Wyoming is a stunning place. It is almost possible to choose any random spot and have a great backdrop for your wedding, but you miss out on a lot of amenities that may be important to you. Here is a breakdown of some of the top wedding destinations where I shoot, and why I think they are great!
If you are looking for a venue that will feature the breathtaking views of the Tetons, this is a wonderful choice. Snake River Ranch can seat large tented gathering for up to 300 people. It is located just 3 miles from Teton Village making it private yet convenient. They also have a beautiful outdoor dinner site at one of their historic barnyards if you would like to have your reception there and don’t forget the horse-drawn wagons for your grand entrance! See more of a wedding I photographed at this Ranch, here.
If you want a private, intimate wedding, this is a great place to hold it. With the expansive Tetons in the background, the view is simply breathtaking and hard to beat. You will need a special park use permit in order to get married here, as well as the normal entrance fee (learn more about that here.)
3.Grand Targhee Resort
I absolutely adore Grand Targhee Resort. If you want panoramic mountain views to be your backdrop, Grand Targhee is the perfect place to get married. They have a great staff and take care of everything for you. If you want to see more of this wedding venue, check out this feature I had in the Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine (pages 49-56)
This is a less well-known option (as a wedding venue), but it is great, especially if you are having a smaller wedding. I photographed a wedding here earlier this summer, the couple had the ceremony at the Wedding Tree, and then the reception was held at the winery. This gem of a location is surrounded by mountains and has a little creek that runs through it, adding to the magical ambience of the setting. If you are looking for good food and good wine to bring your small number of wedding guests to, this is a great option.
5.Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club
If you want a wedding that is mostly planned for you, this is a great place to go. They require you to have a wedding coordinator, but you can choose whom you would like to assist you. The food is made in-house and their Food & Beverage Manager and Executive Chef will assist you in coordinating all food and beverage details, menu design, venue set-up, and other aspects of your wedding experience. They also will provide the linens, cutlery, china, and glassware so you don’t have to think about it! You can see more of the venue here!
This just became one of my new favorite venues! Diamond Cross Ranch has stunning horses that they allow you to incorporate in your photographs. They will even release the horses at the end of your ceremony as you kiss if you would like! It just doesn’t get much more “Wyoming” than that! See more of the latest wedding I shot at this venue, here.
If you want to make it easy on your guest (and you), Jackson Lake Lodge is a wonderful option. They have many available rooms as well as an indoor ballroom that can seat 300, great cuisine, and wedding coordinators that go above and beyond to make your day easy. If you want your ceremony outdoors, there are many spots with breathtaking views of the Teton Mountains. See more of this venue, here.
Last but not least is Spring Creek Ranch. This beautiful venue is on an 18 hole golf course and they have a lot of experience hosting many different kinds of events (from 20 people to large-scale wedding receptions for over 650 guests). Check out their blog the different weddings that have been featured here!
Other venues worth mentioning:
Unfortunately I couldn’t write about all the amazing places, but if you want a few more great options, check out Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Hotel Terra Jackson Hole,Teton Pines Resort and Country Club, Moose Head Ranch, Four Seasons Hotel, Palate at the National Museum of Wildlife, Rancho Alegre, Dornan’s, Lost Creek Ranch, Trail Creek Ranch, Bentwood Inn, and Amangani.