Destination Wedding: Montana

Just imagine looking into the eyes of your meant-to-be while standing amongst beautiful mountain ranges or expansive fields of flowers.  When you decide to have a destination wedding Montana style, this is exactly what you can hope for.

Known as “Big Sky Country,” your guests will not only appreciate the love between the couple, they will appreciate the natural beauty that Montana has to offer.

Glacier Wedding Venues

Christened the “Crown of the Continent,” Glacier National Park is a breathtaking example of nature at its best. Given the national park distinction in May 1910, Glacier offers stunning views and stunning wedding venues as well. Want to get married on the edge of a cliff? No problem! Want to start forever in a flower-filled meadow with tall pines in the background? You got it! Have a desire to dance the night away under a beautiful white tent adorned with sparkling white lights? Done!

And no matter how far you and your wedding party are traveling, there are exceptional lodging options available. The Great Northern Resort offers well-appointed Swiss chalet-style lodging that comfortably houses six to eight guests per chalet. There are several other resorts and hotels as well, such as Glacier Highland Resort, Grouse Mountain Lodge, and St. Mary Lodge and Resort.

Remember, if you are getting married in Glacier, you will need to get a Special Use Permit which costs $100. This permit pertains to certain areas of the Park that are not at one of the lodges or resorts, such as the Fish Creek picnic area and the available amphitheaters. There are restrictions that need to be adhered to, including amplification, animals, parking, alcohol, and the number of people permitted in a party.

A Wild West Wedding

If you’re a cowgirl at heart and want to tie the knot (literally!) with your cowboy, then Montana is the perfect place to have a western-themed wedding. There are dozens of ranches that dot the vast expanse of Montana’s land so you will not be short on options. Fortunately, many of these ranches can accommodate your ceremony, your reception, and even lodging for some or all of your wedding party and guests.

Ranches such as the Bar W Guest Ranch, Laughing Water Dude Ranch, and B Bar Ranch are just a few of the venues available to you. These locations have several menu options available for both the cocktail hour and reception meal as well as the wedding cake, if you like. If you decide to outsource your wedding details, the ranches can recommend several local wedding vendors that can meet your needs.

Important Things to Remember

  • A woman must have a blood test for rubella (if she is under the age of 50) before being allowed to marry.
  • You must have a certified copy of your birth certificate or a valid driver’s license.
  • If previously divorced, you must bring a certified copy of your divorce decree.
  • The marriage certificate costs $58 – cash only!

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