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A Winter Wonderland Wedding

May 20, 2022
Imagine arriving at the aisle in a horse-drawn carriage, winding through a fresh blanket of snow cast over the deep green of pine trees. Picture yourself in a warm white dress, a fuzzy stole, and a roaring fire, enjoying classic cocktails, impressive appetizers, and lots of twinkling lights. Envision an intimate candlelit ceremony and a well-appointed feast.

Sound romantic? It is.

Winter weddings are nothing short of exquisite, especially at Rainbow Ranch Lodge. Situated alongside the picturesque Gallatin River, the property, nestled between towering mountains, is just minutes from Big Sky, Montana. And if you’re looking for an adventure to accompany the nuptials, you’re in precisely the right place.

Planning a winter wedding is easier than you may think.

Particularly at Rainbow Ranch, where you will work with a Wedding Event Manager, and most of the details are handled on-site. For things not explicitly provided, such as flowers and photography, we have lovely partnerships with florists and photographers in the area and can help you find just the right fit.

Whether you’re planning an intimate celebration or a full-out dance party, our venue options can accommodate. For large parties, our barn and adjoining event tent can hold up to 200 people seated, and 300 for the reception. This historic, heated barn, constructed in 1919, includes a full bar, wooden dance floor, and 72” round tables with wooden folding chairs.

Smaller gatherings

Smaller gatherings work nicely in the cozy Main Lodge Lounge. With a full bar, leather sofas, and a sizeable river-rock wood-burning fireplace, the space embodies the comforts of winter. This space holds up to 50 people.

Incredibly Intimate Experience

For an incredibly intimate experience, the Bacchus Room, which looks into our award-winning wine cellar, seats ten people at a long rustic farm table with leather dining chairs.

Montana ranch-to-table cuisine

Rainbow Ranch is known for its Montana ranch-to-table cuisine. Dinners can be either plated or banquet-style, and the options are mouth-watering. Think: Espresso Rubbed Elk Striploin with parsnip whipped potatoes and huckleberry gastrique, or Roasted Rainbow Trout with truffle and herb orzo, parmesan and grilled tomato beurre blanc. If you anticipate a late night of dancing and revelry, don’t forget the snacks! Mini-sliders, street tacos, or big baskets of fries are always a hit!

There are 21 guest rooms on the property, and groups booking 14 rooms or more receive one complimentary overnight stay. The bridal cabin, privately located on the edge of the property, is an extra unique space to get ready for the day with a wood-burning stove, full-length mirrors, and salon chairs.

Guests (and newlyweds) love the infinity pool hot tub, situated next to an outdoor fireplace with the sound of the bubbling creek nearby.

A wedding in Montana

A wedding in Montana wouldn’t be complete without a little outdoor adventure (or two, or three), and we can help you find the fun. Big Sky Resort is a downhill skier’s dream with 5,850 skiable acres and some of the lightest, driest powder in the nation. Nordic skiers can experience miles of Forest Service trails, and for a real adventure, try a dog sled ride!

If you haven’t visited Yellowstone National Park in the winter, it’s a must-do. The west entrance is located in West Yellowstone, just 45 minutes away. This section of the park, closed to motorized vehicles in the winter, can be accessed via snowmobile or snowcoach tours, which are both fantastic ways to see the park. The steamy geysers and snow-covered bison seem surreal against a backdrop of 2 million snow-covered acres.

Big Sky Town Center, just 10 miles up the road, is a bustling hub of shopping, restaurants, and even an ice-skating rink!

Are you intrigued yet? You should be.

We would love to help you plan a winter wedding you’ll remember!

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