What better way to start this new chapter of your life than with a crisp white slate, set in a whimsical winter woodland?
Winter weddings offer many advantages (like better rates!) but one of the brightest aspects of a wedding during this chilly time of year is the cheery, loving, and fresh-start vibes reverberating through the season. Oh, and there are few things as romantic as cozying up by the fire with celebratory champagne and your sweetheart, while snow gently coats the land. The following destinations offer the best in winter wedding venues.
1. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe – Incline Village, NV
Whether you want the backdrop of the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, an intimate mountain lodge, or the grandeur of the Lakeside Ballroom the Hyatt can deliver a wedding even more spectacular than all your Pinterest wedding boards combined. As you near the big day, the Hyatt will help calm your nerves with sunsets that make you forget to breathe, a spa full of magic-hand masseuses that melt your stress, and nearby tree-lined slopes that offer endless exploration.
2. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel – Yosemite National Park, CA
With architecture as grand as the surrounding terrain, this destination easily lives up to its majestic title. If you would like Mother Nature to foot the bill for your decorations consider having your ceremony on the snow-covered lawn, then enjoy a reception in the solarium where epic views of Glacier Point, a rustic yet refined ambiance, and a massive fireplace greet you. Oh, and the photo locale options are so awe-inspiring in Yosemite, wedding magazines just might hound you to let them publish your pics.
3. The Peaks Resort & Spa – Telluride, CO
If you prefer looking at the cold, instead of actually being in it, the panoramic views of a Rocky Mountains sunset during a ceremony in the Altezza Deck, followed up by a reception in the Altezza restaurant, which overlooks the San Juan Mountains, will be the ideal wedding combo. And, for all the brides who hear the call of the Telluride Ski Resort, The Peaks is just a free gondola ride away from the slopes.
4. Forest Chapel at Tamarack Lodge – Mammoth Lakes, CA
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be married in a nature-made chapel? Yes? Then check out the Forest Chapel at Tamarack Lodge. To reach your ceremony guests will journey over a footbridge and enter a land that looks like it probably houses snow-loving fairies. Luckily, you’ll look stunning because the unbeatable views of the lake and mountains from the Forest Chapel are hard to ignore. For the reception, head to the Mill Café where the cabin-like feel, complete with massive fireplace and old-school ski décor, will fill your guests with all the quintessential warm and fuzzy feels.
5. Spring Creek Ranch – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
If you want your wedding to be legendary, you might as well say your “I Dos” with one of the United State’s most legendary views looming behind you – the 13,700-foot Grand Teton. The snowy playland of Spring Creek Ranch rests on a wildlife sanctuary about 1,000 feet above the town of Jackson and offers a variety of ceremony and reception venues. A favorite option for both the ceremony and reception is The Granary Restaurant, which provides a sweeping mountain vista and award-winning menu options designed by Chef Marc Boussarie.
6. Washington School House Hotel – Park City, UT
This boutique hotel, which is an iconic historical landmark in Park City, is ideal for an intimate wedding set amongst snow covered aspen trees. The unique details in this space, like antique mirrors, white antler chandeliers, reclaimed oak barn wood floors, and vintage modern paintings, will help to ensure your special day stands out. If charm, hospitability, and coziness are on your must-have list, you’ve found your ideal match.
7. Dunton Hot Springs Resort – Dolores, Colorado
Mega-privacy is offered at this location as you don’t just rent out a ballroom, but the entire restored ghost town. Your private wedding town will include mineral hot springs, a dance hall and saloon, bathhouse, yoga studio, boxing gym, open-air chapel, two spa treatment cabins, 13 luxury cabins, and all meals for up to 44 guests. And the menus for those meals? They’ll be a collaborative effort between you and the Executive Chef to ensure you’re noshing on your wedding dream food.
Bailey Gaddis is the author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood, a childbirth preparation educator, birth doula, and hypnotherapist who works with mothers-to-be, new mothers, and their support teams. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.