If you never pictured yourself walking down the aisle amidst rose petals to pomp and circumstance, then this latest wedding trend is for you… Destinations weddings are hitting a new level (or should we say altitude?) Instead of leaving cold temperatures for tropical climates, more and more engaged couples are opting to embrace the winter weather and the stunning scenic backgrounds of the mountains. With gorgeous getaway options on the East and West coast, you’ll be sure to find the perfect place to host your day. Trade your resort passes for a little cabin fever and mimosas for spiked apple cider, ‘tis the season!
The wedding experts at Blueprint Registry have searched all over and rounded up their picks for the most stunning winter wedding destinations this year and have included some tips for making your winter ceremony a wonderland! With endless opportunities for creativity (and love for everything white) it’s no surprise that more brides are choosing winter weddings more now than ever. Plus, there is no better backdrop for a wedding ceremony than a fresh white blanket of snow and gorgeous mountain peaks in the distance. From a celebrity-status secret getaway spot, to a lodge with bonfire-side dining, and even a gondola ride to the top of the mountain (photo opp perfection) these winter wedding destinations are truly heaven on Earth…
1. The Homestead Preserve in Hot Springs, Virginia
They say “Virginia is for lovers” and we couldn’t agree more! The blue ridge mountains and rolling hills set the scene for a magical winter wedding at The Homestead Preserve. Known for the historical hot springs, you can experience the beauty of nature with all the conveniences of a luxury stay. The on-site spa and indoor pool make for perfect pre-wedding activities for the wedding party, and for brides looking for a rustic chic venue, the Old Dairy is a fantastic place to tie the knot! Skip the shrimp cocktail appetizer and opt for something more comfort style (think: mini chicken pot pies). Serve ‘em up in these adorable and rustic enamel pots to embrace your theme.
2. Handpicked Homes at Lake Tahoe in Tahoe, California
While Lake Tahoe is renowned for it’s bright blue waters, it also has some of the most beautiful vistas and tree-lined slopes in the northwest, making it a gorgeous winter destination. Stay in one of these beautiful handpicked homes near the slopes, and if you’re feeling really adventurous, maybe you and your new husband can ski down the mountain post ceremony! For your wonderland reception, add green accents and illuminate the atmosphere with string lights to enhance the fairytale feeling for all of your guests. We love this Light Cloche Terrarium from Terrain!
3. Handpicked Homes at Taos Valley in Taos, New Mexico
For couples looking for a smaller destination wedding with a lot a personality, look no further than Taos! Full with a rich history and local culture, Taos is much more than a ski town. Your family and guests can stay in their famous pueblo-style homes, all walking distance to incredible food, shopping and local artists. Take the gondola up the mountain for beautiful photo opps, as your love will soar in Taos. For a rustic reception scene, set up a fire pit for guests and your decor becomes functional (aka keeps your guests warm)! Even your flatware can offer some rustic flair with Twig Disposable Flatware (have plastic forks ever looked so cute?)
4. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa in Victor, Idaho
There are many reasons why this lodge was named #1 in Idaho by US News & World Report! Fully enclosed by the mountains, guests have 360° incredible views. With heli-skiing for the adventurous, an on-site spa (so you and your girls can be pampered before the big day!) and the largest heated swimming pool in the region, you’ll understand why this lodge has become a celebrity destination spot – you never know who you might run into on your wedding day!
5. Book a Retreat in Big Sky, MT
This charming cowboy community will surely steal your heart—get ready to fall in love with Big Sky. Charming chalets and cabins complete with beautiful horses and farm-to-table dining make this destination truly unique. A group trail ride or snowshoe outing might just be the perfect way to kick off the weekend and let guests get to know one another before you say “I do!”
6. South Fork Lodge in Swan Valley, Idaho
It’s not everyday that you attend weddings with bonfires along a gorgeous river! This fishing lodge embodies the term “rustic chic” and will make sure that your day is perfect from beginning to end. Plus, we can’t think of a better grand exit than sailing off into the sunset (or starry night!) than hopping into a floating down the Snake River in a boat that says “Just Married” on it!
7. Get married Mountainside at The Lodge at Brothers Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains
Nestled in eastern Tennessee, the The Lodge at Brothers Cove located in the Great Smoky Mountains is surrounded by picturesque, natural beauty. Can we say, photo opp?! Plus, it’s always great to suggest an activity on-site (in this case a group hike would be amazing!) for everyone to participate in to kick off the wedding weekend. To keep your cabin feeling feminine, incorporate these faux fur ruched pillows! Creating a cozy yet chic atmosphere, add them to benches or reception chairs. Contrast the softness off the pillows with mirrored accents like mercury vases and votives or create a gorgeous centerpiece with a mirrored accent tray!