An Alpine Affair
Whether you’ve decided to say your vows at a snow-capped peak or at a rustic indoor ceremony, nothing can beat the gorgeous views, fresh air, and lush greenery of the mountains. When planning your big day, use all of these natural elements as inspiration and you’re sure to end up with an unforgettable fête. Check out what the pros have to say about throwing a mountain wedding that will wow your guests.
Flower Wow Factor
As a nod to alpine wildflowers, floral backdrops are a great décor addition to your spring or summer outdoor event. Carlson suggests using fishing line to string your favorite blooms and hang them for the ceremony. “It will be a fun surprise for guests and make for some absolutely beautiful photos,” she adds.
“When mapping out a theme, brides are quick to focus on florals, but the vessel selection can be equally impactful,” says Kevin Dennis, a certified wedding planner at the California-based Fantasy Sound Event Services. For a mountain-themed wedding, he suggests incorporating organic materials such as bark, to maintain a cohesive look.
Desserts are one of the best ways to get creative with a theme. If rustic is what you want, this cool wooden look using icing is a great example. “Complete the design with a wooden display and Baby’s Breath for a true showstopper,” suggests Carlson.
When it comes to picking a venue for your wedding, opt for a barn or a space that features wood paneling. It will set a warm and cozy feeling for the event, match your theme, and make your guests feel like they are at a lodge up in the mountains.
A floral centerpiece full of green tones, yellow, and coral is a great way to add a pop of color to earthy wedding décor. “Pair it with a simple linen, candles, and a wooden display piece for an intimate and romantic feel, “ adds Carlson.
“Chalkboard signs of all sizes have become a staple for any mountain-inspired wedding. Whether they are used for welcome signs at the ceremony, lawn games, or at the reception, they are perfect for the occasion,” says Kylie Carlson of the International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning.
“This cake truly brings the outdoors in by using earthy elements to create a fun and unique display. Set in front of the stone fireplace really ties the entire look together,” says Carlson. Add moss to any design component of your event and it will immediately bring a natural vibe to it.
Lanterns are rustic décor staples especially at mountain weddings. And there is a great deal of flexibility when it comes to how you can use them, according to Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Events. “You can dress them up with florals or use candles to take them to the modern world,” she says.
According to Carlson nostalgic food choices remain a popular trend among engaged couples. “These s’mores bites fit the bill effortlessly. By using the wood tray as a display, guests will feel like they are sitting at a campfire like they did as kids,” she adds.
“Baby’s breath in droves will always be a welcome addition to rustic wedding design schemes everywhere. Placing them in fun containers like assorted metal boxes and glass pitchers is sure to look beautiful,” says Carlson.
Wild & Loose Arrangements
“Gone are the days of the perfectly curated floral arrangements,” says Carlson. “Organic bouquets that are more natural and have that ‘just picked’ look are a favorite for outdoor and rustic celebrations.”
These days, couples want more than just cake to satisfy their sweet tooth. Those who are planning a mountain wedding can use wooden accents, chalkboard signs, and twinkle lights to create the perfect display that matches their theme.