Mountain Wedding Planning 101

A wedding overlooking Ski HIll Grill

Are you recently engaged and want to plan a mountain wedding you’ll never forget? First, check out the  Top 10 reasons to have a destination wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado then learn how to implement that party here.

When you’re planning a wedding in the mountains,  start at the budget to help you focus on what’s realistic for your event.  After getting a ballpark figure to approach vendors and venues with, I suggest creating a checklist and overall planning timeline, while creating a contact list for all the important people involved with the party planning details.

 Looking for a Venue? Look into a few of our favorites,  including Ten Mile Station, the Maggie, Sevens, Mountain Thunder Lodge, the Ski Hill Grill, the T-Bar and the Double Tree.  These venues are managed by the Breckenridge Hospitality team, offering in-house services like catering and linens.

Make some time to consider how much time is put into planning a wedding and explore the benefits of hiring a local Breckenridge wedding planner and florist like Petal and Bean downtown.

You’ll spend a lot of time planning, so it’ll be a good idea to document the day.  To really capture the moment, you’ll want a video.  Erin from Elegant Productions will  help create a video memory that you’ll watch over and over again. Or plan an adventure wedding photo shoot  with local mountain wedding pros  Katie and Victor from Studio Kiva Photography, they can ski down the mountain with you, follow you on the river, or wherever you want to go.

A wedding in the T-Bar
A wedding in the T-Bar

Make sure everyone arrives safely with the help of professional travel companies and your guests will arrive in awe of the Continental Divide and the various mountain towns en route to your wedding.

When it comes to music, it’s hard to beat the authentic mountain sounds of the Pine Beatles, which includes local town councilman, Ben Brewer.  Another longtime  local wedding pro is officiant / musician is Leon Joseph Littlebird who plays a flute as part of his wedding services.

After they stuffed with great food, have seen amazing views all day long and are ready to hit the sack, make sure they have a good night’s rest with lodging choices including ski-in, ski-out properties like One Ski Hill Place and the Crystal Peak Lodge which are  steps away from the gondola.  Choose the Village or Mountain Thunder Lodge to be closer to downtown.

When it comes to the mountains, it’s safety first, so please be  aware of options for treating altitude sickness including a non-prescription visit to sample flavored air at the O2 Lounge or for more professional-grade services, please call a local oxygen delivery service.

Those are the precautions you have to take along the way, but for right now you can start to think about your save-the-dates and invitations and how those might play into your overall theme and color palette.  Create the mood for your event long before the wedding.

There’s plenty more to think about, but that’s a good start — just like the start to your life together!

– Stacy Sanchez