Are you a couple ready to get married in the mountains? Congratulations! A mountain wedding can be breathtakingly beautiful and romantic. Whether you’re getting married in the Colorado Rockies, the Alps, or any other mountain range, here are some tips to ensure your day goes off without a hitch.
Choose a Venue with Care
The most important decision when planning your mountain wedding is choosing the right venue. Make sure to take into account the size of your guest list and how accessible your chosen location will be for guests travelling from far away. Keep in mind that many mountain weddings tend to be on the smaller side, so if you’re planning an especially large event, you may want to opt for a different type of venue.
Conch Concierge Weddings
“Take the stress out of destination wedding planning and hire a planner who knows the top locations and has strong relationships with talented event professionals,” says Michael Vernon owner of Conch Concierge Weddings, a company specializing in Key West wedding packages.
Big Daddy Walker Productions
“Be sure to add a couple of bridal shows or venue open houses to your planning mix,” says Allen Walker, owner of Cincinnatti DJs Big Daddy Walker Productions. “You’ll find lots of fresh ideas and it’s a good way to get to know your potential vendors.”
My Event Pros
Alan Chavez, a Los Angeles wedding DJ and owner of My Event Pros, is a firm believer in entertainment teams. “The DJ experience kicks in only when the dance floor is open. A talented MC will keep your event on schedule, keep your vendors on track and engage your guests while they are seated.”
“Don’t forget your ceremony,” reminds Benden Lafferty, one of the top wedding DJs in Rhode Island and owner of B-Sharp Entertainment. “Not only your musical selections but mics and a sound system as well. You worked hard on those vows – make sure everyone hears them.” Live ceremony music can also enhance the guest experience.
Don’t Skimp on Your Photographer
A mountain wedding is one of those once-in-a-lifetime events that must be captured perfectly, which is why it’s so important to invest in an experienced photographer who knows how to take advantage of the stunning scenery. Look for someone with experience shooting in mountainous environments and who has access to high-quality equipment capable of capturing photos even in low light conditions. Your photos should preserve every magical moment of your special day!
“DJ’s are an invaluable resource when it comes to putting together a reception timeline. They understand there’s a flow to a reception and know how to adjust a timeline when necessary – we do it all the time,” says Rob Schneider, owner of Volume Entertainment and a wedding DJ in Connecticut.
“Take advantage of multiple consultations and planning sessions with your vendors,” advises Jim Slaiman, a wedding DJ in Buffalo NY and owner of Premier Sound. “Whether it’s face to face, Zoom, or a phone call, these opportunities are the place to iron out details and do some creative brainstorming that will make your wedding uniquely yours.”
“Consider live streaming your wedding,” suggests William Sanchez, owner of Hercules Entertainment, specializing in DJs in Northern Virginia, including bilingual. “It’s a great way for those who can’t make the wedding to still enjoy being part of your day.”
Exquisite Sounds Entertainment
“Don’t micromanage your playlist,” says Toryn Lankford, a DJ in Atlanta and owner of Exquisite Sounds Entertainment. “You’ve hired a professional to create an amazing party atmosphere. We’ll make sure we get your favorites seamlessly blended into the mix and avoid songs you do not want.”
Keep Weather Conditions in Mind
As gorgeous as they look in photographs, mountains can also have unpredictable weather conditions that can affect your wedding day plans. It’s always best to plan ahead by researching average temperatures and precipitation levels at various times throughout the year. To make sure everything runs smoothly, consider hiring an experienced event planner who knows how to plan for all kinds of weather challenges and can come up with creative solutions if there are any surprises along the way.
The Mackey House
“Get your partner onboard with planning and delegate certain tasks,” says Trey Mackey, owner of The Mackey House, an elite wedding venue in Savannah, GA. “It’s only fitting that you take this journey together. And you’ll get a lot more done – and quicker – if you have your other half help you.”
The Estate at Florentine Gardens
Says Ciro Diadone from The Estate at Florentine Gardens, a top wedding venue in north New Jersey, “Venues are great resources for finding other wedding professionals. They witness the talent of vendors on a regular basis. Build your vendor team with experienced pros who work well together.”
Coastal DJ & Video
“Entertainment companies offer more than just DJ’s,” explains George Wainwright, owner of Coastal DJ & Video and a wedding DJ in Wilmington, NC. “Ask about packaging entertainment with other services like lighting, photo booths, and videography that really enhance the event.”
As wedding decorators in Chicago, Aly Heintz Raddatz and his team at Elevated Events, affirm “Lighting is one of the most transformative decorating elements and always adds a “wow” factor to any reception. It creates amazing ambiance for your reception.”
Planning a mountain wedding is no small feat – but with careful consideration and expert advice, it doesn’t have to be too daunting either! With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to create a spectacular celebration that will stay with you forever. So go ahead – get out there and find that perfect spot for your special day! Congratulations again!
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