At Rocky Mountain Bride, we believe that our Rockies are beautiful all year round. Ski resorts are a popular wedding destination in the winter – with the obvious allure of taking your out-of-town guests skiing and making memories in the lodge all weekend – but ski resorts have a lot going for them the rest of the year, too! Snowbird ski resort located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah isn’t just one of our favorites for hitting the slopes, but also for celebrations in the summertime. Where there is skiing, there are bound to be beautiful mountains and even if those mountains aren’t covered in powder, they still make for a gorgeous backdrop during your wedding ceremony and festivities. A summer wedding at a resort full of hiking, sight-seeing, spas and sunshine (and of course, delicious food) sounds like a great wedding weekend to us!
One of the biggest pros to getting married at a ski resort no matter the time of year is the many (breathtaking) options for ceremony spots and reception spaces. Most ski resorts have multiple indoor and outdoor spaces perfect for weddings of different sizes and styles. Speaking of options, Snowbird offers 15 different venues for tying the knot, taking wedding pictures, and toasting the night away! Plus, with multiple venues within one resort – you can host a rehearsal dinner, welcome party, and day-after brunch, too! You may as well celebrate the entire weekend if you got your whole guest list up to the mountains, right?!
Most ski resorts offer full packages complete with a Wedding Specialist (just like Snowbird offers) so you won’t really have to lift a finger to make your dream wedding a reality. Typically with ski resorts, catering is onsite, rentals and linens are included, and a wedding pro knows the best local vendors to help make some wedding magic come to life. Maybe the real question is – if you’re going to get married in any season – why NOT get married at a ski resort?!
If the Rockies are known for anything in the summertime, it has to be our green trees and colorful wildflowers. The mountains are full of different bright shades in the summer, and ski resorts are no exception! This type of beauty can’t be seen in the wintertime when everything is covered in snow, and while snow-sports are super fun, summertime is clearly something special, too.
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Even if skiing is off for the season, a ski resort is still just that – a *resort*! Snowbird is a summertime oasis where you and your guests can spend the weekend hiking, sight-seeing on their beloved Aerial Trams, sledding down an alpine slide, relaxing by the pool, and enjoying the sunshine. It’s basically like a honeymoon before the honeymoon!
Be sure to include links to activities for your guests on your wedding website. Take a peek at what Snowbird and the area has to offer here or browse a few of our favorites below:
Mountain Coaster: Coast through the mountains for 3,120 adrenaline-filled feet – taking in the unbeatable views while beating gravity!
Vertical Drop: The Vertical Drop – as pictured below – is a 50-foot tower for the bravest of your guests to experience the views of the Rockies during free fall.
Summer Tubing: Who says you need snow for tubing?! Summer tubing is the warmer version of a wintertime favorite, giving you and your guests the best of all seasons at a ski resort in the summer!
Guided Hikes: People travel to the Rockies in the summertime just for the scenic hikes we have to offer, and Snowbird is not lacking in this department! You and your guests can enjoy a private guided hiking experience with local guides. This is the perfect alternative to a traditional welcome party, with way better photo ops, too!
The one-stop-shop aspect of a ski resort continues outside of just the wedding itself. While you’re in town for the wedding, you and your guests won’t have to go far for great food and amenities. Snowbird offers a variety of restaurants, from fine dining to quick bites, so that all of your guests can conveniently be foodies for the weekend – no matter their taste or budget. An extra perk: Ski resorts tend to have lower prices for lodging during the summer since it’s “off season”, making the destination wedding more affordable for your guests. Check out a few of our favorite dining options at Snowbird below:
SeventyOne: SeventyOne features classic, comforting American grill favorites with a sophisticated, ’70s twist. The restaurant has a retro vibe your guests will love!
The Aerie: Located on the 10th floor of The Cliff Lodge, The Aerie is for those who love the art of fine dining, award winning wine, and unbeatable views.
Wildflower: Wildflower Restaurant offers Italian cuisine with a stunning backdrop of the luscious, green mountains in the summertime. Pasta with a pretty view!
The Steak Pit: Conveniently located at the Snowbird Center within walking distance from any lodging your guests might be staying at, The Steak Pit offers an amazing dinner menu everyone will love.
So it’s settled, sign us up for a summertime wedding at a ski resort! Be sure to check out the full lists of activities, dining, and most importantly, mountain wedding venues onsite at Snowbird at their website here.
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“Whether you choose to be married in heels or hiking boots, at the base of the mountain or on top of it, in an intimate fireside ceremony or a fancy outdoor fête, Snowbird provides an authentic and unforgettable mountain experience for you and your guests.”