When it comes time to pick the place for your wedding, many couples feel that the mountains are calling their names. The tall peaks, low valleys, and sweeping views make rocky ranges some of the most stunning spots for a scenic ceremony or mountain destination wedding. If you’re looking for the best mountain wedding venues for your big day, there are tons of locales in the country to consider. We’re breaking down the top ten best destinations for a romantic, mountainous rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and/or wedding reception.
One of the most picturesque parks in the US, Yosemite National Park in California is famous for its vast Sierra Nevada mountain views (and trails), as well as its dense and dreamy forests, where massive, ancient sequoia trees grow. Additionally, Bridalveil Fall Trail offers mystic waterfall views, while El Capitan and Half Dome are home to one-of-a-kind granite cliff vistas. You can get married inside the actual park or visit one of many nearby resorts for a mountain venue fit for any couples’ style.
The colorful backdrop of the red rock formations is what makes Sedona so breathtaking, and it’s one of the reasons why so many couples choose to have their wedding celebration in the desert escape. Most venues in the area boast uninhibited views of the famous red rocks, but be sure to check out a few to find exactly what you’re looking for, whether you picture getting married in a red rock canyon or just want the peaks to be visible in the horizon when you say “I do.”
Another California gem, Lake Tahoe is nestled on the Nevada-California border and boasts both glittering water and soaring mountain views. If you love beachy shores or snowy backdrops, this oasis has both, all with spectacular visibility of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Head over to Emerald Bay State Park—located on the southwest shore—where Vikingsholm, a 1929 Nordic-style mansion, awaits. Or, say “I do” on Sand Harbor Beach, where blue water and mountains come together for a truly unique view.
Say “hello” to mountain views with a side of Southern charm in Asheville, North Carolina. Home to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the wedding options are plentiful, with everything from vineyards, cabins, resorts, and mansions. Whether couples are looking for a rustic barn setting or something more over-the-top and glamorous, there’s a venue for everyone. Say your vows at the exquisite 19th-century Biltmore estate, or in a secluded lodge tucked away in the forest of the ridge—no matter which direction you choose, Asheville’s artsy setting will make it unique, memorable, and striking.
While you might not think of Malibu when you picture mountains, the land of sand and sunshine actually boasts peak views, too. The Santa Monica Mountains span 40-miles along the coastline, giving Malibu a unique and picturesque backdrop with a beachy vibe. Perfect for couples who want it all, or are aching for a tropical, yet on trend feel, the venue options are boundless, whether you book at a resort or get married on the shore. Either way, Malibu provides a little bit of everything by way of salt, sand, sun, and mountains.
If you’re looking to have a fall wedding full of foliage and festive vibes, look no further than the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Come early fall, the New England escape turns vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red, and offers stunning mountain range views and venues as well. Part of the Northern Appalachian Mountains, these rugged peaks are ideal for lovers of the great outdoors and brisk autumn weather.
You might not think of Texas as a mountain-lovers escape, but Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas not only offers eye-catching views, but the unique setting is awesome for a chic desert wedding. The Chisos Mountains run directly through the park and offer sweeping views, limestone cliffs, and the Langford Hot Springs. Whether you get married inside the park or at a resort just outside, Big Bend is a wonderful way to tie Texas roots with mountain vibes.
Looking for a Colorado mountain wedding? If you’ve been picturing a mountain-infused wedding, chances are that you’ve considered Denver. The capital of Colorado, the city is full of renown art, dining, and entertainment, but perhaps most famously, for nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. While you’ll have to drive about an hour outside of the city to get married inside the park, most venues—whether it’s a barn, a hotel, an estate, or a restaurant—in the Denver and surrounding areas boast breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.
Known for the beautiful Teton mountain range, Jackson, Wyoming is an Old West-style escape famous for its mountain views and desert landscape. There are plenty of wedding venues that offer glorious views of Grand Teton National Park (if you choose not to get married inside the actual grounds), or you can travel an hour to Yellowstone National Park where one-of-a-kind hot springs and geysers await. No matter where you choose to marry in or just outside of Jackson, you’ll get that old timey Western vibe that will make for a truly unforgettable ceremony space.
Whether you choose to wed on a snowtop peak or amid red desert canyons, saying “I do” amongst the mountains will make for a magical, picture-perfect wedding.