to choose from when you get married in the mountains: alongside a river, in a meadow at the base of mountains, or even on top of a mountain. Any one of them is breathtaking and will create a memorable experience for you and your guests; choose the one that is best for you!

Alongside a River

The sound of a rushing river is calming and beautiful. Exchanging your vows near one while listening to the water is magical. Add to the sound of the water the accompanying nature often found on river banks: lush trees, green grass, and birds, for example, will complete the experience and make your ceremony one that stands out in the minds of guests who are used to attending ceremonies at traditional sites. The North St. Vrain River rushes through the Wild Basin Lodge property, providing a special place to say your vows.

In a Meadow

With mountain meadows come awesome mountain views; the change in landscape from rolling meadow to jutting mountain is striking. And regardless of the season, the landscape will be beautiful. Green grass and wildflowers in the spring, shades of red and gold in the fall, a hint of snow as fall progresses. With views and colors such as these behind you as you say your vows you and your fiancé will stand out amongst the beauty in a stunning way. The Meadow ceremony site at Wild Basin Lodge looks into the Wild Basin portion of Rocky Mountain National Park, providing an unadulterated mountain backdrop for your wedding day.

On Top of a Mountain

Marrying on top of a mountain gives you and your guests mountain views as far as the eye can see. The blues and greens from the land below is understated yet stunning in its beauty and breadth. Mountaintop ceremony sites exist at ski resorts, as well as venues that are located higher in the mountains. Ski resorts are an exceptional place for a mountaintop ceremony; your guests ride chair lifts from the base to the top of the mountain, giving them a stunning ride on the way to a very special occasion. Wild Basin Lodge does not have a mountain top ceremony site but is happy to recommend venues nearby that do.

Regardless of the type of mountain ceremony site you choose, being in mountains is invigorating and exciting! Contact us to learn more about our meadow and river ceremony sites or see photos in our gallery.

 

Photo courtesy of Mallory Munson Photography. @mallorymunsonphotography

Real Weddings – Wild Basin Lodge

Real Weddings – Wild Basin Lodge

Gain inspiration from past Wild Basin weddings

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming; there are so many decisions to make! Take a look at real weddings that have taken place at Wild Basin to glean ideas for your wedding, and to simply enjoy the beauty and happiness. They’ll make you smile! Learn more about hosting your wedding at Wild Basin Lodge.

Scroll down to see some of our favorite real weddings held at the lodge.

Samantha & Marc

The beauty of the early August colors don’t compare to that of the genuine smiles.

Kimberly & Travis

A beautiful dress with illusion sleeves.

Angela & Michael

Fall colors and bright floral arrangements.

Photography: True Photography

 

Debbie & Jay

Fall magnificence and big smiles.

Photography by Kelly Lemon Photography.

Molly & Matt

The beauty is in the detail.

Photography by Mallory Munson Photography.

Justin & Lindsey

A romantic spring wedding.

Austin & Kirsten

The bride’s big smile is infectious.

Lauren & Daisy

Their 1920’s theme makes us jealous of their creativity and style.

Photography: Lady Ilg

Madison & Adam

The attention to detail was impeccable.

Nikita & Gabriel

There is something about a traditional Indian wedding that just radiates beauty.

Alexa & Dylan

Their winter wedding was stylish and warm.

Madison & Shawn

A beautiful and natural summer wedding.

Madison & Scott

A beautiful, foggy fall wedding.

Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter Wedding Ideas

Tips to make your winter wedding special and unique

Why should you love the idea of a winter wedding? Winter weddings are surprisingly looked over more often than not, but they can be wonderfully unique, elegant and warm. Take a look through the tips and ideas below for winter wedding ideas.

Working with the elements:

His:

  • Jacket: Choose a jacket that fits the season. A winter wedding is a great opportunity to add more style and choose a more unique jacket styles and color. You can opt for a darker, more traditional suit jacket or you can use the colder season to try some different styles. A hunting jacket (the traditional english shooting jackets) is a great option. They are usually wool and photograph beautifully, plus they have multiple color schemes and patterns to go with any color scheme. A tweed or houndstooth jacket would be great options as well.
    Winter Wedding Ideas - Men's suit and boutonnière
  • Hats: Hats can add a fun element to you wedding and bring out your own personality. In the winter, you can bundle up or be true to yourself. You don’t have to play by anyone’s rules!
    Winter Wedding Ideas - Groom in Cowboy hat
  • Foot wear: With the cold and wet weather, you may choose to wear a more practical option. Several brands now offer sleek and stylish snow boots. Or colorful rain boots are another great option to add some cheer to your day. Feeling more traditional? Maybe a sleek riding boot is more your style. As always, it all comes down to what you feel comfortable in.

Hers:

  • The dress is the best part about a winter wedding. The cooler weather gives you the opportunity to buy a dress with more fabric without the fear of overheating. You can also look for a dress with pockets! Who doesn’t love hidden pockets to keep lipstick and to keep your hand warms? With a winter wedding you can add the glitter and glam. The extra sparkles really look beautiful with the snow. With it being the end of wedding season you might be able to get your dress at a more affordable price because it is right before the new lines come out. A great bonus for the stylish and thrifty bride.
    Winter Wedding Dress
  • Shawl/Jackets: The best part about adding a shawl to your wedding ensemble is that it adds a vintage and classic feel, all while keeping you warm. You may decide to do a full jacket, this means it can be a colored wool trench coat, a fur coat, or just a sweater that adds just the right amount of color to your dream wedding dress. The last option is to choose a blanket instead. This could be used to add a fun intimacy to the photos between you and your hubby -who doesn’t enjoy snuggling?
    Winter Wedding IdeasWild Basin Lodge Winter Wedding - Winter Kiss AmphitheaterWild Basin Lodge Winter Wedding Riverside
  • Tights: Choose your favorite brand and add the layers! Tights can make the chilliest of days bearable.
  • Gloves and Mittens: Mittens add a really nice feel of romance and gloves could add a vintage feel for you as well. Instead of the gloves being leather they could be a nice shade of red or eggplant. The gloves could also be your somethings borrowed, maybe grandma has a pair of white satin gloves she wore for her wedding day? Lastly you could always go with using a fur muff to keep your hands warm. This would add a really nice bit of elegance as well as stepping up the classic look as well as making Audrey Hepburn proud.
  • Shoes: We are lucky to have lots of options. On a warmer winter day, a heel may still be a great option for you. Worried about cold weather? Coordinate with your husband to be. Snow boots, rain boots, riding boots, and cowboy boots are all great options and will keep your feet warm.
    Wild Basin Lodge Winter Wedding - Winter Wedding Kiss in front of the Wild Basin LodgeThe best part about the fashion for a winter wedding is that all of the extras such as; gloves, mittens, hats, and blankets can actually be coordinated to be your gifts to your bridal party!

Winter Wedding Party Favor Ideas:

Dare to be different, if you choose a winter wedding you don’t have to compete with your friends party favors that they all did this summer instead you can take notes and add a bit more festivity and creativity to your gift giving. For example, in the winter months you can give a hot chocolate mix as a favor and it is something the guests will be able to use. Want more ideas? See below.

  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Chocolates (Shaped as snowflakes, snowmen, snowboarders, skies, ice skates, golden leaves ect.) Chocolate in any form in the winter is a good gift!
  • Hot Chocolate mix placed with in a mason jar, or a plastic easy to open ornament.
  • Chestnuts
  • Candles
  • Fire Starters that smell good.
  • Ornaments
  • Winter Wedding Decoration ideas:

Still not convinced?

Here’s six more reasons why you should consider a winter wedding.

How to Personalize Your Wedding

How to Personalize Your Wedding

Tips and ideas to make your special day fit the two of you

You’ve dreamed of your wedding since you were little and now you finally get to plan it! Chances are you’ve imagined it in broad terms – it’ll be in the mountains, you’ll have barbecue for dinner and you’ll invite all of your friends and family. But what about the smaller details? What will your guests eat? What sort of favors will you send home with them? How will you decorate? With these details comes fantastic opportunity to make your wedding unique and reflective of the two of you as a couple, and to have fun doing it!

Here are just a few ideas of how to personalize your wedding.

Ceremony

There is the traditional way to organize your ceremony: your dad walks you down the aisle, preceded by your wedding party and a licensed official marries you. But say your dog is basically your child and you don’t go anywhere without him or her. You could have your dog walk you and your father down the aisle, preceding you as you walk toward the alter and your partner. You could have your mom and your dad walk you down the aisle, or your entire immediate family, if you all are that close.

Have a friend or family member marry you instead of a church or court official. This special person can easily become licensed online, or if you live in a state that allows self-solemnization, he or she doesn’t need to become licensed; you and your partner will sign the license instead of the officiate, as parties to the marriage.

Use items from around your home to decorate the aisle; why buy new decorations you’ll only use once? You can turn many things into planters to display flowers in. One past Wild Basin wedding with a strong ranching history used cowboy boots from different family members to display flowers.

Use guesterly to produce a custom program that your friends and family contributed to. They’ll love seeing their favorite thoughts included in your wedding.

Reception

Timeline

Change up the timeline to suit your ideal order of events. Want to have the toasts at the ceremony? Want to have your first dance before dinner? Why not? You know each other and your guests, and you know what would make sense for your reception. Don’t be afraid to break away from tradition and change things up. Your guests will remember your wedding for it.

Decorations & Centerpieces

Choose decorations that represent your hobbies, interests, or family histories. Not really a flower person? Get crafty and make something to display: use an online caricature services to create cartoons from photos and then write comics to tell your stories, placing them at each table and around the room. Go to a thrift store and buy old costume jewelry and arrange them like flowers. Are you a gaming couple? Board games, that is; artistically arrange different board games at the center of each table along with a photo of the two of playing it.

Food

Choose food items for your menu that reflect a special time in your relationship. Do you still talk about the meal you both loved on your first date? Ask your caterer to make it for your dinner. Did you bond over bread pudding or is going out for ice cream something special you do together? Serve them instead of cake.

Drinks

Have a drink you just love? Serve specialty cocktails that are meaningful to you in some way, or provide the beer that is a staple in your home.

Favors

Give your guests something they’ll use. Are you a coffee or tea lover? Bag up small bags of coffee beans or tea bags and put them in mugs with your names and wedding date on them. Have lip balm personalized with a silly saying you two share. Get coupons for a local breakfast restaurant near where your guests are staying and arrange with the restaurant that the first cup of coffee is on you. Create crossword puzzles or word search games that tell your story using an online puzzle generator. Like playing cards? Have custom playing cards printed so your guests will always remember your special day.

Personalize items your guests will use

There are many companies online that will personalize almost anything for you. Pint/wine/shot glasses, paper napkins, candle holders, you name it – they’ll do it. Personalize say, the pint glasses the bar will serve beer in, then let guests take one home at the end of the night. Have special cocktail napkins printed with your names and date to leave around the venue for when a guest has a drink or eats cake.

 

Wild Basin Wedding couples are pretty creative – take a look at some examples

Googling “how to personalize your wedding” will bring you to numerous sites that will get your creative mind flowing. Take a look at our Pinterest board Ideas to Personalize Your Wedding. Search, browse… get inspired!

 

Photography credits

Please visit the websites of the artists whose work is featured in this slideshow: Visual Poetry by MeghanMallory Munson Photography, KJ & Rob Photography, Karrah Flores Photography. Each of them are incredibly good at what they do and offer a wonderful choice for your wedding day photographer.

Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

Find ideas for your wedding

Choose any centerpiece style you’re looking for, Wild Basin Lodge’s elegant yet rustic mountain lodge is minimalist so that your centerpieces will stand out and make your wedding personal and memorable.

Go with an elegant, traditional feel that is heavy on flowers or get creative and make each centerpiece reflect the two of you as a couple. We’ve seen science fiction themes, bohemian collections, all kinds of photos, heirlooms from grandma, favorite games, and more. The more creative, whether you achieve it with flowers or objects, the more personalized and intimate your wedding will feel to you and your guests.

 

Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

Scroll through the photos below to see some of our favorite centerpieces we have seen at Wild Basin; we love the creativity!

 

 

Take a look at some photos – can you picture your wedding here?